North, south, east or west....there is only ONE Haaaaaaar-vard. +1 for the obscure SBTB reference good sir!
I get the gist of what you are saying...but here is a big difference. Those 3 teams have top ranked defenses and experienced skill guys around those qbs. And it hasn't been all sunshine and rainbows for Frisco and cincy with their qbs. Kaep is a legit runner...but his passing is suspect. Dalton is a game manager...but too reliant on one target. But I share the sentiment...thats why aaron murray makes so much sense to me. Hes polished, has the arm and is coming off injury. Its a perfect set up really. You see what hoyer has and let murray learn the offense. Hes coming off an injury...so theres no pressure to run him out too early. Let him absorb the game and the speed of it. Let him learn the offense, study film and get used to the speed of the game. If hoyer doesn't work out...well, rome wasn't built in a day. Not expecting this team to set the league on fire next season. So just develop a plan, stick with it and groom your franchise guy. Worked for cincy with Palmer.
Hes never shown he can carry a full workload...which is why drafting Carlos hyde would make total sense if they sign tate. Solid backup plan...if tate gets hurt, you got a horse rwady to roll. And if tate stays healthy, you have the perfect short yardage handcuff and a guy who can split carries and be effective.
To be honest, I was intrigued by Edwin baker at the end of the year. He ran hard, showed some wiggle and did a nice job in the screen game as well. Hopefully they keep him around and give him a look in camp.
I have more faith in watkins being that kind of elite than I do in any of these qbs ever getting there.
Word is they have sight set on ben tate in free agency, which I like. Draft Watkins at 4...would keep defenses honest, reducing the ability to double gordon and free up space for cameron underneath. Notn sold on Edelman...and also think travis Benjamin has a ton of potential. And speed to burn. At qb im different...I say give hoyer a shot. See what he has instead of looking for the big splash draft pick. Instead, draft a guy like aaron murray. I know I keep saying it...but if he hadn't torn his acl he would be in the conversation as a high pick. Bed be a value pick in the 2nd or 3rd. Dont waste the high picks...Instead address the other issues. This team is more than one guy away from competing. Dont put all the eggs in one basket and compound things. Be smart and take it he best available guy to fill the holes you have. Qb is a crapshoot this year...take the safe route and develop a guy.
Wasn't Bogard the first to lose his black stripe the first year?
Did he have a trident? I couldn't tell...
Im pretty sure hes around 290 right? Hes a big fella...but extremely nimble and athletic as well. Neither tackle has the big space eater size of a big hank...but they are both strong and very quick off the ball. Hard to block a guy if you cant find him.
I was communicating...keeping up foreign relations...
Heres one I havent seen mentioned yet, and took a lot of my time back in the day: Michael Jackson's Moonwalker. My brother player indoor soccer, and the place he plays had this game. I dumped my life savings into that game over the years. Dont know why...but I loved it. And golden tee. Seemed like every night at the bar revolved around a 3 or 4 hour marathon of golden tee. And beer. And shots. Wow...never realized how much Tim and money I've dumped into beer and video games. And im not sad about either!
I always played with the kings. Mitch richmond was the truth!
After the comments he made about all the shots hes taken over the years, I'd be surprised to see him tote the rock anywhere near the number of times he did this year or last. The coaches are aware of two things: Braxton propensity to get nicked up throughout the season and that Kenny g isnt coming off the bench this year when he does. So I believe they will work hard at calling less designed runs, work with him on trusting his backs and diversifying the passing game. I just dont see urban and herman putting him in situations where hes carrying the ball 15+ times a game. Especially not early in the year.
What the last few years have lacked this past defenses did not is depth at the LB position. You graduate an all American? You have his replacement step in and become an all american. You lose lose 3 starting lbs with multiple years of experience? Well...here comes 3 new game ready lbs. For whatever reasons, that depth hasn't been there. Injuries, attrition and a coaching with a new philosophy has left the cupboard bare. I cant honestly remember the last time I saw a walk on in the two deep at ohio state as an lb. Yet at various points last year you had two of them in the two deep. Grant has had his issues...came in too heavy and couldn't shed weight. Almost lead to him quitting football. Stuck with it, and couldnt pick up the schemes...which was a blow to his confidence. And last year, when it looked like he was turning a corner, injuries came along and limited his abilities even further. Im pulling for him to stay healthy and have the lights come on fully. Hopefully having a young buck gunning for his spot it will push him to realize his full potential.
Basic gist of it all...there are reinforcements coming. And they are all hungry and ready to compete. If they come in and unseat the old dogs....so be it. Just ready to see the lbs play at the level we became accustomed to over the years.
I agree as well...Homan is about as underrated as it gets. Loved the way he played...he didnt pile up the big time sexy numbers like other guys. But it seems like he was always where he was supposed to be when he needed to be. Loved Ross homan because he didnt miss tackles. Didnt miss assignments. And came to play every single play.
Man, each one of these kids seems to be coming in loaded for bear and ready to compete. Some may be more heralded, some may be a bit raw...the one thing they have in common is they are ready to work. Wasnt aware of Kyle's athletic abilities...but you gotta love a big man who can move. Between this feature and the community interviews, this site kills it in terms of giving us readers a real inside look at the makeup of these kids. Star ratings cant tell the story of what kind of young man each is. They all seem to be 5 star kid when it comes to character.
Both of which hyde has shown to be quite adept at doing. Hyde main strength is a low center of gravity and ridiculous balance. And the fact that he is always running downhill. Hes gets his pad level low, and drives through tacklers. You dont just hit him and hope he falls down. You have to wrap and hope someone comes to help you bring him down. To be honest...multiple someone's.
Peterson isnt human. Man runs into 8 and 9 man fronts on a regular basis, and is still unstoppable. And I think you aren't giving him enough credit for his speed. He may not beb running away from anyone...but give him separation and nobody's catching him either. Then again, he prefers to run angry and through people. Hes the kind of back if he gets in the open field will look for someone to run over. And go out of his way to do it. There is really no weakness to his game.
Jackson does his job. Yes, their are guys who may be better players, but no one has been more valuable to this team. Hes the consummate professional...a guy who doesnt play the me me me game and puts the team first. Hes been here for 8 years...and in this 8 years hes been about as consistent as you could ask for. May not be at the top of the heap as far as the sexy stats are concerned (sacks, ings and such). But hes consistently the top tackler on the team and a hard nosed competitor. Never complained about the lack of winning. Never asked to be traded or lobbied to leave. Hes been a staying force for a team in constant turnover. Theres still tread left on his tires, and he deserved better than to be unceremoniously kicked to the curb.
Just ridiculous. Guy has been a good soldier. Given them everything he had and never once complained or begged out of cleveland. Forget the mileage on his body...hes performed at a high level for years. But after Phil Dawson last year, I've come to expect this from our front office. Guys who have been the face of loyalty and consistency for cleveland being axed just to save a little money. Hopefully jackson can move on and have the type of year Dawson had this year as a big f*#k you to Cleveland's front office.
Im no expert, but I believe its been said that this is the first cycle that they have had the chance to get in at the ground floor with kids. Meaning they've had the chance to identify, evaluate and build relationships early. Its a big thing for these kids to leave the friendly confines down south. Its even bigger when you have the hometown schools in your ear everyday. And tthe alabamas, lsu's and other sec schools as well. Thats why the last few cycles have been hard...they are coming in late to the party, and have a lot of ground to make up. This year they've been able to get in and build relationships early, which is the biggest part of pulling kids so far from home.
I keep saying it...Watkins. then either a corner or tackle with the second pick. There is no real surefire starter at qb available in this draft. So put the pieces there and draft a qb later you can groom. Hoyer is an unknown...only one way to find out what he has, and thats to let him play. I like Aaron Murray...a lot. Experienced, mature, solid arm and fits the mold of a guy you can bring up the right way. Coming off an injury, so no real urgency to throw him out there. Let him learn the system, get accustomed to the speed of the game and build a better supporting cast. If hoyer doesn't pan out, well, its cleveland. We dont expect much. But I dont want to waste a high pick on a maybe. I'd rather them fix the supporting cast first then put another high pick out there who will be destined to fail behind a shoddy line without playmakers.
Roby is fast. Evidenced by the numerous times he bit on a double move, yet seemed to be right with the receiver when the ball arrived. Or when he would come from the opposite side of the field and make a touchdown saving tackle when a receive got free on a h bubble screen (yes, I mean you jeremy gallon!) His main adjustment at the next level is going to be to realize that everyone is fast in the nfl. Cant gamble as often on routes with pro receivers.
This could be the first sign of the zombie apocalypse...because you know al davis will come back from beyond to pick RDS in the first round.
40 times can tend to be overrated anyways. Anyone remember joe haden and his 4.6 forty? It was said that could be a killer for his draft stock. Now, as a browns fan, I can tell you joe haden does not play at a 4.6. Hes one of the best cover corners in the league. Im not sure how fast he is, but he is physical and has great footwork and hip movement. Im pretty sure that legit talent evaluators put more stock into a guys 3 cone and shuttle drills then they do 40 times. Because when was the last time a guy ran straight down the field untouched off the snap? The 40 is more of a personal thing between these guys...bragging rights basically.
Whoa...I think bam Childress and taurian Washington would like to have a word with you. They were the true spring game warriors. And lets be real...thomas redshirted last year. And his freshman year the coaches themselves said they had no faith in the passing game. So he really hasn't had the chance to show anything on game day. The opportunity is there for him to grab a starting spot and prove it.
But comparing him to one of the biggest wastes of talent in recent history at ohio state is plenty unfair. Small wasnt just a bust as a player...he showed to be a bust at life in general. Thomas has thus far shown no inkling of being the kind of headache off the field as small was.