I'm no NFL quarterback scout, but I have watched and played A LOT of football through the years, and it's hard to deny(at least with a straight face) that Haskins "appears" to have "it". You can just tell when someone throws. It's quick... it's effortless... the ball zips out and looks good... he can throw it a country mile... He did have a fe spotty accuracy issues, but overall everything we've seen of him on and off the live game stuff passes every eye test with flying colors. He delivers much faster than Jones with very nearly the same arm strength, and he looks night and day smoother and better overall at throwing the ball than Barrett. I don't have live game "stats" for you, but when you don't, you have to use what I've used here. To me the only times he has looked a little off was completely and totally attributable to his youth, and his newfound bigstage. And if Joe thought he was truly better - he wouldn't have left. He saw a kid pushing to take the spot he coveted and anticipated, and ran for higher ground.
I presonally think Alford "making it clear" that Weber was the starter was coach speak for, "I don't wanna give away how excited we are for Dobbins, nor do I wanna crush Weber mental mojo"... DObbins will start more than one game this season and end the season with roughly the same yards as Weber.
Ima take credit for calling saunders as the 7th man over grimes and harris... good route runner... reminds me of another upstart from the late 80's early 90's, Brian Stablein. A little smaller, but CJ will catch 10-12 balls this yr
leading receiver(catches) - Parris Campbell
Leading receiver(yards) - Parris Campbell
Leading Rusher... hmm.. 2 weeks ago I called for 950 Weber, 650 Dobbins... But I think it's nearly 50/50 now... I'm basing that on, not only Weber's dinged hammy, but his overall injury history, and his lack of production down the stretch.. I think Dobbins is even better than the hype and that the coaches have been downplaying it... I know Alford and Meyer have gushed, but both have also been quick to say he's not the starter, or to make predictions... I'll take Dobbins... His ability to break ankles at the 2nd level is truly on another level, and those big plays will get him carries and starts at a faster rate than expected... 850/800 DOBBINS.
INt's - Ward
TFL's - Landers
Sacks - go on a limb and pick Hubbard... I think Sam has a monster year. If his physical transformation from last year is any indication... and I think it will prove to be.. I'll call for sam to have 11, Lewis 9.5, and Bosa 8
Tackles - Chris WOrley, but Booker may surprise here.
OMVP - Barrett
DMVP - Hubbard, but I also like Dremont Jones and Denzell Ward.
bold prediction.. somebody already said Campbell returns the opening KO... I like that.. another out of the box would be:lose to psu, and then beat PSU in playoffs.
the only "assumption" I made on the alabama thang was that he must've been shot or something.. I mean since bamas already proven that you can start game 1 without a suspension for dui...
yea, based on what stud said the last couple of days, his pass-blocking isn't close... back-up guard... maybe 3 -deep..
Next year, who knows? COuld be literally any position in '18. He'll get some mop-up duty, but as good as these young OL are, they're not cracking the two-deep to start the season. I do think Myers could pass knox by BiGplay though.
right? Do we even have a back-up punter?
maybe the 5th DE down the chart, or the chart itself, had something to do with it...
I agree. It may not be a strength but it still has to be respected and given effort in game-situations. Nobody thought we were going to throw it deep because we didn't throw it deep, and when we did against Clemson... that was like showing up on campus and throwing it deep... how could we have ever expected-it to be successful when we had nearly NO game-reps doing-it.. I mean it worked because of the PI's to move the ball.. and in all fairness the nice arc and spirals from JT had me wondering why we hadn't been doing-it.. but they still were incomplete. IAnd don't care if we dont complete a single bomb, but you MUST show you're willing to do it, and at any time, for it ever to be effective down the line, and for it to open-up the box for the running game.
I know we've seen our spring game breakout flash-in-the-pans before, but Burrow has been solid imo. I think there's a very realistic shot he starts game one in '18. He's smart, accurate, and not given enough credit for his athleticism. With the way Wilson leverages the outside-edge of defenses so well, you don't need that athlete to be a rb like JT, you just need for him to have 4.6ish speed to get what's open when it's open, and Burrow has that.
not misses.. the numbers just haven't been there... not just the elite ranking, but sheer numbers... since Meyer arrived its the only unit that hasn't stockpiled..
plus, these guys, like the article says, are more physically ready to play than the usual elite4/5 star OL recruits.. not much development in terms of strength, already big boys.. road-graters...
i know you're having fun with that, but Munford would have been much higher given different circumstances... played 3 games last season... looked really good doing-it too. Plus, even with Myers and Davis getting all the hype, Meyer seems to default to mentioning Thayer a lot. Past has shown that those little verbal nods mean a lot.. Which is also why I think Dixon has moved ahead of Hill at WR.
I've always thought Pridgeon would be the favorite despite his "tackle-dimensions".. he looked great last year in camp and was primed to play a lot or start, so It's hard for me to imagine him not being the fave for the spot.. he's a great combination of size and agility... he plays with good pad level to offset the height.. Burrell the first Guard in, Davis the 2nd, and Knox the third. Knox was in cement against Clemson. He just can't get off the ball and imo lacks the agility to start. Of course, I think they should take some good hard looks at Pridgeon over Prince and then Burrell would defo start at g. If Bowen is the first tackle-in, then Pridgeon is without question the next best option there.
johnny Dixon isn't gonna be a third teamer... we know Wilson is technically a starter at hb, and devin smith is a starter, but I think Dixon has earned equal time with Michael Thomas and Evan Spencer. Spencer is the blocking wr at that spot, Thomas the redzone guy, and Dixon the all-purpose guy... Dixon will see as many snaps as the others.
I realize you have reeves OR apple, but I'd have Apple in bold... also.. IMO if billy price is NOT a starter on this OL then we don't have any OL problems. Billy will start at guard. I think he might be the second best OL(right now) on this team.. jmo.