No mention of Boykin. I just watched some of his highlights and I didnt realize how tall the guy is. He has good hands too. I dont expect him to be the WR1, but I think that he is not mentioned often when we talk about our WRs. He as played much better than Brown has so far this year for certain. I have seen him catch everything that comes his way.
I remember how bad I wanted Jimmy Pickles to start at QB. Im my defense... Many were on the "Matt Moore is the future" bandwagon... and after 5 or 6 years of Jake (whom I will always love) I could not sit back and watch another sub-par QB be crowned for the next 5-15 years. Jimmy teh Pickles was who he was, and his suckage caused us to go 2-14 and drat our real future at QB. So, actually I wasnt wrong... in a sense.
I also want to add how fast our secondary has come in 2 years.
We were signing scrubs off the street (some of whom were gettlemagic) a few years ago, now with Norman, Shaq, Bene, Tillman, Boston and companywe have one of the best secondaries in the league. Shaq will be a big part of this as we saw on his endzone plays against Miami. He will have lots of versatility, dropping back into pass coverage unexpectedly (without bringing different personnel) and generate Turnovers for our offense.
He is going to be great. They like our LB squad because they dont have to change personnel if the offense changes plays. Yea he may be a little small when it comes to tackling big RBs and FBs, but we have a large front 4 that is suppossed to negate some of that momentum, and our team also gang tackles. If he makes a play in the open field because of his athleticm, all he has todo is tackle well and hold on til Luke or Davis or the safeties help him gang tackle.
Our defense is going to be good, and Shaq is going to be great. I saw flashes in Miami that I know this kid is for real, and he couldnt have came to a better situation than with Rivera and McDermott.
Things can get complicated in these situations. If we cut Tolbert and Brockel, who will back up Ward at FB? Even though Tolbert isnt a good fullback, he is probably still a good RB2, so that gives him flexibility at two postions (like Brockel, but better at both) Also I am sure the coaches like Tolbert as a leader. I know that is cliche, but when it is 20 degrees and snowing in green bay you need high character leaders to keep the team fighting.