Wasn't overly impressed with Ealy as a rookie and the reports out of camp haven't been positive. Wasn't a fan of the pick at the time, but I just keep reminding myself that it wasn't until year three that CJ and Hardy really emerged.
Gettleman isn't going to panic 4 days into training camp. If Oher gets abused like a ragdoll in the first preseason game, then I think we'll be open to some additional possibilities. Jake Long is currently unemployed for a reason. He's probably wanting a lot of money and he probably wouldn't mind missing out on training camp as an added bonus. Somebody around the league will get hurt or some team will realize the answer isn't on the roster and he'll eventually get a call from a team willing to put enough money on the table to get him off the couch. Maybe that team will be us and maybe it won't. I wouldn't bet much money on it.
We really don't know how Gettleman will approach free agency in the future. We know how he's approached it while we've been relatively cap strapped with contracts that need to be shed, but I wouldn't necessarily just assume that is how he will always approach free agency. With that said, if Okung did hit the open market, I wouldn't expect us to be major players in that sweepstakes. A plug and play top 10 LT in the prime of his career? He'll get PAID.
I'm not a huge fan of having a starter at one position being the primary backup for another. If something happened to Kalil, instead of just having to adapt to a new guy at C, the OL would have to adapt to two changes - new C and new RT. That's assuming that Remmers will be the starter at RT.
Unless we change our philosophy, I don't see how it makes sense to keep 6-7 WRs. We rarely go 5 wide and Olsen is always in there on passing downs, so we rarely have more than 3 WRs on the field at a time. If that remains the case, which I almost certainly think it will, keeping 6-7 WRs isn't a good move.
Seems like most are deeply divided on Oher. Some want to disregard any negative and blindly hope he's the answer. Some have already made up their mind that he sucks and we're going to have a turnstile at LT again. We're 4 days into training camp. Calm down folks. Lots of guys are going to have some ups and downs through camp. I want to see some preseason game action before I get too concerned or too excited.
This. Living out here in CO, I used to have access to free Broncos suite tickets for virtually every home game through work. Went to plenty and never once wore any Panthers gear. Didn't even occur to me to do so.