I agree. In addition, Mayo was a tackling machine, and probably was never expected to do more than serve special teams--which seem to be the focus this offseason. We missed a ton of tackles on ST last year. So, when you need tackling on special teams and you don't think the NCAA's second leading tackler is worthy of consideration with a fifth-round comp pick, you probably didn't even consider the need and reason we drafted him.
Newton's points are valid, but he seems to lack inside info on this one, as you suggest. Preseason is only half over, and I am willing to bet that his chances are solid. I am sure he can learn to block. The issue with Wegher is this: Do we try to develop him on the PS or do we give him the roster spot? I am not so sure that it is about what Wegher brings to the table right now, but about what he might develop into on another roster. Wegher has been killing it on special teams. Newton is totally wrong on this one. We give Wegher a hard look tonight and especially vs. Pittsburgh. Special teams, running ability, fan favorite (reminds me of Fred Lane so much), potential to make you regret cutting him if he goes to another roster--he makes this team.
The thing that is most important is how Gettlemen understands the RB market. I doubt we have many RBs on second contracts while he is here--I firmly expect Stew to be the last one. Having said that, he can find talent on other rosters (Todman) at the end of the draft (CAP) and in the undrafted pile (Wegher) in ONE offseason, why overpay? We have a stable full of RBs, and if you remove Hurney's love child from the mix, they are dirt cheap.
Tolbert is NOT our second best RB. Damn. His last 10 games or so have produced something like a 1.8 yard per carry average and rarely was his yardage in double digits. How in the hell does that make him better than CAP, Todman, and Wegher? Tolbert is probably done. You don't carry 250 lbs on a 5'9" frame and take a beating for 10 years--Your career is probably 6-8 seasons.
THanks for sharing. Wow. Very close to my ideas. I am not sure Cox makes the roster, but I see the argument for putting him (or Miley) there. Your PS is solid too. LB is a bit scary, but we have Glanton and Mayo on the PS. I would love to see Marlowe make the backup SS and play Coleman at SS---but RR is in love with the slow-ass veteran Harper. Teddy Williams played himself onto the roster--if he continues to play well, we are set. I am tired of WR and CB being our weakness.
Rivera and Gettlemen got an infusion of young talent last season and went from something like 2-7 and made the playoffs. Not only do I see this as a thematic scenario, I think this is accurate. The only change I would make is this: Foucault has looked terrible. Doubt he makes the roster. On the fence about Cotchery, but this was a youth-themed roster, so I get it.
I think he will make the roster as well, however, who is he better than? Remember, Gettlemen says what he means and it is usually what he does--"The best 53 football players make this team." It will be interesting.
That is what I have been saying. Rivera and Tolbert go way back, but Tolbert is turning 30 soon, and RBs who carry excess weight and take a beating are usually done by 30. In fact, stats show they start waning around 27. Keep the youth. If you don't, you will be trying to figure out how to stop them.
If Gettlemen's words mean anything, then these 2 should make the team ("The best 53 players make this football team.") Personally, I think both will get time with the 1's next week. Whittaker and Brockel need to pay attention.
I will be specific, and I realize that i have very little to go on to make these moves--these are hunches. However, remember last year, when this team turned it around? Benwikere healed and took over a CB spot. Boston found a home at S. Turner and Norwell grabbed the reins at G. Remmers put Chandler out of his misery. Whittaker flashed. Where the hell did Glanton come from? Corey Brown provided some offensive spark. Marty Hurney paid the veterans here to get fat and lazy (figuratively) by overpaying them and not bringing in competition. Our depth is awesome--which is why we are winning preseason games by coming from behind in the second half. Brockel, Tolbert, Harper, Whittaker--in my opinion--should be casualties of the roster trimming. Brockel out, Ward in. (watch Brockel on the 2 Tolbert goal line runs in the first half vs. Miami. He clogs the hole on the first run and he runs by the S that stuffed Tolbert on the second run. Watch Ward blow people out of the hole later. Tolbert out, Wegher in. Not the same player, but Tolbert was never a true fullback--that is why we had Brockel, another player not a true fullback. I think it is time for a true fullback if we want to run it. Benjamin's injury makes this more important. Besides, RBs start declining at age 27. Tolbert is almost 30, and he carries extra weight. He is not getting better. Harper out, Marlowe in. Watch Dean Marlowe--he is a stud. His technique is not great, so I would start Coleman and bring in Marlowe to back up. Harper is way overrated and literally looks at times as if he is avoiding contact. Let's help him out. Whittaker out, Todman in. Todman is slippery and is better at special teams. Whittaker has been a pleasant surprise, but he never took the next step. I realize this probably ain't happenin', but an objective mind might agree.
You take it very well, PU. (Peeyoo?) I don't mind the passionate posts--I don't have to agree with you--but I admire your enthusiasm and ability to overlook many of the posters here who bear the burden of righteousness at all times. Dang, just saw the skunk stuff. Always late with my jokes.