bummer. i never saw ward make any substantial plays in preseason where he completely dominated his inferior opponents though, so i can't say i'm entire surprised to see him go. hopefully he catches on somewhere else.
this is probably a simplistic comparison but he reminds me of hardy in his early days in that his biggest weakness is being able to seal off the contain on the edge of that line. i remember a lot of hardy's early promise was snuffed out by his tendency to let the tackle set the edge on him, back in the days when it seemed like opponents could run off tackle for fifteen-yard gains at will. ealy seems to have this same problem. hopefully he finds a hardy-level solution
eight sacks is one every two games. assuming he's starting every game, this means he has to register a half a sack one-on-one per game as a guy who will get a lot of one-on-one opportunities (CJ, KK, and star will get extra attention frequently) to get eight sacks. considering our defense will probably be on the field 70% of the game i'd say he'll have plenty of opportunity to eclipse that.
gararaoppololo threw two terrible pick sixes that our guys mercifully dropped. should've been two interceptions on the first-team offense with brady and two on the second team. if our defensive backs and receivers had hands it'd be 27-10 panthers and everyone would be crying
the above statlines are reasonable projections with a new improved offensive lines. that's a 3700 yard passing season for cam, which puts us up there with the 2012 offense. if funch boosts his game and breaks 1000, all things being equal cam would throw for 4000, back to the 2011 level. if the funch turns out to be ineffective, take 100 yards off of each those receivers' totals and 3 wins off the board. funch is the lynchpin to our season imo
every brown touchdown i recall last year was him falling backwards with the ball bouncing into his cradled chest and managing to stick. maybe my memory has a selection bias but i can't remember ever see him make the archetypical over-the-shoulder catch or the outstretched hands grabs necessary to play receiver in this league. those are all coaching issues and tbh it's a blight on ricky proehl that his mechanics are this bad. we're not cutting corey brown though. dude is an unbelievably good route runner and seems to constantly find himself wide open. i don't know that he'll ever become a number one in this league, or even a number two, but i think he'll improve as the year progresses.