I hate to see Boykin cut but it is what it is. Hopefully Norwood plays well. On another note I was one of the first to say that Ginn will make an impact as a receiver not just in special teams. Right now he is the best receiver on the team
brown was in there to see what he could. That is the whole point of the preseason. He came in late to boost his confidence after stinking up the joint in the first half. The bigger question is why Boykin hasn't played more. Sure he is inconsistent in practice but then again so was Delhomme and countless others who are gamers not practice warriors. I think given how bad Brown has sucked after looking much better last year they are giving him every chance to show he has improved versus going through a sophomore slump.
I know you made this thread and are defending your idea that this guy would be worth a look. But let's be real here, there are a bunch of better options who haven't had multiple injuries which are potentially career ending. Plus unless you are related to him or are his agent, why the hard on for an injury prone guy who is all but washed up.? sure sure look at he potential, lol. We won't be picking him up so just let the thread die.
exactly. And exactly what has he done at this point to engender hope he could come in and play for us this year. If we wanted him down the road we can wait to see whether he has anything left and pick him up down the road. Whoever picks him up this year won't get their monies worth and have to be desperate. I can't se him being better than Boykin or other guys already on the roster. He will be lucky to even play again with any semblance of his prior speed and acceleration. It is bad enough for a player like a linemen to rehab from that kind of injury. But for a receiver who has to have speed and acceleration to do his job and certainly to be an upgrade for us, it is unlikely he will come all the way back. Certainly not enough to sign him to a contract. At this point we need a guy who can challenge for a starting position, not a project.
First of all Davis is the exception not the rule. He is the only player who has éver had 3 ACL surgeries on the same knee and returned to play at a high level. For that matter I have had the ACL surgery on my right knee so I very familiar with the procedure and rehab. Secondly Achilles injuries as a different thing all together. Beason and Godfrey both had Achilles surgery and it took years to even play and regain any of their speed or acceleration. I don't know of any player who has ever had multiple ACL surgeries and Achilles surgery and played at a high level. So no it doesn't matter what his potential was before the surgeries, after them the potential is low and he has bust written all over him. Particularly this year and next. If he were to come back it will take at least 2 years or longer to see what he can do. We can't wait that long.
I don't know what Boykin can do more than he already has. He plays special teams, catches everything and makes first downs. He isn't a burner but he excels at route running and getting open. He know where to be and where the seams and holes will be. He is a good sized physical receiver who knows how to use his body unlike Brown who lets the ball and the defender into his body playing too soft.
The play most likely wasn't poorly designed. When you design it on paper it works like you drew it up every time. The problem is always in the execution. Or the wrong play for the wrong defense. Whatever. You only see what happened not what was supposed to happen. You can be sure that they didn't draw it to happen like it did. That is my pet peeve with people complaining about the play calling all the time. Most of the time they have no clue what was called or whether it was changed at the line during the play or run correctly. Unless you know all that you only think you know what was called and infer from the play that it was called exactly as it ran. and if anyone screws up like 2 receivers in the same area it was designed that way. I bet that isn't close to the truth. Gets off soapbox........
Not sure the O line will be improved this game although I think for the season they will be. Kalil is out and Remmers is going to play some center tonight for the first time in the NFL. Williams will get more snaps and he is a rookie with no NFL experience. Not sure how they will do tonight. I hope that Boykin gets work with the 1s. Honestly he and Ginn have looked the best so far. I hope Funchess gets work if he is healthy. He needs the work and has looked good in minimal play so far.as well I will be interested in how many times we blitz or pressure Brady versus sit back in a zone shell and keep everything in front of us as Brady nickels and dimes us down the field. Finally if Belicheck is gameplanning he will skew the defense to take something away from the offense which will likely be the run game by loading the box and daring Cam to throw the ball. So I expect the passing game to look better than the running game honestly..
You have to look at the overall state of the franchise when Rivera got here to evaluate his success or failure. He inherited a 2-14 that was historically bad The cupboard was bare and we had a new quarterback that most folks thought would need at least 2 years to even be a starter and we were saddled with large contracts. Our coaching staff was new and we had no offseason given the strike. So going from 2-14 to 6-10 was considered a win. We went 7-9 the second year which actually was a disappointment although an improvement in record. Hurney and Chud exit, Gettlemen comes in and Shula gets promoted. We go 12-4 and Rivera is named coach of the year. Then last year after Smitty leaves we supposedly have the worst offense in the league, Caam has offseason surgery and misses the off-season so he gets no work with his brand new receivers and gets injured in the preseason. So we start off 2-0 and then win 1 of the next 9 so we are 3-8. Despite the injuries and car wreck, Cam plays well at the end of the season, we start 7 rookies in a playoff game, beat Arizona and end up losing to Seattle who finishes 1 yard from winning the Superbowl. I cant say that is the formula for firing a guy at all. Truth is that Gettlemen knew we were in trouble last year and likely was thrilled we won the division and won a home playoff game for the first time since 2003. Rivera and staff were hired as much for their ability to teach and develop players as they were for just wins and losses. They have done that very well. I expect us to have a wining season this year and win the division again. I also expect that Rivera will be here a while honestly.
So let's watch the game and then predict the results of the season based on that and see how close we were at the end of the season. If we do that for the next 10 years we might be able to draw accurate predictions. 2 seasons under Shula or even 4 under Rivera is not enough data to say much.
With kalil out and Remmers playing his first snaps as a center, I don't know if we can expect a real power run game. The chemistry is brand new with Remmers playing center and Williams at right tackle. But you can expect Belicheck to take something away so they can make us 1 dimensional. With Benjamin out it would be the running game. Contain the running game including Cam and make him beat you through the air. That is what I would do until he showed he could beat it.