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Jeremy Igo

Kelvin Benjamin - Aside from the touchdown....

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I'd say he looked intimidated.

 

And rightfully so.

 

I am not the biggest Gilmore fan, I like McKelvin a little more.  But, I cannot imagine Gilmore being intimidated.  The guy plays without emotion or expression.  Go back to the time he was drafted he is on stage showing no emotion and you'll be hard pressed to find a press conference where he is smiling or showing any emotion.

 

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A few observations:

Gilmore looked hardly himself last night, disinterested and not full go. On the TD mentioned he failed to bother to turn his head; if he had done so the pass is easily deflected. Also, it was funny watching Gilmore watch Benjamin - he gave up and figured Benjamin would have done the same once the contact was made. If that was the average veteran player at WR, they'd have given up to, at least IMO. Benjamin has something to prove, a rookie and he got in a tough catch.

Gilmore struggled a bit last season early after recovering from a broken hand and the contact rules have really messed with him.

Don't kid yourself, Benjamin is a WR with an OLB/DE frame. There won't be many (if any) DBs that can match his strength and momentum. It wouldn't have mattered if Gilmore was himself last night. He'd still be slammed to the ground by Kelvin 9 out of 10 times.

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Gilmore was a top 10 pick entering his 3rd year. Used and abused. KB would have been a top 3 pick next year if he stayed. Lucky us.

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Don't kid yourself, Benjamin is a WR with an OLB/DE frame. There won't be many (if any) DBs that can match his strength and momentum. It wouldn't have mattered if Gilmore was himself last night. He'd still be slammed to the ground by Kelvin 9 out of 10 times.

 

Not that it matters getting in to what could have or might have...  but in most games I think Benjamin gets McKelvin.  He is far more athletic and faster then Gilmore.  He would have been able to keep up and get in to position much more easily then Gilmore.  And, slammed to the ground - nah, because they'd have just pulled the CB back 5 yards and any contact would be illegal.  Also, they'd have gone to a cover 4.

 

From the limited amount I saw of KB I have to believe the best way to cover him in the NFL is to intercept and cut him off in motion with the safety.  There is little to not reason to not double team him because there are no viable threats to catch a cold on the team.  Double coverage on KB will be done from his first snap in his first game.  Against the Bucs you will likely see the CB play inside and under on KB, avoid nearly all contact and let Goldson cover the top.  Goldson will likely even be the first player to make contact.  Being that he only ran a 4.61 Benjamin isn't blowing by anyone and defenders have a better chance at jumping his route then they do actually stopping him.  He's just too big and powerful.

 

If you can keep him outside it will be even easier but a nearly impossible task to do. 

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A few observations:

 

Gilmore looked hardly himself last night, disinterested and not full go.  On the TD mentioned he failed to bother to turn his head; if he had done so the pass is easily deflected.  Also, it was funny watching Gilmore watch Benjamin - he gave up and figured Benjamin would have done the same once the contact was made.  If that was the average veteran player at WR, they'd have given up to, at least IMO.  Benjamin has something to prove, a rookie and he got in a tough catch.

 

Gilmore struggled a bit last season early after recovering from a broken hand and the contact rules have really messed with him.

 

Quite frankly one of the most ridiculous things I've heard this week

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A few observations:

 

Gilmore looked hardly himself last night, disinterested and not full go.  On the TD mentioned he failed to bother to turn his head; if he had done so the pass is easily deflected.  Also, it was funny watching Gilmore watch Benjamin - he gave up and figured Benjamin would have done the same once the contact was made.  If that was the average veteran player at WR, they'd have given up to, at least IMO.  Benjamin has something to prove, a rookie and he got in a tough catch.

 

Gilmore struggled a bit last season early after recovering from a broken hand and the contact rules have really messed with him.

 

Gilmore did not look for the ball because he shoved Benjamin off his route when Benjamin turned to look for the ball with Gilmore trailing. Benjamin stumbled after the shoved and Gilmore thought it was over. He was so very very wrong.

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