I found it extremely interesting that we were playing Gettis so early, so often. I'd like to write it off as us just giving him a final look b/c the coaching staff decided he wasn't going to make it and just wanted to make sure they were right by giving him a last 'hail mary' with the 1st string... That being said, I don't think you let him out there and play that long - in the process exposing him and his abilities to other teams - without having a good idea that he'll be on your roster.
So, to accentuate on these decisions, here are a couple of guys that also made decisions a lot harder at those two spots -
For the WRs - Trent Guy, the aforementioned Gettis, and I already felt Wallace Wright was going to make it. I hope the injury isn't too serious... I excuse the fumble b/c he was trying to make something happen... It sucked, but he got open several times and made some nice grabs before he got hurt.
DBs - Glad Witherspoon decided to show up and play. He actually looked like a ball hawk out there. Seemed to move fluidly and displayed good body control on both INTs to put himself into a position to make the catch. In addition to that, he's got blazing speed and good-great return ability. Also, if I'm not mistaken, I thought I saw him come up and make a few tackles in run support. I just don't think you can let the combination of potential/talent/versatility he has go. Also, Stanford impressed me big time tonight. Nice hit and a nice play on a ball that I remember, but he should've made the INT on it.
So, how do I see our WRs and DBs corps shaping up... Hard to call it, but after tonight here it is:
Edwards (has to stay b/c of the price, I think he'll eventually be a gamebreaking type player, but this year he's gonna be spending a lot of time watching and we'll have to be patient)
Guy (close call)
Gettis (close call)
- At this point, I think Jarrett is in a bad position and could end up being cut to let Gettis get a spot and develop - He showed more in one game tonight than Jarrett has since he came here. The hits he took and to still hold onto the ball made a statement. He also seems to find the holes in the defense with ease and doesn't look anything like Gantt said he looked in TC.
If Jarrett is let go, I think K. Moore could still sneak in a spot, but I'm guessing with the youth movement, the emphasis on 'out with the old and in with the new' will continue and he'll fall victim to it as well.
I know the Guy prediction is possibly flame worthy - but as much positive things have been said about him, and then to put him out there the entire 1st half plus returning punts... that's got to say something. He's got that 'it' factor about him and reminds me of somewhere between Smitty and Davone Bess in his moves. I look forward to seeing more of him!
I've heard repeatedly that Francisco is in regardless b/c of his ST abilities but the guy can't stay healthy, so I think he's gone.
Pugh and Hudson are in for their versatility, with both currently at safety but able to step in and play CB in a pinch.
Wilson and Teal are gone... Watching those new guys out there tonight and the first two preseason games, I just don't see them hanging on. Wilson has still made some plays in the first 2 games, but I still think we're going with the youth/fresh faces overhaul.
Additionally, I'd like to point out, Hilee Taylor, Corvey Irvin, and either Leonard or Tyler is gone on the DL. And my camp sleeper (other than Guy), Eric Moore is a lock to make it -all IMHO.
Also, I'd like to point out Nic Harris seemed to play pretty well tonight and I think he's gonna give Ivy a run for his money.
That's all I got...
EDIT: Forgot to mention, if it wasn't clear that Goodson will have a spot here and his role will expand, it should be now.
Edited by Proudiddy, 29 August 2010 - 12:37 AM.