Well I think it had alot to do with what they saw when he was on the practice squad.
What a story this would be if we ended up with a replacement on the roster for Gross and didn't have to waste a top pick to get him.
The tough part is. No way we are going to be able to hide him on the P.S. (if he still eligible) Plus he wouldn't clear waivers. So we are pretty much stuck with him on the roster though he is probably still raw.
But as ThunderKat notes he knows Dline moves so that is an advantage.
I disagree, Dave. I think he will spend the year on the PS learning the LT position. Currently, he is a project/hypothetical OT and a raw DT who would not have made the roster as a DT.
I am not sure about his eligibilty-I think he was on the roster for 9 games?
His biggest advantage, in my limited opinion, is the fact that he played TE, not DT. He may have gone against the DEs and OLBs in practice on scout teams, but he was a DT. If anything, his DL experience may be limited to a few hand moves--
about your second sentence--that would be great, even if he never becomes more than depth. Chandler is an athlete with size and strength. Gross will be a great teacher and he has been shadowing Gross. He is a longshot, but we have no depth behind Gross anyway. I like the move.