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#76 OnlyPantherFaninMaine

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 01:06 AM

We currently have one WR under contract. That one WR is approaching 35 years old and is now best suited for the slot. That one wide receiver is no longer a true #1 and can be used to mold his successor and a young guy that will grow and play with Cam for a long time. Wide receiver is the way we need to go assuming one of the top OT prospects doesn't fall right into our laps.

 

Teams are able to stack the box and focus on our running game because no one really respects our passing game outside of Olsen and an aging Steve Smith. We have no consistent deep threat and no one that can get valuable yards after the catch or break a game wide open. Our running game will improve as Amini gets healthy and competition emerges for the RG and RT positions after getting some guys healthy and drafting one more at those positions in the second or third rounds.

 

We will have a much clearer idea where we are going early in this draft after FA but we have ignored the wide receiver position for far too long. It is unlikely we find Gross' replacement at LT at #28 and I'd be willing to bet an impact WR can benefit this team right away compared to a rookie offensive linemen who will likely be on roller skates his first season and struggle against any upper-eschelon pass rushers. Last years top offensive tackles in the draft struggled all season long and while some mid-round linemen played well. 



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 01:45 AM

OLine is the most urgent position to draft. We have know LT right now bring him back still needs to get replaced since he's up their in age. The OLine protects are franchise QB. The Oline opens holes for are expensive backfield. The Oline blocks to give the WR enough time to get open. Does a WR do have that not even close. Not saying its not important just not the top issue. If Cam didn't have the ability to escape so much are line would have been light years worse. OLine you build from the trenches not the flashing positions.

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 04:48 AM

We had a top ten rushing attack. Bottom of the bottom as a passing attack. Am I missing something?

Stats are just numbers. There were no deep balls. There were deep balls when Cam had time. The OLine got no push when DWill and JStew ran the ball. Cam and Tolbert were the attack due to undesigned Cam rushing plays and Tolbert running over people. The line needs work. Esp if we can get Nicks for cheap as our #2, we def got OL in first round, CB in 2nd.



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 07:27 AM

This is the same argument we had on the defense last year.  DB or DT.  One will enhance the other.  If you go WR you get Better, faster route runners means less time to protect the QB meaning less sacks.    If you go OL then QB has more time to throw making mediocre WR look good.

 

IMO I think we need to make this decision after the free agency opens up and we address it.    If we sign Hicks then we probably shoot after OL.  If we were to sign someone like Clady we will go WR.



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 08:06 AM

The potential problem is if you look at most draft boards the premier tackles will be gone before we draft. 



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 08:30 AM

I don't think we can go wrong with either a WR or an OL due to the fact either could be an upgrade.  The fact of the matter is without a halfway decent OL, you can't run, can't set up the play action pass, can't get those short yardage TDs, and protect Cam (our Franchise).

 

You can have the best OL in the world, give Cam 8 seconds to throw, run for 200 yards a game, but when you NEED that last minute drive, you need guys who can catch it, who can get open, who can make a play.

 

I don't think we can go wrong so long as we pick the best WR and/or OL in the draft and FA.  We'll only get better.



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 09:01 AM

Two guards or two WRs would help but we need both and want get both in the draft.

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 02:05 PM

O-line is A priority.

So is receiver, corner, and safety.

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 02:12 PM

This is the same argument we had on the defense last year. DB or DT. One will enhance the other. If you go WR you get Better, faster route runners means less time to protect the QB meaning less sacks. If you go OL then QB has more time to throw making mediocre WR look good.

IMO I think we need to make this decision after the free agency opens up and we address it. If we sign Hicks then we probably shoot after OL. If we were to sign someone like Clady we will go WR.


And look what upgrading DT did for our defense, when your great upfront it makes everything else look better

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 02:17 PM

O-line is A priority.

So is receiver, corner, and safety.

 

yep. take the best available from those positions when it's our turn to pick.

 

and fill in the gaps with FAs where we can.

 

if we get a bargain in the early part of FA when it opens up in march, then cool.

 

focus needs to be on getting the best available options for all of those positions. all are huge issues that needs addressed and we only hurt ourselves by limiting ourselves to just one or two there.
 



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 02:17 PM

And look what upgrading DT did for our defense, when your great upfront it makes everything else look better

 

good point.
 



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 02:23 PM

And look what upgrading DT did for our defense, when your great upfront it makes everything else look better


But you had talent behind them at the LB position. So while it did make the secondary look better. You already had a good set of LB. A Oline will make the running game better but it still doesn't help sub par WR's from getting separation , making catches, and getting YAC yards.
We need to get Cam some weapons to throw to plain and simple.

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 03:19 PM

yep. take the best available from those positions when it's our turn to pick.

and fill in the gaps with FAs where we can.

if we get a bargain in the early part of FA when it opens up in march, then cool.

focus needs to be on getting the best available options for all of those positions. all are huge issues that needs addressed and we only hurt ourselves by limiting ourselves to just one or two there.


Absolutely, there are guys out in FA that can be starters on our o line that won't be devastating to the cap and will be 5 times more talented than Byron bell. Obviously if something silly like Taylor (Tyler?) lewan falls to us in the draft, then by all means we go o line.


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