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My Early Training Camp, Pre-Season 53*

28 July 2013 - 04:42 PM

It's Sunday, I'm bored and all I've been doing is catching up on TC write-ups provided by our fortunate brethren here and over at an inferior site...Here's my take "thus far" on our 53...


All in depth chart order-



C. Newton

D. Anderson

J. Clausen (wraps up final year of his rookie deal iirc)




J. Stewart

K. Barner (3rd down/receiving threat we've been looking for)



M. Tolbert 

R. Brockel



S. Smith

B. LaFell

T. Ginn (big play ability out weighs the occasional drop given our roster)

D. Hixon (veteran depth, but oft-injured)

A. Edwards (I don't think he makes the team next year though)

D. Gettis (I think his size/speed/potential buy him another year)



G. Olsen

B. Harstock

N. Rosario (along with Barner I'm hoping he surprises a lot of us in the passing game)



J. Gross

B. Campbell (The future???)



B. Bell

G. Williams



A. Silatolu



G. Hangartener

E. Kugbila



R. Kalil

J. Beyers (rotational G, to save additional roster spot)



C. Johnson

F. Alexander



G. Hardy

M. Addison



S. Lotulelei

D. Edwards

K. Short (will see a lot of 3rd and pass snaps with 3 DE's)

F. Kearse (I like his size/youth and the fact he has some NFL exp over Gaydosh/Cole)



T. Davis

J. Senn



L. Kuechly

C. Blackburn



J. Beason

A. Klein



D. Florence (exp vet stop gap)

C. Munnerlyn (Capt. as has been plays the nickel vs 3WR)

J. Norman

J. Thomas

J. Dockery  (I'm intrigued by his size and play last year--6'1 it's needed as WR's  seem to get bigger)



C. Godfrey

C. Jones (ST's ace, that's about it)



M. Mitchell (I think his physical play-style eventually supplants Campbell)

D. Campbell (Only other S who could likely back up Godfrey in case of injury--Lester was a FS at ALA however)

R. Lester (with an increase of teams using 3 WR sets and still maintaining a run threat I expect to see more "big nickel" sets defensively to match up, which increases need at SS)



G. Gano



B. Nortman



J. Jansen



K. Barner



T. Ginn


Key Departures-


T. Poole-With Williams/Stewart/Barner/Tolbert ahead of him I just don't think his game is dynamic enough to keep a spot on the 53.


K. Pilares-One of my favorites but his lack of size and the additions of Hixon/Ginn, new talent at KR/PR, and the potential emergence of AE and there's just no room.


J. Adams-See Pilares


C. Cole-With a youth movement at DT and NT locked down by Star, it seems more valuable to continue with Kearse as the back up he's  been solid and is an impressive space eater at 6'5 325+


J. Williams-With the additions of Klein, and Blackburn along with the "Beasts" return there just isn't enough room


D.J. Moore-I think Norman, Thomas, and Dockery bring more to the table, and that Moore was signed originally as a Capt replacement (he's 5'8) before Capt resigned. Coupled with Florence/Capt's nickel experience I don't see a place for him in the secondary. 


H. Nakamura-Accept it he failed....miserably and he's not gonna eventually develop into a starter. Time to move on I remember a post with a quote on an inferior site after we signed Naka by his former head coach (J. Harbaugh) that basically said, "he's good but only on ST's" (coming from an eventual SB ring bearer)--For what it's worth I didn't even start this man on Madden lol, he was my 1st cut (I paid the cap penalty proudly :) ).


Hope you enjoyed my write-up, and I can't wait, because now that training camp has begun the season will be here before you know it!

So Many Are Worried About Our Offense...I Just Don't See The Problem

29 April 2013 - 11:46 AM

The offense averaged 28.8 ppg (through the final 6), compared to 18.8 (through the first 10)...There was a graphic that displayed during the draft (Rd 1 I believe) that illustrated this. All this uproar about weapons, weapons, weapons is currently unwarranted.

When Chud got his head out his ass trying to run the read option as our base running game and we returned to more traditional runs the offense became much more effective, opening up play-action opportunities and easier reads as defenses had to begin to respect the run.

We've all seen what out WR's/HB's can do when healthy, and properly utilized-

Smitty: +1,100 yds each the last two seasons

Olsen: 843 yds (as the feature TE, ranked 10th best in the NFL at the position http://www.footballn...rankings/22410/ )

LaFell: 677 yds (in his first full season as a starter as the 3rd option)

Hixon: 567 yds as the 3rd option in an crowded NYG receiving corps.

Gettis: 508 yds in his lone healthy season, with a revolving door full of untalented QB's as the 2nd/3rd option during the lame duck season and "Fox Ball" (ACL-now two yrs removed should be at 100%--Gettis is my X-Factor this season, and Panthers come back player of the year)

Factoring in an infusion of talent in our return men roles with the additions of Ginn and Barner, as much as Adams may improve I think he'll like just spell those two. But even in that scenario our offense should enjoy better field position from an improved special teams unit.

So while we did not draft offensively the way many of us were thinking/hoping (myself included), we really aren't as weak on offense as many of our fellow huddler's/experts would expect you to believe.

And keep in mind everything above does not even include getting Kalil back on the O-Line, and Williams/Stewart/Tolbert all coming back healthy, homerism aside I'd say any defensive coordinator is going to have their hands full scheming to keep all the talent we have in check.

Alternate Solutions to the Crowded Backfield

14 February 2013 - 10:41 AM

Been reading all the comments lately about Stew's re-structure and everyone wanting to cut D-Will. But Williams was our most consistent back, and has been. Stewart has been hurt each of the last couple of seasons and as a feature back can we depend on him to hold up managing the bulk of the carries?

D-Will has always expressed his interest in staying and I don't see why he wouldn't be open to a re-structured deal as well given the signing bonus he received last season...

I'd be curious to know how much cutting Tolbert would free up, in conjunction with a Williams re-structure. As much as I like Tolbert his role was limited until Stew's injury, and I don't think the offense would miss him. Broeckel, or another FA could fill the H-Back role at a cheaper rate.

I just don't think we should split up one of the best rushing tandems if we can work around it, especially witht the commitment we saw to running the ball traditionally the last half of the year. IMO you cannot ignore Williams' production if a re-structure is available.

Just my .02.