This is a silly train of thought. If you don't think Gettleman knows this teams weaknesses intimately than you don't have a lot of faith in the man. If you think he doesn't have a team of people scouting other teams for possibilities to upgrade those weaknesses, again, I think you are wrong.
If you should be hoping for anything, it is that the players on our team show they can handle the starting role against good competition. That way, we don't have our hand forced into paying way to much for a stop-gap veteran or being forced to trade away draft picks to secure the spot.
Reading this thread is also a lesson in the stupidity of over analyzing a preseason game. Jut look at everyone complaining about how our DEs suck.
I think some of that stems from a simple misunderstanding of the D-line.
The best DE's in the world are going to look rather mediocre if they are not paired with good DTs. There are a variety of reasons for this. The most obvious being blocking assignments. If the lineman are able to block the DTs without using a double team, this increases the emphasis on blocking the DEs (especially bull-rushing DEs) Also, if the QB has a well developed pocket to sit in due to lack of interior push, it can appear that the DEs are just not applying any pressure at all.
*This is just another reason to be really excited about our defense this season!!!
The most likely pull for Gettleman, and not nearly as favorable as getting a player from the Detroit roster would be pulling a young cut from the Giants roster.
They have Boothe and Snee in starter roles at guard and multiple young quality backups along the line including S Caspers (3rd year) , M Jasper (2nd year), Stephen Goodin (2nd year), Chris Degeare (3rd year), etc.
7th round draft pick Eric Herman could likely be hidden away on their practice squad.
There is a really interesting position battle for RG in Detroit right now.
They have three solid NFL veterans: Dylan Gandy, Jake Scott and Leroy Harris, they couldn't pass up the opportunity to draft Larry Warford when he fell to them in the 3rd. With the LG position solidified with Rob Sims and second year man Rodney Austin, it is likely that one of the three veterans competing for the RG spot will be released.
This is aided by the fact that the Lions really like UDFA Darren Keyton who can also play back-up Center.
It is possible, if Warford wins the starting role (which I assume the Lions are pushing for) 2 of the 3 veteran guards could be released.
Look for Dylan Gandy, Jake Scott, Rodney Austin, Rob Sims or Leroy Harris to hit the market after final cuts are made. That is just too many highly paid players for one position.
the "Most Important" players are those whose play is most critical to the team's success. Typically, they will be young, injury-prone and/or inconsistent players who could just as likely play well and help the team as play poorly or miss games to hurt the team.
*This is how they decide "Most-Important
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