Exactly how I feel and like most in here, I also know my opinion is pretty meaningless and not going to actually matter. I just think it’s funny that the proponents of Cam don’t seem to care that he’d play out the final year of his contract with no safety net. If he’s traded, I’d be shocked if the new team didn’t at least extend him a couple years.
Also, you are so right on the injuries. 2015 was his last fully healthy year. Even in 2017, we weren’t even sure if he’d play at the start because of the surgery on the shoulder after 2016 where we shut him down the last weeks. His arm looked awful the first few weeks of 2017. Heck he had 11 games of 129 to 185 yards passing. We won two games where Cam had 129 yards passing (1 TD passing total in both games).
I’m not optimistic that he’ll ever get back to 2015 and way too many people are acting like he’s guaranteed to get back there now that he’s healthy, which we don’t know yet. There’s been a lot of workout videos over the past 4 years. Looks great but he still hasn’t been healthy.
I'm inclined to select Simmons over Brown at the moment, I think 2nd level versatility / athleticism is the key to a quality defense aside from the pass rush / defending the run. And based on the ''current roster'' with Poe and KK I think I'd like Simmons at 7.
The LB's that can do it all are rare; he can play the run, cover, and blitz, then factor in ''elite'' athleticism / size. As disruptive as Brown and Kinlaw are I think Simmons' skill set is elite at the next level and would be a good fit next to Shaq. (The 2nd level pursuit would be crazy for us - Burns / Shaq / Simmons)
And until I see Poe released, I don't see us taking Brown or Kinlaw, DL depth in FA or Day 2 of the draft would be the move in this scenario**
There is barely a correlation between hand size and fumbling. And Burrow is one of the most accurate passers in college football history. While its a data point it doesn't matter so much.
There is more correlation with cold weather performance. Fans make a bigger deal about hand size that the NFL does.