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Old 09-02-2011, 01:49 AM   #1
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LT-Clady, OC-Walton, RG-Kuper, RT-Franklin : This is an excellent group. Clady and Kuper are near tops at their positions, Walton and Franklin are very good and will become great.

LG-Daniels vs Beadles : Stanley is very good and was much better than Beadles last season. I'd hoped Zane would have improved, but he's still easily blown off the line and has no feet. Stanley played the entire game last night and should be our starter this season. Like last year, he's still much better than Zane.

OC/OG-Olsen vs Ramirez vs Byers vs Hochstein : Eric looked very good last year and appears to have gotten stronger this year. He was impressive against the twos and threes last week at LG and at RG this week. He's also an OC and should be Walton's backup this year.
Byers has looked pretty good at OC against the threes with quick feet, awareness and strength. Like Olsen, he has Kuper-like determination to hustle downfield and finish plays. Needs to prove himself against starter-caliber, but a solid Center.
Ramirez has played OC in front of Byers and RG against the threes, but hasn't looked very good. He's slow and gets pushed ut of position regularly. Once Olsen replaced him at RG last night, the line, and Byers, looked a whole lot better. Neither Byers or Ramirez is good enough to make the 53-man, but if we were to keep either on the P-Squad, Byers is better and has upside.
Hochstein completely sucks az. I don't know how he ever made an NFL roster.

OT-Clark vs Grant vs Taylor : Like Stanley, Chris played all last night and looked good. He was servicable last season replacing Clady and should make the team as backup this year.
Grant only came in at the end of the game, but dominated his position. Hard to gauge him, as that's the only time he's played all preseason, but from what I saw he earned a P-Squad spot.
Herb has been Franklin's backup this preseason and hasn't looked good - at all. He shouldn't make the roster and isn't worth a P-Squad spot.

All last night, the OL was solid on the left with Clark and Daniels, but the rigth side was a problem. Taylor, Hochstein and Ramirez played the first half, essentially a swinging gate at RG and two cumbersome speedbumps at RT and OC. It was an improvement when Byers came in and Ramirez replace Russ 'suckfest' Hochstein, but still had problems on the right. The line didn't look good until Olsen came in at RG and Grant at RT. That should have been our second team all preseason, with Ramirez getting samples at OC/OG.

In conclusion, our starters should be Clady, Daniels, Walton, Kuper and Franklin. That's two probowlers and three very good linemen. Clark, Olsen and Beadles should be the backups, with Olsen able to play OC and either OG position, and Beadles at LG or RT.
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Old 09-02-2011, 02:15 AM   #2
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TE - Depth

Fells and Thomas is a great duo for this year. I've been very impressed by Thomas and his quick development over this short summer into a quality #2/receiving TE.

Gronkowski vs Green vs Rosario : Gronkowski has done everything right. He's a better blocker than Green and as good a receiver as Fells. He's also been in most every SP-Ts unit, including as a blocker on kickoffs, and done well. He's also the best backup FB option on the team, possibly better than Sylvester. He came in last season to have a great year and has done everything the team asked. That's a guy worth keeping.
Green has shown he can temporarily hold his own as a blocker and, though he hasn't been sharp at receiving, I think he's worth a roster spot. If he can bring his practice hands to the game, we'll have a great mismatch in the redzone. Next season, he could be our 3rd TE, but this year Gronkowski should be our 3rd with Green only coming in situationally.
Rosario has been unimpressive at blocking, receiving and SP-Ts. Good luck somewhere else.
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Old 09-02-2011, 04:04 AM   #3
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Fells and Thomas is a great duo for this year. I've been very impressed by Thomas and his quick development over this short summer into a quality #2/receiving TE.

Gronkowski vs Green vs Rosario : Gronkowski has done everything right. He's a better blocker than Green and as good a receiver as Fells. He's also been in most every SP-Ts unit, including as a blocker on kickoffs, and done well. He's also the best backup FB option on the team, possibly better than Sylvester. He came in last season to have a great year and has done everything the team asked. That's a guy worth keeping.
Green has shown he can temporarily hold his own as a blocker and, though he hasn't been sharp at receiving, I think he's worth a roster spot. If he can bring his practice hands to the game, we'll have a great mismatch in the redzone. Next season, he could be our 3rd TE, but this year Gronkowski should be our 3rd with Green only coming in situationally.
Rosario has been unimpressive at blocking, receiving and SP-Ts. Good luck somewhere else.
Problem is Rosario played for Fox in Carolina. That's bonus points.
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:35 AM   #4
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Gronkowski is what we thought he was last year... A 5th TE for Detroit about to get cut before McD thought he was roster worthy here.

And like most other McD projects, he isn't, especially with the 2 TEs drafted. Cut please
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Daniels was good last year? he was atrocious. He wasn't even a turnstile at least they only let 1 person through at a time, he has all the physical strength of a fat toddler in the run game and in the pass game he couldn't block a stationary object.

The sad truth is that we don't have a single OL backup who should even play on a 2nd unit.

Gronkowski had a great year last year? he couldn't catch a ball if they lathered both him and the ball in crazy glue and doublesided tape and nailed it to his hands, he is slower than most defensive ends, he doesn't block as well as Spencer Larsen - are you sure you didn't mistake him for his brother?
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Old 09-02-2011, 10:12 AM   #6
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Daniels was good last year? he was atrocious. He wasn't even a turnstile at least they only let 1 person through at a time, he has all the physical strength of a fat toddler in the run game and in the pass game he couldn't block a stationary object.

The sad truth is that we don't have a single OL backup who should even play on a 2nd unit.

Gronkowski had a great year last year? he couldn't catch a ball if they lathered both him and the ball in crazy glue and doublesided tape and nailed it to his hands, he is slower than most defensive ends, he doesn't block as well as Spencer Larsen - are you sure you didn't mistake him for his brother?
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LT-Clady, OC-Walton, RG-Kuper, RT-Franklin : This is an excellent group. Clady and Kuper are near tops at their positions, Walton and Franklin are very good and will become great.
This is a homeristic post. Walton needs to improve to become good and Franklin hasn't proven a think.

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LG-Daniels vs Beadles : Stanley is very good and was much better than Beadles last season. I'd hoped Zane would have improved, but he's still easily blown off the line and has no feet. Stanley played the entire game last night and should be our starter this season. Like last year, he's still much better than Zane.
Daniels is a POS, just like the other backups. If he or they have to start, run for the hills.
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I won't be surprised if all of the backup OLineman are replaced by players cut/waved by other teams in the cut-down period. No one really that great on the team as is.
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