Originally Posted by Patriot Missile
Considering he is way behind all the others due to injury he is going to be a tough evaluation for the fans and coaches alike. He will be lucky to make the team. It's not like he was making nice strides like McKenzie at LB who was put on the IR as we all know.
McKenzie was making "nice strides?" He was injured in Rookie Camp!
You are quite correct, Orhnberger is trying to play catch-up after missing time due to injury to start camp. At present he has flashes of how solid he could be, and he makes mental mistakes - in other words, he looks like a rookie in his early days, but not a bad pick-up at all.
Newsflash: Dante has a trend happening at both OT and OC/OG...
-- OTs are getting taller, since Britt 6'8" was signed to the Practice Squad, all OT have been 6'7" or taller. Britt 6'8", O'Callaghan 6'7", LeVoir 6'7", Vollmer 6'8".
-- More recently, Dante's OC/OG candidates have been shrinking. Wendell 6'2", Orhnberger 6'2", Bussey 6'2". Johnson at 6'4" was a veteran anomaly. Prior to Wendell Dante was acquiring 6'4" kids, with Billy Yates at 6'2" the exception.
Regarding the complaint in other posts about the weight of Wendell and Orhnberger - Wendell has bulked up quite a bit from last preseason. He looks like Dan Koppen who plays around 300 if you can believe the NE roster. He's also looked good in preseason, I currently have Wendell and Connelly as the #3 & #4 interior OL reserves. I'm expecting Orhnberger and Bussey to be waived and signed to the Practice Squad - if no one else claims them - Bussey already has the desired weight, and Orhnberger is closer to 300 than Wendell was, they'll get fed up and muscled up nicely by Coach Woicik and Coach Nash.