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Breer has his up, mentions some of the same stuff.
Caldwell really seems to be distinguishing himself. I never trust the Chargers with wide receivers, they haven't seemed to do anything developing them in recent history. Gates was the dumbest stroke of luck imaginable. It wouldn't surprise me at all if Caldwell turns out to be a very solid #2 guy, and was simply on the wrong team.
Caldwell definitely seems to be the big riser so far - and the Wilson at CB with Sanders and Hawkins at Safety seems legit. Those two might be our starting Safeties until Rodney gets back.
as for Wilson playing CB .. could mean
1. They want to see him at CB..possibly play there
2. To work on man coverage a little more..you know..take on WRs sometimes instead of playing back
3. More talent at Safety than at Corner
4. Experimenting different sets
I think the reality is that Samuel is a FA at the end of the year; plus, IMO, is a better inside nickel guy than outside guy. With Gay still not back from last midseason (what did he do to that ankle, anyway), there's not a great deal of talent. Hobbs/Wilson/Samuel is pretty decent assuming Wilson can do it after the CB layoff but take Wilson out and it's real thin.
What's up with Bruschi and Beisel both being out? That worries me.
Rest from a tough camp so far . . . just like Brady had a few days off.
Hopefully that's all it is. But it started me thinking, who do we really have behind them if any 2 of our starting 4 linebackers go down?
If Vrabel or Colvin goes down Brown can hopefully do a decent job, and if Bruschi or Beisel goes down Vrabel can move inside and Brown can again replace him, but who is the NEXT option?
I think they are just preserving alot of the veterans by giving them time off. They did the same thing with McGinest last year.
One of the biggest things thus far seems the big jump Sanders has made from year one to year two.
Caldwell's issue is durability. His great camp could possibility be attributed to his knee being completey healed, this being the second season since he got injured.
Jesus, I'm glad they don't report on who goes to take a water break, otherwise everyone here would be worried about those players too.
Jackson growing a fro
Afros are tight. Therefore Chad is definitley tight. Who was the last Patriot to have a fro anyways?
not for long. the vets'll shave that FAST.
How do you feel about that water break now, Mr. Pooh Pooh?
I feel like Tedy missing a week of Training Camp, after he spent 8 weeks and all of training camp on the PUP last year is pretty much a non story.
It's such a non-story that ESPN is covering it on NFL Live and Sportscenter. It's such a non-story that he could be out for 6-8 weeks.
But that's not really my point at all. My point is that we have very little quality depth at linebacker. We have three proven quality starters: Bruschi, Vrabel and Colvin. That's to fill four starting linebacker positions. Beyond that, we have a bunch of question marks:
? Will Beisel be able to step up in his second year in the system?
? Will Chad Brown be able to play OLB in a 3-4 at a high level, after failing at ILB last year?
? Will TBC be able to take over a starting role and play well if necessary?
? Will anyone else step up (Mincey, Alexander, ???)
Injuries are a fact of life in the NFL, and linebacker is one of the most violent positions. Bruschi, Vrabel and Colvin have all missed significant time due to injuries over the past 3 seasons, and there is no reason to believe that all three of them will start 16 games plus (hopefully) 3 playoff games this year, especially given the fact that they are aging. When I look at the depth chart at the LB position I am not inspired to confidence. Compare our depth chart today to that we had going into the 2003 season:
ILB: Bruschi, T Johnson - two high quality starters
OLB: McGinest, Vrabel - two high quality starters
Beyond that we had Rosy Colvin fresh off 2 consecutive seasons with 10+ sacks. So we had at least 5 quality players in the LB corps. Today we have only 3 proven starters.
If you are comfortable with this group you are simply looking at the team with "homer colored glasses", to borrow a phrase from another poster.
Obviously 6-8 weeks is a lot different than the 1 week time frame that was on your post. So my bad on that.
However, just don't let ESPN and NFL live determine for you what truly is important or not. Otherwise you'll end up worried about TO all the time.
What!? You're not concerned about whether Donovan McNabb still has hurt feelings?
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