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  1. supafly

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    Practice player of the week (the 'other' Brandon;))

    I am impressed so far on what I've seen from him, and I think this was an excellent offseason pickup. I kind of felt he would be the first off the bench in case of injury, but didn't expect so many reps already.

    I was surprised when some thought he'd be cut, or on the bubble even--I think they just assumed Chung would be thrown to the wolves early on, because he was a high pick.

    I haven't checked to see how many plays he was in on, maybe someone else has some idea, but I think he's shown more than some expected already.

    Thoughts?
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    Reiss had his reps in his blog, the link is there in the game breakdown thread. I haven't seen much of him in the first half, but then I haven't seen much of Sanders either.
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    Thanks Box, I'll check there.

    I know I saw him more than I expected, but he's been somewhat of my preseason/TC binky, so I may have had a biased view also.
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    He's no TBC, but there he is - contributing. I wonder if our friend Earthwind is available.
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    He caught my eye enough to look up his number. He was putting some hits on guys.
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    He seems to be embracing the program, and he looked solid in the preseason. Didn't notice him much against the Bills, but BB loves players who put in the effort during the week. If nothing else, he looks like a solid pickup as a backup safety given some of the patchwork secondary we've had in the past.
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    That's my man! I mean how many UMaine players end up with the Patriots or in the NFL.

    I noticed him playing well on D and on ST's last week.
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    I won't lie - the Jet flag peeing is delightful.
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    I've watched my game tape 4 times.......still looking for Sanders doing something.
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    Seven: Besides McGowan, defensive lineman Mike DeVito and tight end Matthew Mulligan, both on the New York Jets; linebacker Jovan Belcher of the Kansas City Chiefs; running back Montell Owens of the Jacksonville Jaguars; linebacker Stephen Cooper of the San Diego Chargers, and linebacker Lofa Tatupu of the Seattle Seahawks.

    An all-time high.

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    A very solid pickup indeed, so far - starting experience with da Bears, ex-UMaine, good size for FS, ST ability. Chung & McGowan make up prob. one of the better pairs of backup Safeties in football.
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    You could prob. watch the game tape 40 times...and still be looking.
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    Dig deeper, Watson. Sanders was flying around that game. Watch for him against screens and outside runs. Wedgebuster, anyone?
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    I was disappointed when we didn't sign DeVito as a UDFA, or even select him with our 2nd 7th-rounder, during the disasterous '07 draft. I'd rather have him, or even Milton's Tim Bulman, than the over-paid, injury-prone Mike Wright.
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    You mean the same screens & outside runs which were burning the defense for most of the evening?
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    The camera angles don't do much for the "old man," but I always see him taking care of business when I dig into the broadcast recording.
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    Yup, the ones getting past the DL and LB so the secondary lads had to make the tackles.
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    Yup, those same ones. Where Sanders was the only one doing his job. He was blowing up the blocking, but his pursuit wasn't getting there.
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    I agree. Sanders saved a lot of runs from being a lot worse. Blame the LBs in front of him more than him. But the one thing I noticed about McGowan is he's in there an awful lot. It's weird, because I just don't see what he adds to jump in the fray so soon.
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    Depth. There may be games where a 3rd Safety is desired over a 3rd CB; further, if Sanders or Meriweather are injured McGowan starts.

    It appears BB, Pees, and Boyer think McGowan is good enough to be more than an emergency/Special Teams Safety - if that is the case it is very good news.
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    So he is pretty much took the place of Ventrone? If so that looks like an upgrade to me. We did not see much of Ventrone on D. Correct?
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    Ventrone? McGowan leap-frogged Chung for the third safety spot. As far as the safety position goes he's a monster upgrade over Ventrone. As far as ST's, I dont know. Hard to keep an eye on the numbers with ST play.
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    McGowan has experience as a starter and is clearly the #3 safety for now and could start if Sanders or Meriweather is injured. McGowan was a great pickup.

    As for special teams, both Chung and McGowan are expected to be solid special teamers.

    I would add that we are all set at safety for a couple of years.
    Meriweather and Sanders are signed through 2011.
    Chung is signed through 2012.
    McGowan is signed through 2010.
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