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  1. mgteich

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    Who were last year's gunners and who are this year's candidates?

    As we look at the last couple of roster spots, this is an important issue. Being a top gunner certainly helps in making the roster.
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    I think Kelly Washington mainly played the gunner role the past 2 years:

    Patriots' Kelley Washington comes through when asked to bat - The Boston Globe

    Adalius Thomas also has gunner experience from his time in Baltimore. I'm not sure if he's played that role for the Pats, and not sure I would want him to.
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    I'm probably wrong, but wasn't Slater a gunner for us last year?
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    I wanted to know who else was a gunner. If there are no a couple of others with experience as a gunner, Slater is a lock for the roster.

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    Aiken and Slater were the gunners last year. Not sure if they did it for all 16 but I am pretty sure they did for most of them.
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    So, we need a second gunner in addition to Aiken or we need to keep Slater.
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    Or, we need someone else other than Slater on the roster to play the gunner role opposite Aiken. Slater has experience, but he's certainly not the only guy capable of playing that role. I would bet someone like McGowan could take on such a role.
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    Burress and Harrison were last year's gunners. It's a wide open field for the upcoming season, but any number of Bengals should be considered.
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    That took me a second I was like who is this troll and why is he talking about his gunner like we care.......good one despite my stupidity.
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    Wilhite, Slater, and Washington were the gunners i remember seeing. I actually thought late in the season that wilhite was the best though.
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    Slater and Butler/Chung will probably be first choice for Gunner, Wheatley and Lewis are options.
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    Excellent. I might also throw Love into the mix.
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    Here's last year's special team tackle leaders list:

    LB Larry Izzo -- 14
    S Matthew Slater -- 13
    S Brandon Meriweather -- 11
    OLB Pierre Woods -- 11 (team-high 9 solo)
    WR Sam Aiken -- 10
    CB Mike Richardson -- 8
    LB Gary Guyton -- 7
    WR Kelley Washington -- 7
    S/WR Ray Ventrone -- 6
    OLB Vince Redd -- 6


    I bolded the speed-position guys who are still on the roster.

    That said -- who would win a footrace among Guyton, Aiken, and Ventrone?
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    Between Butler, Chung, Meriweather, McGowan, Wheatley, Wilhite and Lewis it seems like there are plenty of gunner options besides the ST specialists (Slater and Ventrone).
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    I'm guessing that SBB accidentally typed Aiken instead of Washington (Aiken spent 2008 on IR). So Slater would be it, except...wasn't McGowan a gunner against the Bengals?
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    :wha:

    Don't you remember the "Sam Aiken gets a block!" call from one of his rare appearances at WR last season vs. the JEST? :confused:
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    If Ventrone doesn't win—he ran track in HS—he doesn't lose by more than a couple hundredths of a second.

    And, according to BB, the only reason he doesn't have more tackles is that teams figured out pretty quickly that they don't want him to be the one to make the tackle. :)
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    Related question, who will be the kickoff and punt returners in 09? I assume Welker for punts (maybe Edelman) but who will do kickoffs?
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    D'oh! I'm the one mixing up my players, should have had coffee first...:rolleyes:
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    TBD Friday. I look for Slater (last chance), Wheatley, Butler and Maroney.
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