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Some are the same mistakes, that's the nature of playing the position.
He's still trying to make his dropback quicker, which is what they're working on with him in practice this week. A focus is getting the ball out, but they feel is throwing motion is fast enough. In terms of the interceptions, it's ball placement. Three of the five picks have been tipped, it's a matter of gauging the speed of how quickly those holes close in the NFL. We forget he was playing a game for Louisville 10 months ago.
It's quite a statement from the coaching staff to convert a tackle into a guard instead of playing your rookie fifth-round pick. It shows Yankey isn't ready at all and that Turner may be pulling more strings as Harris is a Turner guy from San Diego. Mike held up well on Sunday, but it's puzzling that they'd rather go with him over Joe Berger.
However, they might be putting Harris in at guard because Berger is still filling in for Sullivan at center. Sullivan has to pass more steps of the concussion protocol to get back on the field.
Nah, right now Zach Kerin is the only practice squad lineman. Right now your possible replacements at RG are Mike Harris or Joe Berger. I'm still inclined to believe they'd go with Berger, even if they are telling Mike that he'd be the guy if Vlad can't go Sunday in Tampa.
He's certainly looked like it. According to STATS LLC, he's third in the NFL in yards after contact out of backs with 30 or more carries. That's impressive for a 5-9 scatback that played triple-option QB at Georgia Southern.
He's off the injury report this week and says he's 100 percent healthy. Issue on kickoff returns has been protection setups and touchbacks, not necessarily on him. Though I'd agree the hip flexor injury held him back since the GB loss
He's struggled with shedding some press coverage, held back by the hip injury, but mainly it's been pass protection. Norv Turner isn't inclined to start dialing up horizontal plays to Patterson just because they can't stretch the field, consequently he's phased out when they can't get more than 3.5 seconds for Bridgewater.
Well, Mr. Metcalf, an intrepid ESPN NFL Nation reporter happens to think a former Texas first-round pick.
I don't, but admission to a government employee counts as a violation of bond regardless
He's a solid backup option, what they specifically love about him is he plays all 5 positions. But he's not a starting caliber guy, spoiling his first attempt in the preseason with a safety on Cassel.
I'd be surprised if Jasper Brinkley is still here next year, he was a one-year stop gap from the start. On offense, I'd be surprised if Charlie Johnson sticks around much longer.
They've tried out a few tight ends here at Winter Park, were looking for a better temporary solution to Rudolph's absence than what they had on the roster. However at this point they're going to just wait it out until after the Week 10 bye.
This is a pretty young team, I believe they had the 5th-youngest roster after final roster cuts on Aug. 31. With that said, it's the veterans you have to worry about going aloof and not 'buying in' as we like to say. Zimmer weeded out the guys he thought didn't fit the system this offseason, that's why Fred Evans, Jamarca Sanford and even one of his own in Chris Crocker aren't here.
I think enough has happened on and off the field (injuries, Peterson, etc.) that this team could go 4-12 and not have a mutiny.
He was able to condition at practice on Wednesday for the first time since he had double hernia surgery last month. That's a step in the right direction. The timeline to return is still Week 11 after the bye, but a lot has to happen before that.
His future hinges on Matt Kalil and Teddy Bridgewater. I'd say Anthony Barr, Harrison Smith, Xavier Rhodes and even Cordarrelle despite his slow start, are all solid first-rounders. Have to remember he got Everson Griffen at a value deal in the fourth round in 2010. He also got Brandon Fusco in the sixth round of 2011. Also, I'd say 2012 is looking better: Rhett Ellison and Robert Blanton are (average) starters and Blair Walsh is one of the NFL's best kickers.
There have certainly been misses: Ponder.
Doesn't seem like it. He's focused mainly on the left side, which leads me to believe they're molding him to be Charlie Johnson's replacement.
No, and don't let anyone let you think otherwise. Kalil isn't the prototype of a mauler guard that Norv Turner likes, that's the Vlad Ducasse's, Yankey's, etc. And when's the last time a top-5 pick at tackle switched positions?
That's a mix. Half of his sacks have come from poor technique and another half from miscommunication with Johnson. Those two haven't been on the same page all season.
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