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Old 08-15-2005   #21
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My sarcasm never comes through on the computer. The guy is plenty fast. Check out that website of his. He holds 3 all time speed records at the combine and has a 43.5 inch vertical on top of benching 400+lbs. He's a specimen, but has had injury problems (broken vertebrae and ribs). I hope he makes the team. I was a big fan of his when he was at Iowa and the kid has an engine like nobody I've ever seen. He's always going all out.
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I remember him seeing him in arizona a while back he was tough and then when the texans brought him in i wanted this guy to make the team i hope he makes cuz he can be a real contributor at least better than swinton i think.
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who are ya'll talking about? mathis?
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I dont know bout them but im talking bout kevin kasper
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One of the main reasons that JJ is no longer with the team is his lack of contribution to the offensive unit. If all else looks equal, expect the guy who contributes on offense to get the nod. That leaves Swinton out of the mix IMO.

I got the same Tim Dwight impression of Kasper on the one return I saw him make. He definately was north/south, and looked fearless the same way Dwight looked when he entered the leauge... of course, that may not be to his benefit if he is wreckless and gets hammered...
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My sarcasm never comes through on the computer.
If I have a remark that's sarcastic and want to make SURE people know it is...I close with a [/sarcasm] tag. Leaves little doubt. :p

On the topic of Swinton...he might make the team but I see him as a return specialist. Kasper is my X-factor in the return game. If he can show something in kick coverages and has more value than Swinton as a WR than I think he'll grab that last WR spot.

I also feel we'll hold an extra WR unless Mathis clearly wins the KR & PR jobs.

6 WR Roster Spots: AJ, Bradford, Gaffney, Armstrong, Mathis & (Kasper or Swinton)

This leaves Starling, Thomas, Pitts & Dunbar fighting for 1-2 spots on the PS.
I've give the edge to Starling for 1 spot because he's a good ST player.
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Starling played in 8 games last year. If he was active for a 9th game but didn't play so it doesn't show up on NFL.com then he is not practice squad eligible. Just something that may be out there.
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Alright, let's nip this in the butt, before it gets too out of hand. Kasper will not make the team. I don't know what it is about him but he just can't "stick" on a team.

He has a phenominal fitness regimine. As a KO returner he has decent numbers with a 24 something KORYA. When he is in a game and gets thrown to he almost never drops the ball. He'll go over the middle and take a rough hit for a 5 yrd pass that means nothing. He is a sure tackler on the coverage team and is usually in the thick of it. He has 24 receptions, 17 of which were for first downs and 3 of which went for 6pts. He is the epitome of the possesion reciever. If the game is on the line and you need a guy that won't let you down in a high pressure situation by dropping the ball or shying away from a hit, he seems to be the guy. Oh yeah, and he has NEVER fumbled.

But, he won't make the team. His KO return style is one of consistency, not exciting "change the game" intangibles. He'll make the spectacular crunch time catches, but will rarely if ever break the tackle after the catch. His up and down return style as well as his tendancy run into tackles, turning his back to the tackler, instead of away from them makes him prone to rib and transverse process(spikey things on your vertebra) injuries.

He COULD be a great #3, #4 receiver if given the chance and if he stays healthy. But he won't be. He'll hang around for the 1st and maybe the second round of cuts. After that he'll get picked up by some team who has an injury slot to fill mid season and needs a body in there. His window of opportunity sadly passed him by. In two months you will wonder if the "Ghost" ever really existed at all.


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Alright, let's nip this in the butt, before it gets too out of hand. Kasper will not make the team. I don't know what it is about him but he just can't "stick" on a team.

He has a phenominal fitness regimine. As a KO returner he has decent numbers with a 24 something KORYA. When he is in a game and gets thrown to he almost never drops the ball. He'll go over the middle and take a rough hit for a 5 yrd pass that means nothing. He is a sure tackler on the coverage team and is usually in the thick of it. He has 24 receptions, 17 of which were for first downs and 3 of which went for 6pts. He is the epitome of the possesion reciever. If the game is on the line and you need a guy that won't let you down in a high pressure situation by dropping the ball or shying away from a hit, he seems to be the guy.

But, he won't make the team. His KO return style is one of consistency, not exciting "change the game" intangibles. He'll make the spectacular crunch time catches, but will rarely if ever break the tackle after the catch. His up and down return style as well as his tendancy run into tackles, turning his back to the tackler, instead of away from them makes him prone to rib and transverse process(spikey things on your vertebra) injuries.

He COULD be a great #3, #4 receiver if given the chance and if he stays healthy. But he won't be. He'll hang around for the 1st and maybe the second round of cuts. After that he'll get picked up by some team who has an injury slot to fill mid season and needs a body in there. His window of opportunity sadly passed him by. In two months you will wonder if the "Ghost" ever really existed at all.
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History has a habit of repeating it's self
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I think Swinton is gone, personally... I watched him in here in dallas nothing flashy with him. he has better size then moses but he doesnt have that one move then breaks it ability.... he is serviceable but not worth a roster spot. I think maybe Starling makes it before swinton & kasper. Starling has Youth and blazing speed on his side. Kasper i think his ability to break tackles is way to lacking but he has toughness. I personally think its mathis, who gets the return duties unless he gives up the ball every time. then itll be buchanon which i hate because i hate to see starters on ST.
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I thought swinton showed he's a definite upgrade from Moses. I liked JJ but he just wasn't getting the job done.
I think it is premature to say he is an upgrade from JJ. JJ was consistant over a long period of time with us and had a high return average and good hands. Swinton did show good return ability and field vision. I just don't think that he will make the roster on that alone with all the other competition out there. That is why JJ isn't here anymore.

This is what I think the WR situation looks like in no particular order:

AJ- like a rock

Bradford- Most likely gone after this year if mathis proves that he has any hands at all.

Gaffney- depending on how he does this season he might have to switch with Armstrong. Personally Im not that fond of his style of play, it just seems too relaxed to me.

Armstrong- I think he makes the roster as a back up with a good chance to take over Gaffney's spot.

Mathis- with that speed it would be sooooo nice to see him take Bradfords spot.

Swinton- his ability seems good as a returner, but for us right now I think it's a little one sided. He is not what we need right now IMHO.

Kasper- I like the way this guy plays. He is a tough fighter who gives 110%. Hopefully we can find a way to hold on to him and see how the WR situation is next year.

Starling- Im not too sure what to think about him. I haven't seen too much that stands out to me as a WR but for special teams he is great. To me he looks like a person that would do well on defense? For some reason I cant gauge him very good.

Dunbar, Pitts, Thomas- I dont know enough about them to really judge
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all I can say about Swinton is that he was unimpressive during the game. I have the game recorded, and I didn't see a single thing in his game that impressed me. He had one decent return, but if he would have been more decisive or faster or both, he could have turned that good return into a TD.

My opinion?? He gets cut in the 1st or 2nd round of cuts.
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He gets cut.
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Swinton still has a realistic chance to make the team its still to early to tell for sure.

Kasper might make the playing roster, more likely the practice squad.

Everyone talks about Mathis (#114) being a great pick-up in the 4th round, because of his speed but he is slight of frame, runs undiciplined routes & lacks big time experience. best case- Kick-off return duties & deep routes.

Did anyone else check out the Steeler game Monday night and take a good look at their 4th rd (#131) WR Fred Gibson? WOW what a stud & player he is going to be. On one play I saw him block someone downfield on a big over the middle catch and level the guy. On another play he got beaten to the inside of the route for an INT. Then he game back and made a couple big time possesion catches in traffic. He looks big & strong, great frame @ 6'-4", some of you might remember him from the Senior Bowl & week of practices, or you Georgia Bulldogs.
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