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Old 07-29-2013   #81
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Well, I had an OK workout today... but my right knee is bothering me a little bit... so I guess I'd fit right in.
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I know Schaub will be very happy to get rid of the prosthetic ear he's been forced to wear since Mays knocked his original one off and pocketed it...

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***UPDATE***

BleacherReport breaking news indicates Joe Mays has signed. More details to come.

*edit* did not see that was beaten to the punch already. Good job guys.
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he Houston Texans sign veteran free agent inside linebacker Joe Mays after giving him a tryout on Monday.

Mays is headed into his sixth year in the NFL, the last three with the Broncos.

He played in only six games last season in Denver because of injuries.

Last year against the Texans Mays tackled quarterback Matt Schaub with an illegal hit and was suspended for one game by the NFL and fined $50,000.

"We're way past that," Schaub said after Monday morning's workout. "That was gone as soon as we walked off the field that day.

"It's just a physical, hard-nosed game and he's a physical player. It's part of football. I don't fault him for that. He's a good player and a good guy. That's definitely water under the bridge."
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That may be. Personally I'd sign him if we're thinking about replacing Sharpton, otherwise..... he's the same guy. Maybe better. But still a downhill player & we need more versatility from that guy than what we have now.
Ok..... so we're not looking for guys who can work in space. We're looking for thumpers.

I'm ok with that.

So this makes Sharpton Cushing's back up at Mike? Has anyone else worked at that position?

Cushing & Sharpton at Mike

Mays, Dobbins, Reed at Moe

??
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Ok..... so we're not looking for guys who can work in space. We're looking for thumpers.

I'm ok with that.

So this makes Sharpton Cushing's back up at Mike? Has anyone else worked at that position?

Cushing & Sharpton at Mike

Mays, Dobbins, Reed at Moe

??
I think they have Cameron Collins at Mike -- in the photos posted by BPP, Collins is in there with Dobbins. And in the dime, Swearinger and Manning are taking Quin's old coverage LB spot near the LOS.

At least, that's what I'm hearing.
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Ok..... so we're not looking for guys who can work in space. We're looking for thumpers.

I'm ok with that.

So this makes Sharpton Cushing's back up at Mike? Has anyone else worked at that position?

Cushing & Sharpton at Mike

Mays, Dobbins, Reed at Moe

??
I think Sharpton would still be the starter next to Cushing at this point, but IMO the competition should be open at this point.
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I had the impression that Mays had been around forever and was in the twilight of his career, but turns out he just became 28 earlier this month according to bio info.
Joe Mays
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Joseph Lamont "Joe" Mays is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft after playing college football at North Dakota State. Wikipedia
Born: July 6, 1985 (age 28), Chicago, IL
Height: 5' 11" (1.80 m)
Salary: 3.5 million USD (2012)
Spouse: LaToyia Mays
Team: Denver Broncos (#51 / Middle Linebacker)
Children: Joi Mays, Jai Mays
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Me happy! Line him up next to Cush and forget about it. Glad we signed someone of his caliber at this point of the season. Sharpton's days are numbered and thankfully he won't be starting for us anymore.
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Barring injury, I see no reason to think he won't beat out Sharpton and be our other ILB next to Cushing, at least on run downs. I also would not be shocked if he spells Cushing from time to time on pass downs. Lord knows he can blitz and really take a bite out of the QB.

Sharpton (IF healthy) becomes quality depth, along with Dobbins.

I feel much, much better about ILB now. Mays is not a world beater, but he can play and won't embarrass as a starter.

Now as for OLB....
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Barring injury, I see no reason to think he won't beat out Sharpton and be our other ILB next to Cushing, at least on run downs. I also would not be shocked if he spells Cushing from time to time on pass downs. Lord knows he can blitz and really take a bite out of the QB.

Sharpton (IF healthy) becomes quality depth, along with Dobbins.

I feel much, much better about ILB now. Mays is not a world beater, but he can play and won't embarrass as a starter.

Now as for OLB....
I'll admit I haven't seen much of Mays other than that one game. But from what I saw, I didn't see much difference between him & what we get out of a healthy Sharpton. In pads, they even look like the same guy..... short, squatty.

Darryl Sharpton, imo, has been a real good downhill player. He gets behind the LOS easy enough. The only problem I've got with him is that he's poopoo in coverage & is "rarely" on the field.

If nothing else, this guy is going to push Sharpton (I think) more than replace him. Unless they want to protect Sharpton as our back up Mike LB.

All that to say I think Mays & Sharpton are the same "caliber" player.
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Doc, if you don't mind looking into Mays' fractured fibula story, please.

Mays lost his starting job to old-man Brooking, I doubt that he's a better option than a healthy Sharpton.

Also, isn't Cushing supposed to be playing more at the MO for Wade?
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Barring injury, I see no reason to think he won't beat out Sharpton and be our other ILB next to Cushing, at least on run downs. I also would not be shocked if he spells Cushing from time to time on pass downs. Lord knows he can blitz and really take a bite out of the QB.

Sharpton (IF healthy) becomes quality depth, along with Dobbins.

I feel much, much better about ILB now. Mays is not a world beater, but he can play and won't embarrass as a starter.

Now as for OLB....
I agree Porkster. I breathed a sigh of relief and believe if Mays returns to pre-injury form our LBs just got significantly better. We might make other pickups as TC forces teams to make decisions and cut quality guys (hopefully).
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Doc, if you don't mind looking into Mays' fractured fibula story, please.
He did earlier in the thread.

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Until I see some on the field results I'm very ehhhhhhhh on this signing. I just don't see what he brings to the team that Dobbins doesn't already provide. He's a 2 down ILB.
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