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Old 12-21-2007   #41
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Very little time to get him some action and see how he does. Draft is right on top of us. This is like depending on Spencer to make it back. Do you spend a draft pick on another center or hope what we have will solidify the position?
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Very little time to get him some action and see how he does. Draft is right on top of us. This is like depending on Spencer to make it back. Do you spend a draft pick on another center or hope what we have will solidify the position?
It takes some of the pressure off to draft a Center but will not discourage the Texans from drafting a Center should a good value/talent fall into their laps. remember we have a long laundry list of needs, IMO
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he was given a chance in Denver...

we would have signed him after Nalen's and Hamilton's injuries if we thought he was worth it

good luck though, seemed like a nice guy
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he was given a chance in Denver...

we would have signed him after Nalen's and Hamilton's injuries if we thought he was worth it

good luck though, seemed like a nice guy
What chance?? Just curious, because the sites I have looked at said he spent the whole time on IR (and as someone else mentioned earlier in the thread).
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he was given a chance in Denver...

we would have signed him after Nalen's and Hamilton's injuries if we thought he was worth it

good luck though, seemed like a nice guy
He was signed--to Denver's practice squad. Cleveland signed him from there.
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This may clarify why Eslinger was "cast aside".............These events could have very well ultimately given the Texans a jewel rather than a true cast off.
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After realizing his lifelong dream of making an NFL roster last month, Greg Eslinger is now on the outside looking in.

That's because the Cleveland Browns have waived him.

Its the second time the Bismarck native's been cut this season, beginning when he just missed making the Denver Broncos roster before the season started.

The Broncos then added him to their practice squad, and on November 14th, the Browns signed him away as an unrestricted free agent.

During his time in Cleveland, Eslinger didn't see any action.

With the signing of former Pittsburgh Steeler's center Marvin Philip, the Browns felt Eslinger was expendable and made it official yesterday.

According to his father, George, Greg is heading back to Denver to live and hopes to catch on with another NFL team as soon as possible.
BTW, The Browns and Packers put in waiver claims on Steelers center Marvin Phillips, who was cut by the Steelers on Monday. The Browns were awarded him because the Packers had a better record, and the team with the lesser record gets the player. The Browns figure Phillips could add depth to the interior of their line as a backup.
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he was given a chance in Denver...

we would have signed him after Nalen's and Hamilton's injuries if we thought he was worth it

good luck though, seemed like a nice guy
Undrafted FAs have an uphill battle because the team has a minimal investment and the GM might have to cut someone he drafted instead .
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Undrafted FAs have an uphill battle because the team has a minimal investment and the GM might have to cut someone he drafted instead .
successful NFL teams build solid foundations with blue collar low-round & undrafted free agents. we have now witness'ed Rick Smith rebuilding this team, on the fly throughout this season addressing need/injurys. The Texans have improved, in part, because of these lunch pail, unsigned/released players who have to earn their keep, doesn't hurt the bottom line either
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successful NFL teams build solid foundations with blue collar low-round & undrafted free agents. we have now witness'ed Rick Smith rebuilding this team, on the fly throughout this season addressing need/injurys. The Texans have improved, in part, because of these lunch pail, unsigned/released players who have to earn their keep, doesn't hurt the bottom line either
I agree with Smith . I'm not sure about the previous guy .

Who would you keep ? You have to consider salary and production but can only choose one .

A. Earl Cochran
B. Anthony Weaver
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I'm not sure that is a good sign for Eslinger...the Browns had a chance to see Eslinger up close and chose to pick up another Center that they don't have an opportunity to watch as closely and release Eslinger.
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I agree with Smith . I'm not sure about the previous guy .

Who would you keep ? You have to consider salary and production but can only choose one .

A. Earl Cochran
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I go with Cochran because I never ever hear Weaver's name. At least Cochran is voice occasionally and looks like he get past the LOS. He is cheap but probably why mos twill pick Weaver as to expensive to cut.
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I go with Cochran because I never ever hear Weaver's name. At least Cochran is voice occasionally and looks like he get past the LOS. He is cheap but probably why mos twill pick Weaver as to expensive to cut.
I like Cochran also ... he plays hungry .

The only thing I have against Earl is ... he plowed Dunta ... I think .
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I'm not sure that is a good sign for Eslinger...the Browns had a chance to see Eslinger up close and chose to pick up another Center that they don't have an opportunity to watch as closely and release Eslinger.
We'll send him to the Clemens sports medicine thing .... he'll be fine .
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I like Cochran also ... he plays hungry .

The only thing I have against Earl is ... he plowed Dunta ... I think .
I love to see a hard playing back up do well. Doesn't have the name or usually the skills as you primo player but just works hard. Salaam is this type of guy also.
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ANOTHER bronco!?
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ANOTHER bronco!?
For crying out loud, you just had to.

The only thinkg more lame the "ZOMG!!! Another Bronco/Packer...ONOES" is the "How come the Texans never pick the hometown guy" bit.
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For crying out loud, you just had to.

The only thinkg more lame the "ZOMG!!! Another Bronco/Packer...ONOES" is the "How come the Texans never pick the hometown guy" bit.
I like it best when the guy went to Texas but graduated from A&M and played for both Sherman and Kubes and went to school in Houston and has never been tased & his injury seems to be healing quite well per our medical staff.
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I'm not sure that is a good sign for Eslinger...the Browns had a chance to see Eslinger up close and chose to pick up another Center that they don't have an opportunity to watch as closely and release Eslinger.
While I agree with you to some extint what does it say about Demps who is an alternate to the probowl? Also what about Maddox who has been a very nice addition?

Of course he is a practice squad player at this point and any enthusiasm should be held with just a hint of realism.
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I'm not sure that is a good sign for Eslinger...the Browns had a chance to see Eslinger up close and chose to pick up another Center that they don't have an opportunity to watch as closely and release Eslinger.
The Browns were probably looking for someone to come in with experience to make a run this year at the AFC North (Pittsburg 10-5 / Cleveland 9-5), rather than a player for "grooming with promise" in the future.
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I pretty much agree here, love the pick-up. was real high on him too, seemed like a perfect fit back then & even more a need now with McKinney & White down. great, under the radar screen signing, Rick Smith is awesome
Mark me down for wanting Eslinger. No doubt I would have taken Mangold over him but Eslinger can develop into a really good center I think. And for free. I wouldn't pencil in Flannigan for next year just yet. I don't think he will be around.
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