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Old 08-21-2005   #21
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maybe we keep 7 WRs this year. I say this because its possible one of our FBs will be expendable if Wells proves he can play FB too. Just a thought though, i'd still bet they go with 6. AJ, Gaff, Bradford, Mathis, Swinton, Armstrong. now if they add a 7th it's gonna be between Starling, Thomas, and Kasper. guess we'll have to wait and see.

Are Starling and Thomas eligible for practice squad?
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I completely disagree with those of you that believe Hollings will be waived. He's finally healed, & has been running much stronger. Even though he hasn't put up big numbers, he's just got too much potential to just release him. I could see him being showcased in the last 2 preseason games in order to trade him. I agree with Grid's post about Wells filling both the backup FB/RB positions.

I can see some notable players like Billy Miller, Bradford, Hollings, Ramon Walker, Weary, & Orr losing their jobs this year. Hopefully, CC can trade one or two of them for draft picks or an upgrade at one of our other positions. I'd sure hate to be the coaches & have to decide which ones to cut. We're actually going to be able to cut some quality players this year.

Our secondary should be the envy of the league this year.

Anyway, here's my picks, based on just 2 preseason games.

OFFENSE

QB: Carr, Ragone, Banks
WR: AJ, Armstrong, Gaffney, Mathis, Swinton
RB: DD, Morency, Wells
FB: Norris
OL: Riley, Pitts, McKinney, Wiegert, Wade, Wand, M.Brown, Washington
TE: Bruener, Murphy

DEFENSE

DL: Walker, Payne, Smith, TJ, Deloach, Ioane
LB: Peek, Wong, Greenwood, Babin, C.Anderson, Chamberlin, Evans
CB: Dunta, Buchanon, Faggins, McKenzie
FS: Coleman, Simmons
SS: Earl, C.Brown

SPECIAL TEAMS

PK: Brown
P: Stanley
KR: Swinton, Mathis
PR: Swinton, Mathis
LS: Make yourself useful McKinney (I can't see us taking up a roster spot for just a LS. Sorry, Pittman)

TAXI SQUAD:

Pettway (LB)
Symons (QB)
S. Thomas (WR)
Wishom (CB)
Hodgdon (OL)
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i wish we gave DEVIN PITTS achance and released starling pitts made a wonderful catch first game and starling has been dropping a lot
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Bradford, yes... Gaffney is to be seen. Gaffney is a good player, but Armstorng has shown to be better hands.
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My vote is HOLLINGS needs to be gone. Morency is a much better back, I see him being a great back.

I could not believe every time hollings got the ball he bounced it outside and would never stick it up in the hole......


OH, we need to work on our RED ZONE offense how pathetic was that 2nd week in a row,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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i say there's 6 wr's and 7 lb's.

WR: AJ, Mathis, Bradford, Swinton, Gaffny and Armstrong.
LB: Greenwood,Peek,Wong,Babin,Pettway,Anderson,Orr
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here is my version of the offense and defense plus ST. (thanks for doing most of the work hottoddie )

OFFENSE

QB: Carr, Ragone, Banks
WR: dre, bradford, gaffney, armstrong, mathis, swinton
RB: DD, Morency, Wells
FB: Norris, wells
OL: wand, Pitts, McKinney, Wiegert, Wade, riley, M.Brown, Washington
TE: Bruener, Murphy, Miller or Rivers

DEFENSE

DL: Walker, Payne, Smith, TJ, Deloach, Ioane,
LB: Peek, Wong, Greenwood, Babin, C.Anderson, Orr, Polk, Chamberlin, Evans,
CB: Dunta, Buchanon, Faggins, Bell, McKenzie
FS: Coleman, Simmons
SS: Earl, C.Brown

SPECIAL TEAMS

PK: Brown
P: Stanley
KR: Mathis, Swinton
PR: Swinton, Mathis
LS: Pittman

and that is only 51. hmph! and who knows about the practice squad. well thats who i think makes the final roster. then there is sears, sanders, hollings, even the rook C might make it. we will find out soon enough though.

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After Sloan's performance last Saturday how could you not keep him? His IS a legitimate NFL receiver.

...not that I'm biased or anything.
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After Sloan's performance last Saturday how could you not keep him? His IS a legitimate NFL receiver.

...not that I'm biased or anything.
who would you take then?
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So you leave out the guy with the best hands in Armstrong? I wish Thomas luck, and he's a very talented receiver but I don't see how he makes the final roster with the quality of the guys ahead of him.

If we keep 6 WRs I think it will shake out like this:
AJ
Gaff
Armstrong
Mathis
Swinton
Bradford

There will be a couple quality WRs looking for new jobs when the final cuts come around.
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So you leave out the guy with the best hands in Armstrong? I wish Thomas luck, and he's a very talented receiver but I don't see how he makes the final roster with the quality of the guys ahead of him.

If we keep 6 WRs I think it will shake out like this:
AJ
Gaff
Armstrong
Mathis
Swinton
Bradford

There will be a couple quality WRs looking for new jobs when the final cuts come around.
If we are to judge the available talent from the 2 preseason games then I would have to give the job to Thomas over Bradford and Armstrong seeing that they have either had no catches or very few.

Bradford has yet to impress me in the previous few seasons. He was suppose to be able to stretch the field but has yet to produce on the field on any regular basis.

Thomas not only has good hands but also has the ability to get the YAC which allot of the catch and fall receivers are unable to.
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Why is everyone so high on Jabar Gaffney? He would be the guy I would leave out of the mix.

AJ
Bradford
Armstrong
Swinton
Mathis
Sloan

To me it comes down to Gaff and Armstrong. Because of Armstrongs hands, he seems like a better fit for this new offense.
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Armstrong played very well for us last season. He hasn't seen alot of action in the preseason, and was held out of the Raiders game. He's shown his ability during the regular season, and I think that gives him a leg up over Thomas.
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Why is everyone so high on Jabar Gaffney? He would be the guy I would leave out of the mix.
Because he's our second best receiver.
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Armstrong played very well for us last season. He hasn't seen alot of action in the preseason, and was held out of the Raiders game. He's shown his ability during the regular season, and I think that gives him a leg up over Thomas.
But preseason is used to determine who will be on the team. The non-locked starting position and backup jobs are still up for grabs. Armstrong did have a good season last year, but he was one of the best of a mediocre receiving corp.

That’s exactly why JJ, Sharper, and Foreman are no longer with us. They all had a good year, but it was a good year on a bad team.
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The way we hear it, expect Corey Bradford to open the season as the starting wideout opposite Andre Johnson. A source close to the team says Bradford has had his best training camp ever with the team. Bradford’s speed has always been his greatest asset, but he still must prove he can be more than just a downfield threat. Jabar Gaffney will likely start the season as the No. 3 wideout if he can quickly return to form after being sidelined by a shoulder injury. Lanky Derick Armstrong, who lacks Bradford’s speed and Gaffney’s quickness but has good hands and a knack for making plays, likely fits in as the No. 4 receiver.
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We will soon cut WRs would have started for us a couple years ago and
starred for us in our inaugural season. We could probably say the same thing about other positions to. We are getting better and we are getting deeper.
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We will soon cut WRs would have started for us a couple years ago and
starred for us in our inaugural season. We could probably say the same thing about other positions to. We are getting better and we are getting deeper.
Excatly...its really a very good thing.
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It is good that there is an increase in quality that we can talk like this. I think several players from last year will be gone. I can see Miller, a full back, Hollings and maybe Bradford gone. I love Cory but he has yet to show me much this preseason and this is supposed to be the best for him ever? Something is up that he didn't get to many looks last season.
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