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Old 08-16-2006   #1
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The Texans on Tuesday claimed linebacker Trent Bay, who was waived by the Miami Dolphins. Bay, 6-0 and 232 pounds, played at Oregon State.

Can't find any stats on the guy. Looked on nfl.com, miamidolphins.com, espn.com....nothing.

Who is this guy?
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Silly Chronicle. It's Bray, not Bay.

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Texans | Bray claimed off waivers - from www.KFFL.com
Tue, 15 Aug 2006 22:48:07 -0700

John McClain, of the Houston Chronicle, reports the Houston Texans have claimed LB Trent Bray off waivers from the Miami Dolphins.


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Dolphins | Bray released - from www.KFFL.com
Mon, 14 Aug 2006 10:41:45 -0700

Associated Press reports the Miami Dolphins have released LB Trent Bray.


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Dolphins | Bray misses practice Friday morning - from www.KFFL.com
Fri, 9 Jun 2006 16:13:17 -0700

Jeff Darlington, of the Palm Beach Post, reports Miami Dolphins LB Trent Bray was not at practice Friday morning, June 9.


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Dolphins | UDFA Bray signs - from www.KFFL.com
Tue, 2 May 2006 12:55:35 -0700

The Associated Press reports the Miami Dolphins have come to terms with undrafted free agent LB Trent Bray (Oregon State). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


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NCAA | Bray works out at Pro Day - from www.KFFL.com
Fri, 17 Mar 2006 21:01:11 -0800

Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports Oregon State LB Trent Bray measured a height of 6-0 3/8 and a weight of 227 pounds at his Pro Day. He ran the 40-yard dash with times of 4.90 seconds and 4.88 seconds. He ran the short shuttle in 4.36 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.69 seconds.


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NCAA | Bray to attend the NFL combine - from www.KFFL.com
Tue, 10 Jan 2006 21:17:04 -0800

The Oregonian reports Oregon State LB Trent Bray has been invited to the NFL combine Feb. 22-28 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis.
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Seems like a D Ryan type. All around athlete....baseball, basketball, football..............started at TE, then at LB with impressive performance:
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An old-school defender who plays with intensity, Bray is a two-down defender best suited on the inside of a 34 alignment.

Biography:
BeaverFootball.com Scouting Report:
Blue collar, consistent player with good football skills...solid footwork, excellent at wrapping up the opposition.

Riley says:
"Trent is the consummate football player. He works extremely hard and has a great feel for playing middle linebacker. There is a lot going on at middle linebacker; Trent has the ability to sort it all out and react quickly and make a ton of plays. We talk about playmakers on offense, but it’s the same thing on defense and Trent certainly fits in that category."

OSU: Trent was among the premier defensive players in the nation as a senior...led the Pac-10 Conference in 2005 with a 10.5 tackles per game average and finished second in 2004 at 10.2...one of three team captains for the ’05 season...started 34 straight games for his career...finished his career sixth all-time at OSU for career tackles with 337 and tied for sixth for tackles-for-loss with 29...2005 first team All-Pac-10 Conference, second team in 2004...team leader for tackles in 17 of the last 26 games of his career and reached double figures for tackles in 12 of the final 21 games...Insight Bowl defensive MVP in 2004 after making a bowl record 10 tackles...combined for 27 tackles in the final two games of his career – vs. Stanford and at Oregon...in 2004 he made a conference-high 19 tackles at Boise State...was a 2005 preseason candidate for the Bronko Nagurski Award and the Lott Trophy...played in three bowl games, the Las Vegas Bowl and twice in the Insight Bowl...invited to play in the 2005 East-West Shrine Game.

PULLMAN: PrepStar Magazine selected him to the All-Region team...started at inside linebacker three years and tight end for two...Great Northern League Defensive Player of the Year his last two years...Tacoma News Tribune all-state team as a junior and senior...team MVP on defense three seasons...made 170 tackles as a senior and 160 as a junior...as a senior he had 28 tackles vs. Pendleton and a pair of 24-tackle games...also earned two letters in basketball and three in baseball (catcher) – an all-league performer in both sports.
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It seems that the knock on him is that he does not have "speed." This profile contradicts his "athleticism" and gives concern to his size:

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Bray is the classic very productive college middle linebacker who lacks the athleticism and speed to be as productive in the NFL. He is shorter than ideal at barely over 6-foot, and under-sized at barely over 230 pounds, so if a blocker can get a good hold of him he struggles to shed and make plays. He lacks the desired quick burst and playing speed, but he gets started to the ball faster than you expect because his instincts help him to consistently read and react to the play fast. While he lacks explosiveness, once he gets to full speed he has decent speed chasing in pursuit and if he has a clear path to the ball, he can make plays. He is a limited athlete who is tight in the hips which hinders his ability to adjust and play well out in space -- he can't change directions quickly and ends up lunging and diving to make tackles. He lacks the quick feet, playing speed and closing burst to be affective in coverage. He is going to struggle to be more than a backup two-down middle linebacker, but with his smarts, toughness, instincts and competitiveness, he will be able to bounce around for a season or two if he can bulk up to 245 pounds.



STRONG POINTS
Bray is a very smart and instinctive linebacker who consistently reads and reacts to the play quickly -- he sniffs out the screen pass very quickly. He has quick hands and can jolt blockers to stay free and can make tackles on inside runs. He reads the inside run fast, fills quickly and can disrupt plays in the backfield even when he can't make tackle. When he has a clear path to the ball, he can chase down running backs in backside pursuit.



WEAKNESSES
Bray is a limited athlete when it comes to flexibility, burst and playing speed. He is an upright player who struggles to protect his legs from low stuff (blocks and traffic) and does not move through traffic well -- he does not make plays in pursuit when the path is not clear. Lacks the playing speed to stay wtih running backs and tight ends in man-to-man coverage -- he loses a step and lacks the burst to catch up. He is tight in the hips and struggles to change directions quickly and burst in the other direction -- this hinders his ability to consistently tackle well out in space.
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Maybe Dom Capers recommended he be cut?? Man, we just got a steal. That means he must be a player!!
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I don't know why people see him as a 3-4 middle? Size is needed, like Foreman and Sharper. The rb is going to find spots with only 3 down linemen. That was part of the problem with Polk and Greenwood playing the middle last year, neither one could plug anything up. Dat Wynn also had problems playing the middle for a 3-4.

If Cowart does get cut, then Bray could have a spot. But 2 rookies for the Mike spot, does not seem like a good thing. Asuming Evans plays backup Will and Polk plays backup Mike, Bray could be ps this year.

Ryans and Bray could be the future of the Mike for a long long time. R and B slamming down RBs for the next 10 years!!!!!
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I don't know why people see him as a 3-4 middle? Size is needed, like Foreman and Sharper. The rb is going to find spots with only 3 down linemen. That was part of the problem with Polk and Greenwood playing the middle last year, neither one could plug anything up.
Neither Foreman (6' 1" 240 lbs) or Sharper (6' 3" 239 lbs) were big guys. Greemwood (6' 0" 238 lbs) and Polk (6' 2" 24 lbs) are effectively the same size. Size doesn't explain the difference in play performance between these guys.
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