Hello again everybody. A little slow around here post draft, but we're here for you. What's on your mind today?
Probably a little of both. Raiders did lose Latavius Murray to Vikings in free agency. Curious to see how much Marshawn Lynch has left after sitting out a year.
It's all about the Benjamins for Malibu Stan. Just don't look at the standings for any of his teams. Except, I guess, Arsenal.
I don't know if I'd really consider them light. They have Dion Lewis, James White, Rex Burkhead, and Mike Gillislee. But I guess they could always re-sign LeGarrette Blount
I like the fact that the Rams drafted players that had good college production. But I think I'm giving the credit (or blame) to Sean McVay for the offensive players. They were all his picks from what I'm told.
Funny you should ask. Just before I started today's chat I've been working on an NFL offseason power ranking to take into account all of the offseason moves to this point: free agency, trades, re-signing of your own players, and the draft. There won't be much more in the way of roster moves now until well into training camp. The power ranking should be available for perusal sometime tomorrow online. I actually think the offseason Lombardi award goes to New England believe it or not, which doesn't seem fair. But adding Brandon Cooks was huge. So was re-signing Dont'a Hightower. The Pat lose Martellus Bennett but add Dwayne Allen at tight end. They lose Logan Ryan but add Stephon Gilmore at cornerback. They lose Chris Long and Jabaal Sheard, but add Kony Ealy and Lawrence Guy at defensive end. I'd say they have reloaded for another Super Bowl run. Elsewhere, I like what San Francisco, Cleveland, and Jacksonville have done among the lesser teams. But th l have a long way to go _ and all have QB issues in varying degrees. For them, being much-improved could mean five or six wins. I like Tennessee's offseason, and think they make the playoffs this coming season.
It didn't help that he got thrown into the starting lineup right away with a bad Jacksonville team. At this point he looks like a classic case of a team reaching for a QB, talking themselves into the belief that he can be a franchise quarterback. Gabbert has the prototype size, good arm strength, and underrated mobility. I thought he was reviving his career over the second half of the 2015 season _ playing pretty well for San Francisco. As you know, the job was his at the start of 2016, but he just didn't play well. Looked very indecisive to me in the pocket. I don't know about him being a "can't-miss" and all that. I don't recall him being particularly overhyped for the position. By the way, I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up signing with Arizona before all is said and done to back up Carson Palmer.
Yeah, I'm a couple of weeks shy of my annual hiatus. So just a couple of more Tuesday chats after today. I won't be gone quite as long this time around. In what I can only describe as a mid-life crisis for my wife, she talked me into getting a camper. So we may be roaming around a bit to various camp sites. She still likes to camp _ she just doesn't like sleeping on the ground anymore. As has been the case in the past couple of summers, I will also become a little bit of a rock 'n roll roadie, seeing my youngest son's band touring. They're called The Few and he's the drummer. They're touring now in fact, mainly small clubs, in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. At some point, I'll visit my middle son at Ft. Lee, Virginia - where he's in captain's "school" for the Army. My oldest son, already an Army captain, is moving back to StL from Ft. Sill, Okla. He's getting out of the Army (although he'll still be in the reserves). He'll be back in just a few days.
I think an NFL team once drafted a dead man.
I'll be curious to see how the PSLs sell.
I hear you. I believe he recently took a pay cut to stay with the Patriots. If you remember in St.. Louis, he had trouble staying healthy. Played in just 12 of 32 games over his final two seasons with the Rams.
I'm gonna say the Steelers will mount the biggest challenge to New England. Having Le'Veon Bell around for 16 games will be key there, however. As for the Raiders, I think I have to see it to believe it when it comes to them putting together another huge season. Don't get me wrong, I think they'll contend for a playoff spot. Also, I just wonder how their lame-duck status will be received on game day in the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum
Or players you'd never heard of _ like Travis Scott of Arizona State. Or players that were switching positions, such as trying to turn Nebraska QB Eric Crouch into a WR, or Ohio State QB Steve Bellisari into a safety.
I get your point. But supposedly, Kupp put up some good numbers against Pac-12 competition as well.
I guess he's the presumptive starter. He turns 32 in August so he's no spring chicken. Even though he was a backup last year in Washington, he does have 94 career starts.
Yeah, it's a tough subject. And it's interesting that you mention it because I recently caught up with former football Cardinals QB Jim Hart. Although he is showing no signs of CTE, he's had a ton of health problems in recent years. The story should run either late this week or next week.
There are a lot of similarities there, although Fox is entering only his third year _ Fisher was in his fifth. Fox is 9-23 in 2 seasons in Chicago, and doesn't figure to get nearly the amount of grace time that Fisher got with the Rams. As was the case with Goff, I don't think Trubiksy is someone that's going to help the Bears win right now. And Fox needs to win right now. It's not a good situation for him.
If you saw Peter King's recent MMQB, he made mention of the fact that some in the 49ers organization think Kaepernick is more invested in social activism these days that his pro football career. There's no way to know for sure if this is true, because Kaepernick hasn't spoken on it. I find it hard to believe that no one in the league is interested in him; maybe the money's just not right..
You know, I'm not sure. It's a story I want to get at when the 2017 season rolls around. Are fans here over the Rams? Are they still hate-watching? Have they adopted other teams? Or moved on to other non-NFL pursuits?
Well, looking at the way his NFL career has gone, it certainly looks like another year in college might have helped. But there's no guarantee either that that would've been the case. Again, I think the main hangup for him is vision _ the ability to read defenses, see the field, and make quick decisions. Maybe he just doesn't have that.
Physically, I think he's doing well. But I think his football days are over. As for your Bailey-Austin comparison, I don't disagree. Although Austin is faster, I always though Bailey was a better pass-catcher and route runner.