John Keim says Seastrunk has been horrible picking up the blitz so far. His running looks great, but the coaches won't put him on the field in the first place if he doesn't fix that. Especially since that's the no. 1 priority for a 3rd down back.
I was impressed by what I saw tonight. I'm not saying SB contenders, Playoff material, NFCE contenders, or even a break even record. But there was a lot to like about what happened out on the field tonight, and much more positive than negative.
During camp reports when Keim or some other reporter says so-and-so has been looking good...many say, it's only camp, wait until an actual game. Now some may say, it's only a pre-season game and the Pats sat many star starters or point to the level of player our guys faced, or Belicheck called a very vanilla game as to not show too much. Solid play in practice and meaningless games is much better than negative comments respectively.
Having said that, I was pleasantly impressed with Aldrick's performance tonight. After the past two very inconsistent seasons and being a one trick pony type player, he showed me a lot more than I was expecting from him. If this continues over the rest of pre-season, then I think he could be a lock for the 53.
Grant was equally impressive, especially considering he is a rookie in his first NFL game. He should only get better with more experience. Unless he falls offs in the next few PS games, he should be a keeper for the 53.
Seastrunk and Redd are going to make Thompson and Royster roster casualties if they continue to play like they did tonight. I would like to see them against better competition, see if they can block, and if either can catch the ball out of the back field.
Could be some very tough decisions at WR and RB come cut down time...which is a good position to be in.
Forbath should be getting nervous.
Peyton Thompson should be polishing up his resume.
Cousin's trade value should be trending up. We could be fielding some calls from teams looking for a starter should their guy falter or go down with injury. Colt looks like he could be a solid #2 should we get a good offer.
Rambo stood out on one particular play and made a nice take down of a RB for a loss. Minnifield also made a couple of nice plays. Really pulling hard for both of these kids. It would be really nice to find a quality player for the secondary from the late rounds and undrafted ranks.
No serious injuries from game 1 is a blessing, and a welcome change. Looking forward to a solid week of practice and next week's game against the Browns.
Seems like the players and coaches liked having another team to practice with/against. I would definitely like to see more of this going forward in 2015 and beyond. Maybe pre-season home team could host their opponent for practice the week leading up to each of the PS games. I would think this would be a much better evaluation tool for the coaches of both teams than constantly going up against teammates and known playbooks.
Who is this Mallet guy? He is horrible lol. They better hope TB never gets hurt.
Top QB recruit of Michigan years and years ago, left for Arkansas when Rich Rod was hired. Best Arkansas QB in decades, and would have beaten Ohio State and Terrel Pryor if Ohio State had been properly penalized by the NCAA for several major violations by top players, instead NCAA let players play on appeal to lock in big money on Ohio State travelling fans. Winning score by Ohio State was tossed by a player who should have been booted, to a player that should have been booted.
However, otoh, Arkansas was coached by the epic, all world d-bag candidate of the year, every year, in Bobby Petrino, and he and Mallet helped hound a reporter off the local beat for wearing a gators hat while interviewing them.
Anyway the key is that mallet was by and large, regarded as the best QB of his high school recruiting year, and one of the very best QB's of his draft year, but his stock dropped because apparently he came across as a wannabe hill billy eminem in interviews.
Anyway, guy has always been highly regarded, big arm, great frame, all the tools, except questions on whats between the ears.
Would be funny if you were just kidding in your comment though, and it is a bit weird you don't know who mallet is considering he could have been a draft target back then, but maybe you're not a big draft obsessed dork like me.
It is thrilling to have so many young guys talented and hungry. The gears are going to mesh, and if not this year, by next, we're going to be really rolling.
We're gonna roll this year. This team has an excellent vibe about it. Remember, this team had last year's SB champs on the ropes in the play-offs the previous year.
If RG3 hadn't tweaked his knee running to the right sidelines during the drive to make it 14-0, we win our first playoff game since 2005. That game was in the bag w/a healthy RG3. The fact that we were within striking distance of pulling it out until the closing minutes, with our QB playing against the best D in the league on one leg, and completely incapable of executing the passing game after that tweak. That game was flat out won if RG3 was healthy.
I think the O looks pretty good though so much hinges on health, the OL, and RG3, a bit more skeptical with the D. We'll see.
Seastrunk and Redd look like they will be better backing up Alfred as the lead back if you like.
Helu is the pass catching and draw play/delay type back - the role he is good at.
Traded Kendall Fuller & 3rd round pick (no other team offered more than a 2nd). Signed to 4 year $24m py extension with $71m gtd (no other team offered an ext) 2018 rankings FO DYAR - 27th, FO DVOA - 27th, QBR 85.7 (27th), Adj QB rating - 50.3 (25th) and the list goes on Thats inferior to - Mullins, Winston, Fitzpatrick, Keenum, Dalton, Flacco, Carr, Manning - all paid less.
I'm very happy with what I saw. I was primarily concerned with us looking competent and like we knew what we were doing--a thing critical for a first-time NFL head coach and a new staff--and they came away looking great. Basically, a smoothly-coached team. Individual effort was high, too, especially with the second and third stringers. Which makes sense, given the fact that they're actually the ones fighting for roster spots. But the run game looked good and RG3 moved well. I never, ever read anything into the first-team passing game because everybody in it knows they're only out there for a few plays--but even then, I'd rather look competent (which we did) than not.
Agree with most of what Skinsfan67 said. Those I saw that impressed me include Redd and Seastrunk, Grant, Murphy had a couple of nice plays.
That one guy Thompson? CB I believe, got burned a few times.
Was impressed with how both our back up QB's looked. Disappointed in how CT looked, he just goes down too easy. Helu looked ok....gotta guess Royster will be seeking employment soon as well.
Our D looked good at the start, but also Mallet looks clueless. See why the Pats drafted another QB this year.
Out ST play had some good moments, but also a couple of kick off returns that were bad....but were called back due to penalties.
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