johnreaves

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  1. Well we need a running game and a secondary lol We have a running game, although it's not that important in the NFL anyway. We were 11th in rushing, averaging 4.1 yds per carry, with a OL in flux all season (the 10 game suspension to LJ and two mid-round rookies pressed into starting before they were really ready due to missed games by two other starters) and three rookie RBs. In the six games Johnson played they averaged better than 4.4 yds/carry, and in the one game Smallwood was the primary RB and Barner the only other back to carry the ball (game 3 vs Pittsburgh) Wendell was 17 carries for 79 yards (4.8 avg) and Barner was 8 for 42 (5.2 avg). In the one game that Marshall toted the rock with LJ there, he had 10 carries for 42 yards.
  2. I completely agree. Three of the first four, if not all four, should be on defense. At least one edge rusher and two corners, There could be a DT and/or LB as well before we turn to the offensive side of the ball.
  3. Your draft has a few Houdini moves but if it can be done you're looking good. I love when people say things like, trade Kelce fora second round pick (let alone a fifth round in addition)...as if the other 31 teams have no say. There are no teams that'll give you a 2nd, or a 3rd, or even a 4th for Kelce. Also the same thing when people say we should trade back or trade up. You have to find a team that has their own reason to give up picks to trade up. You can't just do it, you have to find a trading partner. Don't you think other teams value draft picks? There has to be a guy another wants so badly, and is afraid they might lose, that they'd be willing to trade with you...and the compensation is dictated by the point value chart for the most part. Do you even get how ridiculous it is to project 4th-7th round picks (if not 2nd to 4th rounders)? You want Ashton Lampkin on the 6th round? Have you ever seen him play? What do you know about the vast majority, if not ALL, of the draft prospects beyond what you've read on line? IF you read about them online you'll know there's a wide range of opinion on even the higher rated guys let alone anyone after that. Hope we don't get Mixon, or any other RB before round five, at least. I hope we don't draft one at all. It's a wasted pick, most likely.
  4. John Ross does not make this team better in any fashion. He'd become the 4th WR at best. The issue isn't WR anymore, nor is it RB. If Wentz doesn't have enough talent around him now he never will. The issue is defense. We have a glaring need (or two) at CB, and need to upgrade our talent and depth at DL (DE AND DT) and LB. I'll be very surprised if we see more than one offensive between rounds two and five, and it wouldn't shock me if we see none. Our first pick is for sure on defense: I'd say 80% certain to be a CB/ 20% a DE.
  5. You know I'd like to finish 2017 Free agency and the 2017 draft before fully commiting to 2018 offseason plans. But yes it seems very likely we need some(likely boatloads)money to not take a step backwards. JMatt should command some real solid coin. Tough to keep(especially since we aren't rolling over a nice chunk of cash from this season forward). Hicks looks to be a crucial cog in the defense. Tough to let him go(but he's going to want to get paid pretty handsomely I'd think which is going to be tough without any cash rolling over from this season). If Chance Warmack resurrects his career like I expect: he isn't going to keep playing for that steal of a one year contract we got him for. Plus the market will get hot for him. (That will put a strain on things without extra cap relief from this season). Oh and that's not even really considering improving. Going to want to do that. Like JMatt.That being said slot receivers are not that tough to find.We could even draft TE Howard who runs routes like a WR and who could be rotated into the slot spot.If JMatt wants a boatload of loot and it's too much MOVE ON.Like I said I like the kid,but he's not the end all slot guy The guy I love in next year's draft is TE Mike Gesicki of Penn State. I've seen every college game he's played and he easily can be as good as Gronk in the right situation.
  6. RBs don't win you anything. The only exception I can think of was Seattle, with their dominating defense. We never won anything with Westbrook or Shady (even when he led the league). Dallas didn't either when Murray led the league (then there's last year). Last year the top rushing team in the league was Buffalo and Cleveland was second in terms of yds/carry, which is a fairer way to view it than simply yards because a team like the Browns were behind so often in the second half and especially in the 4th quarter. They ran so much less than teams (they were tied for last in attempts) protecting a late lead and trying to eat clock. The next team was Dallas, followed by Atlanta, Chicago, and Tennessee. What wins is passing, especially at key points of games, and pass defense. That's the state of the NFL, and it's been that way for a while. You need an elite QB and a top pass defense. Atlanta finally got to the big game because they addressed their defensive secondary with players they picked high in a few recent drafts: safety Keanu Neal #1 in 2016, CB Jalen Collins #2 in 2015, CBs Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford on rounds #1 AND #2 in 2013. Trufant was on IR all last year but normally is a starter. All the other players started last year. The Rams picked a great back in 2015 in Todd Gurly...then sucked one more time.
  7. You don't see them going O line in round 1? How about a quarterback, or a punter? What an insight there.
  8. RBs don't win you anything. The only exception I can think of was Seattle, with their dominating defense. We never won anything with Westbrook or Shady (even when he led the league). Dallas didn't either when Murray led the league (then there's last year). Last year the top rushing team in the league was Buffalo and Cleveland was second in terms of yds/carry, which is a fairer way to view it than simply yards because a team like the Browns were behind so often in the second half and especially in the 4th quarter. They ran so much less than teams (they were tied for last in attempts) protecting a late lead and trying to eat clock. The next team was Dallas, followed by Atlanta, Chicago, and Tennessee. What wins is passing, especially at key points of games, and pass defense. That's the state of the NFL, and it's been that way for a while. You need an elite QB and a top pass defense. Atlanta finally got to the big game because they addressed their defensive secondary with players they picked high in a few recent drafts: safety Keanu Neal #1 in 2016, CB Jalen Collins #2 in 2015, CBs Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford on rounds #1 AND #2 in 2013. Trufant was on IR all last year but normally is a starter. All the other players started last year.
  9. RB is one of the least worrisome positions this year but still could use an upgrade. A team should always be looking to upgrade every position,especially RB with the majority of 'em havin a reduced shelf life. If not then they're not too interested in winning a championship. That doesn't mean that you take one in 1st or 2nd Rd. Just that you should always be lookin for an upgrade,the less $$$ invested,the better. Not sayin you are wrong,just stating my opinion & you have every right to yours. RB is a very punishing position to play and most teams if they get a good one they'll ride him 5-6 yrs.till the wheels fall off & look for a replacement. Before we presume the position needs an upgrade, we should allow the three rookie backs already on the roster the opportunity and find out what we have with them. Why anyone would think that who's in this draft is a better prospect makes no sense. Not any back, even Fournette, was better in college than Smallwood, Marshall, or (especially) Terrell Watson. We had a better than average running game last year even with all the instability on the offensive line. Given the fact that LJ will be there all year, the experience the two rookie linemen gained last year, and the addition of Womack without the loss of anyone else on the OL (at this point)...and the experience all three of last year's rookie RBs gained as well, our running game will be good enough at worst. If after next year the need becomes obvious then address it in the following off season, but right now it's fine (and maybe much better than just fine).
  10. Very well said,GBFL. Plus to add to that,I'd look for a RB every year,whether it be the draft and/or an UDFA. RB's get the snot pounded out of 'em. Why do we need to replenish the RB position? I completely disagree. With LJ out 10 games and two mid-round rookies forced into too much action before they were really ready on the OL due to missed games by two other starters...and no downfield passing threat, we were still 11th in rushing and averaged 4.1yds/carry. We had three rookie RBs last year, all of whom had more impressive college careers than ANY RB in this draft. Smallwood played hurt all year and still averaged the same yds/carry as Shady McCoy did his rookie season. Marshall looked very good every time he was given an opportunity and Terrell Watson has a freakish combination of size and speed, as well as an unbelievable collegiate resume.
  11. I wouldn't take a RB in the 1st either (other than Fournette,except this year) and I'm not lobbying for McCaffrey,but he can do everything that you said about Samuel. We have no issue at RB. It's a false concern. There's one overriding problem (CB), and one or two lesser ones, both on defense (improving the pass rush and upgrading the LB position).
  12. All of a sudden, CB is not the Deep Position this draft. These injuries are really depleting the stock. Thinking we need to address CB no later than round 2 now. We may want to address it again in the 4th or 5th too... yeah right now I have a CB in 2,6 and a FA pick(Conley,Griffin,Lampkin) To not address CB #1 is like treating a cut before treating a heart attack. If we fix the pass defense and Wentz takes a step forward we're a contender right now. If we don't (and Wentz doesn't) nothing else matters. You can't expect to solve any problem with a 6th round draft pick.
  13. You are ABSOLUTELY correct! Those two, and Smallwood, had better college careers than any RB in this draft. Also, the running game was pretty good (11th ranked; 4.1yds/carry), especially considering the lack of cohesion on the OL (no LJ for 10 games and two rookies playing more than you'd want them to because of missed games by two other starters) and the fact defenses didn't need to respect our downfield passing game.
  14. I'd love to have McCaffrey but I feel that with the addition of Torrey & Alshon that J.Matt will be more effective given the chemistry he has built with Wentz and not feel like he has to carry the WR's. I wouldn't be upset if they take McCaff in the 1st with him being so versatile. This O could use a guy that can be moved all over the formation putting pressure on D's with the match up. He could end up being Sproles' replacement. But if Barnett or another talented pass rusher is there I have a gut feeling that'll be the 1st pick with the RB's & CB's being so deep. If I could only upgrade three of these four areas: CB, DE, LB, RB.....running back would be last. It's the least worrisome position.
  15. You don't think every team does the same thing?