I would like to keep Jerry. He improved last year t a little below average, and has improved this year to above average and VG in pass protect. He's only 27, not gonna get a big contract, knows the system, and may be the best overall option for this team next year.
Last year, he was ranked as the #20 RG, and #40 of all guards. He graded out at +3.8 on the pass but -8-8 n the run. He gave up 2 sack, 3 QB hits, and 15 hurries. He wasn't bad but, after last year I would not have wanted to re-sign him with the weight issues and he did not look like the answer.
This year, he is ranked as the #10 RG, and #21 of all guards. He grades out at +6.0 on the pass and -4.0 on the run. He has given up 4 sacks, 3 hits, and 8 hurries, and ranks #3 at RG, #7 of all guards in protecting the QB. This is impressive as he was injured in preseason, returned to practice just 2 weeks before the season, and struggled some in the early games. In the last 5 games, he has only given up 1 sack and 1 hurry, while looking better on the run, and is our best pass blocker (over Pouncey and Cog).
The other thing I consider is the 2014 needs of our team, especially the OL. Clabo, Martin, and McKinnie will all be gone. that leaves us with maybe the Yeatman project and the versatile Garner as back ups. Albert looks to be the only possible FA option but, will cost A LOT. OT may well be our 1st and 2nd picks.
At G, there's Dallas, Watkins, and the guy who started in front f them in Brenner. Maybe one works out but, not betting on more than that. FA looks to be around the same as this year, high priced or a Lance Louis type. This is assuming that Pouncey has no major legal issues.
So, I'm back to wanting to keep John Jerry.
Agree or disagree?