I'd like to see how Michael egnew has improved during the off season. Should be interesting to find out if that mma training has made him into less of a girl and more of a tight end....
I am incredibly excited for Thigpen. When Bess was out late in the season he showed really good first step quickness with the ball in his hands, and he's shifty. Matthews of course, along with Miller and I'm praying Egnew gets his sh*t together.
I think our TE situation is great right now.
Proven guy in Dustin Keller who is legit threat in passing game.
Charles Clay has shown some flashes he can do some things when his number is called on.
Michael Egnew expectations are nothing so if he can be anything its a positive.
I already picture Dion Sims being like Donald Lee
Well it should be obvious which non-starter will have the biggest impact on this team next year hands-down.
His name is Lamar Miller, our to be starting RB who will be a beast.
Thigpen will be the new slot reciever he played alot of that in the CFL and was very effective, in my opion thats why we let bess go, and didnt address it in the draft.
1. Marcus Thigpen- Could he be a poor man's RB version of Randall Cobb?
2. Jimmy Wilson- Not going to be asked to do a whole lot. I could see him making a few key blitzes making snagging a few INT
3. Will Yeatman- I feel like the Patriots get stud lineman from no where all the time. Why not us?
4. Olivier Vernon- Always around the ball. Let Odrick play the run downs and Vernon the passing. I like the change of pace.
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Why is everyone so high on Yeatman when NOBODY HERE HAS SEEN HIM PLAY A DOWN?
"Ireland Love" is a form of "Stockholm Syndrome"
Players I would like/hope to see make a bigger impact next year:
-Charles Clay has shown flashes of talent and explosiveness. He needs to become a more consistent route runner and player before he will become successful. But if the light ever does turn on for him, we could have a really strong TE pass catching attack.
-Olivier Vernon made a few nice plays last season. He was an impact player the times he was able to get on the field, including on the special teams. I'd like to see him take a big step forward in his progress and work in reps with Odrick (not great, but solid) and Wake. Would love to see this guy develop as a legit and consistent and disruptive threat off the edge giving us a good set of DE's to rotate a la the Giants of the past 5-6 years.
-Lamar Miller obviously because he is slotted to be the starter at the RB position. I have a cautious optimism about him - not absolutely blown away sold on his rookie campaign but did see him flash some good running instincts. I think, and expect him to get the job done "well enough".
Players I am on the fence on:
-Marcus Thigpen made some great special teams plays for us last season and was relatively consistent on both kick off and punt returns (for the most part). Spent some time as receiver when we were so thin at the position and didn't do much, partially cause of his size. I don't really see him doing too much as a receiver but could perhaps continue to be a solid special teams contributor as well as having a niche fit in 4-5 receiver packages running crossing routes or something out of the backfield (etc).
-Rishard Matthews is a bit over hyped on this message board I think. He came in near the end of the season and made a few plays over the last 3 games but nothing to expect or hope to see him seeing prominent play time next year. He was drafted as a project with good athletic ability and size. I liked what I saw in the last game specifically and also feel cautiously optimistic about him but don't expect to see him in anything more than 4-5 receiver sets.
Players I don't expect/nor hope make any impact on this team next year:
-Jimmy Wilson played pretty poorly when asked to play CB last season. To be fair, he wasn't supposed to be anything more than a #4/#5 but with our injuries had to play a significant role and was picked on A LOT. Not expecting nor hoping he sees any playtime, but if we see him making any impact this season that means something bad happened to our starters.
-Will Yeatman shouldn't see play time either because that would mean we have had major injury and depth issues. Every year fans on the board get a hard-on for a player or two who seems like this mystical player with lots of hype around them til preseason actually rolls around and turns out isn't anything. This year, its Yeatman... maybe they can develop him to be a player by next year, but if we see him making any impact this season that means something bad happened to our starters.
-Michael Egnew see comments on Yeatman (except most people already know this guy is worthless).
Last edited by Atila; 05-12-2013 at 09:19 PM.