Great run down, Thanks. Back to you but, not after Happy Hour, when Jerry will be All Pro. LOLThis is a bit long, got carried away with the question - apologies for that.
To me, John Jerry is an intruiging but at the same time frustrating player... Has a lot of potential... [that old coach killer], but doesn't seem to have the drive to be a winner. He has simply gotten by, even in the NFL, with his natural ability.
His weight sounds like it could be back on the agenda of being an issue again [was reportedly under 340 at the start of OTA's, and now at 345.. at the end of OTA's???]. The real key is... he has 5/6 weeks between now and Camp, so this will show how serious he is.
As for him as a player - I like what he can bring. In the right role. I see his strength more in the pass game than run, but he's, fair to middling in the run game - which again, has gotten him by. His pass pro strength speaks to being more suited to Tackle, and when he's had to fill in at Tackle, he's done ok [I haven't quite figured out whether he's a right or left tackle]. So with an off season of focus and prep solely at O Tackle... perhaps he could be better. If I am assessing where I see him on the roster, ideally I see him as a 6th man type, i.e. the first man off the bench, a role that Nate Garner has excelled in over the last couple of years [exception being Centre where Jerry doesn't have any experience]. I don't see him as a starter - in the ideal O Line - but a useful and key backup who has position flexibility. The other gap I see in his game is nastiness - I just don't see it. It's there to a degree with Martin, just not with Jerry. I wouldn't say soft, but perhaps lazy is more akin to his current game. Is he another Soliai - who showed tremendous talent but was lazy so seemed soft/not capable of handling his business. Soliai made a committment and his game became evident. Will Jerry?
I for one, would like to see, during preason!!!, see a line up of [from left to right], Martin, Samuda, Pouncey, Yeatman and Jerry. And for these guys, when running 'ALL' zone run plays, to run it with strectch blocking. Again.. let me repeat. I'd like to see this during preseason - it's quite an athletic group and I'd be intrigued to see the movement, as a group [concerned that the expected OLine could be a 4+1 with LT through RG being mobile and RT Clabo being the odd man out]. Not saying Incognito or Clabo are not useful - they are, but from a scheme standpoint, they don't - in my view - fit the ultimate mould of pure Zone blockers.
I will caveat this by saying, it all depends on what they are asking their OL to do in the Zone running game and I don't know what that is - at least for this year coming. Personally, I love movement from the OL... you watch the Houston OL run zone and it's hard to tell between inside and outside [stretch] run plays - it's pure orchestration with how they move. From experience, and how I ran it, I liked 2 inside zone plays [Tight = with the HB landmark off the Inside 'Hip' of the playside guard] [Zone = inside 'Hip' of the playside Tackle] and 1 outside zone run [Strech = outside 'Hip' of TE] - don't forget, post snap, the OL move, so the landmark is always moving - hence the need for successful zone backs to have great vision - they have to see, not only the blocking scheme, but the reaction of the defense.
But.. with the OL all running Stretch, i.e. Outside Zone blocking. I.e. An even split of horizontal and vertical movement [my own, simplistic way of explaining it]. It forces the Defences, in particular the LB's to move... that is, if they're good and reading their OL keys. So, the responsibility then is on the Back to read the colour and as an old coach of mine used to say... if Colour [opposite jersey colour] Crosses your face [i.e. the defender has gotten outside your landmark/OL hip... you plant, cut back and get up into the gap left by said LB crossing your face, and... if Colour doesn't cross your face, then stay on your landmark with the OL and run through your landmark.
Last year with Miami, from what I could see, we seemed to run a lot of inside zone blocking movement, i.e more vertical with limited lateral movement. And even on the outside zone plays, it was not as much movement as I was expecting - personnel driven me thinks! And we resorted to a blend of power /zone, by using a backside pulling lineman - not pure zone, but a hybrid which can be effective - just not my personal preferance, but have used it and with the right personnel, can give you options, or at least let you play to your strengths [i.e. Incognitio and pulling] and/or mask your weaknesses [Jerry and 2nd level zone blocking capabilities] - which is why I think Yeatman at Guard is an intriguing option.
Right - I'll leave it there.