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Old 05-30-2008, 09:34 AM   #1
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What's our greatest need now?

I still think we have a glaring need at OLB.
We need to pick up an ex-starter.....what other areas need shoring up before we start the season...and, who could become available at those spots?
any spot urgent enough to consider trading for?
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Old 05-30-2008, 09:54 AM   #2
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Re: What's our greatest need now?

I'm also concerned about OLB. Also, I'm not sure we've got any decent backup FBs behind Sellers. I'm also not sure we have a backup C who's worth a crap. And there's the ever-present question marks about the DE spots, despite the James acquisition.

But I wouldn't make trades to fill these holes.

Phillip Daniels is old and can't rush the passer much, but I like him against the run and we could do worse. I think Carter has the other spot locked down and solid. When we need to generate the pass rush on 3rd down, Blache will likely continue to rotate Daniels down to DT and let Wilson or Washington get after the QB on that side. That worked well for us last year. And who knows, maybe James performs a miracle and gets in the mix on that side as well.

I had concerns about CB, but the Tryon pick seems to address that. He's got good cover skills and is physical enough to be a decent nickel until we get Rogers back.

Rinehart gave us some young depth at G and T, so combining with Heyer, no moves needed there. In camp, we need to see if we have anybody who can back up Rabach though, otherwise we should think about signing someone.

A backup FB would be nice, but at some point you have to figure that going 2-deep at every spot on the field is a luxury you just can't afford. Good thing Sellers is tough as nails.

So that leaves OLB, where I have by far the most concern. Washington has proven brittle lately, and Rocky is obviously coming back from major injury. Behind them, I'm not sure we've got squat diddily. MAYBE you can rotate Blades around, but I prefer him in the middle as he's not so much suited for coverage of the better TEs. We definitely lack a guy like Randall Godfrey, he was very valuable for us last year when McIntosh went down. Of all the things we could do, OLB is the spot I'd be most interested in improving.
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Old 05-30-2008, 10:21 AM   #3
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Re: What's our greatest need now?

I agree. OLB and CB are currently two of our weaker spots. If Carlos comes back early and Springs stays healthy, we're fine. However, that's asking a lot.
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I'm also concerned about OLB. Also, I'm not sure we've got any decent backup FBs behind Sellers. I'm also not sure we have a backup C who's worth a crap. And there's the ever-present question marks about the DE spots, despite the James acquisition.

Rinehart gave us some young depth at G and T, so combining with Heyer, no moves needed there. In camp, we need to see if we have anybody who can back up Rabach though, otherwise we should think about signing someone.
our backup center is jon jansen if we really need one. and we have a backup FB. pete schmitt - he was with us last year adn they like him. broughton is listed as a FB as well, and we've had him for 3 years, but i doubt they consider him a blocker.
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Old 05-30-2008, 11:05 AM   #5
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Re: What's our greatest need now?

Backup fullback.

Seriously, if we lose Sellers, we're in trouble in the backfield.


OK, maybe that's not our GREATEST need...

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Old 05-30-2008, 11:13 AM   #6
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Re: What's our greatest need now?

I worry about DT depth too.
Golston is ok...but I dont even know who #4 is
What happens if a starter or 2 gets injured?
We need a 3 man rotation.
I think we need some help here
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Old 05-30-2008, 11:23 AM   #7
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I worry about DT depth too.
Golston is ok...but I dont even know who #4 is
What happens if a starter or 2 gets injured?
We need a 3 man rotation.
I think we need some help here
Yeah but at DT you can rotate Daniels down, he's big enough and strong enough to make that work. Evans has rotated down to DT before too and done alright.

I'm thinking Boschetti may not make the team, but I'd bet that if a Griffin got injured, they could always call on Boschetti to fill in.

We're not talking about world-beaters here, but I think we've got the flexibility to get by should injuries set in.
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Old 05-30-2008, 11:23 AM   #8
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Re: What's our greatest need now?

Anywhere on our defensive front 7 is in need of depth.
Let's go into camp and see who can win a job. If no one steps up in training camp, we can pickup a veteren that gets cut in minicamp.

Unfortunately we can't have all former first rounders starting on defense(We tried last year!). We have to let some unknown guys earn their paychecks.
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Old 05-30-2008, 11:51 AM   #9
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Yeah but at DT you can rotate Daniels down, he's big enough and strong enough to make that work. Evans has rotated down to DT before too and done alright.

I'm thinking Boschetti may not make the team, but I'd bet that if a Griffin got injured, they could always call on Boschetti to fill in.

We're not talking about world-beaters here, but I think we've got the flexibility to get by should injuries set in.
Do you see any situations where Chris Wilson might slide out to LB?
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Old 05-30-2008, 12:12 PM   #10
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Re: What's our greatest need now?

DE & C
CB gets second IMO simply because of the history of injuries to those guys & that Tryon is a rookie + torrence & eubanks might never be solid pros.
If all those guys can stay healthy though & Rogers returns to form, it's a solid unit.
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Do you see any situations where Chris Wilson might slide out to LB?
Ooh, that's a cool thought. I never even thought of that idea.

He's certainly quick getting off the line, so the agility would seem to be there. I wonder if he's fast enough to cover TEs.
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Do you see any situations where Chris Wilson might slide out to LB?
I think he's got the physical set to play SLB only, sort of like Matthias Kiwanuka for the Giants, but that's also HB Blades' best position, it's hard to see Wilson playing SLB ahead of Blades.

I wouldn't put it past Blache to try 4 DEs on passing downs: Carter and James at the ends, Daniels inside, and Chris Wilson as a rush linebacker. But that's not really playing linebacker.
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Old 05-30-2008, 01:28 PM   #13
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And yes, I agree with those who are saying LB and CB. We are dangerously thin at both those positions.
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Old 05-30-2008, 01:45 PM   #14
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Re: What's our greatest need now?

What about Safety?
I know we've got a ton of young guys...including our 2 starters...typically depth includes a prior starter thats got NFL smarts.
I worry about if one of our starters goes down...a rookie for both backup spots seems risky to me....especially since our corners beyond our 3 starters are also very inexperienced....and yes....I was a preiloux fan...I could just never spell his name
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Old 05-30-2008, 05:49 PM   #15
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What about Safety?
I know we've got a ton of young guys...including our 2 starters...typically depth includes a prior starter thats got NFL smarts.
I worry about if one of our starters goes down...a rookie for both backup spots seems risky to me....especially since our corners beyond our 3 starters are also very inexperienced....and yes....I was a preiloux fan...I could just never spell his name
The Skins just signed one....with NFL game experience at that.

The Redskins have signed second-year safety Justin Hamilton, the team announced on Friday
Hamilton, 6-3 and 222 pounds, played the 2006 season with the Cleveland Browns, totaling 15 tackles (13 solo) during his rookie season.

Hopefully that takes care of the Safety concern!
Redskins Sign DB Hamilton
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