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Old 11-17-2009, 08:54 AM   #16
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Re: Let's Talk Levi Jones and Offensive Line

I think if Jones can play at that level then we can go into the draft next year only looking to get a guard and a tackle instead two tackles and a guard. Jones can probably play right tackle decently so a strong LT and RG ar needed. I also think we can find a suitable replacement in the FA for Rabach. A line of a top end LT pick, Dockery, decent FA C, 2nd/3rd RG and Jones would be infinitely better than what we have now if the two draft picks are any good at all. Keep Heyer for depth(uggg) and completely remake the depth too.
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Old 11-17-2009, 09:58 AM   #17
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Jones looks good, maybe the time off helped him heal from past injuries. He's not that old by O line standards, and if he can stay healthy could have several good years ahead of him. Hopefully he can be signed for reasonable $ & compete w/rookies for the starting LT job next year.

This week will be his biggest test of the year. Samuels could handle Ware for the most part but in the last couple years he'd usually give up one sack & a couple of qb hits to him. So if Ware beats him a couple times please don't anyone fly off the handle & say L. Jones is old & has got to go. Ware may be the best pass rusher in the nfl.

We'll know if he's doing a good job when they move Ware over to Heyer's side, which they do a lot to get the best matchup.
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:15 AM   #18
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Do we have Levi singed past this year?
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:21 AM   #19
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Do we have Levi singed past this year?
I searched and could not find it anywhere. He had a $16.3 million, 4 year contract from the Bengals, but they just terminated it when they cut him.

At this point, I would not think we would have signed him to a multi-year deal as he was just a band-aid at the time of signing. If he keeps up this level of play, I have no doubts that we'll extend him.
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Jones is very adamant that he is a starting LT in this league. He sat out rather than sign anywhere that didn't guarantee him a starting LT position. I don't think he is going to settle next year for being less than a starting LT, especially if he turns our line around and does not get injured in the process.
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Jones is very adamant that he is a starting LT in this league. He sat out rather than sign anywhere that didn't guarantee him a starting LT position. I don't think he is going to settle next year for being less than a starting LT, especially if he turns our line around and does not get injured in the process.

I agree. Even if he doesn't turn out to be a beast this year, if he stays healthy and our running game improves with him in the lineup, I would have to think he'd entertain offers elsewhere. Especially if the Skins don't give him a crack at starting.
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:33 AM   #22
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I don't believe he is signed past this year. Anyway, Levi is only a short term option in my opinion - he'll be 31 next August and he has had some back injuries. Maybe you sign him for 2-3 years but I still say you go after the best available offensive tackle when we pick - good LT's rarely hit the free agent market and the ones that do are very expensive - plus according to this blog below the 2010 draft will have a lot of good prospects avilable. So we need to draft one in my opinion regardless if Levi keeps this up or not. If anything we can draft a tackle and boot Heyer out of here or at the very least down the depth chart and than in a year or two draft another tackle and let him take over when Levi leaves. I agree with picking up a center to replace Rabach and I would also like to use the 2nd rounder on a guard.


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According to one site that rates such things, six of the top 32 seniors are offensive tackles. This does not count any underclassmen who may come out. Itís kind of early to talk about any specific players since theyíre only halfway through the season and we are a ways away from the combine, pro days, and the like. But, at this point in time itís safe to say that there will be some quality tackles available in the 2010 draft.

Free agency is another option and even though next year is likely to be uncapped itís a tough way to find your left tackle. Teams hold on to the good ones for dear life and the ones that do hit the market are expensive. Certainly, they have to take a good, hard look at this but it may be a better option to resign Jones for a year or two until the permanent solution can be found.

Finding the answer at this critical position will require a strong football mind. Since there are exactly none of those in decision-making positions in Ashburn right now, one can only hope that one will arrive there in January.
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I was very impressed with the offensive line play. I want a repeat performance on Sunday. If Levi Jones continues to perform at this level, the Skins may have found their replacement for Chris Samuels. Offensive line is still a priority in the draft but this may allow the Skins to select the best player available with the first round pick and address the offensive line in the second or third round. The team has a lot of holes to fill and the best player available might be the best strategy.
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I agree. Even if he doesn't turn out to be a beast this year, if he stays healthy and our running game improves with him in the lineup, I would have to think he'd entertain offers elsewhere. Especially if the Skins don't give him a crack at starting.
I'd give him a crack at starting LT if we drafted a guy who could use a season or two of seasoning at RT before sliding over.
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Hopefully they can push the Dallas front around this weekend so betts can have a repeat performance. I believe our Dline can whip theirs, especially with their OT out with a broke leg.
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Old 11-17-2009, 11:18 AM   #26
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[QUOTE=CantonLegend;62650 its a shame the bengals didnt see what they had because he could be starting opposite andre smith this season and their offense would be even more dangerous[/QUOTE]

I think the Bengals saw what they got and didn't need him. They have 3 new starters on the OL (there's hope for us next year) and none of the starters is Andre Smith (their #1 draft pick). The OL for the Bengals attributes to their success this year. That could be us next year if we draft wisely on the OL and sign a FA or 2, maybe keep Jones.
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Old 11-17-2009, 11:37 AM   #27
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Levi jones could be a pro bowler if injuries wouldnt have hampered his career thus far

he will be a great starting point for the construction of your O-line

its a shame the bengals didnt see what they had because he could be starting opposite andre smith this season and their offense would be even more dangerous
i didnt know smith has taken a snap yet. im not sure of this but i thought with his holdout then injury 5 seconds into his first practice, he hadnt played or started yet.

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i didnt know smith has taken a snap yet. im not sure of this but i thought with his holdout then injury 5 seconds into his first practice, he hadnt played or started yet.

go skins!
He hasn't yet. But it is Mike Sellers's fault so it's all good.
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He hasn't yet. But it is Mike Sellers's fault so it's all good.
Good one. LOL
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He hasn't yet. But it is Mike Sellers's fault so it's all good.
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