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Old 12-09-2009, 10:26 AM   #16
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That being said, i wonder if the skins will use a draft pick on a RB, or will they just go the way of trying to fill holes through free agency...
I think spending one of our first two draft picks on a RB would be ideal (the other draft pick obviously on Oline). I like Spiller or the guy from Ole Miss...similiar type of players, not 30+ carries, pound the rock guys but more of the change of pace backs with high, big play potential. I think pairing one these guys with either Betts or Portis (I think Portis probably done) would make a nice combo. Another plus is both these guys have kick/punter return capibilities. I really think we lack playmakers on offense and need to add a substantial threat guy...I dont think we have anybody that really scares D cordinators when watching film....but this Thomas guy
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Old 12-09-2009, 10:27 AM   #17
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Ganther might be our Ryan Grant, Amhad Bradshaw, Pierre Thomas, Willie Parker, etc. One of those guys that is far from elite but were largely overlooked out of college and went on to play vital roles in their team's offense.

RB will be an interesting position to watch this offseason.
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Old 12-09-2009, 12:28 PM   #18
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There was a reason Mason was not with another team and I'm guessing we will see why this new kicker was not on another team. I hope I'm wrong about the new kicker but if he was any good he would have been on a team.
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FD, Gano was a rookie, he got picked up by Baltimore, (who has recently cut their other kicker) and after preseason went right into the UFL, where he kicked a championship game winner. I don't know how good Gano will be, but I don't think he is like a lot of other re-treads out there, or Mason, who has bounced from PS to PS. Hopefully he finds a home here.
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There was a reason Mason was not with another team and I'm guessing we will see why this new kicker was not on another team. I hope I'm wrong about the new kicker but if he was any good he would have been on a team.
He was with a team, the Las Vegas UFL team. The reason that he is free is that their schedule ended early.

As a rookie he made it to the last cut with the Ravens and then signed with the UFL. He has not just been sitting around doing nothing because no one wanted him.
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Gano nearly won the kicking competition vs. Hauchka or whatever his name was in Baltimore.

They probably regret the choice they made, like us.
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Ganther looks good, could be a real gem.
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There was a reason Mason was not with another team and I'm guessing we will see why this new kicker was not on another team. I hope I'm wrong about the new kicker but if he was any good he would have been on a team.
I don't think this is the best way to judge a player. There's a reason why teams didn't want to pick Tom Brady the year he got drafted late by the Patriots, because ALL of the teams misjudged him. The Patriots misjudged him too when they perceived him to be a late round draft talent.

The NFL personnel evaluators misjudge players all the time.
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If Ganther plays more at RB, Cartwright can be used to return kicks. That would be a plus...
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If Ganther plays more at RB, Cartwright can be used to return kicks. That would be a plus...
I don't know I thought Thomas was just fine as a kick returner.

I hope Gano sticks around, maybe if Shanahan is hired they'll re-sign Anthony Alridge yet again and then hopefully we'll draft a running back in the 3rd (I know we need to trade for that) or 4th round...could someone like Jahvid Best or Jonathan Dwyer slip there and be our lead back of the future?
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I don't know I thought Thomas was just fine as a kick returner.
I hope Gano sticks around, maybe if Shanahan is hired they'll re-sign Anthony Alridge yet again and then hopefully we'll draft a running back in the 3rd (I know we need to trade for that) or 4th round...could someone like Jahvid Best or Jonathan Dwyer slip there and be our lead back of the future?
definitly stick with dt let's see what he has back there.

did we resign him today i saw somthing in another post but didn't find anything anywehre else
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I don't know I thought Thomas was just fine as a kick returner.

I hope Gano sticks around, maybe if Shanahan is hired they'll re-sign Anthony Alridge yet again and then hopefully we'll draft a running back in the 3rd (I know we need to trade for that) or 4th round...could someone like Jahvid Best or Jonathan Dwyer slip there and be our lead back of the future?
I thought Best was pretty much regarded as 1st or 2nd round material. Dwyer I don't know how high he's projected but I could easily see him in those rounds if he doesn't have a great 40 at the combine. HE's a big guy & makes some big plays but not sure if he's got the speed to get drafted that high.

A rb that might be great value is Blount from Oregon. He was projected as a 2nd round pick before he punched that B. State dude & got suspended. If he falls to the 4th he'd be great value. He's built like Dwyer but seems to have greater burst.
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definitly stick with dt let's see what he has back there.

did we resign him today i saw somthing in another post but didn't find anything anywehre else
You know after I wrote my post I saw that yes we did sign him to the practice squad
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You know after I wrote my post I saw that yes we did sign him to the practice squad
i'm not familiar with any other teams ps and before this year didn't even know that much about ours, but we have to be close to a record number of guys on and off a roster this year

and i'm glad to see aldridge back. he is the kinda of back i want to see us use more often a quick speedy change the pace kind of guy, i hope he sticks around
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There was a reason Mason was not with another team and I'm guessing we will see why this new kicker was not on another team. I hope I'm wrong about the new kicker but if he was any good he would have been on a team.
Kickers seem to have a much less linear path to success (no pun intended) than most positions outside of qb. Some seem to struggle & then find their groove, only to lose it again. Seems like its the position w/the highest turnover in the nfl. ONly a handful of teams have kept kickers long term in the salary cap era.

Remember that Norvell cut David Akers, who then went on to Philly & has had quite a career since.

With Gano, I hope he's at that point that he starts to find his groove. He's got a 3 year deal w/1 guaranteed so he'll have his chances this year & next.
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