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View Poll Results: Who should be the starting safeties (select 2)
DeJon Gomes 3 3.09%
Brandon Meriweather 85 87.63%
Jordan Pugh 2 2.06%
Reed Doughty 14 14.43%
Baccari Rambo 76 78.35%
Tanard Jackson 12 12.37%
Not on team yet 2 2.06%
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Old 08-14-2013, 09:46 AM   #1
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Who are your starting Safeties

I think everyone agrees that our weakest link last year was our safeties. Between Meriweather's injuries, and Jackson's suspension, we were most definitely outplayed in that part of the field. Now with P Thomas's injury and IR status, we are left wondering if it will be much better this year. For the sake of this poll, please select the 2 safeties you think should be on the field opening night against the Eagles.

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Old 08-14-2013, 09:49 AM   #2
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Re: Who are your starting Safeties

Meriweather and Rambo.

Doughty as a fine next man up.
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Old 08-14-2013, 09:59 AM   #3
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Merriweather and Rambo.

If Merriweather is healthy no question he should be starting SS, with Reed backing up and getting play in some packages.

Rambo been playing and starting and has earned it so far at FS. I'd bring back Tarnard Jackson and play him behind Rambo. If Rambo struggles, then transition Tarnard back to FS as he rounds into football shape. This is contingent if T Jax is reinstated.
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:01 AM   #4
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Re: Who are your starting Safeties

Whoops! I messed up on the poll due to my reading deficiency. I said TJ in week one but I don't think he'll start until after the bye week. I'd guess that Rambo may start until TJ is ready to go.
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:06 AM   #5
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Re: Who are your starting Safeties

If Tanard Jackson can play he should start. If not it should be Rambo and Meriweather. Still kind of a bad situation because Rambo would get the starting job because there really is no one else on the team that can play Free. Might be a long year again.
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:23 AM   #6
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My only fear with Meriweather is his health. I would rather Reed be out there and that way everyone on D knows what to expect from the Safety position. He's a solid tackler, but won't make the side to side plays as quickly so both Hazlett(via scheme) and the corners know their responsibilities on the outside. Meriweather ought to sit and come in on obvious passing downs to give the added range, until we know he can stay healthy.

Obviously, Rambo is a lock in our fan's collective mind.
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:29 AM   #7
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Reed and Rambo. I don't trust Meriweather's health yet.

Actually, I probably trust him more for week 1 than week 2
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Old 08-14-2013, 11:27 AM   #8
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Re: Who are your starting Safeties

Meriweather and Rambo...no question.

However, the most crucial decision may be who Meriweather's backup is. I was counting on Thomas taking over later in the season at SS...now...Doughty? We may seem him starting games again this year despite our attempted upgrades. Hopefully, Rambo stays healthy.

The wild card is Tanard Jackson's reinstatement. He could start immediately if/when Meriweather goes down.

We might see Rambo shift to SS if Meriweather goes down and Jackson is either not eligible or not performing there.

Just when we thought the safety questions were answered...
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Re: Who are your starting Safeties

At this point we need to be really trying to find out if T Jax is in shape and wants to play as well as doing our due dillegence with the league trying to find out the soonest possible date for the decision and what that decision will be.
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Reed and Rambo. I don't trust Meriweather's health yet.

Actually, I probably trust him more for week 1 than week 2
Exactly what I picked. Ideally I'd like Meriwrather over Doughty but until he can prove he's fully healed up from his pretty significant injury last year, have to go with the guy that can go full speed.
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Re: Who are your starting Safeties

If Jackson is reinstated it will likely take him a few weeks to get back into football shape and up to speed with the D. Now we can see why they didn't just cut him loose this offseason. He could still play an important role this year.

As for week 1 starters I'll go with Doughty and Rambo.
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Re: Who are your starting Safeties

Thomas was key depth and a possible starter-in-waiting for one of the worst secondaries in the NFL last year. He was an important player going into 2013. All of the secondary upgrades are. Our starters and immediate backups were finally starting to look promising. Now, our depth is looking less and less stable with no Thomas and we know Meriweather won't play 16 games.

If we lose Rambo, our safety positions are EXACTLY where they were last year with Doughty, Gomes, Pugh...is Bernstein healthy? Move Hall to FS with Amerson starting at CB?

I'm not panicking yet but don't kid yourself, this is a big loss.
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A back up, rookie safety gets hurt, and people are already acting as if we lost a starter for the year.

Chill people. And I think our starters are meriweather and Rambo.
Well given that our safeties were horrid last year, and a solid healthy camp by PThomas certainly would have had him challenging for a starter's role, his loss is certainly the biggest non-griff story line in camp so far.
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Re: Who are your starting Safeties

Rambo and then who knows. We know with a rookie back there we're going to have growing pains at free safety. Strong safety is a mess. We don't have anyone there that can cover anyone.
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A back up, rookie safety gets hurt, and people are already acting as if we lost a starter for the year.

Chill people. And I think our starters are meriweather and Rambo.
I agree. Thomas might not have started all year long. But let's also remember Meriweather basically didn't play last year, before that he was cut by both NE and Chicago.
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