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Old 06-20-2005, 09:21 AM   #1
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SI.com - Gibbs, 'Skins feeling more comfortable

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The only thing I didn't like about this article is the complete absence of McCants mentions. They went into some detail about the WR's, and left Darnerian off the list. Maybe SI knows something we don't?
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Old 06-20-2005, 09:38 AM   #2
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Re: SI.com - Gibbs, 'Skins feeling more comfortable

I noticed that as well, Brudlee. Darnerian has fallen way off the radar lately.
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Old 06-20-2005, 09:57 AM   #3
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He could be a candidate to be released during training camp. Cutting him would save us $545,000 on this year's (2005) cap. Next year (2006), he would count $1.33 million against our cap in dead money if we did cut him. He's actually scheduled to count $1.66 against the 2006 cap as it is, so cutting him in the next month would actually save us $0.33 million in 2006 as well. Of course, we'd have to pay someone to replace him, which would basically wash out on the 2006 cap to a net effect of zero.

Basically, he could be cut during camp to create cap room for this year, while not really hurting or helping the cap much in 2006. I think he's a prime candidate for the axe, especially now that Barrow has gotten his knee issues cleared up.

But I think Gibbs will give him a fair shot. If he beats out Dyson or one of the other receivers for the 6th slot, then Gibbs will keep him fair and square.

I think the definites at WR are:
Moss
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It's that 6th spot that's up for grabs.
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Re: SI.com - Gibbs, 'Skins feeling more comfortable

With the emergence of Brown and the signing of Dyson, things sure seem to be working heavily against McCants. He'll really need to step it up in training camp.
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Old 06-20-2005, 10:46 AM   #5
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Re: SI.com - Gibbs, 'Skins feeling more comfortable

I don't know. We need someone that can get it done in the Redzone, I really don't want to rely on old man Dyson for those duties. He's a good solid vet, but how many games has he missed in the last two years? I think McCants will be okay.
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Re: SI.com - Gibbs, 'Skins feeling more comfortable

I always like Royal and Cooley as our redzone targets. They have a tendency to be somewhere in the vicinity for a touchdown.
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Re: SI.com - Gibbs, 'Skins feeling more comfortable

yeah so do i. i don't understand why people underrate them. they are great redzone targets, they usually find a way to get open. chris cooley led the team in touchdown catches last season.
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I agree that Cooley will be a red zone threat, and perhaps even Royal. We do need a player that will keep the corners honest, though.
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Re: SI.com - Gibbs, 'Skins feeling more comfortable

By looking at the videos of minicamp, you can always tell where McCants is......he really stands out with his height and size.
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He's going to have to make an impact on teams to make it this year. Don't know if he can really do that, though, with all the LBs and FBs we brought in. I really hope he finds a way to make it--he's a good target, and a change from all the little guys.
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Old 06-20-2005, 06:08 PM   #11
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Re: SI.com - Gibbs, 'Skins feeling more comfortable

If I recall from last year, I think Joe Gibbs had a problem with how McCants looked during practice. McCants may not look good during practice, but I think he really shines during game-day. He was scoring on every sixth catch for the past two years. If we do incorporate 3 or 4 WR set, McCants will a great possession type receiver. 6'3 211 lbs...he's a giant target among our speedy smurfs receivers.
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I know the crucifiction is coming, but I think Cooley may have a drop off this year. Not that he's not a great player but how many TEs have great rookie years then hit the sophmore slump once some film gets out on em, etc. I think he'll be productive, but I could see him being a bit more tightly covered next year. I think we should have at least one big target on the outside. it takes a long time for Cooley/Royal to get to where you'd throw a fade to.
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Re: SI.com - Gibbs, 'Skins feeling more comfortable

If D'Mack does not make it as the 4th or 5th receiver it may be difficult to see just where he fits in. I recall last year he did not have the neccessary desire to play ST, nor was he a good practice player. If he's not going to play teams, and he's not going to be one of the four receivers suited up for game day, then where does he play and when? His salry indicates he must play somewhere, and he can't be inactive for most games like he was last year.
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While I defer to Gibbs' judgment as to who should make the roster, I'd like to see McCants stick around.
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Re: SI.com - Gibbs, 'Skins feeling more comfortable

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I know the crucifiction is coming, but I think Cooley may have a drop off this year. Not that he's not a great player but how many TEs have great rookie years then hit the sophmore slump once some film gets out on em, etc. I think he'll be productive, but I could see him being a bit more tightly covered next year. I think we should have at least one big target on the outside. it takes a long time for Cooley/Royal to get to where you'd throw a fade to.
Off the top of my head I can't think of any TEs who hit sophomore slumps after a great rookie year
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