Those would both be very surprising. I'd say experience would give them the edge over any rookies that perform equally.
Like me you said, if they stink it up in camp, or more likely, have nagging injuries, I could see them getting beat out.
Youre taking what I said out of context. I was responding to someone who was complaining that we didn't address the pass rush. I said we could have gone Spence, Martin.
in that scenario, I'd concede that Martin and Kelly are about even. Although I did say Kelly was rated better. But for this scenario, let's say they're equal.
So in this alternate universe, it comes down to what helps the team more, Spence or the three players for the way we went. We can't make that call for at least a year. Point being, after we took Kelly we didn't have a lot of pass rushers to choose from.
Back to Martin v Kelly, I've probably seen every game Kelly played. IMO he's the closest we're going to get to a sure thing. But in the limited games I've seen ND, and from what other PLAYERS have said, Martin is not far behind him.
Last year's injury was just a freak occurrence on what I thought was a dirty play by the OL. Hopefully he recovered fully, but I wouldn't be surprised if he has some long term issues from that injury. It was ugly.
Good point. The thing that keeps me optimistic about Jones is that the injuries occurred on 2 different ankles, and he doesn't really have much of an injury issue prior to coming here. Also, in 2014, I think they brought him back too early -- I tend to think that the 'bigs' in the league should have a bit more time to rest/recover from ankle/knee injuries because they are constantly using them with force being applied from another big guy.
I hope, with a full year to recover, plus with our new strength/conditioning coach, he can stay healthy for once.
Definitely, my grandfather lived in Baltimore for a while and grew up watching him. He still pulled for Indy but always referred to them as Baltimore. I wasn't allowed to say the name Irsay in my house. The game sure has changed. I wish I could go back in time when players didn't get flagged for breathing on a player and defenses were actually feared by offenses.