2012: The only player of note was Redding, who has been a big part of this era, with his experience and leadership, there were quite a few mid level players signed and none really stood out....Zbikowski-Avery-McKinney-McGlynn-Satele-Staton
2013: Again, there were quite a few players signed, including 1 big name player-Landry, who was just released. There were some productive or quality players....Hasselback-Toler-Butler-Cherilus-Francois-Havili-Bradshaw and Walden and some that didn't.....Franklin-Sidbury. Thomas was supposed to help solidify the O-line and has yet to play
2014: there weren't as many players signed this past off season, but 2 of them made the Pro Bowl (Adams and Jackson) ....Nicks and Jones didn't get alote of reps, but could still be factors, in the future
Summary: There are always going to "hit's" and " misses" in the draft and with free agency, but to be consistantly successfull, there has to be way more hit's, than misses. The first year didn't produce much, years #2 and #3 were very good.
In the draft, it is very important to hit on most of your high picks and hope you find a few nuggets in the later rounds.
It's ironic that in year #1, the draft was great and the free agents weren't and then year #2, it was reversed....... in year #3, both were solid. Grigson has shown he will look, anywhere and everywhere to find talent, guys like Adongo and Swoope and has done great bringing in Ex-CFL'ers like Freeman and Carter and well as a few others, he made a great deal, picking up Davis. With Luck and some of the other young talent due to get considerable increases in the near future, the misses will be magnified, the draft is going to be critical and the free agents signings, probably not as frequent. the bottom line is always going to be wins and losses and championships. Just like during the
Peyton era, if you have a franchise QB, you are going to win many games, in the regular season, to advance in the postseason and be a legit threat to go to and win a Super Bowl, you have to to be balanced and solid overall team, how successfull this era will be, in that regard, relies on how well Grigson can handle those decisions, up to now, it has been a mixed bag, the next few years will be extremely critical to how successfull this team will be and how Grigson will be judged.