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  1. I'm surprised this has not been a hot topic. Losing All-Pro Safety Derwin James is a big loss for the Chargers. Hopefully RB Melvin Gordon holds out until after they play the Colts I'm got to the first game against the Chargers in LA. I feel much more better about Andrew Luck starting and I'm getting re-Charged (no pun intended) about going to this game at Rokit Stadium, Carson, CA.
  2. My observations. I watched the game while doing my homework so I may have missed some things, but did stop sometimes and replayed some plays. 1 . Khari Willis - some may not agree with this because I seen positive comments about his play on another post. However, I seen in seen him in the first quarter. I see him tackle/made contact on a Frank Gore run, made contact after about a 3 yd gain, was drove back another 2 yds for a 5 yd gain. The next play the blocker similarly pushed him back. Thats all I seen of him but expected more physicality from our rookie strong safety. 2. Fountain had real nice game, outplayed Cain. I read Cain has drops in practice and had them in this game. He needs to step up soon for his sake. I Fountain continues with his 2nd yr improvement/jump, he may make it, or at least the practice squad again. 3. DT Grover Stewart held his own and we need him as our primary big body. Watch those offside thought. 4. Why Hines started the game at RB. Wilkins maybe should have started and I like him and think he does not get the respect he is due. Williams had a decent game. Hines should come in as a spot player. 5. LB Speed looked decent. His head to head penalty was the correct call. 6. On Buffalo's 65 yd TD run by the Rugby player. LDE Phillips who had a good game, was playing a purely outside pass rush but still could have made the tackle if he did not only focus on the QB, after he realized the RB had the ball, it was too late. LB Speed over pursued inside and the blocker was able to seal him of. #36 Safety Derrick Kindred, the last line of defense on the long run. I did not know who he was and had look up #36. Anyway he looked to have taken a bad angle to stop it at a 20 yd gain instead of a 65 yd TD run. The RB had good speed and that was probably a factor. 7. Did not notice CB Rok but may have to replay the game to check him out. Anyway that's may takeaways of the game.
  3. IMO, he seemed to struggle as a rookie when I first seen him play, then as he got more experience, things have must have slowed down for him, became more comfortable, and had a solid year in 2018. Hopefully he continues to improve and is our stud smaller DB mixed with our other DB's with good size.
  4. Might be a blessing in disguise, having both McCoy and Suh both available DT FA's. One might think they should sign sooner than later with an opportunity to play of a up and coming competitor and can compete now for a Championship, with either as the final piece to the puzzle. If we sign one of them, the other will be left looking for another team, unlikely with the upside of the Colts. I think a fair 2 year contract would be OK, with some incentives. If either focuses on their game, preparation and physical conditioning, he can be a solid player with the supporting cast we can provide.
  5. Penny Hart, if he makes the team. I don't Lexington Thomas on the roster, maybe he didn't make it past the first mini-camp?
  6. Since our previous biggest back is Wilkins at 216 lbs, and we have a scatback in Ny. Hines, I felt we could use another quality RB of the heavier frame and Ware at 5-10 229 lbs fits the bill, compact and stout. Although he had the 2017 injury, he had a decent 2018 season on a limited basis stat wise. Carrying 51 attempts, 246 yards, a solid 4.8 avg per carry. Also caught 20 passes, for 224 yards, 11.2 avg, excellent for a RB. I was curious to see what kind of damage he did against us in the playoffs and he had no carries. He must have been hurt, I think, but not the same injury as 2017 again I hope/think, a temp injury. If we keep Ware. Let Williams go. What about Penny Hart or Lexington Thomas, who I would like to see one of them kept. It would mean we keep Hart or Thomas for our practice squad or Jordan Wilkins goes to the practice sqaud. Again I like Wilkins, he showed his METL hanging tough against the big boys Alabama, he had our best avg per carry, that 50 yard run he had helped. His 2 fumbles hurt his stock, otherwise we would say he had an excellent rookie year instead of a good year.
  7. I was note aware the Chargers were rated that high. I seen on TV the other day, the post-draft rating had the Chargers at #4 and Colts at #5. I'm going to the first game, Sept 8, at RoKIT field, Carson, LA, a 30,000 temp stadium until the state of the art LA Charges stadium is built. A 30,000 seat stadium, no seat can be that far away. Anyway, someone said with our first 2 games being away game, if we can split and go 1-1 that first 2 games, we are in good shape. Well, I say lets start 1-0 and start this season right with a great away win against a quality opponent. It made me look at the Chargers draft little more. #2 Tillery is a big taller than normal DT, may play him some at DE. With their second rounder, they took a highly regarded safety, Nasir Adderly out of Delaware, #1 rated by Lindy's. To pair with last years #1 Derwin James. Regardless how highly regarded Adderly is, Reich and Luck will be test him for sure.
  8. Good point about Lexington Thomas going up against 2nd or 3rd team defense Ohio St but they are still players wanting prove to their coaches they are capable. Was not aware Penny Hart may have been hurt when he ran the his 40, which may the reason it was not as fast as expected. That is what makes this forum a good thing, different perspectives and research. For me, I would like to see Penny Hart or Lexington Thomas make the final 53 man roster or at least the practice squad. May the best man win if they decide to keep one of them.
  9. On another post I said Penny Hart appeared more impressive the another UDFA diminutive RB Lexington Thomas. The are both about the same same size at 5-8, Hart at 175, Thomas at 180, but Thomas is much faster and listed the 40 at 4.42 with one reported 4.29. Hart was good enough to be listed in Lindy's at a fair at best 4.62, especially considering his size but he seems to play faster. Watching youtube highlights again of Lexington Thomas, I came away more impressed as he made some nice juke moves to get to the outside. Plus his competition was better, showed highlights of a few runs against Ohio St. where he scored a TD and did break out for a nice run against big dog Ohio St., and Thomas must have been a marked man as the main offensive weapon for UNLV. I think the Hart/Thomas gap is pretty close. Also, I think Reich and Ballard realize a small breakaway player is an invaluable weapon, like a Darren Sproles or similarly Ny Hines. The can score from anywhere on the field. 300+ lbs DT are great but they can't score 50+ TD runs or reception. It may be an interesting keeper to have one of them make the team, to give us that added dimension, plus help in kick returns where we can be more explosive.
  10. It seems like every year we bring in about 15 or so UDFA and 2-3 always make the team. IMO the UDFA I'm most impressed with are, in no particular order: CB Jamal Peters, 6-1 220, Lindy's has him projected as a 5th rounder and my be moved to safety RB Marquise Young, 5-11 210, UMASS, he had some impressive runs on youtube highlights, had something like 3,600 career yards, 5.3 avg. Did not double check to verify. Could compete for 4th RB spot but I would like to see a big 230 lbs plus in our RB corp. TE Hale Hentges, wearing number 84 sure resemble Jack Doyle a lot. Is Swoope gone, don't see him on our roster. RB Penny Hart, 5-8 180, another with impressive plays on youtube. If only if was a little faster, listed at 4.62, he does play faster and has moves. Reich and Ballard seems to know the value of having a smaller breakaway guy. We have Ny Hines, one more similar breakaway type would be nice. RB Lexington Thomas, 5-8, 175 like Penny Hart but with speed listed at 4.42, and I thought I seen a 4.29 on him but I thought Hart had better highlights on youtube. WR Ashton Duhlin 6-1 214, 4.42, could not find highlights but read him dominated at low level competition, super longshot as our WR corp is crowded.
  11. After reading more about Campbell and watching youtube highlights, the more I like the pick. He is not just as sprinter playing football. He is a football player with sprinter speed. He played RB in high school and it shows. I was wondering why his Avg per catch about 13 per catch, was related low for a WR with great speed. I see because OSU and Haskins threw a lot of short and underneath stuff to him and he did a good job holding on to the ball and running after the catch. I think coach Reich had some vision how to use him to utilize his speed and create mismatches and add more pressure on opposing defenses. We have TY, our big WR Funchess, and Campbell. Add TE Ebron and that is a mismatch nightmare for defenses.
  12. Rigoberto can place kick and is pretty good at it. Still, they might bring a PK to not overwork both.
  13. I don't think OG Beau Benzschawel from Wisconsin was drafted. Per Lindy's, he was the preseason #1 rated OT and presently predicted as a 4th rounder. I would think he and Willis must have something that is not public to be taken off the boards. Also our Marvell Tell III was the number ranked preseason safety by Lindy's.
  14. I was joking with my wife that I'm making plans to go the our first game at the LA Chargers. I wasn't too serious, thinking they will be playing in the LA Coliseum which I heard parking is atrocious. Upon further review, I see the are playing in a temp location called ROKit Field in Carson, 30,000 capacity, until there new stadium is finished in 2020. I'm thinking with that size, no seat should be too far away and prices seam reasonable. Plus factoring going to Universal Studios to get that off my bucket list. Finally my favorite baseball the SF Giants is playing the Dodgers that weekend. I thinking about going with my wife of course. Giants/Dodgers on Friday, 6 Sept, Universal Studios, 7 Sept, and Climax with the Colts/Chargers, 8 Sept. The Giants are struggling right now but it is a long season and when the won 3 World Series in 5 years, the were never the favorite going in. On another thought about our 3 prime time games, I thought we should have had 5 like the other top clubs of the year. It was mentioned elsewhere and I agree, having all 3 prime time games as away games is not fair to show the country the positive energy Indianapolis has with the home games, IMO.
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