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  1. Yeah, high blood pressure and high levels of sugar in the blood/diabetes seem to be the big ones here. I wonder if the NFL will have some thresholds for those or would they just let the players decide if they want to play on their own. They have the resources to test everybody and give them somewhat personalized risk assessment, but I wonder if they would straight up tell some players they are not allowed to play. For example, Maurice Hurst had significant heart condition that dropped him in the draft. Is it possible they tell him he should sit it out?
  2. Andrew Brandt mentioned this in a podcast and I thought it was worth pointing out - for a lot of sports it's true that the risk for the players themselves is not high. Unfortunately football is one of the sports where some of the players might be under elevated risk(specifically the O-linemen and D-linemen). High BMI, sleep apnea, hypertension and heart conditions, high blood sugar/diabetes, etc. are somewhat common for the linemen in the NFL and they all seem to be among the conditions that exacerbate the risks for people infected with COVID-19. I don't know how much of a consideration this would be.
  3. Just in case anyone is in the mood to take an early look at some prospects. They also published their pre-season 2021 NFL draft positional rankings. Some bonus - in the end of the podcast there is some Colts talk. Renner thinks the Colts are one of his sleeper teams to make the Superbowl. Palazzolo revealed that the Colts OL will be no.1 in their pre-season OL ranking. They loved the Pittman pick. Taylor is great fit behind that OLine. Rivers will have the best OL he's ever had. They love how Ballard is drafting - trading back and drafting big, long, fast athletes. No matter the position Ballard keeps throwing resources at the defense. Favorites in the AFC South. Some highlights on the draft: QBs: - They think Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields are going to be 1 and 2 in the draft almost certainly. The most loaded QB draft since the Luck draft. - Trey Lance they think can easily be top 5 too. Special physical talent. Has cannon. Probably runs in the 4.5s. 900 yard on designed runs. Not polished, but great accuracy at all levels of the field. Avoids mistakes - 0 picks last season, only 4 TO-worthy plays all last season. They protected him a bit - only 18 throw attempts per game. - Brock Purdy, QB, Iowa State - another potential R1 QB, he had very little help from his teammates. Has good armstrength, mobility. Very good playmaking. Creating plays for himself - manipulate LBs, manipulate tight pockets. Throws with anticipation really well. He's a gamer... "the anti-Justin Herbert". 6'1" 201lbs WRs - WR class... IS BETTER than last year's class. More guys that are no.1 X-type receiver. - Ja'Marr Chase - might not test exceptionally well, but all the things you want a WR to do, playing with physicality, setting up routes, releases... he's doing at an elite level. - Rondale Moore - explosive, lines up everywhere. Great ball skills, good at contested catches. Short, but not small. Perfect modern weapon for an NFL offense. - Jaylen Waddle - plays as fast as Henry Ruggs. Ridiculously explosive. Will probably be R1 WR. OL - Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon - watching him move you might think he's a small dude, but he's 330 pounds! And he moves like a TE. "Out of this world". Technically already very advanced. Defense: LB - strong year for LB - might have 4 LBs in R1 - Micah Parsons, Penn State - exceptional talent. All-around elite LB. Bet LB since... he can move, on Bruce Feldman's freak's list. 2nd highest season grade of everyone they've ever scouted at LB. - Dylan Moses, Alabama - explosive, great tackler, great balance. Still needs to improve in coverage. Physical attributes- off the charts. CB - Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech - 6'2, 210... might run in the 4.3s... can fly... physical, had a dominant year 4 picks, 9 PBUs - Shaun Wade - played slot only - will he be able to transition to outside CB? - Patrick Surtain, Alabama - starting since true freshman, big corner, 6'2 ,205lbs. Not too fast though? S - Andre Cisco, Syracuse - fun to watch. 12 picks and 13 PBUs in 2 years of play! Can be 4.3 guy. Reminds them of... Darnell Savage. EDGE -Chris Rumph, Duke - best defensive lineman in college football - has the best pass-rushing moves set Renner has ever seen in a college player. The problem - he's very small... listed at just 6'2" 225lbs. Can he add some bulk and become a legitimate NFL prospect? Highest win-rate in the country last year(higher than Chase Young). Has to get bigger(240?)? -Gregory Rousseau, Miami (FL) - ideal built for a pass-rushe(6'7" 260lbs, 36 inch arms). Just switched up hed up to DL, raw, but incredible physical talent. Had 16 sacks last year.
  4. I'm not. I've written about it before. It's possible it was @LJpalmbeacher2 that prompted my response in the past(I don't remember). I don't want to relitigate it all over again, especially for people who ignore what you've written and just keep plugging away. I'm just going to say this is complete and utter nonsense.
  5. Trey Lance would be a great pick. I would absolutely love to have him. He looks special in the games I've seen. True dual treat QB with very talented arm and great athleticism. Also, much better decision-making than Jordan Love. Also... he actually plays in a system that asks him to play under center and has a lot of pro concepts and even some full field progression reads. He looks closer to Fields and Lawrence than he does to the other QBs in the draft from what I've seen.
  6. Whenever he's gone, OT is nowhere near the priority that long-term QB should be. If I could get Fields or Lawrence or Sewell... I'm taking the QBs. Too bad we won't have the chance to make such a choice. So it's kind of a moot point.
  7. Oh yes we do. We needed one this year too. We very likely don't have our long-term solution at QB on the roster so until we get that player, this is priority no. 1 for me.
  8. If I were any team that doesn't need a QB, I'd draft him. There is no place high enough to draft a prospect like Sewell.
  9. From what I've seen I agree with Renner's assessment. Sewell is the best college tackle prospect I've watched. I think drafting him would mean one of two things - either the Colts suffered multiple horrible injuries or Sewell suffered a horrible injury. He can sit out this season and be drafted top 5 easily. In short - I don't think we will be drafting anywhere high enough to be able to draft him. He's like the Quenton Nelson of tackles... except... we know it the year before he's eligible for the draft.
  10. Rivers press availability:
  11. Yep... the theme with the UDFAs in the last several years has been - look at the ones that get the biggest signing bonuses. Rigoberto got the biggest bonus in his UDFA class and made the team. Hale Hentges surprisingly got the biggest signing bonus last year and made the team too. This year it's O'Donnell and Rodrigo Blankenship. So yeah... it will probably be between them... maybe both?
  12. You could have won a ton of money if 3 months ago you bet that it would be Jake Fromm on the verge of being cut for off-field dumbassery and Eason would be looking like a mature guy with chip on the shoulder who's doing great in meetings and showing initiative working out with his teammates... Oh well... only comes to show we know nothing... and sometimes even NFL execs know nothing.
  13. Agree. I think people underestimate the ability of coaches to tailor offenses towards their best players. This is especially true for the coaches that are actually good, which I think Arians is(even though I too have some thoughts on his offense and playcalling). You might actually argue Ben and Luck especially were used the way they were by Arians precisely because they they can actually do it and can actually mitigate some of the drawbacks of playing that type of offense. I think Arians is plenty smart enough to adjust his offense to what Brady can and cannot do. I still think Brady can be one of the better passers in the intermediate range and even take some shots downfield when well protected and he will have some of the best supporting casts and weapons he's had recently. I don't think Arians will ask Brady to do what he was asking Luck to do.
  14. I actually like his dog. And the cat is ... interesting.
  15. This is probably for this coming season only. It's only natural for a 5 year vet with experience starting in the league to be more highly ranked than a rookie who might or might not play this year. I would take Tua over Jacoby long-term too, but I don't think it's unreasonable to think Jacoby might give you better chance to win now.
  16. He's done well with his chance. I know for sure I didn't expect him to last this long with no off-field issues when we signed him. Good for him, he should be proud of himself whether he makes the team or not. So many players waste their second chance or even... never get a second chance. I hope he keeps this up and makes it in the league.
  17. Welcome back @Stephen. Nice to hear you are well and recovered. About the record - I thought I was optimistic about this season but it seems like I'm not alone here. I think we go over 10 wins. Right now I feel like in the range of 11-12 is perfectly reasonable, and with a bit of injury luck and some things going our way I can see your prediction becoming true.
  18. My biggest concern for him is his pocket presence, but I agree about him not throwing with much touch. Needs to work on that definitely.
  19. I've heard people complain about Eason's media interviews at the combine, I've heard the rumors about his supposed attitude problems... I've seen him drop to the 4th because of those concerns when IMO he was a 2nd round type of talent. This might bite me in the * in a year or two... or... a few months, but... I don't see ANY of it. I don't see what turns people off in the way he talks in front of the media. I watch those interviews and I see a confident, respectful young man who seems to know what he's talking about and giving good, believable account to what he's gone through. I hear his statements after the draft and there's nothing but "I need to work even harder now"... and what happens a week or two later - he gets the other rookies in his area for a workout. I know it's a small thing, I know it doesn't mean he will actually continue working and have a great work ethic going forward, but it still is a small sign about there being more than the surface level reports pre-draft. So yeah. I personally haven't seen ANYTHING to make me think he doesn't have it mentally or doesn't want to be good. It's very little what we've seen since the draft, but I've liked how he's been handling himself. Lets see what happens and what the feedback from the coaches is when they get together in the facility and they can actually see him in person... but yeah... so far so good. I'm glad we took him. I think it's a long shot he's our QB of the future, but I still prefer we have that shot than not have it.
  20. Greg Cosell compared him to Mike Evans in his scouting report:
  21. I guess it would make sense if you are trying to make a team drafting after the Colts to trade up and draft Love(i.e. one less team that could take a player we like). This doesn't make sense for the teams ahead of us though and it doesn't make sense with this much of an elaborate scheme(pretending to be interested in him for so long). But yeah... IMO it wasn't a smoke screen. It was a regular interest in a player a team was doing their due diligence on.
  22. Congrats to him. Something Ballard said during the press-conference - he said they were trying to trade up for him for about 30 minutes before he ultimately fell down to us. This sounds very similar to what they did with Khari Willis last year so... I guess my point is... it's possible they have higher hopes for him than what most 5th rounders would usually inspire... it's also possible he's closer to being ready to play than most people would assume.
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