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CurBeatElite

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  1. I think this team is mature and unselfish enough that they want to win games and don't care too much about who is making the plays. One thing I think Reich does very well (for the most part) is adjust to situations within the game (this is something we didn't really see from the Pagano era after Arians went to Arizona). TY was our star last year, and will continue to be our star for another few years (perhaps Campbell takes over that role if TY slows down a little?). However, there were clearly situations where Luck had other WRs/TEs/RBs to utilize. This is why Ebron had so many touchdowns, the coaches knew how to find mismatches for him in the red zone. As @Irish YJ said, the problem with TY (at times) last year, was he lacked a supporting cast (or late in the year was playing with pretty bad ankle sprains). If Funchess, Campbell, Cain work out at WR and if Ebron and Doyle stay healthy, we should have plenty of options on 3rd and 6 type plays. TY's a top 15 WR in the NFL... having him on our team is definitely not a weakness.
  2. https://www.colts.com/news/hale-hentges-surprising-colts-coaching-staff This just posted on Colts.com front page today. Sounds like he's having a good camp.
  3. I think we've seen the ceiling from Rogers. He's a dependable WR and dependable PR. He's not great, he's not flashy, and I don't think he's got game-changing potential. However, he does what he's asked to do well. Guys like Ishmael, Fountain, Johnson, etc. (IMO) have more potential than Rogers, but they haven't shown to be as consistent, reliable, or dependable. I think you're right, unless the younger guys take their potential and make it consistent, Rogers sticks around.
  4. They said a while back (after Durant came back early and tore his achilles) they were going to be extra cautious with Luck. I think he's going to be just fine by the start of the season.
  5. Sounds like he's down to 192 lbs. He was 216 in rookie training camp and I think about 205 last year... I imagine that'll help his quickness some.
  6. It's clear Ballard really likes Geathers and he was a captain last year. When he's on the field, he can play NFL-caliber football (though, I do think Odum's better in coverage). Geathers is basically on a 'prove-it' deal, and I think what he has to prove is that he can stay healthy. If he does stay healthy, I find it hard to believe they'd cut him.
  7. Yes, ST is going to be what separates the last 2 guys apart. We've got competition at S, too with Hooker and Geathers probably being starters, Odum looking good, Farley returning, and the additions of Khari Willis and Derrick Kindred. We kept 11 DB's total on our final roster last year (5 S, 6 CBs). Ballard often talks about how much he likes the versatility of Wilson (and he said this about Tell after drafting him). We'll see how health shakes out throughout training camp and if we make any moves... but with Wilson and Tell (and possibly Moore II) likely being able to transition all right to S, I wouldn't be shocked to see 7 CBs and 4 S on our opening day roster. My assumption is Hooker and Geathers (barring injury) are basically locks. They seem very high on Willis and traded up to get him, so I'd be shocked to see him get the ax. It seems like Odum is the logical 4th lock for S now, but Farley was a good player for us before he got hurt and Kindred has a bit of starting experience in the NFL. You're absolutely right, it'll come down to who is willing to play and thrive on STs to see who makes the final roster. I just hope we stay healthy across the board and keep whoever wins the training camp/pre-season battles around. I really liked Ballard's quote after the draft when he said something along the lines of 'you know you're doing it right when 10 guys you have to cut wind up playing on Sundays for other teams.' -- I don't think we're at 10 guys, yet... but I imagine at least 3 of the DBs we cut will get picked up and won't be shocked to see some guys at WR, OL, LB, RB get picked up by other teams as well.... Good problem to have.
  8. Tell is very versatile and very athletic. I think he's got a very good shot to make this team, especially if they think he can make the transition to CB in a year or two. He's a more natural fit to fill in at S than many of our other CBs who will be fighting for the last spot or 2 (like Hairston, Collins, and Milton). I also won't be shocked if we trade Hairston for a late round pick, he's proved he can play in this league... but we seem to be pretty deep at this position right now. I like Tell due to his versatility, and think he's got more than a 'slim' hope to wind up on our 53.
  9. My apologies, I didn't read the full article until after I posted... dang.. oh well, hopefully it's his foot in the door to get an MNF job for the NFL.
  10. https://www.wthr.com/article/pat-mcafee-signs-thursday-night-football-deal-espn?fbclid=IwAR0CwLVMRC87PwPili25gC1QrmRCrsoWoJPnGnJbqxB10Z_Qt151DLb-yro Should be interesting.
  11. I think if we stay healthy, our D should be much improved.... my main concern is: (1) Sheard looks like he's going to the PUP, he has been a critical run defender for us and can get to the passer some, (2) Houston hasn't played a full season in 2-3 years, (3) Hooker and Geathers both have had their injury issues, (4) still no telling if our young guys can hold up through the 16 game season (and hopefully into the post-season), (5) I could go on, but we've got several other guys (on both sides of the ball who have had their share of injury issues/nagging injuries.... pretty much every team has that though, so I guess no need to worry too much). We have enough depth on D that we should be able to rotate guys quite often and keep them fresh..... Another point to consider, is our O looks (at least on paper) like the most-balanced offense of the Luck Era. Having the O we had in the Peyton era tremendously helped Freeney/Mathis and co, as our O was (except against the Pats) generally able to move the ball well enough that we could force the other O to be 1-Dimensional. If we can score early and often with this O and also kill clock time (which, if healthy I see no reason why we can't with this OL and some of the weapons around Luck), it will be very beneficial to our D both: (1) keeping them fresh, and (2) allowing them to focus mainly on causing havoc for the other QB.
  12. This comes from an article on Colts.com (Hooker was ranked 55th best NFL Player by Pro Football Wire): " "In just his second NFL season, Hooker became the recipient of the ultimate gesture of respect given a defensive back — an extreme lack of targets in relation to his snap totals. He was on the field for 977 snaps and saw just nine targets all season. He gave up four catches for 51 yards, 25 yards after the catch, one touchdown, two interceptions, two pass breakups and an opponent passer rating of 60.2. Part of this has to do with Hooker’s role in the Colts’ defense. He’s the last line in the deep third either as a single-high or split safety, so he’s seeing a lot of completions underneath his position. Then, it’s his job to go get the receiver, which he does with outstanding diagnostic skill and speed. But when you do throw deep in Hooker’s area, your chances of success are not good. He’ll either take over the route up the boundary or jump your receiver’s route over the middle. Championship defenses need deep-third safeties who can shut things down play after play, and the Colts are in very good shape with Hooker in that role.” Hooker has been in the league for two seasons, and he's been an excellent player in a different way each of those seasons. As a rookie, he was the ballhawk that he was drafted to be, intercepting a pass in three straight games before ultimately suffering a season-ending ACL tear. In 2018, quarterbacks didn't want any part of him, avoiding him downfield like the plague. Heading into 2019, this is his first offseason since being in the NFL that he has been healthy and isn't rehabbing from surgery. The sky certainly appears to be the limit for one of the league's more exciting safeties." It will be interesting to see how teams attack Hooker, especially given that it seems like we've improved our CB play with some of our offseason additions/retainments. Hooker could have a monster year without putting up monster numbers (he was throw at 9 times all of last season, that is ridiculous). Part of me thinks teams see he's so good in coverage and avoid him just because he's so good... part of me thinks teams saw we had other glaring weaknesses in pass coverage last year and just simply attacked those areas instead of dealing with Hooker. With improved play from the rest of the secondary (and pass rush), teams may be forced to test Hooker more, leading to more INTs... or they may continue to avoid him... either way, if he doesn't have a lot of INTs but they only test him 9 times and he picks off 2 of those balls, he will have had a very nice year.
  13. That was a great catch by Mo Alie... and working on plays to utilize our size on offense, especially in the red zone, is a good idea. I'm just saying, when possible, I'd like to see our guys catching the ball with two hands and holding on to it... sure, the gloves and the size of the player's hands make 1 handed catches more likely than in the past, but I'd rather see us stick to fundamentals and only rely on one-handed catches when necessary in game situations rather than think it's highly likely for our players to have high catch rates by designing plays aimed for 1 handed catches. True to both points. Many have said this may be a good thing for Funchess, as his drops seem to come when he's hit in the numbers rather than having to make a play on the ball. As long as our guys are catching it, that's great... and I see @Chloe6124's post suggesting "The point I was trying to make is because of the size of these three players when a ball is a little off they are able to still catch the ball with one hand." My initial reaction to this thread was we should be making 1 handed catches a lot more (this may be true), and my response was suggesting I think it's unwise for us to be in the mindset that because we have size that we should be training our guys that 1 handed catches are good ideas. When necessary, sure, but I'd rather any day of the week see us use fundamentals and catch the ball with 2 hands than see a bunch of drops with a few highlight reels.
  14. A knock on Ebron and Funchess has been dropping passes in the past. I don't mind the occasional 1 handed snag, but I'd rather see the guys focusing on fundamentals and just making sure they catch the ball. While they look nice on the highlight reel, I think OBJ's catch got a lot of guys (including OBJ) more focused on making SportsCenter Top 10 rather than playing fundamental football and winning games without getting the huge personal accolades.
  15. I forgot about him for some reason... he seemed to be developing all right last year.
  16. I tend to agree. Let's just hope we stay healthy. I think our OL is going to be the biggest thing for Luck's sake -- it was nice having Reggie and TY early in his career, though we didn't have a good enough line (or RBs) to develop much of a run game back then. Until I see Campbell, Cain, and Funchess actually perform, I have a hard time saying our WR's are better than Luck's first 2 years with Reggie and TY... but, it's still an exciting group. Let's hope we stay healthy and the WRs pan out. There was a point in time where we had similar speed with DHB, Moncrief and TY and they were bragging about an 'Indy 500' package with all their speed.... unfortunately, DHB couldn't catch and Moncrief wasn't very good at route running. Hypothetically, though, if we've got Hines, Cain, Campbell, and TY all on the field at the same time, we'd have the fastest offense in football (just about KC). If we can spread the field with that speed and have our size guys (Doyle, Funchess, Ebron) work the middle of the field, we should be very tough to stop consistently.
  17. I know part of last year (the beginning anyway) was designed to keep Luck throwing short as he was still testing out his shoulder. It seemed to open up some as the season went on.... but you're right, we have a lot more toys for the coaches to utilize this year. I think Reich was a creative play caller in Philly and given what he had, I think he did well last year, too. It took several weeks for our OL to get solidified, which helped balance our O (along with the return of a healthy Mack). We also dealt with injuries to our skill players all year (e.g., Mack was nicked up early, Doyle was out and we kind of bounced around TE's behind Ebron -- I think TE's are a big part of Reich's philosophy, so hopefully they stay healthy, our WR corps after TY was shaky at best, etc.). I have also read that they've been running a lot of stretch plays with Mudd being back in Indy helping with the OL, which may add another wrinkle to our attack (and I've read Campbell has been being used all over the field... he and Hines on the field together at the same time could be very dangerous). I'm hoping with the speed we've got (three 4.3 guys in Hines, Campbell and TY along with a 4.4 guy in Cain if healthy), this will be the year where we figure out how to execute screen passes to help open up the long ball.
  18. Some of the young guys haven't really been game tested (e.g., Dulin & Campbell) and others have very limited game experience. I think Fountain has the most potential out of the guys likely battling for the 5th spot (i.e., not TY, Campbell, DF, and likely not Cain). It'll be interesting to see if that drop in the playoffs comes back to bite him at all -- a lot of times it only takes 1 or 2 really bone headed plays in preseason to lose your job if you're a bubble guy.... hopefully if it comes down to Fountain making a catch in a pressure situation in a preseason game he doesn't flashback to KC.
  19. Yes, playing on a bum ankle is tough and I give TY a lot of credit for doing it towards the end of the season and into the playoffs. That said, I don't think KC would've taken him out of the game like that if he was at full speed. Also, at that point, TY was getting some help from Inman as a fellow WR, but it was really easy for D's to focus almost solely on taking TY out of the game. Assuming Funchess, Campbell and Cain all work out like we hope, teams aren't going to have as easy a time focusing their game plan on cutting one player out of the equation (especially with Ebron and a healthy Jack Doyle in the mix).
  20. I do believe part of why Funchess got a 1 year deal is because of the WR class coming out of next year's draft... if Funchess works out for us, we can extend him before the season ends, if not we can let him walk and use one of our extra 2nd round picks for a new guy. Ballard, unlike Grigson, seems to really think ahead when he makes roster moves. I thought it was very obvious against KC when TY was playing with a bum ankle that his production goes way down when his speed isn't full tilt. The nice thing with him, though, is he is a very good route runner with dependable hands, so the transition to a slot guy shouldn't be too difficult, especially with the chemistry he and Andrew already have developed. Sounds like (from camp reports and Reich's interview) they are already getting pretty clever with how they're using Campbell. Also sounds like Reich thinks he is a lot more developed as a route runner than anyone gave him credit for leaving college.
  21. I'm not so sure the Jags will be our toughest foe. They have a very good defense, but other than adding Foles it doesn't seem like they did much to provide him with the skill set necessary for him (I could be wrong, but I don't view Foles as a QB who can carry a team without talent around him -- someone like Luck, Brady, Rogers, etc. could... I don't see Foles as that guy). However, as @RockThatBlue pointed out, he's still a major upgrade to Bortles and with their D, he can essentially be a game manager and just have to avoid poor decision making for them to win a few more games than they did last year. That said, the Texans are coming off an 11-5 season (compared to Jax' 5-11 season), and I think after Luck, DeShaun is the best QB in the division, plus he's got weapons around him and their defense is very good. I think HOU is still the biggest challenge in this division for us.
  22. Ware is already hurt prior to the season, which doesn't look good for him after not playing a full season the past 2 years. Yes, Wilkins' problems have been fundamental ones. I think they can still be worked on and fixed. Physically, he's very talented and he'll have to use his physical traits plus fundamentals to make a major improvement from last year. That said, the NFL is a much different game than highschool or college. There is a lot you can mask when you're a freak athlete at those levels like Wilkins was... in the NFL, they're all freaks and even the slightest mess up with fundamentals is exposed. Ballard says fairly often that he expects our coaches to develop our players, and I think he's made it very clear that he'll give some time for young guys to learn and grow and play how he/the coaches want them to in our system. I expect Wilkins will have fixed his fundamental problems for the most part this offseason and we'll see him as a productive member of our offense.
  23. I think Reich has very good leadership for this team, and don't see the team stepping back. I think we should win the AFC South this year. However, like you said, it will be hard for several players to produce like they did last year. For example, Darius Leonard had 163 tackles as a rookie and lead the league by 19 (while missing a game, so over 10 tackles per game). He says he wants 200 tackles next year.. which is almost impossible. If he comes back and has 135 tackles next year (still good for 5th best in the league last year), it may look like a regression, but he'd still have a heck of a year.
  24. I thought this was a pretty good video (kinda surprised Ebron wound up ahead of TY). I think he deserves to be on the list. http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-top100-2019/0ap3000001037198/Top-100-Players-of-2019-Eric-Ebron-No-66
  25. He had a very good rookie year, but 'by far' the best OL in the NFL is a long shot. The nice thing with Q is he learns from his (few) mistakes and is seemingly always working to get better.
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