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  1. I'm not a big fan of Claypool. I've watched him recently, I don't think he gets open or creates separation, he doesn't have much wiggle to him, he's an inconsistent catcher, and while he's big and long he isn't refined at using those gifts. I like that he's physical, he seems like a hard worker, obviously very athletic, and with his tools you have a lot to work with. But he's not someone I have to have. I definitely don't think he's ready to be a major producer on Day 1.
  2. I can't stand Lance Zierlein... "Turns into a pass-rush punching bag unnecessarily"
  3. Yeah, they call in the pick, they call in trades, and they call the drafted players. The actual function of the draft will basically be the same.
  4. Per Sharp Football, the defense gave up 50 explosive pass plays, and 41 explosive run plays. I think we had a lot of coverage busts and missed tackles. QBs completed 70% of their pass attempts against us, averaged 7.5 yards/attempt, and had a 98 passer rating. I think the defense has a lot of improvement to make. I like the additions so far, assuming we get something close to Buckner's best, and something more like what Rhodes was doing at his best. I also think guys like Okereke, Willis and Ya-Sin will be better in Year 2. And there's reason for optimism up front, assuming Turay is back, Banogu keeps getting better, etc. I'd like more proven depth in the secondary. Hooker gets hurt every year, Geathers is presumably gone (and an injury risk himself), and like someone else said, we seem to have a rash of injuries in the secondary every year. I figure Wilson either turns into a stud or is gone (I'm pulling for him, but money's on the latter; maybe they plan to move him to SS). I don't know if Tell is any good. I'd like a vet safety to lean on. I thought we'd add Eric Berry, but maybe that will wait until after the draft? And who knows whether he can still play... https://www.sharpfootballstats.com/explosive-play-rankings--def-.html
  5. It's always been a mixed bag, to be honest. Some people were mocking him to the Patriots at the end of the first, some had him in the second round. I think he goes to the Chargers in the first, bu we'll see.
  6. I don't know the money yet, but I'm very intrigued. I've always been a Rhodes fan.
  7. We've been doing more man at times, but I've always assumed it was going to be a zone matching kind of 2013 Seahawks scheme. Guess we still could, both Rhodes and Ya-Sin are tall, long, and good tacklers.
  8. He should have been a Colt all along... I don't know how well he fits the defense, or why he fell off last year. I'll have to dig into what the Vikings were doing with him.
  9. They really stepped up the production this year. This series is amazing.
  10. I was expecting us to keep him. Gotta replace that spot now.
  11. I'm not ruling out drafting a WR. Just saying I don't think it's a FA need. I don't think our WR corps is as bad as most others seem to think. If we keep Funchess, and he's presumably healthy, TY is healthy, and don't give up on Campbell -- plus, Pascal gave us 600 yards and 5 TDs with bad QBing last season -- we have a good foundation. Also, I assume the offense will feature TEs and backs in the passing game, since Reich and Rivers always do both. I see our passing offense being find next year, as long as Rivers is good. I'll take another guy in the draft. I'll take a second or third tier FA (which is where Funchess fits in, IMO). I just don't see it as a major need. A big part of that is I haven't gone sour on Campbell, like everyone else has.
  12. Agreed. I think Funchess and Rivers would go well together, and Funchess can be had at a reasonable price. He already knows the system. And I'm okay with our young guys. I don't see WR as a great need right now. I'd like to give the guys on the roster a chance with some better QBing. Do need CB and OL depth, though. Edit: Also, Keenan Allen is a FA after this season. Interesting...
  13. ?? Maybe it's a moderator function? If so, my bad.
  14. Next to each option, there's the number of people who voted. Click on that number.
  15. It's an open poll. And thanks for the permission to use this message board for group discussion. Not sure what we would have done without you.
  16. It's confusing, because you would think a roster bonus is only paid if the player is still on the roster. But if it's guaranteed in advance, then it doesn't matter whether he's on the roster. For salary cap purposes and yearly cap hits, the CBA treats roster bonuses the same as salary. So consider a roster bonus a salary advance. JB will get about half of his 2020 salary as a bonus in March. And just like you can guarantee salary in advance (which is also counter-intuitive; for us, we only get salary if we're still employed, right?) you can guarantee a roster bonus in advance. So JB's $7m roster bonus, due on the third day of the 2020 league year, was guaranteed on September 6, 2019. It gets paid by whatever team he's on at that time, or whichever team most recently was on. In this case, it will be the Colts, in all likelihood. If they trade him after tomorrow, his roster bonus will already be paid by the Colts, and the new team will have to pay his remaining salary, assuming he stays on their roster through Tuesday of Week 1 of the regular season (whenever that comes).
  17. I think we all know what I picked...
  18. Somewhat related, the two guys we've added so far are two of the most durable players in the league. Rivers hasn't missed a game in 14 years, Buckner has only missed one game in his career, as a rookie. I'm thinking a history of durability will be a continued focus moving forward.
  19. Chris Ballard: We're never one player away. I don't think he believes in being in "win now" mode. I think he might think we're close, especially with the Patriots likely taking a step back, Houston trading away their best player, and Tennessee probably being a flash in the pan. Also, I don't think that anyone we draft this year should be counted on to contribute right away. We've had some good pulls lately, but also some guys who weren't ready until Year 2 (Turay), and some other guys the jury is still out on (Campbell). I've always felt like we have to get the next guy this year. If we made a move for Carr or Stafford, fine, but Rivers isn't the guy, and we signed only him for one year. JB is on his way out. Unless we think we're going to draft a Day 1 starter in 2021, it still makes sense that we get the next guy in this year's draft.
  20. I think it is confirmation. A one year deal gives Rivers major incentive, if he wants to play beyond this season (and he's said he does), and since he's hitting FA again next year, the Colts would stand to get a comp pick in return in 2022. So now, taking that as evidence that they're preparing for a new QB in 2021, why wouldn't they draft a guy now, sit him behind Rivers, and groom him to start after this season? Seems completely logical, and somewhat telegraphed at this point. The other option, a little more far-fetched, is getting ready to draft a guy in 2021. Seems less likely to me because the Colts aren't looking like a team that will be drafting in the top half of the first round again. But, CC1, as you say, none of us knows what Ballard will do. But it seems like he's setting this up specifically to have the ability to move on after this year. Which is reasonable.
  21. Who is this guy and how does he know anything?
  22. Define success. All I'm saying is his efficiency went down, he wasn't good late in games, he threw a lot of picks, he can't escape pressure, and he's 38/39 years old this season. The Chargers have a pretty good roster, and they went 1-6 at the end of the season last year. So let's not assume that a simple change of scenery is automatically going to make all of that go away. Usually, QBs who struggle at 38 don't experience a dramatic renaissance at 39. He's a good fit. I can see this working well. But I have some concern about his ability to play at a high level, given his age and recent history.
  23. But we know you don't have to have a good running game to have an efficient passing attack. That's established. He didn't throw 20 picks because they couldn't run the ball. I agree that it's the best situation for Rivers. If he's going to bounce back anywhere, outside of with the Chargers, it will be in Indy.
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