Because now seems to be the time to do these. “Now” being: at any and every point before the actual 53-man roster is finally chosen by the coaching staff. I’m not immune to the type of wild speculation in the early going of a football season! I’m just as excited as the next rabid NFL fan who’s sick and tired of the Seattle Fucking Mariners already!
Of course, this is just my best estimate, having seen exactly zero of the practices to this point. I’m sure things will change greatly between now and the final pre-season game against the Raiders on September 3rd. Will I do more of these as the pre-season goes along? Maybe one more, right before the end, if I’m in the mood.
For most of these position groups, you’ll see a
dashed line (————-). Anyone listed above that line I consider a lock to make the team. Anyone listed below that line I still think will make the final 53-man roster, but I’m not as confident.
Seems pretty cut & dry. You gotta wonder how long we’re going to be able to keep bringing Tarvar back on 1-year deals, but I’m game to keep him around as long as he’s willing to keep winning championships.
I’m not as sold as some are on Thomas Rawls or Rod Smith. I think either or both could be kept around on the practice squad (unless, of course, one or both absolutely breaks out in the pre-season games). I still like Coleman over Will Tukuafu, even though Tukuafu is more versatile. Coleman is still younger and better on special teams. If he can stay healthy, I think he’s got it on lock. I also highly doubt the team keeps five running backs, but if they do, it’ll likely come from one of my offensive line spots.
I’m not deaf to all the hype surrounding Kasen Williams right now, but it’s one thing to look impressive in practice and it’s another to do so in game situations. Norwood still has a year’s worth of experience on him. Besides that, I think we can also sneak Kasen onto the practice squad. The other five guys figure to be pretty safe, especially with Douglas McNeil converting to cornerback. B.J. Daniels is a dark horse candidate to win a job, but to do so, there’d probably have to be a rash of injuries ahead of him.
This one will be interesting, though it might go down to who stays healthy. Should the team keep Helfet, then we’re essentially talking about the team keeping three “move” tight ends. Anthony McCoy is the obvious other choice to be the team’s third tight end, and you’d have to think he’d have an advantage given his blocking ability. But, he hasn’t been able to stay healthy through an entire pre-season for I don’t know how long anymore. I can’t pencil him into my predicted 53-man lineup until I actually see him play in a game again.
I’ll be honest with you, offensive line is the biggest crapshoot on this team. I’ve got three locks, that’s how bad it is right now. The safe play is to say that Bailey and Jeanpierre will join the other locks in giving us the best chance to win right now. But, I have a feeling that the team will give our rookies every opportunity to try to steal those jobs away, even if it means taking a hit on our production right now, with the hope that their ceilings will be higher by season’s end. Terry Poole is a tough one to chop, but to be honest I wouldn’t be shocked to see him or a couple of these other guys I’ve listed make the practice squad. I can’t imagine the rest of the NFL is all that excited about picking up some of our projects who we’ve converted from being defensive linemen.
All locks, all should be productive members of our pass rush this year. Can’t wait to see how this unit meshes.
Really difficult to see who the fourth guy will be. I think it comes down to Staten and D’Anthony Smith, but it very well could go to a guy who’s not even on the roster right now. Pre-season games will go a long way in shedding light.
Probably the most potent unit on the entire defense. The final spot(s) will come down to special teams. Mike Morgan has been here forever, which is a plus and a minus in his favor. He knows the system, he’s versatile, and he’s obviously good otherwise he wouldn’t have lasted as long as he has. But, I think he’s in the last year of his deal, so you have to wonder if the team will opt to go younger with someone like Eric Pinkins. The proof is in the pudding, as they say, and I think the nod goes to Morgan when all is said and done. (Unless, of course, KPL’s injury is worse than expected, in which case, maybe both make it?)
For what it’s worth, I’m REALLY banking on Simon returning to action at some point this pre-season and not landing on the PUP. Haven’t seen him yet, so we’ll see. Jeremy Lane will obviously start on either the PUP or IR Designated To Return. While he’s a huge loss, it opens up some good competition this month. I’m THIS close to making Blackmon a lock, simply because – while he’s on the older side at 30 – this team can’t fuck around at a position where it’s so thin. We’re already committed to Williams and the young & injury-prone Simon, so it’ll be nice to have someone who’s good and knows the system, in spite of his age. Beyond that, I like Seisay’s height and I hope like Hell that he makes a positive impact this pre-season. The final spot goes to Burley until I see whether Tye Smith is capable of living up to the high expectations thrust upon the L.O.B. What I’ve heard about Smith thus far has been pretty underwhelming, so I have to believe Burley has the advantage. Smith might be a guy we can sneak onto the practice squad, so I wouldn’t consider him a total draft pick bust just yet.
MAYBE the team opts to keep only four safeties, in order to stock up on the D-Line, but I don’t think I’m buying it. I think, at least in the early going, this team will want to have sufficent backups in the event Earl Thomas re-injures himself. Obviously, Kam is still a concern, considering he still has yet to show up to camp. I don’t know what’s going to happen there, but I like how the younger guys are getting a lot of run. I’ve heard a lot of exciting things about Dion Bailey, so I really hope he sticks. Terrell appears to be pretty safe, as he’s still young, yet has some good experience. Shead is obviously the glue that’s going to help us hold things together, as he can play both safety spots. If he needs to step in for Kam, I don’t think we lose all that much (as crazy as that sounds).
Not a lot to say here. The Nate Boyer story is fun, but I can’t see us keeping him unless Gresham gets injured.