This week is "Christmas Eve" for this thread. Hopefully we'll get to peak into a stocking or shake a couple of boxes and have an idea of where we are going exactly.
Adding to Keenan Lewis lovefest
Eight in the Box: Must-keep free agents
Pittsburgh Steelers: Cornerback Keenan Lewis. Wide receiver Mike Wallace is the biggest name among the Steelers’ free agents, but he’s out of place in their current offensive system. It’s Wallace’s high school teammate, Lewis, who must be re-signed. Quality young corners are not easy to find, and Lewis, who was second in the NFL with 23 pass breakups in 2012, fits the bill.
Pro Bowl: Why Steelers CB Keenan Lewis Belongs in Hawaii
After adjusting some of Pro Football Focus’s numbers for targets, the Steelers defensive back ranked as the fifth-best cornerback in the AFC in 2012.
The average of his ranks in yards allowed per target, touchdowns allowed per target, interceptions per target, passes defended per target, tackling efficiency and run stop percentage is higher than almost every corner who played more in than 60 percent of his team’s defensive snaps. By the same measures, Bailey, Cromartie and Joseph ranked third, 10th and 15th, respectively.
Based on this and the fact that he allowed the fewest yards per coverage snap during the regular season, Bailey seems like a pretty unassailable choice. But do the averages mentioned above mean that Lewis should have aced out Cromartie and Joseph? Not necessarily.
I was watching some game footage last night, and came to 2 conclusions:
1. Kory L MUST go.... I appreciate the heart and effort after tearing his knee up.. but he is awful.. like Polombus bad. Runs to the left constantly got blown up/stuffed because he couldn't get his guy's outside shoulder.. 10 penalties plus untold # of hits on rg3 due to him not being able to pick up stunts... bye bye Kory.
London Fletcher led the league with 21 missed tackles last year (per SI) Now while he also had 4 pics and 1 FF, If he hangs it up I will not be heartbroken.. the $$ savings would be nice.
Barry Cofield is LEGIT... no more nonsense about we need a "real" NT... HE IS THE REAL DEAL!!!! He goes to the Pro Bowl this year, book it!!!
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Grant Paulsen is talking on the Junkies right now and he is expecting one splash, either FS or CB. Kind of what we are expecting. A starter and a possible starter.
Okay ... so one big splash ... not a surprise to any of us. Hopefully it's at FS ... since I think it would be more economical and make more sense to get a young FS, restructure Hall and get a 3rd round CB to compete. If it is a CB, then the writing is on the wall for Hall, even if he restructures for 1-2 years ... and we go FS in the draft.
And I'm surprised this hasn't been addressed ... but HogsHaven had a piece yesterday on it. Jason Smith ... why not? According to sources with the other teams he played for he was actually a solid backup in NY and just didn't fit the LT slot in St. Louis. He is still young and was athletic coming out. The reason the Jets released him was because of his huge $12 million cap hit off the final year of his rookie deal as the 2nd overall pick. I can't think of a better option, if the coaching staff finds him to be a fit for the ZBS, to bring in. If the staff likes Compton, why not bring in Smith on a vet. minimum deal to compete at RT? If he came out as being very athletic and is a converted tight end I can't think of a reason why he wouldn't at least garner looks to be a fit in our system...
Assuming he could be had for cheap (he likely can), what is the harm in bringing him in? At worst he is a camp casualty. At best he is your new starting ZBS RT and you give Compton more time to develop. At medium, he pushes Compton and settles into a backup roll. For a team that is cap-strapped this seems like a nice solution at RT and allows the team to move forward to address other needs. Hell, Polumbus was made to look decent for much of last year ... a guy with this kind of athletic potential could shine in our offense.
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Any metric needs to be viewed in context. But imo we shouldn't let lack of context devalue a good metric.
Context includes the level of play of the surrounding players but also includes scheme.
We have to take into consideration the effect of playing a lot of Cover 3 has on D.Hall PPF stats.
Cover 3 and Zone Cover-2 (to a lesser extent) relies on the a combination of pass rush and underneath zone coverage from other defenders to take away certain routes that by scheme a Cover 3 corner is not in position to defend.
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I hope and don't expect them to make a 'splash' signing. Sign a quality player? Sure. But when I hear 'splash' signing I get nervous. We should be smart with our cap room.
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I haven't heard Derek Cox mentioned too much around here, but would he be an option? He's young, no? Might come a little cheaper? He would be nice to combine with Lynch as two "Redskins" signings as of late...
Did some crunching of numbers. Release Hall ($8m), Moss ($4m), Carriker ($4m). Fletcher retires ($4m). Extend Josh Wilson (save $2.3m) and Brian Orakpo (save $1m). Restructure Barry Cofield (save $2.3m) and Trent Williams (save $2.8m). Those moves alone free up $31.242 million.
It creates holes at WR and CB. The DL might be fine, but losing Carriker could free it up to being addressed in the draft, possibly at NT and shifting Cofield to DE. While a hole is created at CB, extending Wilson beyond '13 brings some stability there, and Moss was going to be gone after this season anyway. Fletcher's retirement hurts, and while that leaves a need at ILB, Robinson should be able to step in.
But with $31 million freed up (and giving the team $29 million in cap space), the team could do some things. They could easily bring back Rob Jackson, Fred Davis and Zo and have room to bring in a couple good FAs to fill the CB and FS holes.
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More of the same here, but just for GP.Albert Breer @AlbertBreer
Bills trying to get Byrd signed. But if they can't ... RT @ByTimGraham Russ Brandon: Bills will use the franchise tag only as a last resort.
Titans | To meet with Jared Cook at combine
The Tennessee Titans are scheduled to meet with the agent for impending free-agent TE Jared Cook at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Might be good to offer something up to Freddy D. before we run out of resources.
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