Game week is here. Ready to roll…
Jason Peters is a cowboy, and his deal makes him one of only two non-specialists in their 40s currently in the league (I think the other one is on the other side of the 40s. ). Last year’s Super Bowl champion had a man in the category left tackle Andrew Whitworth. None of this is an accident.
The NFL has problems developing offensive linemen, and that’s nothing new. That’s why in the last two weeks he’s had four backup his linemen traded. That’s why linemen are regularly claimed for waivers. That’s why the offensive he-line he coach has become perhaps his third most valuable assistant on the head coach’s staff, behind the offensive and defensive coordinator who made his plans.
There are two reasons.
First, in the same way that the NFL’s scheme is gradual closer to what it was done in college, the concept has been consistently gradual up from that level to the pros, but the offense at the two levels is gradual. There are still some pretty big differences in how you play. That means a lot of what you have to see on tapes of college players’ centers, guards, and tackles isn’t really visible.
“A lot of it comes from the fact that offense in college is very different from the NFL,” said one NFC executive. “Players don’t have the skill set to play early on, and some of them never develop it in the end.”
Where it helps is if the team has a line coach with the traits needed for a lineman. Something be developed. This explains how successful teams like Kansas City (Andy Heck was there all his Andy Reid’s decade) and New England (where Dante Scarnecchia was until 2019) brought teams of their own. help you to
The second factor here is the rules of practice. In 2011, the elimination of twice-a-day practices and all but 14 of his padded practices for the season leaves little opportunity for the young offensive to develop his linemen at full speed. And at these positions, backups don’t play in the game (teams generally don’t rotate offensive linemen the way defensive linemen do). As a result, they are difficult to develop, which exacerbates the problem of preparation after leaving college.
This is why fully developed and experienced linemen continue to take chances well into their 30s and even 40s. It’s also why teams are usually slow to say goodbye to aging linemen whose bodies have begun to betray them.
Peters may or may not do well in Dallas. Either way, it’s hard to blame the Cowboys for swinging, given where the NFL is currently in the field.
• So how long does Peters stay in Dallas? They’ll find out by putting him on the practice team and seeing where he is physically. First of all, Peters has to manage throughout the year, which is understandable given his age, so he probably won’t practice much (making the fact that he’s on the practice team interesting). . Second, at this point, it would be difficult to count on him to play in a position other than the one he’s played for his decade and a half.
So if he shows he still has it, roll him out at left tackle and start rookie Tyler Smith at guard to try and get the best five combinations on the field. And the truth is, as talented as Smith is (he has a boatload of abilities), his knocks coming out of Tulsa say he was pretty raw. So another advantage of putting him on guard instead of left tackle from the start is that the chunks he takes are less noticeable.
Also, considering Peters himself had to learn a lot about playing left tackle after coming into the league from a tight end he played in college, Peters could be a really good mentor to Smith if he wants to. i think it has a personality. And first for Buffalo.
• It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Mike Kafka got a play-calling assignment with the Giants. And in Kansas City, if Eric Bieniemy had found a job elsewhere in the last few years, he would already be an offensive coordinator. Kansas City decided that Kafka would leave when Andy Reed was still within the rules because he really thought highly of him (and believed he would be head coach in a few years). I was blocking.
That’s right, when Brian Daball offered him the job for the Giants, Kafka had the idea that he could be a playcaller. Working under Reed at City and combining some of the things he learned playing for him in Philadelphia was enough to pull a player 35 yards away from Reid and Patrick Mahomes.
As for the Giants, they have a lot of work to do with their roster, but it should be really interesting to see how the offense goes as that roster replenishes over the next few years.
• Mitch Trubisky’s selection as Steelers captain is bound to be tied to his standings in the quarterback contest (results not yet published, but it’s almost certainly over at this point). . The truth is that while the players vote on these things, the head coach routinely retains the right to adjust the final tally for the best results for the team. speculation suggests this is a soft opening to Mike Tomlin’s final announcement.
• The Buccaneers line situation is clearly notable. Tampa will have three new starters in the chamber, and early attention will be given to rookie left guard Luke Gödeke. He was a tight end turned right tackle in college and every game he started at that level was in that spot. The Bucs and others are projecting him to guard professionally, and he has a lot of promise to get there.
But the transition as a rookie may not come automatically given the rapid changes inside the NFL. Having a veteran center like Ryan Jensen helps. But with Jensen out at least until the playoffs, Goedeke won’t be able to benefit from it.
Frankly, I don’t think this is going to be a disaster. It’s worth seeing. It will also be interesting to see how other teams try to attack the middle of the backs line, and the book on Tom Brady suggests that internal pressure against him is your best chance. It begins by giving
• You can see my prize predictions a little later in the week. However, there were some places where I wanted to stick my neck out a little, and I didn’t have room in my stomach. So I pocketed them with the idea of creating a list of dark horses for awards at some point. This seems like a good opportunity. Again, these aren’t my picks.
MVPs: Derek Carr, Raiders
Opoi: Brandon Ayuk, 49ers
DPOY: Rashan Gary, Packers/Patrick Sartin, Broncos
Oroi: Chiefs’ Isaiah Pacheco
Droy: Kobe Bryant, Seahawks
coach: Vikings Kevin O’Connell
Comeback players: JK Dobbins, Ravens
• While you’re here, you can empty your camping trip notebook and write down some impressions you’ve hidden there. We can start with some trends we’ve noticed in rookies on the defensive side of the ball.
The first is not just how many players Georgia has (obviously that number), but how their teams talk about them. He pointed out to one Green Bay staffer that not only did he see first-round Key Walker and Devonte Wyatt ready to play right away, but the Packers knew it was going to be like that. It became the No. 1 corner role after Jaaire Alexander went down. The man went on to say that at this point, if you draft a Georgia defender, you’ll see what you get.
This is what the team has been talking about the Alabama defender for years (it also makes sense since Kirby Smart worked for Nick Saban). It also bodes well for players like Jalen Carter, Keeley Ringo and Nolan Smith next year.
Second, I was pleasantly surprised to see Luke Fickel’s Cincinnati program deliverable appear as a player in a series of camps. Bryant in Seattle is one of them. Kansas City safety Brian Cook was the other. And then there’s Source Gardner, whose solid play isn’t all that surprising (he was the fourth pick in the draft), and Colts wideout Alec Pearce, who is decidedly aggressive. Fickel seems to be doing a pretty good job of developing the pros there.
• The Chargers receiver situation should be very interesting. Second-year wideout Josh Palmer said from camp that he has a real chance to break through this year, and in large part because of his inside-out versatility. At the same time, we hear that Mike Williams, who is back with a new contract, has really perfected his game and he has become a more complete receiver.
So, in a Sean Payton-style scheme, what Joe Lombardi would do with these big, impressive moving parts (don’t forget Keenan Allen on the baseline for the most sophisticated complete receiver in the NFL) What should be really interesting. And is Justin Herbert positioned to unlock all this?
• Greg Rousseau may be one of the notable names, but it’s a little under-represented. This offseason, he’s been working hard to change his body composition, and he’s back with a slightly altered physique… and just turned 22 in April. So add to the impact Von Miller has on him and the depth the Bills (Boogie Basham, AJ Epenesa) have to finally keep the men’s legs free, and Buffalo’s optimistic jump It’s easy to understand why you come.
• Pat Freiermuth is another notable sophomore.I was with the Steelers early in camp and he was catching all at the time. It hasn’t stopped since. So I think he’s poised to have a breakthrough season, and I wouldn’t be shocked if, a year from now, we’re talking about him in the upper tier of tight ends.
• 3 more days… I can’t believe I’m here.
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