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Everything posted by Rich7sena

  1. OTA's

    I don't think Geunther is going to depart much from what he did last year in Cincinnati. On base downs, he often would have both ends line up at the 4 tech outside shade. Irvin isn't a bad run defender -- he's was a better run defender than pass rusher on a down to down basis last season -- but he has been playing off the line in a 6 or 7 tech spot. If Geunther sticks to what he did in Cincinnati, then I suspect Carradine will see more base reps. It doesn't mean Irvin won't see more snaps, overall, though. It would be fair to say I'm not Irvin's biggest fan -- as in I think he's an above average to good player -- but it wouldn't be fair to say I don't like him on the team. Gruden himself hinted at a changing role for Irvin that might include more situation work back in his introduction: I like the idea of keeping him fresh for pass rushing reps, similar to how the Bengals used Carl Lawson last year.
  2. OTA's

    Norton starting playing cover 2/2-high a lot more at the end of two seasons ago. Last season, cover 2/2-high was just as big a part of the defensive scheme as cover 3. I think a lot of it had to do with Sean Smith's dependence of help coverage over the top. So far, Geunther's scheme in Oakland has been step for step what he ran in Cincinnati. I think when Mack comes back, he takes Irvin's place on the stating lineup and Carradine stays as the starting base RDE.
  3. 2018 Free Agency Thread v2

    Based on how Gruden talks about Johnson, it doesn't appear adding another starting linebacker is in the cards.
  4. OTA's

    I think that's still up in the air.
  5. New policy for the National Anthem

    I'm not sure this can even be discussed under the current forum rules.
  6. OTA's

    Guys, let's not lose our head over OTA evaluations.
  7. Random Raider Stuff

    This is only true if you don't count his 4 seasons at UConn and Senior Bowl practices. On Hackenberg: It's fine if it's a conditional 7th round pick. But what happens if he's cut before week one? The Jets don't get anything?
  8. Random Raider Stuff

    Trading for Hackenberg seems weird and unnecessary.
  9. Rd. 5- DT Maurice Hurst

    Hall's shirt is tucked while Hurst's is not. Plus, Hall carries a lot of weight in his 700 lbs. squatting legs.
  10. Rnd4 pick 10- CB Nick Nelson

    I don't think he can play outside, at least not his rookie year. Nelson has the tendency to rely on early contact to slow a receiver down at the top of routes, and I believe he lacks the length to reliably contest balls against some of the better receivers in the league. As far as his ability to start early, we'll see. Right now, I believe Marcus Gilchrist should start in the slot with Nelson backing him up. I don't think he can give what Carrie gave over the last two seasons for the Raiders for some of the reasons I stated above. Another deficiency I see in his game is tackling. He's a willing tackler, but he doesn't bring a lot of stopping power despite his sturdy frame. Ideally, I'd like to "redshirt" him and see how he develops in the preseason, and maybe give him some dime reps throughout the year.
  11. Will Josh Allen become a franchise QB for the Bills?

    I hope he does, but I wouldn't bet on it. He's not as bad a prospect some of his staunchest detractors claimed he was, but I don't think he'll grow into a player who will be able to reliably keep the team competitive year after year.
  12. Rnd3- DE Arden key

    Yeah. The Bengals routinly put one of Dunlap or Johnson on the inside last year on obvious passing downs. Key would play Carl Lawson’s role as a designated pass rusher.
  13. Rnd3- DE Arden key

    Based on what the Bengals did last year, I suspect Key would see the field primarily on obvious passing downs. Something like: Irvin - Hurst/Hall - Mack - Key.
  14. 2018 NFL Draft Prospect Pro Comps

    One of my favorite threads of the year: QB Sam Darnold - Jameis Winston Josh Rosen - Matt Ryan Baker Mayfield - Russell Wilson Josh Allen - Joe Flacco RB Saquon Barkley - LaDainian Tomlinson Nick Chubb - Doug Martin Derrius Guice - Jay Ajayi Reshaad Penny - Jonathan Stewart WR Cavin Ridley - Stefan Diggs Michael Gallup - Marvin Jones DL Maurice Hurst - Sheldon Rankins Edge Bradley Chubb - Everson Griffen Harold Landry - Cliff Avril Arden Key - Robert Quinn DB Denzel Ward - Jason Verrett Tarvarus McFadden - Sean Smith Minkah Fitzpatrick - Micah Hyde Derwin James - Reshad Jones
  15. Raiders Defense

    This is why PFF grades shouldn't be taken out of context. This simply isn't true. Joseph was a very good player against the run when he was in the box. The problem is his lack of length doesn't allow him to match up well against tight ends when he's so close to the line of scrimmage -- that's why his coverage grade is so low. As a coverage player, Joseph is best when he's player a deep zone. I think having him predominantly playing deep half or deep middle will accentuate his strengths more as a coverage player.
  16. 2018 Draft Recap Thread

    I imagine Gruden is in charge of the scheme.
  17. 2018 Draft Recap Thread

    We'll see with Cable, but I'm not hinging the line's performance on him. For the most part, this line's performance will be largely defined by scheme and talent.
  18. 2018 Depth Chart...How do you see it?

    I'm fairly certain he'll move to DE -- Gruden said it himself and he's been a pretty open book with the roster considering the draft and hindsight.
  19. Raiders Defense

    I can't tell if Tafur is reporting what the staff is thinking or giving his opinion. In both Guenther and Zimmer's scheme, safeties aren't often playing man-to-man on tight ends so I'm not sure what he's getting at there. Something I notice a lot with beat reporters is they play coy between what their opinion actually is vs. what is being fed to them via team sources. I trust Tafur's reporting more than I do his football analysis. That said, I wouldn't be surprised if the staff is tepid on Joseph being a starter in 2018. He, like many other players, have a lot to prove this season.
  20. 2018 Free Agency Thread v2

    Kenny Vaccaro has gotten roundly overrated throughout his career. That said, in any other year I think it's safe to say all three are signed within the first two weeks of free agency. I can't imagine their asking prices are astronomically high.
  21. 2018 NFL Draft Prospect Pro Comps

    Player comps get dragged as being lazy analysis by some, but DJ communicates why I think they're important. This draft season more than any I tried to verify my comps by going back on Gamepass and seeing how they check out. There are definite "types" of players at every position in the NFL, and although no two players are exactly alike, none are completely unique.
  22. 2018 Free Agency Thread v2

    I honestly think Reid could start and succeed at WLB as he did for the 49ers toward the end of last season.
  23. Rookie Numbers

    Reminds me how much I liked the Broncos draft.
  24. Rnd2 pick 25- DT P.J Hall

    I disagree. There seems to be a prevailing sentiment that draft picks are random, but they're really not. If this were true, All-Pro, Pro Bowl, and quality starters would be equally distributed throughout the 7 rounds. The vast majority of good players in the NFL are picked in the first three rounds so NFL teams are "getting it right" for the most part. We trumpet the successes of 6th rounders like Brady and Brown but ignore that the best quarterbacks and receivers in the NFL were largely taken in the first and second rounds. I view the main problem with how people see the draft is curbing their expectations for players in the later rounds. The trouble with the draft isn't that we don't know who will be good -- we have a pretty good idea of that -- but that most of these players will fail to meet expectations. There is solid logic in taking Hall where the Raiders did. He has the production numbers -- albeit in a lesser conference -- to back up his incredible testing numbers, which is what you want to see from small school prospects. He was a guy I was personally targeting for the Raiders in the 3rd round, but I believe he has legitimate DPoY potential so I can't hate taking him later in round 2.
  25. 2018 Depth Chart...How do you see it?

    I'm also interested in how the running game changes next year. I'm being trying to watching some Redskins and Eagles tape to get a handle on how I think Gruden might adapt their schemes. Lynch seems to like getting some lateral movement before going downhill or cutting back while the other two like to see hole and hit hole.