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Russ Wilson or Aaron Rodgers next spring is obviously preferable, but depending on acquisition price, a Tua in hand might be worth two in the bush.  With 3 wins already and a not-brutal remaining schedule, it’s tough to see us getting a draft pick good enough to target the top tier QB prospects (whoever they end up being). Risking striking out on Russ and Aaron might be too much to stomach if you can get Tua for a 2nd right now. 

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4 minutes ago, 1234567 said:

It’s crazy how just a couple of short years ago, “tank for Tua” was a thing. 

To my untrained eye, his explosiveness never recovered after the hip injury. And for a guy who never had great arm strength, to lose any power in your legs and/or hips makes it really tough to get zip on the ball. 

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4 hours ago, broncosfan_101 said:

To my untrained eye, his explosiveness never recovered after the hip injury. And for a guy who never had great arm strength, to lose any power in your legs and/or hips makes it really tough to get zip on the ball. 

It's a shame because the NFL really does need an aesthetically pleasing lefty QB. It's like pro golf with no good left handers - just not the same.

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19 hours ago, broncosfan_101 said:

To my untrained eye, his explosiveness never recovered after the hip injury. And for a guy who never had great arm strength, to lose any power in your legs and/or hips makes it really tough to get zip on the ball. 

 

14 hours ago, lomaxgrUK said:

It's a shame because the NFL really does need an aesthetically pleasing lefty QB. It's like pro golf with no good left handers - just not the same.

To be fair, there are signs Tua is starting to get some of that athleticism back.   He had some quicks and shiftiness in the JAX game we've not seen before.  The thing is, he had no business playing last year - his rehab from hip surgery meant he wasn't going to be back even close to 100 percent last year.  

Still, it's fair to say the injury may have robbed of a critical amount of lower body power/explosion.   He was never going to be a legs-first weapon like we see with Kyler or even Josh Allen - but it's affected his throwing ability, and last year he was a statue.   He's better now.   So there's hope.   But it's unlikely he's at the level of a consensus 1.1 pick, either.   

One final thought - we'll never know if what started the downhill slide was losing his mobility after tightrope surgery to both his ankles.   Keep in mind tightrope surgery is needed when you have a complete disruption of the ankle joint - it was NEVER indicated for what Tua had originally.   That was IMO a misguided attempt to get him on the playing field for the championship game.   The thing is, you're not supposed to tighten the ankle if it doesn't need it.  That laxity is normal.    Losing it certainly might have led to the cascade of less flexibilty - and when he gets hit, nothing gives the same way, and BOOM, hip.   We'll never know - but it's a cautionary tale of unnecessary procedures.   HAS's that don't have instability - you let it heal on its own.  If it's unstable, by all means, intervene.  But if not, let it go.   The related note to Denver - so glad Jeudy didn't need it.   While he will likely not be 100 percent until next year (he'll likely play at 90-95 percent and be very effective), he should be good to go long-term.  Which for this lost 2021 season, it's all that matters.

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