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All right so the long offseason doldrums are nearing an end with training camp starting soon. I finally feel good about the direction this team is heading (of course, I said the same the summer of the Hackett/Russ pairing, but I digress) because I really believe there is a plan for the short, medium and long terms. Sean has assembled what looks like a good staff and there is a lot of youth on the team. 

Of what aspects of the roster are you guys most intrigued for camp? 

For me, there’s three position battles on which I will be focused. 

1. The QB battle. This is obvious and will dominate the media coverage of camp. I’m on record as saying I want Nix to start week 1, others are fine letting him sit for a while. 

2. Who wins the starting OC job? Cush had his best year last season and then left for Carolina (ouch) so we have the three-way competition between Forsyth, Mustipher and Wattenberg. 

3. The RB room. We have a lot of bodies here, which three ultimately make the team? Javonte a season removed from the injury is in a make-or-break season, McLaughlin flashed at times last year but is a change of pace guy, Perine is a vet and Sean loves his vets, but two young guys in Estime, who we drafted, and Watson, to whom we signed a very large (for an UDFA) contact, obviously they like him a lot. 

So have it guys, the season is (finally) not far away!

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15 hours ago, AnAngryAmerican said:

All right so the long offseason doldrums are nearing an end with training camp starting soon. I finally feel good about the direction this team is heading (of course, I said the same the summer of the Hackett/Russ pairing, but I digress) because I really believe there is a plan for the short, medium and long terms. Sean has assembled what looks like a good staff and there is a lot of youth on the team. 

Of what aspects of the roster are you guys most intrigued for camp? 

For me, there’s three position battles on which I will be focused. 

1. The QB battle. This is obvious and will dominate the media coverage of camp. I’m on record as saying I want Nix to start week 1, others are fine letting him sit for a while. 

2. Who wins the starting OC job? Cush had his best year last season and then left for Carolina (ouch) so we have the three-way competition between Forsyth, Mustipher and Wattenberg. 

3. The RB room. We have a lot of bodies here, which three ultimately make the team? Javonte a season removed from the injury is in a make-or-break season, McLaughlin flashed at times last year but is a change of pace guy, Perine is a vet and Sean loves his vets, but two young guys in Estime, who we drafted, and Watson, to whom we signed a very large (for an UDFA) contact, obviously they like him a lot. 

So have it guys, the season is (finally) not far away!

1: I think just because of formalities, it starts as Stidham QB1, Wilson QB2, Nix QB3. After a week or 2, Nix moves up to QB2. The rest just depends on Payton's leash length on Stidham. It's admittedly hard to gauge because this is Payton's first high profile rookie QB.

 

2: Going off of what AKRNA said around the time of the draft, I think the Center job will come down to Forsythe and Wattenburg. Most I know of them is Forsythe is a superior run-blocker and played at least a season with Nix in College (doubt this means that much but it's fun to think about.) but alas I think Forsythe wins the job. Not going out on a huge limb here, but that's what I see happening.

 

3: I think we are all hoping that since Javonte will be another year removed from his injury that he will have gained back some of the quickness, burse, and speed he showed earlier in his career but that remains to be seen. Estime isn't a burner either. Seems to be an even slower version of Javonte but we will see. Mclaughlin offers the most big play ability. I see a most likely scenario where none of them see more than 140 touches but they all see over 100. Especially if Nix plays earlier in the season. But also, given Nix's amount of experience, I can see Payton making him throw the ball more than most rookie QBs on a per game basis.

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Half a century ago we were deep into TC by this time, and had been for a while. Football talk was a daily occurrence and on everybody's mind.

Now I feel like I'm 10 years old on a family trip listening to my sisters howling "Are we there yet?"

Are we there yet?

 

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