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I think Boones departure is a good thing right now, but I can see it being part of a catastrophe if the line gets the injury bug again. It seems like we wanted Easton to start at LG which is why's we tried to negotiate Boone's salary down to a backup level wage, but in the end, if we start losing interior lineman, we will wish he was here. Right now we have Isidora to backup the guard spots, then maybe Sirles. After that, maybe Remmers pushed inside and Hill takes a starting tackle spot. A big part of roster composition is being prepared for injury, and we saw how that bit us in the butt last year. Again, I'm good with Boone leaving, and I think our line is in a better spot than last year, but it could get really bad with injuries.

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28 minutes ago, NorthCountryEvo said:

I think Boones departure is a good thing right now, but I can see it being part of a catastrophe if the line gets the injury bug again. It seems like we wanted Easton to start at LG which is why's we tried to negotiate Boone's salary down to a backup level wage, but in the end, if we start losing interior lineman, we will wish he was here. Right now we have Isidora to backup the guard spots, then maybe Sirles. After that, maybe Remmers pushed inside and Hill takes a starting tackle spot. A big part of roster composition is being prepared for injury, and we saw how that bit us in the butt last year. Again, I'm good with Boone leaving, and I think our line is in a better spot than last year, but it could get really bad with injuries.

The major difference between last year and this year is the trade for Sam Bradford eight days before the opener, which unfortunately eliminated any cap flexibility we had to better address offensive line concerns during the 2016 season.

From what I can tell, we have roughly $8 million in cap space to play with going into the season, which is just slightly below league average.

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If we start losing ANY o-line players to injury we are screwed.  We may be in a bad way regardless, but our depth on any position on the offense side of the ball is suspect (outside of G/C).

 

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Some people may be overrating Easton. Really, those of you that are high on him, why? He looked decent for part of a preseason game against Seattle but we some him looking physically overmatched against NFL players for several games before that. He consistently got pushed back last year. I am very concerned about Easton's ability to hold up against any of the more powerful DTs. 

I do get that he might not olé as often and that is nice. At least he marginally slows a bull rusher down as he is pushed backwards. Are people happy to see him just because we was so many plays last year where an offensive linemen let a rusher come free? 

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37 minutes ago, Cearbhall said:

Some people may be overrating Easton. Really, those of you that are high on him, why? He looked decent for part of a preseason game against Seattle but we some him looking physically overmatched against NFL players for several games before that. He consistently got pushed back last year. I am very concerned about Easton's ability to hold up against any of the more powerful DTs. 

I do get that he might not olé as often and that is nice. At least he marginally slows a bull rusher down as he is pushed backwards. Are people happy to see him just because we was so many plays last year where an offensive linemen let a rusher come free? 

well at this point, young and unknown is better than what we had (Boone, Fusco, etc). I don't particularly have high hopes for Easton, but at least we are trying to see what a young guy can do .

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1 hour ago, Heimdallr said:

well at this point, young and unknown is better than what we had (Boone, Fusco, etc). I don't particularly have high hopes for Easton, but at least we are trying to see what a young guy can do .

I am very much with you on this point. Would rather go with young an unknown in hopes they are decent or improve than keep trotting known failures that are not improving out there. I do wish that there a backup plan to plug in in case one of the young unknowns fails miserably. I assume the team is looking at all the options from cutdown day. Other than that, I suppose they roll with Sirles if Easton is getting destroyed.

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I only got to watch the Seattle game, but isidora looked solid  (enough to have hope in potential) in what I paid attention to in that game.  How'd he look in other games?

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I am honestly more concerned about Berger than I am Elfein and Easton.  Berger is going to be stuck 1on1 more often against teams best interior pass rusher.  The advantages he had playing the center position are gone.  You don't hear many success stories from 35 year old centers switching to right guard late in their career.

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4 minutes ago, SemperFeist said:

Berger has had success playing at RG before. 

He has had some success but that has been spot duty.  I fear 16 games at right guard will wear him down over the course of the season. 

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I;'m surprised by this but its good to know that they are willing to move on. It would be nice to keep him as a backup though. Hopefully they can claim an O-lineman off waivers and the undrafted kid can go to the practice squad

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1 hour ago, Heavydan85 said:

I only got to watch the Seattle game, but isidora looked solid  (enough to have hope in potential) in what I paid attention to in that game.  How'd he look in other games?

Watch the RG. This is game 4 vs Miami.

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I hope that Berger will be fine at RG, but if he isn't, I'd think we'd want to get Isidora out there. I hope MN isn't afraid of pulling the trigger if they need to move on.

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4 hours ago, Cearbhall said:

Some people may be overrating Easton. Really, those of you that are high on him, why? He looked decent for part of a preseason game against Seattle but we some him looking physically overmatched against NFL players for several games before that. He consistently got pushed back last year. I am very concerned about Easton's ability to hold up against any of the more powerful DTs. 

I do get that he might not olé as often and that is nice. At least he marginally slows a bull rusher down as he is pushed backwards. Are people happy to see him just because we was so many plays last year where an offensive linemen let a rusher come free? 

If anything, I think people have actually underrated Easton.  I've liked what I've seen from him ever since we traded for him.

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4 hours ago, Cearbhall said:

Some people may be overrating Easton. Really, those of you that are high on him, why? He looked decent for part of a preseason game against Seattle but we some him looking physically overmatched against NFL players for several games before that. He consistently got pushed back last year. I am very concerned about Easton's ability to hold up against any of the more powerful DTs. 

I do get that he might not olé as often and that is nice. At least he marginally slows a bull rusher down as he is pushed backwards. Are people happy to see him just because we was so many plays last year where an offensive linemen let a rusher come free? 

I don't know if Easton will be a long term starter for us, but I do think he will be better than Boone was.

Ideally I would like to get two solid OG's like Quenton Nelson and Billy Price as our starting OG's Ling term and see Easton taking over Berger's role as the primary backup for all 3 interior OL spots who can also start.  I don't think I would be upset if Easton is a long term starter though.

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