Re: Sounds familiarMay 1 2012 at 9:08 AM
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With all of that said, the questions now are:
1. Dalton - year one the offense was very simple for him. I am curious to see if Gruden and Marvin expand the offense some or a lot, or if they still keep it very simple. I like Dalton's potential, but usually QBs take a step back in either year two or year three, even the greats (Peyton had an awful year four, Ben had a miserable year three, Bledsoe took a step back in year three, Ryan and Flacco both had relatively disappointing year threes, guys like Rick Mirer who were studs as rookies took a step back in year two and never recovered). A bad year two or year three does not mean doom (Manning and Ben will both be in the HOF some day, Bledsoe was a top 5 QB from 1995-2000, Ryan and Flacco still have lots of potential), but this is just something to watch.
2. Benjarvis Green-Ellis - I do not like him as the unquestioned feature back, especially for a team that will need to rely on the running game unless of course the coaching staff completely takes the handcuffs off of Andy
3. #2/#3 WR positions. Should be interesting. As bad as rookie WRs were for years suddenly some have performed recently, so Sanu is really the one I'm eyeing/rooting for
4. Andre Smith - actually was serviceable last year...this is time for him to either breakout, be mediocre and be a minor bust like DeBrickisha Ferguson (serviceable but not a star and never will be), Tony Mandrich-like bust (he actually played and started in the NFL for quite a while after Green Bay released him, although he never lived up any where near to the hype) or a flat out bust.
5. Defensive backfield - I cannot see Kirkpatrick starting in year one unless they feel that they are THAT bad off. If he does play a lot, the speedy receivers in the AFC North will have a field day. He is already slow, but without technique he will just flat out be bad. If they coach him up, he has NFL starter potential, but not NFL star potential.