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    100% agree Sac... I just had this very conversation with a Tennessee fan friend of mine. Like I told him, do you realize how many players on our 2 deep is coming back that played significant meaningful snaps from last year? DL we rotated 6 guys and lost 2. LB is where we are hit the worst where we lose 4 but rotated 6-7 guys regularly.
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    He’s in rehab but that’s about the extent of what we know. I certainly hope he gets things sorted out for his own sake, completely aside from football. Some have mentioned that he may make it back to enroll in summer. I appreciate the fact that our program is trying to help him take care of himself before it becomes an issue of dismissal or legal trouble. The lack of info is probably for the best.
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    The Southeastern Conference had 27 players elect to bypass their remaining eligibility for this year’s draft, with Monday marking the deadline for players to decide. LSU led the league with six early departures, followed by the five from Alabama and four each from Auburn and Florida. Georgia certainly took a hit with the departure of its senior leadership, and Roquan Smith’s exit will certainly be felt, but I see three teams the Dawgs will face this season that suffered greater losses from junior exits.
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    In my opinion, our health played as much of a role in our success as senior leadership. I don’t discount either and we certainly may take a small step back this year, but quality of depth is improving across the board. We just need guys to step up and stay healthy for the most part. The funny thing is the one position we couldn’t afford an injury, ended up being a huge plus for our team.
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    vaughn mcclure‏ @vxmcclure2356 minutes ag More Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said the team will talk to kicker Matt Bryant soon about a contract extension. vaughn mcclure‏ @vxmcclure23 2 hours ago More Thomas Dimitroff said Matt Ryans contract extension will be a top focus and create flexibility
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    I'm happy I could entertain you on a boring offseason Saturday night! I try not to comp players. I know why scouts do it, to give a broad indication of what kind of player a prospect is, but fans tend to take comps to heart a little too much. Take Swanson for example, getting comp'd to Derek Jeter. Yes, ideally he's that "type" of player, no dominant tool but above average in everything with high make-up and leadership potential. Some fans hear that and go SWANSON IS THE NEXT DEREK JETER. That's not going to happen or ever will happen. Can you comp Acuna to Andruw? Sure, above average defense, power. But I don't like the comp because no one will stand up to being compared to the greatest defensive centerfielder of all time. If I comp, I try to what kind of player they could be if they hit maybe their midpoint career trajectory. Let's take Allard for example. When I make my lists, I try to think about what a player's ceiling and floor are. (Note on floors: every player has the exact same true floor suffering some sort of injury or disability that prevent them from playing in the majors. That's a given, and also not useful. So when I say "floor", I'm assuming they will be healthy enough to continue to play, they just aren't able to come close to maximizing the tools that evaluators think they have,.) So roughly, I think Allard has a floor of a dependable but otherwise unremarkable middle reliever that barring injury should still allow him to have a long major league career due to pitching with his left arm. Let's set his floor at "Brian Duensing". At his ceiling, the flashes of plus curveball, plus change-up, and plus control all manifest themselves nearly every start. His fastball plays up because of it, and he gets more movement on it as well. Let's call Allard's ceiling "Ron Guidry". So Allard is number 5 on my list, because I think his career will likely fall somewhere between Duensing's and Guidry's. That's a very valuable major league pitcher. Let's call the midpoint comp "Scott McGregor". McGregor was a key member of several Orioles rotations that made the playoffs, and a 13 year major league career mostly as a starter. If a time traveler came to me and told me that Kolby Allard would have more or less Scott McGregor's career, I would go "Hmm, not as good as I hoped, but still pretty good." Note that neither of these comps are Braves, and neither are Hall of Famers. Braves fans have a horrible time comparing every prospect that comes up through the organization with a Brave of yesteryear. Not every lefty with a good change-up is Glavine, not every righty with control is Maddux, and not every outfielder with right-handed power is Andruw Jones. And when I comp, the floor is just as important as the ceiling. So here are my boring comps for Acuna, Soroka, and Allard: Acuna: Eric Davis Soroka: Alex Cobb Allard: Scott McGregor
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