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  1. Agreed and overall I’d usually see domestic incident and move on without a second glance but in this instance I think it would be okay given the explanation. He’ll be back from the injury and be fine. Not a hot take but I’d argue that if we got him in the 20s and picked up a pick that we can afford to grab that talent and let him sit given all the competition signings we’ve made this offseason. We would STILL have 9 picks to do whatever we wanted.
  2. I don’t get the indifference with Ito - dude was a pleasant surprise basically every time he touched the ball.
  3. Why not just trade down some and grab Simmons in the 20s somewhere? Sure we don’t get him for probably most if not all of this season, but he was a top 5 lock before getting injured and allows us to not give up a 2nd, 3rd, and next years 1st for playing this season. If we picked up another 3rd I’d pull the trigger.
  4. Can’t say the front office didn’t put in work this offseason. We have signed new or back two guards, three tackles, a running back, a wide receiver, two tight ends, two defensive ends, three defensive tackles, two linebackers, a cornerback, and two safeties. There will be competition everywhere and outside of a definite CB somewhere we can do what we want next week.
  5. Maybe flip it lol. Wonder how much of this is smoke.
  6. Thanks for the read but not really a fan of this draft or giving up our 2nd round pick next year. As you mentioned CB is basically the only position we didn't address so far this free agency and you helped us zero in a position where we need 1-2 extra. I'd grab Burns in your scenario and look for a couple of additional 2nd round picks instead where we can grab prospects like OT Howard and CB Bunting.
  7. I'm all about us getting one of the 3-4 blue chip defensive line players if we can for a reasonable trade up, but I would love to have someone call us for a QB and allow us to trade down in the 1st and prosper. Most would say for a CB, but if this happened and we got extra picks (even just an extra 2nd), I wouldn't be mad at grabbing and stashing Simmons and moving on from there in the 2nd.
  8. Another low risk, high reward signing. We've done this at basically every position this off-season. I love it - you better believe we are going to have depth this season.
  9. Not to mention shedding $13 million in cap space. No brainer if Oliver is there.
  10. This should tell us all we need to know.
  11. I doubt you'd find anyone unwilling to do this hypothetically, but its a pipedream.
  12. No way I’m letting anyone touch next year’s first.
  13. What a great signing for 900k.
  14. Nice break between week 13 and 14 if true.
  15. I’d take Burns and run.
  16. Hard to beat him at a $1.9 mil cap hit.
  17. That's what makes all these signings so great. Lots of competition, lots of flexibility to let the draft come to us, and minimal risk. It's awesome.
  18. This. Dude can back up like literally every position on the line and has experience starting in multiple games at LT, OG, and RT. Just more competition for camp and flexibility for us in the draft. Win-win.
  19. Not sure how there is any btching about this signing. Dude has starting experience at LT, OG, and RT, and apparently held his own enough at LT and RT. This is probably another minimum signing and valuable competition for depth. No one is guaranteed to make the team. This guy likely competes with Gono and gives us the flexibility to move on from Fusco or Schweitzer since he can also play guard. Or everyone else beats him out and he gets cut.
  20. Most of our signings have been for peanuts - Gettis, Barner, both safeties, Odom. **** even Clayborn's cap hit this year is like $1.9 mil. Lots of low risk, good depth signings.
  21. Some random tid-bits from news articles I could find: "If the Cardinals want another swiss-army knife prospect to replace John Wetzel," "The Arizona Cardinals have a new starting right tackle this week. John Wetzel will start in place of the injured Andre Smith. Sometimes a backup offensive lineman will be a reason for concern.Such is not the case for coach Steve Wilks and Wetzel. “I feel great about Wetzel,” Wilks said after practice Friday. “He had a pretty good camp, has done some great things. Wetzel has played a lot of football for us around here. I’m very excited about him being in there.”Wetzel has had success. He has had his struggles. However, replacing Smith does not make a huge downgrade. Smith is very effective as a run blocker. Wetzel is not on the same level there, but he might be a more skilled pass protector and he has the versatility to play all over the line." As a Boston College alum (Class of 1978) and avid Arizona Cardinals’ fan, I have watched every one of John Wetzel’s college and pro games. At BC, Wetzel had to wait a couple of years behind the Colts’ 2011 1st round pick Anthony Castonzo. Thus, in 2011, Wetzel started 12 games at LT and then in 2012 he started 12 games at RT. Wetzel played well at BC on two struggling teams. He went undrafted in 2013 and was signed as a UDFA by the Raiders. After spending some time on the Raiders’ and Cowboys’ practice squads, he was signed by the Cardinals in 2015. In late October of 2016, when Jared Veldheer was lost for the season, Wetzel started the next 8 games at RT with D.J. Humphries switching to LT. Wetzel was an immediate asset in the running game, helping to spring David Johnson on some long runs. And he was outstanding at finishing blocks downfield on RB and WR screens. His pass protection numbers were impressive---he have up only 2 sacks for 13 yards and committed 0 holding penalties. Only 1 penalty all season (1 false start). At that time, it looked like Wetzel had found his niche at RT, his most natural position. However, during the off-season the Cardinals decided to stick with Jared Veldheer with the intent of moving him to RT in order to keep 2105 1st round pick, D.J. Humphries at LT. Humphries in 2016 gave up 7 sacks and committed 5 penalties (1 holing, 3 false starts, one personal foul) in 13 games. But, Humphries started blossoming at LT before the end of the season. Thus, heading into last year, John Wetzel remained the Cardinals’ Swiss Army utility G/T. In preparation for the first game at Detroit, Wetzel took many of the 1st team reps because Mike Iupati was ailing and was questionable to start. Iupati did make the start, but Humphries suffered a knee injury early in the game and Wetzel was rushed in to replace him. Wetzel struggled in pass protection versus the Lions. He gave up a sack a handful of QB pressures in trying to keep Ziggy Ansah and Antony Zettel in check. It was an ugly 35-23 loss for the Cardinals. Wetzel conceded after the Lions’ game that because he had taken the vast majority of snaps at LG all week, he hadn’t been able to prepare adequately for the Lions’ edge rushers. A week later, Wetzel’s start at LT versus the Colts in Indianapolis, went extremely well, in fact so well that he earned the Cardinals’ 3rd highest PFF grade (83.2) for the game---a game the Cardinals came back to win 16-13 in OT. The rest of Wetzel’s 11 starts last year at LT were up and down. He gave up 7 total sacks. However, Wetzel incurred only 1 penalty (a false start) and once again 0 holding penalties. Late in the season, Wetzel was the lone offensive lineman to turn in a good performance versus the New Orleans Saints. PFF wrote, “John Wetzel was the only member of the Cardinals’ offensive line to not allow multiple pressures, surrendering just one hurry on 44 pass-blocking snaps.” Playing LT on an island snap after snap in Bruce Arians’ offense is quite a challenge. While giving up 7 sacks in 11 games seems like a lot---All-Pro LT Andrew Whitworth gave up 6 sacks and incurred 3 holding penalties in 15 games last year for the Rams. With a new head coach in Steve Wilks, a new OC in Mike McCoy and a new OL coach in Ray Brown, I am hoping that in the case of John Wetzel and 2018 3rd round pick Mason Cole that the coaches play Wetzel and Cole almost entirely at RT and C respectively---so that both can compete for the starting jobs at those positions. Have Evan Boehm be the swing G/C and Will Holden be the swing tackle. Ray Brown helped to make a 2017 2nd team All-Pro out of RT Daryl Williams (the Panthers’ 4thround pick in 2015). Williams sat a couple years behind Michael Oher, whom Williams replaced late in the 2016 season due to injury. With John Wetzel, Ray Brown has a similar athlete as Daryl Williams. Here is how their Combine numbers compared: Daryl Williams: 6-5, 327, 35” arms, 9” hands, 5.34 40, 5.12 20-ss, 8.18 3 cone, 26” VJ, 9’7” BJ, 27 reps at 225. John Wetzel: 6-7, 318, 34” arms, 10” hands, 5.46 40, 4.81 20-ss, 7.90 3 cone, 25” VJ, 8’9” BJ, 22 reps at 225. In order to win the starting job, Wetzel is going to have to beat out free agent veteran Andre Smith who had 8 starts at G and RT for the Bengals last year and gave up 2 sacks and incurred 7 penalties (5 false starts). I believe that John Wetzel has chance to win the job because, at this point in his career and in Smith’s, Wetzel is a stronger, more disciplined player.
  22. I thought this would be helpful leading into the draft as the front office has made a ton of moves this season. What do you think? Where are we weak or bloated? Current Roster: QB – Matt Ryan, Matt Schaub RB – Devonta Freeman, Ito Smith, Brian Hill, Kenjon Barner, Jeremy Langford FB – Ricky Ortiz WR – Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, Calvin Ridley, Justin Hardy, Russell Gage TE – Austin Hooper, Luke Stocker, Logan Paulsen, Eric Saubert OT – Jake Matthews, Ty Sambrailo, Matt Gono, Adam Gettis OG – Jamon Brown, James Carpenter, Brandon Fusco, Wes Schweitzer OC – Alex Mack DE – Vic Beasley, Takk McKinley, Adrian Clayborn, Steven Means DT – Grady Jarrett, Tyeler Davison, Deadrin Senat , Jack Crawford, Michael Bennett, Justin Zimmer LB – De’Vondre Campbell, Deion Jones, Foye Oluokun, Bruce Carter, Duke Riley, Kemal Ishmael CB – Desmond Trufant, Isaiah Oliver, Damontae Kazee, Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Ryan Neal FS – Ricardo Allen, Chris Cooper SS – Keanu Neal, Afolabi Laguda, Sharrod Neasman K – Giorgio Tavecchio P – Matt Bosher LS – Josh Harris Total – 26 Offense, 26 Defense, 3 ST = 55 total Falcons also signed nine (9) to future contracts which could make up a majority of the practice squad (we get up to 10): QB – Kurt Benkert WR – Christian Blake, Devin Gray TE – Jaeden Graham, Alex Gray G – Sean Harlow DL – Jacob Tuioti-Mariner LB – Jermaine Grace DB – Taveze Calhoun We obviously have 9 draft picks for the NFL draft next week and have 55 already signed to the current roster. Even if we look at 5-6 that could easily not make the final roster - Hill, Langford, Gettis, Bennett, Zimmer, Neal - that would still put the roster at 49 with only 4 picks to fill to make the roster. And apparently we are still working out OTs. Either we are going to give up a lot of draft picks or there is going to be a lot of competition in camp this summer. There are always a couple of additional UDFAs we lure and sign that end up surprising and making the team too.
  23. No I hear you. I'm just commenting - if we went with someone like Lindstrom in the 2nd, how does that make this team better this year? Especially when we have 4 OG on the roster and need possible contributors at edge, CB, DT this year from the draft. Gotta be a smokescreen.
  24. Considering our off season and other needs I don't get OG at all. I understand wanting a replacement for Mack at OC if we go for someone like Gaillard in the 4th or later, but no way we look here in the first 3 rounds.