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  1. All good comments Rev! We've got so many guys banged up right now, the most important talent on this team at the moment may be the Trainer! Go Falcons!
  2. How confident would you be if Mike Johnson had not gone down with a fractured leg and dislocated ankle. Frankly, i'd be very pumped about our chances in New Orleans with all our toys at the skill positions. Johnson was not a greatly experience tackle. He was essentially the back up swing tackle who played as the extra tight end in jumbo packages. But he is not the liability and learning curve that we presently have at RT. It shows what a great game the NFL is and how fragile it is putting all the pieces together. And the o-line is that one position group that truly has to work together. What happens at RT affects all five guys on the line. New Orleans is likely to be ugly. But take heart! This will be a good and athletic line by year-end.
  3. Was Pashos claimed off of waivers before he got to us?
  4. How long will it take for Trueblood to integrate into the offense? A month?
  5. The two betting lines i checked has The Saints favored by 3!
  6. Tony Pashos at RT. Played for Koetter at Jax.
  7. God Bless and Godspeed Brian Banks! A remarkable young man with a remarkable story. Very proud of the Falcons for being a part of it!
  8. Class organization with a VERY classy owner!
  9. In the last game at left tackle, Shraeder had an ugly bull rush where he was driven straight back into Davis. But for the most part, he has very good balance and is quick off the ball with his assignments and is pretty decent in picking up the stunts and twists, even getting to the second level. In contrast, Holmes looks big but slow and pretty consistently get beat off the edge and is "split" on a lot of stunts and twists. Holmes ends up on the ground far too much. It looks like his having to take too much time to "think" through his reads. The truth is that both Shraeder and Holmes are projects. One of them might make a decent swing tackle as a back-up but one of them now MUST step up after Johnson's injury. Everyone thought it would be Holmes because of his two years of experience. Frankly, it's laughable that so many had Holmes penciled in as a BIG starter even though in two years he had only suited up for three games (when Hawley was suspended) and only played on seven snaps! The truth is playing tackle in this NFL is TOUGH even if you are Jordan Groass and been doing it for 10 years! It's even tougher if it's your first start in New Orleans on opening day! The only consolation is this o-line will be better in January that they will be on September 8th.
  10. Sam Baker is going to be on an island all year long cause all the help will be going to the RT.
  11. Excellent post Vel and absolutely the right perspective. But i respectfully disagree on Mike Johnson. He was on his way to starting and had more experience and a better understanding of the playbook and blocking calls than Holmes. I think the coaching staff would have loved to see Holmes progress more but his inability to make more progress meant that Mike Johnson was going to start and it would give Lamar more time to develop as the back-up swing tackle. Unfortunately, Johnson's injury means that Lamar has to step up even sooner and a UFA is the swing tackle in Ryan Shraeder. The good news about Johnson's injury, if there is any, is Shraeder, who because of his late start playing football and balance may be a diamond in the rough. In any event, @ New Orleans is a VERT TOUGH draw for this young line and i suspect it will be very ugly for False Starts and Sacks. But, come December, this o-lline will have gelled and be very athletic.
  12. Charles Davis is one of those announcers the seldom is ever throws any player on either team under the bus just to make himself look good (i.e.. see Mike Mayock). Charles is a quality guy and a great announcer. The really great ones make the players and the game bigger than they really are.
  13. Remarkably, Shraeder, an undrafted free agent, may be the better option and certainly has more upside.
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