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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Remaking The Back End

Dave Gettleman suggested, on receipt of his job, that high end talent
wasn't the issue (and for the contracts given out, it shouldn't be) -
that it was depth.

And, true to his word, he's providing the 35th to 53rd best players a
run for their money.

And while the team is not a finished product, he's done that to some
level. A revamped secondary that could very well start the season as it
sits, for instance. Ted Ginn and, hopefully, Domenik Hixon, would fix
WR for a year or two. Chase Blackburn provides all the depth a team
needs at LB to go with what's left.

But there's still plenty of work to be done.

*The OL has not been addressed. If you take, on face value, that Geoff
Hangartner is still a starter, there's not enough behind him. And he
performed poorly enough that he requires reasonable replacement - if
he's a backup, great. That's upgrading the back of the roster. Backup
Garry Williams hasn't shown enough to make nearly a million, either;
guard Amini Silatolu didn't really kill it last year and there's nothing
behind him, either.

*DT still has Dwan Edwards and that's it. Let's say a starter at NT
comes from somewhere; behind that, there's still not a lot, and nothing
really behind Edwards, either. You can hope that one player might
emerge from Sione Fua, Frank Kearse, or Andre Neblett, but none will be
that 3-technique behind Edwards to develop.

*they certainly don't have backup TE locked down, and they have
longterm worries at WR.

The lucky upside is that, again, the draft is full of these players.
But with only two picks in the top 100, it's not necessarily realistic
to expect the draft to solve every remaining problem, either.
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