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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

PFF Rates Our Starters

I thought this interesting enough to post.  I can argue with it - but a lot of the argument comes within unknowns.  I can't really complain I don't like their work, they do more of it than really anyone in their field.  And this is a useful tool.

It's also of a cumulative nature, whereas clearly's Aaron Schatz singles out Silatolu's improvement as being very helpful.   So it's tough to compare a cumulative season from a rookie with where he is now.  It's just tough.  But, a lot of early mistakes were made.  With the inside relevance on defense, it's for the best they had not put work into grading Silatolu on unplayed games, and that underlines how thin the margin is on rookie preparedness for this team's success overall.

It also does suggest, shorter term, that the two rookie DT method doesn't look great on paper - it's the greatest depth and talent on paper the team has seen in six years, but it also leaves the team with one of its more talented players on the field at most times.  No, you can't really scheme out of it that hard - putting 3 DTs on the field could happen, and it's a nice luxury, but you also have OLBs weighing an average of 285 and you're leaving Thomas Davis or Jon Beason off the field.

Past that, it just gets you somewhat excited to see this.  There are new facets to the team.   It's about time to remember that Star Lotuleilei - who I'll again reiterate was the best defender in the draft and I'll defend that to the death - is onboard, and he has help in Kawann Short.

You remember that a very crafty Domenik Hixon is on board.  You have, suddenly, one of the better return men in Ted Ginn.    You get Beason back, hopefully, next to Davis and Luke Kuechly.

Oh, and a ridiculous quintet of runners including Jonathan Stewart, Deangelo Williams, Cam Newton, Kenjon Barner, and Mike Tolbert.  Newton throwing to Steve Smith, Greg Olsen isn't something to sleep on, either.

None of this is new, but it's a reminder.  No matter what, it'll be interesting.
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