Originally posted by Ceadderman:
Originally posted by jimbagg:
Very solid effort. Won't have the real answer until Game 1. I would only make a few tweaks, as I see things at this time:
3rd QB = more likely Huard, with Davis to PS for a year of learning.
4th OT = more likely Bender at LT, with Boone or Howard to PS.
6th WR = none, only 5 WR in the Raye offense, Battle could well "retire".
5th CB = Hudson stays by using Battle's roster spot
back-up OLB = M. Harris plus a veteran player not yet on the roster, Long to PS.
back-up SS = Reggie Smith beats out Jimmy Williams. Williams cut.
back-up FS - Lewis Baker beats out Curtis Taylor, Taylor to PS
Isn't it funny that you make this assumption, when you haven't even addressed the Running Backs?
Do you really think that we'll keep so many on the roster? I don't.
Mark my words, there will be at least ONE gone before Battle's name reaches the cut list.
I see 3 RB's: Gore, Coffee and Sheets, with 2 FB's: Norris and Robinson. Just watch what Rathman will do with Robinson at the FB position. Note that the club did not draft a FB or sign a young one yet in FA. Robinson will get a significant % of the snaps at FB. At least, that's my thinking.
I respect Battle greatly, but his skills have diminished due to his arthritic knee and the competition is there to push him off the roster. Out of respect, I expect the club to let Battle "retire", rather than cut him. But I don't see room for him on the Final 53 this year.
[ Edited by jimbagg on Apr 28, 2009 at 5:33 PM ]