Originally posted by AB83Rules:
Right now I don't see Jenkins and James active for games. Clearly Gore, Jacobs, Hunter and Rock will and should play ahead of James, and Mario, Moss, Crabtree, Ginn and Williams should/will play ahead of Jenkins.
I think we probably go 4 WR active on game days, so thats Moss, Mario, Crabtree and Ginn, with 4 RBs, Gore, Jacobs, Hunter and Rock, 1 FB, Miller, 2 QBs, Alex and Kaep, with 7 OL, Boone, L.Davis, A.Davis, Iupati, Staley, Goodwin and Kilgore or Person, 2 TEs, Delanie and Vernon
On defense, its 6 DL, Justin, McDonald, Isaac, RJF, Tukuafu and Dobbs, 8 LBs, would be Willis, Bowman, Grant, Gooden, Brooks, Aldon, Haralson and whoever is 4th OLB, if there is one. Then 4 CBs for sure, Rogers, Brown, Cully and Cox, Safeties would be Goldson, Whitner, Spillman, Robinson and Jones, STs would be Akers, Lee and Jennings.
Thats a total of 46, so we can keep a 5th WR, if James isn't active, so Kyle could be active, or if they feel need for CB, whoever is 5th CB. Obvious inactive, 3rd QB, Looney, Person or Kilgore, Jenkins, James, potentially Williams(Ian) if we keep him, and either the CB or Williams(Kyle).
I agree with most of that AB but I could see us rotating inactives depending on the game. Maybe Jones or Robinson sit... don't think we need all 5 S although of course there is special teams to think about. I'm not so sure Jones is even a lock. Maybe against weaker run defenses or weaker teams we give James some playing time. Maybe Williams is active most of the games but then a few they give Jenkins a shot. I'm not saying they will be active often (at least not Jenkins) but I see them finding a way to get them active. I think they will rotate the WRs a lot. Like I said maybe it's an easier team, maybe the last game as well if we have nothing to gain. I don't see how they can go all 16 games of the season without activating each a few times. Like I said they are for the future but to me that would do neither of them any good to not play 1 down. Also, if Dobbs ends up being the 3rd TE no way he is inactive but if not maybe they have him or Tukuafa backing up both DE spots and one of them sits.
Side note though... why in the heck do they have to limit it to 46 of the 53 players? Why does it matter if the last 7 guys suit up and stand on the sidelines. If every team does 53 how is it an advantage? I don't see any point in it and it can punish teams/players. The 3rd QB is instantly on it correct so it's 8 total but 7 other than the 3rd QB.
edit: found this for others interested... just not sure it's needed
15 minutes before a regulation NFL game, both teams must present an "Inactive" list of 8 players to the officials. That means of a team's 53 man roster, only 45 may participate in the game itself. The lone exception is if the team has a 3rd string quarterback on the inactive list. There are separate rules for the 3rd string QB and how he may participate in a game, if at all. The question then is, why have an inactive list? It's an attempt by the NFL to create a competitive balance on game day. Due to the brutal nature of the sport, a team can carry players on its 53 man roster that may be too injured to play in that game, but not so injured that they need to be put on Injured Reserve and miss the rest of the season.
Having an inactive list that removes 8 players on game day, basically guarantees that both teams will have the same number of healthy players available on game day, whether or not the 8 inactive players are truly injured. I do not know why 8 was chosen.
Quite naturally, the reasoning for an inactive list is controversial. Teams still must pay the inactive player their entire game day salary, and must pay to transport, feed, and lodge their inactive players on road trips. Also, limiting the amount of active players puts more players at risk of injury as it is more difficult to rest starters in blowouts, and regular players must also contribute more on special teams.
[ Edited by Gore_21 on Aug 13, 2012 at 9:01 PM ]