Maybe I'm the only one who thinks so, but the competition for that fourth OLB spot got alot more interesting last night.
Alama-Francis, No. 47 looked really good, to me, and played his way into consideration. Bakhtiari has had a great preseason. Neither of them has any PS eligibility.
Alama-Francis is 6"5" and 290!! Bakhtiari is 6"3" and 250.
Alama-Francis appears to have some really impressive physical skills, and appeared to have a good grasp on the OLB position last night. He pressured the QB, set the edge on running plays, and looked good in coverage. With his size, he was able to bull rush and stunt with the DL. I thought he was impressive.
Bakhtiari has done all of that, although he's not as strong on the bull rush.
An then theres Kenny Rowe, at 6"3" and 230 who appeared to have a good outside pass rush, but still seems a bit undersized.
My guess is that Cam Johnson gets waived, then goes to the PS. He looked like he needs to bulk up his upper body, and its unlikely that any other team will nab him, given his medical history. Rowe's probably a goner, he's just too light.
So the choice comes down to Bakhtiari vs. Alama-Francis. It will be interesting to see which one sticks. Based on last night's game, I'm rooting for Alama-Francis, who appears to have great potential. Bakhtiari is a great story, and appears to give everything he's got on every play, but he's as good as he's gonna get. IMHO. Still, he might be a good locker room guy and ST contributor. We shall soon see.
[ Edited by oldninerdude on Aug 31, 2012 at 9:35 AM ]