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Lawrence Okoye Thread of Epic Awesomeness

Originally posted by Tigerlaw:
Did he hold his own against the run (really impressive as this is Iupati's strength) or as a pass rusher (Iupati's weakest skill)?


Seems like a trivial distinction at this stage. Glad to hear the news overall seems a little more encouraging every day.
Originally posted by Hoovtrain:
Originally posted by Tigerlaw:
Originally posted by NinerBuff: per MM...Defensive linemen Lawrence Okoye and Mike Purcell worked against each other on getting off at the snap of the ball under the watchful eye of defensive line coach Jim Tomsula during positions drills in practice. Tomsula seemed to be particular encouraged with what he saw from Okoye. Once practice began, Okoye and Purcell had one particularly nice showing in 11-on-11 drills against the first-team offense. Purcell got some push against C Daniel Kilgore, while Okoye more than held his own against LG Mike Iupati.



Did he hold his own against the run (really impressive as this is Iupati's strength) or as a pass rusher (Iupati's weakest skill)?

I don't really think it matters. Just the fact that a guy with zero football experience is holding his own against one of the best OG's in the league, in any aspect of the game, is very impressive.

You can take this news in two ways:
1. Evidence that Okyoe can hang with the best of them. OR
2. Evidence that Iupati is way out of form.

– Tolzien was sacked on a play where Dobbs and Lawrence Okoye got into the backfield. Okoye did a nice job on the play against Joe Staley, who was back in action after sitting out yesterday's practice. Parys Haralson also came up with a sack.



From Bay Area Sports Guy notes.... encouraging.
Pretty impressive notes on Okoye. I hope he makes the team because I think we could have something special there in the next few seasons.
Not sure you can sneak Okoye on the practice squad,...I wouldn't be surprised at all if a team went out of their way to give him spot #53 if he's waived. All it takes is one team.
Originally posted by random49er:
Not sure you can sneak Okoye on the practice squad,...I wouldn't be surprised at all if a team went out of their way to give him spot #53 if he's waived. All it takes is one team.

Practice squad rules and procedures? Didn't some of the PS guys decline offers from other teams last year? He may be the type of guy who would gladly stay with an excellent coaching staff with a great team.
Originally posted by random49er:
Not sure you can sneak Okoye on the practice squad,...I wouldn't be surprised at all if a team went out of their way to give him spot #53 if he's waived. All it takes is one team.

i doubt any NFL team would be open to burn a roster spot for Okoye this year. despite the glowing reports, he's still a long ways away from playing in the regular season.
Originally posted by boast:
Originally posted by random49er:
Not sure you can sneak Okoye on the practice squad,...I wouldn't be surprised at all if a team went out of their way to give him spot #53 if he's waived. All it takes is one team.

i doubt any NFL team would be open to burn a roster spot for Okoye this year. despite the glowing reports, he's still a long ways away from playing in the regular season.
This. He will be safe on our PS
Originally posted by dtg_9er:
Originally posted by random49er:
Not sure you can sneak Okoye on the practice squad,...I wouldn't be surprised at all if a team went out of their way to give him spot #53 if he's waived. All it takes is one team.

Practice squad rules and procedures? Didn't some of the PS guys decline offers from other teams last year? He may be the type of guy who would gladly stay with an excellent coaching staff with a great team.

He has to actually clear waivers and get onto the PS before he can do that, i.e., decline another team. If another team claims him off waivers, he has no choice - unless he wants to quit football altogether. And then if he wants back in, the team that claimed him off waivers has first rights to him.
You have to look at the 53rd guy on some of the worst teams. That spot's value is very different than our 53rd. Don't be so sure.
Originally posted by random49er:
You have to look at the 53rd guy on some of the worst teams. That spot's value is very different than our 53rd. Don't be so sure.

Agreed! And why give him all of this extra, added coaching...invest so much time in him when you then just risk handing him over to another team? He either makes the 53 (may or may not be "active") or he doesn't make the team at all IMHO.
Originally posted by 9erfanAUS:
Originally posted by Hoovtrain:
Originally posted by Tigerlaw:
Originally posted by NinerBuff: per MM...Defensive linemen Lawrence Okoye and Mike Purcell worked against each other on getting off at the snap of the ball under the watchful eye of defensive line coach Jim Tomsula during positions drills in practice. Tomsula seemed to be particular encouraged with what he saw from Okoye. Once practice began, Okoye and Purcell had one particularly nice showing in 11-on-11 drills against the first-team offense. Purcell got some push against C Daniel Kilgore, while Okoye more than held his own against LG Mike Iupati.


Did he hold his own against the run (really impressive as this is Iupati's strength) or as a pass rusher (Iupati's weakest skill)?

I don't really think it matters. Just the fact that a guy with zero football experience is holding his own against one of the best OG's in the league, in any aspect of the game, is very impressive.

You can take this news in two ways:
1. Evidence that Okyoe can hang with the best of them. OR
2. Evidence that Iupati is way out of form.


I think it's a good sign regardless... we know what we have in Iupati, he may struggle in pass protection, but even if Okoye held his own against Iupati in pass protection, it's still a good sign...
Originally posted by NCommand:
Originally posted by random49er:
You have to look at the 53rd guy on some of the worst teams. That spot's value is very different than our 53rd. Don't be so sure.

Agreed! And why give him all of this extra, added coaching...invest so much time in him when you then just risk handing him over to another team? He either makes the 53 (may or may not be "active") or he doesn't make the team at all IMHO.

I agree. It sounds like he's improving everyday. His first practices he was not embarrassing himself. Now he's holding his own against Iupati and getting pressure against Staley. That's encouraging news in just a few days of practice. In fact, no player in the history of the game has spent their first week ever in contact football facing off (and sometimes besting) pro-bowl players. I think why he won't make it to our PS, is because he's going to show enough this preseason to get other teams' attention.
I suspect he might get a snap or 2 in pre-season games to give him a taste and see how he fares in a game environment.

I don't think he will make the 53, but they might do that just to retain him.
Originally posted by NCommand:
Originally posted by random49er:
You have to look at the 53rd guy on some of the worst teams. That spot's value is very different than our 53rd. Don't be so sure.

Agreed! And why give him all of this extra, added coaching...invest so much time in him when you then just risk handing him over to another team? He either makes the 53 (may or may not be "active") or he doesn't make the team at all IMHO.
Thats the risk they make every year when they cut down to the 53 and set their PS. The claiming team has to put a guy with a few months of NFL experience on their 53 man roster and he has to learn a new playbook, Unless Okoye absolutely dominates in preseason I dont think we are gonna have to worry about another team picking him up, also who says that Okoye would even accept the other teams request? We had guys last year on our PS decline other teams requests to be added to their 53 man.