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Preseason 2013 - Week 4: Thoughts after rewatching the game...

1) Kaep: It was nice to see him for a drive, but why play him at all?

2) McCoy: I actually feel bad for the guy. I seriously don't know how good he is. He may suck or he may be servicable, but we really can't tell when the guy is running for his life on every down.

3) Daniels: Love this kid. I think he's gonna be on the team for awhile and in a few years may be one of the better backup QBs in the NFL. Fits the team perfectly and gives them a great scout team QB when getting ready for Wilson. I have no idea what the hell they were taling about on the TV broadcast last night...there is no way they expose him to waivers. He's on the 53.

4) Patton: Two weeks now and he's TWICE proved he's everything AJ Jenkins is not. He was supposed to not be that elusive...but that looked like a pretty damn good move to me on the TD. He plays with a fire and passion that was simply absent with AJ.

5) Cam Johnson: Are argued with people here all week about the Haralson trade. I said time after time that they wouldn't keep 5 OLBs and that the roster spot was the biggest reason for the trade. I continue to believe that...but I'm starting to wonder if they bend that a bit. I thought Johnson could easily clear waivers and would be on the PS. I'm not so sure after last night. I guess we'll see. It was nice tho in the game after the trade to see all of the OLBs behind the starters record at least one sack.

6) 6th WR: Hawkins had himself a nice night. I still think he was a moron last week, but he did make plays. I'm thinkin' that last roster spot might be a decision between Cam and Hawkins. One scored a TD this preseason on a return and another blocked a punt and scored. Tough call. I like Jacobs, but I think he's a PS guy. Collie...just never showed enough.

7) LaMichael James: 2 things. 1) I am not at all worried about his preseason stats. He'll be fine. He has a number of negative yardage carries trying to run outside when those horrific backup tackles were in the game. Those guys won't make the roster. He'll have much better blocking when he tries to get the corner in the regular season. 2) I'm really, really glad we have Hunter back. Losing LaMichael for 3 weeks should be fine since we still have Gore and Hunter to back him up.

8) CB's: Call me crazy, but I like our CB situation right now. None of them are the tandem in Seattle, but Brown, Rogers, Asomugha, Brock, and Cox sounds pretty damn good. I think Cox has played well enough to move up in that order...just not sure who to drop. I've never been a big fan of Brock, but he's played well this preseason. Its a good problem to have.

9) Lawsuit: This actually isn't game related. I for one was STUNNED at the size of the settlement. I had always thought that the amount the NFL paid would be measured in BILLIONS, not millions. I thought this was going to be a "game-changer" type lawsuit that cripled the NFL. Yeah...not so much. It works out to like 3 mil per year per team for 3 years and then about 700K for the next 17. Thats a decent player for three and then a scrub for 17 years. That's nothing. Moreover, they have protected themselves against future lawsuits because there is no admission of guilt AND nobody can reasonably claim anymore that the NFL hid the truth about concussions. Big win for NFL.

10) Its on: Finally. No more preseason. The season is upon us. We can finally go about destroying that feeling we've had all offseason. The SB will no longer be the most recent game played. A new adventure begins....
[ Edited by Marvin49 on Aug 30, 2013 at 12:19 PM ]
Nicely done, as always. Looking forward to reading these after regular season games now.
Originally posted by JamesGatz83:
Nicely done, as always. Looking forward to reading these after regular season games now.


Much more fun to write them in regular season. :)
I think both Hawkins and Cam make the team. I was lukewarm on Hawkins after last week's mental lapses, but he solidified himself as the top sixth WR. The reason both make the team is that they are responsible for both of the top ST plays in the preseason (maybe in the NFL). This will be why we can and will make room.
The guy im unsure about this preseason is celek. I think he could loose his spot.
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I agree Cox should move ahead of Brock. Coaching staff has always been high on him but in the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME again the Giants he was beaten for TD, he allows catches even against lesser wide outs.

We really have to consider giving Patton kick off return duties or Hawkins making the team and handling it, Punt return Cox has looked pretty good.

I think Cam and Cory make it and Skuta may be cut.
Originally posted by outside4949:
The guy im unsure about this preseason is celek. I think he could loose his spot.


Nah...on a team that runs alot of 2 TE sets, you need 3 TEs. Gray isn't ready for the 53. I think he'll be on the PS.
Originally posted by GORO:
I agree Cox should move ahead of Brock. Coaching staff has always been high on him but in the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME again the Giants he was beaten for TD, he allows catches even against lesser wide outs.

We really have to consider giving Patton kick off return duties or Hawkins making the team and handling it, Punt return Cox has looked pretty good.

I think Cam and Cory make it and Skuta may be cut.


I thought about that too (keeping Cam over Skuta). Just dunno. I was gonna look up their salaries and see what the diff was. You there AB?
Originally posted by Marvin49:
Originally posted by GORO:
I agree Cox should move ahead of Brock. Coaching staff has always been high on him but in the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME again the Giants he was beaten for TD, he allows catches even against lesser wide outs.

We really have to consider giving Patton kick off return duties or Hawkins making the team and handling it, Punt return Cox has looked pretty good.

I think Cam and Cory make it and Skuta may be cut.


I thought about that too (keeping Cam over Skuta). Just dunno. I was gonna look up their salaries and see what the diff was. You there AB?

Skuta's salary is guaranteed and Cam's is not. Skuta has the advantage salary-wise, but I just think we keep both anyway.
I will finally be able to begin moving on once Dawson's or Crosby's foot hits the ball!
Do you think Baalke is ready to call it quits on Tukuafu and Dobbs? Seems like Jerod-Eddie is playing better than these two. How about our rookie CBs?
Just to clarify, the Chargers never played (most, if not all of) their 1st string players, right? Or at least a majority of them.
Originally posted by Ninefan56:
Do you think Baalke is ready to call it quits on Tukuafu and Dobbs? Seems like Jerod-Eddie is playing better than these two. How about our rookie CBs?

He's gonna call quits on them when Tank and Dial get healthy. For now I think Dobbs stick and either Jerod-Eddie or Tukuafu stick for insurance purposes.
I think that if it's between Johnson and Hawkins, they'll keep Johnson. Hawkins will be gone in after week 6 when MM comes back.
Originally posted by Ninefan56:
Do you think Baalke is ready to call it quits on Tukuafu and Dobbs? Seems like Jerod-Eddie is playing better than these two. How about our rookie CBs?


Definitely Tukuafu...Dobbs they like and has played well when called upon. Tukuafu has not shown much at all...even as a blocker.