Every year some underachiever decides to bring it to the next level. It usually starts in OTA’s. Who’s it going to be?
Breno did this last year. He impressed everyone from day one and the only thing that could possibly stop him would be an injury, and of course that’s exactly what happened. There’s a very good chance if Breno stays healthy, he could nab a starting tackle spot. Even if he doesn’t start, expect him to get his share of playing time during the season. Don’t be shocked if you hear how Breno is having a great offseason, starting with OTA’s.
Kregg Antonio Lumpkin
Lumpkin is actually a damn decent running back. Going in to last year I thought he would be a guy just making the roster because we needed running back depth but the kid(he’s 25) can get it done on the field. I was shocked. I was NOT shocked that he got hurt since everyone else was doing the same. Here are his preseason numbers last year. Game 1: 7-36yds. Game 2: 10-51yds. Game 3: 11-39yds, Touchdown. Game 4: 10-27yds. He only had 1 carry in the regular season before he got hurt. It was 19 yards of pure ownage. I like Lumpkin and hopefully he and Jackson can get the bulk of the carries in 09 instead of Mr. Bumps into his own guys.
Most people know Finley as the rookie who ran his mouth instead of producing on the field. He started coming on near the end of the season and finished the season with his first touchdown in the NFL. The kid has unlimited potential and it looks as if he’s ready to shut up and work. I’m curious as to how often I hear his name this summer, and how often it’s for what he does ON the field, not off it.
He’s taller than Ryan Pickett and bigger than B.J. Raji. The kid is a beast. He’ll be entering his third year in the NFL and has not had any starting experience. Is he just bad or has he not been given a fair shot? We’ll find out since nose tackle is the most vital position in this 3-4 transition. The job is Raji’s and Pickett will definitely get action at NT and DE, but could Soi be the guy that gives us the depth that puts us over the top there? We’ll see. I hope to hear his name a lot by McCarthy when reporters ask him who impressed in the day’s practice.
I was surprised to hear how many people don’t really like Rouse. They don’t think he has what it takes. I disagree. I think the 3-4 is just what he needs. A chance to play some center field, roam, pick his spots, and kill people. He’s probably the hardest tackler on the team. If Nick Collins continues his douchebaggery or continues his on-field stupidity, we could see more of Rouse and I would not be surprised if Dom Capers turns Rouse into a stud. Rouse & Bigby. Get used to it.
The rookie CB was having a great camp last year when, you guessed it, he got hurt. Since then most have forgotten about him, I know I have a couple times. He’s taller than Tramon Williams and bigger and stronger than Al Harris. With Woodson and Harris being old and likely to not do too much in camp, we’ll of course hear a lot about Pat Lee one way or the other. I think he steps up like Tramon did last year.
Which one of these are wrong? Who did I miss? Let me know below. OTA’s are here and training camp is right around the corner. Here we go!