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    Safety first? Not in Carolina

    In the era of the cap, some positions in some schemes are devalued. Carolina has always seemed to devalue the defensive backfield in hopes that the front 7 would make average look good. That is still the case.

    Kurt Coleman was a second teamer when he was picked up. He has proven to be a leader and has had some decent times and some prosperity. He is better at FS, but has had to play SS more than we would like. Who is the backup behind Coleman? The answer at this time would have to be speculative. While you could argue that the S positions are interchangeable, that is not always the case and it depends. RT and LT are interchangeable too, but not completely. So who comes in at FS if Coleman goes down? At the moment, my guess would be L.J. McCray out of tiny Catawba College-- or would it be Mike Adans?

    At the SS position, we are loaded with projects. Behind 37-year old Adams, we have hard-hitting Brian Blechen, a PS project for 2 seasons now that has converted from S in college to LB in pros to SS. There is some reason they like him. They also seem to like Dean Marlowe, the undrafted player out of James Madison.

    So it will be interesting to see who gets second-team reps in OTAs and camp. I think this league is based on the ability to avoid injury as much as anything else, so I look to see who the next man up will be. You are one play or even practice away from that guy being your starter--especially when your starter is pushing 40.

    The CB and front 7 have me less concerned, but I think we are still working on FS depth. Stay tuned....
    Nolledge is Pouer.

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    might not have five studs but I feel so much better than I did midyear last year. Coleman will make some plays. The other guy just has to show up at the right place and I feel they improved there being rid of Boston, with his hapless dives the wrong way at a ball carrier and his 25 yard single-highs. I kept waiting for him to matter, and he always mattered the wrong way.

    It'd be great to have depth, but I'll take starting talent, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magnus View Post
    might not have five studs but I feel so much better than I did midyear last year. Coleman will make some plays. The other guy just has to show up at the right place and I feel they improved there being rid of Boston, with his hapless dives the wrong way at a ball carrier and his 25 yard single-highs. I kept waiting for him to matter, and he always mattered the wrong way.

    It'd be great to have depth, but I'll take starting talent, too.
    I agree with all of this--especially the part about waiting for Boston to emerge. My son's friend at UNC, he is SUCH as nice guy---we really pulled for him. But when he whiffed on tackles....I actually counted yards after the whiff one game--

    I am still insecure about Adams due to his age and I really want a true FS behind Coleman.
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    I've been coming around to this. While Samuel provides a lot more value than a guy like Obi Melifonwu, and honestly, the first two days' picks didn't leave me feeling like I'd have rather had a S, it's like TE. We're fine first string, paper, but need something more down the line.

    I do think, to the original thought, that sure, devaluing makes some sense. Especially if leaning toward man. This team has been better with any number of randoms at their last stop in the game, than it has been putting youth there. Adams might be the best of the bunch, on pedigree. But, it's tenuous without depth. And a future would, in fact, be nice.

    Funny enough I recently watched through a series by a Bills fan that did some good film work, but was discussing how vital and important Tre and Kurt were together and how they did everything. That guy talked about how great Tre was at everything. I wish that had been true.
    Last edited by magnus; 07-01-2017 at 09:30 PM.

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    I like the way Coleman has stepped up as a leader, and I like the fact that Adams will do the same. Then we have Capt. at nickel. Such a different look than last season.

    All this tells me that they are happy with Marlowe at FS as a backup. I wish I knew more about it.
    Nolledge is Pouer.

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