The big issue's obviously what they do at DT, and there are some interesting names on the wire tonight.
The big names are Detroit's Shaun Smith and Oakland's Terdell Sands, along with San Diego's Ian Scott. There are some interesting kids as well, with New Orleans' Demario Pressley and Atlanta's Vance Walker (Fort Mill) meeting the Turk today.
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They might make a play for Smith or Sands, but it would surprise me. Both those cats come with baggage they're not looking for, which might outweigh their ability.
Scott's one to watch. Coaches loved him last year, and he's an effort vet, along the lines of Alfonso Boone.
My hunch is they try to claim someone off waivers though, going young and cheap.
Still surprised no one's gone after Dewayne Robertson. His knees must truly be shot, because some of the guys who are on teams now can't match his resume. Either that or everyone's waiting until Week 2, when they don't have to guarantee his salary.
-- There are several interesting return options. Mark Jones is the easy one, but two kids with big-play ability are out there -- Justin Miller and Yamon Figurs. Again, there are some concerns with all of them, but Jones makes sense, given his trustworthy nature and familiarity with the scheme.
I don't completely buy that he's not as valuable without the outlawed three-man wedge. First off, the Panthers ran a wedge less than half the time last year. Also, there's something to be said for catching the ball, getting your 10 yards on punts and 22 on kickoffs and proceeding.
If the game's on the line next Sunday, who would you rather have out there? Jones, Kenny Moore or Captain Munnerlyn.
-- The fact that 36 of their 51 current players are home-grown is pretty impressive.
The drafting's improved dramatically over the past few years, and that's what they have to have.
-- Tough day for the alma mater. Not only does Appalachian lose a heart-breaker at ECU, but Cincinnati cut S Corey Lynch.
I figure he'll be employed soon. He's all football player, and a better athlete than he's given credit for.
Someone who wants a smart, accountable, productive safety will grab him, soon.
-- Speaking of tough days, our local products had one.
First, Rock Hill's Ko Simpson is traded to Detroit.
Then, Fort Mill's Vance Walker is waived by the Falcons.
Atlanta will probably bring Walker back to the practice squad. The worse news is Simpson will have to stay in Detroit.