Re: Duron Harmon = Tavon Wilson Redux ?
posted at 4/28/2013 11:49 AM EDT
In response to alfred-e-bob-neumier's comment:
I'd say that Tavon Wilson was not what they expected...I also think that is true of Gregory as well...he's rebuilding the safety position, so yes, I'd say that is a tacit admission that Wilson has underwhelmed him in his progress and that the situation in the deep middle is awful.....we'll see this camp...if Tavon doesn't get a big jump in playing time and take it away from Gregory, well, let me just say you don't use a 2nd round pick to get a special teams demon....
Best post in the thread. Smart thinking which I am on board with. Gregory IMO should be cut. I was not impressed with him last year at all. He is not intimidating, a big hitter, or even a great open field tackler. Overall he just underwhelmed me with his play. Tavon Wilson.......well he is as of now the first backup to Wilson/McCourty. I won't start passing judgement on him though till I see how he has come along this year. Personally, the secondary is never going to be great though, until they get a legit INTIMIDATING hitter(Like the vet Wilson they picked up). When recievers start making acrobatic catches with no fear of getting hit or hurt, they start to have "pro bowl" type games. The big deal with our secondary, is that NOONE intimidates ANYONE with their hitting. Talib, definetly not, he is just a good open field tackler. We need someone who can lay the lumber(and ENJOY/Live to do that. Like a Wilson or Pollard etc...)someone whose mere prescense makes recievers think twice about that nasty blind side hit in traffic. Thats what we need. Until we get that, the defensive backs will always be at best average.
Its the same for the front 7. Wilfork plays nasty and loves to lay down the hammer. When Brandon Spikes is 100% HEALTHY he plays the same way and is intimidating on the run plays. We need that same type of player for the back 4 before the unit starts to resemble something formidable.
Im really liking Dennards super agressive style. I can't wait to see how he plays this year with a full year under his belt, the burden of his trial settled, and a chance to get a bit stronger........I think he is going to have a great year. Talib, I think will have basically the same year as he did last year. When on the field healthy, solid but not spectacular, a GOOD piece to the secondary.
Im hoping Kyle Love makes some progress this year too. He has the chance to be very good and a good complimentary piece to Wilfork. Im just hoping he hasn't hit is ceiling, especially with his size.
So to sum it up, the defense has a chance next year to be something special or in the top portion of the league IF.
A. Everyone stays healthy(Wilfork,Spikes,Talib especially)
B. Wilson(Adrian) still has something in the tank and can give the backs that fear factor thats been missing since Harrison's decline.
C. Dennard, makes noticeable improvement in 2nd year as a good counterpart to Talib.
D. Pats play more PRESS COVERAGE overall. They have the players who are good at that. So let em line up that way. I hate zone or soft man(and like always a full 10 yards back.......wtf) schemes that they have played alot on the recent past.
So where does that put Harmon? Competeting for a backup spot with Tavon Wilson.......and I bet Gregory gets cut. How much they payin him btw? I bet its too much whatever it is.