Question on Slater

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    Question on Slater

    Did I miss something or has he been tried at cornerback?  He can't catch and he can't run a solid route to save his life.  But he can close in on the ball like a hawk, tackle ferociously, and run at high speed all over the field.  How is he a wide receiver rather than a corner???  How has BB, who made his bones as a secondary coach and has a reputation for adjusting players talents into new positions, not seen this guy and not thought immediately, "Wow, he would make a heck of a corner".  Color me confused.


     

     
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    Re: Question on Slater

    Interesting thought. Perhaps more a safety than a corner but it does make you wonder whether or not he's been tried in the defensive secondary.

     
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    Re: Question on Slater

    I do recall Slater getting some snaps at S and getting burned

    Have to check in on the new guys, but last year Slater was one of the top 3 fastest players on the team.

    I do believe his post playing career will be on the PAts coaching staff

     
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    The guy has one talent...running extremely fast...he was a track guy at UCLA...I'm happy at what he is, a pro-bowl caliber ST player.

    And they have to stop the "Slater lines up outside play"...it fools nobody and the S just lines up 10 yards deeper than normal because Slater can't catch.

     
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    I suspect he has been tried and failed as a defensive back - that kind of speed and lacking talent as a receiver except in extreme emergency would suggest they have tried him on defense. 

    I do think he is on borrowed time - he is great on special teams but he just has no value on the other 97% of plays in a game and that roster spot is precious. At some point it will come down to him or a developmental player they really do not want to expose. And this year the assumption is they will be using up a third roster spot for back-up QB something the haven't done for the last two years - that could be seen as the spot Slater has been occupying.

    I know BB likes him and he is one of the best, but 6 years in he still hasn't proven he can do anything else.

     
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    Re: Question on Slater

    They have played him at safety a few times, but only when injury has forced them into desperate straights. 


    He's really a specialist more than anything, and the WR designation is more a formality.  Nevertheless, they do use him frequently in their goal line packages as a blocker from the WR position, and he's very good in those situations, sometimes springing the RB for a TD.  Plus, given their lack of fast deep field WRs, they use him as a field stretcher sometimes.  He's more a decoy on those plays, but he can still force the corner and safety to have to react to him. 


    Oh, and BB values him for his special team play and is likely to keep him for that alone.  He's that good at it and it's a much bigger contribution than many fans think.  Plus he's the teams captain. 

     
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    Re: Question on Slater

    In response to agill1970's comment:

    Did I miss something or has he been tried at cornerback?  He can't catch and he can't run a solid route to save his life.  But he can close in on the ball like a hawk, tackle ferociously, and run at high speed all over the field.  How is he a wide receiver rather than a corner???  How has BB, who made his bones as a secondary coach and has a reputation for adjusting players talents into new positions, not seen this guy and not thought immediately, "Wow, he would make a heck of a corner".  Color me confused.

     

     




    Yea he played some safety for us a couple years back when we were hurting. Gave maximum effort but was always a few steps late. What I noticed at the time were 2 things. He was good enough athletically and physically to play the position but he was overwhelmed with his assignments and the way BB plays different coverages snap to snap and he was Exhausted after one series due to not playing any substantial snaps in a base D since entering the league. I believe if they had him focus soley on S and gave him an offseason and training camp, he could turn into an adequate backup safety (3rd string) but nothing more than that. I think his lack of playing time at ANY spot on base O or D is due to his lack of agility. He is fast in a straight line but struggles when changing direction at high speeds and thats why he IS strictly a Special Teamer but a Great one

     
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