Re: who stays, who goes?
posted at 10/30/2012 11:22 AM EDT
In response to PatsEng's comment:
Hrm looking at the roster the guys I think could be in biggest trouble are:
Carpenter - As Steg pointed out I'm not sure he gives you more then White and White is a BB favorite for some odd reason. His spot is questionable
Carp has played well on passing downs, and lets face it, Mayo, Soikes and Hightower need to be subbed in obvious passing downs. Playing a lot of ST as well
Brace - he looked great in the pre-season but I haven't heard a peep since. I think this is his last year regardless
I think he stays simply as depth. Dline is very thin on the interior
Williams - In a DB core that could be one of the worst in the league this guy can't get playing time. For me that puts him in serious risk of getting the boot, with the one huge exception that they need serious depth
Back to the practice squad?
Cunningham - I'm going to get some flak for this one mainly becuase of a handful of plays that stick out in peoples heads. But on a whole Cunningham has played at an average to sub-average level. Now that might be because they are using him in an interior rushing role but when he was outside I cringed every time the opposing team ran a sweep in his direction. He's just horrendous against the run and for the most part has been a negative player with exception of a handful of rememberal plays. He also doesn't give you anything on ST's so he really has become a 1 down niche player, something BB hates.
100% disagree. Surprise of the season. Getting pressure. Holding his lane. Playing outside and inside. Snap count is increasing for good reason.
Francis - I like the kid a lot and he has shown promise but it all depends on if BB thinks he can sneak him onto the PS. If he can Francis seems like a reasonable drop but he does give you something on ST's which is more then most of the backup DL's.
I think he is claimed
Hooman - He's been steady and has been improving week in and week out. He's also open up a ton of holes for the runners on short down yardage. It might be hard to replace that but BB has never hesitated to use an extra OL or LB in the role in the past. I guess the question comes down to how much BB values the vesitility and blocking ability
I think Shiancoe is a better pass catching TE. But Huma is playing 4 core ST units, and is the full back on goal line situations.
Branch - Brady's favorite is seeing extremely limited reps and with Edelman getting close to 100% again there might not be room if BB wants to move Hern closer to a WR position. If BB is dead set on keeping all the TE's then something has to give and naturally it would be another receiver
I thought he was simply worn down from over use last year at an advanced age. He obviously has slowed tremendously, and is a luxury in case of injury. Edelman has passed him on the depth chart, and Branch offers zero ST play.
Shia - there's a very good reason why many of us questioned using the 1 time IR exception on him. Fells has proven to be a very capiable blocking TE and Hooman has versatility. If Hern and Gronk are healthy I'm not sure Shia has a role on this team. We could see a case where Shia gets tossed on the season IR or just plain gets cut unless Gronk or Hern aren't close to 100% come thanksgiving.
Agree, he is insurance against injury. Can he be traded and does he hold any value?