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    Re: Eric DeCosta interview



    Quote Originally Posted by Shas View Post
    There are still two guys out there they are trying to bring in that they are very high on. A local WR and a defensive lineman who played in the south west is all he'd say.

    Any guesses about who the two players are that they are so high on and are trying to get into camp?

    I'm going with Travis Johnson, the DE/OLB from San Jose State. Anyone know if he's signed yet?

    I have no idea who the local player could be.

    I'm not 100% sure I heard DeCosta refer to the local player as a receiver. I think the Towson fullback Tyler Wharton was an NFL prospect. Just a stab in the dark there.




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    Quote Originally Posted by bmorecareful View Post
    everything I'm hearing from the Ravens suggests that there's a personnel move at WR still coming.
    I failed to mention that he said they are still working on a couple things in free agency and specifically mentioned WR. Deion Branch is out there, but the guy I'd be interested in is Austin Collie, who I liked coming into the NFL and of course he has a Jim Caldwell tie. I could see the Patriots also being interested in him. The concern would be his concussion history.

    And I suspect they are sorting through options at TE and OT. I think Dallas Clark and Kevin Boss are out there. Boss is only 29 but has also had concussion issues. Clark was frustrated in Tampa Bay playing for Schiano.

    And then there is the OT question. I still think they go with Osemele and perhaps look at guards.




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    Maybe we just got the answer on who the defensive lineman DeCosta was chasing "from the southwest."

    They just signed K State DE Meshak Williams. Since K State is in the Big 12, I guess that fits.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Shas View Post
    I failed to mention that he said they are still working on a couple things in free agency and specifically mentioned WR. Deion Branch is out there, but the guy I'd be interested in is Austin Collie, who I liked coming into the NFL and of course he has a Jim Caldwell tie. I could see the Patriots also being interested in him. The concern would be his concussion history.

    And I suspect they are sorting through options at TE and OT. I think Dallas Clark and Kevin Boss are out there. Boss is only 29 but has also had concussion issues. Clark was frustrated in Tampa Bay playing for Schiano.

    And then there is the OT question. I still think they go with Osemele and perhaps look at guards.
    I'm also high on Austin Collie. If he's healthy--that's a BIG if--he's a great slot receiver and would be a great fit in what I project Caldwell's offense to look like. He'd obviously come very cheaply and it's very easy to connect those dots. That's a move I'd love to see happen.

    Quote Originally Posted by Shas View Post
    Maybe we just got the answer on who the defensive lineman DeCosta was chasing "from the southwest."

    They just signed K State DE Meshak Williams. Since K State is in the Big 12, I guess that fits.
    Nice scoop. I noticed Williams when I was watching Arthur Brown tape... he's very quick off the snap. We're overall loaded at OLB, but he can compete with Adrian Hamilton for the 5th spot, and could contribute as a pass-rush specialist in the near future.




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    Quote Originally Posted by bmorecareful View Post
    he can compete with Adrian Hamilton for the 5th spot, and could contribute as a pass-rush specialist in the near future.
    It will be interesting to see how it shakes out.

    They essentially have three starters already for two OLB positions, Suggs, Dumerville and Upshaw. There we some talk about moving Upshaw inside as they have already essentially done with Albert McClellan.

    Williams, Hamilton and Mike McAdoo will all compete with John Simon for a role behind the three starters.




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    Re: Eric DeCosta interview

    Man, it's a testament to how much depth we're stockpiling that I keep forgetting about McAdoo and Hamilton...

    I'd be very surprised if it was Collie. I loved that guy, but his concussion history really should just red flag him.

    As far as OG or OT...Adam Snyder was just released recently by the Cardinals, started 27 games in the last two years between 49ers and Cards. Might be worth a consideration?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paintballguy View Post
    Confirmed my hunch that Teo wasn't even on their radar.
    That's a logical assumption since he was still on the board as they sat up all night Thursday night plotting their Friday. Te'o went 38th to the Chargers.

    You can also conclude they must not have had Minter on their radar, either, a guy so many mocks had going to them at 32. He went 45th to the Cardinals. (It's interesting to note that the Cardinals vacated the 38th pick, sending it to the Chargers so they could take Te'o, and then they used the Chargers pick at 45 to take Minter, who plays the same position. So there is another team who needed an ILB but steered away from Te'o.)

    Why no interest in Minter for the Ravens? He's really not a sideline to sideline guy or a turn and run pass defender. They keep saying they wanted to get faster on defense. Think back to the Super Bowl replay shows with all the 49rs saying the Ravens defense was too old and slow and Vernon Davis openly mocking Ray Lewis trying to cover him. It's very, very clear what the Ravens wanted to do at S and ILB to address this issue. Minter is a great go-forward linebacker, but not what the team needed.

    Niko Alonso was a dumb pick by the dumb Bills one pick later at 46. Alonso is also mostly a blitzer and run stopper, but without good football instincts.

    Then the Bears use the 50th pick on Johnathon Bostic. My guess is the Ravens were actually squatting on Bostic or Brown and when Bostic went they knew they had to go get brown or settle for a consolation prize in Moore, who could still be a good player, but also could be Tavares Gooden Part Two. Moore fell to the third round, pick 66 to the Raiders.

    Although, I never saw Bostic as a fit. Whatever Minter lacks in pass coverage, Bostic lacks more of it. Clearly though, the Ravens must have graded him higher than me. We should go with their opinion.

    Comparing Brown to Moore, there is no question the Ravens liked Brown a lot better because they gave up three picks to Seattle to go to 56 to take Brown with Moore still sitting there. I also thought Moore was more (ha!) of an OLB to boot.




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    Thanks Shas for all the tidbits, it will be interesting to see Jim Caldwell's imprint with a full offseason to tinker with things as well as what Juan Castillo's imprint on the run game will be.




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    Local WR possibility???
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    Quote Originally Posted by bt12483 View Post
    Is it just me or does Dickson seem to bobble the ball a lot? Whereas Pitta is very surehanded.

    I would like to see Dickson (and his speed) utilized more under Caldwell (until he starts dropping balls....).
    Pitta has had his share of drops...Boldin, for all the talk about how irreplaceable he was also dropped the ball fairly often...I think some of this is due to the fact that Dickson doesn't get the ball thrown his way much, so people only remember the balls he drops.

    I like the speed he brings to the position (reference him blowing by Polamalu Week 1 2011)...I would definitely like to see him get a shot under Caldwell's system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carey View Post
    Thanks Shas for all the tidbits, it will be interesting to see Jim Caldwell's imprint with a full offseason to tinker with things as well as what Juan Castillo's imprint on the run game will be.
    After listening to Ricky Wagner's conference call after he was drafted, I think Castillo is the o-line coach of the team even if he doesn't carry the title.

    Either that, or Ricky Wagner's future on the team is as some kind of run game specialist on the o-line.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Shas View Post


    Why no interest in Minter for the Ravens? He's really not a sideline to sideline guy or a turn and run pass defender. They keep saying they wanted to get faster on defense. Think back to the Super Bowl replay shows with all the 49rs saying the Ravens defense was too old and slow and Vernon Davis openly mocking Ray Lewis trying to cover him. It's very, very clear what the Ravens wanted to do at S and ILB to address this issue. Minter is a great go-forward linebacker, but not what the team needed.
    Yup.

    Which is why I never was really a fan of Minter fitting here. I think he is a good ILB, and will be good, but he just didn't have the speed and athleticism that the staff felt we needed (and most of us on the board have been noting since the start of the season).

    I also was shocked by Alonso going so early to the Bills....I thought he'd be an option at the end of the 3rd round. The Bills reached with their first 2 picks.

    This is a much faster defense IMHO now...we just need to hope the chemistry comes together quickly.
    Although Walsh's system of offense can compensate for lack of talent; however, defense is a different story. According to Walsh, talent on defense was essential and could not be compensated for. What did Walsh do in 1981? He acquired physical and talented players on defense.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Dont Know View Post
    After listening to Ricky Wagner's conference call after he was drafted, I think Castillo is the o-line coach of the team even if he doesn't carry the title.

    Either that, or Ricky Wagner's future on the team is as some kind of run game specialist on the o-line.
    Oh i didnt hear that, not a good sign for Moeller if he's mentioning Castillo first over his supposed position coach, i figured Castillo would be heavily involved with the o-line regardless but it sounds like Moeller might be basically the assistant o-line coach, even if it's technically not his title.

    Wouldnt mind Castillo bring some of those stretch plays and screens from Philly though




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    "Went out of his way to say expects big things from Ed Dickson..."
    As I said in an earlier thread. not surprised with this..
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