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  1. #76

    Re: McKinnie back at LT

    Quote Originally Posted by leachisabeast View Post
    I agree with everything you said. I was just saying that I think KO is going to transition well into a guard, and that the jury is still out on whether or not Bobbie is going to survive the full season.
    I don't think the cahnce Bobbie may not finish the year plays any part in who starts the season. Even if he, for example, only lasts 5 or 6 games, that's 6 or 7 weeks longer KO has to get ready and acclimated to play. Even if KO is outperforming Williams physically, I think that BW vet status and likelyhood to be on the "right" and same mental page as the rest of the line will trump that, IMO.
    I think it's quite possible someone else (KO or other) ends up at LG, but I think the chance anyone else starts week 1 over a healthyish BW is low.

  2. #77

    Re: McKinnie back at LT

    Quote Originally Posted by B-more Ravor View Post
    Yes, Tackles can transition well to Guard, but at this point, KO has seen very little time there. I'm not in any way saying that he won't be a great Guard long term, but at this point, I'm hard pressed to say that he's better than Williams now at Guard when there's very little evidence to support that.

    Williams was signed during OTAs and immediately made the starter. KO was a little banged up at that point, but something made the FO believe they needed to bring in a veteran and give him that kid of contract at a time when they had precious little Cap space.

    Now, since then, KO has impressed playing RT, no doubt, but because of the McKinnie issue, he hasn't seen a lot of time at Guard and until he does, I expect that Williams will continue - and should continue - to start .

    I equate Bobbie Williams to the Andre Gurode signing last year. The team was hoping KO would step in and claim the LG spot. With Bobbie Williams as a safety net. KO has not been able to play LG because of the McKinnie situation. If over the next three weeks KO excels he may very well end up starting at LG. I don't think either player can lay claim to the spot. Williams is coming off of a broken ankle and was nothing special in first preseason game. It will be interesting to see if Williams actually plays Friday night or if KO gets the start. Think this one is a long way from being over.


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