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« : December 05, 2012, 05:13:37 PM »

http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Practice-Squad-players-worth-stealing.html


 1. Charley Bryant   OG / OT   Memphis   6060 E   320 E   5.25 E   San Diego Chargers Practice Squad


After making the switch from offensive line to defensive line (Nose Tackle) as freshmen at Memphis, Bryant did not produce at a high enough level to be drafted. He was however signed as a free agent and eventually was moved back to the offensive line by the Chargers. While he is never going win any foot races, Bryant has good height, long arms and the strength to anchor at the point of attack. Finding big men who compete hard every snap and have the size and strength to handle NFL defensive tackles is not easy, which is another positive in Bryant’s favor. Far from a finished product now, Bryant would be a good player to sign to an active roster for the remainder of the 2012 season because with an entire off-season spent working at offensive line to improve his technique he would have a good chance to stick as a backup guard / tackle for the 2013 season with the potential to develop further down the road.



2. Justin Cheadle     OG     California     6024     290 E     5.20 E      Pittsburgh Steelers Practice Squad


After starting at guard his final three seasons at California, Cheadle went undrafted due to concerns about his size and strength as he played at approx. 282 pounds in college. He is however a good athlete with very quick feet, good agility and balance, which enables him to slide and shuffle well to adjust well in pass protection. Possessing the athleticism to get out in space and block effectively, Cheadle can fit in any blocking scheme as long as he adds weight to improve his playing strength. Cheadle’s ability to eventually bulk up to 300 pounds and improve his playing strength will likely be the deciding factor in whether he becomes a starting lineman during his career. He would be an excellent player to sign for the final month of the season because if he is able to continue to add weight and get close to 300 pounds this off-season then I expect him to not only make a 53 man roster, but to challenge for a starting job next season.



3. Antoine McClain      OG      Clemson      6054      329      5.48      Baltimore Ravens Practice Squad


An immensely talented guard, McClain struggled greatly with consistency at Clemson and that is the big issue he is trying to correct with his time on the Ravens practice squad. Thickly built from top to bottom, he has the strength to get movement on in-line run blocks and to anchor vs. power rushers. Although he lacks good playing speed to get out in front when pulling and lead blocking on the edge, he is a smooth athlete with deceptive short area quickness. This enables him to get through the line of scrimmage to the second level to seal block defenders out of the play well when he stays over his feet and does not bend at the waist. The big issue is that for all of McClain’s talent, way too often he plays straight legged and ends up bending at the waist and leaning/reaching to make blocks, which causes him to fall off blocks and end up on the ground way too often. McClain would be an excellent player to steal for the last month of the season because he has been working all year on his technique and if he has made strides he has the potential to become a quality starting guard in time.
 


4. Quentin Saulsberry    C    Mississippi State     6023     304     5.35     Denver Broncos Practice Squad

Highly productive during his career in the SEC, Saulsberry is the classic player who is a better player than he looks like he should be. Short and stocky, he does not have the long arms to jolt and lockout defensive tackles. He does however, have the flexibility to block with base/leverage and the playing strength to anchor vs. pass rushers and to get movement on side/angle in-line run blocks. He is not a super quick athlete, but is a smooth athlete who moves easily within a small area, which allows him to block effectively on the second level. Very smart and versatile, Saulsberry started at tackle, guard and center throughout his college career, so he brings great versatility to the NFL. Saulsberry would be an excellent addition for the final month of the season because he of his versatility as a backup center and guard. Saulsberry fits excellently as a backup to begin with and could eventually become a starting center.


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« #1 : December 05, 2012, 05:24:19 PM »

I'm tired of watching practice squad worthy lineman play in our starting lineup lol

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« #2 : December 05, 2012, 05:25:08 PM »

Tell that to Donald Penn!


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« #3 : December 05, 2012, 05:31:35 PM »

Tell that to Donald Penn!

I know there are some diamonds in the rough, but I just want the starters back. I know that is not an uncommon sentiment.

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« #4 : December 05, 2012, 05:40:50 PM »


Why do practice squad dudes always sound like probowlers in the write-up?

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« #5 : December 05, 2012, 05:59:46 PM »

http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Practice-Squad-players-worth-stealing.html


 1. Charley Bryant   OG / OT   Memphis   6060 E   320 E   5.25 E   San Diego Chargers Practice Squad


After making the switch from offensive line to defensive line (Nose Tackle) as freshmen at Memphis, Bryant did not produce at a high enough level to be drafted. He was however signed as a free agent and eventually was moved back to the offensive line by the Chargers. While he is never going win any foot races, Bryant has good height, long arms and the strength to anchor at the point of attack. Finding big men who compete hard every snap and have the size and strength to handle NFL defensive tackles is not easy, which is another positive in Bryant’s favor. Far from a finished product now, Bryant would be a good player to sign to an active roster for the remainder of the 2012 season because with an entire off-season spent working at offensive line to improve his technique he would have a good chance to stick as a backup guard / tackle for the 2013 season with the potential to develop further down the road.



2. Justin Cheadle     OG     California     6024     290 E     5.20 E      Pittsburgh Steelers Practice Squad


After starting at guard his final three seasons at California, Cheadle went undrafted due to concerns about his size and strength as he played at approx. 282 pounds in college. He is however a good athlete with very quick feet, good agility and balance, which enables him to slide and shuffle well to adjust well in pass protection. Possessing the athleticism to get out in space and block effectively, Cheadle can fit in any blocking scheme as long as he adds weight to improve his playing strength. Cheadle’s ability to eventually bulk up to 300 pounds and improve his playing strength will likely be the deciding factor in whether he becomes a starting lineman during his career. He would be an excellent player to sign for the final month of the season because if he is able to continue to add weight and get close to 300 pounds this off-season then I expect him to not only make a 53 man roster, but to challenge for a starting job next season.



3. Antoine McClain      OG      Clemson      6054      329      5.48      Baltimore Ravens Practice Squad


An immensely talented guard, McClain struggled greatly with consistency at Clemson and that is the big issue he is trying to correct with his time on the Ravens practice squad. Thickly built from top to bottom, he has the strength to get movement on in-line run blocks and to anchor vs. power rushers. Although he lacks good playing speed to get out in front when pulling and lead blocking on the edge, he is a smooth athlete with deceptive short area quickness. This enables him to get through the line of scrimmage to the second level to seal block defenders out of the play well when he stays over his feet and does not bend at the waist. The big issue is that for all of McClain’s talent, way too often he plays straight legged and ends up bending at the waist and leaning/reaching to make blocks, which causes him to fall off blocks and end up on the ground way too often. McClain would be an excellent player to steal for the last month of the season because he has been working all year on his technique and if he has made strides he has the potential to become a quality starting guard in time.
 


4. Quentin Saulsberry    C    Mississippi State     6023     304     5.35     Denver Broncos Practice Squad

Highly productive during his career in the SEC, Saulsberry is the classic player who is a better player than he looks like he should be. Short and stocky, he does not have the long arms to jolt and lockout defensive tackles. He does however, have the flexibility to block with base/leverage and the playing strength to anchor vs. pass rushers and to get movement on side/angle in-line run blocks. He is not a super quick athlete, but is a smooth athlete who moves easily within a small area, which allows him to block effectively on the second level. Very smart and versatile, Saulsberry started at tackle, guard and center throughout his college career, so he brings great versatility to the NFL. Saulsberry would be an excellent addition for the final month of the season because he of his versatility as a backup center and guard. Saulsberry fits excellently as a backup to begin with and could eventually become a starting center.

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« #6 : December 05, 2012, 06:24:28 PM »

I don't know much about any of them besides Justin Cheadle. Just thought I'd share.

As far as Justin Cheadle goes, I think he'd be a solid add for center/guard depth.


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« #7 : December 05, 2012, 06:31:46 PM »

I've said this repeatedly, I am very excited about what Bob Bosrad's line will look like in a couple of years. Other than Nicks, I see 5 new linemen

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« #8 : December 06, 2012, 01:31:14 PM »

I've said this repeatedly, I am very excited about what Bob Bosrad's line will look like in a couple of years. Other than Nicks, I see 5 new linemen

Penn has been putrid this season. Zut is not big enough to play the center position effectively. Larson, while I love his attitude, isn't worthy of being a starter.

I'd like to think the combo of nicks and DJ would be great (while others sink or swim). As long as there is a good/reliable center installed, I think the line will be well enough for years to come.

But as for the topic at hand.. I think cheadle would be an alright addition. Assuming he can get some weight on like the article states.

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