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« : July 13, 2013, 12:01:16 AM »




Eight in the Box: Offseason regret

 July, 12, 2013
 
By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com


 A look at the one move each team in the NFC South needed to make but didn't.

Atlanta Falcons. There still is time to sign a veteran like Richard Seymour, but I’m surprised the Falcons didn’t do more at defensive tackle during the offseason. The team invested two draft picks in defensive ends but didn’t touch the middle of a defensive line that isn’t exactly a strength. Jonathan Babineaux is aging and heading into the final year of his contract. Corey Peters and Peria Jerry also are headed into the last year of their contracts. The Falcons stayed away from quick fixes this offseason, but they might get to training camp and realize they need another defensive tackle.
 
Carolina Panthers. This one is almost too easy. The Panthers went into the offseason with a glaring need at cornerback. They signed some midlevel players and have hopes for some of their young corners. But this team doesn’t currently have anything close to a No. 1 cornerback. In a division in which you’re going up against the likes of Roddy White, Julio Jones, Vincent Jackson and Marques Colston, that’s a scary proposition. The Panthers did put a lot of emphasis on their defensive line, which better generate a tremendous pass rush to compensate for the lack of elite talent at cornerback.
 
New Orleans Saints. General manager Mickey Loomis worked some minor miracles to get out of a nightmare salary-cap situation in the offseason. But the Saints, who are converting to a 3-4 defensive scheme, didn’t bring in any elite pass-rushers. They thought free-agent pickup Victor Butler could blossom into something, but Butler will miss the season after suffering a knee injury during an offseason workout. That leaves the Saints looking to Will Smith, Junior Galette and Martez Wilson as their outside linebackers. Smith is aging and converting from defensive end to linebacker. Wilson and Galette have shown some potential, but neither is a proven pass-rusher.
 
Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Sources have told me the Buccaneers would have given strong consideration to drafting tight end Tyler Eifert with their first-round pick if they hadn’t traded it away in the deal for cornerback Darrelle Revis. That tells me the Bucs realized they had a significant need at tight end. But the shocking thing is they didn’t make some other dramatic move to improve the situation at the position. Instead, they’re going with Luke Stocker and Tom Crabtree. There are indications the Bucs think Crabtree can be a productive pass-catcher. But I wouldn’t count on the tight ends being a big part of Tampa Bay’s passing game this season.

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« #1 : July 13, 2013, 03:39:17 AM »

Eifert or revis? ..hmmm? Tough one.Unproven rookie for a first, or a probowler..

Crabtree will be good enough in this type of offense, where TE isn't getting fed the ball. IF they fed the TE more, the value would be higher for that position. For the most part, Eifert would be wasted in Tampa.

Naismith was right about Revis. Everyone else is a dummy.

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« #2 : July 13, 2013, 05:02:37 AM »

So Yasinskas focuses on our TE position instead of DE? We are lacking at TE for sure, but DE is a far more important position. Besides a couple perennial IR guys we have nothing at DE and Pat still chooses TE...

He proves over and over again he is an idiot.

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« #3 : July 13, 2013, 07:45:29 AM »

And then you have PR looking at the top TE prospects in next year's draft as our first round pick. That's simply not going to happen. Too many other more important positions to deal with first.

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« #4 : July 13, 2013, 10:21:51 AM »

Sources have told me the Buccaneers would have given strong consideration to drafting tight end Tyler Eifert....

Sounds like he reads the Fab 5.

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« #5 : July 13, 2013, 10:28:57 AM »

Sounds like everyone except the Bucs decision makers want us to do something more about our TE.

If Schiano/Dominik wanted to do something outstanding they would have. This is not the Pats and a few other teams that use their tight ends heavily in their scheme of things.

Learn to disagree without being disagreeable-Ronald Reagan circa 1981
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