Thought the starting OL looked pretty good. Should be better with Max at LT, which I'm assuming we'll see next week at Buffalo. It's going to take an injury for Mike Adams to start this year though, IMO. Figure we'll see the starters for a full half, so hope they get into something resembling a rhythm, albeit without Wally, Mendy, or Redman.
Don't understand the Beachum hype from camp; looks like a bum at OT, looks like a bum at OG. Flashback...
Quick-fire round: SMU’s LT/OG Kelvin Beachum[/u], SMU’s OG Josh LeRibeus[/u], Cal (PA)’s Rishaw Johnson[/u], Rutgers’s Desmond Wynn [/u], Virginia Tech’s Jaymes Brooks[/u], Wake Forest’s Joe Looney[/u], Temple’s Derek Dennis[/u] all come to the same grade based on frame, LOC, injury issues, etc. How many ways can I say “no?” Nerr, nerl, gnerl, uh-nerr, nerr-again, naughty-knot nerr nerr, and ugnow.
Ryan Lee looked pretty good late, would like to see him switch with Beachum for reps earlier.
Jerrod Johnson looked better than I expected him to. Does he seem less... nervous?... than Dennis Dixon used to? Still think he's unlikely to unseat either of the old fucks at QB, but could be worth developing and stowing on the practice squad.
Gilreath is definitely making a case for WR5. I dunno, I'm liking Rainey, think he's a lock for the 53, see him getting a lot of looks in a Dexter McCluster kinda way.
Some decent blocking from Baron Batch, but not much running. Also, Will Johnson appears OK blocking. Wish Baron would show more pop as runner or receiver, but then again, our OL backups are the suck. Jason Ford did pretty well as runner and blocker, especially since he was in for about a week. Could be a nice practice squad guy as well, sort of like John Clay.
Also, on Ballard, I gave him a R5 value because I saw him as very similar to Redman, so the issue was less one of talent and more one of redundancy. But agree that he could be the main man if/when Brown goes down.
Arians's head looked like 50 pounds of melting soap.