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GoldenboyGB


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pats#1 wrote:
Great pickup IMO.

Even if the guy's skillset/level of play isn't great....just having a huge body to clog the middle will help big time.


This. When Kelly is back you can just rotate the entire group on snaps of who you think will do best. So likely Kelly and Isaac with the rookies rotating in. I honestly like vellano and same with jones but going forward meh.

Good pickup to bolster a diminished position for us at the moment. Wonder what this means for armstead?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

even if this doesn't work out, i applaud them for being aggressive.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PoWww wrote:
mcmurtry86 wrote:
Tzimisce wrote:
mcmurtry86 wrote:
I know the assumption is that he will take Vellano's snaps, but it wouldn't surprise me if Vellano gets more 1st and 2nd down snaps than Chris Jones.
...I feel like I just heard someone in a position of power say "nucular".


Jones has been really bad at times in the run game. He might be a better overall player than Vellano (of whom, I'm no fan) but it's possible they view Jones - not Vellano - as the weak link in run D.


I'd like to see Vellano and Sopoaga and replace Vellano with Jones on passing downs. I think Jones has the potential to be a good player in this league and a possible steal by Belichick and co.

Can't wait for our defense to have Kelly and Talib back as well.


Sopoaga is way worse on passing downs than Vellano. Gotta get him out of there fast. I'd guess it will look something like this:

Base: DE Jones-Kelly/Vellano-Sopoaga-Ninkovich
Vellano and DT Jones rotating with Kelly, Sopoaga always in.

Nickel: DE Jones-Kelly-DT Jones-Ninkovich
Kelly would be a fixture in the nickel, Vellano would spell DT Jones. Maybe Sopoaga if there's a very short down-and-distance.

Dime: Buchanan-DE Jones-Kelly/DT Jones-Ninkovich
Throw in whoever is freshest of Jones and Kelly, spell with Vellano. Personally, I'd rather have DE Jones at end and both Kelly and DT Jones on the field, than kick Chandler Jones inside in the dime and put a marginal edge rusher, but based on what we've seen so far I'll assume that's the plan.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On nickel downs, I rather have

Chandler Jones-Chris Jones-Vallano-Kelly w. Ninko at Sam and DH at ILB.
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