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Thanks for the kind words, and why would we worry about unsourced Twitter postings? Anyway, as for Christian, both Zimmer and Norv made it pretty clear last week that they will be carrying three quarterbacks, and one would obviously assume that Christian is among them. They like his talent, but Zimmer said yesterday that they wished it would translate to the games. Still, you can do a lot worse than Christian as your third quarterback. I think the only way he isn't here Week 1 is if some team knocks their socks off with a trade offer. Not sure that is happening.
I'll put it this way: I'll be surprised at this point if Jamarca Sanford makes the team. He has been hurt pretty much since Zimmer got here.
Haddy, I would agree with this assessment. We know Harrison Smith is the one starter, but there has been little clarity at the other safety spot. Zimmer has basically been checking out Crocker, Blanton, Sendejo and Coleman for that job, and I'm still not sure who will be the pick. My guess is that it will be Crocker or Blanton, and I would lean toward Crocker at this point.
Yes, I think he will. Watch on third downs. He will be a part of their blitz packages as an interior rusher.
Nah. Come on, this guy is one year removed from a Pro Bowl season. While he hasn't looked great during training camp, it's waaaaaaaay premature to say that he isn't going to be a good player in this league.
He's going to make the team, especially with Simpson likely missing the first three games with his suspension. Thielen has earned it.
I assume you mean Williams, the running back. He hasn't stood out much. The problem is he seems to be more of a receiving back, and they already have one of those in McKinnon. He could be a candidate for the practice squad, though.
I did not, and I'm not sure I would speculate on something like that anyway.
Ben, he has handled everything well.
Joe, see my previous answer. I'm not sure if they carry another running back beyond Peterson, Asiata and McKinnon. Banyard has looked pretty good in the preseason. I don't think you need to worry about Williams making another 53-man roster, though. What has he done in the games?
I don't think it was any one player that prompted Zimmer's comments, and trust me, he is not the only coach who feels that way. The Ravens were skeptical of it, too, when I was in Baltimore. I like PFF, but trust me, his concerns about the grading is fair.
Let's let the guy play a meaningful game first, Chris. I'll say this: He'll have a big role right away.
I think Rudolph, Ellison and Ford make the team. It's just a question of whether they want to carry four tight ends, and I don't know that.
He will. They feel that a kickoff return is the first play of the drive, so why not start it off with a big kickoff return?
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He does, almost by default. And I don't know who you are "hearing" that from. I would be surprised if Josh did not make the team, and they are giving him every opportunity to be the third cornerback. We saw a few different guys in there when he was out. Sherels was there most often.
Hard for me to say, considering I'm not there in rehab with him and I'm not a doctor. But he seems comfortable with what they have asked him to do and wants to play.
Haddy, I'm not sure. He certainly hasn't made an impression on defense. I had heard a while back that they really liked the potential of their late-round DBs. Not sure if that has changed. But Exum and Kendall James have been non-factors on defense.
McKinnon. But if Peterson goes down, I think Asiata would be his replacement.
Linebacker, safety and offensive line. Those are the positions with the least clarity when it comes to the backups. Linebacker will be tough. Hodges, Mauti and Watts are all young guys with potential.