Seaside Joe 1232: What coaches will say about Drew Lock, Kenneth Walker, and LJ Collier in the next six weeks
I’m SO anxious for the start of training camp.
Can still remember how I felt when I began hearing about how Russell Wilson was opening eyes.
Hopefully we will be treated to some of that this year too!
LJ Collier reminds me of a guy I played high school ball with. He wasn't very good and only started because of a couple of ankle sprains. And every time he made a routine tackle, he hopped up and held a fist in the air, as if to say, "That was me! I made that stop!" It was cringy then, but to watch a professional doing it almost makes me wince.
I liked Clowney, though not at his salary, and it was an expensive short rental. But I felt like he helped the defense a lot. He drew double teams and offenses always over-accounted for him like he was Lawrence Taylor for some reason.
As for Jamal Adams, my fear for him is recurring injury. His style of play isn't suited for surgically repaired shoulders. He flies to the ball and throws his body around. It's exciting, but I worry he won't have a long career playing the way he plays best.
Your comments about Lock is dead on. We’re already hearing that like 1 month ago. Huard was saying he heard from people inside the building that Lock has no problem picking up the playbook. So the public relations dept is already putting out that information to the flagship station people to get that narrative out there.
I’m on the fence about Nwosu. It makes me wonder why the Chargers would let him go if he is truly an ascending player and replaced him with Mack but Mack is no longer the same player he was 3 years ago. Also, how much of his success was due to Bosas presence? I don’t know the answer to that.
I'll listen with a curious ear to statements about Collier. Would be wonderful if he broke out but I'll believe it when and if I see it. First round busts are common. Particularly late first rounders.
As for Walker, I suspect you're correct that he'll look great in camp. The real test will be how he looks when facing real NFL defenders in schemes designed to handle his capacity for cutbacks. My guess is they'll work hard to cover gaps and not over-pursue. He'll be facing NFL level athleticism and experience so we'll see how it goes. Hopefully he'll be phenomenal but I'm not counting my chickens.
If he were a guy who could run over or around people, I'd say "Goodluck NFL". Or, better still, "Screw you, NFL". But he seems to be a guy whose game is based on breaking tackles and then putting a shoulder down at the end. He occasionally powers through defenders but that was against college talent. When Barkley came out he appeared to have all the tools. He also went third in the draft.
Don't mean to be negative. Just realistic. I'm of course hoping he'll be a future Hall of Famer (though I'd be more than satisfied if he's a pro bowler). Time will tell.
I figure that Pete gives Lock about the same odds as Seaside. For perspective, Huard rates both Smith and Lock below 2011 Tavaris Jackson. I got the impression that Huard doesn’t see Geno as improving beyond what he is now while—as we all know—Lock has the potential for growth. That being said, it sounds like no one should be holding their breath.
The schedule, with so many tough games in the back, is the dilemma. Whoever finishes the season at QB will hopefully have a chance to build confidence in the early games (or we could be looking at one humiliation after another). Which is why whoever opens the season will be on a short leash—four games, is my take. That being said, Pete is a lot more likely to throw the veteran into the deep end.