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Fake Game #2: Bengals @ WFT

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Irwin might luck out with that flag. Can't fumble the ball at the one if you want to make the roster.

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1 minute ago, Stripes said:

Irwin might luck out with that flag. Can't fumble the ball at the one if you want to make the roster.

 

I think he'll get a pass on that one though.  It was a nice play otherwise. Only one I see getting open every week consistently.

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Hey no matter what happens here on out, nobody on the 53 got hurt, pleased as punch.... nothing else matters at this point.

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Kyle Shurmur fires a POCKET ROCKET right into the waiting hands of Mason Schreck.

This is football.

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Sample walking to the locker room on his own, holding his right arm a bit limp. Maybe a wrist again.

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Absolutely not used to a kicker that can yawn through a 50 yard field goal.

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We lose.

Oh noooooo!

Who cares.

I hope Cam Sample is alright. My main takeaway is that the defense still looks the part.

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If Sample and Ossai are the biggest pre-season injuries (neither season-ending or even close) then I'll take it.  You can usually count on a starting player getting hurt for alll or most of the year every preseason/camp.  

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Sample’s injury is reportedly minor (which knowing the team’s (on) crack med staff means his arm fell off in the locker room). So we’ll see. 

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9 hours ago, Stripes said:

Absolutely not used to a kicker that can yawn through a 50 yard field goal.

I am being serious here, watching him warm up for an hour was a highlight. EASY power. 

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It was next to impossible for me to tell anything about the o-line from my vantage point. One observation and then some questions for you all:

1. The observation - in terms of pressure -WFT did, at least, NOT have any jailbreaks or obvious pressure on Allen when our #1 o-line was in and, for one drive, the WFT #1 d-line stayed in against our 2s and still, no pressure. To my eye, Jonah Willams did a great job against Chase Young in passing situations. Am I right in those obs?
2. Now, the questions - I think Carmen looked okay in power run blocks - did that get commented on or did you all see that too?
3. Felt like Fred Johnson did well when her came in, in terms of pass blocking, same question - did that get commented on or did you all see that too? I want to feel okay about swing tackle.
4. Was the holding call on Spain on the initial screen pass that might have jump started our offense legit? There was no replay in stadium and it apparently happened well into that play since the penalty just put them back where they started. Mostly curious because it was really far downfield for Spain to have gotten.

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Sat around some really great WFT fans. Had a really nice evening watching the game with them. Will be rooting for WFT in that division, ferocious defense, really like Rivera at head coach, and hard not to pull for Fitzpatrick.

Our defensive line pressure was noteworthy live. What is harder to pick up watching on TV vs live was just how well the defense is flowing to the ball all over the field right now. It looks very different than what I saw last year (I was at the Jax home win). Each unit that came on all clearly seems to have bought into the system and is on the same page with each other. I will be curious what you all see when they get to PBS and you can go next week.

The Awuzie pass break-up of McLaurin in the end zone happened right near me (I was on the 15 on that side). Awuzie was absolutely blanketing McLaurin off the line and stayed perfectly in step with him the whole way. It was super ****ing impressive. I don't know that WJIII ever did better in his years here. After all the reports in camp, the PBU of the ball to Antonio Brown last week, and now this, starting to dream a little bit that Awuzie might actually be a legit CB1. He looks the part.

See previous post just above this for my o-line ob and questions. Again, I thought the lack of Chase Young getting anywhere near Allen was a really good sign that Jonah did well on him. I tried to watch a few plays just on that battle and it looked like Johah did great.

Have no idea who blew the assignment on the first play of the game on the long TE completion, but clearly someone screwed up. After that, there was nothing but tight well communicated coverage. Was that Trae Wayans with the good open field tackle I think to stop WFT short leading to the eventual 3rd and 4th and 1 stops on the second drive? #26? It was a really nice play.

Hodge had some noticeable burst when he first came in. He clearly can run a tight compact arc in rush. Fell off a bit as second quarter wore on - maybe WFT paid more attention to him. Dunno.

Hubbard and Hendickson just with good disciplined pressure but also disciplined in setting the edge. That jumped out.

Tyler Shelvin is a ****ing load. A LOAD. Looked to me like WFT was having to put two guys on him to deal with him at spots. Let others run free to carriers.

Trying to think what else. Oh yeah, McPherson. I mentioned earlier in the game thread and will re-mention here - absolute cannon. Was a joy to watch him warm-up. And then we saw the easy power in the game on the 50-yarder. You what was really REALLY weird? Realizing when they got to the 39 of WFT for the first time that they were in field goal range. Literally, we now have an offense that can get to about 56 yard fg range and you like your chances. This is what Ravens fans have when they watch their O knowing they have Tucker. I think we might have that now. Sorta giddy about this.

I know the coaches wanted to see Evans run the ball and show he could get north south, but given how hard it was to move the ball in general, I wish the staff had given him a few pass routes given he is so good at that. He did show nice burst on those two runs on their one TD drive running the ball.

I know Perine is considered a lock but...he just doesn't do much for me. Are we sure he's better than J. Patrick?

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I guess this partially answers my o-line questions...first team o-line graded out well...

 

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