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Old 09-30-2008, 06:05 AM   #21
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Stapleton would then play C and probably Essex comes in to play RG. Remember, that Essex played guard in preseason while Kemo was out. Colon hasnt taken any snaps at Guard this season, so they would need to get him some work.

Essex as the #1 backup on the inside and Starks as the #1 backup at OT is the option that keeps it the most simple.

To answer the question if we just traded away a G/C swingman. Yes we did, but Stapleton, Essex and even Parquet are stronger and better suited to handle the larger 3-4 d-linemen. The backup C in Tampa, I think is better suited to play against the smaller DT's in a 4-3, which I think all but 2 teams in the NFC play.
That last comment from me was a bit tongue in cheek. He is better off in Tampa for the reasons you highlighted.

In all seriousness is there a need to possibly add a OG /C to the practice squad to cover any future mishaps or will that issue be dealt with when it arises? ( I can faintly hear LLT contemplating the possibility of Legursky for the PS)

I initially forgot about Essex and his value as a guard and tackle. Some of the UFA and RFA's on the O line might get a chance to enhance their value know that Simmons is out for the season.
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Old 09-30-2008, 08:52 AM   #22
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In all seriousness is there a need to possibly add a OG /C to the practice squad to cover any future mishaps or will that issue be dealt with when it arises? ( I can faintly hear LLT contemplating the possibility of Legursky for the PS)
I could see him as a definate possibility.
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Old 09-30-2008, 09:27 AM   #23
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I could see him (Legursky) as a definate possibility.
Unfortunately, he has to do more than simply bench press his opponent....
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Old 09-30-2008, 09:46 AM   #25
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Unfortunately, he has to do more than simply bench press his opponent....

At least that would be moving the opponent in the "opposite" direction.
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I was a big Legursky supporter in the preseason, but he was easily the WORST O lineman we had in training camp.

He was getting pushed around by the 3rd string oppsitions DT's.

None of our centers got hurt last night, so I dont see why we need to add a backup that can play center?? It looks like Essex will start at guard anyways according to an ESPN report.
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Starting to get a bit scary with all the injuries . . . hopefully we can get through Jax without anymore and can heal up during the Bye . . . I am glad it is so soon this season!
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Starting to get a bit scary with all the injuries . . . hopefully we can get through Jax without anymore and can heal up during the Bye . . . I am glad it is so soon this season!
Agreed, and actually, this is one of the latest bye weeks we've had in recent years. Seems like we usually get ours after week 3 or 4.
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Ed Bouchette and Gerry Dulac, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, report the Pittsburgh Steelers will work out free-agent C Doug Legursky (Steelers). The Steelers are considering signing him to their practice squad.
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well the thing that scares me is that how badly is the achilles of simmons.. b/c that is the HARDEST injury to come back from..
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