Matt Waldman’s RSP Writers Team


Rob Gronkowski is the best tight end in the NFL? Not so fast. Give Vernon Davis surrounding talent capable of creating plays at quarterback, receiver, and running back, and I think the difference is negligible…possibly in Davis’ favor. Photo by The Bay Area Bias.

I will have two teams in this project because I had too much fun just building one. I’m also learning too much from the process to build just one. If you’ve tried building a team, I think you know what I mean. However, I’ll make this team my official roster despite how much I like the other team I’ll share later this month.

The genius of this project is that to feel good about building a team, there has to be a lot of thought and decisions made about factors beyond talent and value before constructing a 53-man roster:

  • Football philosophy
  • Football strategy
  • Team chemistry

Balancing these factors with those of depth, short-term and long-term development of players and scheme, and matching with coaches makes this project a terrific “football architectural puzzle,” to borrow from Jene Bramel (and this won’t be the first time I steal from him in this post).

I think the project has enhanced my empathy towards player-personnel managers. I see why there are few, if any absolutes in the NFL when it comes to the value of positions, prototypes, or schemes. I see the layer of ignorance that persists because of the desire for everyone to generate absolutes that often result in empty truisms and false cliches in an effort to understand the complexity of the game.

Also, I am beginning to understand why a team can give a player more chances to succeed than reporters and fans believe is worthwhile. Or, why talent and fit are often mutually exclusive concepts. There are so many moving parts to consider that it becomes incredibly important to have a vision and develop leadership with the same short, intermediate, and long-range goals. “Winning a championship,” can’t be the only goal.

My Writers Team

The first of my two writers teams is actually the second team I finished, but it’s the one that closely resembles my natural football philosophies. I was surprised it took me so much work to discover what style of football and player resonated with me. I think it has to do with the amount of time I spend watching so many players, but without a specific system in mind. I learn to appreciate a wider cross section of players and can’t cross them off a list.

Offense

Cutler, like Vernon Davis, is an elite talent lacking surrounding elite talent or coaching to consistently help him elevate his game. Well now’s the time. I also like that sports writers hate him. He must be doing something right if he’s ticking them off. Photo by Jeffery Beall.

Quarterback

Starting Position Role (optional) Name Value Commentary (Why you picked the player: specific skills and talents you like, potential upside, and/or fit within the system)
QB2 Jay Cutler 14 This team reflects my desire for an established quarterback capable of elite play. I believe the easiest way to build a winner is to have a quarterback capable of making game-changing, positive plays despite the defense being in the right place at the right time. Jay Cutler isn’t seen as an elite player by many fans and writers, but I believe if you give him quality skill players that match the scheme, he will deliver elite production. Cutler has a great arm, moves well, and he can make accurate throws from difficult platforms. He has repeatedly shown the skill to make plays when the defense has painted him into a corner. My job is to give him at least 2-3 receivers capable of holding up their end of the bargain when Cutler is forced to make these money throws.
QB1 Nate Davis 0.5 Skills alone, Davis is more talented than every quarterback under $12 in this exercise. The problem is a lack of maturity. He used his experience with the old-school, defensive-minded Mike Singletary as an excuse for participating in additional negative behaviors that he’s not even in the league. He’s not even playing to the level he should be in the Arena League. The story I heard about his experience in Indianapolis is that former GM Bill Polian brought Davis into camp in 2011 to give him a shot to win the starting role with Manning out for the year. The hope was Davis could be the team’s heir to the throne. Polian reportedly thought Davis was a high first-round talent in terms of ability. Which I know I agree and former NFL scout Russ Lande saw the same thing.  Davis arrived out of shape and not in the frame of mind to work and he was booted from the team in less than a week. I’ll take my chances on a $0.5 investment in a guy with the knack and physical skill to be a franchise quarterback if he can mature. Davis and Cutler are similar athletes and arm talents and I think this team can mold him into an effective backup with starter upside in this offense. Great risk-reward investment.My third quarterback at 0.5 is Jonathan Crompton. He’s mobile, flashes some pocket presence, and has enough arm strength to develop into a solid back up with possible upside as a starter.
Running Back Depth Chart

Dwyer has gone back to the future with his conditioning. It could make him a nice bargain as my reserve back behind Beast Mode. Photo by John Trainor.

Starting Position Role (optional) Name Value Commentary (Why you picked the player: specific skills and talents you like, potential upside, and fit within the system)
RB1 Marshawn Lynch 8 This team is built on players that I know can make plays even when the defense is in the right position to stop them. I’m a huge fan of Lynch’s game because while there are backs with more power, more speed, greater balance and agility, more versatility, better elusiveness, and better vision, I don’t think there is a runner in the league that possess all of these qualities at the level Lynch does. I think of Lynch as a rough and tumble Edgerrin James with underutilized receiving skills. He will be my all-purpose back until I wear him out. With the balance I hope to achieve with this offense, I think I can get 3-5 years of quality starter production.
RB2 Jonathan Dwyer 1.5 Finding starters at end of bench prices is what I believe will separate these RSP Writers Teams over time. I was never a huge Dwyer fan when I studied him at Georgia Tech, but I certainly recognized him as a greater talent than he demonstrated thus far. Word on the street is that he has finally learned that he needs to work for his opportunities and condition himself like a professional. He’ll earn some opportunities as a short-yardage player and early-down substitute. He has the potential to develop into Lynch’s or at least a solid bridge between feature backs as a committee back.
RB3 Chad Spann 1 If I could have afforded Cedric Peerman and Spann as my backups, Dwyer would have gotten the boot despite his higher regard among most football people. In order to get the marquee skill talent I sought elsewhere, Spann became the better bargain. I still believe in Spann as a potential contributor in the NFL. I think he has the burst, vision, balance, and versatility on third down to surprise as a lead back in a committee. I still believe he can contribute at a high level. In my team’s offense, I think he could make people think of a mix of Ahmad Bradshaw and Priest Holmes from a stylistic perspective. His special teams skill and toughness will be a good fit if he doesn’t earn opportunities on offense.
Wide Receiver Depth Chart

I’ve spent all this time telling you how good Marvin Jones, Greg Childs, and A.J. Green are and you don’t think I’d take them for my RSP Writers Team? You bet your sweet bippy I’m taking them. Photo by John Martinez Pavliga.

Starting Position Role (optional) Name Value Commentary (Why you picked the player: specific skills and talents you like, potential upside, and fit within the system)
WR1 WR A.J. Green 9 I was very close to taking Larry Fitzgerald as my primary receiver. But I want to give Cutler a player that approaches Fitzgerald’s skill and toughness in tight coverage and also have dynamic vertical speed. Cutler has never had that combination. With Green, my quarterback will be pinching himself throughout training camp. If Andy Dalton can successfully complete passes to Green in double coverage with his average arm, what do you think Jay Cutler can do? Here’s a clue: Go watch Roy Williams drop perfect, big-play passes from Cutler last year and imagine A.J. Green on the receiving end.
WR2 WR Greg Childs 4 I want Childs to learn the flanker and split end roles for this offense, but he’ll begin as my flanker opposite A.J. Green. If healthy, I believe Childs can become a quality No.1 receiver in his own right. He has excellent body control, vertical hops, down field speed, and the hands and toughness to handle contact while making receptions. He’ll see a lot of single coverage early in his career thanks to Green and my starting tight end. Childs was only 60-70 percent healthy at Arkansas last year. If he is truly 100 percent, then he and Green can develop into the most dangerous receiver tandem in the NFL. Even if he only regains 80 percent of his explosiveness compared to his early college career, he has the hands and skill to develop into a Marques Colston-like slot receiver. If that’s the case, I’ll use him in that manner and move fellow rookie Marvin Jones into the flanker spot without reservation. Win-win.
WR3 WR Marvin Jones 3 Jones reminds me of a future Donald Driver. He’s an underrated athlete with a strong repertoire of route skills, excellent hands, and a better vertical game than many realize. He can play all three receiver positions, but I’ll start him as my slot receiver in order to give Greg Childs a chance to prove he’s completely healthy. If Childs falters or isn’t as dynamic as he once was, I’ll move Jones to the flanker role and Childs into the slot. I have confidence that Jones can develop into 1000-yard receiver if called upon for these kinds of targets. He’ll learn to be where Cutler needs him to be. All three of my receivers also can get yardage after the catch and block down field in the run game. I believe I can eventually run four verticals as a style of attack with my receivers and tight end, but I’m fine with letting that evolve over a period of seasons.
WR4 Returner Jeremy Ross 1 Ross is one of my favorite “unknowns” in this league. Admittedly, I’m not sure if he has the skills to develop into a consistent wide receiver on the outside. I do think he can become a dynamic slot receiver. Ross is a fantastic athlete with excellent quickness, speed, balance, good hands, and open field skill. If he shows the conceptual skill to make consistent plays in the passing game, he’ll make Danny Woodhead look like a high school player by comparison. He was an all-purpose yards machine at Cal and I will try him first as a hybrid player in the backfield and the slot and as a return specialist. At 5-11, 213 pounds I will give him looks at his old high school position of running back. If he thrives, he’ll compete for time on the depth chart. I just have a feeling he might surprise at running back, considering that he had to compete with Javid Best and Shane Vereen for looks at Cal before he was moved to receiver. He’s a pet project.
WR5 WR Rod Streater 0.5 I liked Streater’s speed and skill at adjusting to the football when I saw him at Temple. I believe he has the potential to contribute in a starting rotation as an outside receiver in four-receiver and empty sets. Give him a limited route tree of outs, fades, and comebacks and I think he can make some plays as he grows into his own.
Fullback and Tight End Depth Chart
Starting Position Role (optional) Name Value Commentary (Why you picked the player: specific skills and talents you like, potential upside, and fit within the system)
TE1 H-Back Vernon Davis 8 The trendy tight end in the NFL is Rob Gronkowski, but I’ll put Davis toe-to-toe with Gronkowski every day of the week. To me the only difference between Davis and Gronkowski is Tom Brady and Aaron Hernandez and that actually might make Davis more appealing. Davis can block, make plays deep, run after the catch, and play on or off the line of scrimmage.  With A.J. Green outside, and Marshawn Lynch in the backfield, Davis completes a trio of skill players that will force defenses to pick its poison. Like Green, and Lynch, he has also shown the ability to be clutch and the more big-plays-in-big-moments players I have, the more Jay Cutler will shine.
TE2 Taylor Thompson 1.5 The results of a team’s draft is often seen as a reflection of what that team wants to become in a few years. Taylor Thompson has the potential to develop into an athletic freak at tight end. The former SMU defensive end has excellent hands and the size and athleticism that rivals Rob Gronkowski. If Thompson develops fast, it can give my team the option to use Davis more often as an H-Back or a moveable chess piece much like Aaron Hernandez. This would allow me to run a more multiple offense with two tight end sets and no-huddle tempos that might cause defensive coordinators to file a civil suit for unnecessary pain and suffering.
TE3 Will Yeatman 0.5 Yeatman is a big tight end who has shown some skill as a run blocker. He possesses the fluidity of the All-American lacrosse player he was and he can catch the ball. He was the odd man at the end of the Patriots depth chart as an undrafted rookie. He was undrafted due to a DUI issue at Notre Dame that prompted him to leave the program for Maryland. There’s potential for him to become a solid reserve and situational in-line tight end.
FB FB Shaun Chapas 0.5 The former University of Georgia fullback is a good lead blocker. He’s an old-fashioned fullback. Not very fast, but physical. If Tony Fiammetta is too banged up to return to form, Chapas is a sold find.
FB FB Tony Fiammetta 0.5 The former Syracuse star has demonstrated elite skill as a run blocker, but a series of injuries have placed his future in question. If he returns to top form, I have a bargain. If not, I’ll settle for Shaun Chapas.
Tackle Depth Chart
Starting Position Role (optional) Name Value Commentary (Why you picked the player: specific skills and talents you like, potential upside, and fit within the system)
LT1 Cordy Glenn 5 The Bills GM Buddy Nix compares Glenn to a young Marcus McNeill in terms of ability. Nix was in San Diego when the team drafted McNeill, so he should know. If Glenn doesn’t work out as a tackle, I know I can use him as a guard and get solid value from him. However, I’m confident that Glenn has the quickness and potential to develop into a solid left tackle. If Charles Brown plays to his potential, he could earn the left tackle spot and Glenn moves to right tackle. Essentially I think both tackles are “good enough” to develop into competent starters at either edge.
RT1 Charles Brown 3.5 Brown is another left tackle prospect and showed signs of life last year with the Saints. I’m thinking right tackle is where I’ll start him and give Cordy Glenn a shot at left tackle. The former second-round pick will compete for the spot on the left side in camp before I ultimately decide where he’ll be.
LT1 Lydon Murtha 1 Capable depth.
Guard Depth Chart
Starting Position Role (optional) Name Value Commentary (Why you picked the player: specific skills and talents you like, potential upside, and fit within the system)
LG1 Andy Levitre 9 Levitre is the reason I feel okay about Glenn or Brown as my left tackle as one of those players grow into the role. He’s an elite pass protector and will do a lot to help that side of the line as Ben Muth mentioned with his RSP team. Levitre has been one of the constants as I made changes elsewhere.  Combine Levitre with a player like tight end Vernon Davis if I need to to max protect on the left side and I think I’ll have solid performances that hide the weaknesses of Levitre and either Glenn or Brown when it comes to run or pass. Not that I want to waste Davis’ receiving prowess, but it is always good to have a solid contingency in place if Plan A or B isn’t successful.
RG1 David Decastro 7 Like Ben Muth, I’m a big fan of the guard with the potential to be the best prospect at the position in many years. Decastro reminds me of Raider guard Steve Wisniewski, who made eight Pro Bowls and only missed two games in his 13-year career. I know I’m going to be able to run the ball behind behind Decastro whether he’s pulling or zone blocking. His skills will go a long way towards making this offensive line a versatile, balanced unit.
LG2 Trai Essex 1 Muth says it well about Essex: big, strong, young, and capable if called upon to play tackle if I’m desperate. He had issues with weight gain after some standout performances as a stand-in starter at right guard and right tackle. He has actually played all five positions for the Steelers and performed well enough to earn praise from Mike Tomlin. He may never be a player I want as a starter, but I know I can get decent efforts from him and rare versatility. Depth is a big factor that separates winning teams from losing teams in a league that prides itself on parody.
Center Depth Chart
Starting Position Role (optional) Name Value Commentary (Why you picked the player: specific skills and talents you like, potential upside, and fit within the system)
C1 Doug Legursky 1 I won’t be surprised if he’s on a lot more teams. He’s 26, played admirably in the place of Maurkice Pouncey versus Green Bay in the Super Bowl, and he can squat 705 pounds. Strong, technically sound, and also capable of playing guard if one of my starters suffer an injury. He wasn’t given great reviews by the stats analysts studying his play at guard, but he’s played with a bum shoulder that required offseason surgery. He’ll compete for the starting job at center where his strength as a run blocker will be an asset. His versatility is another example of covering all my bases and why building a team takes a lot of thought for contingencies.
C2 Chris Spencer 1 Spencer best fit is at center, but he can play guard if called upon. At age 30, he’s still young enough to give me 3-5 years of work at either position although I’m wary of his pass protection if I had to use him at guard, especially with my young tackles. I’d probably move Legursky to guard and use Spencer as my center if it came to that scenario.
Cornerback and Safety Depth Chart

With Darrelle Revis in my defensive backfield, Reggie Nelson only has to approximate free safety Earl Thomas to make this a strong secondary. I think he’ll fit the bill nicely after a rough start to his career in Jacksonville. Photo by The Brit_2.

Starting Position Role (optional) Name Value Commentary (Why you picked the player: specific skills and talents you like, potential upside, and/or fit within the system)
SS1  Da’Norris Searcy 1.5 I went from Eric Berry to Kam Chancellor and then Chancellor to Donte Whitner until admittedly, I stole Jene Bramel’s idea of using Searcy at strong safety. Although I have to defend my larceny by explaining that I have been a fan of Searcy’s since his days at North Carolina and I actually drafted him in an IDP dynasty league two years ago – a league where I compete with Bramel. Still, I need to give my buddy props for being the first guy on this project that I have seen who has Searcy as a starter and I’ll freely admit that I “stole” Jene’s thunder on this one. Physical, instinctive, and athletic, I think Searcy is a fine candidate to devleop into a good starter on this squad. Especially with my corners holding it down.
RCB1  Darrelle Revis 12 I wanted a defensive cornerstone that can neutralize a single player or an entire quandrant of the football field. I got it with Revis, arguably one of the 10 most valuable weapons in the game today. Revis will allow me tremendous flexibility with my defensive schemes because of his man-to-man skills. I believe my team has enough talent that the championship window is open now. Even if I only have another three years of dominance from this shutdown corner, I’m taking it. Players like Revis are nearly impossible to find these days.
LCB1  Sam Shields 4.5 Shields has the physical skill and budding feel for the position to become a good, if not very good, starting cornerback in the NFL. He’ll be targeted heavily with Revis on the opposite side, but I think Revis will also help Shields become a better player. Of course, one could speculate that Charles Woodson had some influence to help Shields get a good start in Green Bay. Ultimately Shields might disappoint, but his athleticism and early play has been too good to ignore.
FS1  Reggie Nelson 4 After a rough start to his NFL career, Nelson is rounding into a good free safety. He’s not a great run player, but his pass coverage is why I’m bullish on him. I think he’ll be a nice complement to Searcy. Not as good as Earl Thomas, but a player in a similar vein.
LCB2 Nickel CB  Brice McCain 1 I was originally considering Chimdi Chekwa for his speed and potential to develop into a starter on the outside, but having McCain’s nickel skills was too good to pass up.
RCB2 Nickel CB  Kyle Wilson 0.5 Wilson can play both the nickel back and outside on this squad and there’s little doubt that as an athlete he has the skills to become a competent starter on the perimeter. He can also be my return specialist if Jeremy Ross doesn’t pan out.
FS2  Dwight Lowery 0.5 I hope I don’t need to use him in the secondary, but I think my corners are strong enough that he’ll do a workmanlike job as a free safety as demonstrated with Jacksonville. He’s mainly a special teams guy capable of playing every secondary spot if I’m truly desperate – and that happens more often than we care to believe.
SS3  John Wendling 0.5 Wendling is one of the better special teams tacklers in football.

I’ll take a chance on Burfict. He could be my starting MLB one day. If not, I have enough depth to let him go. Photo by Neon Tommy.

Linebacker Depth Chart

Starting Position Role (optional) Name Value Commentary (Why you picked the player: specific skills and talents you like, potential upside, and fit within the system)
SLB1  Karlos Dansby 6.5 Dansby will be my strong side linebacker, but he can play all three LB positions well. I love his athleticism and I think he’s a somewhat underrated player because he’s always regarded just a notch below the stars at the linebacker position. He can do it all because of his speed to go sideline to sideline, make an impact in pass coverage, or as a blitzer. Although he’s 30, linebackers with his athleticism have recently demonstrated the longevity to play at a high level another five to six years. If I get three from Dansby with this team around him, I got my money’s worth. Once again, his versatility to play all three linebacker positions is terrific value in a tight salary cap situation.
MLB1  Desmond Bishop 6.5 Bishop’s NFL experience has been as an ILB or “Mack” LB for the Packers 3-4 defense, but I’m confident this former MLB at Cal can do a solid job in a 4-3 despite not initially being known for his speed when he left college. However, he’s a strong tackler with excellent pass-rushing skills up the middle. I’ll take my chances with him as an MLB.
WLB1  Bruce Carter 4 Carter play the middle or weak side. He’s a great athlete and will get first shot at the weak side where I think his speed makes him a match for the spot in a 4-3. If he fails to develop, he was a great special teams player at UNC and I can use him there in a pinch.
MLB2 Vontaze Burfict 1 Potential middle linebacker with upside if he shows he cares about the game and willing to work at it. If he does, I can move Dansby to WLB and experiment with Bishop at SLB where I could use him in a LEO, edge-blitzing role. Or I’ll simply be ready to use my depth if one of my starters wants more money and I can’t afford him.
MLB4  Greg Jones 0.5 Strong side guy with good special teams skill.
MLB3  Kirk Morrison 0.5 He can play the middle if pressed into service but he’ll be my reserve strong side guy.
SLB2  Gerald McRath 0.5 Good special teams player with excellent skills against the run and budding skills in pass coverage. Used as a nickel backer. Good depth.
WLB2 Situational Pass Rusher Tahir Whitehead 0.5 Linebackers coach Gunther Cunningham says Whitehead is a much better player than he expected. The sack artist at Temple could surprise. I’ll let him excel on special teams and learn the linebacker position for a year or two. Because he’s shown great smarts already, he can also push Bruce Carter.
Defensive End and Tackle Depth Chart
Starting Position Role (optional) Name Value Commentary (Why you picked the player: specific skills and talents you like, potential upside, and fit within the system)
DT1 LDT  Geno Atkins 9.5 Ndamukong Suh was my original choice as my defensive tackle, but I decided I was getting too cute trying to move players around the defensive front to gain mismatches. So I opted for Atkins, who is quietly among the best 4-3 defensive tackles in the league and a more disciplined player than Suh. Atkins does a strong job getting pressure up the middle, but he’s a better run defender than many predicted. I hope he can anchor this line for years to come.
LDE1  Derrick Morgan 6 Morgan was considered the best all-around defensive end in a draft class that included Jason Pierre-Paul, but an ACL tear cost him the first year and a half of his NFL career and set back his development substantially. However, he flashed some skills at the end of 2011 and if he plays to his potential soon, he’s an equally good run defender and pass rusher. Think an aspiring Bruce Smith. With Atkins to contend with in the middle
RDE1 Starting RDE  Brian Robison 3 I think Robison is just coming into his own as a player capable of pressuring the quarterback from the right side of the line, but smart enough to make plays in the run game. He’s a better athlete than some realize and I think I have a keeper for a good 3-5 seasons.
DT2 NT  Matt Toeaina 0.5 Toeania is a good run defender who will be over the A-Gap.
DT3 NT  Arthur Jones 0.5 Jones is also a good run defender with a strong work ethic. He trains with his brother, MMA figher Jon Jones, and while he’s earning a shot at DE for the Ravens, I like his 315-pound frame and strength as a competitor for the NT role.
LDE2 Backup DE  William Hayes 0.5 Hayes has the athleticism to become a starter, but his development as a small school player has been slow. I think he can contribute if called upon.
DT4 LT  Drake Nevis 0.5 Quick, savvy, and a good player at LSU, I like what Nevis did in limited time with the Colts. I’ll let him sit behind Geno Atkins as depth and hope I don’t need him anytime soon.

I think Jeremy Ross should be considered for a tryout as a running back. The kick returner/receiver could be a diamond in the rough. Phot by Dinur http://www.flickr.com/photos/dinur/5174032277/sizes/l/in/photostream/

Final Special Teams Roster

Special teams now, but I like these feisty Temple guys. Rod Streater has potential to contribute as a split end one day. Photo by TommyTex2001.

Kicker and Punter Depth Chart
Starters Name Value Commentary (Why did you choose the player for special teams and what Role (optional) will he play?)
K1 Greg Zuerlein 1.5 The rookie has long-distance skills as a place kicker and on kickoffs. He’s made two 58-yard field goals and the Rams got rid of starter Josh Brown after drafting him. Considering Jeff Fisher made a good choice with Rob Bironas, I’ll take my chances on Zuerlein.
P1 Ben Graham 1 Graham is known for his strong leg. The former Australian Rules Footballer has bounced around, but I’ll give him a shot to get the job done.
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Kick Coverage Team
Name Commentary (Why did you choose the player for special teams and what Role (optional) will he play?)
Rod Streater Good speed and will be my L1 sprinting from the outside.
Kyle Wilson Wilson’s speed and tackling ability will be helpful here. If he beats Brice McCain for the nickel job, McCain will play here as the R1. He’ll also play next to Jeremy Ross on returns, or I’ll flip flip him with Chad Spann and put the running back in that return role alongside Ross.
Tahir Whitehead Speedy linebacker with excellent special teams track record at Temple. He’ll be my aggressive L2.
Dwight Lowery Should have enough speed to be my R2.
Bruce Carter He’ll be my R3 due to his tacklling skill and solid speed. He has a good nose for the football.
John Wendling He’ll be my L3 as a terrific special teams tackler with a nose for the ball.
Chad Spann My L4 who will learn this role but get help on that side from the experienced Wendling.
Gerald McGrath My R4 and a sure tackler.
Greg Jones My L5 who can thump heads, which is what you need as a head forcer or tracker.
Kirk Morrison Another good hitter who will be my R5.
Jeremy Ross Return specialist. Streater out on returns, but replaces Ross on kick team. Might alternate with Kyle Wilson to keep fresh.
Punt Coverage Team
Name Commentary (Why did you choose the player for special teams and what Role (optional) will he play?)
Chris Spencer Will try at long snapper. Off the field with Kirk Morrison replacing him for return team.
Lydon Murtha Guard on punt team/off field on return team with Gerald McGrath replacing him.
Trai Essex Guard on punt coverage team/ off the field on return team with Greg Jones replacing him.
Dwight Lowery Wide receiver on coverage team and will play on return side.
Bruce Carter Slot back on coverage team and will also play on return side.
John Wendling Slot back on coverage team and will also play on return side.
Chad Spann Personal protector on punt team.
Tahir Whitehead Wide receiver on coverage team and will play on return side.
Rod Streater Wide receiver on coverage team and will play on return side.
Kyle Wilson Wide receiver on coverage team and will play on return side.
Jeremy Ross Return specialist
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3 comments

  1. Awesome team, Matt. Great depth, and your offense is especially scary. It looks like the biggest weaknesses would be unproven commodities and safety and pass-rusher, but with the guys you have at CB and LB you should be able to scheme around that effectively if Morgan/Searcy/Nelson don’t pan out. I’ve got a decent idea of what you’ll be running on both sides of the ball but I can’t wait to read your Q&A.

    OpenOffice has been shitting itself whenever I try to open the spreadsheet with updated player values; might try to track down some new (free) software this weekend, cuz I’m itching to reconstruct my own team.

  2. I was fully expecting Davis and Pearman on your team. Guess I’m batting .500. :) Should have known you’d roster Spann as well.

    Lot of youth going on here. I guess that shouldn’t be too surprising either, given the site on which we’re participating in this.

    It’s interesting to see who the “duplicates” on the teams so far has been. McCain/Essex/Legs have shown up on most so far, IIRC. Most have either rostered Levitre, or bemoaned not being able to as well.

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