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Old 03-22-2006, 10:10 AM   #1
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Offensive Line FA blurbs

Saints | Ruegamer drawing interest; no visit planned
Wed, 22 Mar 2006 05:47:12 -0800

PackersNews.com reports free agent OL Grey Ruegamer (Packers) said he has drawn some interest from the New Orleans Saints, but no visit has been scheduled.
Saints | Stokes planned to visit
Wed, 22 Mar 2006 05:33:44 -0800

Mike O'Hara, of the Detroit News, reports OT Barry Stokes planned to visit with the New Orleans Saints, but instead he agreed to a three-year contract with the Detroit Lions, according to his agent Dr. D.S. Ping.
Unlike years past, the FO at least recognizes an area of need. Now we need to make some signings.
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RE: Offensive Line FA blurbs

Sure we reconize the needs... getting somebody is another story.... I think we need a center type.
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Our best bet now for center is to draft Mangold.
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You can't start both Mangold and Dbrick and expect the line to protect Brees.
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Re: RE: Offensive Line FA blurbs

Originally Posted by foreverfan
You can't start both Mangold and Dbrick and expect the line to protect Brees.
I agree wholeheartedly with this statement. The Raiders tried this a couple of years ago with Robert Gallery at LT and Jake Grove at C. I would compare these two very similarly to D'Brick and Mangold. It turned out bad for the Raiders in their rookie years. Gallery got moved to RT and Grove sat the pine if I remember correctly. These are the two toughest positions to play on the line and starting two rookies is a recipe for disaster.
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Mangold is still better than any of the leftovers available at the center position.
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Sorry, you must be smoking bad stuff, Bob. Rookies going up against seasoned vets? D'brick will be fine but will still take a year to really jell. Mangold playing center will need to make all the line calls plus handle some of the badest dudes in the NFL ie DTs. Don't think that our guards weren't helped by the play of Bentley too. If I going against this line.... I'm licking my chops. We need to protect Brees better.
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Originally Posted by foreverfan
Sorry, you must be smoking bad stuff, Bob. Rookies going up against seasoned vets? D'brick will be fine but will still take a year to really jell. Mangold playing center will need to make all the line calls plus handle some of the badest dudes in the NFL ie DTs. Don't think that our guards weren't helped by the play of Bentley too. If I going against this line.... I'm licking my chops. We need to protect Brees better.
Here's the take on Mangold:

1. NICK MANGOLD, OHIO STATE

Nick Mangold, left, and A.J. Hawk might be the first players drafted at their respective positions.
Positives: Good size (6-foot-3 and 300 pounds) and upper-body strength. ... Shows considerable toughness and will battle to the whistle. ... Possesses intelligence to recognize stunts and blitzes, and consistently makes proper line calls. ... Takes good angles on blocks. ... Does a nice job of pulling and trapping. ... Sets up quickly in pass protection, which gives him an edge vs. speedy inside rushers.

Negatives: Must enhance lower-body strength to deal with massive, bull-rushing tackles. ... Needs to work on change-of-direction skills to become better able to block defenders on the move


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Here is the rest of the story.... rookie. Knowledge is power.
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Here is the rest of the story.... rookie. Knowledge is power.
Didn't Bentley, who just so happened to have the same resume & came from the same school, do a bang up job his rookie season?

Besides, would you rather sign Faine "the crippled one."
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