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WhoDat!656 05-05-2013 06:11 PM

Veteran tackle pool becoming more shallow
 
The Dolphins have signed one of the top offensive tackles left, agreeing with ex-Falcon Tyson Clabo Sunday. And Clabo off the market, it was time to add another tackle to PFTís All-Unemployed Team.

After some contemplation, we went with Max Starks, a 16-game starter at left tackle for the Steelers a season ago.

The 31-year-old Starks has played on both sides in his NFL career. In fact, he started at right tackle and left tackle in different Super Bowls for Pittsburgh. However, itís his ability to play left tackle, coupled with his overall dependability, that gives him a slight value edge over the rest of the field.

The tackle market isnít completely barren. There are a few serviceable right tackles left, with Eric Winston the top unsigned tackle available and Winston Justice and Barry Richardson other experienced options. Those looking for left tackles, however, donít have many great choices, with Demetress Bell perhaps the best of the group. Jared Gaither also remains unsigned, but as Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune detailed in January, Gaitherís stint in San Diego was notable in the resentment he allegedly created among his teammates.

Will Gaither get a shot with another team? Will someone take a short-term flier on Bell? Those are a couple storylines to watch at the position now that McKinnie and Clabo have found employment.

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TheOak 05-05-2013 06:32 PM

Re: Veteran tackle pool becoming more shallow
 
What we have is better than what is out there.

Brown can play, he just needs to stay healthy.

hagan714 05-05-2013 06:32 PM

Re: Veteran tackle pool becoming more shallow
 
LOT has been. looks like we are going to wait till camp cuts and see if anything falls out from that.

I am watching the UDFA closely and hope the saints make a pick up or two there for the PS.

Roger Gaines, OT, Tennessee State
Chris Faulk, OT, LSU
Manase Foketi, OT, West Texas A&M

* I still have a whole list of players i hope the saints make a move on

Drew will not survive another year of these OT of ours going down. Last years group has now spread to LOT and that aint good.

Fingers crossed that last years red shirted freshman has one that stay healthy and step up.

QBREES9 05-05-2013 07:04 PM

Re: Veteran tackle pool becoming more shallow
 
I don't think the coaching staff is worried.

rezburna 05-05-2013 07:12 PM

Re: Veteran tackle pool becoming more shallow
 
I think the tackles we have can play. I think Jason Smith is going to live up to his potential and start at LT. Charles Brown will hopefully take Zach Strief's spot at RT.

homerj07 05-05-2013 08:50 PM

Re: Veteran tackle pool becoming more shallow
 
So. Much uncertainty. Very few positions are solid outside of QB, WR1,TE1 and so on

hagan714 05-06-2013 07:34 AM

Re: Veteran tackle pool becoming more shallow
 
well i think it is time if any of them go down they need to be replaced. you can gamble with OL for only so long till you reach the point you risk injuring drew.

IMO we are freaking too close to that point. if drew goes down we are done. then again we can draft a top OT in 2014 if he does because we will be drafting in the top ten.

not worth the risk

FinSaint 05-06-2013 07:56 AM

Re: Veteran tackle pool becoming more shallow
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by hagan714 (Post 501009)
LOT has been. looks like we are going to wait till camp cuts and see if anything falls out from that.

I am watching the UDFA closely and hope the saints make a pick up or two there for the PS.

Roger Gaines, OT, Tennessee State
Chris Faulk, OT, LSU
Manase Foketi, OT, West Texas A&M


Gaines was signed by the Ravens, Faulk was signed by the Browns and Foketi was signed by the Broncos.

So, are you saying that they might get cut by those teams and that if that were to happen - the Saints should try to sign them?

I'm a bit confused... http://smileys.on-my-web.com/reposit...onfused-28.gif

hagan714 05-06-2013 08:03 AM

Re: Veteran tackle pool becoming more shallow
 
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Originally Posted by FinSaint (Post 501093)
Gaines was signed by the Ravens, Faulk was signed by the Browns and Foketi was signed by the Broncos.

So, are you saying that they might get cut by those teams and that if that were to happen - the Saints should try to sign them?

I'm a bit confused... http://smileys.on-my-web.com/reposit...onfused-28.gif


all UDFA so when camp breaks and the season start you have the PS to sign so you have a shot at picking up a player or two at that time. lets see if any of those guys are out there at that time.

the-commish 05-06-2013 11:33 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by TheOak (Post 501008)
What we have is better than what is out there.

Brown can play, he just needs to stay healthy.

It is probably Brown's job to lose. I wouldn't count on Jason Smith, as he has been a total bust so far. And, the coaching staff will bring Terron Armstead along slowly in his first season. He is athletic enough to play LT once he gets his feet wet.


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