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Old 08-04-2014, 07:36 PM   #1
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Itís a difficult position to judge with the naked eye from the sideline in practice. Even coach Sean Payton said after Saturdayís scrimmage that the only way to truly evaluate an offensive lineman is to go back and look at the tape (not to mention knowing the assignments).

I did notice Lelito making two very nice blocks on two of the Saintsí big plays during Saturdayís scrimmage. But before that, Goodwin had stood out to me a couple more times in some of the Saintsí physical run drills.


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Win-win situation - I'm hoping Lelito can make a very strong case...

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Old 08-04-2014, 07:50 PM   #2
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Tie goes to the young guy.
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Old bull vs. young bull. Smarts goes to the old bull unless the young bull runs the old bull out. So far the young bull has not.
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Concerned about this line. Brees can work with C WR's or less. Hoping it's good enough.
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Concerned about the center position.
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Concerned about the center position.

Q, why are you worried, brother?!?

Coach Payton was confident before the Goodwin signing in Lelito...

We've got two great players, one experienced, seasoned veteran returning and one young, surging player putting up a great competition...

Grubbs, the guard, now that's who worries me...
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Originally Posted by jeanpierre View Post

Q, why are you worried, brother?!?

Coach Payton was confident before the Goodwin signing in Lelito...

We've got two great players, one experienced, seasoned veteran returning and one young, surging player putting up a great competition...

Grubbs, the guard, now that's who worries me...
Thanks for the optimism JP. I'm having real problems not looking at this as a glass half empty kind of thing too. Is Payton really that confident in Lelito or just defending the so-so second round pick they did make? I'm seeing two meh players unable to pull the starting position out of either of their rears. Really wanting to see Drew's uniform stay squeaky clean this year. That's not going to happen without a good player in the middle.
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Re: Mike Triplett: No clear leader in Saints' center battle

Goodwin was an upgrade to De La Puente.

Lelito has pulled even with Goodwin.

Lelito will only get better.

Sounds like good news to me.
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Goodwin was an upgrade to De La Puente.

Lelito has pulled even with Goodwin.

Lelito will only get better.

Sounds like good news to me.
Thanks for more sunshine! Danno, you've been pretty upbeat this preseason. You're really livin' your avatar there as in things always seem to be lookin' up.
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Re: Mike Triplett: No clear leader in Saints' center battle

I don't see a lack of a "clear leader" as a negative assessment. It can be spun a lot of ways, what I keyed on was Evans twice saying Goodwin was the Goodwin of old, which for me sort of sets my expectations. Marry that with a first year Center (Lelito) playing at the same bar and it sounds like our back up will be as good as our starter.

If we brought back DLP or headhunted a third Center I would be worried they were both mediocre.
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