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Old 05-21-2019, 11:02 AM   #11
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he will definitely be missed! Such a loss on the field.

Barnett better be ready!
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Old 05-21-2019, 11:14 AM   #12
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he will definitely be missed! Such a loss on the field.

Barnett better be ready!
Not too worried about Barnett as they both seem to be pass rushers first, but Sweat, Hall, Dillard or Osterman have to step up!
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Old 05-21-2019, 03:22 PM   #13
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he will definitely be missed! Such a loss on the field.

Barnett better be ready!
Different side of the line, it will be Barnett and Curry on the right side, Graham and TBD on the left. (one of Miller, Ostman, Sweat or Hall)

The interesting thing is Miller rushed almost exclusively from the left side in college, Sweat from the right side. Ostman not so sure.

I think everyone is thinking DE is such a need and based on last year I would say yes. However the D line is going to function differently with Malik Jackson this year. We now have two legit pass rushing DT's, with Timmy as a third to give them a breather at times. There will not be a need to move DE inside like we did last year (With Graham and Bennett)

So I don't think DE is as much a need as everyone thinks. The top 3 are solid DE's in Graham, Barnett and Curry. Then we have 2 promising draft picks in Miller and Sweat and two potentially good ends in Ostman and Hall to pick a 4th and possibly 5th from. Is it a top 5 group NO but its a solid group.

That said if Howie has the chance to pickup a pass rushing end via a trade or somebody shakes loose I think he will.
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First, you have to admire Long as a person. No question he walks the walk. As far as his field play-- he didn't have a HoF career but he had a career he can be proud of. More than talent it was his willingness to not take any plays off and to give it his all. Sorry to see him go.
As for this year. Not concerned about DE as long as the injury bug doesn't show up. Miller will be on the roster, whether he is inactive or not is to be determined. Personal guess is that Hall is the 5th guy on the roster. Sweat or Ostman could make most teams and I expect at least one to be on another team. I will be interested to see how Curry and Miller show up this year.
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If the injury bug shows up, so will Chris Long. Retirement will not be as appealing without training camp staring him in the face. That said, I would really like to see another DE. Ansah? Letís make DL dominant!
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If the injury bug shows up, so will Chris Long. Retirement will not be as appealing without training camp staring him in the face. That said, I would really like to see another DE. Ansah? Letís make DL dominant!
Long wasn't the strongest guy against the run anyway. He was more of a pass rush specialist. Maybe one of the kids will be able to fill that kind of role.
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