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I think we will see A LOT of 3-4 this season.
BUCK: Fowler, Jr.
I also think we will benefit greatly from Watkins playing Safety ... battle-tested ... knows all of the calls. Top-5 Defense!
Not a fan of having a skinny safety, and Watkins was pretty skinny last year. For his sake, I hope he bulks up over the summer!
I believe he will bulk up, no doubt about it. Remember, Reggie was skinny as well. No way am I comparing him to RFN, but just making a point. He's 6'0 190 right now and with the move to Safety, I imagine that he'll come to camp at 200+.
BTW, the average height/weight of this past season's Pro Bowl Safeties is 6'0 210 - which was actually skewed by that manimal Adrian Wilson.
Nick Collins: Green Bay (Height: 5-11 Weight: 207)
Brian Dawkins: Philadelphia (Height: 6-0 Weight: 210)
Adrian Wilson: Arizona (Height: 6-3 Weight: 230)
Ed Reed: Baltimore (Height: 5-11 Weight: 200)
Troy Polamalu: Pittsburgh (Height: 5-10 Weight: 207)
Chris Hope: Tennessee (Height: 6-0 Weight: 208)
That's basically a 4-3 when Fowler is on the LOS as an end
Not really - different gap responsibilities, but yes - it looks the same when an OLB walks up to the LOS. That's the beauty of the 3-4.
Watkins is plenty big to play FS. Though of course, I'd like him to be 6'3" 215lbs and our SS at 6'2" 220lbs both running in the 4.4s. I trust him a lot more playing centerfield than I would anyone else. He's got the most experience, and has the speed to be a good safety net. We'll see if he can be a playmaker at that position, and not just a body though. I also think he can play at a higher level than Josh Evans too. Also, I would expect him to get on a specified training program this to get where he needs to be physically.
Is our Buck ever going to drop into coverage? Isn't that the whole point, is to keep the offense guessing whether he's going to rush or drop into coverage. I haven't watched the game tape I should have, but I know that's been the biggest beef with our "buck" position, is that it's more of a recruiting pitch, than an actual position.
People tend to undervalue what Josh Evans did this year, IMO. He was everywhere and put himself in position to make so many plays he shouldn't have had any shot at making. If Florida gets Evans' production out of either safety in 2013, the Gators will be in GREAT shape.
Jeez, Wilson is 6'3" 230? What a beast. 33 years old too. I think Marcell Harris is going to be a similar size.
I just realized we only have 6 seniors starting 2 on offense 4 on defense. We could be great next year if our juniors come back
Had Powell been healthy, I'm sure he would have. He did a few times the season before. I just don't think it would have been fair to put that on Fowler nor McCray last season, for different reasons.
Definitely not knocking Evans, just believing that Watkins can play at a higher level. Of course, if that does happen, that would be a huge bonus. Watkins does have better ball skills and is probably faster than Evans too. Evans was a converted CB if I remember correctly as well. Evans did step up his play this year, no doubt about that.
Now who's going to be the nickleback? I can see that role taken up by VH3 immediately.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by LawOfTheGator 12 months ago
I doubt Watkins is faster than Evans. Evans is pretty darn fast.
I think it's debatable. I know Evans was a huddler and T & F star as well.
I have no clue how fast Watkins is, but I wouldn't get all worked up over a 4.60 which is what Evans ran at the combine.
For Evans sake, he still would of done it at a higher bodyweight than Watkins. I still think that Watkins probably flat lines a faster 40, and he's more agile and has better hips than Evans. There's areas where Evans is his superior of course. It doesn't matter at this point though, since Watkins doesn't have the experience Evans had at S when he's coming in to start. Didn't quite a few argue Watkins was our best corner? If he's our best corner, and he's moving to FS, that says something about his ability. I know prior to 2006, it was expected that Reggie Nelson was going to play corner for us. But then we got the transfer Ryan Smith, who started at CB and allowed Nelson to play at his best position at FS. It doesn't matter at this point, but I'm glad to have him as a safety net at FS with all his experience at CB.
Evans is a guy who plays extremely fast in pads. Haven't seen quite that same speed in pads from Watkins, but I guess that's like, just my opinion.
The way I see it is if we was fast enough to cover SEC receivers and be considered one of the top cover cbs on our team then he is definitely fast enough to play safety and probably faster than Evans. He just has to be able to read and react fast enough which I think Evans did a good job of last year causing him to always be around the ball making tackles
Still waiting for Luke to get up off the mat after the knock down by JWren.
I was not an Evans fan going into the season and the opener did not ease those fears. After that he had several angle breakdowns in the aTm and then got knocked out when their running back ran over his chest. I wasn't feeling good about him at all.
That being said since that aTm game he continually proved me wrong. The safety play we had all year was no doubt a huge reason that we had what I believed was the best D in the SEC and possibly the country.
Beatings will continue until morale improves
This is something that many seem to overlook when talking about "times in tights".
Lots of 4.4 guys run 4.7s in pads, and lots of 4.58 (Evans actual combine time) run the same in pads.
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