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06 Jul 2009
Over the next four weeks, we'll be publishing articles on ESPN Insider looking at the cap situation for each of the league's teams. We start today with looks at the AFC East and NFC East.
Posted by: J.I. Halsell on 06 Jul 2009
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07 Jul 2009, 10:16am by
Re. Gholston: "Needless to say, from an expectations standpoint, there's a lot of catching up for the second-year player, and early word out of Jets training camp is that no headway is being made."
The "early" word must be real early, considering Jets training camp doesn't start for another three weeks. Whatever off-season activites they've had so far have been non-contact. Kind of hard to judge a linebacker or defensive lineman when he isn't allowed to tackle anyone.
It's hard to have positive praise, but it's easy to criticize. OTAs are technique drills and playbook installs, and if Gholston's technique's been poor, or frequently screwing up the play (doing the wrong thing, etc.) then that's a very, very bad sign. They could also be talking about the physical shape he's in, which would also be bad,
I don't know who "they" are. I've been following the blogs of the Jets' local beat reporters who attended some of the OTA's and mini-camp (I attended one session of mini-camp open to the public), and none of them had any negative reports on Gholston. I know Adam Schefter had a two-line tweet implying a bad report on his performance, but I don't know what he based it on.
Pretty cursory analysis for Insider content, and seems to lack an in-depth familiarity with the teams-- Michael Hamlin, for instance, is not going to be replacing Ken Hamlin anytime soon. And I'd say Flozell Adams is under more pressure to live up to his cap # this year, even though it's smaller than Hamlin's.
"Last team with the ball wins" is a cliche, but sometimes cliches are the best way to get across the central narrative of an important game. If you like great quarterback play, you have to watch the NFC Championship Game.
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