a terrible blight on our fine country
Here are your unofficial Michigan free agency signings, for our boys who missed out on draft day, but will still look to earn an NFL paycheck (except Carson Butler, who will undoubtedly be cut after releasing a terror-spree the nerdy denizens of Wisconsin).
Full (and still unofficial) list can be found here: http://www.nepatriotsdraft.com/2009/04/2009-undrafted-free-agent-signing...
Will Johnson - Ravens
Brandon Harrison - Colts
Tim Jamison - Texans
Doug Dutch - Redskins
Sean Griffin - Seahawks
Carson Butler - Packers
Here's hoping these undrafted guys impress enough to crack the roster.
With our entire starting D-Line graduating or leaving (I presume Brandon Graham will leave), I am worried about where we will stand next year. I know Martin has been playing well and the Butler shift may be interesting. Also, Van Bergen has showed some promise. Roh and Lalota and Campbell(?) are coming in next year. It would be a shame if we improve our LB core and DB's but our D-Line falls apart. Do we have any budding superstars I am unaware of? Is there any real cause for concern?
Has anybody seen him? Aside from his sack in the Miami game where he basically had a free ride up the middle to the QB on a blown assignment (as well as one more), we haven't seen much out of this guy. In fact, during a few plays in the Miami game, it was clear that Taylor was struggling with his conditioning: sucking wind, waddling around, clearly gassed. Watch him in the 4th quarter next game and you'll see what I mean. Isn't this guy supposed to be a first round NFL draft prospect? I think at this point Will Johnson is outperforming and outconditioning Terrence Taylor, who is looking painfully average.
Furthermore, where the heck is our pass rush? It's been woefully absent the past two games as QB's have had the luxury of sitting back and picking our underneath coverage apart. This is the area in which I'd like to see the most improvement from our defense in the ND game. That and Stevie Brown not screwing up.