The runners & riders:
- Clay Matthews
5 guys, 2 spots ...
What we know:
- They want to move Clay back outside, fulltime. Or so they say.
Ryan did v.well last year - vs the run. Vs the pass? Fail
GBP will start you no matter how they get you on their roster.
The other rule of thumb under TT (aside from 99% no FA activity) is they won't rush you into service most fo the time either.
There is no proven ILB pairing in GB yet
Barrington & JT are dinged up and losing reps. Ryan & Martinez have been soaking it up. Martinez is advertised in coverage and was already taking dime reps - which is the new base for most teams anyway these past few yrs.
Will point out some things in Ryan's defense that are getting overlooked:
#1) Oft overlooked but he wasnt an ILB in college, he was an OLB and spot DE for all but one season (his final year), so the struggles in pass coverage in the step up to the pros - as a rookie could be absolutely normal. Might not be. VERY early to call it either way atm.
#2) In everything else (play calling & vs the run) he was nails.
- 2nd highest run stop %age amongst rookie LBs (12.1% of tackles was a stuff)
3rd highest grading for missed tackle %age amongst rookie LBs (only 1 missed tackle every 18.5 rushing attempts)
QB passer completion vs him? 135%
He mayve played well, but they don't like errors on D (odd for a team that paid Hawk what they paid him )and he made a few, which is why he got pulled after the CAR breakout & why they didn't use him sparingly even then. He took it on board in practices - according to Capers & MicMac - and they rewarded him w/the PT down the stretch.
#3) Hes been GBPs 3rd most productive rookie linebacker since Ted Thompson took over as GM - the other 2 were 1st round picks (Clay & Hawk), which lends as much credence to the fact GBP traditionally hold their players back till theyre confident in them as any other narrative (Ryan's da shizzle, for example .Hes not, not yet at any rate)
I'm interested in Martinez - if the price is right, and its rising atm to a point id be more comfortable w/other guys. He's got a shot at relevancy yr1, but - based on how GBP do things - he's also got a legit shot at being involved in a NYG style messy committee with either Ryan or Barrington (or worse if they keep some of the Matthews inside packages).
I don't think JT profiles as a starter, but its pretty hard to read much into it based on sample size - or lack thereof - but he's a guy they've said they like. Something they've said of ALL 4 guys
Barrington could end up being the most cost-effective shot in the dark of the 3. Wide open if Barrington & JT get healthy before TC.
Nick Barnett seems like such a long time ago now