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You’ve got Questions, We’ve Got Answers

We’ve started answering some of the questions we recieved. Here are our takes.
Q: Cactus Jack

September 7th, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Can someone provide a good explanation for teams having different criteria for kick returners and punt returners since they essentially require the same skills?

Cactus Jack

Here’s JW’s opinion on this issue.

A: Jack, you’d be surprised, they actually are totally different. Both require great foot-speed, quick reflexes, and good hands. To be a kick returner you need to be able to see a hole, hit it with speed, and also to a degree, hide behind your blockers until you and hit the hole and burst out of it. A punt returner needs to be good in open-space. He needs to create more, as opposed to a kick returner whose more read and react.

My Take: I have never put much thought into it, but I do believe that it is also harder to catch a punt than it is to catch a kick off.  For example of what JW was talking about Percy Harvin is a very good kick returner in this league, but gets very few touches as a punt returner.

Q: Cactus Jack

September 7th, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Why are players who are acknowledged “projects” permitted to take up valuable playing space on the 53 man squad instead of the practice squad ?

Cactus Jack

A: A project player is someone the organization sees as having tremendous upside, thus increasing his value. Take Ramses Barden for an example last year. The Giants’ saw Barden as someone who has huge upside and as a potential legitimate red-zone threat. If the Giants’ decided to waive Barden, there is absolutely no chance he would have made the practice squad last season. Every team has a project player, or two, sometimes even more on their respective roster. Guys who are considered project players won’t generally hit the practice squad because of the simple fear they’ll be snatched.

My take: JW is precisely right. I think fans often times don’t give young players enough time to contribute. Barden is entering his second N.F.L. season same thing with Beckum and a number of players. Take James Harrison for example or Derrick Ward these two players didn’t become good players until they were almost thirty years old!!!

Teams don’t want to waive a player like Ramses Barden after only one year and watch that player become the next dominant player in the league. The issue to me is that there is no real minor league. In the NBA or MLB teams can hide them in the minor leagues (and in baseball actually retain the rights of that player for a long time) while in football even trying to place a player on practice squad can result in losing that player if another team claims them.

If andre Brown runs for 1200 yards next year the Giants will look foolish.

Q: Frank R

September 7th, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Thought this was supposed to be about the Giants. Questions about snappers and kick returning should go to sites dedicated to football strategy.

My Giants question is: What’s up with Clint Sintim and Will Beatty? Are these two second rounders busts?


A: We don’t mind any football questions, really. Regarding Sintim and Beatty, the two are in the same boat, actually. Neither Sintim nor Beatty is ready to assume their respective starting roles, that the Giants’ pretty much wanted them to win their jobs this summer. The Giants’ wanted Beatty to step up and show the potential he has, and win the starting left tackle role. They also wanted Sintim to win the starting OLB spot, and keep Bulluck in the middle, but he wasn’t ready, either. Instead the Giants’ will go with Goff in the middle, pushing Bulluck to the outside. On the offensive side of the ball, all still remains the same. Diehl will remain at LT while Seubert will remain at LG.

Here is JW’s take

I wouldn’t consider either of them busts, just yet. This is only Beatty’s second year in the N.F.L. and you have to wait around 4 years before you can truly declare someone a bust. Beatty played in 15 games last year as a rookie, starting three of them. For a rookie, he had a pretty good season, I’d say. He adjusted to the speed of the game very nicely; something offensive linemen sometimes don’t get right away. The Giants’ thought he’d be able to take the next step, but he’s just not ready yet. I wouldn’t consider Sintim a bust yet, either. Again, this is his second year, so you can’t give him the bust label just yet. Sintim played good in the limited time he had last season. Towards the end of the year he started seeing regular time. They thought he’d be ready to take the next step, but wasn’t ready yet. It seems Goff has taken the next step, but you will see Sintim and Beatty in back-up roles this season. They will both see time on the field, though.

My take: exactly! I bolded the 4 years comment. Players need time before they become busts. I just used the example of James Harrison and Derrick Ward, Matt Hasselbeck took five years, Tiki Barber became Tiki Barber starting in his fourth year and did not arrive until his sixth. Be patient because it takes time for a lot of players. The Matt Ryans, Brian Orakpo’s are exceptions.

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3 Responses to “You’ve got Questions, We’ve Got Answers”

  1. Michael S says:

    the 4 years to become a bust isnt true. jamarcus russell only played 3 seasons and was released. y is that

  2. Michael S

    That’s true, but I think there are always exceptions to any rule.

    Jamarcuss Russell showed that he was not willing to WORK at becoming a good N.F.L. player. Prior to the draft there were concerns about Russell’s love of the game.

    Russell refused to lose weight, study hard on the playbook and also had questions raised about whether or not he was doing illegal activities with perscription drugs.

    The point is that it takes MANY player 3,4, or even 5 years to become good viable N.F.L. players and it’s shortsighed to label a player like Ramses barden or Travis Beckum busts yet.

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