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Dark horse players

Posted: 7/29/2014 7:46 PM

Dark horse players 


Who comes out of nowhere this year to make a significant impact? Pick one offensive player and one defensive.

Offense: Kevin Ogletree- A poor mans Titus Young, looked good in limited action last year. Good athlete who can take the top off the defense. Has trouble with the playbook at times.. Should flourish if he can remember the plays.

Prediction: Becomes our #3 receiver, 600 yards with 4 td's.

Defense: Don Carey- Our best backup player at any position. Can make occasional play and is versatile, with the ability to play CB and safety. Just an all around good football player. Lions signed him to a 3 year extension midway through the 2013 season.

Prediction: Gets opportunity to play ahead of James I part way through the season and becomes our starting SS.
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Posted: 7/29/2014 9:05 PM

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Offense: Theo Riddick! Does this even qualify anymore? He had an instant role when we hired Lombardi. I still remember watching Notre Dame get waxed in the National Championship game against Alabama. Riddick didn't play a lot, but when he was in he looked like one of the only players that belonged on the same field with the Crimson Tide.

Defense: Jonte Green. We watched him grow as a rookie, then he sat the bench the next year. The little he played showed promise. I have a lot of faith in Jonte.
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Posted: 7/29/2014 9:13 PM

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according to Tulloch the most improved for each group is Slay for Defense and Riddick for Offense... I'll take his word on that... however, we're yet to see if that translates to production in games going forward...

So Riddick is my dark horse as well based on that. And I think one of our CBs will surprise this year not named Slay or a veteran. Not saying Slay wont be good as I am expecting him to be a decent starter at worse.

 

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Posted: 7/29/2014 9:45 PM

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I like Riddick on offense and Taylor on defense.
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Posted: 7/29/2014 10:47 PM

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I know its just two days of camp but George Johnson the DE who lost about 20 pounds is showing really well.

He always had the quick's but now its showing more he was a UDFA pickup.


iggy14 wrote: Who comes out of nowhere this year to make a significant impact? Pick one offensive player and one defensive.

Offense: Kevin Ogletree- A poor mans Titus Young, looked good in limited action last year. Good athlete who can take the top off the defense. Has trouble with the playbook at times.. Should flourish if he can remember the plays.Agree on Ogletree making roster but just backup .

Prediction: Becomes our #3 receiver, 600 yards with 4 td's.

Defense: Don Carey- Our best backup player at any position. Can make occasional play and is versatile, with the ability to play CB and safety. Just an all around good football player. Lions signed him to a 3 year extension midway through the 2013 season.

Prediction: Gets opportunity to play ahead of James I part way through the season and becomes our starting SS. Disagree he takes over starting SS  but does give us a nice #3 Safety

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Posted: 7/29/2014 11:06 PM

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Well, it gets boring when everyone picks the same players

So I'll say

Offense: Nate Freese. Yep I know he is technically Special Teams, but he puts points on the board. So I'll say he is perfect with extra points, and 24 of 28 on Field Goals (perfect from within 40 yards).

Defense: Nick Fairley. Dude is going to step it up in his contract year. 47 Tackles, 10 Sacks, 3 FF. Question is will he keep it up once he gets paid.
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Posted: 7/29/2014 11:08 PM

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Wiseacres wrote: I like Riddick on offense and Taylor on defense.
ahh yes, Taylor on D...

 

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Posted: 7/30/2014 7:36 AM

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I think that I will take the injuried route and pick my dark horse from 2 of the players who have had problems staying on the field.

Offense - Ryan Broyles

Defense - Chris Greenwood
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Posted: 7/30/2014 8:33 AM

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Offense: Theo Riddick! Does this even qualify anymore? He had an instant role when we hired Lombardi. I still remember watching Notre Dame get waxed in the National Championship game against Alabama. Riddick didn't play a lot, but when he was in he looked like one of the only players that belonged on the same field with the Crimson Tide.

Defense: Jonte Green. We watched him grow as a rookie, then he sat the bench the next year. The little he played showed promise. I have a lot of faith in Jonte.

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I am a big Jonte believer as well. I have a bad feeling that he may get released.. He was getting very limited snaps in mini camp. Let's hope that the Lions don't make a big mistake and that he can get an opportunity to see the field.
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Posted: 7/30/2014 10:54 AM

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I think Pettigrew and Broyles (if he can stay healthy) start to make other teams really pay for over-focusing on CJ (is that even possible?).

On D, I really think Greenwood comes to life this year.
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Posted: 7/30/2014 11:43 AM

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Dark Horse:  biggrin

Offense:  I have a feeling J Ross will get more snaps than anyone anticipated, and do well with them.  Not huge numbers obviously, but make some real plays here and there.

Defense:  If Jason Jones is healthy, I think he could have a solid year (7+ sacks, and hold up well against the run) and take advantage of the attention paid to the rest of the d-line.


Least likely to succeed:  frown

Offense:  Broyles.  Hope he proves me wrong.  I assume we will be without his services for most of the year.

Defense:  Chris Greenwood.  What has he ever done, other than run a decent 40yd dash 3 years ago?  Again, hope I am proven wrong, but I don't see an NFL contributor here.

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Posted: 7/30/2014 11:57 AM

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Great idea for a thread!

Offense- Ryan Broyles. Even if he is less than 100% he will still get open against #3 and #4 corner backs. I think his impact will be greater than his numbers, as he will be a favorite target for keeping drives alive. 40 catches, 500 yards, 2 TDs.

Defense- Tahir Whitehead. He won't start but he will get plenty of time as a backup and situational pass rusher. His speed will add an extra dimension to the Lions' mostly power-based rushers. He will remain a valuable special teams player. 35 tackles, 5 sacks, 2 FF.
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Posted: 7/30/2014 1:13 PM

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Whoever our 3rd WR ends up being will put up some decent numbers I think. Maybe Ogletree or Ross could be that devery henderson or robert meachum role a few years back in that Saints offense. 

I see one of our young CBs pretty much having to step up and put up numbers, whether its inflated stats from just an increase of playing time or actually not being torched on a regular basis. I think Green or Greenwood could be the guy.

Sorry for no specif player and the ambiguity of my picks.
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Posted: 7/30/2014 2:11 PM

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Posted: 7/30/2014 2:15 PM

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Mikel Leshoure, and Kevin Ogletree.
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Posted: 7/30/2014 4:50 PM

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I'm going with Broyles staying healthy and having a monster year and Devin Taylor who I actually thought looked good in the limited action he seen last year. 
 We all  may be shocked to see someone come out of nowhere to dominate on both sides of the ball. To me (it seems) Gym Shortz  had his favorites (Kris Durham), his dog house dwellers (Mikel Leshoure) and didn't put the best 22 players on the field who may have been difference makers in close games, he was just to bull headed to field the best players, that's just my opinion tho

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Posted: 7/30/2014 5:03 PM

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Posted: 7/31/2014 4:02 AM

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O-Leshoure
D-Greenwood

The games Greenwood played I thought he looked great
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Posted: 7/31/2014 11:47 AM

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Posted: 7/31/2014 1:41 PM

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irishfury6 wrote: O-Leshoure
D-Greenwood

The games Greenwood played I thought he looked great
I thought about going with Greenwood too, but I know my Albion homer-ism would have played a role there. I can definitely see him making an impact this season.
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