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Jim in Tampa : 6/12/2018 12:30 pm
Haven't read too much about this WR who transferred from Maryland and spent a year with Syracuse.

One of the beats mentioned him as a "name to watch" in a tweet today, so I checked out Etta-Tawo's highlights on YouTube.

Of course everyone's highlights look great, but his YAC and nose for the end zone look pretty impressive.

Anyone else think Etta-Tawo has a chance to make this team?

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I like Etta-Tawo  
BigBlueDownTheShore : 6/12/2018 12:33 pm : link
He came from a spread offense that really airs it out, and I'm sure he struggled at UMD, thus why he left the team. There is certainly hope for him, I'm hoping he can be more then a systematic player.
His hands concern me  
Anakim : 6/12/2018 12:36 pm : link
They're pretty inconsistent. He runs great routes, but I saw him drop his fair share of balls.
While watching  
TommyWiseau : 6/12/2018 12:38 pm : link
those highlights I thought I was watching Hakeem Nicks. Plays just like him
RE: While watching  
Capt. Don : 6/12/2018 12:41 pm : link
In comment 13989386 TommyWiseau said:
those highlights I thought I was watching Hakeem Nicks. Plays just like him

Unfortunately, I watch a lot of Syracuse football and Nick's is exactly who he plays like.

Not nearly the same ceiling but same style.
He generated some second round buzz at one point  
JonC : 6/12/2018 12:42 pm : link
but I suspect he should've stayed at Cuse a bit longer.
Make the team?  
Red Dog : 6/12/2018 12:52 pm : link
Probably not. He's a long shot at best, and would need a spectacular training camp and/or an injury or two ahead of him to make the roster. Plus, he'd have to show some special teams ability that we haven't seen yet because back up WRs need to be special teamers. He's really more of a candidate for more seasoning on the Practice Squad than anything else.

They will carry five, possibly six WRs. My guess is five because I strongly suspect that they are heading for carrying four TEs. Also note that both Evan Ingram and Saquon Barkley can line up and function as wide outs, which really negates the need for 6 WRs on the roster. But they will almost certainly have one or two WRs on the PS in case somebody gets hurt badly during the season.

Beckham, Shepard, and Latimer are going to be the first three WRs. Roger Lewis still has the inside track for the fourth job due to his experience and proven special teams ability as a gunner. And Hunter Sharp seems to be emerging as the next guy. He has some experience and returns kicks and punts so that fulfills the special teams requirement.

That leaves Etta-Tawo fighting with everybody else left, some of whom have more pro experience than he does. So best guess is a realistic shot at the PS.
FatMan in Charlotte : 6/12/2018 12:56 pm : link
I don't think he could've stayed at Cuse. He was a graduate transfer from MD if I'm not mistaken.
JonC : 6/12/2018 12:59 pm : link
My bad.
Red Dog:  
mrvax : 6/12/2018 1:10 pm : link
Good post. Makes sense.

I think he can beat out  
Phil in LA : 6/12/2018 1:46 pm : link
Lewis, but we’ll have to see.
Roger Lewis being the 4th or 5th WR  
bumpsinthenight : 6/12/2018 1:48 pm : link
I'm not as high on Lewis as I was last year after he became the defacto #1. He seems ok at running is straight lines but doesn't seem like a good route runner; meaning, he doesn't appear to get separation on his breaks in and out of routes.

I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't make the final 53; not saying Etta-Tawo is better or will beat him out but Lewis doesn't wow me. That might be ok for your 5th body at WR since there are only so many bodies to go around with consistent hands.
dorgan : 6/12/2018 2:14 pm : link
probably a long shot, but I still wouldn't bet against him.
The kid makes plays. It's as simple as that.

Everything behind Shepard is up for grabs.  
Brown Recluse : 6/12/2018 3:21 pm : link
He has as much of a shot as anyone else at sticking.
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