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allstarjim : 8/12/2019 10:37 pm
I'll be the first to say any adulation or prognostication is ridiculously premature. But this is for first impressions of the new guys.

The guy I was most impressed with was Julian Love. I thought he was all over the place.

Yeah I get it, what about Jones, ASJ? First, I'm looking at this through the lens of who is going to help us the most this year. I don't expect Jones to play much, if any, this year. However, I do acknowledge that his accuracy was top-notch, and the only take away that you can take from the first preseason game with respect to Jones is a very positive impression.

I also think that Dexter Lawrence distinguished himself as a presence on the defensive line that will pay immediate dividends.

Obviously, Ryan Connelly stood out big time with the Pick 6 and general athleticism which has been sorely needed in the linebacking corps. There were a couple of plays where I thought DeAndre Baker provided blanket coverage on his receiver. Although I don't think you could take away a whole lot of this first preseason game with respect to Deandre, I do think that he did show some potential as an island type of cornerback.

Ballentine was also very active and incredibly athletic.

Overall, the defensive rookies in particular seem to have a swagger that is rarely seen in a rookie class especially on the defensive side of the ball.

My overall first impression is extremely bullish on the defensive rookies, and I believe that these defensive players out of this class showed enough to have some optimism on the impact they can have in year 1 & beyond.

I'm trying to keep things in perspective, because it's only one preseason game, and the quality of competition that these players will face will escalate mightily once the regular season starts. I feel overall very positive that Gettleman nailed this draft and we may come away with at least for high-end starters. What say you guys?
Ryan Connelly didn't have a pick 6  
Jay on the Island : 8/12/2019 10:41 pm : link
That was Jake Carlock.
Well  
crick n NC : 8/12/2019 10:44 pm : link
They're both "high motor guys" it's hard to tell which one is which at times. To be fair.
RE: Ryan Connelly didn't have a pick 6  
allstarjim : 8/12/2019 10:45 pm : link
In comment 14528593 Jay on the Island said:
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That was Jake Carlock.


Whoops. Thanks for the correction.
Carlock had a hell of a game  
Jay on the Island : 8/12/2019 10:46 pm : link
If he keeps this up I hope they keep him on the 53 man roster over Stupar.
Funny thing is...  
Brown_Hornet : 8/12/2019 11:16 pm : link
...even if DJ isn't a franchise QB, DG can still come out looking great if the rest of this draft looks like it appears that it has a chance to look.

The best part is that the #6 looks legit right out of the gate.
The last two draft classes look very strong  
BSIMatt : 8/13/2019 12:27 am : link
Right now.
RE: Well  
BocaGene : 8/13/2019 1:54 am : link
In comment 14528597 crick n NC said:
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They're both "high motor guys" it's hard to tell which one is which at times. To be fair.


Well, they all look alike, right?
RE: Carlock had a hell of a game  
Tuckrule : 8/13/2019 5:33 am : link
In comment 14528600 Jay on the Island said:
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If he keeps this up I hope they keep him on the 53 man roster over Stupar.


15 snaps. A pick six and a sack not too bad. Would like to see LS I guess the giants are keeping that quiet to maybe stash him on the PS and be the future replacement for deossie
Just because a  
Gman11 : 8/13/2019 6:58 am : link
guy has "swagger" doesn't mean he's a good player. Let's see how these rookies do when offenses game plan against them.
RE: Just because a  
section125 : 8/13/2019 7:51 am : link
In comment 14528673 Gman11 said:
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guy has "swagger" doesn't mean he's a good player. Let's see how these rookies do when offenses game plan against them.


Swagger without ability is useless. Swagger with ability is different. I would not call what Love has swagger, but confidence. Obviously after the mic'd up, he's a talker. But I saw enthusiasm and confidence not swagger.
Time will tell  
Beer Man : 8/13/2019 9:00 am : link
how successful the draft was. I'm optimistic, but I was optimistic after JRs drafts, and time proved those to be pretty bad.
Funny, I though Love  
RollBlue : 8/13/2019 9:09 am : link
was not very impressive. Jones certainly was. I was disappointed with Lawrence's performance, didn't stand out at all. Baker looked good, Oshane X didn't impress, Ballintine looks promising. I thought DT Slayton looked good, but he's in a numbers game at that spot, thought Jenkins looked a little better.
RE: Funny, I though Love  
Gman11 : 8/13/2019 9:35 am : link
In comment 14528784 RollBlue said:
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was not very impressive. Jones certainly was. I was disappointed with Lawrence's performance, didn't stand out at all. Baker looked good, Oshane X didn't impress, Ballintine looks promising. I thought DT Slayton looked good, but he's in a numbers game at that spot, thought Jenkins looked a little better.


As much as you can tell from watching on TV I have about the same impressions that you have. Wasn't quite disappointed with Lawrence knowing that he was double teamed.
Ballentine and Carlock  
Coach Red Beaulieu : 8/13/2019 10:06 am : link
Has shown more play making ability in one preseason game than Apple and Herzlich has shown in many many years.
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