Drops happen. He can learn how to block. And he was likely laughing because he knew he screwed up. I do it. It’s the easiest way to quickly move on from a mistake. Laugh at yourself, shake it off and move on.
… as a complement to Daniel Bellinger. None of the guys they have tried - Seals-Jones, Akins, Miller, Myarick (in a slightly different role), Hudson, Cager - have been good in-line blockers. Kafka and Daboll aren’t shy about telegraphing their intentions by inserting extra linemen when they just need a block. They do it partly because none of their TEs can block, but there appears to be a niche for a pass-catching specialist. So despite his shortcomings, Cager may have a decent chance of sticking around beyond 2022. He obviously can’t afford more drops.
Nick Vannett is more of a short-term replacement for Bellinger, though we might see them on the field together when Bellinger returns. That will bear watching. For now, the staff is just scrambling to fill a Bellinger-sized hole in the offense. Hence the urgency to get Vannett ready to play.
I do not like him when he’s inline. Flashbacks of EE blocking. Issue is, without Belly, we don’t have a tight end who can block consistently. Losing him was a gigantic loss to the entire offense. He’s a tough kid and hopefully he’s back for the commanders game.
In mid season, he makes the roster and is probably an important part of the offense at least until Bellinger comes back. That tells you the state of the TE position here.
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