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Old 03-29-2021, 08:57 AM   #1701
QuikSand
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Ravens are on the clock in round one. Mulling over options... a BPA player at a need position but not a "move-the-needle" one is there... also a skill position guy who looks like a very good fit... and then there's the "best QB out there because we really need a QB plan."

Waffling.
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Old 03-29-2021, 09:01 AM   #1702
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Went with need-enhanced BPA... gotta have a brand, mine is overlooking the important roster slots in lieu of big fat bars elsewhere:




Baltimore: QuikSand takes DE Denzel Cowdrick with the 1.17 pick.

Run Defense68<->100
Pass Rush Technique68<->100
Pass Rush Strength61<->92
Man-to-Man Defense50<->81
Zone Defense28<->60
Bump-and-Run Defense30<->62
Play Diagnosis0<->32
Punishing Hitter68<->100
Endurance68<->100
Special Teams67<->99

HT
WT
RAW
ADJ
DASH
SOL
BENCH
AGI
BRJU
POS
%DEV
72
279
5.9
6.5
4.78
21
29
7.44
117
-
49



Very pleased that what my scout saw as maxed-out bars also look that way in this view. No sure thing, but we really could use an anchor-caliber presence on the DL, I hope this is it.
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Old 03-29-2021, 09:08 AM   #1703
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So, huge Ravens D updates in the first nutso wave of free agency. I was very unsettled going in, especially at DB, and had to make weird decisions here. The results are mixed, but okay overall:


LCB Ezekiel Hoover
FA Stage 2
turned down a contract offer: 3yrs, $171,000,000.


NT Dave Woods
FA Stage 2
turned down a contract offer: 2yrs, $15,500,000.


RCB Arnold Huntley
FA Stage 2
turned down a contract offer: 4yrs, $388,000,000.


MLB Trey Martin
FA Stage 3
signed as an unrestricted free agent from Tennessee: 2yrs, $71,000,000.


RCB Keegan Jaynes
FA Stage 3
turned down a contract offer: 2yrs, $94,000,000.


LCB Alexis Desai
FA Stage 3
signed as an unrestricted free agent from Chicago: 3yrs, $34,500,000.


WLB Dakota Patton
FA Stage 3
signed as an unrestricted free agent from Buffalo: 4yrs, $276,000,000.


LCB Arnie Hausermann
FA Stage 3
signed as an unrestricted free agent from Cincinnati: 3yrs, $34,500,000.


SS Joseph Barkshadt
FA Stage 3
turned down a contract offer: 3yrs, $261,000,000.


So, bottom line is we tried to land a build-around DB and failed. We let our top veteran guys go, and now have a mere shell of a DB infrastructure. That's going to be okay, I think.

We DID land two monumental LBs, one young-ish and one old, and that position group should be totally jake for a while.

So, much work to do at DB, I probably want to add a couple guys in this draft and put them out there right away to start building chem and cohesion... and this year is increasingly looking like a throwaway. I have my usual "please take all my draft picks" post up, but only one nibble and likely not that serious, so... will be trying to get some very useful engines in the later rounds (thinking special teamers, role players, the sort of thing we thrive upon out here).
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Old 03-29-2021, 09:09 AM   #1704
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...to clarify, DBs Desai and Hauserman are here on no-risk min-bonus deals, so once I have a chem scheme in mind, I can cut whomever doesn't really fit. If one of them fits, fine, he can start this year maybe, but more likely we'll push young guys out there to coach 'em up.
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Old 03-30-2021, 08:29 AM   #1705
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Wow... haven't see this major of a rebuild in a minute... will be following...
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Old 03-30-2021, 09:59 AM   #1706
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Yeah, it just feels right. And another major piece of the rebuilding "commitment" will drop momentarily.

First... FA 1:3-4... we missed out on a couple guys, but life goes on:


LDT Darrell Haworth
FA Stage 4
turned down a contract offer: 3yrs, $24,600,000.


FS Dustin Swedberg
FA Stage 4
turned down a contract offer: 4yrs, $52,000,000.


K Thurman McWaters
FA Stage 5
signed as an unrestricted free agent from Detroit: 3yrs, $16,080,000.


FL Fernando Hampton
FA Stage 5
signed as a free agent: 2yrs, $8,270,000.


So, two run-stopping DTs have rebuffed my advances. Thing is, this is an easy position to fill with an adequate guy. So, I'm not panicked here. We could throw a 4th round pick at it, or maybe just skip it and cover up - I don't really care a lot about stopping the run in a no-gameplanning league.

Our signees here are a decent and affordable kicker (fine) and a nice strong-chem roster filler WR. Nothing to shout about, but both likely make the team unless we end up drafting a big kicker, which seems awfully unlikely.
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Old 03-30-2021, 10:04 AM   #1707
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And in round two... my "best QB out there" from round one is still there, so I grab him. Not exactly thrilled, especially since all the people and tons of Ben's bots have passed him up... but he's a young guy we can toss out there. To my scout, he looks to have decent bars and a meh sense rush (I know)... and to the league he looks like this:



Baltimore: QuikSand takes QB Cary Alfonso with the 2.16 pick.

Screen Passes1<->29
Short Passes45<->74
Medium Passes53<->82
Long Passes31<->60
Deep Passes37<->66
Third Down Passing64<->93
Accuracy59<->88
Timing63<->92
Sense Rush37<->66
Read Defense27<->56
Two Minute Offense50<->79
Scramble Frequency60<->89
Kick Holding34<->63

HT
WT
RAW
ADJ
DASH
SOL
BENCH
AGI
BRJU
POS
%DEV
73
213
5.6
6.4
4.63
40
10
7.80
111
85
27

...okay, then. Basically see the same guy. Caretaker, more or less, and best case is he becomes a long term "well he's got cohesion and I suppose he's good enough since we're drafting in the 20s again" guy.
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Old 03-30-2021, 10:17 AM   #1708
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My veteran QB throws a ton of interceptions. This rookie will, too. Probably time to pull the lever and see what we have here.
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Old 03-30-2021, 11:08 AM   #1709
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...and I still cannot name a single guy who is "certain" to have a job playing CB or S on opening day. So that's kinda fun. Really had expected to land a DB in round one.
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Old 03-30-2021, 06:25 PM   #1710
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So, WTF is up with the WTF, you ask?

Well, not a whole lot, tbh...


SS Irving Bruce
FA Stage 4
signed as a free agent: 3yrs, $30,000,000.


RB Kenny Brandon
FA Stage 4
turned down a contract offer: 4yrs, $36,000,000.


RDT J.T. Leandri
FA Stage 5
signed as an unrestricted free agent from Tennessee: 2yrs, $23,900,000.


FL Javier Whorton
FA Stage 5
turned down a contract offer: 3yrs, $108,000,000.


That's the full list of player transactions and failed attempts at same... so, pretty quiet.

We have 44 signed, and a lot of irons in the fire, so... nothing much to see here. My effort on that WR was subpar, Ben's ATL team grabs him for $71m or so, a ton more than I put out there.
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Old 03-30-2021, 06:31 PM   #1711
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WFT draft update:




Washington: KickStand takes WR Johnnie Tatum with the 1.30 pick.

Avoid Drops22<->52
Getting Downfield62<->91
Route Running52<->82
Third Down Catching63<->93
Big-Play Receiving53<->82
Courage63<->92
Adjust to Ball42<->72
Punt Returning0<->29
Kick Returning0<->29
Endurance71<->100
Special Teams17<->46

HT
WT
RAW
ADJ
DASH
SOL
BENCH
AGI
BRJU
POS
%DEV
73
206
5.6
5.8
4.41
32
16
7.02
106
46
37


Looks like a solid late-1st receiver, that's fine. I took him ahead of a really nice looking chem-fit OT, and then posted a "I want to trade up" block...actually got a bite, but my OT had already gone at pick 1.31. Ugh.





Washington: KickStand takes T Charles Bishop with the 2.30 pick.

Run Blocking28<->57
Pass Blocking57<->86
Blocking Strength38<->67
Endurance33<->62

HT
WT
RAW
ADJ
DASH
SOL
BENCH
AGI
BRJU
POS
%DEV
81
333
4.7
5.2
5.27
33
28
7.65
94
-
26



Profoundly unexciting...but especially dispiriting after turning away from a potential stud LT in the first.
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Old 03-31-2021, 09:42 AM   #1712
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Ravens have a busy stage today, no shock, as stage 7 is often loaded with medium-tier guys finally deciding what to do... let's have a look:


FS Steven Ellingsen
FA Stage 6
signed as an unrestricted free agent from Carolina: 2yrs, $10,320,000.


RCB Edwin Reid
FA Stage 6
signed as a free agent: 2yrs, $8,760,000.


RCB Winston Isaacs
FA Stage 6
re-signed as an unrestricted free agent


LCB Chandler Koopman
FA Stage 6
turned down a contract offer: 2yrs, $52,000,000.


SS Morris Bauer
FA Stage 6
signed as an unrestricted free agent from Seattle: 3yrs, $39,000,000.


FL Blake Strugielski
FA Stage 7
turned down a contract offer: 2yrs, $20,000,000.


LCB Donnell Boyer
FA Stage 7
signed as a free agent: 2yrs, $20,000,000.


LCB Preston Quinonez
FA Stage 7
turned down a contract offer: 3yrs, $24,000,000.


Anything exciting here? Well, depends what you consider exciting. CB Ellingsen is here as a build-around chem option at DB, badly needed. 9th year guy, special teams ace, and 80/96 on chem, so... good for a few years. CB Koopman was supposed to be the package deal, a potential CB1/2 to slide in and click with Ellingsen, but he picked another deal instead.

The twist here is that we also signed CB Boyer, who at 7th year 87/87 becomes the group leader over Ellingsen. He grades out as a CB4 caliber, and a solid KR, so a nice asset... younger than Ellingsen, so... maybe we build around him as chem leader instead? Hmmm.

So... maybe we load up the last round or two with young DBs from the 8-9 chem group, to play it safe and work with either leader? Ugh.

side note: i fuckin' love this sort of thing, FAR more at this point in FOF than sorting out which mediocre receive should start in the slot when we play 11 formation

WR Strugielski opted for Atlanta over our offer as well, would have been a modest upgrade at WR/TE chem leader for us. Alas.
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Old 04-01-2021, 11:11 AM   #1713
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Okay, late stages of free agency:

QB Albert Campbell
FA Stage 8
re-signed as an unrestricted free agent


LCB Marvin Hobbs
FA Stage 8
turned down a contract offer: 2yrs, $32,000,000.


WLB Brandon Rice
FA Stage 8
turned down a contract offer: 3yrs, $21,000,000.


LG Caleb Beckman
FA Stage 8
signed as a free agent: 2yrs, $6,400,000.


LCB Damon Ashraf
FA Stage 9
signed as a free agent: 3yrs, $26,700,000.


FS Branden de Leon
FA Stage 9
signed as a free agent: 3yrs, $21,000,000.


TE Van Makofske
FA Stage 9
re-signed as an unrestricted free agent


QB Jeremy Garrison
FA Stage 9
signed as a free agent: 2yrs, $6,400,000.

Lots of low-risk moves here. DB Ashraf is a patch-over affinity guy good enough to play for a season or two (considering our lack of rookie investment there, might be needed), DB DeLeon much the same only younger and maybe could stick for a while and play FS. Nothing thrilling.
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Old 04-01-2021, 11:31 AM   #1714
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WFT moves:


RT Carl Atkins
FA Stage 8
re-signed as an unrestricted free agent


WLB Dusty Drozd
FA Stage 8
re-signed as an unrestricted free agent


TE Ernie Fasani
FA Stage 8
re-signed as an unrestricted free agent


SS Rufus Richmond
FA Stage 8
signed as an unrestricted free agent from Tampa Bay: 3yrs, $20,400,000.


FS Jeff Alston
FA Stage 8
signed as a free agent: 3yrs, $22,500,000.


LCB Greg Leadbetter
FA Stage 9
re-signed as an unrestricted free agent


LCB Grady Tate
FA Stage 9
signed as an unrestricted free agent from San Francisco: 3yrs, $27,000,000.


FS Max Traxler
FA Stage 9
signed as an unrestricted free agent from Atlanta: 2yrs, $14,200,000.


RG Derek Whitehurst
FA Stage 9
signed as an unrestricted free agent from New Orleans: 3yrs, $21,000,000.


QB Gabriel Lang
FA Stage 9
signed as a free agent: 2yrs, $6,400,000.



...similarly, a lot of low-splash transactions. This is totally on brand for me, it's a source of untold "profit" in MP leagues, even really competitive ones.


T Atkins re-signing brings him back as the chem lead, that's helpful. Young G Whitehurst is a non-affinity, but I don't understand why nobody wanted him in open free agency - maybe an overreaction to his low intelligence? My scout grades him 40/61 as a second year guy, and no other offers. Weird.


In the DB group, we signed a couple more possible options... S Traxler is a zone specialist, which I have found useful before, and CB Tate is a veteran special teams standout... both have strong chem to back up their possible complementary roles. Each is roughly 50/50 to make the team, possibly competing for the same roster slot.


Hmm, lemme muse through the DB situation. Here's how I see it now:


CB1 Bradley (duh)
CB2 Shelton, Horst
NB Otteson
DB Traxler
SS Cummings
FS Houston
active ST/gunner CB Tate
inactive aff leader CB Leadbetter


That's 9 guys who I think would have jobs right now, 8 active. That leaves S Richmond, a no-risk signee this offseason, and a similar guy signed last year Robertson, both out in the cold. And S Donhoff (great chem effects) in the mix only for an inactive slot. Subject to change, but this is not bad - could be a top-tier unit leaguewide.

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Old 04-02-2021, 10:12 AM   #1715
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Ravens transactions...

FL Roger Freedman
FA Stage 10
re-signed as an unrestricted free agent


SLB Luis Manning
FA Stage 10
turned down a contract offer: 2yrs, $14,000,000.


MLB Howie Pringley
FA Stage 10
signed as an unrestricted free agent from Dallas: 3yrs, $24,000,000.


RCB Aidan Rounds
FA Stage 10
signed as an unrestricted free agent from Dallas: 2yrs, $8,740,000.


FS Tom Lucky
FA Stage 10
signed as a free agent: 3yrs, $39,000,000.


LCB Burt Haskell
FA Stage 10
signed as an unrestricted free agent from Tennessee: 2yrs, $23,000,000.


SS Alfredo Renes
FA Stage 10
signed as an unrestricted free agent from New England: 3yrs, $18,300,000.


SLB Mickey Donaldson
FA Stage 10
signed as an unrestricted free agent from Jacksonville: 3yrs, $21,000,000.


SLB Caleb Sitz
FA Stage 10
re-signed as an unrestricted free agent


QB Adam Hancock
FA Stage 10
turned down a contract offer: 2yrs, $7,330,000.


SILB D.J. Burge
Late FA Stage 1
has begun a contract holdout

Okay, I saw the holdout coming. He wants HUGE money. Tough call.

We signed LB Sitz, but I don't know whether he Fitz, so to speak. No chem, and not really elite ratings any longer - the guys we poured money into earlier this offseason are the real build-around guys, he's just a quality cohesion guy at the moment. We'll see.

S Lucky is a guy I like a lot, perhaps a future chem leader, and I'm glad we got him, albeit by overpaying a shade. Future 80+ tackle SS in my D, I reckon.

Hmm, looks like we went past 70 players, that might be a ding and a loss of a pick. Rats.
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Old 04-02-2021, 10:17 AM   #1716
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Here's the snapshot of our DB group now, after pruning of non-chem-fit guys other than McCabe, who might stick despite not fitting in our triad:

Code:
Ashraf, Damon 1527LCB 10 41 41 3 yrs. Desai, Alexis 1540LCB 8 46 46 3 yrs. Boyer, Donnell 1522LCB 7 38 38 2 yrs. Haskell, Burt 1507LCB 6 50 50 2 yrs. McCabe, Bob 1535LCB 5 50 50 1 yr. Lucky, Tom 1639SS 6 54 54 3 yrs. Renes, Alfredo 1643SS 6 45 45 3 yrs. Ellingsen, Steven 1628FS 9 32 32 2 yrs. de Leon, Branden 1633FS 6 41 41 3 yrs.

Okay, so... Desai, Haskell, and McCabe are all bump/man guys with low/no zone skills, so CB1 or CB2 only. All have good endurance, so we likely don't need three such players.

Ashraf is a nice NB/DB with decent coverage and some ballhawking. Boyer is a reserve, decent at everything, and a good KR... plus our current chem leader.

Lucky looks like the starting SS, a bit better than Renes who is also useful. de Leon can play FS or rotate in there, and Ellingsen is a pure special teams guy.

Maybe we carry 9? Or perhaps we release one of the CB1/CB2 guys and make it 8?

Not a terrible spot. This isn't awful.
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Old 04-02-2021, 10:29 AM   #1717
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Oh, by the way... rookie sneak peek at this stage.

Ravens, 13th rated draft (!?!?)


13
BAL
QuikSand
1(17) RDE Denzel Cowdrick 54/81
3(15) RDE Casey Burns 35/61
4(14) LT Damien Starks 27/51
2(16) QB Cary Alfonso 16/51
6(19) SE Ernie Gomez 22/44
7(18) P Kody Plumb 34/52
5(13) MLB Winfred Charron 19/48
1(17) RDE Denzel Cowdrick 54/81
3(15) RDE Casey Burns 35/61
4(14) LT Damien Starks 27/51
2(16) QB Cary Alfonso 16/51
6(19) SE Ernie Gomez 22/44
7(18) P Kody Plumb 34/52
5(13) MLB Winfred Charron 19/48
68.2


Okay, I see QB Alfonso who looks like your standard backup-caliber guy who might evolve into 41/41 with no special skills. Chase Daniel maybe? Meh, that's fine, but do we push that guy into the lineup to see what we have? I think I already see what I have.

DE Cowdrick looks really good, but regrettably his strong suit is run stopping, he's not maxed out in pass rush as I had seen/hoped. DL Burns looks solid to move inside and be a rotation run stopper, that's fine.

I don't see much else here, sadly. Maybe BenBot has sniffed out a boom someplace, but I don't see it. Cowdrick was nice value, but this doesn't feel like an impact draft to me.


And WFT, the 30th rated (more like it):

30
WAS
KickStand
1(30) SE Johnnie Tatum 36/59
5(30) WLB Joshua Peterson 33/42
2(30) LT Charles Bishop 21/49
6(30) K Hardy Greer 41/61
4(30) RB Julian Dole 24/41
7(30) LG Brody Sherman 18/47
1(30) SE Johnnie Tatum 36/59
5(30) WLB Joshua Peterson 33/42
2(30) LT Charles Bishop 21/49
6(30) K Hardy Greer 41/61
4(30) RB Julian Dole 24/41
7(30) LG Brody Sherman 18/47
56.8


Well, WR Tatum doesn't look good enough to skip a generational LT to get, but he looks like a solid rotation guy, likely a future WR1 or WR2 and "good enough" in that role, but not a superstar. Fine.

5th round LB Peterson looks like a keeper, though a rotation guy not a star without a serious boom.

QB Thornton shows up with 85 sense rush, 83 scramble frequency, and a 4.55 dash - on the Ravens, I might be intrigued enough to toss him in as a starter for a year and see if that style can work. He has little else going for him, so jury's out. And may stay that way - when would this guy play?

RB Dole was a "very underrated" guy by my scout, seemed worth a pick, but he doesn't have the maxed out HR bar we wanted, more like 45/74, so meh.
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Old 04-05-2021, 07:52 AM   #1718
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Okay, late free agency in a blur, per usual... Ravens moves confirm our commitment to a new-look DB grouping, where we will just run out there with no sort of cohesion whatsoever this season...

RB Morris Shepherd
Late FA Stage 1
signed as an unrestricted free agent from New Orleans: 1yrs, $7,000,000.


RB Sergio Polanco
Late FA Stage 1
signed as an unrestricted free agent from New York: 1yrs, $7,000,000.


LCB Jorge Crews
Late FA Stage 1
signed as a free agent: 2yrs, $5,980,000.


LCB Joel Burroughs
Late FA Stage 1
signed as a free agent: 2yrs, $5,980,000.


RB Claude Jasso
Late FA Stage 2
signed as an unrestricted free agent from Tampa Bay: 1yrs, $7,000,000.


TE Darien Minter
Late FA Stage 3
re-signed as an unrestricted free agent


TE Derek Turnbull
Late FA Stage 3
re-signed as an unrestricted free agent


WILB Shaun Farr
Late FA Stage 3
signed as an unrestricted free agent from Oakland: 3yrs, $17,800,000.


LS Antonio Hudson
Late FA Stage 3
signed as an unrestricted free agent from Carolina: 2yrs, $6,840,000.


LCB Lorenzo Tjandranegara
Late FA Stage 3
signed as an unrestricted free agent from Cleveland: 1yrs, $6,000,000.


Nothing shocking here, really. CBs Crews and Burroughs are low-talnt guys whose ideal role would be CB1/CB2... so, longshots. You've got a better chance to stick if you can at least play zone or hit it on special teams.


Plenty of options at RB, mostly bad ones, standard.


Glad to bring back LB Shaun Farr, my bad for letting him walk but he got his starts and should stick here this time.
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Old 04-05-2021, 08:00 AM   #1719
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Ravens' erstwhile QB starter Stancil now grades out at a comically low 18/18, dragged down by his absolute refusal to get corrective surgery for his jersey color blindness. Awesome. Time to throw the rookie in and see how much worse it can get. Likely a rough season here, but I don't think we bottom out or anything, more likely we just mark this as the beginning of a new build-up. We have pieces in place that I like - if we end up with, say, pick 1.10 next year then we can likely grab one more cornerstone young player and start climbing back up into the top tier, I expect.
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Old 04-05-2021, 09:29 AM   #1720
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On down I-95 to the nation's capital... lessee here...


FS Tony Houston
Late FA Stage 1
has begun a contract holdout


SE Duane Vanderpool
Late FA Stage 1
has begun a contract holdout


FS Tony Houston
Late FA Stage 1
signed a renegotiated contract: 3yrs, $95,710,000.


SE Duane Vanderpool
Late FA Stage 1
signed a renegotiated contract: 3yrs, $61,530,000.


FL Jessie Peters
Late FA Stage 1
signed as an unrestricted free agent from Houston: 2yrs, $18,600,000.


LT Carlton Colvin
Late FA Stage 1
signed as an unrestricted free agent from Jacksonville: 2yrs, $7,800,000.


FL Marcus Sampson
Late FA Stage 1
signed as a free agent: 2yrs, $5,980,000.


TE Sherman Kauffman
Late FA Stage 2
signed as an unrestricted free agent from Arizona: 1yrs, $5,500,000.


FL Levon Batiste
Late FA Stage 2
signed as a free agent: 2yrs, $5,510,000.


TE Eduardo Gray
Late FA Stage 3
signed as an unrestricted free agent from Carolina: 2yrs, $12,000,000.


TE Doug Hansen
Late FA Stage 3
turned down a contract offer: 1yrs, $3,700,000.


TE Harry Walston
Late FA Stage 3
signed as an unrestricted free agent from Miami: 1yrs, $4,500,000.


RB D.J. Thomer
Late FA Stage 3
turned down a contract offer: 2yrs, $6,000,000.


MLB Roman Woods
Late FA Stage 3
signed as a free agent: 2yrs, $6,000,000.


FS Michael Brady
Late FA Stage 3
signed as a free agent: 2yrs, $6,000,000.



Well, also not a ton of thrills here.


I love S Tony Houston, he's just a great guy for my style of play - so he'll get overpaid to stick around. A coverage stalwart and solid bet for 18 yards per punt return... sold. I also re-up with my other holdout, WR group leader Vanderpool, who inexplicably got 119 targets last season. He's got build-around chemistry for us (96/94) so he'll stay, but the targets surely will not.


WR Peters joins a crowded group of "pretty good" receivers, he's youngish and should still be here after Hines leaves, so that's good. Solid WR2/3/4 talent, good chem fit, great cheap signing for us, albeit not thrilling.


Among the others, WR Batiste is a style I like a bit... high ST and End, and just a smidge of "actually play football" talent to go with it. And a 93 personality says... he's probably going to end up on the good side of a roster bubble this year, and perhaps be with us for 10 years as active WR5/6.


I did miss on a couple of stabs at young RBs, and that position is sorely lacking. May grab a couple fliers on the way into camp with this group.
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Old 04-07-2021, 10:02 PM   #1721
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Tired and tipsy. Perfect to sit down and start my files for "the big stage." Awesome fun. Great hobby, dumbass.

Ravens cutdown notes:

This is not "the year" for us, so we'll make sure we get a good look at many young guys. Not tanking, but making sure we know what we have where that's worth knowing. Rookie class looks meh after camp, with undrafted CB Crews a nice surprise and worthy of a look at CB2 in a few formations this year. Scrapheap sophomore will get the bulk of the carries as RB2, with rookie QB handing off to him despite a pre-season slide. Yeah, this won't be pretty. Maybe we go 6-10?

WFT cutdown notes:

WR Tatum is gonna be useful, but only in a WR3 sort of way. I don't even want to see the LT we passed over for him. Wily veteran Swift gets the call - is this still a bankable centerpice? Dunno.
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Old 04-08-2021, 07:50 AM   #1722
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...oh, i see my WFT file is still sitting on my laptop, unsent. Awesome, there's a season flushed right there. This league is unforgiving. My bad for delaying getting it together... but dammit.
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Old 04-08-2021, 08:02 AM   #1723
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wow, lucky reprieve... file is late today for some reason...so I re-did and sent in something for WFT after all

I'll guess we slide back to 9 wins just as a regress-to-mean plus some lack of deep attention by me here

might be time to post my waffling on whether to return to this league
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Old 04-08-2021, 08:04 AM   #1724
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spring break, Ben's up later into the night and files will be later in the morning

cool here
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Old 04-08-2021, 09:59 AM   #1725
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He's probably giving those patriotic undies a workout with all the spring breakers!
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Old 04-08-2021, 01:30 PM   #1726
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That would be your 7-9 DIVISION CHAMPIONS thankyouverymuch

GML: Baltimore Ravens 2139

lol

we stunk, so did everyone, tiebreakers rule, can't wait to win it all
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Old 04-08-2021, 01:31 PM   #1727
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WFT Slips to 9-7, Sits out Postseason

GML: Washington Football Team 2139
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Old 04-09-2021, 08:12 PM   #1728
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Ravens are one-and-out in the playoffs, rightfully so. On to next season!

(yawn)
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Old 04-10-2021, 08:06 AM   #1729
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Okay, Ravens 2140, where are we?

QB Stancil retires after his unceremonious benching, that's fine. G Magniafico retires also, but I'm okay along the OL with a whole gaggle of B-minus caliber guys running around all thinking they're the "blind side" guy.

And we will need to decide whether we're actually building around the Rookie of the Year QB Cary Alfonso, who outperformed pick 1.1 but still was only a 78-rated passer. Nothing too thrilling there.

We are again toward the top of the "cap space" list, which is potentially useful. I...uhhh... do not see a WR1 on this roster, at this point. Pearson is in his 14th season and is, maybe, mirrorin Larry Fitzgerald IRL, he's the savvy veteran who goes and grabs the ball and runs it over to the line of scrimmage to save a second or two on the clock in our third down drill, but not a guy we want to "target" very much anymore. (JK, we'll likely throw 160+ his way again)

Defense has some growing to do, but I like some of the pieces was have in place. DE Cowdrick is a run stopper but managed 7.5 sacks - he should be rather good for a long time, and will complement our cheapass one-trick pass rusher ear-pinner types just fine. The LB corps is very nice, anchored by big money signing Dakota Patton but flooded with useful role players. The secondary is just getting acquainted, but I'm comfortable with the trajectory there as well.

This shouldn't be a five-year rebuild. Our fluke playoff run papered over the mini-depression, but for a "give away" year to still manage respectability was nice, and I suspect we can get back to .500 this season, with a key move here or there.
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Old 04-10-2021, 12:11 PM   #1730
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WTF is going on with the WFT?

(yes, I will bludgeon the hell outta that joke)

So, we lost two OT in retirement - a longtime starter, and a chem leader. Not great, but not awful, assuming I can patch over the chem stuff. I'm hopeful.

In my hastily-assembled file, I failed to extend a variety of players, so I have more legit free agents than usual. It happens. We still have a solid amount of cap space, so we hopefully can push others around if there's something we really need to do.

Nothing thrilling to document, I don't think.
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Old 04-13-2021, 10:00 AM   #1731
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One very big fish landed for the Ravens:

http://gml.fof-belco.com/playercard.php?playerid=108059

So, needless to say he will be a build-around piece for our front seven going forward. Very pleased, great skills and great fit. 15 sacks, please.
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Old 04-13-2021, 12:11 PM   #1732
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And where my Ravens just aced the "price the free agent test" with the prized DE, my WFT managed to just miss out on re-signing DT Alonzo Compton. He's good, fading, and was valuable - we'll fill the slot, but it's a drop in overall D7 talent for certain.

Also amused to see a quality C walk into free agency - I bid, sensing a potential chem fit and long term asset. Then the team that hasn't played him a snap in four years after spending its 2.10 pick on him ends up backing up the Brinks truck to pay him to return. Uh, okay then.

This roster has a lot of gaps, and now that adds to them. Weird, it felt like this was the "together" side, but meandering through right now I'm feeling like it's not in very good shape at all.

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