Archive for February, 2010

Super Bowl XLIV

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

Or should I say boring bowl. I’ll say Colts 34 Saints 24 … Colts cause they got the better defense, even without Freeney. I’m rootin’ for the Saints though, I’m sick and tired of that yokel Manning living large on our dime. It’s gotta stop, the beginning of the McDaniels era against the Colts was curtailed by an inept running game. I’m sure we’ll do the right things in the offseason to address it.

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Floyd Little voted into Pro Football Hall of Fame

Saturday, February 6th, 2010
Floyd Little NFL Hall of Fame

Floyd Little to the Hall

Congratulations to Floyd Little who was voted into the NFL Hall of Fame today. Good to see another Denver Bronco in the damn hall. I still maintain Shannon Sharpe should have been a first ballot hall of famer. He was robbed by that owner, it should have been Sharpe in there not some owner. Hopefully he’ll get in next year.

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Brandon Marshall: Enough Already, He’s Gone

Friday, February 5th, 2010

My first prediction for 2010 was the Broncos getting rid of Brandon Marshall — I thought it was a very, very easy one.

Some of these people out there obviously don’t think so.

“Marshall will be back…”  “We’ll be stupid to let his talent go…”  “You can’t be serious about getting draft picks for his proven talent…”

Enough, he’s gone.

Gonna go through it one last time.

First, there is reason to wonder if Marshall is even worth being the highest paid wide receiver in the game or close to it. Troubles aside, attitude aside. He’s a great possession receiver, he gets good yards after the catch, he’s a big target, but he ain’t some super dynamic speedy game-changer like Larry Fitzgerald.

Marshall’s second year I said to myself, I said this kid will be a Bronco for only a few years, hopefully we’ll make a run and utilize his talent while he’s here, because when his contract comes up, this is the type of kid that will want the moon.

That was even before most of the nonsense:

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June 17, 2006: Conflicting police reports from Marshall and Rasheedah Watley were filed with the Orange County, Fla., Sheriff’s Department. Marshall told police that Watley became violent after seeing him earlier that evening as the object of another woman’s affection. Marshall described Watley to police as an old family friend and told police that Watley punched him and scratched his chest after an argument inside the couple’s Orlando apartment spiraled out of control. Watley, who filed a police report by phone from Atlanta three days after the incident, told Florida police that Marshall was the aggressor, and that he slapped her in the face, grabbed her by the arms and pushed her to the ground, and that Marshall’s sister, London, who was also present during the fight, cut Watley above her eye by throwing a cell phone or remote control at her face. No charges were ever filed.

Dec. 31, 2006: Marshall and several Broncos teammates were present at “The Shelter,” a nightclub in Denver’s LoDo section, as part of a birthday celebration for Denver Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin. Former Broncos wide receiver Javon Walker later told HBO’s “Real Sports” that an argument broke out at the club when Marshall and his cousin sprayed champagne on another club patron and his friend. The men, who argued with Marshall and his cousin, were then asked to leave the club, Walker told HBO. Walker admitted he didn’t see the encounter. According to media reports, around closing time, Marshall and his cousin were seen on the sidewalk outside the club arguing with the patrons who had been ejected from the club earlier that night. Walker told HBO that he believes the argument contributed to a drive-by shooting a short time later that killed Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams.

Jan. 24, 2007: Police responded to a parking lot outside an Orlando bowling alley where Marshall and his father had a heated argument. According to a police report of the incident, Frederick Marshall said his son took out a handgun and fired one shot at him after the two men argued. Frederick Marshall, who refused to sign a sworn statement or press charges, said his son left the area after firing the handgun. Several witnesses said they never heard gunshots, according to the police report.  Frederick Marshall also threatened to “ruin [Brandon’s] professional football career,” according to the police report. Brandon Marshall also declined to press charges.

March 18, 2007: Atlanta police responded to a domestic dispute call at the Westin Peachtree hotel. Watley told officers that after meeting Marshall at the hotel that night, he became enraged after he went through her cell phone call list and noticed she’d been speaking with an ex-boyfriend. Watley told police Marshall hit her repeatedly with a closed fist. While she refused medical attention, police noticed a large, dark-colored bruise on Watley’s chin. Police reported seeing Marshall in the lobby of a neighboring hotel but, according to the report, Marshall left and was not arrested. Police advised Watley to take out a warrant for Marshall’s arrest, but Watley never did. No charges were ever filed.

March 21, 2007: Watley filed a report with police in Boca Raton, Fla. Watley and Marshall, who were staying in south Florida with Marshall’s uncle, told police that an argument started that night at a local restaurant after Marshall refused to ask Watley to marry him. According to a police report, while Watley was walking home, Marshall grabbed a large pipe from a construction site and hit the ground with it in frustration. Nobody was hurt. Police characterized the incident as a verbal domestic dispute. No charges were filed.

March 26, 2007: Police in Douglas County, Colo., arrested Marshall for false imprisonment and domestic violence. Watley told “Outside the Lines” she was assaulted by Marshall a day earlier at Marshall’s suburban Denver home — she never reported that incident to police — and that she was attempting to fly back to Atlanta to get away from Marshall. Watley told police she and Marshall argued at the Denver airport and that she later agreed to return to Marshall’s home. Watley told police when she attempted to leave Marshall’s home a second time, Marshall followed her taxi and, at one point, blocked its path with his Dodge Charger, leapt from his car and punched the taxi cab’s windows. When contacted by “Outside the Lines,” the cab driver confirmed Watley’s version of events. Marshall denied punching the taxi cab’s windows and later told police he was only trying to retrieve his cell phone, which he said Watley had taken from him.

May 25, 2007: Charges against Marshall relating to his arrest in Douglas County, Colo., were dismissed after he successfully completed anger management classes.

June 8, 2007: Police responded to Marshall and Watley’s Atlanta condo at 5 a.m. and found Watley with a noticeable cut on her right thigh. Watley initially told officers that she accidentally cut herself with a kitchen knife. Watley told the first officer to arrive that while she had argued with Marshall earlier that evening, no physical abuse occurred. Marshall was not present. Roughly an hour later, at 6:07 a.m., police were dispatched to the condo a second time. On this second visit Watley told police that Marshall did indeed cut her thigh with a kitchen knife during a fight earlier that evening and that he later returned to the condo and continued to assault Watley by punching her in the forehead. Watley’s friend, Kristeena Spivey, told police that while she was attempting to drive Watley from the condo complex, she noticed Marshall attempting to leave the scene. Spivey, who called 911 to make officers aware of Marshall’s whereabouts, said when she attempted to block Marshall’s exit from the parking lot with her vehicle, Marshall rammed her car with his Cadillac Escalade and then left his SUV and threw a large rock at the passenger side of Spivey’s car. Marshall fled the scene before police arrived, according to Spivey and Watley. Watley was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment. No charges were ever filed.

June 30, 2007: Atlanta police responded to a fight-in-progress call at Marshall and Watley’s condo. Watley told police that a fight broke out after Marshall missed a flight and blamed Watley. Watley told police Marshall struck her with a closed fist and choked her. Watley had a bruise on her left eye and noticeable scratches on her body, according to a police report of the incident. Officers made Watley aware of the procedures to obtain a restraining order. No charges were filed.

Oct. 22, 2007: Hours after defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers, Marshall was cited at 2 a.m. by Denver police for driving under the influence after he was seen driving erratically. His blood-alcohol level was 0.116 (the legal limit for DUI in Colorado is 0.08).

Jan. 18, 2008: Watley obtained a temporary protective order against Marshall in Fulton County (Ga.) Superior Court. At the time, Marshall was forbidden to come within 200 yards of Watley. Watley, through her attorneys, eventually agreed to lift the court order.

Feb. 18, 2008: Watley told “Outside the Lines” that as part of a Valentine’s Day present, and in an attempt to repair their relationship, Marshall surprised her with a last-minute trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico. While on that trip, Watley said, Marshall argued with her about an ex-boyfriend. Watley said Marshall assaulted her at San Juan’s Condado Plaza Hotel, hitting her in the mouth, which caused her to bleed, and choking her on the bed. A report was filed by police saying officers were called to the hotel to help hotel security escort guests from the property. The report does not mention Watley, Marshall or any details of the incident.

March 4, 2008: Police responded around 9 p.m. to a fight call at Marshall and Watley’s Atlanta condo and found Marshall bleeding from his hand. Marshall initially told police that during an argument with Watley, one of Watley’s sisters cut him on his hand with a knife. When asked by police who had the knife, Marshall then told officers there was no knife, and that he’d been cut on glass during a fight with Watley. Watley told police that Marshall became upset after finding text messages from an ex-boyfriend on Watley’s phone. Watley had several cuts on her lips, according to a police report, and told officers that Marshall had grabbed her by the head and slapped her. While police were interviewing Watley, Marshall fled, according to a report of the incident.

March 5, 2008: Police returned to Marshall and Watley’s condo around 1 a.m. Watley and her sister both told police that after the fight earlier that same evening, Marshall returned to the condo, took Watley’s purse and threw her personal belongings, including clothing, off of the 20th floor balcony. Police told Watley to leave the residence, but she declined and explained that she feared Marshall would return again once officers left and damage more of her property.

March 5, 2008: Watley obtained her second temporary protective order against Marshall in Fulton County Superior Court. Marshall was once again forbidden by the court order to come within 200 yards of Watley.

May 5, 2008: Atlanta police were called once again to the condo Watley shared for more than a year with Marshall. According to a police report, Watley and Marshall’s mother argued about Watley’s attempt to remove items from the condo. No charges were filed.

Aug. 5, 2008: The NFL released a statement announcing that Marshall would be suspended without pay for the Broncos’ first three regular-season games of 2008 for violating the NFL personal conduct policy. The statement noted that “if Marshall fully complies with required counseling and other conditions of the suspension, Commissioner Goodell will consider reducing the suspension to two games.”

Aug. 28, 2008: Less than a month after the NFL released a statement announcing Marshall’s suspension, the league released another statement saying Marshall’s suspension had been reduced upon appeal to one game without pay plus an additional fine of one game check. An NFL spokesman told ESPN “a potential reduction in [Marshall’s] initial three-game suspension was always contemplated if he complied with required counseling and other conditions of the suspension.” The spokesman would not elaborate on the precise conditions Marshall met to have his suspension reduced.

Sept. 10, 2008: Marshall was charged with two misdemeanor counts of simple battery as a result of the incident the previous March (his formal bond arraignment was Nov. 3, 2008). Simple battery, according to the Fulton County District Attorney’s office, is punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

Sept. 12, 2008: Nearly a year after being cited for DUI in Denver, Marshall pleaded guilty to the lesser offense of driving while ability-impaired. He was sentenced to one year of probation.

March 1, 2009: Marshall and his fiancée, Nogami-Campbell, were seen by an off-duty Atlanta police officer arguing outside the same Atlanta condo Marshall once shared with Watley. According to a police report of the incident, the off-duty officer saw Marshall and Nogami-Campbell kicking and punching one another on the sidewalk outside the condo building. The off-duty officer said she saw Marshall grab Nogami-Campbell by the shirt and pin her up against the wall. Nogami-Campbell continued to kick and hit Marshall, the officer said. Both Marshall and Nogami-Campbell were arrested and taken to the Atlanta City Jail. They were released later that same day and charges were dismissed. In a statement to ESPN, the NFL said the incident remains “under review.” — ESPN

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Add to this the fact that Marshall started off the season stupid, and ended stupid.

I suppose we ought to run right out and pay 50 million plus to this unprofessional locker room poison who is one step away from being suspended six games. You know what that Numbnuts at the Denver Post said? He stole my line about Cutler — million dollar talent but a ten cent head. Is that right Numby? Wasn’t this the guy you said we should pay 50 million plus for a few months ago?

Ain’t no way, no how.

Josh McDaniels is an authoritarian. I told you people last February, I told you that he has the mark of a winner and he will rule with an iron fist. He will clean house and put his foot down on the me-first poor character Shanahan era players who were acquired out of blind desperation. That Scheffler couldn’t wait til the Broncos season was over, eh? Don’t let the door hit you in the ass. McDaniels ain’t gonna put up with that nonsense, or with Marshall’s nonsense. Marshall’s season started stupid, and it ended stupid. I knew he would be trouble when the team hit any sort of adversity (losing games) just like I’m sure he will do the same with this next team.

We can and will take the money we could have paid Brandon Marshall and we can sign two professionals with that money.

If we get a first rounder for Marshall — I ‘m not so sure we even want two first rounders.

In a year where there will be a surplus of quality restricted free agents, the Broncos may end up being one of the few teams with an extra first rounder as ammunition.

A first round pick from Marshall for Logan Mankins? Or Vincent Jackson? Hello. Yes, in a heartbeat.

I happen to think a first round draft pick for Marshall would be great in any scenario, whether we use it to acquire a restricted free agent or to simply draft.

One of the best case scenarios in my opinion is getting something for Marshall then using that something to bring in Logan Mankins. And then signing a wide receiver on the level of a Gaffney. An all pro guard and a quality player — plus the fact they will be professionals — for the same amount of money it would have taken to sign Marshall.

We can’t let this happen? We can’t get a deal like this done fast enough.

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Broncos 2010 Free Agency and Draft Thoughts

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Well I told some of you people I ain’t getting heavy into the draft until a month out and by then we’ll know what the hell is going on with free agency for the most part. But I’ll throw some draft speculation out there for now.

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Brandon Marshall

First off, I believe we re-sign Orton, Dumervil and Prater. I ain’t so sure Chris Kuper will be back, any time you got a guy getting picked up and thrown by a defensive lineman in that Eagles game, I ain’t so sure you’re gonna be chomping at the bit to re-sign him.

Brandon Marshall is good as gone, and hopefully for a first rounder — I can’t believe we got people still thinking or even hoping he’ll be back. Yeah let’s pay out the ass for his BS and his poison, let’s just smile and eat it. You got the damn team all screwed up by a drama queen on the eve of a game with playoff implications… not to mention his long list of infractions that includes a bad acting job in a Denver nightclub years ago. Yeah we can’t re-sign that Marshall fast enough. I’m beginning to think some of you people got short memories and even shorter scruples, willing to eat this guy’s BS cause he’s a “star,” see you later pal, don’t let the McDonalds bag hit you in the ass, we can’t get rid of him fast enough and in the end… if they were to cut him — I’d be all for it.

Scheffler, Hillis gone, probably could get a later round pick for each of them.

I’m not a fan of Mocks this time of year, they seem to change almost daily, you end up with these guys having just about every player in free agency and the draft in the damn mock at some point.

But once again, my want list of priorities I posted after this season consisted of :

  • new center, new guard, maybe two guards
  • a competent backup for Orton
  • at least one defensive lineman good for 8 sacks or so, basically someone for teams to be concerned about besides Dumervil
  • at least two new wide receivers
  • a big, slugger running back

In free agency, there’s a few names that really stand out to me:

  • Kevin Mawae C –  a stopgap until we got someone younger
  • Aaron Kampman DE
  • Richard Seymour DE
  • Casey Hampton NT
  • Ryan Pickett NT
  • Vince Wilfork NT
Julius Peppers

Julius Peppers

Just look at them defensive linemen, eh? Any one of them would be good. Julius Peppers is a thought, but probably not much more than that. We already got a multi-million dollar sack master. Would rather us get a high priced defensive lineman rather than making Peppers the absolute highest paid defender in all of football. Wouldn’t see me crying if we did though, that’s the type of guy you pay out the ass for and reap the rewards. Can you imagine Dumervil and Peppers out there, eh? Rotating them around, having Peppers play DE at times too. Probably won’t happen, he’s just a ton of money and we could do well with someone else, like Seymour or Kampman for less. Can make the case that Kampman don’t necessarily fit a 3-4 but I’d take him any day to replace one of our defensive ends.

We are coming into an uncapped year, and we got a hell of an owner in Bowlen who wants to win. Perusing the list of free agents, them d-line free agents are gold, I would expect us to make at least one big d-line acquisition in free agency. Maybe the McDaniels-Patriots connection can land us Vince Wilfork, run stopper, double team magnet extraordinaire.

Vince Wilfork Broncos

Vince Wilfork

I wish,  somehow, that we could get that damn Logan Mankins. That’s what the hell we need on that offensive line right there.  Logan Mankins or one of them two Chargers receivers, but they’re all damn restricted free agents. Here’s to hoping for a miracle. If we get an extra first rounder, the only guy in restricted free agency I feel would be worth taking the RFA draft pick hit for is Mankins, whether it’s a second rounder or what not. If you’re looking to draft a rookie offensive lineman anyways with one of your high picks, why not get the ultimately proven Mankins instead?

With the draft, biggest need positions as I see it right now are obvious to me:  wide receiver, offensive line and then defensive line. Maybe even offensive line first.

I can see us taking either that Dez Bryant or an offensive lineman with the first pick –that Bryant since Marshall will be gone — but I don’t necessarily think we must take him. Defensive lineman wouldn’t bother me neither, depending on what we can do in free agency, but I’m expecting us to get a good defensive lineman in free agency. I don’t believe our need on the defensive line is as dire as offensive line. Just one good defensive end is going to help us a good deal there on that line. We need at least two starting offensive linemen, and if we don’t do a lot in free agency with the o-line,  we damn well better draft new blood at guard and center early.

If we manage to have two first rounders, then the first pick becomes more of a luxury, I know that McDaniels will take a player he thinks is the best value over need, and if someone great falls -no matter need- like maybe that McClain, then he’s liable to pick the best player over need in that first slot.

Dez Bryant… well it also depends on how he interviews. I ain’t so thrilled about him not being out there playing this year with the whole agent crap.  Not sure about him if he’s gonna bring us a mess. I’ve said all along we don’t necessarily need a superstar wideout to replace Marshall. As for those “two wide receivers” I want, we can get one in the draft and free agency. Although the free agent crop is light, who knows what can happen, who might get released and such. Don’t need world beaters, I just want another Gaffney type player and a burner, we need some speed at wide receiver. Let’s see some damn wide receiver getting separation out there for once.

I believe that two, lower cost, good character Gaffneys can equal the production of one Marshall, especially if you’re able to run the football. Split Marshall’s production among two receivers and get rid of locker room poison to boot.

Mike Iupati

Mike Iupati

I could see us possibly trading down with our first pick, to maybe get that center Pouncey or Iupati or what have you. I’ll tell you what though if we got that Iupati with the first pick wouldn’t bother me none. Especially if we haven’t addressed guard by then in free agency. I’m sick and tired of these tough Samoans who can probably bite the heads off live turkeys, I’m sick and tired of seeing them make plays for practically every other damn team but us. I don’t care if he’s “raw” or a “grabber,” that can be coached.  All depends on free agency, but the bottom line is we better damn sure have a new center and new guard going in to next year.

I don’t see us trading up in this draft. If there is a shocker on draft day and its announced the Broncos just traded up into one of the first five spots I can’t think of doing anything like that for anyone other than a quarterback, likened to the Sanchez trade last year. It would have to be a QB McDaniel really likes out of this crop, but I don’t see it.

Tony Pike Broncos

The Great Tony Pike

I think we will draft a QB in the 3rd or 4th rounds. Someone with talent and physical ability but someone who didn’t play against a lot of stiff competition. Someone like that Skelton kid. However, now that I seen more of him I don’t think too badly of that Tony Pike. Saw him earlier in the year marching the field against Pittsburgh. Let him sit for a year, learn the system and eat a bunch of steaks since he’s too skinny. Looks like an accurate, mobile version of Brandstater to me. Second round might be too high for us drafting a QB, but if we took him in the second round, wouldn’t bother me none. Maybe he’s there in the third, too.

I hope the Broncos go in to training camp with four quarterbacks. Orton, a veteran, a draft pick and Brandstater. By veteran, I don’t necessarily mean someone who’s been in the league ten years, just someone with some actual playing experience. Then we’ll see what that Brandstater is made of. Someone out of the three will either get cut or put on the practice squad.

I like the thought of getting a running back in the fourth or fifth round, a big, beater RB who can hold on to the football and grind the hard yards.

Other than that, draft wherever we sense we can upgrade. Bottom line to me though when all is said and done, still stands:

  • new center, new guard, maybe two guards
  • a competent backup for Orton
  • at least one defensive lineman good for 8 sacks or so, basically someone for teams to be concerned about besides Dumervil
  • at least two new wide receivers
  • a big, slugger running back to complement Moreno
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Reviewing Knowshon Moreno and Robert Ayers

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

First, Knowshon Moreno had a good, not great rookie campaign.

What you need from rookies is for them to flashes, flashes of brilliance. Through these flashes, they show you that maybe they can play in this league.

For the most part, John Elway looked like a turd in his rookie season. Lining up under the damn guard, but John Elway also showed flashes of brilliance a times.

How about Jarvis Moss. I saw nothing from Moss, I saw no moves that perhaps he could work with — I saw nothing. I felt he brought nothing to the table when I first seen him out there and my opinion didn’t change his second year.

I wasn’t ready to call him a bust his first year, after all, rookie classes can’t be completely and accurately judged in one year.

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Knowshon Moreno

Knowshon Moreno showed me the requisite flashes. The kid’s got moves, he’s got talent, and I should emphasize kid.  You seen him on the sidelines, eh? He looks like a damn boy, no offense. He has room to grow, I see him putting on another ten pounds of muscle in the next couple years. He blocks, he catches brilliantly out of the backfield and McDaniels knew he was getting a good running back that will fit the system to a T.

I expect an average of 1300 yards out of Moreno with 500 or so yards catching out of the backfield in the coming seasons. He’s a leader, he’s got good character and his game will improve greatly with the revision of our poor offensive line interior, which is something that absolutely killed us. This  complete and utter nonsense that “Moreno couldn’t find the holes” from our wonderful offensive line interior is being floated by a guy who I’m convinced doesn’t even watch the games. Same guy who said the Broncos front seven are a bunch of pass rushers. We have one pass rusher. And furthermore, Jerome Bettis would have struggled running behind our interior line.

Moreno is the least of our worries.

Robert Ayers Broncos

Robert Ayers

Robert Ayers, I fully believe Robert Ayers will be a starting linebacker for us. A solid, starting caliber linebacker. He doesn’t have to be a 13 sack guy, he may never be that. If he does that someday, fine, but we don’t need him to be that. I saw what I needed to see out of Robert Ayers, especially as the season went on. He showed flashes of being able to play well in this league, I saw good juke moves and good edge rushing technique and saw more improvement from him as the year went on. Although he didn’t get a sack he was getting closer, getting pressures, laying out McNabb in that Eagles game. When ten guys on our defense couldn’t tackle Jamaal Charles, Ayers picked him up and planted his ass. Something to be said about that. I’m not going to sit here and say Ayers is the best thing since sliced bread. Jarvis Moss showed me nothing. Robert Ayers showed me flashes of ability, and I expect he’ll be a solid linebacker for us. I said we needed another guy on that defensive front to get us 7-8 sacks. Robert Ayers can be that guy. Also, Mario Haggan did not play too badly for us — tough spot coming in as a rookie and having to battle it out with a veteran who is playing well and named a captain to boot.

You can say I’m looking through orange and blue tinted glasses all you want. I know talent and I ain’t no stoop. We’ll see who the damn geniuses are. If we pick a guy that sucks I’ll be all over his ass, when appropriate. Certainly not after someone’s first damn rookie season. Even a Moss you wait til the second year at least to see what the hell is going on. I ain’t no damn microwave gotta have it now generation sea cucumber, led by some weak, fickle Numbnut at the Post.

One guy that concerns me is Alphonso Smith. But I know that generally, corners have it rougher than most their first year. Hell, look at Champ Bailey’s first year with us in a new system. Didn’t start off pretty. Smith showed flashes in preseason, and then he had some good plays in the early games. Making a Bailey-esque move to swat and kill a 3rd and 10 pass in that Cincinnati game. Problem is, as the year went on he certainly got demoted. Still not going to say he’s a bust, that would be moronic to say after one rookie season. But I’m not as confident about him right now, as I am about Moreno and Ayers. And McBath for that matter, that kid’s a player.

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