Extra Cheese: Veldheer a perfect bridge to the future at right tackle

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Lphill's picture

March 04, 2020 at 06:14 pm

Can he hold up an entire season?

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johnnyd17's picture

March 05, 2020 at 07:30 am

yahtzee!

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Guam's picture

March 05, 2020 at 07:51 am

Veldheer is two years older than Bulaga and has a worse injury history. He retired before last season because his body was so beaten up and then unretired in mid season. I think he is a great backup due to his experience and talent, but I would be very hesitant to count on him as a starter, And I certainly don't want to pay him starter's money given his injury history and prior retirement. Either resign Bulaga or draft an OT at #1 or #2. Veldheer is insurance, not a starter.

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Leatherhead's picture

March 06, 2020 at 12:01 pm

Well stated, Guam, and on point.

Cold, hard, money facts.

According to spotrac.com, we are 27th in available free agent money. We can gain around $12 million by releasing Graham and Lane Taylor, which only moves us up to 21 ( assuming nobody else does the same thing). In other words, we have less money to spend than most teams.

This is the last year in contract for Bakhtiari and Linsley, two guys who are going to cost more than we can afford, so Jenkins and Turner are probably the first pieces in the O line rebuild. It makes little sense, IMO, to sign an old veteran tackle and we’ll probably get one on Day 2 of the draft.

I do believe we’ll sign a TE in FA, and I think that getting a dependable blocker/ receiver at that position will make our offense better. We may be able to afford Lewis for one more year, and with Sternberger that’s a pretty good group.

Other than possibly a Day 3 running back, that pretty much covers the offense. Lazard is going to be taking over half the snaps at WR and he’ll be backed up by MSV/ESB/Kumerow. We will not put 3 WRs on the field very often, but we will play a lot of double TE. Jones/Williams will line up in the backfield.

That’s our 2020 offense.

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PatrickGB's picture

March 05, 2020 at 09:34 am

Veldheer’s value seems to fit best as a backup. So, he is not the long term solution at RT. However, I could see another year out of him if the salary cap forces the team into finding BBs replacement in the draft. It’s not ideal but I don’t know what else could be done if it comes to that.

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TheVOR's picture

March 06, 2020 at 08:26 am

I'd keep him as "Super Backup" if he wants that role. He's kicked @$$ in the two games he was needed..

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albert999's picture

March 05, 2020 at 12:44 pm

Martinez is a production machine, but critics are quick to suggest that his numbers aren’t reflective of his impact on the field. Pro Football Focus tends to agree, slapping Martinez with a lowly 58.7 grade in 2019 despite 155 tackles, three sacks and one interception.

On the opposite end of that spectrum, Kwiatkoski recorded 76 tackles, three sacks and an interception a season ago, earning a Pro Football Focus grade of 72.6.

This makes no sense?

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Bear's picture

March 05, 2020 at 02:26 pm

Schobert was a 59.1. Both are very low, we need to find better!

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