Pats-Bucs All-22: Stephon Gilmore Edition

-by memokerobi

If you spend some time reading the comments, you probably know that I am a believer in Stephon Gilmore’s coverage skills. I thought after an abysmal secondary performance against the Panthers in which Gilmore took the majority of criticism, it makes sense to focus on Gilmore’s effort in limiting Mike Evans to 5 catches for 49 yards. Unfortunately, there are no diagrams this week as I’m focusing on a 1-v-1 matchup and not run/pass/coverage schemes.

It seemed like the Bucs’ game plan was to get the ball to DeSean Jackson and Cameron Brate who were mainly covered by Malcolm Butler and Patrick Chung. They lined up Evans mainly on one side of the field alone and had Jameis Winston work with half-field reads with Jackson, Brate and Adam Humphries. So, although I am happy with Gilmore’s bounce-back game, I can’t say that he singlehandedly ruined the Bucs’ game plan by shutting down Evans. The Pats on the other hand deployed a simple game plan, playing mostly zone on early downs, man on third down and some Cover 2 prevent late game. Gilmore did his job well without any major breakdown. He did a nice job of staying with Evans in man coverage, especially on third down and sometimes without safety help.

Side note: Chung did an amazing job of covering Brate while Jackson beat Butler regularly and could have had even better numbers if not for Winston.

Now let’s look at some plays to see how Gilmore did covering Evans and compare those plays to similar plays where other defenders covered Evans.

1st Quarter, 1st & 10, TB 36, 10:32 left

If you watch this game closely you’ll realize that Gilmore didn’t allow a catch in man coverage. All of Evans’ catches in Gilmore’s vicinity came against Cover 3 with out and curl routes. The Pats are playing Cover 3 here (look at the corners shuffle technique with their backs facing the sideline, a Nick Saban favorite in Cover 3) and Gilmore’s responsibility is the deep third of the field. Evans is running an out route here and covering such a rout as an outside corner in Cover 3 is a tough assignment as your primary responsibility is not getting beat deep. It is even more difficult here because it’s play action and Kyle Van Noy (who is the curl/flat defender) is drawn in to defend the run and has no chance of getting underneath Evans’ route.

Here’s a play from the previous week when Evans is running a similar route and the Giants are showing a Cover 4. Janoris Jenkins’ responsibility is similar to Gilmore’s as he is covering the deep fourth of the field. He makes a good play on the ball here cutting Evans’ route. But it would be unfair to expect the same kind of play from Gilmore here. First, look at how Jenkins is playing with almost a 10-yard cushion, and can see the play develop. When Evans breaks outside, he explodes out of his backpedal and bats the ball down at the catch point. Gilmore, on the other hand, is running side by side with Evans and they are facing the end zone. Evans makes a 90-degree break to the outside. To match this route, Gilmore has to make almost a 270-degree turn, and still is in position to make a play on the ball and is only a step behind. This is a much tougher play than the one Jenkins makes and the athleticism Gilmore showed in his change of direction and burst impressed me here. I checked his combine numbers and found out his 3-cone was a stunning 6.61 seconds. That’s freakish for a guy his size.

4th Quarter, 2nd & 3, TB 48, 3:37 left

Evans is running a slant here and Humphries is running an out route. This play is towards the end of the game and the Bucs need to conserve the time. So probably the only read is Humphries here to go out of bounds and stop the time and Evans’ slant is there to create a rub to get Humphries open. I still wanted to look at this play to highlight Gilmore’s technique covering the slant. He stays square until Evans breaks inside and does a very good job in matching his inside break. Evans has a step on him here but Gilmore is trailing him with a 2-yard cushion and therefore is in a position to make a play on the ball with his left arm over the outside shoulder of Evans if it is thrown.

Chicago’s Kyle Fuller is also covering a slant here from Evans. However, he fails to stay square, opens his hips towards the sidelines for just a moment, and loses his ground to Evans. Just like Gilmore, he is only a step behind Evans. But unlike Gilmore, Fuller is not in a good position to make a play on the ball because he is right behind Evans and is running on the same route as him, trailing his steps. To put it another way, Gilmore can see the side of Evan’s face and body while all Fuller sees is his back. So, when the ball is thrown at Fuller, he has no realistic chance of making a play on it and Evans gains around 5 yards after making the catch. Gilmore shows good technique here and if the ball is thrown to Evans, he can make a play on the ball or can bring down Evans quickly without surrendering much YAC.

The two gifs below are a similar example to the play I looked at above. Gilmore playing with good leverage while the Bears defender is not in a good position to make a play to defend the pass.

This game was a good step in getting things back on track for Gilmore and the Pats defense and hopefully they will be able to continue their upward trend vs the Jets.

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All things considered this is a good game/matchup with lower risk, to get an extended look at Jon Jones

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The Pats should score today, maybe not light up the scoreboard but you can move the ball on the Jets and they don’t have an edge rushing presence. This one comes down to whether or not the Pats can play their size and stop the Jets from sustaining 12 play drives by running the ball.

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GAME DAY KNUCKLE HEADS

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10. A Saturday ride from Boston to East Rutherford, New Jersey, leaves time for plenty of thoughts, and here’s one as it relates to Sunday’s game between the Patriots (3-2) and Jets (3-2): Wasn’t this supposed to be a matchup of a potential 16-0 team against a possible 0-16 team? In retrospect, many in the media badly missed the mark on both clubs. For the Patriots, it’s been a good reminder of how offseason headlines of loading up personnel-wise mean little, and for the Jets — who still might crash back to earth in time — it’s a reflection of… Read more »

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The pics of Pats walking to team bus, all wearing suits/jackets, all carrying bags and/or wearing headphones… Then there’s Gronk. With a to-go container of food!

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2. Patriots linebacker Shea McClellin is eligible to begin practicing this week after opening the year on injured reserve (presumably with a concussion). McClellin has been around the team, participating in meetings, and those close to him relay that he has been feeling much better. So he could be on the cusp of a return to the practice field. Meanwhile, my sense is that receiver Malcolm Mitchell, who was placed on IR on Sept. 7 (knee), is not close to being a consideration to begin practicing at this point, if at all this year. Finally, defensive tackle Vincent Valentine (knee),… Read more »

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Man, I wish we could spring for Bowman.

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Why can’t we?

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I don’t think we have enough to offer compared to some other teams that will be in the running. But, I still hope! Also, when did Gilmore get a concussion? Waking up to that news stinks!

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I think we are enough under the cap to be competitive. Also, Bowman is an unrestricted FA and can go to any team without clearing waivers.

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This is depressing news about Mitchell..if true.

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Zoltán Buday‏Verified account @PFF_Zoltan Oct 12

Danny Amendola on 3rd and 4th downs this season
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Pro Football Focus‏Verified account @PFF 8h8 hours ago

LeGarrette Blount has averaged 4.9 yards AFTER CONTACT per carry in 2017. Only 8 running backs currently average 4.9 yards PER CARRY
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Water under the bridge.

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Our love ain’t

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I’m married.

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That Time a Punter Played QB for the Jets and Threw 2 TD’s | NFL Highlights
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnFCAbR84RA

Elliot Harrison revisits the 1999 Week 1 matchup between the New York Jets and New England Patriots Patriots. Jets punter, Tom Tupa, is forced to play QB when starter, Vinny Testaverde, ruptures his Achilles in the 2nd quarter.

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Tom Tupa, greatest 3rd string QB/Punter in NFL history!

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Who is the Pats emergency QB now??

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It was Edelman. I don’t know about now….James White in the wildcat??

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I don’t want to think about it.

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YANKEES LOSE!!!!

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I know our defense has sucked but do we really need any CBs to beat the Jets? I think not.

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No transactions by the Patriots today, which means they can’t call up anyone from the practice squad to replace Gilmore or Rowe vs Jets

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Per the Patriots, Langi suffered a back injury in the car accident. He and his wife were transported to the hospital.

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I hope he and his family/everyone involved are ok! I have big plans for Hurricane Harvey Langi and his eventual rightful place in Canton, OH.

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Patriots down another cornerback as Stephon Gilmore’s ruled out with a concussion

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Just attach a banner to your car that says “Big 12 sucks!” and you’ll be fine.

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How can they keep calling it the Big 12 when it only has 10 teams?

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Stay safe!

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Have to head out. Enjoy the afternoon.

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You too!!

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Good luck.

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Burkhead, Gilmore and Langi out for tomorrow’s game———————————->

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Did not know that Gilmore had a concussion- wasn’t on the injury report.

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Great. So Jones will be the #2 corner? Going to start the TUMS early.

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Wonder if this Gilmore injury is a fake.

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Well they do have Bademosi 🙂

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Why.

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Unrelated: do you actually have a Maroney jersey?

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Or maybe the dude that stole Brady’s jersey, broke into your house and stole them.

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I think I still have one that I’ve never worn. If I can find it, do you want it?

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Never been down there. That bad?

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That accident looks horrific————————–>

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Hopefully not.

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Definitely a car rear-ender.
(In all seriousness, injuries were reported as “serious but not life-threatening” (Kyed) so I’m hopeful for recovery.)

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The passenger compartment doesn’t look too bad (all things considered).

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How old is Alan Branch, 36?

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32

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Alan Branch is traveling with the Patriots to New Jersey, per source.

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Let’s hope Branch gets out of his funk and plays well.

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Langi in a car accident with his wife last night—————————————->

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Source: Patriots LB Harvey Langi was involved in a car accident w/ wife last night. Injuries are considered serious but not life-threatening

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Oh man, hoping they both have a full and speedy recovery.

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Hope they’re ok.

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Thinking more and more about the first month of this season, and I almost would have preferred Brady sit. How many hits/sacks has he taken? On pace to be some kind of record? I predict Brady will break down around week 14-15. The team’s success will be dependent on spelling him with a good run game and defense.

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Sit. Do you think they would be 3-2 without Brady?

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probably 1-4 or 0-5 without him

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so they would be 0-5?

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Is it finally time for the Browns to trade Joe Thomas?
http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2017/10/14/is-it-finally-time-for-the-browns-to-trade-joe-thomas/

Jimmy G for Thomas + 2nd round pick? Would you do it?

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No.

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yeah you enjoy watching his rot away on the bench and then leave next year

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No- they need him as TB’s back up this year- who else do they have?

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If they got Joe Thomas, then the likelihood of TB12 taking a hit from his blindside that could hurt him enough so he’d miss time would drop to almost zero.
Browns could throw in one of their QBs (probably Kessler) as part of the deal.
Likelihood of the deal ever occurring is just a hair above zero anyway, but one can dream.

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sign someone else when you trade him. Who cares. Why are you so concerned about a bench player that doesnt play?

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Insurance- I don’t like the way Brady is getting hit so often this year.

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That’s why you would get Joe Thomas.

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http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/5648/navorro-bowman

Bowman? Are the Patriots really interested?

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id sure hope so

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If all they had to do was pay a pro-rated vet minimum for this year, I would think there would be some interest.

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Gang

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Once again, memo should be on the Sunday pregame shows. Excellent analysis.

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I just noticed this: https://goo.gl/Rz5GzY
Kraft ‘intrigued’ by Premier League. Too much money and he doesn’t know what to do with it? How about spending it on the soccer team you currently own that has won nothing in 20+ years of existence!

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Wow, quite a momentum swing in the Clemson / Syracuse game.

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KC needs to start losing. Go Pittsburgh!

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What are you talking about? I love watching the purple jets beat Pittsburgh! That might be the only game I root for them.

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Bowman might have lost a few steps, but it looks like he can still play gaps and tackle. Gotta be better than Cassius Marsh at LB responsibilities, which would free up Marsh to rush the passer.

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“Lost a few steps” is why Harris isn’t playing. I’m willing to take a look at Bowman but I’m not sold on him now.

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Yeah I was just realizing that as I posted. Bowman has been playing a lot of snaps for the 49ers, but they are 0-5. Tough one to crack in terms of how useful he could be.

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Kraft: Trump remarks were “a little inflammatory and inappropriate”
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“The greatest enemy in sport is division from within. And I personally feel it’s very important to respect our flag and our anthem. But I also respect the right of people in this country to make statements or protests peacefully, in a way that’s appropriate to them.”

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A Panthers fan has been arrested for punching another fan at last night’s game.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department announced that it has arrested Kyle Adam Maraghy and is taking him to Mecklenburg County Jail. He is facing a charge of simple assault.
In a video that has been widely circulated on social media today, Maraghy was caught on tape punching another fan, leaving him with a bloody face. According to witnesses, Maraghy and the fan he punched had a verbal dispute because Maraghy was standing in front of the victim and obstructing his view.

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Well, that was one way of resolving the issue.

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Gang.

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I haven’t clicked on that link in years.

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My favourite version

Gun – Word Up
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYzijRRRYxU

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Unavailable in the USA.

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“The uploader has not made this video available in your country.”

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Korn also made a version a long time ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XimIbnMbeRE

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And me out of Scotch and Bourbon. What a lightweight! I do have some domestic jin to try, though. Gonna make a nice, dry martini to enjoy whilst cooking dinner. Maybe two.

Good night, you Emerson Boozers!!!

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Not having Edelman has had an effect on Brady even though it doesnt show up on Bradys stats, He holding on to the ball longer than usual the 2-3 second quick throws havent been there without edelman and It exposes the weak O line with Brady taking more hits than usual. Pats Clearly went into season with having Edelman in mind , lets just hope Brady stays healthy.

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OK.

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Did I say something wrong, this is all facts man

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And I’m in! And worried about Brady like you.

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Glad you agree, I know this is concerning. Lets just pray

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Evan Lazar @ezlazar
Watching Bowman tape now. He’s clearly lost a lot of his athletic ability. #49ers dropped him into underneath zones, blitzed him a little, tried to avoid putting him in man coverage.

He’ll fit right in.

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When was that recorded. He has a great voice.

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I am drinking bourbon.

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then scotch?

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Nah, I like my Scotch in the winter.

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what about beer?

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I love craft beers, but I can’t drink them like I used to. I get all bloated and full. When I do drink them, I love my Imperial IPA or Imperial Stouts (I’m a hops fan).

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George Thorogood would like to have a word with you, Mr. Taylor.

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Dammit, how did I miss that? :/

Getting old sucks.

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Bah! He makes good cookies though.

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Boney, I’m almost 40. I’m only like 30 years away from catching up to you.

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What brand?

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Blanton’s SFTB

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One of my favorites!

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Yeah, the SFTB has a good bite. So much flavor.

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Actually, I have never had the sftb, but I do love Blanton’s.

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Blanton’s Single Barrel is one of my favorites (the one you’re talking about). It’s sooooo smooth. The SFTB (Straight From The Barrel) is “cask strength” so it comes in at around 120-140 proof, so it has some heat on it (nothing that a little water or ice cube won’t temper) but it is ridiculously flavorful and quite smooth considering it’s roughly 15-25% more alcohol by volume.

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Well, if I score this new job, I’ll grab a bottle!

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Ha! Done that. Never again.

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I’ve got a few bourbons in my liquor cabinet….1792 small batch single barrel(93.7 proof), knob creek single barrel (120 proof), pappy 12 yr old (90.4 proof), russell’s reserve sgl barrel (110 proof) and eagle rare 10 yr single barrel (90) proof along with a maker’s mark 90 proof.

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The 1792 is a great bottle for the price. Eagle Rare 10 is probably the best bottle there is for $25 (getting harder to find, unfortunately). Knob Creek is underrated. Their straight rye makes an amazing old fashioned. The Van Winkle SR12 is always tasty but a bit overrated/overpriced.

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He’s behind Elandon Roberts and ahead of Kyle Van Noy in overall grade.

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Almost as good as Elandon?? SCORE!!!

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Apparently, they really like how Roberts plays the run

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van Noy is behind Roberts??? That’s silly.

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Van Noy is behind almost everyone. Out of 86 qualified LBs, Van Noy is 83rd

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Sounds about right.

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Well, I could say what I used to say to Clark:
PFFfffffft!

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How about playing within the team?

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From PFF:
There will be opportunities to catch the ball against Kyle Van Noy, as he has given up the second most receiving yards among 27 qualified 4-3 outside linebackers this year with 210. Look for the Jets to try to exploit this matchup in the middle of the field.

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He has been asked to be the entire LB corps all by himself most of this season. He is no great shakes, but he’s better then Roberts!

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Roberts is pretty good at what they ask him to do…play the run.
Van Noy may be jack of all trades, but he is the master of none. He doesn’t do any one thing particularly well (like McClellin).

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Agreed.

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Should the Patriots take a look at him?

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Cap Space=$4,799,048 @patscap
1.) Bowman does not go through waivers. Vets do not have to until after the trade deadline (10/31).
2.) 6.75M 2017 salary guaranteed via termination pay. So he can accept an one-year vet min deal for rest of season and not lose out on any 2017

Pro-rated vet min deal sounds pretty good.

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I am wrapping Christmas presents.

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Which Hallmark movie are you watching while you’re wrapping?

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I’m watching “The Man in the Iron Mask’- not on Hallmark.

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Sure you are. 😉

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Channel 274 on DirecTV.

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I can name channels and what’s on them too. Doesn’t mean that’s what I’m really watching 🙂

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You have no trust in people.

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Maybe he just doesn’t trust you.

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Ben Volin should just stick to reporting on Portapotty Lines at TC.

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I hope BB signs Bowman.

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Said David Harris never.

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Man, a few years ago, imagining Hightower, Bowman, and Harris together would have been awesome. Now, it’s like watching Second Hand Lions.

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A classic from Boomer & Felon……

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofUzHEjdwTw

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Tom Jones has really faded, huh?

BoSoxJim
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BoSoxJim

The David Harris of music

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Time to introduce Bowman to the TB12 method. Make him pliable again.

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Just soak him in cider vinegar for a couple of weeks.

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“Deer antler spray worked wonders for me!” – Ray Lewis