Menelik Watson returned to training Wednesday, which makes a welcome relief to our injury ravaged OL, and could potentially make both Terrelle Pryor’s and DMC’s jobs a lot easier if they finally start to get some help from the trenches.
With a fit again Watson, I think the best strategy would be to drop the consistently beaten Lucas Nix from the LG position, role Khalif Barnes across from LT to LG, a position that with his strength he could really excel at. Then at LT I’d bring in the more mobile Menelik Watson, allowing us to get a real look at his potential beofre we commit to a contranct on Veldheer that breaks the bank too highly.
I’d keep Matt McCants at RT, at least until tony Pashos returns to full health, as McCants has really impressed in recent weeks and deserves a continued run in the team.
Then with Watson – Barnes – Wis – Briesel – McCants I’s starting to feel a lot more confident about this team going forward.
Other team related news, Watson’s return to health meant that we could bring back excellent run-stuffing DL-man Brian Sanford, with reserve OL-man Jack Cornell slipping back onto the practice squad. Sanford brings some necessary beef to an already much-improved run defence, while Cornell continues his development for next season on the practise squad.
Also Miles Burris is reportedly not far away from retruning, although I personally wouldn’t rush his return as the LB-corps are already looking well-stocked.