At this 1/4 mark of the season, who are the 3 players who surprised you the most so far?

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  1. tbear1

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    Long, Mills, Webb.
    So, Long and Mills have been discussed already... I did not expect Webb to not make the first team much less be cut. Not to say I thought he was a superstar, but Mills was certainly an outlier verses his draft rank.
     
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    Mills is an easy pick. With both Webb and Carimi gone, I thought for sure we were in for a very bad season.
    To even see a glimps of old Hester thus far felt great, I sure hope he has a few more good games and maybe he can pad his record with a couple more returns.
    Peppers, I sure wish it was not such a dramatic drop off. I still hold out hope that he will start to hit his stride and surprise me.
     
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    I remember the good old days of the offseason when some posters were floating the idea of moving Garza back to RG. How horrible does that idea sound now?

    For me, it would have to be Jordan Mills. It is just so unlikely that we would draft a 5th round rookie at RT, have him start week one against some really good defensive lines, and have him look better than Webb, Chris Williams, and Carimi at the position in the years they were with the team. I figured we'd play Webb for his last year, then they would move Mills in at RT after he'd developed enough to take the role. Nope, he was ready now.

    James Anderson is my second pick. Minimum salary guy that has been around the ball since he's got here.

    Matt Slauson is my third pick. I was very encouraged that we picked up a solid young pass protecting guard, but from all accounts from different radio hosts like Hub and some internet research he was a punching bag in the run game. He's looked great.
     
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    I agree with all these guys; these were the "pleasant" surprises. However, we have a couple of "unpleasant" surprises on Defense, and one of them is my guy and adopted Bear, Lance Briggs. I don't know if he is having difficulty adjusting to being the play caller of the Defense or what, but he needs to step up and start making plays/tackles that he used to make. JMO

    I'm also a little disappointed with DJ Williams. He seems like he is often out of position or getting swallowed up by O-Linemen. I'm starting to wonder if we may start seeing Bostic a little more after the Bye week.
     
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    well, i did expect good play from Slauson, Williams, Anderson... the guy that suprised me the most is of course Mills. 4 of our strongest D guys were a dissapointment, of course some of them had an injury excuse, no doubt about it, but Pep, Melton, Jennings and Briggs - I expected more of them really, hope they pick up. Tillman was ok, could be better
     
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    1. Mills and Long. That's some good stuff right there.

    2. McClellin. I was hoping to see a big step this year. Same picture as last year. I do not consider him a total bust (even last week he had some good snaps), but obviously not the contribution you'd expect outta the first round.

    3. Forte. Just feels like he is in a better place in Trestman's system.

    p.s. Forte would go under some of the previous examples for me (Cutler, Garza, Peppers, Briggs), but I wanted to offer up another nominee.
     
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    I overlooked Webb, but yeah. That surprise is right up there with his replacement.

    Ric nominated Forte also, on post #6... Umm, I'll wake up tomorrow I guess.
     
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    I re-watched the game last night and realized the problems on defense are not all on the DL, especially our run-stopping woes. The LB's were out of position. Late in diagnosing plays and responding to make tackles. I attribute that to being new to this team (Williams who missed a lot of training camp, and new guy Anderson is good, but still getting it together I guess). I can see the speed and talent is there with this LB corps, but they are a work in progress right now. They will get better (I hope).
     
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    I deleted the game cuz' I couldn't stomach watching it again. In your rewatching the LBs, can you tell if they were out of position because of their own reactions to the developing play, or is it Briggs' pre-snap play calls that are off kilter?
     
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    Unlike JABF, I did not/could not re-watch, but I'm not really sure that your question can be answered by just watching the game. It's a good question, I just don't think we can know without knowing what the calls were and what they meant.
     
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