I worry about the run-blocking. The OL needs to improve in this area.

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    My #1 worry on offense this year is the run-blocking by the offensive line. While the pass blocking has improved, the run blocking was still not too good last year. Forte (as always) made a lot of yards on his own. But often he got very little help from the OL. In short yardage situations we often just got stuffed. I'm hoping the OL can get better this year.
     
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    Agreed.
     
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    That's a concern but #1 for me is an injury to TE Bennett. We have no proven back up. Still hoping Emery will pull a rabbit out of the hat. I am watching Finley from GB if he can get healthy he may be a nice fit
     
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    The trouble with Finley, other than his injury, is that he won't be of any help in the running game. He's as much a very big WR as he is a TE. If Onobun can't hack it and we don't find any help coming from the waiver wire then it'll either be Mulligan or Britton as a blocking TE and Rosario will be the HBack or Move TE.

    I think with another year under their belts as a unit the run blocking will improve. A lot of that is just timing and coordinated movement. Plus the entire right side of the line was composed of two rookies who will undoubtedly be better this year. But yeah they do need to focus on improving there.
     
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    If we can get Brian DLP instead of Garza in the middle I think we would see an improvement. I am interested to see how that plays out. I am still surprised we got him.
     
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    That's a worry too. Good receiving TE's are a hot commodity now, and hard to come by. Blocking TE's are a dime-a-dozen. Stone hand TE's like Fendi Onobun (who can't catch OR block) are pretty easy to get though. Other than Bennett, our receiving TE's are not much better than the Lovie Smith days.
     
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    Garza is an interesting guy to watch run block. He's more of a skill player. I've seen him get downfield to the second level and execute beautiful blocks that are amazing. But then you'll see him get blown up repeatedly at the LOS with that initial block. He just gets overpowered by strong DL guys. He doesn't have an ACL (hasn't for years now) and I wonder if that's the reason he can't muscle guys around. I've said this a few times over the years.....he's a physical specimen when you see him close up at training camp. His body fat must be pretty low for a 310 pound guy. He's 6'2" and 310 pounds. Yet, he gets overpowered a lot at the LOS. Hard to figure. He does move well for a big guy though.

    He's one of the best to sign autographs at camp for the kids. A real nice guy. Class act all the way.

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    Its going to go to running TE's in the very near future.
     
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    Agree that he follows through and plays through to the end. (It really bugs me when you see a player doing nothing when the play is active. That is how the Packers walked that TD into the end zone. ). On the LOS it can be really bad when they line up on Garza.

    I have not seen him interact with the fans. It's nice to hear he makes the time.
     
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    tbear1 ,

    Not a big Conte fan are you ?
     

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