I was really high on him coming out of college . Since ..... I've compared him to Zorich . Decent but nothing special . Granted , he's been nicked up ever since he's been here . But hopefully he can have ( for once ) an injury free season and produce like he did in college . Ur not the Pack 10 POY for no reason . The friggin talents always been there - time to play like you used to amigo .
Paea Promises DLine Will Show Huge Improvement..........
Yeah unfortunately he's been nicked up a lot but on the bright side he hasn't had any really serious injuries since coming into the league.
Year 1 - Rookie season still recovering from MCL injury he sustained during senior bowl practices that dropped him out of the 1st round. Didn't start any games but contributed and showed some flashes and burst including a safety sack on McNabb on his debut.
Year 2 - Knee feeling a lot better, expected some big things. Injured ankle in preseason. Started 14 games at NT and was solid but nowhere near his expected ceiling.
Year 3 - Turf toe, played through it though and managed to start 10 games. Seemed to start the season off well until he was banged up.
Year 4 - If he can stay healthy it could be a breakout year for him. Every season he's had an injury effecting his lower body (knee, ankle, turf toe). Currently pegged as the starter at NT but has the burst to play 3T too. Even if the coaches prefer the size of Ego at NT and Paea doesn't start I'm sure he will get plenty of snaps and chances to show what he's got.
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Yeah I though of him being a lot like Zorich but bigger stronger and faster. Plus Samoan and Tongan linemen usually make good football players. It's their warrior mentality. I don't know that he's ever gonna be a Pro Bowl level guy but I think he can be a solid guy in the rotation and that's really what we need from him.
Okay that's a nice summary you did and yeah he's never been completely healthy for an entire year. He shows some flashes and then he ends up playing hurt but he plays with those hurts. Just rubs some dirt on it and back in the game. That's the warrior in him. One good year of consistent play and he'll get a shot at an extension.
I always have liked the idea that he can play at the DT spot as well and maybe if Ferguson comes on faster than expected he'll get some snaps there too. He's almost as quick off the ball as Sutton.
This DL could be scary good if Coach P is as good as advertised thus far. If all these guys live up to their potential we're going to have one of the deeper rotations around. Young, Houston, and Allen can all get after it and not to mention younger guys like Bass and Corny benefiting from someone who actually teaches technique and angles and hand placement. Then you got Ratliff, Collins, Paea, Ego, and Sutton providing some seemingly great play from the middle. Ratliff was a beast and he seemed to be returning to Pro Bowl form after the injury and Collins and Paea have both flashed the ability to be good-great DT's before injuries claimed them. Ego and Sutton are an injection of youth and talent to make this DL very well rounded.
Now you're blitzing Fuller, DB's and our LB's who almost all boast some talent rushing the passer and we could have our Monsters back.
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There's no doubt we'll be letting DLinemen go who might have made last years team and started. The competition for the last two or three spots is gonna be pretty fierce all of which should make even the 3rd tier guys pretty damn good. You have to appreciate Emery's approach to continually upgrading when and where he can. Not only will it improve the quality of the depth but it keeps guys on their toes and always competing for their jobs.
Not many guys will be getting a free season pass for the 53 man roster and if you don't perform once you've gotten that you won't be getting a second one. That's what's putting guys like Greene and Washington "on the bubble" already. For years we've lacked good depth. Guys who could step up when a guy went down with little if any decline in play. It looks like we're bound and determined not to let that be an issue any longer.