After twelve weeks of football and a 500 record. It is a good time to look at roster weakness and depth.
Depth is always a concern because players get injured and depth gets tested.
I am at a point where I don't want to include Baker. The reason is the topic has been beaten to death.
IMO we know which players the team is invested in and are obviously talented. Some of this is clear fact. Some is my opinion.
Chubb, Hunt, Myles, Ward, Newsome, JOK, Bitonio, Teller, Clowney ( he has proven himself), McDowell (also has proved himself). Wills is a first round pick.
So, I will list him even as I am beginning to have doubts. DPJ is showing ability but still needs to show more impact. Delpit is really a rookie but he has shown some talent. Greedy is coming off a major setback but has played well. Jarvis is a good player but his time as a premier player maybe ending. Njoku has talent and I believe we will sign him. John Johnson and Hill were signed to contracts. Their play has been mixed. I am going to put d'Earnest here because when he plays. He delivers. Tretter is a starter and good player. Conklin is a terrific player but now injured.
There are rookies with incomplete grades. Some have played a little some hardly at all.
Schwartz, Felton, Hudson, LeCounte, Fields, Togiai,
We have others on short term deals.
Takk, Malik Jackson, Walker, Smith.
The rest of the players are on the roster are questionable. Some can be considered depth. Others have been draft picks or free agents that have had mixed results.
Phillips, Elliott, Taki, Wilson, Bryant, Hooper, Keenum, Dunn, Harris
I have not covered every guy but most. The rest are borderline players that are up and down on the practice squad. Others are current depth that may come and go.
Two positions jump out for weakness and depth.
Receivers and OT.
Bradley is on the roster but was just added. Higgins has been on the roster but has hardly played.
We do not have a major threat at receiver. Nobody will draw double coverage. Nobody is a game changer. Nobody is now an all pro.
On the depth chart for OT is Hudson behind Wills. At RT nobody is listed behind Hance who is a backup guard.
At TE Hooper IMO has been a major disappointment. He is average and is getting paid like an all pro.
All players on a roster can not be all-stars. Some guys are going to be question marks because they don't get reps. Some players are later round picks who are in a development process. Some guys will fill spots on a roster but are borderline players. That is common on all NFL rosters.
When you look at the current record and obvious results. The offense has been a problem. The passing game is weak. We are no threat to make a comeback when behind by two scores.
The defense had been up and down but has played better.
There are conclusions that can be drawn. Baker has been inconsistent. He has shown in past performance that he can be good. At other times his play has been poor.
Odell left town. Nothing to add to that because he never did much while here. However, the receiver unit is below average at best. I don't believe that can be disputed. We are a run based team. We have limited ability to strike deep. We do not have a go to receiver.
With Conklin down the tackle position is an issue. Wills seems to struggle in pass protection. I know he an ankle problem. I am unsure he is worthy of being a first round talent. However, he still very young and does have skill.
I made this attempt because I want answers. I thought we would be better than we have shown.
I believe you have to look at the roster and not one player. The quarterback position is a dominate position. But it is also a position that depends heavily on others to have success.
We are six and six and have played that way. There are still games to be played. Looking at the roster is important to find some answers. The other evaluation that impacts the record is coaching.