Plax was said to be in excellent condition and picked things up very quickly. Hoyer should pick up enough of the offense to be useful. He apparently has a quick release and a pretty strong arm. You Tube has a short 8 second clip on him throwing a TD pass vs Miami in wk 17 2010 and he lets it go from either the 45 or 50 yd line and hits the receiver 5yds deep in the EZ.
I think both will be ready for this weeks game and both will see action.
TS will practice today. DeCastro will also practice. There should be some telling videos on all three players on TS official site by Friday night. Hopefully, those quite lengthy videos will not be all blah blah blah!
I would almost rather take my chances with Hoyer than Batch. I'm afraid Batch is going to break a hip.
2014 NFL Draft
1) Cyrus Kouandjio-OT Alabama
2) Kyle Fuller-DB Virginia Tech
3) Jared Abbrederis-WR Wisconsin (the next Hines Ward)
4) Calvin Barnett-DT Oklahoma
5) Marcus Williams- DB North Dakota State (Best DB you haven't heard of)
6) Venric Mark-RB/WR Northwestern
There is another thread going on now called FO Fail. It mostly dealt with the keeping of both aging QB's and letting the promising Jerrod Johnson go.
Very early in that thread I was going to reply also questioning why he was cut and then not even considered for the practice squad. I even went so far as to say I truly believed had they kept him the Steelers would have won last weeks game. But I did not submit the post.
Then as it turned out I was really surprised how many fans also were not thrilled with letting JJ go. At least by now he would certainly know the playbook.
Anyway the reason I did not submit the post was 1. I could not remember which one of the other QB's were not in my final 53 and 2. I figured there must have been something in JJ's game I missed. Considering he did not even get on the practice squads of any other team either. But, frankly I have no idea what this flaw could have been. Anyone know?
As it turns out this Hoyer signing is probably a very good move. He at least has faced NFL defenses. Even though in really late game mop ups but still?
Earlier this season both Phillyesq and me too very strongly liked that Nick Foles from the Eagles. I even went so far as to say the best thing that could happen to the Eagles was for Vick to get dinged. But when confronted with NFL defenses Foles really struggled. [being polite]
Anyway if needed at least Hoyer has faced NFL defenses in the past.
btw: Phillyesq if you read this post , don't feel lonesome. We were in good company on Foles. Jimmy Johnson said the same thing on TV and I think picked the Eagles to win Sunday.
I keep thinking about how we had Willie Williams come back to the team and we went to and won a Super Bowl that season. I hope the same Karma generates with Plax returning.
As for this QB weve just signed, I hope we don't need to find out too soon what his abilities are but, I hope he is good enough that the coaches see something in him and that he could be a quality backup if ever needed.
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I guess I was less impressed with Jerod Johnson than many on the board. He played well against guys who aren't in the NFL anymore, but did he really impress as someone who could hold down the position for 2-3 games. I think Hoyer is more that type of QB.
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