we know gradkowski can start and win games and he was under contract for 3 years at the time we drafted jones, i think
i just dont put much value in the 3rd string QB spot. the primary back up QB is an extremely fungible position. when you need one, you can find one alot of times. why waste a 4th on a guy who has stop gap as his ceiling? hell, we had brian hoyer on the roster at the end of one season, and he will probably start for cleveland this year. i just cant see the wisdom of using that pick on landry jones unless they feel he is a future starter. i dont believe he is, and if he does, i cant see him being anything more than an 8-8 QB at best. and thats with a quality team around him.
water under the bridge, but it still pisses me off. ive tried to let it go, lol
we dont, i was responding to felt statement that he was legit. he isnt.
my opinion, as i have stated more than once, is that i do not think he is very good and was a stupid pick. its really not even the player, its the position. the back up QB position was fine for 3 years at a reasonable number and with a much more proven guy than landry jones in actual NFL games.
do i think he will ever be anything in the NFL? No.
you seem to, no big deal. time will tell.
Okay, so let me get this straight, Shamarko hasn't beaten out a future 1st ballot HOFer and he hasn't beaten out a veteran on a team that values experience over youth until you can prove you deserve to be on the field and we're talking about him being a wasted pick in the beginning of his second year, no camp, no competition, no 2nd season pre-season games, etc Hmm, OK.
1.22) Dante Fowler, OLB, UF
2.56) PJ Williams, CB, FSU
3.87) Ben Koyack, TE, ND
4.120) Kurtis Drummond, FS, MSU
5.152) David Johnson, RB, North Iowa
6.183) Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon St.
7.214) Lynden Trail, OLB, Norfolk St.
"Before you can win a game, you have to not lose it." -- Chuck Noll
Thomas: 'I have progressed a lot'
Safety Shamarko Thomas is not afraid of hard work.
All was quiet in the Steelers locker room on one of the team’s off days during OTAs recently, and for good reason. It was barely 7 a.m., and anyone that would be coming in to work out on the off day wasn’t there yet.
Except for safety Shamarko Thomas, that is.
Thomas doesn’t run on a clock, doesn’t base his comings and goings on the fact that most people are still asleep because he looks at that as an opportunity to get a jump on things and get a little extra preparation in.
It’s the same approach he took last season, trying to learn as much as he could, but being in a much more comfortable spot now with a much greater understanding of what he is doing.
“I have progressed a lot,” said Thomas. “I just know the whole defense now. Last year I was all over the place, just wanting to know my role. This year I am just settled in and comfortable and just playing.
“It’s like college, your freshman year you don’t know the defense and the next year you settle in and fly around and make plays. That’s what I am doing now. I don’t have to think and second guess myself. I just fly around and make plays.”
Thomas weighed in on a few other topics as well.
On what he sees his role being: “I don’t know. That is up to the coaches. I am going to work my butt off and come to camp ready. What happens, happens.”
On what he needs to show during OTAs: “I am a quiet person and last year because I didn’t know the defense, I need to communicate and be consistent. That is my biggest thing. I talk to Troy (Polamalu) every day and try to be consistent in everything I do.”
On what he needs to work on: “The playbook. I was playing nickel, safety, and I was in packages and all over the place. The big thing Troy told me was to learn the whole defense, so it was a great development last year learning the whole defense and now I am here comfortable because I know where everybody is and where I am supposed to be and where to make plays.”