Since we're probably not going see much of the starters on Thursdays and we have seen more than enough of Butler and Arrington a lot of you guys might not be interested in our match-up with the Giants. Well there are other pre-season games around the league that might interest you.
The Philadelphia Eagles match up with the NY Jets is something I would definitely want to tune into. As you guys probably know the Eagles are absolutely STACKED at the CB position, and from what I've heard they have some real serviceable CBs that will end up getting cut just b/c they have holes in other areas.
If you do happen to tune into this game, look to see a #35 Trevard Lindley. He is a second year player that had a decent rookie season last year and by all accounts has had a good camp (has recorded one int this pre-season). Also look for #27 Brandon Hughes who supposedly having an even better camp. One of these guys are not making the team, so they are both potential targets for the Patriots.
Another Match-up that might interest you is the Packers and Chiefs match-up. The Packers secondary helped them form a championship defense last year. Their CBs #40 Josh Gordy (making strong case), #22 Pat Lee (semi-bust 2nd Rounder), and #39 Brandian Ross (has good potential) will all be battling for one spot at corner. Another thing to note, there is a small battle at safety between Anthony Levine (has played decent) rookie M.D. Jenning (always around the ball, has flashed) and Brandon Underwood (STs Value). Given the recent release of James Sanders we just might sign one of these guys also.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that one of these teams cut a good DB and hope the Patriots take advantage. I think we're all tired of seeing Arrington trail behind they guy he's suppose to be blanketing and Butler fail to make any kind of play on the ball. The abuse has to stop.
Brandian Ross has been cut by the Packers. Here are some interesting notes on Ross
Undrafted CB Brandian Ross made a name for himself in the team's intrasquad scrimmage when he picked off QB Aaron Rodgers on the first play and returned it for a touchdown.
Ross continued to hold his own against the first-string offense, breaking up a long-pass to wide receiver Jordy Nelson on the offense’s next possession.
Rodgers still got a measure of revenge later in practice with a long completion to wide receiver Randall Cobb at Ross’ expense, but it was a strong start overall.
The 6-0, 191-pound Ross has the kind of size the club likes in its corners and could slide over to safety if necessary.
On Friday, against the Arizona Cardinals, Ross snagged his second interception, this one in the end zone to preserve the Packers’ 28-20 fourth-quarter lead. Arizona quarterback Richard Bartel never saw Ross, as the QB scrambled away from pressure and tried to hit Rob Housler in the back of the end zone
The bad play got the Cardinals into scoring range in the first place, and Ross – who is fighting an uphill battle for a roster spot in the defensive backfield – was thinking far more about that play after the game.
On the first snap of that Cardinals drive, Ross was beaten deep (on a double move) by receiver DeMarco Sampson for a 45-yard gain.
Biography: "Three-year starter at both cornerback and safety. All-Conference selection as a senior, putting up 60/3/5. Junior totals included 47/2/4."
Positives: "Hard-hitting cornerback who fights hard to defend passes. Effective backed off the line of scrimmage, shows a burst out of his plant, and quickly closes to the action. Wraps up tackling and gives effort. Fluid turning his hips in transition."
Negatives: Slow pedaling in reverse. Late recognizing routes in zone coverage.
Analysis: Ross has shown terrific versatility the past three seasons and was a productive player on the small school level. He possesses the size and skills to get consideration as a dime back if he proves his worth on special teams.