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Arkin revisited (again)

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by Verdict, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    Arkin is Brewster part deux

    Though from some that been said here Brewster's problem was apparently more mental
  2. Erik_H

    Erik_H Good, bad, I'm the guy with the gun. Zone Supporter

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    Actually, Arkin may be James Marten part tré. However, when we drafted Arkin, we know he'd be a redshirt and need to develop. THe lockout kinda messed with that his first year. It would have been nice to see something out of him after the first off season but there's still a chance he can make the leap this year. He won't get a pass this year if he doesn't show something significant though.

    I always keep an open mind through 3 years. This is his third year, so it's fish or cut bait time.
  3. Verdict

    Verdict Well-Known Member

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    I hope Arkin becomes the next Miles Austin. He didn"t see the field for a couple of years either. Arkin is an interesting case study. We spent a 4th rounder on him, and I am sure we believed he would be somewhat of a project player. I am ok with that thought process. However, you would think that he would have contributed last year since our line play was pretty bad. Yet he didn't get a whiff of the field.

    You would think that if he was a 4th round player he would at least get some decent playing time in year two with the need at offensive guard and center was as dire as it was. You would also think that if he couldn't play last year with such bad line play that he would be gone.

    The fact that Arkin is still around under those circumstances suggests that:

    1. They must see some serious potential in Arkin to be a major contributor and starter at some point.
    2. Alternatively, they don"t want to admit that they made a mistake drafting him in the 4th round.
    3. Another possibility is that they just didn't value his roster spot last year and felt like that they couldn't put it to better use.

    I would think option 1 or 2 is the most likely since option 3 would be prett hard to believe. :). I find it very hard to believe that it was our intention to draft him in the 4th round and not expect him to get a whiff of the field until the third year. You could probably get a guy that has great upside and can play at a high level (like Romo and Austin) that wont see the field until year three as UDFA"s.
  4. Eskimo

    Eskimo Well-Known Member

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    There's no point in cutting him now.

    For whatever reason, the staff believed in him enough to give him a second redshirt year where they put him on the roster with almost no intention of ever letting him see the field.

    If he can't make it on the club as a legitimate backup at Center/Guard we can't afford to give him another redshirt year and we need to move on. 3 years in the NFL working with world class trainers/nutritionists/coaches is long enough to at least become a competent backup.
  5. TheCount

    TheCount Pixel Pusher

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    I actually was going to write a real response to this till I saw the agenda nonsense. Grow up.

    You're right. I really don't see the point in cutting him at this point, we're desperate for OL help. I wouldn't cut any of the OL currently under contract.
  6. jobberone

    jobberone Genetically engineered moderating Orangutan Staff Member

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    All u can do is try to provide enough competition at a position and hope someone emerges. I wouldn't get hung up about draft status or money. It's not unusual for an OL to take time to develop. He needs to make a move this year.
  7. TheRat

    TheRat The Silly Willy

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    Why would you cut a player that costs you next to nothing?
  8. Eskimo

    Eskimo Well-Known Member

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    They really must have had a pretty bad feeling about Arkin's play last year since they chose to put Dockery and Cook out there over him.

    I think they like his feet and tenacity. He just can't seem to anchor at all against the big uglies. I hope he has added the needed strength this offseason but I am skeptical due to the lack of gain after his first offseason which is where most guys make the quantum leap in strength.
  9. Erik_H

    Erik_H Good, bad, I'm the guy with the gun. Zone Supporter

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    I expected a little more after the offseason as well, but it is possible that the total lack of an initial rookie offseason played a part.

    Everyone knew he'd be a developmental guy and we wouldn't get much return until year 3 (that's kinda what developmental means). So even though he really seems behind right now, he can still be on schedule if we get something out of him next year.

    If he doesn't show something significant by the end of training camp, he'll be gone and it will have been a bust of a pick. But if the timeframe was 3 years, then I'm willing to give 3 years and withhold judgement until then.
  10. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    in a way it might be a good sign no one on the staff is talking about Arkin.

    Everyone they have loved have frankly stank up the place.
  11. Wolfpack

    Wolfpack Well-Known Member

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    Thats a very rational view point, great post. When he didnt see the field last year, I think that explains some of the issues which is probably a combination of your factors 1, 2, & 3. Remember that the Cowboys have a brain trust that makes these calls so you will get a mixed result with GroupThink.

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