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Gimmesix's preseason Game 4 53-man roster

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by gimmesix, Aug 27, 2013.

  1. gimmesix

    gimmesix Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life

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    I just think Bell makes the most sense because a) he's still rounding into shape and b) nobody had shown interest in him before we signed him.

    Although I don't mind if we lose McCray, I'm not sure Dallas feels that way.
  2. gimmesix

    gimmesix Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life

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    That's certainly a possibility with Ratliff out. Could easily see it happening over the 10th OL.

    Quite frankly, deciding who we keep on the offensive and defensive lines has become murky with Dallas putting Free AND Parnell in the starting lineup and Ratliff going on PUP. Not that Ratliff going on PUP shouldn't have been expected, I'm just not sure a ninth lineman has played well enough to deserve a spot OR if Dallas feels it's imperative to keep a backup OT.
  3. gimmesix

    gimmesix Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life

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    I can understand that, and it gives me pause as well. My reviews of Arkin's play have been much more positive than the level of trust Dallas is showing with him.

    In fact, I think he's outplayed Bernadeau, but I absolutely do not see them keeping him over Bernadeau.

    The only players who are sure bets to be backup offensive linemen on this team IMO are Bernadeau and Costa. The rest are kind of a toss-up.
  4. Erik_H

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

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    That has me a little confused as well. While I will admit that I don't necessarily k woeverything that goes into it, the general vibe has been that Arkin has improved quite a bit. At the same time we have a Dallas staff that is working very hard to keep him off the field.

    This leads me to believe one of the following. 1) The reviews and vibes are wrong and he still stinks. 2) he has improved, but not quite enough to be trusted on a line with 2 other players with no NFL experience.

    My guess is that the answer will come on the 53 cut down day. If he's still here, then he's still being prepped and it's more about needing experience on the line. If he's cut, then his improvement just wasn't enough.
  5. gimmesix

    gimmesix Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life

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    That could be part of it with Leary and Frederick projected to start. At least with Bernadeau there's some experience there. It's clear, though, from the Free move and the attempts to sign the vets that Dallas isn't exactly pleased with Bern, either. Neither provides the push we need up front in the running game, but I've seen Arkin get pushed into the backfield less than Bernadeau this preseason, even with the starters.
  6. stasheroo

    stasheroo Well-Known Member

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    For me, actions speak louder than words, especially on the offensive line.

    They've done everything they can to keep Arkin off the field. To the point of reshuffling three spots on the line.

    And they've obviously tried unsuccessfully to this point to sign two veterans at the position.

    If you need to go to such lengths, this player should not be on the roster.

    Admit your mistake, move on, and find someone you're not terrified to play.
  7. gimmesix

    gimmesix Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life

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    He has been the first player they've put in when a starter is missing, though. Might have been because others (Parnell, Kowalski in particular) were hurt, or it might be that he's the best of the rest. They simply don't believe he's as good as Leary, Frederick, Free and Bernadeau on the inside. Of the rest, I think he's ahead in the pecking order than all other interior linemen except Livings and Costa, not necessarily because Dallas likes him a lot, but simply because there's not much else (although an argument can be made for Kowalski over him).

    So the question is how many interior linemen do we keep? If Leary, Frederick and Free are the interior starters, do we keep three experienced backup interior guys — Bernadeau, Costa and Livings — or do we cut Livings because of his degenerative knee issue and keep Arkin instead, or do we keep four interior backups — Bernadeau, Costa, Livings and Arkin — with Free being the backup tackle as well as starting guard?

    To me, the four interior backups is a possibility because it's hard to gauge what Dallas will do with Bell. In that case, Arkin stays. Or if Dallas feels Livings has no real chance of returning this year, the Cowboys cut him and Arkin stays.

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