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News: Scout's Eye: Evaluating Abram Elam

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  1. Arch Stanton

    Arch Stanton it was the grave marked unknown right beside

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    Scout's Eye: Evaluating Abram Elam

    By Bryan Broaddus
    SAN ANTONIO -- One of the many ways a scout evaluates players is through film study. It is the best way to get a true read on the ability of player and how he might fit into your scheme if you were managing to try and secure his services.

    This summer I had the opportunity to sit down and watch Michael Huff, Abram Elam, Eric Weddle and Dawan Landry, all safeties that would be unrestricted free agents in the coming year once the lockout had ended.

    My study of Huff and Weddle was really to try to catch me up to speed because the Raiders and Chargers were opponents of the Cowboys in 2009. The study of Elam and Landry was not as fresh in my eyes because I had not seen them play in a while.

    Read more:http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/cowboys/post/_/id/4681478/scouts-eye-day-8-evaluating-abram-elam?
  2. CATCH17

    CATCH17 1st Round Pick

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    I heard Broadus say this morning that he is about ready to give up on AOA.
  3. BraveHeartFan

    BraveHeartFan We got a hat. I want a ring.

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    Good for him.

    That makes me like AOA more then. (Now you can note that I'm not high on the guy, or low on him, I don't have a real opinion on him. But I'm just not a fan of BB too much. )
  4. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    I've seen Broadus have things he said fly right back in his face on several occasions. I think there is a reason he is a former NFL scout.
  5. jobberone

    jobberone Right turn Clyde Staff Member

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    Having a great safety is a tremendous asset. But having an adequate one is good enough. A key does not have to be golden to open a lock.
  6. Chocolate Lab

    Chocolate Lab Run-loving Dino

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    Broaddus is really drinking the koolaid this year. He was on for two hours last night and was arguing with the host who disagreed with Garrett's words that what we'd done this offseason was "really outstanding" (or exceptional, or whatever superlative it was that JG used). Dismissed what the Eagles had done and said just fans want big names, almost like "This ain't Madden."

    Also seemed to think that practically every position on the defense will benefit this year.

    One thing I've learned from listening to Broaddus for a couple of years now is that scouts get pet cats and players they dislike right away just like fans on message boards. Thought they'd be more objective, but it seems like there's a lot of confirmation bias going on in both directions.

    I'll go reinforce my PM box now.
  7. gmoney112

    gmoney112 Well-Known Member

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    :laugh2: AOA has practiced a handful of times in the NFL and Broadus is ready to give up on him.

    A kid from a D2 school who was injured the majority of last season and didn't get an offseason this year while trying to learn the Free Safety position is having a difficult time? I am shocked.
  8. Yakuza Rich

    Yakuza Rich Well-Known Member

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    They only signed Elam to a 1-year deal, which tells me that have different plans at safety. I would probably think the same thing with Sensy, but he may have his own ideas as well.

    Ryan Clark of Pittsburgh isn't this super safety. But, he's a smart player who knows his position and can quarterback the deep coverage responsiblities and put the players in the right places. The result? Polamalu is put in the best position to play to his fullest capabilities. Obviously, Sensy is no Polamalu, but I like the signing.





    YR
  9. johnnyd

    johnnyd Active Member

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  10. UnoDallas

    UnoDallas Benched

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    One thing I've learned from listening to Broaddus for a couple of years now is that scouts get pet cats and players they dislike right away just like fans on message boards

    of course they do

    the are really just like us

    :eek: :rolleyes:
  11. CATCH17

    CATCH17 1st Round Pick

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    Hey he was down on Jason Williams last year too and we saw how that turned out.
  12. FLcowboy

    FLcowboy Hopeful this is the year Zone Supporter

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    And why ESPN snapped him up.
  13. TD-33

    TD-33 Benched

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    Every time I read from "a Scout's Eye" I do this :rolleyes:
  14. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    My guess? They want a better safety, but this is all they can get right now.
  15. TD-33

    TD-33 Benched

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    Let me give a run-down on the scout's eye's observation of Elam.

    Huff and Weddle are better.
    Ryan's FS & SS are pretty much interchangeable.
    Elam is average.
    Elam is a good choice because he knows Rob's defense.
    Vs Patriots and Saints, Elam played as a safety and- that was instrumental in helping the defense (although he is did I mention -average)
  16. JIGGYFLY

    JIGGYFLY Active Member

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    He also said during this training camp that Bennett was "soft" at the point of attack while blocking.

    Has that ever been an issue with Bennett?
  17. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    Sensabaugh said this week in an interview that Dallas had offered multi-years, but that he didn't think that was the right move for him, personally. I'd heard the same about Elam, but it came from a talking-head, and I don't recall where.

    I think we offered low-market rate 2 or maybe 3 year deals to them both, and they both decided a one year offer to play under the lights in Dallas in the new defense was a better opportunity.
  18. FuzzyLumpkins

    FuzzyLumpkins The Boognish

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    And Brett Maxie was on saying that Kwasi was the future. Everyone has an opinion. If he is wanting to give up on a guy after 10 or so practices then more power to him.
  19. speedkilz88

    speedkilz88 Well-Known Member

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    I believe I heard that it was Williams' attitude that finally got him cut.
  20. FuzzyLumpkins

    FuzzyLumpkins The Boognish

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    One thing about Broaddus is there realy seems to be a good Broaddus and a bad Broaddus.. i really like him when he is systematic and technical in his approach. You most often see him do this when he is talking about linemen.

    Then he starts doing vague stuff like this piece and it just does not compel me. I would like something more than 'moves like a strong safety.' Quite frankly that tells me nothing.

    When he talks about linemen he will talk about kick outs and sets and punch and all that stuff. Here we get 'moves like a strong safety.' That basically just invites me to use my imagination and that just tells me he is not giving me anything worth a flip.

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