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Any update on OT Josh Ball?

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by quickccc, May 18, 2022.

  1. _sturt_

    _sturt_ Well-Known Member

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    I choke on the term "invested" a bit... they spent a 4th and a 5th... you usually aren't counting on those guys quite so soon to fill an important role. Give those two a year (Ball obviously having effectively redshirted, he's not earned any regard yet as meriting an important role), and see if one or both emerge as legit.

    Good is a UFA next off-season, so there's no long-term obligation. The bigger question as you suggest is whether to pursue him in a trade--keeping him off the market for some other team that might have a clearer path to playing time for him, but having to take-on that salary number--or to wait to see if the Raiders release him so you can pay him what you'd prefer, but at the risk that he and another team might work out a deal instead.

    The other thing is... as you said, Joneses can wait. They can wait to see if some other player emerges that is a similar fit, and can wait to see if their young bucks are more ready than history would suggest guys that young (our 21 yr-old projected LG) or drafted that late (our 4th and 5th round OTs) ordinarily would be.

    If I'm betting, of course, waiting seems to be the best bet for what will happen. I'm just engaging the conversation from the what should happen angle.
    Last edited: May 19, 2022
  2. 75boyz

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    Nice post.
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  3. Denim Chicken

    Denim Chicken Well-Known Member

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    They both got game snaps last year so would not be eligible.
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  4. buybuydandavis

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    I think they have a conscious plan to expand the effective roster using IR. Both season long, and partial season. Guys starting on IR get brought back to replace players that get injured during the season. It's a way to have a little extra depth. Even easier with guys you can IR the full season. Perfect for rookies. Let them get a year of NFL training before they count toward the roster.
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  5. quickccc

    quickccc Well-Known Member

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    i just heard Broaddus on 105.3 the Fan radio said Bobby Belt made mentioned that there may be some inside the Star that are starting to
    have their questions about Jon Ball.

    Take it for what you make what that means.
  6. FuzzyLumpkins

    FuzzyLumpkins The Boognish

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    And he was on the IR which also gives service time.
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  7. conner01

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    Our second practice squad
    Just don’t get to practice
    But they can study, watch, workout and learn a lot
    He had the worlds worst sprained ankle lol
  8. conner01

    conner01 Well-Known Member

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    Not sure what it means but probably nothing good
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  9. conner01

    conner01 Well-Known Member

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    Isn’t his roster exemption expired this year?
  10. conner01

    conner01 Well-Known Member

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    I like video I seen on Waletzko but he needs to really develop physically I looked to me
    A pricey vet only gets cheap if he feels he can do a one year deal and parlay that into a nice deal the following year
    I think that’s what they will look for
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  11. conner01

    conner01 Well-Known Member

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    Very small investment lol
    A 4th you expect to be able to develop when he was talent wise worth a higher pick (ball) but the question is did he buy in and do the work he could last year and have the right attitude about it
    Dropping to the 4th was on him and should have been the motivation to do everything he could to get as much knowledge as he could and workout like he was hungry for a roster spot. Hopefully he did and the are just keeping it top secret lol
    But taking two guys they seen as tackle prospects doesn’t seem like they are beaming with confidence in ball
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  12. quickccc

    quickccc Well-Known Member

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    Just like cam Irvin did here a couple years ago. En route to signing with Carolina I think
  13. BobSacamano

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    Doug Free was a 4thy.
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  14. Typhus

    Typhus Captain Catfish

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    Thats actually a very good question, and im not sure if the IPP has term limits.
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  15. buybuydandavis

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    This. Development squad. Reserve bench.

    Guys on IR effectively expand the number of players we can keep the rights to.
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  16. quickccc

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    Yes, they are mid to late round draft picks, these are rounds and players usually for suitable backups, developmental projects, or high risk players (medical/character)
    - but if the club sees where their development can match their physical traits,.. if they emerge to much more than that, as eventual starters ala Tyler Biadasz.
    and even more such as undrafted Terrence Steele... then that's low risk/high reward.

    And apparently Cowboys immediate plan seems to be aiming to investing more in these developmental types than experienced, ready made vet swing- utility types.
    i don't like gambling that kind of risk, when it comes to my franchise starting QB.
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  17. fivetwos

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    I tend to believe there's at least some truth to things like this, but it also doesn't fall into line with the team thinking they don't need a vet swing.

    If they truly DO think Tyler is an acceptable backup option to Tyron, that's scary, and should not happen for several reasons, including that he needs to develop as a guard, not be thrown into the LT fire.

    There's plenty of cap room and I can't at all see chancing your QB health when you can get a vet backup for like 1/3m....but yacht fuel ain't cheap these days, and a bad season nets Jerry another star top ten pick next year. Guess it's win-win for him.
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  18. Bobhaze

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    Josh Ball certainly has talent. He started out at Florida State but his off field issues got him kicked out at FSU. He then landed at Marshall where he played very well.

    The question on Ball has always been whether or not he can keep off field issues from becoming an impediment to his playing. He had a domestic violence incident in college and many NFL teams avoided him despite his talent. From what I’ve read, he doesn’t have a serious injury issue.

    I hope he gets his life together and contributes here. But he’s another example of a project player Jerry loves to take. I’ve always believed those kind of projects should be in late round selections. We will see. Maybe Ball turns into an excellent swing T.
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  19. john van brocklin

    john van brocklin Captain Comeback

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    Good points there my friend.
    Seems strange to me that have not signed an experienced vet to hedge their bets at the Tackle position.
    Tyrone has not played an entire season in ages.
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  20. _sturt_

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    He's years removed now from any off-the-field issue... the incident happened at FSU. Seems safe to say it's all about his on-the-field issues or progress at this point.

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