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Offensive line thoughts after week 3


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Some of my random O line thoughts...
 

Honestly, to me, that was the most natural and competent Cody Ford has looked his entire career. That left guard spot may be a nice home for him. Being between Dion and Morse is a nice place to settle in. I’ve been a “leave Ford at RT guy,” but I was really impressed with his play yesterday. I think Ford may have found a home. The power in his game was evident and his pass protection was better than it has been. I think he may be a phone booth player, and that guard spot may truly be a place for him to excel. 
 

Ford was sloppy on some outside zone stuff, but this team should be running more power O stuff and less zone stuff. Outside of Morse, these are not zone style linemen. Go steal fullback Johnny Stanton off of the Browns practice squad and start running some power plays. I think that would also help

Zach Moss get going. Singletary is awesome btw. And how about whipping boy TJ Yeldon? Dude looked explosive and fast, and fresh. I think he should have a bigger role here. He can be a dynamic receiver as well, so those five wide looks can be even more deadly with Yeldon out there. I know this is supposed to be about the offensive line, so i will get back to that...
 

Daryl Williams is an excellent find as well, and after having been toyed with a bit the last few years, I think he may have found a home here. He had one or two big time whiffs, but that defensive line is very good. This is probably the best RT play I have seen here in a very very long time. 
 

Winters was okay. He did have some terrible spots there, but he was playing against the best in the league. I do think he is a good player, is he better than Spain? Maybe. I like Feliciano, but I also think Winters is a better player. Feliciano does bring the glue and the toughness, but he is definitely a liability at times. 
 

And how about Ty Nsehke coming in cold off the bench with the game on the line and doing a great job? Ty is so important as the back up swing guy. But he is also probably one of the top five linemen on the team. I think it is a dilemma, as he should probably be playing more.  
 

Another poster said it in a thread here, but Ike Boettger may be worth a look at RG at some point here. The guy has talent and upside, and he also has that nasty streak that Feliciano brought to the OL. Honestly, Ryan Bates is another guy who probably deserves a shot at RG. I do think Winters is a good player in this league, but I am not sure he is a guy who will be here long. I hope one of those guys earns that spot or that Feliciano comes back with a vengeance and reclaims the RG spot.
 

Interestingly, every linemen on this team aside from Spain, were starting collegiate tackles, even Mitch Morse. So it seems they like a certain type. I do hope they find a way to trade Spain if they don’t feel like he can really help the team at this point. I think he is a good player, and maybe he just had a bad week of practice or maybe this is just about Cody Ford,  but Spain should have some value in the market. 

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Get Winters out. He was ugly. Yes he had to take on Aaron Donald but his technique was sloppy his anchor never seemed set he was bad. I do agree though Ford had probably his best game at left guard. So if that is his best spot then the question becomes who is the best fit at right guard. I don't think it is Winters. It is either Spain or Feliciano when healthy.

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Has Ty Nsehke ever played guard. I think it is time to take a look with either him or Bates. Winters struggled last week, and was inconsistent at best, this week. And what about the guy that spells his name wrong who they just signed from the Jets? Darnold was so disappointed he was cut. He's an interior guy.

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On Nsekhe.... my thing with him is I really think he is a left tackle. I think he is kind of mediocre everywhere else. The one position I really think he is a bona fide NFL starter is left tackle. I was not surprised seeing him come in and hold up there. But to me that is his spot and anything else feels like shoehorning him into the line at the expense of getting the best combo out there. And obviously when Dawkins is healthy he plays. But left tackle is so important I am all for having a specialist backup there who could still get you out of a game at right tackle if required.

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