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Friday, September 17, 2010

One Year Later: Youth Races Into Starting Lineup

What a difference a year makes in the life of a team in retooling mode.  No players drafted in 2009 made the starting lineup in the first game of the 2009 season.  By the end of the year only 2009 First Rounder Josh Freeman was in the starting lineup.

Fast forward to the opening day victory of 2010, and seven players from the 2009/2010 Drafts (i.e. since Mark Dominik and Raheem Morris took over) got the starting nod.  Throw in players acquired in the past 2 years (Keydrick Vincent, Kellen Winslow, and Sean Jones) and almost half the starting players have changed in just one season.

The players who have moved on took a lot of experience with them:  WR Micheal Clayton, WR Antonio Bryant, DE Jimmy Wilkerson, and DT Chris Hovan all had at least 7 years playing experience.

Names in italics are draft choices made by the Dominik/Morris front office:

Starting Lineups

2009 Game 1 2009 Game 16 2010 Game 1
WR 80 M.Clayton 85 M.Stovall 19 M.Williams
LT 70 D.Penn 70 D.Penn 70 D.Penn
LG 76 J.Zuttah 76 J.Zuttah 68 K.Vincent
C 52 J.Faine 52 J.Faine 52 J.Faine
RG 75 D.Joseph 75 D.Joseph 75 D.Joseph
RT 65 J.Trueblood 65 J.Trueblood 65 J.Trueblood
TE 82 K.Winslow 82 K.Winslow 82 K.Winslow
WR 89 A.Bryant 89 A.Bryant 18 S.Stroughter
QB 7 B.Leftwich 5 J.Freeman 5 J.Freeman
RB 24 C.Williams 24 C.Williams 24 C.Williams
x TE 86 J.Stevens FB 45 C.Pressley FB 34 E.Graham




LE 97 J.Wilkerson 96 T.Crowder 94 K.Moore
DT 98 R. Sims 98 R.Sims 93 G.McCoy
DT 95 C.Hovan 95 C.Hovan 90 R.Miller
RE 90 G.Adams 91 S.White 98 R.Sims
SLB 58 Q.Black 58 Q.Black 58 Q.Black
MLB 51 B.Ruud 51 B.Ruud 51 B.Ruud
WLB 50 M.McCoy 54 G.Hayes 54 G.Hayes
LCB 25 A.Talib 25 A.Talib 31 E.Biggers
RCB 20 R.Barber 20 R.Barber 20 R.Barber
SS 21 S.Piscitelli 21 S.Piscitelli 26 S.Jones
FS 23 J.Phillips 36 T.Jackson 36 T.Jackson

Many other players drafted by the current leadership also play a significant role with the team, including DT Brian Price, RB Kareem Huggins, and special teams standout SS Cody Grimm.

One can only wonder if, with another strong draft in 2011, will the team get still younger next year??

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