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Matchups to watch tonight

Post by News Tribune Staff on Aug. 29, 2008 at 1:59 pm with 10 Comments »
August 29, 2008 1:59 pm

As a reminder, I will be blogging in pregame and during the first half tonight, after which I will be writing on some tight deadlines.

Before that, though, I wanted to detail some of the key matchups tonight:

Logan Payne vs. Jordan Kent: This may be a bit of a misnomer, and it may just be Payne fighting for a job. And some think it is Payne vs. Ben Obomanu. But I think they love the fact that Obo can play every position and knows the playbook better than anybody. Kent may have secured himself a job with his earlier play, which means Payne may have to convince them he can do something in a game situation to make then want to keep him. This may already be a foregone conclusion because Tim Ruskell has to have an idea about whether he is going to place Deion Branch on the PUP list. If he is, Payne is likely to stick. If Branch is active, Payne is most likely a goner. But, he still has the chance to convince them otherwise.

Baraka Atkins vs. Jason Babin: I guess the question here is: Does Tim Ruskell value one of his own draft picks over a guy who is more expensive and was acquired via trade. In truth, when training camp started I would not have thought Babin was going to be around. But he has played very well as the preseason has worn on, while Atkins has just been a body, nothing special. Atkins, however, is Ruskell’s fourth-round draft pick last year. Is that a high enough pick to make him think twice about cutting Atkins? We should see tomorrow afternoon.

Brandon Coutu vs. Olindo Mare: This is probably a Holmgren-Ruskell tug-o-war. Mare has been the better all-around kicker when you take kickoffs into account. But Ruskell used a draft pick on Coutu, and probably feels he is the long-term answer at the position. You also have to wonder how the loss of Tyler Schmitt plays into this. Not learning about Schmitt’s back prior to it giving out is an oversight, to be sure, and you have to think Ruskell would not want to waste sixth and seventh round draft picks on a kicking combination that is not on the roster.

Justin Forsett: Of course, losing the above sixth and seventh rounders could be massaged a little by being able to keep Forsett, another seventh rounder who has been more than a mild surprise. I think he has probably made the team based purely on his return skills — who is going to do the job if Forsett doesn’t? We saw what could happen to the tall, lean Jordan Kent on a kickoff return against the Chargers last week — but he certainly is going to be given a chance to show what he can do as a running back tonight.

C.J. Wallace vs. Jamar Adams: I don’t think this is really a contest. If they keep eight DBs, Wallace gets the job and Adams is headed to practice squad. If they keep 9, I think both win jobs.

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  1. OBO may be good in practice but when do we get to see it in a game? kent was catching balls vs the Boltz starters last week wasn’t he? Keep Him.

  2. … and what has courtney taylor done for me, lately? wouldn’t it be a battle between payne and taylor?
    5 catches for 48 yards in the preseason.
    3 catches for 24 yards in the preseason.

    or is timmay just fussy about his draft picks?

    mocarob, true about obo – we should trade him AND payne AND a first rounder for randy moss! lol!

  3. trade payne? bleh! i meant TAYLOR!

  4. taylor is the starting flanker. period. Holmgren has already said that publicly. he’s not going anywhere.

    Obamanu has not shown anything, and even when he has in the past, what does he give us that Kent doesn’t? Frank’s right that the answer is flexibility in that Kent can only play split end right now, and could not slide into the slot or flanker position if needed. Flexibility is key with an already injury-riddled position.

    Payne would be a tough cut. I love him overall, especially his ability to block at the WR spot. Remember how important Joe J was to our running game? I think Payne has the best chance to succeed Bobby in the slot when he eventually retires. He makes tough catches over the middle and seems good at finding space.

    I think its all moot because they are going to PUP Branch.

  5. totally off-topic, but has anyone heard that chad johnson has changed his name to chad ocho cinco?–Bengals-getting-more-zany-.html

  6. JoeHawk51 says:

    Kent does not know all of the positions, but he can stretch the field better than the other young ones. I see alot of coments that seem not to take into account that we have alot of non starters blocking, throwing, etc so that the passes that get to the recievers are not the quality they would see in the regular season.

    I really believe we have a solid group of WR’s and if we can get our running game going, we will be fine!

    Oh Yes, Matt needs to stay heathy too!

  7. hawkdawg says:

    Adams gets through waivers to the PS? Not sure about that…

  8. csungrad says:

    Is Duckett really making the 53-man roster? THAT, my friends, is a waste of a spot.

  9. Covingtonhawk says:

    I think they keep 9 DB. They need ST players and they only have 6 LB this year. I think they also could keep 10 DLinemen.

    Kent is definitely on the team. He stretches the field but he is also picking up route running very quickly. He will be a very fast Joe J this year and is developing into a top pass catcher.

    Go HAWKS!!!

  10. I posted this earlier, but with the injury to Coutu maybe the make everyone happy option is to either pup or IR Coutu. Releasing Coutu would be an awful choice.

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