Duty Calls For Mark BarronOctober 17th, 2012
For months, Joe’s been looking forward to Sunday’s Saints-Bucs game to see Mark Barron cover Jimmy Graham.
In part, Barron was drafted so high because he can match up (we hope) physically with the freak-of-nature basketball tight ends like Graham, a new hot trend in the NFL. FOX Sports analyst and former NFL personnel man Chris Landry did a fantastic job explaining this in June with Steve Duemig.
Last night, Ronde Barber talked about the almost hopeless challenge the 6-7 Graham poses, during an interview on the Buccaneers Radio Network.
“Jimmy Graham is, I mean he’s almost impossible, you know, to manage in a 1-on-1 situation,” Barber said. “He’s just bigger than you. He’s a basketball player. He’s a power forward posting up on a point guard almost every time anybody is trying to cover him.”
Barber went on to describe the Saints as ”a little down and out in a lot of ways” but still at team scoring a lot of points led by a “top-3 quarterback.”
While Joe hopes Graham takes Sunday off with his bum ankle, which the Saints have been very quiet about, there’s part of Joe that really wants to see Barron take on the challenge of Graham. A win with Graham on the field would be extra sweet.