Ira Kaufman Goes Inside The Center Decision, Talks Safeties, Camp Observations, Kyle Trask, Names His Camp Standout, And Much More

July 31st, 2022

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7 Responses to “Ira Kaufman Goes Inside The Center Decision, Talks Safeties, Camp Observations, Kyle Trask, Names His Camp Standout, And Much More”

  1. D-Rok Says:

    Lots of great nuggets here guys – thanks!

  2. Chris Tucker@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    PFF has Ryan Jensen graded at 69, and Hainsey at 65.7
    Like Ira, I am a little concerned because Hainsey has never played Center before, even in High School.
    Tretter has a 79.8 Grade from PFF, so he would represent an upgrade over Jensen.

  3. GOB Says:

    Chris, not true. He played a bunch of snaps at the senior bowl. From all accounts the coaches were very impressed. He was also the top guard recruit in the nation coming out of highschool. Yes, it’s a different position, but nothing he can’t learn. It will take him some time to get his feet wet. If Jensen would’ve been injured on the eve of week one, I’d be worried. Hainsey has all of camp to get acclimated. Brady calls his own protections anyway. Unless the kid falls on his face, they’ll be just fine. Besides, we don’t even know the extent of Jensen’s injury yet. He could be back by the end of October for all we know.

  4. steele Says:

    I’m with Ira. I’m concerned with both Hainsey and whoever is LG. All works in progress, for a final all-in Brady season with high risk even with Jensen there. This is not a normal season where you could get away with it business as usual. Brady calls his own protection if his center is unable to do it, but why complicate his job?

    They don’t sound remotely interested in Tretter (who, as others point out, comes out of a different blocking scheme) or anyone outside. By the time they conclusively evaluate Hainsey and the internal options, it will be weeks, months down the road? Then what? Scounge around for remaining free agents who aren’t clearly better than Hainsey/Leverett? And it will be too late to acclimate them into the system.

    On the flipside, committing to a new outside starting caliber center puts them in a bind, if Jensen is back in any reasonable period. Good insurance for Brady, but $. If they go that route at all, a hedged bet would be a veteran who can play both center and guard (and tackle) who can switch over after Jensen is back.

  5. Derek Says:

    Podcasts aren’t showing up on Apple Podcasts Joe
    It happens sometimes. It’s a glitch on Apple’s end. But eventually they do always magically appear — 2nd time this year. –Joe

  6. Delusional Intelligence Says:

    Ira, instead of CCR you might need to reference Kings of Leon, and they still might be too archaic for this generation. Two points to LDK for the Jane’s Addiction reference.

  7. William Walls Says:

    PFF O-line grades… HAHAHAAAAHAAAAHAAaaa!!!!