Quintin Demps, tho...
Not sure how good he'll be for you. He was just a guy in Wade's scheme, bounced around some more but when the Texans brought him into camp in 2015, he said on Hard Knocks that the scheme fit him really well and he was super comfortable.
That's the only knock anyone ever has on him -- he's a one year starter and they ask why he couldn't win the job over Marquis Williams the last two seasons. Marquis was an upperclassman, dual-threat who succeeded in the system quite well. (3000+ yards in 2014 & 2015, 800 & 950 rushing -- Cam Newton stuff). You guys really should find some game tape and watch this kid play -- he's so freaking cool, composed, confident and... just great. His vision, awareness and chill are something to behold. He has a cannon with a quick release, throws really well on the run, can change his arm slot as needed, adjusts speed and touch exceptionally and his placement is great. The coaches love him, the players love him, he has no ego or entitlement -- he's just one of those guys who is good at everything, accepts that he's good at everything and knows that he has the tools to be the best with work.
Trubisky dominated passing stats like Cam, but UNC has one of the better RBs in the country and he's not a runner (but is plenty athletic enough to make things happen as needed, and his vision in doing so wowed me a few times). UNC wasn't better because there's not much talent on the defense and the ACC is the best conference in NCAA.
I would love to see Switzer get drafted! He's such a gamer -- an absolute bulldog with diamonds for family jewels. He runs great routes, catches absolutely everything and is as tough as they come. His speed & agility should translate. Really he has that Welker thing all over him. He's also done this funny trick a couple of times in his career where he'll watch the gunner on punt coverage and, if he isn't paying attention, *not* call fair catch when normally one would -- he stalls for a second like he did fair catch and then takes off!! He's been Trubisky's roommate all 4 years if that says anything about them.
Here are the highlights of UNC's 17 play drive to win it against Pitt this year, having scored on the previous drive with about 5 minutes left. I'm posting it because Trubisky converted THREE 4th downs and two of them were to Ryan Switzer. You can really see both of their guts here!
Here are some Trubisky highlights from the @ FSU game the following week. I posted it because around 0:50, you'll see a beautiful situation of pocket awareness, pump fake, and seeing the field well enough to take off. Mitch stiff arms the safety he outruns (that's the YouTube still image you're seeing!), corrects his direction for a 3.5 yard dive to the pylon hugging the sideline, fully planked extension, toes together, entirely in control. I completely lost my shit watching this play live!! It's an example of him being plenty athletic. And many times this year I've seen him run, under control, and smartly, smoothly avoid the hit with great vision. (You'll hear now that he's athletic, but earlier in the season, even at this point commentators and analysts were saying he isn't a threat to run & isn't athletic... I was always like, "You guys should watch him for about 2 minutes.")
Also above -- Around 1:45 you'll see a play where he rolls out to his LEFT on a PA escaping a little pressure, beautifully re-squares his shoulders and fires a strike. It's in a highlight reel, but it's routine. Everything is routine with him. That's why when reports say, "Oh he's only a one year starter," I'm sitting there thinking, "They haven't seen him play." He's the best QB in the country and I don't even have to see the others. (Though, growing up with Clemson football on in my house every weekend, I still watch Clemson and I've seen most of Deshaun Watson's career.) Ask Alex how annoying I've been about him and then ask him to imagine he's one of my Tar Heel friends!
Some nice runs in here, too -- You'll see the vision, patience and anticipation I'm talking about. (Several in a row at 1:20 -- but for real just watch the whole thing while repeating to yourself, "One year of highlights. One year of highlights.")
TOM SAVAGE, everybody! It happened!!
"Compare that to Savage, whose passer rating was 101.7 when under pressure and 103.0 when blitzed."
Acceptable for a guy who was suddenly hospitalized with a "scary" infection in his throwing elbow exactly two weeks prior -- he finally returned to practice on Wednesday. 260 yards in 2.5 quarters, with run-heavy play-calling for his first couple of drives and he was missing the #1 TE, and #3 & 4 WRs IR'd the week before. (Osweiler barely broke 260 twice this season -- 268 & 269.) He was also victimized by some bad play-calling, like the 4th & G (<1) fade to Nuk vs Ramsey and other 2nd & short run calls vs mixing it and throwing. Ramsey also last second stripped a perfect ball to Nuk in the EZ as he hit the ground with the catch on a later drive.
LLast ones. Im not going to San Diego tonight, or else Im sure theres gonna be a couple of different ones. Also, did nobody notice there was no deadbolt played? I think everyone seemed ok with that. Also, the tour vinyl is cool, if you wanna get the diff color and such. But they didnt enforece a limit on it, which sucks, because I saw some jackasses with 3 copies. Theres a few on ebay already, so you know itll just keep going that way. I dont know how many copies they were selling at each stop though, since we dont know how many they pressed of this variant. Oh, and all the merch was affordable. Every shirt was $20 except for the girls tank which was $25, and a hoodie for $40. They had plenty of everything, so youll be able to ge your sire. The merch line got to 50 deep about 30 mins after doors opened, it was insane. They had 4 peopel working the Thrice table alone though, and they were quick..
you're dead on. i completely agree.
i was first disappointed by them when i heard TAI, which i think is half good, half shit. way too much of the same goddamn song structure. after that, been disappointed by beggars, and major/minor and now this. that's not to say i don't like all these albums, i really do. i love so many of their newer songs. but they're just on such a lower tier compared to IOS-Vheissu-era. they've definitely gotten too comfortable and i feel they haven't challenged themselves creatively enough.