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Slingin’ Quack: 2017 Football Roster Preview

Rusty and Ifo Bomaye are back in the latest installment of Slingin’ Quack to discuss the roster heading into the 2017 season.

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Rusty and Ifo Bomaye return for a new episode of Slingin’ Quack to break down the roster. We use some loose depth chart projections by the Oregonian and what we read in the practice reports to get a feel for where things may land.

We start on the offensive side of the ball. The backup quarterback is where the question marks come in. How could the winner of the backup spot impact the rest of the roster this year and next?

We both believe that Kani Benoit will be a breakout running back with the new offensive rushing strategy. Brooks James will be a a much bigger big-play threat as a secondary option if the defense overcommits to stopping the runs between the tackles.

Wide receivers and tight ends, like the linebackers, are going to be the most fluid positions and where we are going to see the most progress this year. It sounds like many receivers are raising their game but nobody is breaking out to be a star just yet.

The offensive and defensive lines are where we have seen the biggest growth. Each offensive lineman on average has gained 20 pounds and the defensive line is going to be having freshmen take significant minutes.

Ifo Bomaye thinks that Tyree Robinson will play well in certain roles on defense. To put it mildly, I’m a little more skeptical. Arrion Springs and Thomas Graham Jr. seem to be the real standouts on defense with Ugo Amadi sharing time with Graham or playing the slot receivers when three cornerbacks are necessary.

The beat we talk about at the beginning has a bad word in the title so I’m not going to link it here, even though I said I would. If you want to find it just look for C-Murder instrumental in youtube and I’m sure you’ll find the NSFW song at the very top.