There might be an actual health issue with Dobson, but we need to realize that holding second round picks out of games isn't acceptable. Enough is enough at this point. I'm just out of faith for guys we stash on the bench for months/seasons at positions of need. If Dobson is healthy and he can't crack this lineup, there's an issue. Plain and simple.
I'm starting to think that the team feels, and rightfully so to an extent, that it's easier to generate big plays in the middle of the field now. With the way the rules have changed over the past five years, there's just a lot more high percentage throws there. I'm fine with that approach, but the issue is that we haven't been able to produce/haven't shown enough of an interest in guys who can generate plays in excess of 20 yards there. We would much rather cut a team to pieces than swing for the fences.
Also, I'm starting to think a little bit less of what we actually do with outside receivers. It's all either very high percentage bubble screens or option routes on the far edge. The route tree really doesn't seem to progress much further than that. I would like to see a little bit more creativity there. If we need to simplify things for the personnel we have, we're in a position where we have to do that.
But yeah, receiver is the new pass rusher for me. It's been a need that we haven't addressed or had success with for going on three years at this point. I do have some hope that it's going to get better as we're actually trying to find guys for that spot now, but we'll see how it goes. Moving on.
cmarq made a pretty interesting point about the short rotations on both defense and offense. That will be something to watch for with the short turn around this week against the Jets. We're going to have to play more guys than we did. I will add that I did see Buchanan get in there some. On the one play I really noticed, he did a decent job controlling the point of attack and allowing Chandler Jones(who was shuffled inside) to get in there and pressure Geno. Not anything world beating, but I thought it was an interesting approach. Similar to what the Giants have done over the years. Hopefully we see some development from both of those guys over the course of the year.
Aside from that, we saw very little out of the younger defensive players. Discouraging that those guys aren't ready to step in and help make us better yet, but the results we got from the starters were fairly strong by our standards so there's that to keep in mind as well.