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The team concluded its offseason workouts, and the players left feeling as if they had been thoroughly indoctrinated in the Steve Spurrier offense and Marvin Lewis defense.

The defense got a good look at LaVar Arrington as a stand-up end. That should be a role he plays with some regularity. The team likes him there because it strengthens the pass rush, which shapes up as one of the main problems for this line.

The players on offense were pleasantly surprised to find that Spurrier's offense is not as complicated as some thought it would be. The lineman have found that pass blocking could be simpler if the quarterbacks throw from three- and five-step drops on a regular basis.

The biggest learning curve has been for the quarterbacks and wide receivers. They have to make the most adjustments based on how the defense lines up. . . .

The player who might suffer the most when training camp starts in a month is rookie wide receiver Cliff Russell. He was unable to attend most of the workouts because his class had not graduated from Utah State. The team hopes he can be a contributor on offense, but he has a good deal to learn between now and the start of camp. . . .

Rashad Bauman could find himself in position to earn significant playing time this season. The rookie cornerback has impressed the coaching staff with his ability in man coverage. He is an aggressive, confident player and already has put himself in position to earn the dime back spot. The top three spots are set with Champ Bailey, Fred Smoot and Darrell Green. All have had solid offseasons, and there will be no move going into training camp to demote Green this season.

That doesn't guarantee Green the nickel job. He still has to show that at the age of 42, he can cover NFL receivers. Green should be able to wring at least one more solid season out of his body.


Although this clearly is the greatest strength of the offensive line, the position is not without its concerns as well.

It is difficult to find two better tackles than Chris Samuels and Jon Jansen.

Samuels is a classic left tackle. He not only has plenty of size, but also quick feet, excellent agility, the strength to negate a bull rusher and the athletic ability to deal with the most adept speed rusher. He rarely yields sacks, loves to run block and has a fierce competitive attitude that belies his laid-back manner off the field.

Jansen is a classic right tackle. He's big, strong, tough, determined and has a tremendous drive to win. He has good footwork, is fast enough to run counter plays to the opposite side and has a good hand punch. His long arms prevent defensive lineman from gaining any leverage advantage on him.

Jansen does not take plays off, rarely makes mistakes and, if he's beaten, makes sure it does not happen again. He remembers the moves opposing lineman use against him and prepares to negate them the next time around.

Jansen is an equally strong asset to the team off the field. He is one of the leaders of the team and will need to increase that role this season with the departure of Marco Coleman.

The signing of Rod Jones gave the team some peace of mind at this spot. Jones will start at guard, but he proved last season he is capable of playing effectively as a starting tackle.

The team's biggest concern at these spots is depth. For the past two seasons, the dropoff from Samuels and Jansen to one of the backups has been precipitous.

The team has a number of prospects behind the starters and needs at least one to develop into a versatile backup. Akil Smith has shown the footwork that indicates he has the potential to be a player in the league. He would have benefited from another year of college, but legal difficulties made that impossible. The team will

have a better idea of his ability once the pads are on and the hitting begins in training camp and preseason games.

Melvin Paige has the size and perhaps the ability to make a run at a roster spot. Ross Tucker spent last season as a backup at guard and tackle and could do so again. He is seen more as a guard by this coaching staff, though.

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Akil Smith has shown the footwork that indicates he has the potential to be a player in the league. He would have benefited from another year of college, but legal difficulties made that impossible.

"legal difficulties"? WTF?? Is he wanted by the FBI or something?

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Originally posted by NavyDave

Sounds like he would fit in with the cowpokes.

Didnt they have an ex O lineman that was drving down the highway with more than my weight in weed in the van twice?

From what I remember, his second bust came just a couple weeks after his first. Can you say dumba$s!!!:toilet: :alcoholic :dunce: :dunce:

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Smith faced 10 years in prison for 3 counts of selling marijuana and 3 counts of selling it with-in the proximity of a school (The sales took place less than half a mile from the Clemson campus.)

He pled guilty to one charge of selling marijuana and was placed on probation.

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He sold weed to an undercover cop. Stupid, but not that big a deal in my book.

Not that big of a deal? This kid was starting to become a drug-dealer! What is this world coming to when we think this type of thing is minor?

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