Birds look ahead to Panthers With Questions

Resounding efforts by several rookies such as Deshawn Jackson, Trevor Laws (playing injured), Quinton Demps and brief flashes by second year player Tony Hunt give the Birds hope that they may receive help from this area.  Strong games by the wideouts as a whole leaves room to be encouraged that more production could becoming from a relatively weak spot last year.

Resounding linebacker play led by Stuart Bradley (#55) and Omar Gaither set the  tone for the hard chasing defense. Three spots that a much greater look as well as further competiton is needed starting with the Aug. 14 game with the Panthers may be backup quarterback, the backup halfback/fullback positions and a close look at the punting situation.

Sal Rocca had a weak game Friday against Pittsburgh.  When he was needed to pooch punt (to nail the Steelers deep in their own territory) he kicked high and deep into the Steelers end zone.  When he was needed to boom a punt from the field he came up weak with sub 40 yd punts.  This type of kicking is a road to disaster, especially since Rosa was considered a skillful pooch punter with backspin kicking skills he was suppossed to have gained while playing in Australia.

Kevin Kolb was (still is?) considered a lock as Donavan’s backup, fine.  Except I thought he looked weak armed and inconsistent against the Steelers.  If the regualr season started today, A.J Feely could be the only choice to give this team a chance to win in an emergency role.

Ryan Moats and Lorenzo Booker look to be battling for the last running back spot.  Booker looks big, fast and strong to me.  The final preason games may tell the toll.

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