Bad news. Unfortunately, PFF head honcho Neil Hornsby has been struck down by a particularly painful case of cramp, and is unable to fulfill his obligation of handling the NFL Daily.
Good news. You get me instead for a short recap on what went down yesterday, including the Ravens making a shrewd move, and the Bills adding some depth on the offensive line.
Thursday, June 6th
Ravens Follow Through
Neil spoke yesterday about the Ravens’ pursuit of Daryl Smith. Well, a day later and they’ve only gone and signed him. To reiterate what Neil said yesterday, Smith has been long on production even if the acclaim he should have had hasn’t come with it. Sure, he played only 117 snaps last year because of injury and is on the wrong side of 30, but you have to think (or hope) that further removed from injury he can get back to his best form.
I wrote a piece way back in November 2011 that highlighted the versatility and productivity of Smith, and for a team that uses multiple fronts like the Ravens that is hugely important. I remember back in 2009 when the Jaguars flirted with a switch to a 3-4 defense that had Smith lining up at outside linebacker, inside linebacker and along the defensive line in their sub package defense. Despite all that was asked of him he still produced, and that’s what the Ravens will want in the post-Ray era.
Bills Bring in Legursky
A former undrafted free agent, Doug Legursky certainly made an impression with the Steelers and their fans. Unfortunately, his on-field performance ensured it wasn’t a positive one.
Now he’s a Bill, and after Buffalo lost some talent in the offseason he’s likely fighting for a spot providing depth across the interior of the line. If he gets it let’s just hope the starters don’t get injured, less Buffalo sees some of what blighted his stay in Pittsburgh, where he was always among our lowest graded players. Take 2010 for example, where, despite starting in a Super Bowl, he earned a -16.3 on his 449 snaps, followed by a -9.6 on 609 snaps in 2011, and lastly a -10.5 on 417 snaps last year.
You get the point, right? Whether lined up at center or guard he was all too often overmatched and it’s hard to see him making much of an impression in Buffalo, although stranger things have happened.
So ends a short NFL Daily, but you’re really going to want to tune in on Saturday when Neil returns with some information you won’t find anywhere else.
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