Got to love the way this kid has come along. Tom identifies Riley many times in his Fifth Quarter article. Aggressive, strong tackler, and pretty decent speed.
Shanny said today that he is playing great football and will be a center piece of the defense for years to come. Pretty much confirms what many of here have been saying.
excellent fourth round pick.
Couldn't agree more . . . Riley definitely took a step forward again this year and has continued to progress week in and week out . . . nice to see!!
I think he was a third rounder in 2010, not a 4th rounder, but 100% accurate on the rest. Great to see a mid round draft choice paying off!
Keenan Robinson was getting many more reps than I thought he would this year considering he was transitioning from 4-3 OLB to 3-4 ILB. Dare I say we are starting to hit on our mid round draft choices and getting contributions from them?
This is very important as for the next 2 years we have to hit and hit strong with our 2nd, 3rd and 4th round picks to put a lot of talent around RGIII. We need a starting caliber RT, CB, S and pass rushing OLB who scares OT's, sorry Orakpo and Kerrigan.
This last game against Dallass just affirmed what I have been saying. Dallass passed every play in the 2nd half and we got 1 sack as I recall. We had a huge lead and got 1 sack? That is unacceptable. We should have had a minimum of 4 2nd half sacks when Dallass was in a pure passing, come from behind mode.
Perry Riles was a 4th rounder . . . see This
Originally Posted by ISF
while i would like to see an upgraded pass rusher on the outside, i don't think the Skins will see that as a need if Orakpo is deemed healthy . . . i would love to see Orakpo traded, but don't see it happening . . . and will admit, we were far better at rushing the passer last year and that should have improved this year, but without Orakpo and Carriker we are definitely worse off . . .
Robinson is already our best cover LB, and i thought was coming along very well . . . too bad he got hurt . . . sure hope he is able to come back all the way . . . Jenkins sure didn't, maybe next year . . .
I wonder if there is something to our strength coach, his techniques, and these peck injuries to our LB's? 1 is an accident, 2 could be a coincidence, if a 3rd happens, you have the start of a trend.
i wouldn't mind seeing some changes with the strength coaching . . . and more importantly with the medical staff . . . living in PHX i have seen what the best training staff in the NBA can do . . . the Suns staff takes players (old or young) that have been very injury prone (see Grant Hill) and keeps them healthy a hell of a lot more than any other training staff was able to . . . even Steve Nash used to miss a lot of time in Dallas, hardly any with the Suns and has been out most of the season with the lakers . . . The Suns training staff does a lot of different techniques (like yoga) to help players become more flexible along with the additional strength they are always seeking . . . and have been touted the best training staff in all of professional sports . . . prior to them the Suns were very "injury prone", now they have the fewest injuries in the league every year . . . there has to be something to it . . .
Originally Posted by ISF