Hope everyone who had one, enjoyed their day off, thanks to the holiday.
Tonight, we bring another post in our “Stay or Go” series, where we present the “stay” or “go” arguments, and you guys vote on whether the player should stay or go, in a poll at the end of the article.
In this edition we are going to talk about a backup defensive lineman. With the stars up front, this player didn’t get on the field a lot, but when he did, you noticed. I am talking about defensive lineman Leger Douzable.
REASONS TO STAY: Leger is only 27 years old. Although he entered the league in 2008, he didn’t see game action until 2009, and didn’t play in 16 games until 2011. He missed all of 2012, so he doesn’t have a lot of wear and tear on his body. He certainly has a lot more to give this game, and this team.
At 27 years old, Douzable has good football ahead of him. You can never have too much depth, especially on the interior line. Players get stepped on, twisted, wrenched, ..etc., and are out of the lineup in the blink of an eye. It doesn’t hurt to have a 27-year-old, talented player on the back of the depth chart. He posted 20 tackles and 1.5 sacks when he did play, so it’s not like he didn’t perform when he had the chance.
REASONS TO GO: He may be 27, but he is not destined to see the field a lot. When you are behind Muhammad Wilkerson, Damon Harrison, Sheldon Richardson, and Kenrick Ellis, moving up the depth chart is going to be difficult. Is, say 20 snaps per game, a reason to re-sign a backup defensive lineman.
He also doesn’t put up much of a pass rush, when he ended 2013 with 1.5 sacks. I am not sure a guy that plays as little as Cumberland, deserves to come back with a long-term deal. Maybe they should part ways, and bring in a lineman that might play little, but when he does, will have a “wow” factor type of impact in pass rushing situations.
That’s my story. Vote and sound off below: