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OH NO OTAH!

Postby fun gus » Thu Aug 23, 2012 6:13 am

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With a near-lethal mixture of rookies, injuries, and under-performing veterans, the Atlanta Falcons offensive line is in need of some help. Jeff Otah, whose trade from the Carolina Panthers to the New York Jets was nullified when he couldn’t pass the physical, might be a possible stop-gap solution.

Atlanta lost backup offensive tackle Will Svitek to injury for the season last week, and are left with very few options. Rookie Lamar Holmes has yet to show he’s ready to step in yet, and the rest of the offensive line reserves are stretched just as thin.

The Falcons have been searching for answers at the tackle position for what seems like years now. And if Jeff Otah can pass a physical and play at even 75% of the talent he showed when he first came to the league with the Panthers in 2008, he could prove to be a valuable commodity for Atlanta.

The Panthers selected Otah with the 19th pick in the first round in 2008, when they traded up with the Philadelphia Eagles to get him. Otah stepped in and began starting at right tackle almost immediately, and he started in 12 of 16 games his first season, missing the other four due to injury.

In 2009 Otah started 13 games, and then went down with what was described as a minor knee injury that required surgery. It was originally thought that it would be a short recovery period, and that Otah would be set to start the 2010 season. But he was placed on the PUP list to start the season, and then in November, the Panthers placed Otah on injured reserve, ending his season.

Otah’s knee problems continued into the 2011 season, and the Panthers again had to place him on injured reserve in October, after he had missed two of the team’s first six games.

Otah was traded to the Jets for an undisclosed draft pick on July 23, contingent on his passing a physical for the team. He failed two physicals, thus nullifying the trade, and was sent back to the Panthers, who subsequently released Otah.

The Falcons could pick up Otah—who states he will be able to pass a physical now—for a relatively cheap price, and see if he could be a worthwhile reclamation project, if even only to have a veteran backup at right tackle
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Re: OH NO OTAH!

Postby RobertAP » Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:31 am

If he passes the physical and comes cheap, why not?

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Re: OH NO OTAH!

Postby fun gus » Thu Aug 23, 2012 10:58 am

RobertAP wrote:If he passes the physical and comes cheap, why not?



I would get him for depth, but I think I would try Clabo as LT if the 'sack maker' gets injured...
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Re: OH NO OTAH!

Postby AngryJohnny51 » Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:10 am

Apparently we will not have learned anything with the Tatupu and Manuwai "signings".

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Re: OH NO OTAH!

Postby fun gus » Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:16 am

AngryJohnny51 wrote:Apparently we will not have learned anything with the Tatupu and Manuwai "signings".



Otah is not 'polynesian', he is Nigerian. Which means he is out of the running and will sign with the Jets, even though they already kicked him to the curb 8-)
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Re: OH NO OTAH!

Postby Pudge » Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:24 am

I see no point to it. Sure, Otah is a Pitt alum, and therefore superior to all other human beings, but I just don't see what is salvageable at this point. This is a much bigger question mark than Lofa Tatupu coming back from injury.

Otah needs months to rehab and recover, meaning he is probably going to have to sit out this entire 2012 season.

Basically unless Chad Clifton is back close to 100%, then the Falcons are S.O.L. as far as depth goes. Other than that, they're just hoping somebody gets cut in the final cut downs that doesn't have question marks about their durability, work ethic, etc.

But this is why you have an off-season, to avoid getting into these predicaments and panic mode come August.
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Re: OH NO OTAH!

Postby Go Falcons » Thu Aug 23, 2012 5:07 pm

He's already failed two physicals. Why in the world should we expect him to fill our needs? I would have to say no to Otah!
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Re: OH NO OTAH!

Postby Pudge » Thu Aug 23, 2012 5:46 pm

3 if not 4. He failed 2 in New York, and failed at least one in Carolina which caused them to cut him. He might have failed one earlier before they decided to trade him as well.
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Re: OH NO OTAH!

Postby Go Falcons » Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:58 pm

Pudge wrote:3 if not 4. He failed 2 in New York, and failed at least one in Carolina which caused them to cut him. He might have failed one earlier before they decided to trade him as well.


Even worse! We definitely don't need him here! He's a talented guy when healthy, but the point is he's not healthy. Hopefully the Falcon's Rehab facility is closed after the Manuwai and Tatupu debacle!
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Re: OH NO OTAH!

Postby Pudge » Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:34 pm

My point is what is your end game? What is the goal? Let's say that you sign Otah, put him on the PUP and by Week 10 he's healthy and ready to contribute...what is he going to provide for you?

We know he's a good run-blocking RT. He played LT at Pitt, but that never really looked like a viable option in the pros, so is he really bringing anything to the table there? Do you need the depth at RT? I don't think so. Do you move him or Clabo inside to RG and hope they form a great run-blocking right side for the future? Okay, that sounds like a decent plan. But why Otah? He hasn't played guard as far as I know, so it's no sure bet there. And you can of course move Clabo to RG, but wouldn't it just be easier to sign a pretty good RG and not move Clabo than to shuffle your O-line around for an unreliable player like Otah due to the injuries?

If he's still available come January/February, then by all means kick those tires. But I see no point to going after him now. Even if he were to play at some point this year (which seems very doubtful), he's probably not going to really add anything to your roster.

If Otah had proven himself to be a capable NFL left tackle, it would probably be a different story. But we're not hurting for a right tackle. Between Clabo and Holmes we should be solid there.
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