Lake is not a better player than Lavalais. Sure, he's a better pass rusher. But unless it's a passing down, Lake is not going to do much. Go back and watch game tape of Antwan Lake when teams ran at him last year. It was like he was a matador.
He's good at getting upfield, and you put him in there on 3rd & 11, he's going to show you somethings (see Jets game), but other than that's he's only a situational player. His value to this team will likely decrease as Babs develops.
Shropshire I like a little bit more because he has more base and width vs. the run. But I didn't see enough of him last year to give you a good judge of his play. But I agree, I'm not sure if he's the answer.
I would love to add someone like Buckner to the mix to push these young guys. I don't have a problem with the Falcons cutting any of these 4 young guys if it's for a better player, even for an old-timer like Buckner who may only play 1 year. But I would like to see what progress these guys have made from last year as well. I think with the addition of Abraham, and the healthy return of Hartwell, it's going to make tehse guys jobs easier.
As I said, I'm not ready to close the book on Lavalais. I think if you've seen flashes of ability (and we have), you have to give a DT at least 3 years, just like you would for a young QB. Obviously since conditioning has been an issue with Lavalais for a while, you put him on a short leash. But it's not like we're talking about a guy ballooning up to 380 pounds. POor shape to the Falcons coaching staff is 310 pounds.
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