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Texas discusses offseason so far
Topic Started: Feb 23 2018, 01:57 PM (38 Views)
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Team Owner and General Manager Buster Ratliff sat down with reporters today to discuss the Terrors offseason so far. Here are just a few highlights.

On offseason goals: Not to get comfortable but not over think was our mantra. We had very clear cut goals we wanted to accomplish this offseason. We the coaching staff and management sat down and looked over the roster we came up with four goals and that was to add a veteran presence to our backfield, to add youth to our wide receiver group, to add a few younger players to our offensive and defensive line, and to add another piece to our defensive specialist group.

Signing of K Chris Peach: Kicker was not something we were even looking at. Johnny Arzola is our kicker for the future and we were ready to go with him this year. Then we saw Chris sitting there in free agency and went to Johnny and said we wanted to bring in a vet for another year or two. He was fine with that and is under contract for six years so he is not going anywhere. Chris allows us to have that veteran kicker and continue to bring Johnny along for the future.

Signing of WRDB Juwon Mack: Juwon fit exactly what we wanted. He is a guy that is going to be elite in this league we think. We knew we were in the conversation after a few visits but was not for sure because we could not and would not promise starting or really much playing time year one. But I think we were able to sell our vision of where he fit going forward and see that we have this guy for a long time catching footballs is just awesome. He is a guy that behind Whittington and Bollings and Williams at OS, gives us a three headed depth piece of Farda, Peck, and now Mack.

Signing of OLDL David Prettenhoffer: David was a guy that in our first list of names made no ones list except Drew Eldridge. And Drew was appalled none of us had him on our list. Then we saw him and we were all appalled we did not have him on our list. In a matter of minutes he joined Juwon as being our top two free agent targets. We felt fortunate to make the cut with him and when we got word he was signing, much like with Juwon there was much celebration. I think this guy is going to be a stellar piece of our line on both sides of the ball for years to come.

Trade for WRDB M.J. Rose: We gave the E4-28 from M.J. and I think that is a steal. At that point in the draft there will be no one there as good as Rose. And I honestly believe that as he develops, this will be an underrated trade. His skill set and upside are awesome and we think with the players we have on the roster, we get to take the time to allow him to develop and grow in our system.

Trade for OLDL Cann Blitzem: We sent Pete McLeod to Sacramento in exchange for Cann Blitzem. On one hand this was a difficult trade because the team and coaches and management all loved Pete. But on the other hand, we were blessed to have Van Nostran as our quarterback and Cann Blitzem is a talent you do not pass on so the trade became fairly easy to pull the trigger on. Cann is young and only going to get better and is going to play a huge roll along our line for a long time. He really reminds the staff of a Leslie Peine type of lineman and I can see that.

Trade for RBDB Jonas Mouton and OLDL Sam Morris: This trade was really us being able to trade out of a position of strength to get a few positions of want. We wanted a strong veteran presence to play behind Brook Crawford and help continue to train and bring Martin Hanson and Carmen Affinito. Jonas Mouton is that and so much more. We have played against him for years and he brings a very nice skill set that really fits what our system is perfectly. Achilles Byron was very important to this team and we appreciate all he did for us, but this was a trade we could not refuse. And to be able to bring in a young guy like Sam Morris too to add another young trainable piece along our line, made this trade really one of my favorites so far.

Trade for DS Herbie Greene: The last thing we wanted to do was add another piece to our defensive specialists. We have our vets of Markelle Cox and Emerson Kalp, but we wanted another young guy to pair with JaMario Reese that could not only challenge for playing time this year, but would also provide our defensive specialist for the next several years. Herbie fits that to a tee. For years I think Markelle has been and underrated blitzer and defensive player. Last year he really showed his skill in that area and I think he can pass along a lot of what he does to Herbie as Herbie starts to fill that role in the future.

On whether Texas will make any more moves: I will say we are not looking at any right now. We have the E2-2 and E2-20 where we will look to add some depth. We have the E3-8 and E5-12 where we will look to find that diamond in the rough. And we have the ever popular and highly sought after D1-27 that we will see what happens that. So I will not say we are not making any more moves because if the right deals comes along we will pull the trigger. But I think this team is strong heading into the draft and we have a lot of flexibility in what we do going forward.
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