To fill up the doldrums of the offseason, leading NFL scientists are trying to come up with compelling questions to ask of fans. I thought this one, from noted Bengals enthusiast Joe Goodberry, fit the bill and then some.
The situation: Let’s say the NFL was expanding once again, and every team can protect only ten players. First and second year players are excluded from consideration, per the stipulations Goodberry has attached, so you’re not thinking about hoarding Keanu Neal, Takkarist McKinley, and Deion Jones, among others.
Who would you then keep? The answers I received when I posed this question to Twitter yesterday will not in any way surprise you.
There are probably 7-8 obvious players on anyone’s list, followed by another six or seven players you could swap into the last two or three slots without anyone really blinking. Review everyone else’s answers, quibble with them if you will, and then give us yours. Remember, no first or second year players, no matter what people below did.
Julio, Ryan, Trufant, Mack, Beasley, Devonta, Jarrett, Alford, Jake Matthews, Schraeder— Steve (@SteveInBrooklyn) June 20, 2017
Ryan, Julio, Freeman, Mack, Gabriel, Trufant, Beasley, Jarrett, Jones, Poe— Dashawn R. (@King__Midas_) June 20, 2017
Ryan, julio, freeman, mack, matthews, shraeder, poe, trufant, jarrett, beasley.— Nathan Deas (@NathanDeasFS) June 20, 2017
Julio devonta jake matthews vic grady tru matty ice tevin sanu and hooper— Ty French (@Fayettnam_TF) June 20, 2017