Tuesday, September 07, 2010

The Lions were able to get a good player from the Packers in Havner. Perhaps this why...

It seems odd the Lions would be able pick up a player the caliber of Spencer Havner after the final preseason cuts.
Havner is just 27 years old and a really good athlete. There are no long-term injury concerns. He can play tight end or linebacker and is a special teams ace. He played well for the Packers.
But there is something. Last spring, he was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in California (charges were later dropped). There was a motorcycle accident involving Havner, and he reportedly was not wearing a helmet. He suffered a shoulder injury in the accident, and wasn’t able to participate in much of the Packers’ off-season program as a result.
So in that sense, the Lions are taking a chance with Havner, who was used some at linebacker in this preseason. He was a popular player in Green Bay - and his being cut was not accepted well.
But if there are no more issues, Havner could very well help the Lions. He played mostly tight end for the Packers, catching numerous touchdown passes (four last season). But he was a very productive linebacker at UCLA in college. It will be interesting to see how the Lions’ deploy Havner, considering their lack of depth at linebacker.

Random thoughts

- State College, Pennsylvania has become Oakland County East.
Not only did true freshman quarterback Robert Bolden from Orchard Lake St. Mary's start and play well in Penn State's season-opening victory over Youngstown State, but former Birmingham Brother Rice and Pontiac Notre Dame Prep standout Chris Colasanti started at middle linebacker from the Nittany Lions, while Birmingham Groves DeOr'tae Pannell started at guard.

- Michigan has not played well overall under Rich Rodriguez, but particularly so on the road. Notre Dame is going to be a tough game for the Wolverines. Notre Dame has two premier pass catchers in Michael Floyd and tight end Kyle Rudolph, and running back Armando Allen is underrated. Dane Crist is a good passer. Notre Dame is much more capable of stretching the field vertically than UConn on Saturday.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Michigan has played overall under Rich Rodriguez"


4:56 PM 

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