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Mailbag: Too Early to Project the Starting Offensive Line?

Q:  Big love for our surplus of big men! Keep The Bolo on his feet! In the end, we will compete! If you could I know it's early, set the starting o-line as of right now in your eyes? THANKS! #BoltPride from the Jersey side! – Joe Nicastro

A: One thing I hate doing is making predictions when training camp hasn't even arrived!  There are so many moving parts that anything would be pure guesswork.  However, there are clues to where the Bolts are leaning at this point in time as they used the same five linemen for the majority of the offseason with the starting unit.  From left to right it consisted of Russell Okung – Matt Slauson – Spencer Pulley – Kenny Wiggins – Joe Barksdale.  I think it's safe to say the majority of those players will be on the field come the Monday night opener, with the possibilities of rookies Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney making a strong push along the interior. 

Q:  What do the coaches do during this part of the offseason? – Denny Pence

A: Rest and relaxation! These coaches have been grinding nonstop from morning to night since February.  So much of what you see during the season is installed during the spring, and they are to be commended for the work they've put in.  I know fans hear about it, but I don't think they really understand how much work the coaches and scouts put in all year round.  The grind kicks up another notch come training camp, and remains at a fever pitch through the end of the season.  So, these next few weeks are the coaches' only true chances to spend significant time with family and friends.  They're rightfully resting up for the long haul.  That being said, I'll be bugging them in the coming weeks for some content so you can expect more evaluations with the coaching staff leading up to training camp.

Q:  I was there when Antonio Gates threw out that first pitch at the Dodgers game. He may be the G.O.A.T. but my guy picked the right sport with football. He bounced it to the plate! Which Charger do you think would make the best pitcher? My money is on Phil – Ron Millard

A:  These questions make me laugh. While fun to think about, we'll never really know the truth.  It's all just speculation.  The one player I don't want to name is Philip and go after the low hanging fruit you did.  If you're going to throw out this type of question, we've got to make the quarterbacks ineligible to be picked!  So, I'm going to go with Melvin Ingram. The guy is a rare breed of an athlete. I saw him tossing a baseball around when he threw out a first pitch a couple years back, and he had natural late movement on his ball.  It would be nasty to try and hit.  

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