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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 10:08 pm    Post subject: Broncos signed former Patriots Center Dan Koppen Reply with quote

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#Broncos signed former #Patriots Pro-Bowl Center Dan Koppen to a 1-year deal.


http://twitter.com/NFL_RealUpdates/statuses/245342680203264000

It's a 1-year deal.

The 32-year old Koppen entered the league as a 5th round pick in 2003 and immediately became a starter and went on to win back-to-back Superbowls in 2003 and 2004. He was selected to the Pro-Bowl in 2007.

Koppen played 121 career games but was limited to 1 game last season after a week 1 injury.

He was released after a horrible pre-season that saw him get benched several times, he clearly lost much of his playing ability following his injury and due to his age.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Koppen was still a free agent? Am I missing something here? Eh?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very good signing. He will help both Beadles and Ramirez beside him
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The lists of players who can play center that the Pats chose over him:
Dan Connolly
Ryan Wendell
Nick McDonald
Matt Tennant (he has since been cut)

He was also pretty bad at pass rush one-on-ones in training camp. At one point, he had lost 9 in a row, I believe.

I like the guy and I'm really grateful for what he did with the Pats, but he's done. Having him start at center when the Pats play the Broncos would be awesome.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

steelcurtain29 wrote:
Koppen was still a free agent? Am I missing something here? Eh?


He's not very good anymore.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He likely won't start - I thought JD Walton was a pretty decent starter? Can't hurt to have a guy with his experience as a back-up.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SwiftTexan wrote:
He likely won't start - I thought JD Walton was a pretty decent starter? Can't hurt to have a guy with his experience as a back-up.

Where did you hear that? Eugene Amano is to the Texans as Walton is to the Broncos. Except Walton is still starting for us.

I think anything is an upgrade over Walton.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Twizlers wrote:
SwiftTexan wrote:
He likely won't start - I thought JD Walton was a pretty decent starter? Can't hurt to have a guy with his experience as a back-up.

Where did you hear that? Eugene Amano is to the Texans as Walton is to the Broncos. Except Walton is still starting for us.

I think anything is an upgrade over Walton.


Isn't Amano on the Titans? But Walton isn't as bad as some make him out to be. However, he can certainly be upgraded.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Twizlers wrote:
SwiftTexan wrote:
He likely won't start - I thought JD Walton was a pretty decent starter? Can't hurt to have a guy with his experience as a back-up.

Where did you hear that? Eugene Amano is to the Texans as Walton is to the Broncos. Except Walton is still starting for us.

I think anything is an upgrade over Walton.


I dunno - I thought he was a capable starter. Decent in pass pro. Not All-Pro or anything but certainly not needing to sign a guy off the street to replace him right away.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

elwayfan07 wrote:
Twizlers wrote:
SwiftTexan wrote:
He likely won't start - I thought JD Walton was a pretty decent starter? Can't hurt to have a guy with his experience as a back-up.

Where did you hear that? Eugene Amano is to the Texans as Walton is to the Broncos. Except Walton is still starting for us.

I think anything is an upgrade over Walton.


Isn't Amano on the Titans? But Walton isn't as bad as some make him out to be. However, he can certainly be upgraded.

Walton has actually looked decent so far this year. We'll see if it was just a good game or if he actually is improved, but so far he looks significantly improved from last year.
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