Mailbag Didn't Get a Whole Lot of Questions to Answer

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Mailbag Didn't Get a Whole Lot of Questions to Answer

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Mailbag Didn't Get a Whole Lot of Questions to Answer

I said we’d mailbag on Wednesday, but we didn’t. So we’re doing it on a Thursday. Like normal people.

Let’s just delve right in, instead of letting me get away with even a smidge of tomfoolery…

Even though Peters played a little bit in Week Two, he’s been injured. Harbaugh said that he tweaked his knee in Week One practice, and he wasn’t out with the rest of the QBs warming up at Notre Dame. He did warm up, and obviously did play in Week Two, but was very much limited.

I don’t really want to speculate on anything with him. Just know that for the time being, publicly, according to Harbaugh, he’s not 100%, which is why McCaffrey has gotten the nod. As far as what that means for his future, only time will tell.

I think he’s been excellent. Zordich had been saying that he had three starters at corner, and that’s certainly been the case. He’s been at the same level as David Long and Lavert Hill (save for Lavert’s first quarter woes at Notre Dame). He was very good last year down the stretch, as well. Seemed like most of the time when a pass was thrown his way, he was going to make a play on it. Whether or not that meant it was incomplete or ended up in a contested ball that the receiver caught is another story.

I’d like to see Watson to continue his consistency. QBs aren’t even trying to throw at David Long. They’re weirdly throwing more towards Lavert, but usually it’s the quick underneath stuff. I’m no analyst in the sense that I can’t give you scouting type stuff, but if he can start making people pay in the way D-Long and Vert have usually done when targeted, that would be the ideal next step.

As I said on Twitter to the troll who tried to disparage Watson, he’s been absolutely solid. Think sometimes he gets a bad rap because starzzzz.

Here’s a fun non-answer: I haven’t heard anything, because I haven’t tried to. The reason: they started coming up when Giles Jackson, an all-purpose back, committed, thus everyone went all oh noees about it.

Now, as far as I’ve heard regarding Jackson’s role: he’s more likely to become a slot ninja type guy than a tailback, thus, if there’s tea leaves people are reading regarding Gray, they’re misplaced.

I do hope to check in with Gray in the near future, though. But, for now, I’d place the consternation in the ‘it’s probably an overreaction’ pile more so than a ‘if there’s smoke’ type deal.

With Gentry, he’s been targeted 8 times, I believe? About the same as McKeon. I did think we’d see a lot more jump ball type situations with him at this point, but it’s so early yet. I’m sure we haven’t seen much of anything re: the way Michigan will use him down the stretch.

Kelly-Powell hasn’t been dressed the first two weeks. Count him among those who could be dealing with some kind of undisclosed injury-type situation, but I couldn’t tell you that definitively.

As far as the O-linemen, I’m fine with they way they’re doing it. Getting the young guys in and getting them experience will pay huge dividends down the road. Mayfield and Hudson are your eventual starters on the outside, and you can only get better at football by playing football. Better to get the guys experience when you can. I understand why you’re saying that, but the coaches don’t feel like the starting five are as far off as the fanbase does. I thought the game against WMU kinda proved that point, even if it was against a weaker opponent. But, I do look at it this way: Michigan’s OL looked bad against weaker opponents last year, so not really sure why people shrug it off this year when they look good?

Both are week-to-week. I saw Solomon walking around with a cane this week (but not using it, so he seems to be actively mobile). They won’t need either of the aforementioned two this week, so it’s a good idea to rest them for games like these. Plus — Dwumfour and Kemp played really well last week. Good for them to continue to get as much time as possible.

Jeter is fine. He played a bit last week, but he wasn’t a part of the main rotation. Came in late in the game and played some special teams.

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