Scouting Reports on some of the Cards' pending free agents:

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  1. kerouac9

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    Freddie Jones (74): Jones has excellent size, good speed and quickness and is a solid red zone target. He has all the movement skills and even possesses some suddenness with the ball. He is extremely effective in the passing game and has a good feel for the seam and underneath option routes. He does a nice job of using his hands off the line, attacking defenders alignment and creating separation. Is a mismatch for many linebackers and is athletic enough to be competitive against nickel backs. However, Jones seems to zone out, lose focus and can be inconsistent for a veteran of his experience. He knows how to get open, but is not a polished route runner and is not very competitive in terms of playing hard all the time. In the run game, has the size to be an adequate in line position blocker, but lacks a mean streak and is an underachiever in this area. Overall, Jones is never going to be a complete tight end in terms of being physical at the point of attack in the running game, but is still a dangerous receiving threat.

    Renaldo Hill (66): Hill is better suited to be a nickel as opposed to being a perimeter player on the corner. He has excellent quickness, fluid hips and good feet. He plays with good technique, is rarely out of position and does a nice job of planting and breaking on routes. However, Hill lacks ideal size, is not a physical presence with his style of play and does not have great speed. Is a poor press corner and gets out-muscled at the line of scrimmage vs. the elite bigger receivers in the game. Is also a liability in the red zone. Does not like to mix it up and always seems to come up hurt when involved in contact. Overall, Hill has the ability to be an effective nickel or dime player over the slot where his quickness can best be utilized.

    Ronald McKinnon (65): McKinnon does not make a lot of mistakes, does not take false steps and takes very good angles to the ball. Can sift through the wash and does an excellent job avoiding blocks. However, he makes most of his plays once the ball gets to the second level, but nonetheless is a solid tackler. He is at his best when slipping blocks and making plays in space. The problem with McKinnon is that he is short and squatty and is not a step up and plug linebacker. He does not have a lot of range, gets engulfed vs. bigger offensive blockers, struggles to stack and shed and will get overpowered at the point of attack if he can't beat the block. He lacks sideline to sideline speed and is not overly effective in pass coverage. Overall, McKinnon is on the downside of his career.

    Kyle Vanden Bosch (64): Vanden Bosch possesses good overall athleticism, is very active and is most effective when isolated on an island vs. offensive tackles. Has some pass rush moves, uses his hands very well and will win many battles due to effort alone. Has a quick first step and uses a lot of double moves. Is a constant pest and is always fighting to get to the quarterback. Has a non-stop motor and will make some plays in chase. While you like his aggressiveness and courage, his gambling and reckless style of play seems to always get him in trouble and you simply dont know if you are going to have him healthy. He lacks ideal bulk and struggles to hold up at the point of attack. He is not a good player in short area battles despite his tenacity. Gets worn down if forced into a lot of phone booth battles and begins to play high. He is most effective as a role player when he can play in space, isolate an offensive tackle and get to the quarterback. He needs to be on the move to have of chance of being productive.

    Michael Stone (62): [TANGO'S FAVORITE PLAYER] Stone is explosive, he is quick, he can close on the ball, and he can cover a lot of ground. However, Stone lacks football instincts, recognition skills and is not a fluid athlete in his movements. Despite his great speed, he is a straight line player that is rigid in transition. His skills seem to fit a cover 2 scheme well where he can play the deep half of the field, but his recognition skills hinder him from making plays off the hash. He can be somewhat effective because he can simply turn and run, but if you ask him to line up in man to man situations, his hips are not fluid, he will lose his focus at times, he just seems to always be a step late in getting to the ball and making the play. You really worry about him lining up on the perimeter in man coverage and also vs. the elite slot players in this league.
     
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    So, according to the ratings, only Freddie Jones would be worth re-signing, but I think we've all seen enough missed blocks and dropped passes to know that wouldn't be a smart move.
     
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    Oh no, how can we get rid of any of these guys? Aren't they all part of the one heartbeat team that would never quit? THE HORROR....
     
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    I'd like to see Stone return.

    Yeah, that's right.
     
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    azdad1978 Championship!!!!

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    Good ST player after that he's worthless. Can't believe we drafted him in the second round. :computer:
     
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    Kiper has the Cards taking Ronnie Brown with the #8 overall pick in the draft, as well. Pac Man Jones goes at #6, I think. Antrelle Rolle falls all the way to Dallas at #20 overall (who would make a nice complement to Newman on the outside or a replacement for Woodson at SS).
     
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    Count me in for Stone. I love that guy.

    A-Bomb
     
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    Sounds good to me
     
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    mdamien13 Go Cardinals! Yay!!!

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    As a special teamer and emergency safety, yes. Another wasted first day pick by the McGinnis-era.
     
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    Stone is mediocre at best.
     
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    I like Hill. Wouldn't mind having him back as a nickle/dime guy.
     
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    I don't think we've ever been in such terrific shape entering an offseason. It's not like resigning any of those guys is "live or die" or would take huge money. We are in a sweet setup to do some big things this offseason.l
     
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    Yeah, in that capacity I agree. I didnt realize until today that he was a second rounder!

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    Wasn't Stone expected to soften the blow of the Aeneas Williams trade?
     

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