Not to be a Negative Nancy, but you can’t always find game-ready talent right before training camp.
Hickman , McIntyre and Long were nice exceptions, but our line could also end up the same way it did in 2008 (OB was GM then, too).
14 total sacks. One more than Hickman had by himself last season. Granted, I think people were expecting more of Nautyn McKay-Loescher, but the guys the team brought in at the start of training camp could not rush the passer, and the defense suffered as a result.
There’s nothing you can do about losing Hickman…but it would be nice to have a few more guys to compete for the job to make sure they get the best possible talent at the position, rather than wagering it all on a few guys. I don’t like to question the decisions of people who know infinitely more than me, but was it really necessary to cut Baggs and Crable at this stage? Couldn’t they have waited until they were more sure they could replace them? (though I suppose Crable could have been cut for reasons outside of his playing ability)
I’m sure the signings will come before June 3, but until they do, I think there’s good reason to be nervous about the D-line.
(as for the O-line, I think it’s better than it might seem. Once Hage is all healed up and Baillargeon gets comfortable playing in the pros I think they will be in good shape)