Part II in series: A LOOK IN BATES' DE CUPBOARD...

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Beef in the middle and speed from DE: Bates looks to enhance and compliment KGB with ...

... a rush from the other side and depth to keep him fresh in 2005:

DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, 6-4 255 lbs and 27 years old is a rare athlete with great speed and power that deceives. He explodes into his blocker, then into the quarterback and has the art of the strip down to a science. While he has learned to vary his moves and is a high-effort guy, he isn't very big and can't shed very well when plays are run at him. Having to line up over the DE allowed him to be steered wide too often, and is too lean to not benefit from at least some limited rotation. Bates system was designed for speed DE's like Kabeer -- remember Jason Taylor only had 2 sacks the season before Bate turned him into an All Pro
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DE Aaron Kampman, 6-4 294 lbs is 25 years old and he is a hard working, disciplined player, who uses sound technique and doesn't get pushed around. Will pursue and make plays up and down the line. In many ways he is a classic overachiever. He will never be a player who commands a double team. And will never be a threat to sack the QB down in and down out. But is a player who has improved every season and put up the best numbers of any of the DE playing on his side in the division -- by far.
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DE R-Kal Truluck, at 6-4 and 262 lbs 2004 season can only be described as disappointing. AT 30 years of age, he possess the speed and moves to be an effect pass rusher, but needs to be healthy and have help as a situational pass rusher. The Packers just resigned him, so TT must see some of what Sherman saw before trading for him. In Bates
 

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The cupboard may not be bare - but it is a loooooooooonnnnnnnnngggggggggg way from being stocked. :wink:
 

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On the other hand Bates will improve the defense. And a couple of defensive players have a breakout year the cupboard will look much better. :D
 

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