Jake Long may or may not be the St. Louis Rams next left tackle. Head coach Jeff Fisher told a local sports talk radio station on Thursday that Long was still in town, still talking. So what kind of player is Long? Injuries have dogged him his last two seasons; can he still be effective?
For some insight, I asked Kevin Nogle of SB Nation's Dolphins blog The Phinsider.
RVB: Why are the Dolphins not attempting to hang onto him?
KN: The Dolphins want to bring Long back, but don't want to pay him elite money like he was getting on his rookie contract. They are worried about his apparent slip in playing level over the past two years, mostly due to injuries. The team has not given up on bringing him back, and likely won't until pen hits paper somewhere else.
RVB: Are his recent run of injuries compromising his talent?
KN: Absolutely. Long is a very good tackle in the NFL right now. He's not elite. The injuries are the cause of that. Over the last two years, Long has had to deal with back problems, a shoulder injury, knee issues, a torn biceps muscle, and a torn triceps muscle. He just has not been able to get back up to the level of the 2008 number one overall pick and four straight Pro Bowl experiences.
Jake Long scouting report
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