... was Chris Hairston. For those of you who havent seen the game yet are concerend about the tackle depth, I recommend watching him tonight (big guy, #75) I watched him almost exclusively in the 2nd half - first while playing RT and then he switched to LT. He is a big and strong, quick out of his stance and his reach is fantastic.
Its not all positive - he looked great against Jacksonville's backups but they didn't look all that quick. Hairston's feet are choppy - and he would probably be susceptible against an outside speed rush vs a quicker passrusher. A couple times I thought he was going to get beat but his strength and reach compensated for his footwork. He'd end up just “Maybin-ing” the guy – pushing him way off to the outside and out of the play.
I also noticed that at times he stands too upright at times - a powerful bull rusher could probably push him backwards.
Although I'm pointing out some areas for improvement, I came away really impressed. I watched Ed Wang a lot in the Bears game and was totally discouraged. In my opinion, there is no comparison between the two.
I've been concerned about the depth at tackle, but I'm more confident after watching Hairston last night. He'll manage as a reserve RT this year. He might even be okay if he ended up needing to play LT in a dire situation. I think he'd manage if he had a back to help him chip against an outside speed rush.
I'm probably being too optimistic there – I've only watched him for 2 ½ quarters but that time was encouraging.