I’m not going to “agree to disagree” with someone who is wrong.
Campbell even said that Anthony Johnson only came back to play safety. It’s not even as if he and Isheem are/were at the same position. Young was at Star, likely beaten out by Freyler—who has a better all around game. Johnson is playing the border/boundary/strong safety spot.
Which (come to think of it) might actually be the reason McDonald left, if he didn’t want to wait another year to start at SS.
And fyi, there is a post earlier with an attachment that has snap counts.
Campbell did not say Johnson "only came back to play Safety". The actual quote from Campbell on Johnson moving to safety "number one, wanting to move for the betterment of the team, I do think at the end of the day it is going be for the betterment of him as well"...
Why would it be for the betterment of the team for him to move to safety? Could it be that we lost 6 of 7 safeties from our final 2 deep of the season and we have young guys with experience coming back at CB?
Yes, it will be for his benefit given he likely projects to a S more than CB at the next level.... but Campbell did not say - he only came back to play safety so we moved him....
Bottom line, we have more production in the portal than returning to the team at Safety. Yes, we all hope young guys and new faces emerge there. But there could be (did not say will be) two future NFL safeties that just transferred (let's see where young / mcdonald end up vs. Thompson / Verdon / etc.). I am not saying the sky is falling, I am saying there is some concern there especially with depth.
We had 5 guys that played a lot of safety last year we have 1 returning and 1 that moved to S from CB. That means we need 3 guys to step up (at least). Could we find 3 new guys? Sure, there are bodies that could become players there. But I don't think any of them will be better than McD, Young - especially early on. Hope I am wrong but I will wait to see it on the field.
My hope is Thompson, Verdon and one of the other young guys step up. But not expecting them to be the same as guys that are in years 2 or 3 with program.