Just my opinion, but I think Tampa will be the starter with AJ at the other cornerback position by the middle of the season. Also, I think Chambers and Craig McDonald will split reps at the open safety spot. Porter will probably be are kickoff returner(not sure on that on.) And Jackson will emerge as our 2nd receiver.This is going to be an especially tough year for any of these guys to step up because they are going to have to pass a returning starter, in almost every case.
Schweiger is a fine player, on the pro football focus grades he does great in the pass and really poor in run blocking. I think overall our line is better if the 3 guards playing the most are Downing, Simmons, Hufford.I like that Blake Peterson pick. I know Coach Rasheed is really high on him. Do you think simmons or schweiger will start at the other guard position?
Not really the case at those positions. A 2nd WR hasn't claimed a primary role in our offense. Personally I think Bitter could be that guy.This is going to be an especially tough year for any of these guys to step up because they are going to have to pass a returning starter, in almost every case.
Good call. I think Bitter is a good option as well. Isn't this so amazing? We only need to worry about 2 positions instead of the entire team like years in the past.Not really the case at those positions. A 2nd WR hasn't claimed a primary role in our offense. Personally I think Bitter could be that guy.
Then safety has an opening and hopefully we have a dogfight to fill that spot.
I know we saw very little of him but Bitter's big catch displayed everything your looking for in a receiver. He appears to be another Hutchinson with more eligibility remaining.Good call. I think Bitter is a good option as well. Isn't this so amazing? We only need to worry about 2 positions instead of the entire team like years in the past.
Agree. Scates needs to take a step forward. If he does, that offense will be tough. Getting Milton and Jackson healthy will help too.Scates needs to be the guy with the biggest jump. If he does then Purdy has a legit shot at 4,000 yards and we have an offense that can put up 500 yards a game fairly easily.
Yeah, IMO there's very little chance he's ever a starter if he can't get up to 250. I mean, he's an elite pass rusher, but unless they switch to a 4-3, he's going to get worn down trying to hold up against the run. My guess is if he can't bulk up, they end up starting Peterson along with Lee and Uwazarike and then bring in McDonald on passing downs or playing him more when teams have given up on the run.McDonald needs to add at least 15 pounds of muscle to be an every down end instead of a pass rushing specialist. Enyi was getting more interior snaps toward the end of the season. He could have an NFL future if he can put up some big numbers next fall.
Scates is a guy that scares me, too many times he lined up wide covering a TE in a passing down. When I was coaching HS, one year we had a group of young receivers that had issues with formation. Finally we stopped practice and said guys it's not that hard. If you look in and see a tackle at the end of the LOS you need to cover him up. If it's a TE you need to back off. I understand our offense is more complicated but this issue really is that simple. That said i hope it's behind him and he becomes a star this fall.Agree. Scates needs to take a step forward. If he does, that offense will be tough. Getting Milton and Jackson healthy will help too.
The other guys that I look to make a big jump are Tampa, Singleton, Suttle and Chambers. Also, if the 3 backup LBs (Smith, Vaughn, Davis) are good enough to rotate in 2-3 series a game, that will only help the team down the line.
I think he's coming in the Spring (Now). So that's great. I have a feeling he'll be pretty raw and I'm not expecting him to contribute this fall.I love our defense and couldn't be prouder of it but the guy I'm looking forward to seeing is the recruit Brown, the 300+ lb quarterback that's going to play defensive tackle. If he is serviceable and the front three d-line positions can be kept fresh by rotation, we should be able to raise the pressure on the QB even more than we do now thereby reducing the threat of the medium to long pass; probably increases turnovers too.