The Defense -
THE CORE (14)
Seymour,Wilfork,Warren,Green,Bruschi,Colvin,Vrabel ,Samuel,Hobbs,Poteat, Gay,Wilson,Hawkins,Sanders
The difference on defense is that there are incumbant fighting for the spots.
3 DL Hill, Klecko, Wright, Thomas
5 LB Beisel, Claridge, Banta-Cain, Alexander
2 ST Izzo, Davis, Scott
Many will be brought in to compete (e.g. a vet S, a jag corner and a vet NT), but the defense COULD be ready with a couple of linebackers and a corner.
There is no doubt in my mind that while the five positions mentioned above a critically important, they represent about 6 of the more than 20 players who will be brought in over the next few weeks.
i dont think poteat, hawkins, and sanders' jobs are secure
Our defense, free of injury, will likely be in the top 10 next year, possibly even top 5.
The only thing that troubles me is that there doesn't seem to be much buzz about any of our developing rookies for the defense. Remember the excitement in training camp as we watched Asante and Eugene Wilson emerge as bonafide starters? Aside from the defensive line, where BB struck gold with his three starters, what rookies\backups are we getting excited about?
Sanders? Hasn't shown much yet, but has Rodney's praise.
Scott? Injuries have kept him off the field.
Tully Banta-Cain? It's hard to break into our LB rotation, but nobody's talking about him much.
Hill & Klecko?
Claridge? Next year may be telling -- but where's the buzz?
The only real buzz is around Hobbs (and Gay?), aside from the occasional training camp report about Childress/Ventrone/Alexander?
but dont forget that sey, warren, and wilfork were all early-mid picks
i feel pretty good about hobbs
Hopefully we can add Harrison to the list of now 15 core defenders. I'm still a little doubtful about his health --- don't want to get my hopes up.
Maybe (if we're lucky) BB considers Banta-Cain to now be ready for bigger contributions. It certainly takes awhile to learn LB in our system, and now Tully's had awhile! I'm also not giving up yet on Beisel. He seems like a classic case where Year 2 should be significantly better than Year 1.
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