Battle for the 53
We all see it. This roster is full of players that are unknowns and without knowing the system, we don’t know how it fits together. We have lost underachieving players. We have lost malcontents. We have lost numbers and gained a load. We have some positions where we can guess who will play. We have others where we don’t know.
We made some quality signings and lost some underachieving idiots. Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher are two potential starters. But they are not potential starters. We all knows Williams has been absent from OTAs for various reasons. Some are understandable, others not so. If he wants the job, then he has to be here to win it. Fletcher has been injured and we don’t know how far back he is. Curtis Marsh has been anonymous, partly through lack of experience and part through AR flogging the dead Asomugha.
We also have Lindley has been close to a roster spot but never quite made it. Brandon Hughes briefly sparked but then that spark diminished. Brandon Boykin was a rookie was should look better this off season. He maybe a little small but the kid has a scary vertical jump. He doesn’t need Red Bull to fly. Poyer is an interesting kind of guy who has missed time. He is similar to Samuel in that the measurables don’t match the game tape. Eddie Whitley got some 2nd team reps but I know little about him.
The Safeties didn’t lose the starters from last year, we just gained some new guys instead. With the new D, let’s hope those guys look a lot better this year. They could hardly be worse. Kenny Philips has a bum knee but in terms of talent, he’s a top one. If he can keep fit, he’ll be a difference maker that we’ve lacked for a long, long time. Pat Chung left the Pats and it seems they were happy to see him go. What we know is he can tackle. Nate Allen is talented and no longer under the revolving door at DC.
Kurt Coleman is an ideal 3rd Safety who wears down if he starts. Like the guy, but he needs to have limited snaps and remember to tackle. Wolff is intriguing. He is a little shorter than ideal, but the other measurables are interesting. I see Special Teams in his future. As for David Sims… I see him getting released post TC.
We have “Self Tacklin” Jeremy Maclin (one of the funniest nicknames I’ve heard in a while) on the last year of his deal. The lad has talent and he will need to block this season to get decent playing time. I want him to succeed but it’s up to him. Desean is Desean. He’s mentioned about his limited route branch under AR, so let’s what happens when the route tree gets opened up. There is nowhere to hide and he can be cut at the end of the season without a great penalty. Under that we have Avant who some think is out, and some think is in. He’s a leader with great hands. But he’s slow.
After that. We have Mr Benn who is a big dude who can play STs and is a willing blocker. We’ve lacked a dominant big dude in a while so that brings me onto Momah. He might be a Practice Squadder due to the time off from the game due to inury but let’s see how it goes in TC. Rather than another speed ball, we have variety. Let’s not forget Salas and Cunningham or Johnson. Or Kenny Chesney’s No 1 fan, Riley Cooper.
I suspect we’ll carry at least 5, maybe 6 WRs. 2 names I think will stay are Jackson and Maclin. Outside of that there are spaces up for grabs. I suspect Cooper will stay as he can block and is great on STs. Benn may stay, same for Avant. Damaris is a possibility. I don’t see Salas or Cunningham as those though.