Ruzious wrote: BearlyBallin wrote:
doclinkin wrote:I think our special teams just got a potential upgrade with all these fast fierce playmakers. Players who are raw but athletic and motivated will be scrapping for jobs, seems to me this is an opportunity for guys like St Juste, Darrick Forrest, Toney, to show competitive fire. I wonder if that is part of the RR methodology. Get athletes, speed in particular, if they aren't ready they can still add savagery to your special teams squads while they develop.
Looks that way, I remember Dexter Manley lined up wide on special teams flying down field on punts with little CBs trying to block him. Then Charles Mann doing the same a few years later. It’ll be fun to have a DE on ST in the gunner role again. I mean why have a wide receiver do it when we have a DE that can run like Toney & Bradley-King.
Gotta figure it's going to come down to 1 roster spot between Toney and Bradley-King. Too bad, because both look deserving of a spot. Bradley-King has the size and power advantage while Toney is the better athlete.
Looking at the depth chart, you never know. Depends on how adaptable they prove to be. If Toney can play as weakside linebacker while he learns the rest, he will be fine. And defenses will be keyed up to stop our beasts up from so there will be opportunities even for a smaller faster Edge rusher DE/LB hybrid type to turn a corner on the QB. Either way, special teams play will also be key. Ron Rivera was a linebacker/special teams player for the Bears, but in highschool he was the QB, linebacker, punter, placekicker, etc. I think this is why he likes selecting versatile athletes and playing them wherever they fit. A Football Player as Madden would say.
Still even if one of the draftees slips to our practice squad, RR tends to reward guys who work hard and play fast. There is always an opportunity that shows up mid-season. He will promote a hungry guy from within not just search waiver wires and retreads.
Either way our defense is looking to be even more dynamic. Looking at the depth chart makes me shake my head. No matter how terrible the team has been, ever few years we would get a year or two out of players like Sean Taylor or LaVar who made it worth it to tune in whether or not the offense was playing well. On this team we have a marquee spotlight player in Chase Young, but guys up and down the depth chart who are worth watching.
We do need upgrades in our safety corps. I think. But hey. It's fun to actually want to pay attention again.