Akin Ayodele...he will be in his second year in the 3-4. We saw how much he improved just over one year from start to finish. He is down a couple of lbs. and should translate into a bit more quickness. Akin was a DE in college and a Sam backer in Jacksonville. I really think that translates well into how Wade uses his WILB. This defense is everything that complements Ayodele so it'll be interesting to see if it translates on the field.
For anyone who claims henry...beware he was torched a couple of times in mini camp...now I'm not buying alot in shorts type stuff...but you would think that he might have had some good write-ups...and I haven't seen any.
Spears is getting great reports...so I think that's reassuring. If I had to pick a DE tho...it's going to be Hatcher...seems to me like an ideal one gap DE.
I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Furgy puts up a year just as good as any top 3 NT in a 3-4 scheme this year. A couple of people around here really didn't appreciate what he accomplished last year...if I had one knock...it would be too much penetration from him last year...which hosed the middle of our defense...but that wasn't often.
Our OLB's are going to get to the QB...I'm not worried about that.
Our cb's are fine...but Henry is on my hotseat. I want to see him put up this year. Glenn need to continue showing he hasn't lost a step. I really want to see Butler and Ball make strides and even see some occasional nickel action towards the end of the year.
Roy is going to be at home...Wade realizes minimizing a players weakness's. However Roy will probably have more of an effect this year that goes on noticed. I can't see him having a huge sack total. I think he'll be right around that 5 int's spot. I think he'll be just about average in one on one coverage. I just don't think he will improve enough to be called the most improve. I mean if he is not playing deep and stopping the deep play you can't say he improved in that area. I think he will have a good year...but that just has more to do with getting him out of his weak zones and keeping him up.
Hamlin is going to earn himself a nice pay check this year...count it. The only way this doesn't happen is if Watkins really turns it on...which isn't that much of an outside shot. But Hamlin is going to have a hell of a year...and whether he gets his paycheck from us or not is up to Watkins imo.