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For me, the most interesting things about Spring practice can be stated in some general questions. Who are the returning Imact players and are they measuring up to the high expectations we have for them? Who will be the starters and are they improving enough to become impact players? Who are the backups and which of them will become starters? which will improve to where the coaches trust them enough to play them in critical situations? Who are we not counting on but could surprise?
To set the table for the discussion of each of these questions, I have identified the players who I think can be put into each of these categories. You may not agree, and that could begin its own discussion.
But I also think it will be interesting to follow spring practice and update our thinking about who is in each category.
Here is my list. Have at it.
WR: Jones, Daniels, TE: ??? OL Z Martin, Watt, Lombard RB: ??? QB: Golson
WR: Neal,, TE: Niklas, Koyack, OL: ???, RB: ????
Key Backups (some starters will come from this group):
WR: Brown, D. Smith TE: Welch, OL: N Martin, Hanratty, Stanley, RB: GAIII, Carlisle, McDaniel, QB: Rees
Could be Interesting:
WR: Ferguson, OL: Harrell, Heggie, Hegarty, RB: Mahone, QB: Hendrix, Zaire
DL: Tuitt, Nix, Day, DE/OLB: ???, OLB’s: Spond, ILB: ???, CB: ???, S: ???
Starters: DE/OLB’s Shembo, ILB’s: Fox/Calabrese, CB’s Jackson, Russell, S: Shumate, Farley
Key Backups (some starters could come from this group):
DL: Hounshell, Schwenke, Springman, Jones, DE/OLB’s Councell, I. Williams, Okwara ILB’s Grace, Moore, CB’s L Wood, Safety: Barratti, Colinsworth
Could be Interesting:
DE/OLB: Rabasa, ILB: Moore, Turner CB: Atkinson, S: J Brown Hardy
That's a good breakdown, 65. I'm not too adept with a crystal ball with this kind of projection. One tweak I might throw in there is Shembo as an impact player, or even the Shembo/Williams combo. I think they will be the beneficiaries of the attention drawn by Tuitt and Nix.
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ya kno, i think BK is the main thing to watch going into spring and the season. packages and how much the playbook opens up will really offer a glimpse into the development he sees on offense. I know hegarty cant instantly replace cave but if he can show solid the OL has an opp to be bigger and stronger than last year. this team is has all the talent in the world at RB, its just young and needs to develop, the most interesting watch will be use of TE's.
RB and TE are the spots I'm most interested in watching how they unfold.
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