IRVING, Texas – Here are some questions, thoughts and ideas to ponder as the days draw closer to training camp.
Who wins the battle at right tackle?
• This is a position that many fans will have their eyes on when the team first takes the field in Oxnard.
The coaches have a great deal of confidence in Parnell and it will be interesting to see if he can step up enough to take this job away from Free. The experience that Parnell gained playing last season will help him greatly but will he be consistent enough down after down, practice after practice for the coaches to give him the job. The physical ability is there but can he stay focused for every rep that he is in there? This will be the question. My gut tells me that Free will win this job and toward the end of camp you will see the staff play him that way.
• There comes a point in time where every rookie in training camp has to fight through the practices and not allow the soreness and mental fatigue to affect how they are progressing in getting ready for the upcoming season. These coaches have put a great deal of pressure on Williams to have a major role in this offense as the third receiver.
As much as we will see “12” personnel, there will be times where Callahan will want to spread defenses out and this is how he will do it. Williams will be in a battle with a group of receivers for that role including
• Going into camp, you always had an idea of how many players you wanted to carry at each position on your 53. Performance and injury will at times dictate what those final numbers might look like. Take for example the receivers. Do they carry five or six? Does
An interesting player at defensive end is
Do you remember
• When breaking down this defense, especially at linebacker, a name I tend to leave out is that of former seventh round selection from 2012, Caleb McSurdy. Do I forget McSurdy on purpose because I don’t believe he is a good fit? Not at all, because this team will need a backup at the Mike and McSurdy is a guy that is getting work behind
What is interesting about him is that he spent the entire 2012 season rehabbing his Achilles, but he also took that time to remake his body physically. Coming out of Montana, he was stocky and thick which was better suited to play the Mike in the 3-4 scheme but today he will need more range to his game. He needs to be able to work sideline to sideline but also handle the drops in coverage. His body looks different, not as bulky and slow. The best trait that McSurdy had in college was his nose for the ball, and to play the Mike in this scheme, you better do the same. McSurdy was one of those players that I thought would be outstanding on special teams even before he was hurt last season. From what I have seen so far, that thought hasn’t changed.