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Mailbag: Moving Keith Smith Back To LB? Kyle Wilber At Middle Linebacker?

ANTHONY TOLBERTWICHITA, KS
Do you think that moving Keith Smith back to the linebacker position is an option? We have a good core group and to move Smith back may add to competition, but we do not have to look outside of what we have on the roster.

Bryan:Keith Smith's best shot to make this team is if he stays at fullback.  From what I have seen from him so far is that he has a feel for where he needs to go path-wise. Next thing will be to see if he will stick his nose in the action and to be honest, I don't think this will be a problem at all.  

David: That wouldn't exactly be surprising, given the way the coaching staff has used Smith as a bit of a Swiss Army Knife to this point in his career. I don't think they'd do that unless there were further injuries, though. They have six other options at linebacker – not to mention the possibility of a free agent signing.

GREGG HODGE

HIGH SPRINGS, FL
Has Kyle Wilber ever been tried at middle linebacker? He seems to have the size and durability that is needed, just don't know about the instincts.

Bryan:Kyle Wilber is a better player when he can anchor down at the point of attack and extend his hands to play. I don't think he has the skills to play on the move like you need out of the MIKE.

David:I'm a big fan of what Kyle Wilber brings as both a strong side linebacker and a special teams ace, but I'm not sure I'd want him trying to handle the speed and coverage skills required of a middle linebacker. Keep in mind that this is a guy who was initially drafted to rush the passer.

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