Thursday, July 15, 2010
Tackles: Albert Haynesworth, Kedric Golston, Maake Kemoeatu, Howard Green
Ends: Philip Daniels, Adam Carricker, Vonnie Holliday, Darrion Scott
Cuts: Rob Jackson, Trey Jacobs, Anthony Bryant
Let's start with the tackles.
I have made the case ad nauseum that Albert Haynesworth actually was a very effective player last year (an no, he did not rotate out of the game more than would be expected). Haynesworth has taken on his share of blockers, and certainly has the ability to play nose tackle when needed - although it is not even close to being the best use of his exceptional skills. That said, he will hopefully be spending a fair amount of time way outside as a 5-technique end, where he will be better equipped to wreak havoc. When he does play inside, the performance of Jay Ratliff in Dallas provides some evidence that a NT in the 3-4 can in fact make plays in the backfield - but of course until we start seeing some game action we really have no idea how Jim Haslett actually intends to use him.
As for the confidence level grade of 4, I was a bit conflicted. There's talent on this line, but too many causes for doubt:
- Daniels: Crazy old, like Mr. Burns old
- Holliday: Just regular old
- Jackson: Out of position
Next up: Linebackers (rest assured this one will include even more belly-aching over the scheme change). Check back this weekend.
Posted by Dave O at 9:06 PM