I think we all agree that the defense is the big question mark heading into the season and it's largely because of how many rookies we have who are expected to play a big role early.
I thought I'd just list out all the rookies we need to step up:
1. Lawrence - It all starts with the big man up front. He's the one I'm most confident in right away.
2. Baker - He missed some important preseason work but will be counted on early. He'll probably have his fair share of rookie challenges this year.
3. Ximines - Probably a pass rush specialist early. Look to him for a spark off the bench.
4. Connelly - I doubt I'm alone when I say I expect him to take a starting role in the middle sooner or later.
5. Ballentine - He's earned the snaps he's going to get. Let's see if he can keep it up.
I expect all of these players to start at some point this year. It's a lot to ask of a young group, but I'm excited to see how they do and watch them grow.