Even if Baker does play for us we need to utilize the coverage skills of all the DBs & LBs we have on this roster. We have a couple of rookie LBs, Cam Brown & Dominique Ross, who are too light & high cut to set the edge. They could be used as ILB/SS hybrids. Second year Giant Mark McLaurin was listed as an ILB under Betcher, but at 6-1 212 he is a SS candidate in my book.
Safeties Julian Love & Montre Hartage played CB very well in college and if they can be used on the outside in the NFL they should not be playing Safety. Same with rookie Chris Williamson if he can help outside. We'll see.
Depending how our back seven personnel is deployed we might be able to use 4th round pick Darnay Holmes outside as well as the projected slot duties. He is a very competitive and has good technique so I don't want to see him relegated to just the slot if he has the ability to do both.
We should be able to expect a big leap for Sam Beal if he can stay healthy. Corey Ballentine might have more physical talent than anyone in the defensive backfield. I am also anxious to hear about what we have in young CBs like Christian Angulo & Dravon Askew-Henry who I think are also good prospects. We should be okay without Baker if he can't play,
Zero surprise a recent Belichick alumn is looking to stockpile corners.
The secondary has 1 guy who’s played at a high level in the NFL — Bradberry. Love treaded water last year. Ballentine and Beal got abused in coverage. That’s not to say they won’t develop, books no written on them. But with Baker out, a vet is needed.
I’m very excited about McKinney, he’s ultra talented and a high pedigree player. I think he’s going to be a star. Peppers is 3 years into his career and is likely to be who he’s shown, a liability in coverage, who misses a lot of tackles, but an effective blitzer.
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