Originally posted by dtg_9er:
Good thread NC!
The offense is pretty set this year except for WR, where only Boldin seems a likely or sure starter...but the defense is really going to be competitive during camp and perhaps even up to the opener. Likely battles:
DL: who replaces Soap and RJF? Back ups?
OLB: are both Aldon and Brooks healthy? Is Lemonier good enough to challenge?
MLB: Who is the back up?
CB: So many options...who will move to safety or be traded? Restructure? Someone may win the starting job and an extension.
S: Is Reid a starter? Is Whitner on his way out the door? Who might take his place? Least clear area in my opinion.
This team has so many unknown young guys who have to prove themselves! Will be a very fun year and I hope special by years end!
Thanks brother! You ask some VERY valid questions.
Will we have any WR's left by the end of camp?
- negative (Williams hit the ground running so that's a positive)
Looks like we can add my boy Cam Johnson to that mix - positive (both may push Haralson right off the roster)
MLB - negative (with Fleming down, yet again, he's done IMHO). We do need depth there badly. What to do? Moody is a lock at this point...
CB - good Lord, where to start? Baalke wants size, aggressiveness, press and CB's to challenge WR's (since Seattle can get away with this) but Brown, Rogers nor Fangio plays this way...sooooo?
S - is always a serious work in progress. I predicted both Rogers and Whitner are on their last leg and could very well get pushed out of the starting lineup and then have to restructure to stay as backups with us. So far, it's starting to take shape...
Rookies/2nd year guys - I'm with you brother. THIS is the year for the 2nd year guys to step up or fall off the map. For a team with few needs, there is still going to be some epic battles, no doubt. Hopefully some will become sure-fire starters that improve our team or add as tremendous depth/ST's.