Big changes to this group raise questions about roles and the future. Goldson is out and Reid is in, if he can beat out Dahl. The lack of experience in this group is troubling, but the potential is there. Depth will be a problem the team will have to address in the next few off seasons.
Roster spots: 4-5
Locks: Eric Reid, Donte Whitner, Craig Dahl, C.J. Spill man
Competition: Trenton Robinson, Michael Thomas, Darcel McBath
Outlook: Reid's first hurdle as a pro will be to show that he is a better option than Dahl. Dahl might have a low ceiling, but he has experience on his side. Still, Reid's talent should win out by the end of camp. Then it should be he and Whitner paired up with Dahl and Spillman as special teams aces. Dahl and Spillman are definitely valuable on STs, but they are probably the biggest drop off between starters and reserves besides ILB. The real decision will be whether they keep a 5th safety or a 6th CB. If they keep a 5th safety, my money is on Thomas. Robinson has potential but he was clearly overmatched on special teams last year. Thomas has better size and probably a higher ceiling. Robinson and Thomas will compete with Cox and Brock to see who adds more to the special teams. It's likely that only two of them will make the team.