Originally posted by Playingblind07:
It is always exciting to envision who will come out of the PS and take charge to win a spot or even a key role on team. I like the list you came up with. It will also be interesting to see which of this year contributors will not have a good season next year.
My list is: Gore, Willis, Kilgore, Culliver, James, and Vance MacDonald.
Gore is getting old. Willis will be asked to do a lot more and team will focus more on him now Bowman is sidelined. Kilgore may become overwhelm by the responsibility with making line adjustment. Culliver will have to overcome the mental side of his injury (playing scare). The coaches still have not idea how to use James and will see more of his time taken away by Lattimore and a new punt and kickoff returner. Vance MacDonald is still full of himself and will take another couple of years, like Vernon Davis did, to learn how to play TE.
That's a good point...to cover the disappointing side of things. Every year we have high hopes for certain players and whether it's injuries, scheme, lack of use, improper use, circumstances, the player himself, etc. they fall off. You may have hit the nail on the head on many of these guys and the reason's why:
Gore - tough and brutal drop off d/t lack of focus d/t not being "the bell cow" anymore.
Boldin - with a healthy VD and Crabtree, maybe a guy like Patton, we could see a big drop off on opportunities for Boldin and him being vocal about this.
Davis - could be tapped out at his ceiling and struggles
CK - offense too simple (AR or one read) yet complex (350 page playbook) at the same time and as always, very little time to read and adjust to defenses at the LOS. Continues to struggle with trusting his WR's in low-percentage plays no matter what and continues to lack the development in progression reads and utilizing outlets when those plays are called in.
Reid - could lose Whitner and he has his sophmore season d/t the added pressure of building up a rookie at SS.
Brock/Culliver - Brown and Rogers could be salary cap casualties but neither of these guys play to form from where they left off.
McDonald - just never earns the trust of this coaching staff so the scraps of receiving chances now go to Carrier/Celek.
James - well...
Anybody have some early surprising cuts?
[ Edited by NCommand on Feb 27, 2014 at 9:52 AM ]