Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by Cajuncowboy, Jun 25, 2018.
Maybe it's all that boudin and gumbo.
I'm excited....."This is the most wonderful time of the year". The jigsaw puzzle of the 2018 squad is in. Now it's time to see how all of the pieces fit together. There isn't one position group that I'm not excited about, Yes I have more confidence in some position groups but I'm excited to see how the squad comes together.
I heard that all three have some injury issue. If the LBs have to make up for not having a 1T, I expect all to miss some of the season. I would look at the backups instead, to see how good of LB corp is.
On a scale of 1 to ten, how excited are ya with 10 being highest. Me I'm about a 7 hoping for a 10.
Love that boudin.
and yes, linebacker is the most intriguing position on the team by far in my opinion
we have all seen the impact of 1 all pro player on the defense
if they added more here and there, maybe 1 to go along with Tank and 1 or 2 in the secondary it would be great
if Smith and Vander Esch play up to their draft stock it would be absolutely yuge
i expect Smith to be a player that often jumps out on film and not for the wrong reasons
Vander Esch i expect to both splash and get overwhelmed at times,hes huge but a year in the weight room with Lee and Smith the guy could be 265lbs easy
i am really curious how they play Vander Esch and Jaylon, Vander Esch looks like the perfect mike but who plays with Lee in nickle? do they stay base most of the time now to keep Jaylon out there or does Vander Esch not take his nickle snaps? they used nickle often last year but i think it was a lack of quality lb and having better athletes in the secondary. thats all changed
As long as Lee stays healthy, I look for the LB corps to be above average. If Lee goes down for any length of time, the LBs and the rest of the defense will likely struggle — especially when it comes to finishing tackles.
Very optimistic about this group...should be faster and better against the run.
Against the pass?
I'm curious more than anything.
Looking forward to seeing those guys in action
It is a talented group. I wish they had one more guy that we could count on given the injury history of the group. That said if Lee, Smith and LVE perform to their physical abilities it can be a special group.
Smith is the key, performance-wise. Yes, Lee being available all 16 games is critical as far as having the personnel, but Smith to this point isn't what he was projected to be, pre-injury, and most of that is the mental part of the game. He seems to have enough physical ability, but he has to learn to diagnose plays better.
LVE is a rookie, just having the big guy in the middle is a blessing, so I expect him to struggle, just how much is the question.
Smith to me is on his make or break year, if he doesn't show more play making ability then I'm looking for one of the other LBs currently on the roster to get time in place of Smith, and if they can't handle it, looking at drafting another LB next year....
If Lawrence has another year like last year, and Taco continues to improve, Armstrong can contribute, and Collins holds up in the middle, the pass rush from those areas should enable the LB corps to be sufficient against the pass...
In terms of potential it looks mighty promising in terms of injury history it could be depressing.I think ill go with the glass half full here. Were gonna have the best LB corps in the league. Now that how you wear these
Nice to see you back. I get lack of likes comments also. They don't realize we have been posting together for nearly 20 years, long before likes were a thing.
Yes, Thomas is the type of backup that they've been missing (i.e. One that is good in coverage).
They had nobody other than Lee last year that would be considered a plus coverage LB.
Vander Esch - Good in coverage (in college).
Thomas - Good in coverage.
Jaylon - Depends on the leg.
I really wanna go into all out hype mode about these linebackers, but I have been burned too many times with preseason expectations.
Give me 4 games then well see
I'm inclined to substitute the word hopeful, instead of excited.
There is cause to say there's much potential in our LB corps.