We’re down to jut 4 days until players report, and 5 until they take the field. in this final week of the offseason, I thought it would be good to handicap the roster battles on defense one unit at a time. I’ll update these reports throughout training camp and the preseason.
Here’s how I see the how the roster battles in the defensive backfield shaping up at this point:
|Locks||Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor|
|On The Bubble||Winston Guy, Jeron Johnson|
|Work Left To Do||DeShawn Shead, Phillip Adams|
|Comments: The real wildcard in this group isn’t even listed. CB Marcus Trufant worked out as the team’s nickel safety during mini-camps, and if he stays there then it’s possible for just 1 of the non-starters to make this team.|
|Locks||Brandon Browner, Richard Sherman|
|On The Bubble||Marcus Trufant, Walter Thurmond*, Jeremy Lane|
|Work Left To Do||Francies Coye, Roy Lewis, Donny Lisowski, Chris Maragos, Byron Maxwell, Ron Parker|
|Comments: Thurmond is expected to start the season the PUP list, opening the door for one of the other players to move up on the list and take a spot. It’s also possible that Trufant takes the spot of a S, instead of a CB, since he lined up at that position during mini-camp, which would open up another spot.|
How do you see them looking at this early point in the process?