Players you are rooting for to make the team
Who are the players who may be UFA or late round players, former practice squad players or walk ons that you are hoping make the team?
I have a few players that I am starting to bandwagon with now that the preseason is underway.
This guy is just impressing the heck out of me. 3 ACL's and he keeps coming back and for him it's all about football. He is the kind of guy who would suit up and play for free and he is a throwback to an earlier time. I am hoping so badly that he becomes the starting MLB for the team as he looks to have the mindset and the presence to take control of the defense and hold the position for a decade- if he can stay healthy. If his health fails him I hope they keepo him around and get him into coaching.
If you didn't know that I have a soft spot for Linebackers, you may see a pattern here and second on my list is Gerald Hodges. I am hoping he grows into a role where he fills out the LB squad with Greenway and Mauti for next year. I don't see him making the regular roster but I hope he can be a practice squad guy.
The WR position is interesting in that for the first time in years we may actually have enough talent to be a little choosy. Obviously we will have Jennings, Wright and Patterson on the team but I am starting to think the team may be better served to release Simpson and keep some of the young guys who I see developing nicely and who may not have the baggage JS has. I think Burton has enough upside to be worthy of a position on the team at WR.
Rounding out this installment is not a new guy to the team but to the position and that is webb. I want him to succeed because he is modest, willing to do anything and is incredibly athletic.