Those players in bold are who I expect to win position battle. Thoughts???
Lock(1)- Andy Dalton
Battle (2) - Josh Johnson, John Skelton
Running Back: (4)
Lock (2)- BJGE, Gio Bernard
Battle(5)- Bernard Scott, Cedric Peerman, Rex Burkhead, Onterio McCalebb, Boom Herron
Battle(2) - Chris Pressley, John Conner
Wide Receiver (6):
Locks (4)- AJ Green, Mohamed Sanu, Marvin Jones, Andrew Hawkins
Battle (6)- Brandon Tate, Cobi Hamilton, Dane Sanzenbacher, Ryan Whalen, Justin Hilton, Taveon Rogers,
Tight End (3): ** I hope they take all 4 TE's and drop 1 WR
Locks (2)- Jermaine Gresham, Tyler Eifert
Battle (2)- Orson Charles, Alex Smith
Offensive Line (9):
Locks (5)- Andrew Whitworth, Clint Boling, Kevin Zeitler, Andre Smith, Anthony Collins
Battle (8)- Reid Fragel, Travelle Wharton, Tanner Hawkinson, Kyle Cook, Trevor Robinson, TJ Johnson, Mike Pollak, Dennis Roland
Defensive Line (9):
Locks (9)- Michael Johnson, Domata Peko, Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap, Robert Geathers, Margus Hunt, Devon Still, Brandon Thompson, Wallace Gilberry
Lots to prove- DeQuin Evans, Jamaal Anderson
Locks (5)- James Harrison, Rey Maualuga, Vontaze Burfict, Sean Porter, Emmanuel Lamur
Battle (1)- Brandon Joiner, Aaron Maybin, Dontay Moch
Locks (6)- Leon Hall, Adam Jones, Dre Kirkpatrick, Terence Newman, Reggie Nelson, Shawn Williams
Battle (8)- Shaun Prater, Brandon Gee, Chris Lewis-Harris, George Iloka, Tony Dye, Taylor Mays, Jeromy Miles, Robert Sands
Special Teams (3):
Kicker: Mike Nugent
Punter: Kevin Huber
Long Snapper- Clark Harris
A few surprises:
1) Keeping Onterio McCalebb instead of Peerman or Scott -- Gruden wants a speedster to take it the distance -- Gio is good, but often gets caught from behind - "In his second attempt of the 40-yard dash, McCalebb clocked an unofficial time of 4.21 seconds, which is three one-hundredths of a second fewer than Chris Johnson's record-setting 4.24-second run in 2008." -- Speed kills -- Also, Burkhead can fill in on Special Teams.
2) Keeping Tate on the roster -- I personally like Whalen a lot, so wouldn't mind if we kept him around... He does nothing great, but catches everything his way. Do we need another slot WR though? I think not.
3) I think we are all hoping to get something out of Brandon Joiner and Aaron Maybin, but I really doubt we are going to get another Burfict story out of Joiner, and pretty sure Maybin is a has been (or never was).
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