kingwilly Posted August 21, 2011 Report Share Posted August 21, 2011 Here is my short list:1. O-Line. They will be challenged by the Jets front. Livings and Williams need to anchor. I will also be watching Smith to see if he improves his footwork. He over commits and can be beaten with an outside-inside move because he is not full speed on his bum foot. I would like to see if they can get Hudson and MJG some snaps before Dalton leaves, too.2. Dalton. Watching the game again on my DVR, Andy needs to play at a faster tempo. It just looks sluggish. West coast offense is all about tempo and rhythm. I didnt see that against the Lions. Dalton also needs to show me he can hit the intermediate timing routes. The 20-30 yard throws, where he is throwing very hard to a spot, are where I am worried about his arm strength. Gotta be able to throw those and be accurate or he will look like Cutler tossing picks.3. Defensive backfield. Who is the guy playing in Leon Hall's uniform? It sure does not look like the Hall I know. Hall will be pushed by Holmes, Mason and Plax, depending on where he lines up. He needs to find his form. Clemens also needs to show he has some skills. These guys will be toast if they cant cover. Sanchez locks onto his target, so they should be able to key off of his eyes, so hopefully we won't see Leon getting spanked for 2 TD's in Q1. Also, would like to see someone step up at safety. Specifically, if Reggie Nelson can be an impact player. There are 17 DBs listed on the roster. You'd think they could find 2 or 3 who can fulfill the role for the D...4. Linebackers. Can these guys gel? Can Rey lead the D, and play downhill against a good run team? Can Lawson and Howard cover Keller/RB's, or will we see something akin to Caleb Miller and Landon Johnson floundering around the fieldturf? I think these guys are actually pretty good but Rey needs to get them to solidify and communicate. 5. Carlos Dunlap. Could we please see him work against D'Brick? I'd like to see him light up Sanchez early and spook him pretty good. Dunlap is this teams best hope to pressure the passer. If he can't pick up where he left off, its gonna be a l o n g year.6. Huber. He had a decent game against Detroit, so I'd like to see him carry over with some consistency. If we expect the offense to struggle, it will make the season a bit easier to take if Huber can require opponents to "earn" anything they get by pinning them as far back as possible. Last year he was spotty, despite the Bengals having good punt coverages. So, that is what I'll be watching for. Did I miss anything? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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