In my most recent PE.com column I took a look at LBs the team is likely targeting. I mentioned a couple of guys the team has had private workouts with: Lawrence Wilson, Doug Hogue, Brian Rolle, Ross Homan.
Someone asked me if the team is likely to be interested in Casey Matthews. I think so. He has the type of motor that I think Juan Castillo is looking for. He’s also a high character, productive Senior. We focused on those kind of players last year. It will be interesting if that is the focus again this year.
A few people have asked about LBs for a Read ‘n React style of defense. You want speed and you want guys that have very good motors. You also need players that can find the ball quickly and get in pursuit. It is a combination of vision, awareness, and instincts.
We don’t want downhill players or inside run stuffers. Those guys are tough, but better in small areas. We need guys that can fly around the field and chase the ball. Keenan Clayton should be happy about the change. Akeem Jordan and Omar Gaither aren’t so happy (or fast). And I’m pretty sure this rules out Jeremiah Trotter coming back, unless Oscar Goldman gets hold of him.