I for one am very excited (if you can’t tell). Could he really have been all that sharp in his previous mental state? lol
He’s been working with a former DE of the raiders and working hard to stay in shape. Everyone comes into training camp rusty, he’ll have some extra rust, but if he stays healthy, muscle memory will take over.
He’s not breaking the single season rushing record this year, but as a rotational DE, he’s got a TON of potential, and Marinelli’s defense is exactly where he can tap into it. DL is focused on penetration, and if he gets used on passing downs early on, he can really focus on that. Because of the suspensions, he’s under contract until or through 2020 (can’t remember), this isn’t his contract year, he doesn’t have to jump in week 1 as the 3 down starter.
However…let’s daydream just for a minute. What if, Taco makes a big step this year, AND Gregory by the end of the year is looking like a stud…we may not have to pay Lawrence next year, and save some of that cap space. Where we can fully enjoy having all 3 this year. Combine that with a young DB core with swag that looks like it can make a step of it’s own, another year of Irving (after week 4…), a LB group that includes Lee, our new first rounder, and looking like a healthy Jaylon…all of the sudden, this defense has the potential to be very dangerous. Still having the top OL in football and Zeke. Our odds at a deep playoff push aren’t terrible.
We just need a little luck…same as any SB champion ever.