I understand. What I am referring to is no pre-season games for him, and in run rotation at the beginning of the year, increasing his workload as the season progresses. Have him fresher and more of the workload at the end of the year against tired/nicked up opponents trying to stop our passing game.
O line should be in synch by then too...
I agree with jd7 -- he definitely brings a physical presence.
I also like how they groomed him last year -- I think it was huge for him to get decent experience on the defense without being asked to do too much, as he was a little raw coming out of college. He seems intelligent, he is definitely athletic/big/strong enough to play in this league. What I really like about him is he seems to have a knack for making plays -- some of his fumble recoveries were pretty impressive and it's pretty obvious he is aware of where he is on the field and aware of where the ball is.
I am expecting TJ Green to be groomed in a similar way this year, with plenty of reps on STs as well as in nickel/dime/hybrid packages on D. I truly expect these 2 guys to be form a very formidable safety duo for many years to come. We have a stud in Vontae, so if we can get another 2-3 CBs to step up and play solid in the #2 CB position and the slot, we have a chance at having one of the better young secondaries in the league in just a couple of years.