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When FA first started, it was obvious the LBing Corp needed to be re-vamped and Ballard has done just that. Which LBer are you most excited for or you think has the most potential?

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remember butler being a subpar corner & blossomomg here ... if Mingo at ILB puts it together he's a star 

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Im most excited to see what Simon can do with a full complement of snaps. He's been relentless in his sub role. I think he's gonna be a gem. 

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35 minutes ago, MFT5 said:

remember butler being a subpar corner & blossomomg here ... if Mingo at ILB puts it together he's a star 

Don't forget Miami also demonted Davis to their number 3 corner corner and we traded for him. He became arguably a top 5 corner for 2 or 3 years. The last 2 years he hasn't had great seasons but he has still been above average. I think Mingo will contribute well in our defense for a backup but won't be a star. 

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Yeah John Simon I feel can be an impact player playing on a starters snap count. Had like 3.5 sacks last year and 5 the year before playing in like half of Houston snaps defensively (give or take).

 

With increased play, I could see him hit 6-7 sacks, which would be pretty good I think. Same with Sheard, who had 5 sacks despite being benched at times by Bill. If he stays healthy I think he'll return to his 2015 form where he had 8 sacks.

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Sheard, Simon and Spence.

 

Feel like all three could be very valuable.

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I like some of the potential Mingo brings as a situational pass rusher and in coverage.  It would be awesome to see that speed finally produce some sacks. 

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7 minutes ago, AZColt11 said:

I wanna see if Sheard can get to the QB or if it was just Belichick's schemes.

It is up to our defensive coordinator to have schemes as well. Belichick schemes according to his players and their abilities. It's not rocket science.

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I'm in hopes that the one with the most potential is the one or two that will be drafted next month

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Simon has a high motor and plays hard to the whistle. I think he will have a breakout year. 

 

Sheard, Spence and Mingo are intriguing with lots of upside. so we will see but I am pretty sure our linebacking core is on the team right now. I dont see us taking a LB with 15 unless a superior one falls to us. I really think CB and DL are priorities in the the first two rounds but this draft is defensively deep so lots of players in our first four rounds have starting qualities, Lets hope Ballard and sniff them out

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So far I haven't seen anyone discuss the possibility that our starters are not on the team yet.  Aside from POSSIBLY Sheard (and even he's debatable), all of our LB signings so far smell like ensuring that as a worst-case scenario we have serviceable backups.  I will not be at all surprised if a couple studs come out of the draft.  The FA signees are more than enough to at least hold down the fort while our rookies get their feet wet and take over as starters when they're ready.

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I hope Spence becomes the next Zach Brown.  Little PT in Tennessee and then breaks out on the next team.  I like all the moves and hope Simon and Sheard can become 8 or 9 sack per season type players for us.

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I'm just so delighted to have some young competiton. This free agency has shaped up so nicely to allow us to go closer to pure BPA... except for CB... gotta get a  cornerback. xD

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Simon is my favorite of all the LB signings as far as future potential goes.  I like the Sheard, Mingo and Spence signings as all have value in regards to their contracts.  Indy has upgraded the LB Unit and my hope is a future stud at the JACK is drafted to develop behind Sheard as I view Simon as a SAM and Mingo as ST and depth at possibly all 4 LB positions.

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What I'm curious about is since Simon and Sheard both have pass rush ability.  Who plays the Rush LB and who plays the SAM

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 with respect to Robert Mathis..we've gotten out of the end-turned-linebacker business..

.....I hope we are faster in our base defense..that's what has been attacked the last few years

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On 3/24/2017 at 10:19 AM, Valpo2004 said:

What I'm curious about is since Simon and Sheard both have pass rush ability.  Who plays the Rush LB and who plays the SAM

 

Sheard is your pass rusher from the weak side....

 

Simon is your rusher from the strong side.

 

It should be a pretty decent 1-2 punch.     Perhaps not great,  but pretty good,  and certainly better than what we've recently had....

 

 

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Sheard and Simon seem to have the most promise unless we draft Harris.

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None honestly.  They were necessary signings so we could field a defense, but I see most of them as stopgaps until we get some better ones.  Sheard can play the Walden role but we're gonna need to upgrade the other ones eventually.

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5 hours ago, bananabucket said:

None honestly.  They were necessary signings so we could field a defense, but I see most of them as stopgaps until we get some better ones.  Sheard can play the Walden role but we're gonna need to upgrade the other ones eventually.

I'd be pretty surprised to see Sheard in the Walden role, unless we get a day 1 starter at rush backer, which is entirely possible, and even desirable......  if we don't then I think Simon will be in Walden's edge setting spot...  Sheard the weak side.

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