I disagree with this. I believe Ballard didn't want to pay up for an EDGE rusher. He admitted he wanted Autry back, and he went to the Titans instead. That was plan A. Afterward, he signed Rochell and re-signed Muhammed to somewhat stabilize the D-Line. He is now having to decide whether to re-sign Houston, or draft an EDGE in the first two rounds.
We are being forced to see what we have in Banogu, Turay, and Lewis. They are all 2nd round picks and it's sink or swim for them. They definitely aren't better options than Autry and Houston. I would say the same about the top EDGE rushers in FA this year. Cheaper? Yes. Better? No. Right now, we don't have an EDGE rusher that we can depend on. Maybe that changes, but EDGE is our biggest weakness on the team, bar none. At least with LT, it can be masked with Q and the rest of the O-Line along with some solid depth we signed. We are literally masking the entire EDGE spot with Buckner right now, and we're fully dependant on signing Houston back, or drafting an EDGE rusher that makes an immediate impact without knowing yet if Banogu, Turay, or Lewis improves.
Unfortunately, losing Autry hurt pretty badly. That will be hard to make up without some luck.
Tremble has been one of my early favorites
I saw one of the commentators mention the other day, that Tremble has had issues with drops
The little games I have watched, they didnt throw much to him...... is this an issue?
You may end up being right, but lets be honest, these 4 are not playmakers, they are just familiar names to us on a roster.
We need some pass rush to get this defensive scheme to work. None of these 4 have proven that they can bring this on a consistent basis
When the offensive line was weak, we drafted both Q and Smith in the same year
I hope they take the same tact this year. 1 early, and 1 mid rounds that can develop.
Also, 3 of these 4 are free agents next year. We will have some churn next year.
We had better load up at an important position, IMHO