He definitely showed flashes, though wasn't very consistent and it seemed like he did his best against lower-tiered tackles but was neutralized a bit by elite tackles (not uncommon, but the great pass rushers won a fair amount of battles against elite tackles).
We knew he was raw when he was drafted. Ballard didn't hide that from us. I think having him work with Mathis (and Houston) is a great thing for him. From watching the clips he posts on twitter every once in a while, it seems like he works his tail off and is dedicated to honing his craft. You can watch some by scrolling down here: https://twitter.com/Kturay_58
Hopefully he stays healthy and this last injury doesn't have any lingering effects. He should continue to improve as he learns more technique and reduces his rawness. The addition of Buckner to the line should also help both Houston and Turay tremendously.
In light of the Buckner trade... the medical comments seem to tell us something about Kinlaw.... and I would think certainly apply to Tua as well.
For me... this also says something about Ballard and the scouting team’s assessment of Jordan Love as a # 13 pick.... that is, that they either never had him rated that high OR that they feel he’s a Top 10 lock but not worth the price of moving up for.
Any way we slice it... however a team spends a #13 pick should result in the surest thing possible.
And Ballard’s own words were that we got “an elite player at a premium position”
Yes.... Defensive Tackle.
I’m so glad we made the Buckner trade.