Training camp is finally almost here. They allow tackling there and everything. Around the League will count down the top 30 position battles to watch throughout the preseason.
No. 15. The safety dance: 11 battles to choose from
â¢ OK, this isn't just one battle. When I was putting together my original list of possible battles, I noticed that there was a competition for at least one starting safety spot on seemingly every other team. So let's combine the best of them.
â¢ No defensive position has been more impacted by the evolution at tight end than safety. Coaches want versatility. They want guys that can cover and hit. That can line up all over the field. That can be a third cornerback. They want Troy Polamalu or Ed Reed. This is impossible, of course. Which leads to a lot of dissatisfaction and a lot of competition. Let's review some of the best battles.
â¢ Washington Redskins safety Tanard Jackson vs. Madieu Williams vs. Reed Doughty: It is a really bad sign for the Redskins safety group when Brandon Meriwether is viewed as the most reliable option.
â¢ Philadelphia Eagles safety Kurt Coleman vs. O.J. Atogwe vs. Jaiqwuan Jarrett: There have been suggestions that Jarrett could be on the roster bubble despite being a second round pick last year. Yikes.
â¢ San Diego Chargers free for all: When Atari Bigby is the leader in the clubhouse, you might give up a lot of big plays.
â¢ Get the idea? That is a massive list and we probably missed some.