General manager Jerry Reese mentioned weakside linebacker Michael Boley as a candidate to start in the middle earlier this offseason. That idea hasn't gained a lot of traction with Fewell, but Blackburn will face a lot of competition.
"(Mark) Herzlich will have an opportunity to compete for that role. Greg Jones will have an opportunity to compete for that role," Fewell said, via the New York Daily News. "And we're not opposed to putting Keith Rivers, giving him an opportunity to compete for that role. So there's going to be competition."
That's what we heard all of last year, and things worked out pretty well.
"I've just got to continue to work hard and get better every day so I can keep that spot," Blackburn said. "You've got to take it in stride. You can't be complacent with it. You can't be happy about it. I've got to continue to work and get better. There's a lot of things I can work on. Yeah this is my 8th season, but if you're done improving you're done in this game. There's a lot of room for improvement"