My last Then And Now rapidly became out of date, and it will definitely happen again, so here's an update. No coaching changes, so I'll leave that part out. For reference, you can check out the first installment by clicking the link:
Details below the jump!
I'm only going to list players that saw field time last season and have since left, and new players that are expected to see the field.
You can always refer to Then And Now #1 for prior thoughts. Weber is apparently doing relatively well in camp, but it doesn't appear that he's threatening Quinn or Tebow.
|Offensive Line||Ryan Harris||Orlando Franklin|
Last I heard, Fox is giving some guarded kudos to Franklin, saying he's making mistakes but he likes how he looks physically.
|Running Back||Correll "Carl" Buckhalter||Lendale White, Mario Fannin, Willis McGahee|
They're keeping expectations low with McGahee - saying they're confident he still has "something left in the tank", is "low mileage", etc. It may even end up that White ends up being Moreno's #2 while McGahee is more for goal-line work.
|Wide Receiver||Demaryius Thomas*, Jabar Gaffney||David Anderson|
We're hearing some minor buzz that Mark Fell (sp?), #83, might be creating some impact, so I might add him to the list in the future.
|Tight End||Daniel Graham, Daniel Coats||Julius Thomas, Virgil Green, Dante Rosario, Daniel Fells|
We've had two recent additions to the tight ends, and we're quite crowded there now. I wonder if it's too crowded, I'd hate for Virgil Green to not get a fair shake and then be stolen from our practice squad. But I think the two signings are enough to say that our tight end position is definitely improved despite the loss of Daniel Graham.
Overall verdict for Offense? We have clear improvement with running backs and tight ends, and a couple of minor steps backward otherwise. MINOR IMPROVEMENT
|Defensive Line||Justin Bannan, Jamal Williams, Ronald Fields||Elvis Dumervil, Jeremy Beal, Jeremy Jarmon, Derrick Harvey, Brodrick Bunkley|
I removed Marcus Thomas from "Then" since he has returned. I also removed Robert Ayers because Jason Hunter and Mario Haggan are in the same boat and it seemed silly to list all of them. We've also added two more players in the last 24 hours, so DL is starting to look improved. Bunkley is a clear starter (if he shows up to camp), Thomas is a cusp-starter, and the other interior linemen appear to be backup-level, so we're still looking. But at this point I think we can conclude the DL is improved. And remember, Ayers should also see some DT time.
|Linebackers||-||Von Miller, Nate Irving, Mike Mohammed|
Things seem to be going well here in training camp.
|Safeties||Renaldo Hill||Rahim Moore, Quinton Carter|
According to camp reports, Moore seems to be ahead of QC, but that's to be expected. I'm not sure how QC compares to Bruton or McBath, both of whom tend to bounce between both safety positions.
|Cornerbacks||Perrish Cox's innocence||-|
No status on this position, and I still think our CB position is cause for concern. There have been some twitter rumors regarding trading for cornerback help today but they don't look to be serious at this point. I'm not sure Asante Samuel is the right type of corner for us, anyway.
Overall verdict for Defense? I'll stick to a general IMPROVED, but I still have worries about our secondary and run defense.
Things look better than a couple of days ago, and remember we also have the opportunity to improve ourselves a lot off the waiver wire later in the preseason. I see the team as MARKEDLY IMPROVED. I do think we have a ceiling in the early part of the season - even with good talent and coaching, we'll take a while to put it together, so this still feels like 7-9 or 8-8 right now.