The Combine is in full swing, so what does that mean for the players that are already on the team? There is still plenty of proving to do, and improvements to make. Since Mike Shanahan was hired, the Skins have been relatively quiet. Most players seem to be on board and saying the right things and saying nothing more. Perhaps that is the way to go about it, but along with their silence and willingness, they must work on their craft. Here are a few players who could work on their game in the offseason, and not because they aren’t any good, but because they need to be better.
He will be on this team this coming fall. I will bank on it. Last season, he complained and cried out because he was not allowed to be “disruptive”. I think it was partly the scheme, but it was also because he was not on the field enough to be that disruptive force he longs to be. Big Boy needs to work on his conditioning and endurance. I understand he is not built to be on the field every snap. I get that, but he needs to be on the field longer, and bear down on those he faces.
With a new defensive scheme looming, he needs to focus and work on his ability to stay on the field and not be so winded. The last thing he wants to worry about is not getting enough air and cramping.
This guy stepped up huge last season. He has emerged as a red zone threat and is a legitimate target. His blocking could improve, but he has a better upside. With Chris Cooley coming back healthy, David needs to learn how to be a threat without the ball. Just because you are not the target does not mean you cannot contribute. This guy is a great weapon, and can be an even better one. On this run you will notice Davis keeps up with his blocking down field helping Clinton Portis on his 78 yard fun.
This guy is a beast. When he stepped onto the field next to Sean Taylor, we saw someone who would be terrorizing offensive players for years to come. He has the ability and he has the talent. But Landry has regressed. Some say it is due to him going from strong safety to free safety, and free safety is not his natural position. I get that, but in the end he is a football player. You play wherever you are told to play, and to find a way to succeed. His worst habit was going to the hit stick and whiffing badly on opponents. This guy needs to work on the fundamentals little kids are instilled with when they first play football. The picks and the forced fumbles/recoveries will come, if he works on the basics.
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