Intriguing info on the rookie starts, thanks KB_fan.....Brockel may just be a remnant of the staff having to choose someone who is capable and versatile due to a lack of solid depth and being forced to ignore the shortcomings. If ever there was a time to be vigilant about elevating the run blocking game, it is now. This injury could be a signal of an IR move. Certainly the staff sees what we see. This is yet another huge storyline... It's nerve wracking, but exciting at the same time.
I know the sample size is small at the Division 1 collegiate level, but this kid has literally dominated at every turn. At this point I believe the sky is the limit for him....he needs to be challenged.
Cox put himself in the running, so we might see him in even earlier next game. I'm all for it. That puts Horton and Ealy on notice in my opinion. Ealy is safe from getting cut, but his depth chart status could slide. Rivera said he needs someone to step it up. There is opportunity on this team to move up the depth chart at DE.
Bell is gone, so someone inherits the incessant bitching.... For the moment Ealy is in the lead... The fact that he had productive field time as a rookie keeps me from getting too terribly worried about him. Rivera works wonders with these D-Line guys. Hardy was a liability in parts of his game until Rivera coached him up. Ealy hasn't even taken a snap in his 2nd regular season.
It will be interesting to see how the joint sessions are conducted. I have no idea what it will entail. Obviously Rivera and Philbin will have had to agree upon a format. I really like the opportunity it brings us for extra preparation for the regular season. I'm sure the players will be fired up about mixing it up with someone besides teammates.