IMO, the vets that should be in trouble are Mike Tolbert - replaced by Weghler. Tolbert used to generate his own running lanes in 2013 by carrying defenders 2 or 3 extra yards, not so much last year. Also he has dropped key passes like last year against Seattle on 3rd down. Brochel- replaced by Ward. Ward consistently makes impact blocks. We need him to help establish the run s9 that the offense can avoid its slow starts.
I would be patient with McDermott. I believe the two weakest links on 3rd down are AJ Klein and Roman Harper. McDermott likes to give up the underneath route on third down and lets the defense clean it up, but Harper and Klein struggle in space and one misdirection cut and they are toast. Klein will be replaced by Shaq by week 1 and Roman Harper will be replaced by Jalen Ramsey next year (hopefully).
Offense had its typical slow starts, back to back 3 and outs. Philly Brown had a chance to grab the #2 WR spot and performed poorly. Defense struggled on third down. Shaq Thompson is going to make a lot of draft analysts on NFL Network and ESPN look stupid. Was all over the field and had good pass coverage on Jordan Cameron. Offensive line looks good, Cam was not sacked. Main issue is correcting slow starts by establishing the run, underneath routes, get the offense in rhythm .