For what matters to this team, their best Guard is still on the team.
For things to be successful, 2 of Big-V, Aboushi and Crosby have to perform at starter level. 2 of the 3. More of Quinn’s optimism on display.
Much is made of the new DC. Meh.
This is still a BB-influenced team with a smattering of 3-4 and 4-3 principals across the line, but especially 3-4 at the LB level in that they’re taking on linemen more than 43 LB’s would.
That said, Tavai has to take a big step forward in his 2nd year (I think he will) and Collins is a known quantity (which is good).
However… We have a Shelton-for-Snacks swap at one DT spot and we’re still banking on Hand to play the other. At least this year Hand is backed up with a healthy DT.
Then there’s the left Defensive End / LB swap-out of Kennard. Out goes Kennard, in goes ??? Bryant? Okwara? Jones? Collins? Davis? More optimism, I presume. (I actually think we have a 2nd rounder coming in to fill this spot.)
At RB, we’re expecting KJ to be healthy? That’s a necessary component to this reboot. Health across the board is.