“To me, the biggest thing I learned about the backs is Damien Williams probably shouldn’t be overlooked because he catches the ball well, he pass protects better than everybody else and maybe if he can be a decent runner he could be a starting back,” Kelly said on Hochman, Crowder, and Krantz. “My concern is that everybody else, their hands and their pass blocking, are not up to the level where it needs to be for an NFL starter.”
While any serious discussion of the depth chart in June is nonsense, the running back situation appears to be completely up for grabs.
Ajayi looked good as a runner at times last season but he didn’t flash star. Williams is a bigger, more polished back but has a career average of 3.5 yards per carry, though it’s on a mere 52 attempts.
As for rookie first-round lineman Laremy Tunsil, Kelly thinks Dallas Thomas still has the edge at left guard.
“Buckle up because Dallas Thomas is still your starter,” Kelly said as Hochman, Crowder, and Krantz were likely banging their heads against the table. “Dallas Thomas looks better than Laremy Tunsil and it probably will change, maybe when exhibition season and OTAs [start]. Dallas Thomas isn’t a problem until five plays per game, you just don’t know when those five plays are coming.”
And those five plays? Five hurries, four sacks, and two shattered Ryan Tannehill limbs.
I’ve never seen Tunsil play but after two years of watching Thomas get devoured by defensive lineman, it’s safe to say ANYONE would be an upgrade at this point.
Omar Kelly on Hochman, Crowder, and Krantz [560 WQAM]
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