It’s not an encouraging sign when a player who would’ve had a difficult time making the Week 1 roster at his original position finds himself competing for a roster spot at a brand new position. Typically, that implies two things: the player wasn’t that good and there’s limited depth at his new position.
That’s the situation that lies ahead for Tennessee Titans linebacker—formerly defensive end—Scott Solomon. Despite the limited depth at defensive end during the 2012-13 NFL season, Solomon rarely saw any playing time behind Derrick Morgan and Kamerion Wimbley. Entering his second season, Solomon will attempt to make the switch to strong-side linebacker during training camp.
Should fans expect any surprises from this transition? In a player interview from titansonline.com, Solomon claimed that there are many similarities between playing defensive end and outside linebacker. Solomon feels more comfortable with the defense and he believes that this transition will give him more opportunities.
Solomon has never been recognized as the greatest athlete. During his college career at Rice University, Solomon relied on his motor and effort. That wasn’t enough to gain the trust of the coaching staff, at least not during his rookie season.
There’s little chance that Solomon would beat out Akeem Ayers, Zach Brown or third-round rookie Zaviar Gooden on the depth chart. For Solomon, it’s important that he shows enough talent on special teams to where he could replace Tim Shaw and-or Patrick Bailey. Injuries at DE or LB will also help his chances.
What do our readers believe? Will Scott Solomon make the 2013-14 Tennessee Titans Week 1 roster? Has management overvalued size and underemphasized talent?