Defensive tackles: Justin Jones, Damion Square
Jones will be entering his second season and some may see him pushing Mebane for a starting spot, but he’s likely best utilized as a rotational big-bodied defender at this stage of his career. With a year under his belt, he should be much more productive this season.
Jones finished his rookie season with 16 total tackles and a half of a sack.
Square was just brought back into the fold last week after spending two months on the free-agent market. He is familiar with the team and the defensive scheme so re-signing him made all the sense in the world. The only thing that didn’t was waiting so long to do it.
Square should be able to push for a spot on the 53-man roster, but he’ll have to fend off some young, hungry players behind him.
Defensive ends: Isaac Rochell, Anthony Lanier
Rochell is really beginning to come into his own for the team and is the clear-cut No. 3 defensive end on the roster. He had five sacks and an interception last season and his best football could well be in front of him.
Lanier is still trying to find his place in the league, if he has one, but he gets the slot here because the team doesn’t have another defensive end with any NFL playing experience.