Linebackers and secondary
It’s been a rough year for linebackers not named Perryman. Kenneth Murray was a better tackler in this game, but it’s clear that he still isn’t fully comfortable with rush defense or pass defense schemes. He was a little better against the pass than in previous weeks, but it was a big disappointment that the second level as a whole couldn’t stop Frank Gore and La’Mical Perine.
Kyzir White was missed in this game as well. I do think there would’ve been some more intensity from the linebackers if he played. Nick Vigil just doesn’t provide that same pop.
Watching the secondary is like watching the main hero in a movie trying to diffuse a bomb. Casey Hayward and company cut all the right wires in the first half, but then Denzel Mims woke up.
Hayward has really struggled when it comes to opposing size on the outside this season. Mims and DeVante Parker have taken advantage of him recently, but so did Mike Evans earlier in the season.
Michael Davis had also been playing fairly well, but he had his own struggles with penalties in this game.
Tevaughn Campbell and Rayshawn Jenkins deserve credit for much improved performances, but I’m just not sure if the secondary has a really high ceiling if Nasir Adderley and Hayward continue to be liabilities.