I found this exchange interesting during McCarthy's press conference this afternoon:
How comfortable are you with Anthony Smith and what you’ve seen from him this week?
Anthony has jumped right in. He’s really picked up where he left off. He still has excellent recall of the defense. Special teams, him and Shawn Slocum have spent a lot of extra time together. Anthony will be part of our 45 on Sunday.
Is he your starter there?
He’ll be part of our 45 on Sunday.
Charlie Peprah, who has started the last two games after rookie Morgan Burnett was placed on I.R., has done an adequate job filling in, but his limitations in coverage have been pretty obvious. Anthony Smith is no panacea by any means. I would tend to think they would opt to stick with Peprah, knowing that they'll most likely need Collins in full-on ballhawk/coverage mode, meaning they'll need the opposite safety to fill in hard on the run, something that Peprah has actually been quite good at.
I only know one thing for sure - neither choice is particularly comforting right now. And no, I don't think we'll see Bigby quite yet.
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