- Who takes advantage of their absence?
- How far behind will Jenkins and Barnett be on the 3-4 install when they return?
The second is a bit easier to answer than the first. Obviously, 'mental reps' are the buzzwords thrown around when any player is forced to the bench, and Jenkins and Barnett will be taking as many as possible, to be sure. They will need to devour their playbooks and immerse themselves in as much film study as much as possible until August. The problem is neither player has ever played in anything resembling the type of system they will be stepping into. Barnett in particular will be asked to shift his style of play drastically. Jenkins will at least have some familiarity, especially on passing downs when he moves inside to defensive tackle. But his job at end is vastly different and the physical aspects (ie punishment) are quite different than what he is used to out on the edge.
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