Originally Posted by Bmore Manning
Wolfe is staying put at LDE, Knighton and Vickerson are your other two interior players. Wolfe is the facilitator for Von in our scheme. Knighton and Vickerson weren't just paid to be back-ups..
I'm not saying my idea is the right way or the only way. In fact I expect the Brass to draft a situational RDE and leave Von on the strong side. I was just trying to offer a different approach for third downs then drafting a situational RDE..
I'd bet that this is year marks the beginning of a transition to full time DT for Wolfe, with Malik Jackson taking over as the strongside DE.
Jackson impressed in pre-season action and before that through camp last season. The staff likely feels they've hit on something valuable there. At the same time whenever Del Rio talked about Wolfe as a DE the "for now" caveat was always attached, stating that he needed to add some size to be a full time DT.
I'd imagine that is the plan for this off-season. Get Wolfe to put on 10-15 pounds and over the course of the season prove he can maintain that weight while Jackson proves he's a legit starting LDE.
JDR rotates his DTs plenty to give Wolfe, Knighton, and Vick ample game time, plus Vickerson isn't exactly young. He's a one or two years top gap and his replacement needs to already be on the team (Unrein?).
Its a nice DL mix assuming that Ayers steps up in Doom's absence or the FO acquires a pass rusher to compliment him.