- Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area takes a look at five 49ers players who are entering make-or-break seasons in 2016.
- Maiocco’s list includes: OLB Ahmad Brooks, WR Quinton Patton, DE/OLB Tank Carradine, S Eric Reid and most notably QB Colin Kaepernick.
- Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com runs down the five biggest questions for the Eagles this summer.
- At the top of the list, Shorr-Parks has cornerback as a position to watch. According to Shorr-Parks, the Eagles view Leodis McKelvin as their top cornerback with Nolan Carroll and Ron Brooks likely competing for the other job. Interestingly enough, Shorr- Parks mentions that the Eagles’ staff “doesn’t seem high” on second-year CB Eric Rowe.
- His second question is whether 2015 first-round WR Nelson Agholor can even play. Agholor struggled during his rookie season and and is facing rape allegations for an incident that occurred at a strip club last month.
Ravens DC Dean Pees said he’s optimistic about rookie cornerbacks Tavon Young and Maurice Canady entering training camp.
“Canady has been outstanding in this camp,” Pees said, via Clifton Brown of CSN Mid-Atlantic. “I’m really, really pleased with him.
“Tavon has been more – we put him inside as a nickel, even though he is an outside corner. But really, his forte, I think is in there as a nickel. I think he’s done really well. Both of them have caught on really well (and) made very few mistakes. Maurice, I think, has been one of the top production guys, really, in the whole camp of all the defensive backs.”
According to Brown, Jimmy Smith is likely the only certainty for the Ravens at cornerback this year, and both the starting job opposite Smith and the team’s primary nickelback are both wide open.
Baltimore does, however, have some notable players competing for the two positions including Will Davis, Shareece Wright, Jerraud Powers and Kyle Arrington, so it won’t be easy for the two draft picks to step in and start right out of the gate.