1. Ronnie Stanley Watch
When your team takes anyone with the sixth overall pick, you’re going to focus on what he can do. There’s no more Eugene Monroe. There’s no real plan B. Stanley has to deliver at the left tackle position. Tonight, we’re going to see him practice. I want to see him in one on one drills. I want to watch how his footwork is. I basically want to see that everything we know about him is the truth.
It will be easy to scrutinize everything he does. There are two important things to note. First he’s a rookie. Secondly he’s a starting rookie. We’re going to see some growing pains from Stanley. With most rookies I worry about speed off the edge. Stanley isn’t like most rookies, his footwork, quickness and length make it tough to get around him. My worry for him is his toughness against the bullies on NFL front sevens. The bull rush, not the speed rush is my concern.
It’s going to be a fun night to sit in the crowd at M&T Bank Stadium. If nothing else, this is our chance to welcome football back. If you cannot make it, I’ll have you covered. I will have detailed reporting of my observations tomorrow.