Originally Posted by thunderkyss
& where's the versatility these guys bring? They're edge rushers..... period. Montgomery can play the run, but it's at the line. Take these two guys off the LOS & it's a box of chocolate.
Montgomery has shown he can play the run well. Couple that with Wade and the Texans stating that they will try him out at SAM OLB 1st...that alone implies that they feel he can cover a little bit in short space too. There are also at least a few here who feel like he could be groomed as Antonio Smith's cheaper replacement if he puts on 10-15lbs...not far fetched at all when you consider all variables.
Then you've got Williams who size wise is probably not a good fit for OLB in a 3-4 b/c he may loose a little of his greatest asset as an edge rusher (speed, explosiveness) if you ask him to put poundage on.....& he'll need to do that to play OLB in a 3-4 there's no way around that.
But if you look at him as a potential MLB candidate to pair along side Cush in the 3-4 you can see he's damn identical to Cush from the numbers standpoint when he came out. The Dude can flat out run which lends itself to him being able to cover TE's and backs out of the backfield. The only difference really is what they were asked to do at their respective schools...Williams wasn't really asked to cover a lot at UCONN. I however feel he's athletic enough to get better at that. It may take him a year, but i think he can do it b/c he's a fluid athlete..just going from what i've seen of him .
Obviously both have also shown a penchant for rushing the passer. With the athleticism both these guys possess as described above, we have the potential to get more pass rushers on the field without necessarily sacrificing support in the run game / passing game..which is what we had happening last year. less substituting to accomodate certain looks b/c we can cover it with our base personnel....