We wrap up the defensive units, which started with defensive lines and linebackers, with the secondaries:
At first glance, a pass defense that ranked seventh in yards allowed last year being last seems a bit curious. But when you consider they had the fewest passes attempted against them last season and were 29th in yards per attempt against, it makes sense how they are ranked last in the division. The fact they signed Antwon Blake, who got burned repeatedly last year in Pittsburgh, should tell you something.
Jason McCourty is a good player at one corner and Da’Norris Searcy is a decent safety, but now Brice McCain the other starting corner. Yikes. After McCourty the depth just isn’t there, meaning they will get hit for quite a few big plays in 2016.
Marqueston Huff is listed as the starting free safety, taking over for the departed Michael Griffin, who is now in Minnesota. They brought in Rashad Johnson from the Cardinals this offseason, and I think he’ll end up starting at some point this season. They also drafted Kevin Byard in the third round of the draft, so they should have some competition at safety.
This group will struggle this coming season, and needs a couple more high profile players or draft picks to become a good unit.