2019 NFL Linebackers

Discussion in 'NFL' started by Upside, Sep 18, 2019.

  1. Upside

    Upside Mentor

    Dec 6, 2013
    Linebacker has always been a relative stronghold for us on the defensive side, and we're still hanging on for the most part, but abrupt retirements by a number of caste busters have really taken some of the air out of the sails. After Brian Urlacher's retirement in 2013, up and comer Colin McCarthy decided to hang them up at 26. As rookies, AJ Tarpley and Chris Borland immediately established themselves as playmakers, only to retire the following year citing concussion concerns. Then in successive seasons we saw the retirements of stars James Laurinaitis, AJ Hawk, Chad Greenway, Paul Posluszny, and Brian Cushing. Before the start of the season, tackling machine Paul Worrilow decided to call it quits after only 5 seasons. And as usual, most of these guys have been replaced with room brightening smiles and magical upside.
    Anyway, here's how we're looking in 2019:

    NFC Linebackers

    Clay Matthews

    Bryce Hager
    Brooks Reed
    Cassius Marsh
    Joe Walker
    Dennis Gardeck
    Ryan Connelly
    David Mayo
    Jake Carlock
    Cole Holcomb
    Ryan Kerrigan

    Tanner Valejo
    Sean Lee
    Leighton Vander Esch
    Nathan Gerry

    Alex Singleton
    AJ Klein
    Alex Anzalone
    Kiko Alonso

    Kaden Elliss
    Colton Jumper
    Ben Gedeon
    Cameron Smith
    Carl Nassib
    Anthony Nelson
    Jack Cichy
    Blake Martinez
    Ty Summers
    Brady Sheldon
    Kyler Fackrell
    Nick Kwiatkoski
    Luke Kuechly
    Jordan Kunaszyk
    Cody Barton
    Ben Burr-Kirven

    AFC Linebackers

    Joe Schobert
    TJ Watt

    Anthony Chickillo
    Tyler Matakevich
    Nick Vigil
    Drue Tranquill
    Nick Dzubnar
    Kamalei Correa
    Vince Biegel
    Mike Hull
    Andrew Van Ginkel
    Chase Allen
    Matt Milano
    John Simon

    Calvin Munson
    Blake Cashman
    Josey Jewell
    Ben Niemann
    Jake Ryan
    Dylan Cole

    23 total starters.

    Personal favorites of mine: the dream of an NFL career may have slipped away for Marcus Rush, Scooby Wright, Riley Bullough, Davis Tull, Ben Boulware, and Porter Gustin; None of whom are currently on a roster.

    Though with the Saints for most of the preseason, 3 year starter Will Compton is still a free agent.

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