One player who might particularly thrive is linebacker Victor Alexander, who appears to have found a home at outside linebacker. In Woody’s 3-4 defense, that position plays on the edge of the tackle box, often blitzing and making plays in the backfield.
“Vic’s a good athlete,” Johnson said. “He’s strong and fast. There’s not all the traffic and all the reads and stuff. He can just play fast.”
As for the scrimmage Saturday, Johnson said that more time was given to younger players.
“It’s a typical first day in pads – there was some positives and negatives,” he said.
The clouds did not necessarily part for Woody’s unit. He and his staff are in the thick of teaching the defense for the first time and evaluating all players to see where players fit best.
“It was just like any other practice,” Johnson said. “It was nothing monumental or historical. They’re struggling to get lined up. The better players do better. The matchups, when the ‘ones’ (first string) get on the ‘twos’ (second string), they look better. So it’s a lot of that.”