Linebackers (5): Jamie Collins, Dont’a Hightower, Shea McClellin, Jonathan Freeny, Kamu Grugier-Hill
Practice squad: Rufus Johnson, Elandon Roberts
Cut: Ramon Humber, Kevin Snyder
This is a pretty solid group of linebackers right here. Collins and Hightower are superstars; McClellin is a solid pro himself and should be much better in a new setting outside of Chicago; Freeny is a decent depth linebacker with special teams talent; Grugier-Hill is one of the most intriguing prospects in the 2016 class. Not bad at all.
If it weren’t for a nasty stomach bug that ended his 2015 season, Johnson would have been a force all year long on defense; he will start the year on the practice squad and work his way up. Roberts also makes the practice squad as a result of his Patriot Way demeanor (his intangibles are through the roof) and excellent tackling ability (he led the FBS in solo tackles last year). Humber gets cut on account of age and not enough of a value proposition, and Snyder gets cut for the latter reason as well.
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