Who’s in--defense

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Who’s in--defense

We know who's out on Sunday night; let's take a look at who's in on defense:

Defensive end

Out: Jason Taylor, Chris Wilson, Erasmus James

That leaves: Andre Carter, Demetric Evans, Kevin Huntley, Rob Jackson—Carter may or may not be in long enough to break a sweat. Look for a three-man rotation of the other three most of the night.

Defensive tackle

Out: Anthony Montgomery

That leaves: Lorenzo Alexander, Matthias Askew, Ryan Boschetti, Babatunde Oshinowo, Kedric Golston, Cornelius Griffin—Although Griffin could play, he probably won't; there's no sense in putting even a few more hits on his 31-year-old body (I love being able to call people that age "old"). Golston is trying to beat out Montgomery for the starting job so he may be reluctant to come out and give up a chance to shine while his completion is sidelined. The other four want to get as many snaps as possible. I, for one, hope that Babaunde Oshinowo makes a big play so that Madden and Huff have to pronounce his name over and over again.

Linebacker

Out: H. B. Blades, Rian Wallace, Rocky McIntosh, London Fletcher

That leaves: Khary Campbell, Curtis Gatewood, Matt Sinclair, Danny Verdun-Wheeler, Marcus Washington, Alfred Fincher—Washington will play briefly if at all and Fincher hasn't been around long enough to learn the defense so his action will be limited to special teams. Campbell will get a lot of action in the middle.

Cornerback

Out: Carlos Rogers

That leaves: Cedrick Holt, Matteral Richardson, Fred Smoot, Shawn Springs, Leigh Torrence, Justin Tryon, Byron Westbrook—Smoot and Springs may or may not work a token series, but with plenty of healthy bodies looking to get notices there's no reason for them get their jerseys dirty. I'm looking forward to seeing Tryon get out there and try to back up his big talk.

Safety

Out: LaRon Landry

That leaves: Reed Doughty, Vernon Fox, Chris Horton, Kareem Moore, Stuart Schweigert—Doughty may not play, and any action Moore sees will be very limited as he's recovering from a knee injury. Schweigert should get a quarter or so to help him learn the defense. Horton has a reputation for being a hitter, he could provide a reason to stay awake in the fourth quarter.

Specialists

Out: None

That leaves: Snapper Ethan Albright, Kicker Shaun Suisham, and Punters Derrick Frost and Durant Brooks—I haven't heard if the two punters will alternate kicks or halves or quarters. Albright and Suisham have no competition and will have to handle all of their respective duties.

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