LEFT DEFENSIVE END (Winner: Crawford)
David Irving‘s four game suspension threw a monkey wrench in plans at left end.
Tyrone Crawford was heading back inside to defensive tackle, but now will likely stay outside to offset the loss.
DeMarcus Lawrence may begin camp on the left side. Yet before September the team’s best pass rusher will switch to the right side to oppose left tackles.
Charles Tapper will get his opportunities, though after an injured rookie season he’ll need more seasoning to win the role.
With Irving sidelined and Lawrence needed elsewhere, Crawford is best suited to hold point on the left side to start the season.
RIGHT DEFENSIVE END (Winner: Lawrence)
There will be stiff competition for the right end spot. This position typically features the defense’s most dangerous pass rusher.
While each will have their moments, defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli will require more consistency from his starter.
This need will cause Lawrence to shift from the left to the right side. The veteran has the highest single-season sack total (8) of any end on the roster.
Lawrence will be tasked with defeating the opponent’s most critical blocker.