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Broaddus On Safeties, Specialists

ESPN's Bryan Broaddus has concluded his series reviewing roster areas with his safety and specialist rundowns. He has some positive things to say about the safeties, but aside from Gerald Sensabaugh's limited coverage abilities he has the following concerns at the position:

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I don't like that Ball isn't a big guy. Maybe you can get away with more of a cover guy at free safety, but I'd like to have a guy who is more physical. Are you sacrificing smarts and a physical presence for coverage and range?

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There's a hint of hesitation about the way that Mike Hamlin plays the game. As a free safety, you can't have hesitation. You've got to read it and go. The thing that is going to hold him back is the mental side.

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He also sees Pat Watkins vs. Barry Church as the one issue for the 53-man roster. Akwasi Owusu-Ansah is going to be fascinating to watch in camp. Broaddus mentions the shoulder issue as an ongoing concern.

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As for his level of trust in David Buehler, his first sentence answers his feelings pretty clearly:

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I personally don't think they have a kicker on this team.

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