Originally Posted by ReadR00ster
Although Rainey is a good LB, I think the move was just temporary until we go more linebackers to practice with. He wanted to be TE when he came here and we told he could.
He also said that he would play anywhere that got him on the field. A lot of these guys that are capable of playing multiple positions come in to school wanting to play a certain one - then end up realizing the quickest way for them to make an impact may be to play another.
I think if you'd ask Rainey today he would tell you he will play any position that lets him see the field. However, while our LB depth may be young and inexperienced, Rainey doesn't improve that. He would also be young and inexperienced - and it's not like our LB's have played terribly. Skai Moore, Kawain Lewis have been very good, and with Cooper coming back, while they are still young, I can live with their performances.
It is primarily DB as a whole that needs the work out. There is simply no excuse for Ahmad Christian, Jimmy Legree, Victor Hampton and Brison Williams to not know the playbook and correct checks by now. Brison, Vic, and Jimmy have a full year of starting under their belt and another year of quality play time as reserves. While Ahmad doesn't have either of those qualities, he's been here for a while. TJ Gurley, Kadetrix (JJ) Marcus also should be familiar with the coverages/checks but they lack the quality play time.
Pharroh Cooper could've made an immediate impact as a DB at Carolina. If he had come in as a DB, he would've had time to at least get the majority of coverages down. His athletic ability would've helped him a lot and saved him from mistakes, much like Jamari Smith's did in scrimmages. While I don't know if he could've been a starter - Cooper, like Smith, could've definitely been on the 2-Deep. And while this doesn't help the young, inexperience level of the 2-Deep - it does give you more options at DB if there happens to be issues during a game.