Safety is by far the position that scares me the most. I recently bought a subscription to PFF’s college grades (recommended) and it was eye opening.
Of the returning defensive players who played 50 snaps last year, 4 of the 5 lowest graded defensive players were safeties (Sydney Brown, Kerby Joseph, Quan Martin, and Marchese). That also jives with my observations of us getting torched consistently in the middle of the field. Even more depressing is that Derrick Smith graded as Miami’s worst defender in 2018, with grades just as bad as Sydney Brown, including a brutal coverage grade.
The good news is that Tony Adams has good grade across the board, including at safety over the past two years (don’t buy the narrative he is better at CB).
But our safety play has been brutal, and we will need a massive improvement from whoever plays opposite Adams.
Separately, Robert I would love to see you with a weekly Nerdstat/game review column using PFFs grades/snap counts/etc.