We are likely to see the drop in special teams production given that we have brought in some of the better performers into the fold of playing regular downs. Arenas and Copper come to mind. Focus shifts whether you like it or not. In a way its a good problem, because it means you have talent you are trying to get into the game. But it also puts pressure for everyone who is playing the regular downs to perform...thus the release of Horne and Chambers sitting out. Now enters Verran Tucker. He didn't make the cut to the regular team out of training camp...but as a WR he was up against veteran players. Can he work his way into the game?
Tucker is a rookie player first looked at by Dallas, but he was up against a pretty good list of wide receivers to make that team. But here are his intangibles. He played only one year of high school ball but led his Fairfax high team of Los Angeles to a city title while playing on both offense and defense. He then starred at El Camino College before before getting recruited to Cal. He did well his junior year, but dropped off due to hamstring and calf injuries his senior year and missed the East-West Shrine game because of that. He has raw talent, but lacks experience....can he make in the NFL. Timing has given him an opportunity. He played offense and defense...so he could make the jump to special teams? And if given the chance, can he do something for the offense?
Pre-season quotes note him for not having elite speed, but has good speed and is able to change gears well and to stretch the field vertically. He is listed as 6-2 and 200 lbs. Stretch the field vertically............