BOISE, Idaho —- A full eight months and change before the first game of next season is no time to offer up a realistic look at a starting lineup for that time.
But there will be plenty of idle time in the next couple days, and there’s nothing wrong with a little educated guesswork. Sure, injuries, improved play, and the emergence of a freshman or two could easily change the look of this.
So too would some early departures, which will unfold (if they unfold at all) in the next two and a half weeks. The solution to that problem is to mention both guys who have put in for the NFL advisory panel (Darrius Heyward-Bey and Anthony Wiseman) and then list their likely replacement next season should they depart.
Consider this a conversation starter rather than a serious glance at 2009, and a precursor to some of the reflection on the season sure to come here in the next week or so. So here’s the guesswork to begin some thinking before Sept. 5 arrives.
WR-X: Torrey Smith
LT: Bruce Campbell
LG: Lamar Young
C: Phil Costa/Danny Edwards
RG: Justin Lewis/Phil Costa
RT: Paul Pinegar/Tyler Bowen/R.J. Dill/Stephen St. John/???
TE: Lansford Watson
QB: Chris Turner
TB: Da’Rel Scott
FB: Cory Jackson
WR-Z: Darrius Heyward-Bey/Emani Lee-Odai/Adrian Cannon?
Slot: Ronnie Tyler
DE: Jared Harrell
NT: Dion Armstrong
DT: Travis Ivey
LEO: Derek Drummond
SLB: Adrian Moten/Antwine Perez
MLB: Alex Wujciak
WLB: Demetrius Hartsfield/Adrian Moten
CB: Anthony Wiseman/Cameron Chism/Jamari McCollough
FS: Terrell Skinner
SS: Kenny Tate
CB: Nolan Carroll/Richard Taylor??/Jamari McCollough
—- Patrick Stevens