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When we think about linebacker usage and base defense, we think in terms of “4-3” and “3-4.” We shouldn’t. The NFL has been on a steady trajectory towards three WRs being the base offense, and in 2015 that finally happened: 51 percent of snaps came with teams playing with 3 WRs, and an additional 14 percent of snaps were with 4+ WRs, meaning that front sevens saw the field only a third of the time. Nickel is now base defense.

Don’t worry about who the starting three linebackers are any more, because three linebackers is now a situational package.
Jim Schwartz has four veteran linebackers of varying skillsets that he will mix and match, and most of the time half of them are going to be on the bench together. Get used to it.

May have something to do with grabbing KGH (Kamu Grugier-Hill) from NE. Not only a ST player, but he's a hybrid LB/S with speed and range.
I was convinced that he was solely a safety when this process began, but with things changing as much as they are in the NFL I'm not so sure. Seattle had interest in him because of his ability to be a roll down safety. He's physical enough to fit in the run and fast enough to beat guys across field.

He'll be a core-four special teamer and has the upside to go much beyond that in his ability to go in and function in any scheme, against any opponents and on any down and distance.
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