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3 Takeaways: Preseason Finale

Posted Sep 1, 2017

1. Grant Secures Roster Spot - Wide out Jakeem Grant has shown steady improvement throughout this off-season and it has carried over to training camp and the preseason. Grant has proved that he can line up outside at the receiver position and make himself available as a legitimate target in the passing game. He also hasn't been a liability catching punts on the return team, where he will need to continue to prove himself on a week-to-week basis. I would pencil Grant along with Leonte Carroo to fill out the active receiving core along side play makers Kenny Stills, Jarvis Landry and Devante Parker on opening day.

2. Fede, Godchaux, and Taylor Add Depth to Defensive Front - All three of these defenders have excelled in the preseason games and maybe more importantly, in practice with regularity. Defensive end Terrence Fede has harassed quarterbacks and chased down running backs enough to add depth at a loaded position. His contributions will be felt in a rotation at the end spot but will play on multiple special teams, and make an impact. Rookie Davon Godchaux has done enough in the preseason to start along side Ndamukong Suh, and hasn't looked out of place at anytime. His counterpart Vincent Taylor should see spot play along the defensive line and could be a nice addition in short yardage and goal line packages.

3. Rotation at Left Guard Could Carry Into September - I believe that Jesse Davis will end up starting against Tampa Bay on September 10, but look for Anthony Steen to continue to push Davis for playing time. Davis looks the part with great size and arm length and it would be best for the offense if he settled into the position next to center Mike Pouncey. The offensive line has seen multiple combination throughout the preseason, and that could help that entire group moving forward if they need to mix and match due to injuries early in the season.