A largely unqualified take on the yet-to-be determined role players and question marks headed into this season. Didn't include the TC fodder, this was plenty to work with:
Ball - in this case, the lack of a negative could be a positive
Barron - perhaps better than we thought at this point. Legit swing tackle candidate. At the very least - addition by subtraction
Brent - showing signs there's a spot for him
Butler - athleticism always been there, now the light has turned on
Free - just as advertised, ready for this level
Gordon - leader in the clubhouse for 4th CB
Gronkowski - versatility as TE, H Back elevates chances
Holley - is he really making a move for a roster spot? Pretty remarkable the conversation is even being held
McCray - keep seeing him making plays, worth watching more
Williams, B&J(stop) - proving to both be keepers
Young - better than advertised, but likely not good enough. May benefit from McQ's potential departure
Brewster - not hearing good things - apparent grad from Montrae Holland school of conditioning. This trend line continues, candidate for a visit by The Turk before camp end
Bright - taken out of C rotation, some potential for much needed Interior OL depth. but value as a 2 spot sub diminished(the Proctor conundrum)
Hodge - inability to get on field now looking like a trend. And not a good one
Hurd - nothing he's really done, more what he hasn't. Contract value is his biggest liability
McQuistan - looks like the end of his DC career looming
Octavian, Sharpe - the numbers at a very deep position put these guys here, not everyone can be exceptional. If Octavian gets cut, he'll land somewhere else. Good problem to have
Ogletree - rumblings of an attitude not helping. Definitely taken a step back from this time last year. Shame, looked promising.
Watkins - career dissipation light blinking more rapidly
Williams, L&T - not so much
Stuck in Neutral
ASA - time to see something on the field
Bryant - borderline in this category, with all the excitement around his early exploits. But you can't make an impact from the Trainer's table. More of an Incomplete grade here
Hamlin - promising in every aspect but staying healthy enough to play
Holland - starting to really annoy me. Like my golf game, nothing worse than being stuck in mediocre
Lee - see Bryant comment
Lissimore - in this case less is not more, losing valuable opportunity to make an impression. Losing ground to Brent?
Siavii - what you see is what you get. Not necessarily a bad thing
Walls - hasn't distinguished himself as exceptionally good or bad
TBD - need more data to support a conclusion on the Trend Line
Buehler - not his fault, but I just can't trust an unproven PK until he earns it. Encouraged, though
Church - thought he was the UDFA keeper, may be getting passed by McCray
Costa - thought he was doing OK, since OAK, entire OL took a step backwards
M Johnson - not much of an idea, does it really matter?
Sicko - burning daylight here, what could have been a legit opportunity being frustrated by injury
Tepper - little idea, doesn't that say enough?
Again, this is not meant to be a comprehensive list, just relevant. Weigh in accordingly at your discretion.