To hear defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli tell it, the competition at strong-side linebacker between Pisa Tinoisamoa and Nick Roach will go down to the wire.
Both players have been rotating between the first and second teams. Expect special teams to play a role in the decision. Roach has been a key special teams contributor and keeping him in a backup role would likely make it easier for him to play on multiple specialty units.
"They're both playing well," Marinelli said. "They're going after it. We've got competition at that end position. There's some competition at the safety position. It's been good. It's so important that every snap, every game, it matters, and not just within our system and our techniques. We've got to find out who can step up and play.