Like with Long at guard, one of these spots is Leonard Floyd’s if he’s healthy enough to hang onto it. Floyd needs to become a better football player, but he won’t be told to take a seat for anything he does on the field — his tangibles are too great and he’ll be given whatever time he needs to develop them. He just needs to stay healthy.
But the other spot is as unsettled as left guard, with the smart money on Aaron Lynch, but Sam Acho, Kylie Fitts, Isaiah Irving, Jonathan Anderson and Kasim Edebali all looking to take it away from him.
Other than Floyd, Lynch easily is the most talented outside linebacker on the roster and might even rival him for pure natural ability. But while Lynch has the pedigree, many question whether he has the character and if he’s ready to maximize his own tremendous abilities.
Acho will get plenty of playing time and will be part of a three-man rotation, but while extremely dependable, he doesn’t appear to have difference-making traits.
If you’re looking for a longshot, keep an eye on Irving, who flashed a few times late last season when Floyd was down for the count.