As another NFL season approaches, Scouts Inc. breaks down every roster and offers position-by-position breakdowns.
New offensive coordinator Carl Smith is evaluating his personnel and adjusting his playbook while implementing the offense. He's making the adjustments in an effort to put playmakers QB Byron Leftwich and RB Fred Taylor in positions to excel.
In addition, Smith is expected to give Leftwich, who is entering his third season, more freedom to change the play at the line. Leftwich has excellent arm strength, a quick release and is a leader on the field. He has steadily improved over the past two seasons and is now running an offense designed for him, so it's hard to believe he won't continue to get better.
There would be a tremendous drop off in talent should Leftwich, who has missed three games over the past two seasons, sustain an injury, but there is adequate depth here. Although backup David Garrard loses the strike zone too much, he has a strong arm, the mobility to buy time in the pocket and is a dangerous open field runner.