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August 2, 2013
Summer Questions #6: Nicolas' Breakout
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Summer Questions Series No. 6: Is Dadi Nicolas ready to break out?
Luther Maddy and Nicolas were high school teammates. They committed late in the recruiting cycle with little fanfare. Maddy has started 16 games over the past two seasons. Nicolas seems to be on the cusp, but is this the year for him? Let's tackle that question.
He was reinstated in the middle of the season and played sparingly, albeit impressively down the stretch. He recorded 17 tackles and two sacks in that spare duty. Now, after a stellar spring the expectations around him rising. But is it too early?
The Case: Yes, It's too early
In addition, Nicolas has played just 10 games in his career and is far from a finished product. Will he be able to prove consistently that he can play over the very experienced Collins and Marshall? That might be difficult.
The Case: No, it's not toio early
He may not be a finished product or the most heady football player, but he doesn't need to be. Find the ball, chase the ball, and Nicolas will be successful.
The Verdict: Somewhere in between
The good thing for Nicolas is he won't be counted on to play 60-70 snaps this season, so he will be able to go full-tilt for his set of plays per game. Is he going to breakout against the better teams on the schedule? Doubtful, but against the lesser opponents is where he could thrive.
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