The 49ers and Texans square off tonight and we'll have a chance to see a variety of position battles unfold. One in particular has me scratching my head trying to figure out who is "leading" the battle. I honestly am not really sure where Will Tukuafu and Demarcus Dobbs stand in relation to each other along the defensive line.
Tukuafu and Dobbs both play defensive end and are both battling for playing time in the preseason. I was looking at some recent posts by Maiocco and Barrows to see how they viewed the two players over the course of training camp. Maiocco recently put together a 53-man roster projection, while Barrows put together a 90-man roster review a week ago.
I link to those specifically because they bring up different opinions in regards to Dobbs and Tukuafu. In his 53-man roster projection, Maiocco has Dobbs as "looking good, but work to do" and Tukuafu as "It's a numbers game" who has had a solid camp. In Barrows now week old 90-man roster view, he describes Dobbs as an ideal practice squad candidate who needs to add strength and size, while as for Tukuafu, "[h]e's taken Demetric Evans' spot as the backup defensive end this year."
Our own Tre9er seems more sold on Dobbs than Tukuafu. Anybody else sold one way or the other?