Pruitt’s defense this spring: ‘No depth chart’ and players on move

J.J. Green, who has created buzz this spring playing at the star nickel back position, worked with the first team at safety on Thursday.

“He hasn’t played defensive back until this spring so we started off just teaching him how to play in our nickel package,” defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt said. “He was playing the star. He hadn’t been taking any reps in regular so we wanted to find him a home in regular. We gave him some reps today at safety.”

Said Green: “It’s not permanent. Coach wants everybody to learn a different position just in case he has to throw somebody out there because of injuries.”

Cornerback Brendan Langley also has worked lately at safety.

That seems like it could be more of a primary position for him than Green at safety.

“Brendan was a high school wide receiver,” Pruitt said. “He’s got really good ball skills. Just looking for a guy who can play the ball in the deep part of the field.”
The depth chart continues to be in flux.

Acutally, Pruitt says there isn’t an actual depth chart.

“We have no depth chart,” he said. “We just have somebody who goes with the ones.”

On Thursday, that included nose guard Mike Thornton and walk-on Aaron Davis at cornerback.

“Two weeks into fall camp, we’ll get them in their spots,” Pruitt said. “Maybe they’ll be some guys this spring that kind of take that step to where you say I know I can count on him but right now we’re just a work in progress.”