Ernest is a tremendous asset, tremendous pickup. Tremendous position where — I think one of the stalwarts of our defense last year was we played a lot of people, especially up front, but at linebacker, at the two inside backer spots, was an area where we did not rotate as much. And part of that was just depth and some injuries and some guys in and out, some younger players. And so it’s a tremendous position of need to create depth.
No. 1, he’s made plays in our stadium and in big moments. So we kind of know that that’s not going to be too big for him. And I think he’s just physically, mentally a tremendous asset to that room. And he’ll challenge those guys. We have two incumbent players that, my challenge to Ernest is to go take their spot. My challenge to those guys is to hold on to your spot, because he’s coming. So very excited about the addition of him.
Braiden McGregor, man, there’s a guy that when you talk about the process of development, everybody’s sometimes on a different trajectory. They’re sometimes injury-related, confidence-related people-in-front-of-you-related. And so he’s had a career here, where — dealt with injuries, dealt with the No. 2 pick in the draft being in front of him, other guys. And so I think he’s trusted the process here, and he’s continued to develop at a really fast, high rate, especially coming off what he’s dealt with prior. So I’m really, really excited about Braiden, I think he has a chance to be a dominant player. And I think I think the challenge for him is, is he does it in spurts. And he knows this, and it’s to take over a game, and he has that capability. So I’m excited to see that happen.