The writing was on the wall when Marlin Jackson was signed and Nate Allen was drafted. There would be fierce competition at free safety in 2010. In other words, Macho Harris was no longer the man, if he ever was.
With rooks and selected vets participating this week in a kinda sorta mini-camp, Macho has been shifted back to cornerback, where he shined in college. For now, he will remain there and Marlin is penciled in as a starter at FS. It’s May, so don’t read too much into the so-called depth chart. The secondary is very fluid at this point.
Personally, I like Macho at corner. I watched him make tons of plays at Virginia Tech. He has natural ball skills and isn’t afraid to lower the boom, although his tackling consistency needs to improve.
Right cornerback remains a mystery. Ellis Hobbs is supposed to be ready by training camp, but nobody knows for certain. Rookie Trevard Lindley has talent and potential, but expecting him to seize the job seems a tad unrealistic. Dimitri Patterson can ball, but I’m not sure he’s starting material. Then there’s Harris.
Could Macho be the answer? Yeah, I think he could be. Especially if Marlin’s knees hold up and/or Allen picks up the defense in training camp. Nothing is set in stone though. Sean McDermott gets his kicks moving guys all over the chess board. I wouldn’t be shocked if he had Macho back at free safety next month. There’s a method to his madness… at least I hope there is.