With day three in the books everybody is wondering where Kamalei Correa is lining up, for how long, with which teams and if he’s producing. I’ve received multiple tweets and questions from Facebook about the linebacker. I’m searching for him on any given play by these requests.
Kamalei is lining up as both the inside and outside linebacker. He’s fast, and quick to the point of attack. The line, "nose for the ball" helps to describe Correa.
At outside linebacker he sets the edge well. Kamalei tries to work through the block and finish the play himself. He’s not trying to read and react, only react. During today’s scrimmage Kamalei dropped back into coverage and intercepted a Joe Flacco pass. He instinctively turned up the field attempting to score after the pick, showing he’s hungry for more, even after creating the turnover.
Inside linebacker fits with Kamalei well. He’s capable of both dropping back into coverage and watching the quarterback, yet also finding where the running lane is and closing the hole quick. Both he and Orr are proving worthy at inside linebacker.
No doubt the rookie will be on the field Sundays, sliding back and forth between ILB to OLB. His skill-set is valuable, and Dean Pees is thrilled to have such a versatile athlete.
"Good, bad — a little of both," Dean Pees said about Kamalei Correa’s adjustment to inside linebacker. "Typical of ... Even if he was used to inside linebacker ... This is a point in time I think you don’t want to go ever too far as a coach one way or the other. You don’t want to be too excited about it and you don’t want to be too pessimistic about i, either. I think everybody is just kind of learning. [There is] a lot of new verbiage. The good thing is they have been through football school and OTAs. I don’t see a lot of mental mistakes. I’m very pleased with that. That I like. Now it is just a matter of guys getting used to playing the position. At this point in time, you don’t want to be ... It is what it is. We are going to try to get better every day."
Kamalei is getting better day in and day out. He will go through rookie growing pains, and there will be bad days, but don’t worry about it too much. He’s been a good player. This is one to stay positive on.