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Will Tyler Starr earn a 2016 role?

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Impossible, you say? Never.

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This is such a ridiculous, offseason-centric question that I actually laughed while I was typing the headline. That doesn't mean that it's not a valid one, however.

Tyler Starr had some very intriguing measurables in the 2014 draft, but he went in the seventh round because he was a project, one that would need to be built up by an engaged coaching staff into a legitimate NFL player. He's spent each of the last two seasons primarily on the practice squad

Starr was so hyped in certain quarters as a seventh round pick in 2014 that he was almost destined to be considered a failure, but after spending two seasons quietly waiting in the wings and getting to play in exactly one regular season game, he enters 2016 with a legitimate chance at a role. The linebacker corps is far from settled, for one thing, and Starr is a legitimate athlete at a position group that has very few of those.

Starr isn't guaranteed a roster spot, much less a significant role, but if he's legitimately improved over the last two seasons, he may actually get some playing time on special teams and as a reserve linebacker. The team is starved for long-term help on both fronts, so we'll hope that Starr is up to the task.