There are more than a few players who disappointed in 2019. These players in particular have a make or break season coming up in 2020.
At Chris Ballard’s end of the season press conference, I wasn’t surprised that he was angry. He was mad that he didn’t put a team together that was good enough to win games. He said there were a few players that have make-or-break seasons coming up in 2020.
One of the players he said was Quincy Wilson, which really surprised me. I thought Wilson had no chance of coming back after the terrible season he had in 2019, where he was inactive for seven games. But apparently they still want him on the roster.
Another player who was mentioned was Tyquan Lewis. Unlike Wilson, Lewis hasn’t done anything poorly on the field to warrant this designation. In fact, he has struggled to get on the field because of injuries. He has to prove he can stay healthy in 2020 if he wants to be on the team moving forward.
Same can be said for another fellow Buckeye, Malik Hooker. Hooker has shown flashes of brilliant play, such as his one-handed interception in the opener against the Chargers. But he has struggled to stay on the field because of health issues. Hooker has missed 14 games throughout his career.
The poor play of the secondary in the last half of the season also contributes to him needed to play well next year. He is a former first round pick, and he needs to perform like one on a consistent basis. Otherwise, they might move on.
All of these players will be working hard in the offseason to make sure that their play picks up so they can still be on the team beyond the 2020 season.