After spending the offseason emphasizing fundamentals in tackling, Pellum didn't get the tackling in space he wanted. He also would like for his experienced linebackers -- three of whom return as starters in Tony Washington, Derrick Malone and Rodney Hardrick -- to be playmakers.
"I don't think anything was really great, nothing was really bad," he said. "It needs to jump out. We'd like it to jump out."
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