Blaze Soares appears to be comfortable in his new role as the middle linebacker. The move enables Soares to make use of his lateral range. He also will assume a greater leadership role. Soares is considered to be the Warriors' best blitzer. But even at middle, there are enough schemes to allow him to storm the backfield. By the way, according to defensive coordinator Cal Lee, Soares' GPA is 3.7.
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Defensive tackle Vaughn Meatoga and defensive end Paipai Falemalu did not practice today because of sprained ankles. They vowed to practice tomorrow. The Warriors work out from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. tomorrow, then depart for Dallas in the afternoon.
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Jovonte Taylor was back at practice today, apparently having recovered from a sprained ankle. But all signs point to Royce Pollard starting at right wideout. Greg McMackin said it will be a game-day decision as to who will be the featured kick returner. The candidates are Taylor, Pollard and Kealoha Pilares.