Alabama football’s 2020 strengths and weaknesses
Strength: Devonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle
This is going to be Jaylen Waddle’s time to shine after living in the shadow of Smitty, Jerry Jeudy, and Henry Ruggs. However, Waddle still won’t be the only receiver to shine. Smith led the Tide in receiving yards last year, and he will be a leader as one of the many seniors on this offense.
Weakness: Experience past Smith and Waddle
If Jaylen Waddle had limited targets last year, think about the depth behind him. Slade Bolden and John Metchie have been fighting for a starting role, but neither has a ton of in-game experience. There are multiple freshmen with bright futures, but none of them have proven it in college.
There might be multiple receivers on the bench that will end up starring for Alabama football one day. The weakness isn’t in talent or potential. The weakness is the fact that they haven’t played a lot of college snaps so far.
Weakness: Pass-catching tight ends
Alabama has a lot of tight ends with the talent to start, but none of them will be as good as OJ Howard or Irv Smith Jr. They will essentially be extra blockers with the ability to run shorter routes. With Mac Jones under center, this doesn’t matter as much. It would still be nice to have another target up the seam for Alabama football.
Strength: Nick Saban
Nick Saban is always going to be a strength for the Crimson Tide. He will do whatever it takes to put this team in position to succeed. There’s not much that can be said about him that hasn’t been said before, but he is an obvious strength this year.
The strengths outweigh the weaknesses, but there is a lot that has to be decided before a champion is crowned. If some of these weaknesses can be strengthened during the season, watch out for the Crimson Tide.