Earl Wolff lined up with the first-team defense in place of Nate Allen on Monday, but this apparently was not a promotion for Wolff and a demotion for Allen -- even if it seemed like it was exactly that.
"We're in a rotation in the training camp practices, so the rotation of the secondary because the battle is so intense, that every day we rotate who is with the ones, and we continue to work and tweak it as we go," defensive coordinator Bill Davis said. "Now as we're getting closer to the season, I'm looking at different combinations of safeties and how they interact with each other. So that is not a demotion for Nate. It's just the way the rotation is right now. As we continue to move forward, we'll continue to evaluate. And the starters are not in place at all."
If nothing else, the timing was conspicuous. It's the team's first padded practice after a game in which Allen and the first-team defense seemed to struggle. And Wolff has not taken this many first-team snaps in previous practices.
"Tomorrow he will not be," Davis said. "It has nothing to do with somebody beating out somebody yet. As we're moving forward in these preseason games, that will start happening and we'll start settling in on the core players, but nobody has been demoted."