SUMMARY: Lamont Thompson is moving from free safety to strong because of the addition of free agent Chris Hope. However, the role of playing strong safety has changed in recent years and the two safety positions now share many of the same responsibilities where pass coverage skills are key yet run support is still required. The result is a hybrid style of defensive back who must bring the big hit when needed but has the ability to stay with a receiver. Second-year player Vincent Fuller is in this mold as are rookies fourth-round pick Calvin Lowry and seventh-rounder Cortland Finnegan. "It's always an advantage when you have bigger bodies that can run and cover," Hope said. "When you have an ability to bring in safeties that can run and cover and work in space against slot receivers, you don't have to put in the cornerback or nickelback in who specializes in coverage so it takes away from the run defense." What do you think about this article? Post your comments below.