This article is meant to be a quick recap of news from the last week, thoughts going into each week’s games, notes on injuries, guys to put on your radar, etc. It’ll be a quick article every week because we’re all busy Sunday mornings.
News and Notes
The Giants Fire Sale! – Everything must go! The Giants traded former 1st Rounder Eli Apple to the Saints for a 4th and a 7th. Apple will immediately start opposite Marshon Lattimore, likely pushing Ken Crawley to the slot and P.J. Williams to the bench. For the Giants, nickel CB B.W. Webb should step in as starter opposite Janoris Jenkins. They’ll need to find someone to cover the slot, either another CB or bringing a safety down.
New York also traded Damon Harrison to the Lions for a 5th. Getting Snacks is a huge addition to Detroit’s D-line. Third Round rookie B.J. Hill should see the biggest increase in snaps in Snacks’ absence as 2nd Round sophomore Dalvin Tomlinson was already seeing more snaps than Snacks.
Landon Collins was not pleased about the Harrison trade, interacting with former Giant/current Lion LB Devon Kennard over Twitter.
— LANDON COLLINS (@TheHumble_21) October 24, 2018
It’s too bad we missed out on Collins’ take on the Apple trade since he called Apple a “cancer” last season.
ACL – We lost another LB1 last week when Kwon Alexander tore his ACL. Alexander was replaced by Adarius Taylor, but Kendell Beckwith will step into the job as soon as he’s healthy.
The Year of the Rookie LB
This rookie off-ball LB class has been really impressive in the first half of the season. Just as a fun game, let’s look at the best game every week by a rookie LB.
Week 1 – 11 solos, 1 assist, 1 PD, 1 FF (Fred Warner)
Week 2 – 15 solos, 4 assists, 1.0 sack, 1 PD, 1 FF (Darius Leonard)
Week 3 – 9 solos, 4 assists, 2.0 sacks, 1 PD (Leonard)
Week 4 – 8 solos, 5 assists, 1.0 sack (Leonard)
Week 5 – 11 solos, 3 assists (LVE)
Week 6 – 6 solos, 7 assists (Roquan Smith)
Week 7 – 12 solos, 5 assists (Leonard)
This is only the best performance every week, so missing are Jerome Baker’s 10 tackle game, 3 of Warner’s 4 consecutive double-digit tackle games, Tremaine Edmunds’ 10 tackle game, and 2 of LVE’s 3 double-digit tackle games.
There’s still a lot of room for growth too. Rashaan Evans still isn’t getting snaps. Baker’s snaps are still really inconsistent. Dorian O’Daniel saw his first defensive snaps last week. And Green Bay has been increasing Oren Burks’s involvement every week.
Tweet of the Week
Potential Top 5 draft pick, stud IDL, and @dff_dwin man crush Ed Oliver setting the record straight.
Said who I’m playing https://t.co/qSlAgI3DDR
— Ed Oliver (@Edoliver_11) October 27, 2018
Double check your facts before tweeting about him.
This week’s poll was: What #IDP, basically missing in the first half, will be a Second Half Superstar? I purposely left Joey Bosa off because he’s the obvious answer.
- KJ Wright – 38%
- Kendell Beckwith – 23%
- Kyzir White – 22%
- Oren Burks -17%
Wright ran away with this. He’s the safe answer. We know who Wright is. He’s an LB2. He’ll be an LB2 for the rest of the season as long as he’s healthy. So the poll is really a question of can any of these guys be more than an LB2?
We know what Beckwith can be when he’s healthy. He put up solid numbers in his first 5 starts while filling in for Kwon Alexander and Lavonte David. Alexander is now IRed with a torn ACL. The role and snaps are there as soon as Beckwith is healthy.
The real unknowns are the two rookies. White had taken the WILL role over, although he wasn’t playing on all 3 downs. Keep in mind what Jatavis Brown did as a rookie in the same role, 79 tackles, and 3.5 sacks in 12 games and 7 starts. Brown had 3 games of double-digit tackles. White needs to get healthy.
I’m going to be contrarian and say Burks though. This is the year of the rookie LB. If Green Bay used the bye week to get Burks fully up to speed in the defense, look out. Gone are the Nascar packages with a third safety on the field in sub-packages. Burks could become a 3-down player and start racking up stats.
On the Radar
This is a good week to need a flier Safety.
D.J. Reed – The 5th Round rookie took over at FS for Adrian Colbert, who was IRed with a high ankle sprain.
Jordan Lucas – Lucas started in Eric Murray’s absence. When Murray returned, Lucas kept starting. He’s just keeping the seat warm for Eric Berry, who is expected to play at some point this season.
Sharrod Neasman – Former Patriot Jordan Richards had his shot at taking over SS. Last week, former UDFA Neasman started at SS. There has been a revolving door at the position this year, so don’t invest heavily.
Obi Melifonwu – The 2nd Round sophomore ended up on the wrong team. As Oakland tries to rid itself of all highly drafted players, they gave up on Melifonwu without ever giving him a chance. If Obi can get healthy, he’ll have some interested teams as his athleticism is remarkable. He’s already visited Dallas and New England.
Good luck in Week 8. Hopefully, all of you win your games, unless you’re playing me. Watch for my Snap Count articles midweek, and we’ll see you next Sunday. Follow me on Twitter at @ben_glaser