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 Atlanta Falcons IRed Defense. The Falcons have played three games, they’ve sent three defensive starters to IR. Week 1, saw them lose both Deion Jones, and Keanu Neal. In Week 3, they lost Ricardo Allen to a torn Achilles. That’s two guys who played over 1,000 snaps last year and one guy who played over 950 snaps in 15 games.
Eric Reid Signed. Reid signed with the Carolina Panthers after Da’Norris Searcy ended up on IR. This means 3rd Round rookie Rashaan Gaulden isn’t ready for primetime yet. It’s as much a defensive move for the Panthers as replacing Searcy, as the Falcons have lost both starting safeties already and Tampa Bay put Chris Conte on IR. That’s a lot of holes at Safety for the NFC South.
Slaughterhouse Three. Here’s an incomplete list of the players who are headed to IR after Week 3:
– Ryan Glasgow
– Muhammad Wilkerson
– Williams Hayes
– Ja’Whaun Bentley
– Ricardo Allen
– Rodney McLeod
– Chris Conte
– Aqib Talib
– Patrick Robinson
Brittle Bosas. Expected 2019 Top 5 pick Nick Bosa will be out until at least November following abdominal surgery. Dynasty DE1 Joey Bosa told reporters that he’s going to be out at least until LA’s Week 8 bye. Now’s the time for forward-looking dynasty teams to pounce.
Roughing the Passer. The new roughing the passer rules have been criticized quite a bit as of late:
Dolphins DL William Hayes tore his ACL, he’s out for the season. Big loss. It happened when he tried not to put his body weight on Derek Carr while sacking him and got his foot caught in the ground.
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) September 24, 2018
They don’t care about the rest of us getting hurt. Long as the QB is safe https://t.co/ihjlz3lVQl
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) September 24, 2018
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 23, 2018
Roughing the Passer calls are absolutely out of control.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) September 25, 2018
Of course, everyone has their own ways around it:
You can stone cold stun the QBs as long as you don’t put body weight on them
— lindsey ok (@lindseyyok) September 28, 2018
see guys it’s easy to avoid roughing the passer all you have to do is be aaron donald
— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) September 28, 2018
— JzoSports (@JzoSports) September 24, 2018
Tweet of the Week
Maaaaan I hope someone gets stiff armed tonight
— Chris Conte (@WhiteUnicorn23) September 28, 2018
You know. Just Chris Conte hoping someone gets stiff-armed Thursday night to take the attention away from the vicious stiff arm he was a victim to Monday night.
On the Radar
Jordan Richards or Keith Tandy – With Allen now joining Neal on IR, somebody else will need to step up at Safety in Atlanta. Richards played 25 snaps in Week 3 while Tandy played 1 defensive snap. They’ll both likely get opportunities though.
Corey Graham – With McLeod done for the season, Philly needs another safety to start opposite Malcolm Jenkins. McLeod’s injury likely hurts Jenkins as it could limit his opportunities to play nickel LB in big nickel situations. The third safety on the field has been Graham. When McLeod missed time in Week 3, it was Graham who played 80% of the snaps. The Eagles haven’t had another safety on the field yet, but likely former Bear Deiondre Hall will step in as the 3rd safety.
Tre Flowers – In a surprise move, the Seahawks released IRed Dontae Johnson who was expected to start for them after coming over from San Francisco. That means the starting job opposite Shaquill Griffin belongs to the 5th Round rookie, converted-safety Flowers. Seattle’s schedule going forward, Week 5 vs the Rams, Week 6 at Oakland, Week 7 Bye, Week 8 at Detroit, Week 9 vs the Chargers, Week 10 at the Rams, Week 11 vs Green Bay, Week 12 at Carolina, Week 13 vs San Francisco, Week 14 vs Minnesota, Week 15 at San Francisco, and Week 16 vs Kansas City. That’s five games against five of the best matchups for CBs (Rams x 2, GB, MIN, and KC) and two games against above average matchups for CBs (DET and Chargers). That equates to league-winning upside.
Good luck in Week 4. 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