This article is meant to be a quick recap of the 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
New faces in new places. Following the mix-up of cutdown weekend, a few players have ended up in new locations that could eventually become #IDP relevant.
– Carl Nassib was waived and picked up by the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers. Given how poorly Noah Spence looked in the preseason, Nassib may earn the role as the #3 and backup Jason Pierre-Paul and Vinny Curry.
– The Browns also released Caleb Brantley who was a popular stash as a rookie. Brantley was picked up by Washington.
– The Ravens waived Carl Davis. Cleveland swooped in and beat Cincinnati in the waiver claim. Davis may be a better NFL player than #IDP player but could help free up Larry Ogunjobi to wreck a little more chaos.
– Korey Toomer was released by the 49ers and signed by Green Bay. Toomer will likely just provide depth on an ILB depth chart that has been hit by injuries.
– The Giants signed Mario Edwards Jr. after Oakland decided he was just too young to make the roster. The 24-year old will likely limit interesting 3rd Round rookie BJ Hill’s snaps.
– Ron Parker resigned in Kansas City after being released, signing in Atlanta, and being released from Atlanta. It’s been a busy offseason for Parker…
Earl Thomas reported. The All-Pro FS and last remaining member of the Legion of Boom ended his holdout. Dallas upped their trade offer to a 2nd for Thomas, facing Week 1 with starter Xavier Woods a potential game-time decision. But Seattle has so far held firm, asking for more. Thomas will play but may be on a snap count.
The Iller B’s. Some important IDP are potentially out Week 1… [Profiler]Joey Bosa[/profiler] is out and will be week-to-week. Eric Berry is questionable. Mark Barron missed several practices towards the end of the week and doesn’t play until Monday night. [Profiler]Morgan Burnett[/profiler] is listed as 1st Round rookie Terrell Edmunds’ backup. This may be a consequence of a late preseason injury. Burnett will undoubtedly see snaps this season, but a wait-and-see approach may be best for Week 1 until we see some snap counts. Lastly 1st Round rookie Rashaan Evans will miss Week 1 while Malcolm Smith is doubtful, but neither fits the alliterative theme…
Keanu Neal done for the season. Just like Eric Berry last season, we lose a top-notch S1 in the first game of the year. Fifth Round sophomore Damontae Kazee came in after Neal’s injury. @Adamtz mentioned Robert Alford played SS and Kazee moved back to FS for the rest of the game. Kazee is definitely worth a pickup if you’ve got roster space and the Falcons don’t sign anyone else.
Stat of the Week
Demario Davis led the league in defensive snaps last season while calling the Jets defense. His 1,118 snaps equate to an average of 69.9 per game. Only one other player in the league, teammate Marcus Maye broke 1,100 snaps. Only three other defensive players broke 1,090 snaps.
On the Radar
Tank Carradine – Cornelius is likely starting at DE across from Bruce Irvin in Oakland after the departure of Khalil Mack. He’s 29-years old, so, admittedly, Jon Gruden would likely prefer if he had a few more years under his belt… But his primary competitors are former 3rd Round pick Shilique Calhoun, who has played 260 total defensive snaps across his first two seasons, and 3rd Round rookie Arden Key. I wouldn’t expect DE1 numbers from Carradine, but he’s likely on the waiver wire even in the deepest of leagues.
Curtis Riley – Darian Thompson played over 1,000 snaps last season as the Giants’ FS. New York waived/injured Thompson, and when nobody picked him up, he reverted to IR. Andrew Adams played the 3rd most snaps last year among Giants’ safeties. Adams has been released. That leaves former Titans’ UDFA Riley to start at FS next to Landon Collins. Last year, across 743 snaps, Antoine Bethea ended with 57 tackles, 1.0 sack and 5 interceptions among 9 PDs. Bethea only played about 70% of snaps in the desert last season. If Riley is playing every snap, he could easily surpass 1,000 snaps on the year, giving him the opportunity to put up S2 numbers.
Margus Hunt – Hunt is a DT on MFL. He is expected to be the starting DE across from Jabaal Sheard. A DT earning DE snaps is usually a nice source of fantasy goodness. Like Carradine, Hunt won’t give you DE1 numbers. He’ll likely either rotate inside on passing downs or come off the field, giving way to talented pass-rushing 2nd Round rookie Kemoko Turay. Tyquan Lewis’ early IR trip will likely keep Hunt on the field a little more as they’ll likely have similar roles.
Good luck in Week 1. 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.