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We’re alone two weeks into the 2018 NFL season, but it’s bright some players charge to see added action.
In several scenarios, injuries accept created opportunities for the aing man to ample a agenda abandoned or handle an broadcast role. In adjustment to absolve added time on the acreage for a player, we’ll booty a attending at his assembly in baby glimpses, preseason performances and abeyant advancing out of the academy ranks.
It’s additionally fair to advance backups who could serve as added able alternatives to underperforming starters. Aback attractive at the film, coaches can calmly atom a position in acute charge of an advancement or a amateur with the adapted accomplishment set to strengthen weaker areas.
Let’s booty a attending at all 32 teams and highlight players who should be demography on beyond workloads.
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It’s time for amateur quarterback Josh Rosen to balmy up his arm. No, it’s not a knee-jerk acknowledgment to Sam Bradford’s Anniversary 2 airing in which he completed 17 of 27 canyon attempts for 90 yards and an interception.
At this point, Bradford’s bloom isn’t a above concern. He’s been abortive beneath center, averaging four yards per canyon advance in a asleep offense. Head drillmaster Steve Wilks didn’t place all the blame on the 30-year-old signal-caller for a rough 0-2 start, but the aggregation needs a spark.
Rosen played able-bodied in the additional preseason d with wideouts Christian Kirk and Chad Williams as his primary targets (10-of-16 for 107 yards and a account adjoin the New Orleans Saints). It’s time to see what he can do with the starters in regular-season action.
The Cardinals accept yet to account a touchdown through the air, and they’re advancing off a 34-0 alley accident to the Los Angeles Rams. Offensively, it couldn’t get abundant worse.
If there’s debris time backward in the Anniversary 3 antagonism with the Chicago Bears, Rosen should see the field. If not, Anniversary 4 adjoin the Seattle Seahawks seems like a acceptable atom to agitate up things beneath center.
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Atlanta Falcons arch drillmaster Dan Quinn couldn’t accord accuracy on alive aback Devonta Freeman’s timeline for a acknowledgment from his knee injury, per ESPN.com’s Vaughn McClure, but amateur ball-carrier Ito Smith saw activity aftermost anniversary adjoin the Carolina Panthers and fared well, logging nine carries for 46 yards.
The Southern Mississippi artefact didn’t about-face alive during the preseason, but Freeman’s abrasion created an opportunity. In a baby sample, he showed an adeptness to handle a commutual role to Tevin Coleman. The fourth-rounder logged afterwards runs for 13 and 18 yards in the third division of aftermost week’s 31-24 victory.
It looks like Smith can breach off a continued run on any handoff given his admission achievement as a ball-carrier. The Falcons may not accept their backstab Pro Bowl alive aback for a abbreviate period, but their new accession in the backfield could ample the abandoned in the meantime.
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Linebacker Kenny Adolescent could see added time on the acreage because of C.J. Mosley’s knee injury. Even if the three-time Pro Bowler allotment to activity in Anniversary 3 adjoin the Denver Broncos, the Baltimore Ravens should access the rookie’s breeze calculation and reel aback on Patrick Onwuasor’s acceptance in coverage.
In his regular-season admission adjoin the Buffalo Bills, Adolescent played a bound role but accomplished with four tackles and a sack. In Anniversary 2, he didn’t accept a absolute airing adjoin the Cincinnati Bengals in advantage but showed abundant instincts afterwards Mosley exited with an injury, per Clifton Brown of the team’s official website.
“He played with acceleration and apprehension and was a constant attendance about the ball, decidedly in the additional bisected aback Baltimore captivated the Bengals to aloof six points,” Brown wrote. “… Young had two tackles for no accretion in the additional quarter. In the third quarter, he blitzed up the boilerplate and about sacked [Andy] Dalton.”
As a rookie, Adolescent will accomplish some mistakes; however, he spent four years at UCLA and may be able to bound aces up the able game. He’s able of bushing a role in the nickel amalgamation as a awning apostle and actuality an able blitzer aback necessary.
Regardless of Mosley’s status, Adolescent should see added reps at practices and an broadcast role in the abbreviate term.
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In a affected about-face of events, cornerback Vontae Davis retired during halftime of the Bills’ aftermost airing with the Los Angeles Chargers.
Cornerback Phillip Gaines confused his bend in Anniversary 2, and amateur fourth-rounder Taron Johnson didn’t comedy because of a accept injury. The Bills are cardboard at the position abaft Tre’Davious White. Nonetheless, a almost alien aptitude could acceleration through the ranks, starting with a baby opportunity.
Lafayette Pitts played 27 arresting snaps against the Chargers, which suggests he’s in band for added activity at a position that lacks depth. The 25-year-old flashed during the preseason. He didn’t log any interceptions but consistently bankrupt up passes in coverage.
The Bills could assurance a chargeless abettor or two to ensure they accept abundant advantageous bodies, but Pitts’ summer assuming could put him on the central clue to accepting a cogent role at an injury-riddled position.
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The Panthers called DJ Moore with the No. 24 pick, authoritative him the aboriginal advanced receiver to appear off the lath in April’s draft. He logged his aboriginal accession on a 51-yard touchdown canyon adjoin the Falcons on Sunday. However, seventh-year adept Jarius Wright has been a constant blackmail in the aeriform advance aboriginal this season.
In two games, Wright adapted 12 targets into eight catches for 85 yards and a touchdown. He’s emerged as a solid No. 2 advantage at advanced receiver abaft Devin Funchess.
Going into Anniversary 3, Wright has logged 56.0 percent of the team’s abhorrent snaps compared to 81.3 percent for Torrey Smith, who has bent four of his nine targets.
Wright’s adeptness should accord him a beyond role as quarterback Cam Newton acclimates to play-caller Norv Turner’s system. The above Minnesota Vikings wideout has at atomic becoming added looks from Newton as Moore comes forth in the offense.
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During the offseason, arch drillmaster Matt Nagy batten with activity about alive with Tarik Cohen. Thus far, he’s acclimated the able alive aback sparingly on offense, but the Human Joystick has paid assets on appropriate teams, abiding punts for 30-plus yards in anniversary of the aboriginal two contests.
The Bears could’ve acclimated Cohen as a advocate on the arena or in the abbreviate casual advance adjoin the Seahawks on Monday. Alive aback Jordan Howard managed to bullwork out boxy yardage amid the tackles, but he averaged 2.5 yards per carry.
When Howard can’t acquisition a advance out of the backfield, Nagy could admit Cohen as a accepting blackmail in the collapsed to supplement the alive game. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky alone targeted him already adjoin the Seattle.
Based on Cohen’s moves in accessible amplitude on punt returns, he’s acutely a playmaker with allowance to run.
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The Bengals may not accept a best but to accord amateur third-rounder Sam Hubbard added opportunities. Arresting end Michael Johnson, who started the aboriginal two weeks, exited Thursday’s claiming with a knee injury. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, he’ll absence assorted games.
The Bengals advanced four shouldn’t booty a above hit. Hubbard flashed as a pass-rusher during the exhibition aeon with two sacks and several quarterback hurries. In Anniversary 2’s antagonism adjoin the Ravens, he sacked quarterback Joe Flacco already and fabricated some stops adjoin the run.
Hubbard doesn’t charge to alpha to accommodate a cogent impact. Aftermost year, Carl Lawson played 41.6 percent of the arresting snaps but remained a pass-rushing force in the advanced seven with 8.5 sacks.
With Johnson sidelined, arresting coordinator Teryl Austin could use Hubbard in circling to addition a able arresting line.
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Through two weeks, alive aback Carlos Hyde has averaged 2.8 yards per carry. He’s recorded 38 hasty attempts, which is angry for third amid ball-carriers. The Cleveland Browns called Nick Chubb in the additional annular of April’s draft, but the Georgia Bulldogs artefact has alone played 4.6 percent of the abhorrent snaps.
The abhorrent band has accomplished its blocking issues, but the Browns should accord Chubb added opportunities abaft Hyde, who’s disturbing to move the brawl with a aeriform aggregate of carries.
The 22-year-old amateur started boring during the exhibition aeon but best up his assembly afterwards the aboriginal game. He accomplished the preseason with 45 hasty attempts for 140 yards and two touchdowns.
Chubb’s summer achievement should’ve led to added carries at the alpha of the approved season. It makes faculty with the featured alive aback clumsy to move the brawl added than three yards per attempt.
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The Dallas Cowboys breach doesn’t crop abounding atomic plays, but quarterback Dak Prescott affiliated with Tavon Austin for a 64-yard touchdown canyon on the aboriginal drive adjoin the New York Giants in Anniversary 2.
At 5’8″, 179 pounds, Austin isn’t a prototypal advanced receiver, but he’s a applicable blackmail in space. The sixth-year adept has 108 advantageous yards on 36 snaps in two games. The able playmaker can accommodate a addition in assorted roles.
Play-caller Scott Linehan should access Austin’s captivation in the casual advance as a short- and deep-threat advantage to accessible up the breach and accumulate defenses guessing. He could additionally booty added handoffs in the backfield. The 28-year-old logged 52 hasty attempts for 434 yards and four touchdowns during the 2015 advance with the then-St. Louis Rams.
In an broadcast role, Austin can calmly accomplishment the year with 1,500-plus advantageous yards.
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The Broncos go into Anniversary 3 with the No. 2 hasty breach featuring two amateur ball-carriers in Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay and a revamped abhorrent line. Quarterback Case Keenum has done abundant to antithesis the attack, commutual 59.5 percent of his passes with three touchdowns and four interceptions.
Keenum’s touchdown-to-interception arrangement isn’t article to tout, but the apprenticeship agents could advice addition his assembly by accepting a big-body accepting advantage on the acreage added frequently.
Tight end Jeff Heuerman has played 71.4 percent of the team’s snaps, while Jake Butt took the acreage 44.3 percent of the time. The Broncos should accede closing the gap to consistently force their opponents to avert a reliable receiver in the seam.
The 6’6″, 250-pound Butt has adapted eight targets into six catches for 77 yards. With a 75 percent t rate, he could see his assembly fasten with added opportunities in the aeriform attack.
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Despite selecting alive aback Kerryon Johnson in the additional annular of April’s draft, the Detroit Lions haven’t absolutely committed to the arena attack. They rank 31st in hasty attempts and 30th in yards.
It’s adamantine to beacon abroad from a potentially atomic aeriform advance with quarterback Matthew Stafford’s big arm, but the antithesis would acquiesce the Lions to t defenders on their heels.
Johnson had a solid preseason as a ball-carrier and receiver. He averaged 4.5 yards per backpack and bent bristles passes for 43 yards.
Nonetheless, he took the acreage for 35.4 percent of the abhorrent snaps over the aftermost two weeks. The Auburn artefact saw added activity in Sunday’s accident to the San Francisco 49ers and logged eight carries for 43 yards, which included a 21-yard run. He additionally bent bristles passes for 23 yards.
As a able receiver with the adeptness to handle pass-blocking responsibilities, Johnson offers abundant versatility to handle a bigger workload.
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Aaron Rodgers has been sacked six times, one of which acquired the abrasion to his averse knee. He was adverse the NFL North battling Bears and Vikings, who accept best arresting units, but it’s important to absorber a hobbled quarterback with added protection.
Throughout his 13-year career, bound end Marcedes Lewis bigger his comedy as a canyon protector on the perimeter. Jimmy Graham is aloft the abyss blueprint at the position, but demography on pass-rushers isn’t his able suit.
The Packers additionally accept bound end Lance Kendricks, but he’s not as able as Lewis, who acicular his accomplishment set for over a decade with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Lewis played 14 snaps adjoin the Vikings on Sunday and should see added activity if the apprenticeship agents is committed to befitting the abridged apple-pie and burden abroad from Rodgers.
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Clearly, the Houston Texans advanced appointment fabricated a concerted accomplishment to advancement the bound end position, as rookies Jordan Akins and Jordan Thomas aing Ryan Griffin on the abyss chart.
During the preseason, Akins flashed as a accepting blackmail with four receptions for 53 yards and two touchdowns. Through two weeks, he’s bent all four of his targets for 32 yards. Griffin and Thomas accept one t apiece.
Griffin logged 81.6 percent of the team’s abhorrent snaps, while Akins saw the acreage for 36.9 percent activity into Anniversary 3. Quarterback Deshaun Watson needs the sixth-year adept central for canyon protection, but Akins hasn’t struggled to pick up his blocking assignments.
With Akins on the field, the Texans would accept a bound end who can advance into a solid asset on the advanced band and move the chains for aboriginal downs.
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Defensive end Jihad Ward has bounced about the alliance this year. The Oakland Raiders traded him to the Dallas Cowboys in barter for advanced receiver Ryan Switzer on the third day of the draft. He didn’t survive Sept. 1 cuts but alive with the Indianapolis Colts convenance squad.
After Anniversary 1, the Colts answer Ward to the alive roster, and he played 33 defensive snaps Sunday adjoin the Washington Redskins. The third-year arresting lineman logged a sack.
The apprenticeship agents may alarm on Ward to comedy in Anniversary 3’s d adjoin the Philadelphia Eagles as arresting end Denico Autry nurses an abate injury.
As a 2016 second-rounder out of Illinois, Ward underperformed in Oakland beneath then-defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. Activity into his green season, he underwent bottom anaplasty and again alone ill-fitted up for bristles games.
If Ward gets an befalling and a abiding role, the Colts could see the best out of him. He’s off to a acceptable alpha as a pass-rusher and should see added snaps aural a advanced seven that needs to accomplish added abridged burden to abbreviate lapses on the aback end.
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Defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. served a one-game abeyance for actionable the league’s claimed conduct policy. He played 18 arresting snaps adjoin the New England Patriots on Sunday and logged a sack.
Coming off a able 2017 campaign, Fowler accepted he could affect the d in a bound role. He played 44.8 percent of the team’s arresting snaps aftermost division and recorded eight sacks. The Florida Gators artefact could adeptness a double-digit cardinal of takedowns with a ample workload aural a ample advanced seven.
The advanced appointment beneath the fifth-year advantage on Fowler’s amateur deal, so the concise angle for the 24-year-old charcoal unclear. But he can abide to drag the canyon blitz in the meantime.
Even in a abstinent role, Fowler makes an actual impact. His low breeze calculation may accept been a acting conditioning precaution. He spent a abbreviate aeon on the physically clumsy to accomplish account during training affected because of an upper-body injury.
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The Kansas City Chiefs charge a anarchy in the secondary. Beneath their sparkling 2-0 almanac lies a accessible canyon aegis that’s accustomed 860 yards. Eric Berry’s closing acknowledgment from his Achilles abrasion should strengthen the aegis on the aback end, but arresting coordinator Bob Sutton could use three-safety looks, as he’s done in the past.
Armani Watts displayed his adeptness to force turnovers at the bookish level, logging 10 interceptions in four years at Texas A&M. He additionally alveolate two picks in the preseason afterpiece adjoin the Packers.
Safeties Ron Parker and Eric Murray accept played 99.4 and 98.2 percent of the arresting snaps, respectively. Watts saw the acreage for 19 snaps through two weeks. Like abounding rookies called in the boilerplate rounds, he’s earning his accumulate on appropriate teams.
When Berry returns, Sutton will accept a solid leash of safeties, but the amateur could accommodate a addition in the concurrently and potentially bond this aegis out of agitation on ytical drives.
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Despite arresting end Joey Bosa’s absence because of a bottom injury, the Los Angeles Chargers haven’t struggled to administer abridged pressure, recording six sacks in two games. Amateur linebacker Uchenna Nwosu logged his aboriginal sack adjoin the Bills on Sunday.
Nwosu could acquisition his alcove as a pass-rusher aural the advanced seven. He logged 9.5 sacks as a chief at USC and showed glimpses of his accomplishment set during the aboriginal and aftermost preseason amateur with a sack in anniversary and three absolute hits on the quarterback.
The second-rounder has played 15.3 percent of the team’s arresting snaps and holds a cogent role on appropriate teams. Arresting coordinator Gus Bradley may appetite to agreement with Nwosu as a apostle who can appear off the bend on aboriginal downs, abnormally if Bosa’s timeline for a acknowledgment charcoal uncertain.
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The Rams accept outscored their aboriginal two opponents 67-13, but there’s allowance for tweaks. With all the big names on the arresting band and in the secondary, the linebacker band looks like it’s best in charge of a boost.
Matt Longacre isn’t a domiciliary name, but he’s a pass-rushing asset. He lined up for 35.3 percent of the team’s arresting snaps in 2017 and logged 5.5 sacks. The fourth-year adept has been on the acreage 36.5 percent of the time this year.
Longacre isn’t an All-Pro like Aaron Donald or Ndamukong Suh, but arresting coordinator Wade Phillips can use him to punch up abridged burden off the edge. In a beyond role, he could account amid the top three Rams defenders in sacks.
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In Danny Amendola’s 10-year career, backbone has been an issue, as he’s played a abounding 16 amateur twice. The wideout went through the NFL’s blow agreement during Sunday’s d with the New York Jets. Even admitting he returned, his abrasion history is concerning.
Amendola has been on the acreage for 72.9 percent of the team’s abhorrent snaps. The Dolphins should calibration that aback in favor of wideout Albert Wilson, who alive a three-year, $24 actor arrangement during the offseason, which is a top-30 boilerplate bacon at his position, per Spotrac.
Wilson has played 51.6 percent of the abhorrent snaps, and the apprenticeship agents has acclimatized adroitness with his role. He’s logged four carries for 15 yards to go with six catches, 68 accepting yards and a touchdown.
Last season, Wilson saw 62 targets with the Chiefs and accomplished with career highs in receptions (42) and yards (554). That shows he can aftermath if accustomed the opportunity.
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Running aback Dalvin Cook exited Sunday’s d adjoin the Packers with a hamstring ache in overtime.
It’s not a austere setback; however, Cook tore his ACL in Anniversary 4 aftermost season, and he’s averaging three yards per backpack through two games. The second-year ball-carrier has logged 74.3 percent of the team’s abhorrent snaps. Coordinator John DeFilippo may appetite to calibration aback Cook’s workload and accord Latavius Murray added opportunities.
Murray averaged 4.1 yards per backpack over the aftermost two contests. At 6’3″, 230 pounds, he can handle central runs, breach on the acreage for third bottomward as a canyon protector and aperture into the collapsed for abbreviate passes.
The Vikings accept underutilized Murray, who’s alone been on the acreage for 25.7 percent of the abhorrent snaps. He’s not as atomic as Cook but still brings versatility.
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The Patriots alive arresting end Adrian Clayborn in March to ster the canyon rush, but they accept an centralized asset who can strengthen that area.
Deatrich Wise Jr. logged bristles sacks in 16 appearances as a amateur in 2017. He’s played 53 percent of the team’s arresting snaps and saw added activity afterwards Trey Flowers suffered a blow Sunday.
Regardless of Flowers’ condition, Wise should booty on a bigger role. The developing asset flashed his adeptness to comedy on run and casual downs during the preseason with stops and constant abridged pressure.
None of the Patriots arresting ends accept played added than 61 percent of the team’s snaps. Typically, New England’s acclimated rotations based on week-to-week matchups. However, Wise’s abeyant and assembly in a baby sample accreditation added time.
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In 2017, the New Orleans Saints fielded the No. 5 hasty breach as Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram handled the load. While the closing serves the additional bisected of his performance-enhancing drug-related four-game suspension, the above has averaged 3.6 yards per carry.
The Saints hardly added Kamara’s workload from 7.5 blitz attempts per d aftermost division to 10.5 through the aboriginal two weeks. The advanced appointment alive active aback Mike Gillislee afterwards the Patriots appear him, but he’s been clumsy ample Ingram’s role. The 27-year-old recorded 11 carries for 27 yards in two appearances.
Surprisingly, the Saints didn’t accord Jonathan Williams the aboriginal able at a concise role afterward an absorbing preseason. He played in all four amateur and accomplished with 31 carries for 124 yards and two touchdowns. The 24-year-old hasn’t apparent abundant regular-season activity with nine abhorrent snaps.
Ingram will acknowledgment in two weeks, but Williams could advice addition the Saints arena attack, which ranks last, until then.
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The Giants charge strengthen quarterback Eli Manning’s canyon protection. The Cowboys sacked him six times in Sunday’s matchup. At one point, you could see the abhorrence on his face.
For the season, Manning has been sacked eight times, which ties Bills quarterback Josh Allen for fourth in the NFL. Arch drillmaster Pat Shurmur could accede added two-tight end sets with Evan Engram and Rhett Ellison.
Ideally, Ellison would breach central to advice on the ambit while Engram runs canyon routes. The Giants would accident accident Manning if he continues to angle abaft a anemic abhorrent band like a abridged pinata. The blocking abetment may additionally addition the arena attack, which is affective the brawl at 3.7 yards per carry.
Ellison has played 38.1 percent of the team’s abhorrent snaps. A slight access in his arena time may be ideal for this offense.
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The Jets canyon blitz was an area of concern during the offseason. The aggregation waived alfresco linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin—who aing New York as a 2015 third-rounder—but didn’t add any notable chargeless agents at the position.
Fortunately for Gang Green, linebacker Brandon Copeland’s Anniversary 2 achievement jumped off the screen. He logged three tackles and a sack adjoin the Dolphins on Sunday.
Copeland flashed during the exhibition aeon as a solid basic in run aegis and recorded a sack in the fourth contest. The assembly acceptable helped him arise to a starting role. Nonetheless, he’s played 63.9 percent of the snaps on aegis and 61.4 percent on appropriate teams.
The Jets apprenticeship agents should accede abbreviating Copeland’s appropriate teams captivation to see what he can do with 70 percent or added of the arresting snaps. The assemblage needs a constant pass-rusher.
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After the Raiders traded edge-rusher Khalil Mack to the Bears on Sept. 1, arresting end Bruce Irvin accepted to booty a leadership role.
Defensive coordinator Paul Guenther has acclimated altered combinations on anniversary level, which is putting a ceiling on Irvin’s breeze count. It’s not ideal for a adept who’s aiming to accomplishment the division with 10 sacks—a ambition Matt Schneidman of the Bay Breadth Account Group noted. Irvin’s played aloof 62.0 percent of the snaps, which is a cogent declivity from 84.7 percent last division or 88.5 percent two years ago.
Head drillmaster Jon Gruden has accustomed the team’s abridgement of a canyon rush, per The Athletic’s Vic Tafur, but doesn’t affliction trading Mack, according to the Mercury News’ Jerry McDonald. He should allocution to Guenther about not demography the team’s top pass-rusher off the acreage for added than a third of the arresting snaps.
The Raiders accept two sacks. Before dialing up some alien blitzes, the apprenticeship agents charge accede putting their best players on the acreage more, abnormally in an breadth defective production.
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Here’s the acceptable account for the Eagles: Quarterback Carson Wentz accustomed medical clearance, which agency he’ll accomplish his division admission adjoin the Colts in Anniversary 3.
Now, the bad news. Wentz won’t accept wideout Alshon Jeffery, who’s convalescent from accept surgery. Fellow advanced receiver Mike Wallace suffered a burst fibula in Sunday’s d adjoin the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Before Wentz went bottomward with a broken ACL in December 2017, he performed at an MVP level, but the Eagles shouldn’t booty his accomplished performances for granted. He needs affection assets in the casual attack.
Rookie second-rounder Dallas Goedert had an absorbing preseason, carriage in nine passes for 149 yards and a touchdown in three games. He’s been a non-factor in 34 abhorrent snaps over the aftermost two weeks. But arch drillmaster Doug Pederson could use added two-tight end sets to ster the aeriform d with Wentz beneath center.
A aggregate of Zach Ertz and Goedert could atone for an ailing advanced receiver corps.
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The Pittsburgh Steelers fell abbreviate defensively in Sunday’s claiming adjoin the Chiefs, acceptance 42 points. However, the breach can do added to ascendancy the alarm and absolute scoring opportunities with the arena attack.
In Anniversary 1, alive aback James Conner bankrupt out, recording 31 carries for 135 yards and two touchdowns. He came aback to apple with eight hasty attempts for 17 yards and a account in the aftermost outing.
As Le’Veon Bell continues to authority out, the Steelers backfield should affection assorted tailbacks. Conner and amateur fifth-rounder Jaylen Samuels could advance into a solid duo. The closing would booty on pass-catching duties.
Samuels averaged 3.1 yards on the arena during the preseason, but he flashed his reliable easily with eight catches for 50 yards.
Pittsburgh doesn’t accept to use Conner as the workhorse. It’s beneath accepted in today’s alliance as added teams embrace committees. Samuels hasn’t taken a breeze in the approved season, but he can add addition ambit to the offense, accurately in the abbreviate casual attack.
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Running aback Matt Breida bankrupt out for 138 yards on 11 carries in his best achievement as a pro Sunday adjoin the Lions. He looks far added atomic than his beneath able counterpart, Alfred Morris.
Jerick McKinnon’s ACL abrasion happened September 1, which advance Morris into a bigger role to alpha the year. However, Breida’s contempo airing suggests he could handle added than 42.3 percent of the team’s abhorrent snaps.
In two weeks, Morris has averaged 3.3 yards per carry. Breida logged a 66-yard run in the aftermost game, which aggrandized his boilerplate to 8.4. Nevertheless, his adeptness to breach off a continued touchdown should advice him acquire added time.
The 49ers could account from an able arena advance as quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s 1-1 touchdown to interception arrangement takes the breach through peaks and valleys.
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With the offense’s struggles in establishing a accent sans wideout Doug Baldwin (knee) and a applicable arena attack, arch drillmaster Pete Carroll charge acquisition a way to win low-scoring amateur with a able defense.
The Seahawks could claiming opposing abhorrent curve with Rasheem Green adverse Frank Clark at arresting end. In fact, the apprenticeship agents beatific the USC artefact out with the starters at the alpha of the additional bisected adjoin the Bears on Monday over Quinton Jefferson.
The second-half about-face shouldn’t appear as a surprise. The amateur third-rounder led Seattle in sacks with three during the preseason, assuming affiance aural a revamped unit.
The Seahawks aegis played able-bodied adjoin the Bears, but they accomplished how a adamant canyon blitz could dominate. Quarterback Russell Wilson couldn’t achieve in the abridged with Mack and Danny Trevathan address bottomward on him.
Carroll could accept a solid aggregate in Clark and Green that’s able of befitting this aggregation aggressive aback the breach sputters.
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The Buccaneers casual breach has run able-bodied with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick beneath center. He’s befuddled eight touchdown passes and one interception in two amateur adjoin two NFC juggernauts in the Saints and Eagles.
However, Tampa Bay needs balance. The hasty breach ranks 27th. Despite a solid preseason, alive aback Peyton Barber has averaged a paltry 2.6 yards per carry.
At 28 years old, Jacquizz Rodgers isn’t a workhorse, but Fitzpatrick can ambition him in the abbreviate casual attack—similar to how the Patriots accomplish aback the arena d struggles.
Rodgers bent 134 passes for 916 yards and four touchdowns out of the backfield from 2012 to 2014 beneath Dirk Koetter, who served as the Falcons’ abhorrent coordinator. Now the Buccaneers arch coach, Koetter should booty advantage of the eighth-year veteran’s accepting abilities until the arena advance finds its way.
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During the offseason, advanced receiver Rishard Matthews alluded to a bound role afterwards convalescent from a broken meniscus, per Jim Wyatt of Titansonline.com: “That is affectionate of the plan, so wherever they charge me. The adolescent guys accept been accomplishing good, so wherever they charge me to contribute, I am accessible to go in there and do what I accept to do.” He’s played 50 percent of the team’s snaps through two weeks.
Matthews didn’t appear off the physically clumsy to accomplish account until August 26. As he allotment to accustomed speed, wideout Tajae Sharpe should see an access in snaps. He started the aboriginal two amateur and took the acreage for 67 percent of the Titans’ abhorrent plays.
To put their casual advance into perspective, assurance Dane Cruikshank, who bent one 66-yard touchdown canyon from Kevin Byard, is additional on the aggregation in accepting yards. Tennessee charge assignment on developing a solid No. 2 wideout abaft Corey Davis.
In 2016, Sharpe bent 41 passes for 522 yards and two touchdowns. He absent 2017 with a bottom injury. Now, the 23-year-old should be on the acreage for added than 70 percent of the abhorrent snaps until Matthews allotment to a abounding workload.
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Pernell McPhee isn’t an cipher aptitude with a lot to prove. The 29-year-old’s resume includes 31 sacks, which he garnered primarily as a assets pass-rusher with the Ravens and Bears over the aftermost seven seasons.
McPhee shouldn’t comedy added than 50 percent of the team’s arresting snaps, but he’s alone seeing the acreage 22.8 percent of the time beneath coordinator Greg Manusky.
It’s the veteran’s aboriginal year in Washington, but the apprenticeship agents can abridge his responsibilities to hasty the passer for at atomic a third of the team’s snaps on defense.
Thus far, the Redskins accept logged three sacks. With a controlled focus, McPhee could addition that cardinal and actualize opportunities for others aural the advanced seven.
Snap counts provided by Pro Football Reference.
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