Week one is here at last! These are my notes from the third preseason game and the craziness that surrounded final cuts.
Veteran Karlos Dansby played little during the preseason but he was his normal productive self in the dress rehearsal game. Rookie Haason Reddick also started that game as he did the other three, but there is some question about his status as a starter for week one. Reddick has shown considerable improvement during the preseason and I believe he will eventually be an excellent three down starter on the inside, but he is not yet looking completely comfortable in the new position. He was expected to start at least a few games right out of the gate while Deone Bucannon continued to recover from ankle surgery. Bucannon was activated from the PUP on August 28th and has begun working his way back into practices. He could still miss some time early but it now looks as if he will be back on the field sometime in September. Chances are the coaching staff will find a way to get Reddick on the field after Bucannon is back but he may not have a full-time role.
Duke Riley seems to have replaced DeVondre Campbell at weak side linebacker. Riley started the second and third preseason games going the distance with the starters in the third. He stayed on the field in sub packages and was solid against both pass and run. I would not trust him as a starter until we see a real game but Riley is near the top of my week one pickup list.