Tyvon Branch started slow but finished 9-1-0. He and Tyrann Mathieu played all 71 snaps while Antoine Bethea played 60. This situation has the potential to be a moving target as it was last year, but it feels like it will remain constant. Branch is playing well, Mathieu is healthy and Bethea is old so it would make sense.
Haason Reddick put up a respectable 6-2-0 and made some nice plays but be aware he is not playing full time. He shared snaps with Josh Bynes in the opener with Reddick playing 41 and Bynes 30 on the day. Karlos Dansby was the three down backer going 5-2 on the day. The Deone Bucannon watch continues as he is currently listed as doubtful for Week 2.
During the preseason it looked as if Duke Riley had secured the starting job at WLB over DeVondre Campbell. In Week 1 however, the two played nearly equal snaps with Campbell seeing 47 and Riley 49. The two were even on the field together at times but it does not look as if either is going to be a three-down option for now.
Brooks Reed had a big game at 5-0-2 but temper your excitement. The seven-year veteran has never totaled more than 6 sacks in a season and has not recorded more than 25 tackles in a season since 2014. He will probably turn back into a pumpkin in Week 2. Takkarist McKinley totaled 14 snaps in sub packages and is not yet ready to become a factor.