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Eyes of the Guru: Preseason Week 2

IDP news and notes from preseason week 2

The biggest story from the second round of preseason games is the number of teams playing starters into the second quarter. As is usually the case there were some lineup changes and even a scheme change or two. We have to keep in mind some teams will experiment with a lot of things during the preseason. Not only do they get to explore options, they put a lot of different looks on tape to confuse future opponents. All that considered these are the things that caught my eye.

Baltimore Ravens

I did not see Kamalei Correa any sub packages in the opening preseason game, but he got some looks there in week two. Anthony Levine came in on the first few nickel snaps with Correa getting more looks late. Correa did nothing spectacular in the game but held his own against both run and pass. It will be interesting to see if he his role continues to increase this week.

Miami Dolphins

Mike Hull made the start in week two but the team signed Rey Maualuga before the weekend was over. Maualuga should step right in as a two down middle backer. He should be a good add for the Dolphins but the move likely has little effect in IDP terms.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

I like what the Buccaneers were doing up front. On early downs Gerald McCoy is joined by a rotation of Chris Baker and Clinton McDonald; William Gholston is at one end and Robert Ayers at the other. On passing downs, Ayers moved inside with McCoy with Ryan Russell and Noah Spence coming on at end. The important observation here being Spence has yet to play a base package snap with the first team while Ayers and McCoy are playing all three downs much of the time.

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