Week one is upon us at last! Not much has changed since the last preseason notes but there are a few updates and a lot of situations we need to be watching this week. One bit of advice for this week is to stick with safe players. We all have guys on our rosters that have questions but come with big expectations. Fight the urge to play the big expectations over the sure contributor. A lot of week one games are lost because NFL coaches like to keep secrets.
The Cardinals gave Scooby Wright every opportunity to prove himself. He was ultimately let go leaving Josh Bynes as a three-down inside linebacker. Bynes has limited upside but may be a worthy LB3 in many leagues.
Haasan Reddick has been impressive throughout training camp and preseason action. The question for week one being, how much action will he see? The Cardinals showed a lot of three safety looks during the preseason. Unless Reddick can find a way into sub-packages, his value will be hit or miss at best.
Marcus Golden has been activated from the PUP list and has a chance to be active for week one. He has a ton of upside so keep an eye on Golden’s progress. Another injury situation we are monitoring is Robert Nkemdiche’s foot. He was playing well early before a sore foot set him back yet again. In his short NFL history Nkemdiche has missed time with elbow, ankle, hamstring, calf, ankle again, wrist and now he can add foot to the list. If he ever plays this guy has serious potential for those in tackle required leagues. At this point all eyes should probably be on his backup Olsen Pierre who was excellent both on the field and in the box scores down the stretch last year. Pierre has also been dealing with some sort of injury, though the organization is being quiet about what it is.
The watch list includes two situations with the Falcons. Will Vic Beasley Jr play enough snaps to add respectable tackle totals to his expected double-digit sack total? And will Atlanta have another three-down linebacker besides Deion Jones? De’Vondre Campbell seemed to have such a role during preseason action but we should confirm before risking him as a starter.
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