Week 3 was a wild one. In its wake, we are left with a lot of injuries to overcome some decisions to make on our underachieving players, some clarity on unsure situations and even a fair amount of opportunity to improve our rosters.
Marcus Golden was active and played 12 snaps against the Bears. He will be eased into action so it may be a few weeks before Golden starts getting significant time. The quality play of Benson Mayowa will make it easy for the organization to exercise patience.
Haasan Reddick and Deone Bucannon played five snaps between them in Week 3 while Josh Bynes and the three safeties continued to play full time. There is a thin line between patience and stupidity when it comes to holding guys like Reddick and Bucannon, but it sure feels like time to cut ties and move on with both.
Ricardo Allen tore his Achilles late in Sunday’s contest, leaving Atlanta without either of their starting safeties for the rest of the season. When Keanu Neal was lost it was easy to pick out Damontae Kazee at the player to pick up. This development muddies those waters as Kazee is now expected to line up at free safety with a trio of players being considered at strong. Jordan Richards came off the bench to finish the game, but Kemal Ishmael and Keith Tandy are also getting consideration.
Ishmael has been working at linebacker since last season but has starting experience at strong safety. In fact, he was 66-27-0 with 6 takeaways in 2014 when he started 12 games. If you already have Kazee this is not a panic situation. There will probably be plenty of opportunity for both safeties. If you do not have Kazee (or maybe even if you do), keep an eye out for news later in the week and grab Ishmael if he gets the call.
Brian Poole had another strong game with eight solo stops in Week 3. He is working as the third corner but has seen action on at least 88% of the snaps in all three games. The highly productive outings in a row are plenty of reasons to make the move for Poole even in leagues that lump the defensive back positions together.
Vic Beasley Jr got his first sack of the season so there may be some hope if you are still holding onto him.
Duke Riley is not playing in dime situations but is still seeing plenty of snaps. He was on the field for 81% of the plays in Week 3; enough to rack up an 8-4-0
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