The Cardinals made some personnel changes in week four. The Gerald Hodges experiment is over with the return of Deone Bucannon to the starting lineup. He is still not back to three down status but managed a respectable six tackles and forced a fumble on 48 of a possible 66 plays. San Francisco is a solid matchup for weakside linebackers so Bucannon could have a productive game in week five.
Marcus Golden played a few snaps in week three and returned to the starting lineup in week four. He played 52% of the snaps against Seattle, producing a couple solo tackles. It will be interesting to see if his playing time continues to increase in the coming weeks. Keep Golden on your radar and see how he progresses. Playing him this week would be a stretch but it is worth mentioning the 49ers are tied for six with 14 sacks allowed.
After logging 87% of the playing time in his week two start, Duke Riley has seen his snap percentage steadily decline over the last two games. He played 81% in week three and 75% of the snaps against Cincinnati. The Steelers have been a plus matchup for linebackers so both he and De'Vondre Campbell should give us good numbers, but the slacking snap count is something to keep an eye on.
Leading up to Sunday’s game we were trying to figure out what the Falcons would do at safety. One possibility no one saw coming was rookie corner Isaiah Oliver lining up at safety; which is how the Falcons opened on defense. Over the course of the game both Oliver and nickel corner Brian Poole saw snaps from a safety alignment. This could be a fluid situation for a few weeks as the coaching staff tries to find the right combination. The Steelers have been a strong matchup for defensive backs so both of these guys are worth starting consideration.
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