Haasan Reddick has been rather quiet since week five but he is still playing full time. Trust the matchup and start both Reddick and Josh Bynes against San Francisco this week. When these teams met in week five it was the coming out party for both players. Reddick at 8-0-1 with a forced fumble and two pass breakups, and Bynes with a 9-2-1, a pass breakup and a fumble recovery for a score. Bynes and Reddick are not the only linebackers to put up good numbers against San Francisco. In week four it was Jatavis Brown 7-2-0 and a pass breakup. Weeks six and seven saw Blake Martinez at 9-3-0 and Cory Littleton 8-2-2.
Robert Nkemdiche played in week seven but did not have his normal role. His playing time was limited to fewer than half the snaps of the other five games he has played to date. With another week of healing, he should be back to a full workload.
Tre Boston was a scratch versus Denver with a sore shoulder and ribs. He should get back on the field this week but track the practice reports to be sure.
There are whispers about the Cardinals shopping Deone Bucannon who could end up in a better situation before next week’s trade deadline. He may not be a good fit in Arizona anymore but there are a lot of linebacker-needy teams out there that he could help. Cincinnati, Denver, Kansas City, Los Angeles (Chargers), New England, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, New Orleans, Seattle, and Tampa Bay could all use his help for one reason or another.
Foye Oluokun got the start at middle linebacker in week seven but was far from a three-down player. De'Vondre Campbell led the team’s linebackers with 53 snaps (84%) followed by Oluokun and 38 and Duke Riley with 26.
Jordan Richards got the start at safety but was on the field well short of half the time. The Falcons used Brian Poole at free safety in many situations. The bottom line here, other than Damontae Kazee the Falcons are just not going to give us much to work with on a consistent basis.
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