Posted: 2:13 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, 2013
Oday Aboushi, OT, NY Jets - Aboushi has still yet to appear in a game. The Jets offense has been better than expected, especially with a rookie QB, so changes are unlikely. It would take an injury to start RT Austin Howard for Aboushi to see the field.
Branden Albert, OT, KC Chiefs - Albert continues to start at LT for the 4-0 Chiefs. The Chiefs are mostly winning with solid defense, but considering they were 2-14 last season, the improvements on offense shouldn't be overlooked. Albert will be an unrestricted free agent next year, and the Chiefs drafted the LT of their future with the first pick this year. He will almost definitely be elsewhere.
Ahmad Brooks, OLB, SF 49ers - Despite being 3rd in the NFL in yards per game, the 49ers defense has given up nearly 24 points per game (18th in the league). Brooks is 2nd on the team in tackles, and has 2.5 sacks and 2 passes defended to go along with it.
Chris Canty, DT, Baltimore Ravens - Canty has started all 4 games for the Ravens and has 7 tackles, 2 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. The Ravens defense has been middle of the pack all around. Considering he plays as a 3-4 DE, his numbers are solid.
Nate Collins, DT, Chicago Bears - Collins got the first start of his career last week, after a season-ending injury to Henry Melton. Collins has performed well, with 10 tackles on the season so far. He'll have a chance to really impress over the rest of the season.
Chris Cook, CB, Minnesota Vikings - Cook injured his groin in the 3rd game of the season, and didn't play last week in London. Minnesota has a bye week this week, so hopefully Cook can rest up and be back for the Vikings next game.
D'Brickashaw Ferguson, OT, NY Jets - Brick has never missed a game in his career, having started 116 consecutive games. Hopefully I didn't just jinx him. As I mentioned above, the Jets offense has been better than expected, and Ferguson's play is definitely a big part of that.
Cam Johnson, OLB, Indianapolis Colts - Cam is still a 2nd string OLB, but he's still only seeing action on special teams. He has 1 tackle on the season. Bjoern Werner, the rookie out of FSU, has been the 3rd OLB to get playing time.
Chris Long, DE, St Loius Rams - As mentioned above, the Rams defense has been disappointing. After back to back years with double digit sacks, Long has just 0.5 sacks this year. The DE opposite him, Robert Quinn, has 5 sacks.
Rodney McLeod, SS, St Louis Rams - McLeod continues to start at SS for the Rams. He has 23 tackles in 4 games, third on the team. He's also recovered a fumble. But, once again, the Rams defense sucks.
Heath Miller, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers - Heath returned to action in week 3, and has totaled 9 receptions for 105 yards in his 2 games back. He hasn't yet found the endzone, but then again the Steelers offense isn't exactly setting the world on fire.
Eugene Monroe, OT, Baltimore Ravens - The Ravens traded 3 late round picks to the Jags for Hoo-Gene. They haven't yet decided if he'll play this week. It would be a quick turnaround for him to learn the blocking calls and gel with the other linemen. However, Monroe is a smart guy and could probably handle it. Regardless, long term this improves the Ravens. It also gets Monroe away from the Jaguars crappy offense.
Kevin Ogletree, WR, Detroit Lions - Ogletree was released by the Bucs. Clearly, it was Kevin's fault that the Bucs have the 2nd worst passing offense in the NFL. The Lions picked him up. Ogletree may get some action this week as a reserve.
Austin Pasztor, OG, Jacksonville Jaguars - With the trade of Monroe, the Jaguars have moved first round pick Luke Joeckel to LT, and Pasztor is sliding in as the starter at RT. He'll get a chance to prove that he's a viable NFL starting OT.
Cedric Peerman, RB, Cincinnati Bengals - Peerman is basically just a special teams player for the Bengals right now. He plays in all phases of special teams, and is the up-man on the punt team. He isn't likely to see the ball much on offense, barring injury.
John Phillips, TE, SD Chargers - With Antonio Gates healthy and playing like the Gates of old, Phillips hasn't seen many opportunities. He actually started week 1, as part of a 2 TE package. He's had just 1 reception for 7 yards on the season.
LaRoy Reynolds, MLB, Jacksonville Jagaurs - Reynolds is still only seeing action on special teams, but he has 4 tackles in 4 games. He's blocked by Paul Posluszny, who is a good MLB. The Jags are high on Reynolds, but he's simply not going to get much action as long as Posluszny is around.
Matt Schaub, QB, Houston Texans - Schaub has been a little bit disappointing so far this season with 6 INTs already, 3 of which have been returned for TDs. He has thrown for nearly 1200 yards in 4 games though, and his QB rating is 85.7 which isn't bad. The Texans are also 3-1. Schaub threw a terrible pick 6 late last week in a game the Texans led by 17 points in the 2nd half.
Jason Snelling, RB, Atlanta Falcons -With starting RB Stephen Jackson out for a while, Snelling has been splitting time with Jacquizz Rodgers. Rodgers is more of a big-play guy and he's been starting, but Snelling has 21 carries for 98 yards and a TD. He also has 11 receptions for 124 yards and a TD.