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Week 3 brought a few significant injuries that will certainly impact production for at least the next few weeks. I’ll mention a few players to add off of waivers, as well as some players to exercise caution with for the time being.
EDGE Alex Wright played 80% of defensive snaps for Cleveland.
With teammate EDGE Jadeveon Clowney out Week 3 with an ankle injury, Wright was given an opportunity to play a more significant portion of snaps for the Browns. While he only tallied up one tackle, his two pressures should give managers optimism that upside exists for the day-two rookie. Teammate EDGE Myles Garrett was taken to the hospital on Monday afternoon from a reported car accident. While fortunately, he sustained no life-threatening injuries, his status for Week 4 is not certain. If either Clowney or Garrett misses time, Wright should be in consideration for a start in deep IDP leagues.
LB Rashaan Evans saw 100% of snaps for Atlanta for the first - and probably last - time this season.
Evans played 98% and 86% of defensive snaps in Weeks 1 and 2, respectively. Here’s the kicker: teammate Linebacker Deion Jones could return from the PUP list as soon as Week 5. Upon Jones’ return, either Evans or fellow starting Falcons linebacker Mykal Walker will see a significant reduction in snaps. Since Walker has been wearing the green dot and calling defensive plays for Atlanta, expect Evans to lose his starting role.
LB Josey Jewell played 95% of defensive snaps for Denver.
After missing the first two weeks due to injury, Jewell made his season debut for the Broncos in Week 3 and immediately inherited defensive playcalling duties. With Jewell’s return, teammate LB Alex Singleton reverted to a backup role and played 0% of defensive snaps. Singleton also played 79% of special teams snaps - his highest rate of the season. Expect Jewell to be the most consistently productive linebacker for Denver henceforth.
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