Hey everyone. We’re back for this week’s Rookie IDP Tracker. Our guys have been taking a beating with several of them hurting. On top of that my guy Budda Baker has not had the start that I was hoping for. We are going to swap out Baker for Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt, who was hurt this week too.
If this isn’t enough for you, the boys over at the Read and React podcast also broke down the rookies this week.
Reuben Foster: He missed last week with his leg injury and 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said it didn’t look good for this week. However, the Sacramento Bee reported Wednesday that Foster was on the practice field at least stretching with teammates, so perhaps his return isn’t that far off.
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Solomon Thomas: Thomas is playing up and down the defensive line and I think that’s cutting into his numbers a bit. Last week he played 38 snaps but registered only one solo tackle. Thomas is a solid prospect, so the numbers should get better if San Francisco can settle on his role.
Myles Garrett: Stop me if you’ve heard this before. Garrett missed another week with his ankle injury. But, just like Foster he may return to practice this week, according to Fox8 out of Cleveland and has an outside chance of playing Sunday. That would be a welcome sight for both the Browns and the IDP community.
Jabrill Peppers: He played 66 snaps and recorded five tackles, with four solos. He’s still playing mostly at free safety, but putting up decent numbers from that spot. Do I wish he was playing closer to the box more? Yep. Will I take what I’m getting? Yep.
Derek Barnett: You remember how last week I said Barnett was about to get off the schnide? Yeah, about that. Sorry.
Barnett played 26 snaps and got a total of zero points for his efforts. You win some, you lose some. Hopefully next week is more win.
Charles Harris: Harris played 32 snaps but all he got was a lousy assist against a not-so-good Jets offense. Pass rushers are a streaky lot, so hopefully good times are coming.
Jamal Adams: Lookey here. Our guy turned in a sack to go with two solos. He played 54 snaps and while he’s still splitting time between free and strong safety Adams is getting plenty of run.
T.J. Watt: Like I said above, Watt replaces Baker in our Tracker. While he missed this week against the Bears, he came out the gate all gangbusters. Many thought it might take Watt some time to acclimate to the NFL game, but he took to it like a duck to water. If you got him in the third round or later, you got yourself a steal.
Jarrad Davis: Oh look, another player who missed Week 3. Davis suffered a concussion and didn’t play at all. According to the Detroit Free Press, Davis returned to practice this week and is on track to play this week against Minnesota.
Duke Riley: Looks like the pendulum is swinging back the other way in the dirty south. For a while it looked like Riley was going to seal up the weak side job from DeVondre Campbell. This week Riley played only 26 snaps and turned in a bag of nothing, and that’s with Vic Beasley missing time. This is going to be a situation to monitor closely.
Zach Cunningham: Cunningham played 51 snaps, ringing up seven tackles, four solos. With Cushing gone Cunningham’s snaps will only climb. Houston is still playing Bernardrick McKinney more, but that shouldn’t last much longer.
Jayon Brown: He turned in three solo tackles on 44 snaps. Wesley Woodyard has been playing like a man possessed recently, so it’s been tough for Brown to find his way on to the field. On the bright side, 44 is the most snaps he’s played this season, so now it’s just a matter of cranking up the production.
Jonathan Allen: Hey look, Allen got his first sack of the year, to go with two assists on just 22 snaps. It’s starting to look like Allen might not be the player that will wow you week in and week out with gaudy numbers, but at the end of the season, you’ll have a solid asset.
Taco Charlton: Remember how above I said pass rusher are streaky? I give you Exhibit B, Taco Charlton. He played 20 snaps this week but generated just one solo tackle.
Haason Reddick: Psst. Can I tell you a secret? Reddick is struggling right now. He played 39 snaps in a game where the Cardinals defense was on the field a lot, and got only one solo to show for it. The game is a little too quick for him at the moment. I have no doubt he’ll catch up, but there is some growing pains right now.