Was it just me or did it seem like the NFL and the referees at least tried to let defenders hit a little bit more this week? It seems like there were fewer controversial hits. The biggest may have been the early whistle on the Marshawn Lynch run against Cleveland. If history has taught us anything, it is that Lynch can run through any gang tackle he wants and until he’s on the ground, he ain’t down!
The most talked about play – or non-play – in the IDP world was Earl Thomas flying the “Freedom Rocket” at his own bench as he was carted off the field with a broken leg. I mean, come on, who doesn’t want to give Pete Carroll the bird? I know I do. Now, on to the waiver wire adds.
Tedric Thompson, FS SEA
When an elite player goes down with an injury, we often run out and pick up his backup hoping “the system” can produce similar statistics. Occasionally it works. This is not one of those times. Earl Thomas was playing some of the best football of his career and was doing everything he could to get someone to trade for him. His elite playmaking ability and ball-hawking nature is not something his replacement has.
Tedric Thompson is an NFL special-teamer who will now start for the Seahawks next to Bradley McDougald. His presence in the starting lineup will actually help IDP owners more than the Seahawks team defense. Teams will target him and exploit Earl Thomas not being there which will lead to more defensive snaps for everyone on this defense as their efficiency tanks. The arrow is up for McDougald, Bobby Wagner, and Mychal Kendricks but Thompson is not worth an add.
Eric is on Twitter @OlingerIDP.