Reading the coverage…
Arian Foster and Ray Rich both pride themselves on being three-down running backs, writes Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle. “Rice and Foster are both top 10 in the league among non-quarterbacks sorted by all-purpose yards. Foster averages 105.5 total yards per game, down from 141.6 last season, and Rice averages 119.2.”
To which I say: As there are fewer and fewer, we should appreciate backs who can do it all more and more.
Danieal Manning apologized to Marshall Newhouse for throwing a punch at the Packers' defensive tackle during Sunday night’s game and expected to be fined, says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. The fine was $15,000.
A Texans’ progress report from Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report. They are steady.
“If (Robert) Mathis remains idle and (Dwight) Freeney’s effectiveness is compromised against the Browns, from whom does the pass rush originate,” asks Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star.
To which I say: The inability of the Colts to get the two healthy and together on the field has been the biggest thing holding the Colts' defense back. (Outside of the overall personnel.)
Vontae Davis, Pat Angerer and Joe Reitz could be back in action Sunday. There are a lot of injuries to update, says Phil Richards of the Star.
“The inability to sack the quarterback has been one of the reasons why the Jaguars are off to a 1-4 start. If they are to climb out of this hole, they have to begin getting to the quarterback and that starts with getting to Carson Palmer when they go to Oakland Sunday. It’s up to (Jeremy) Mincey to jump-start the pass rush,” says Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union.
To which I say: Being a high-effort, high-motor guy is great, but if it doesn’t finish with a sack periodically, its value is simply not the same.
The Raiders still put a premium on speed, says Stellino.
Mike Mularkey said Chris Prosinski will start for the injured Dwight Lowery at safety, says Ryan O’Halloran. Prosinski has worked as the third safety, and will have to tackle better in increased playing time.
The Titans allow nearly a touchdown less per game when Colin McCarthy is in the lineup, a stat that surprises coach Mike Munchak, writes John Glennon of The Tennessean.
To which I say: While it’s an impressive note, it reveals a lot, too, about how poorly stocked and unimpressive the defense is without him.
Jake Locker returned to practice on Wednesday and appears on track to be back in the lineup Oct. 28 against the Colts in Nashville, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.
A Titans progress report from Dunlevy.