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AFC Defensive Player of the Month J.J. Watt is the first player since Kevin Greene in 1998 to have multiple sacks in each of the first four games in a season, writes John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. Sacks became an official statistic in 1982.
Ben Tate missed practice with a toe injury, says Dale Robertson of the Chronicle. If he can’t play Monday night, his work will go to Justin Forsett.
To which I say: Forsett can definitely be productive, and the Texans need to make sure to spread some carries around instead of overloading Arian Foster.
Rookie grades for their work so far from Riley Cavanagh of Toro Times.
Robert Mathis’ comfort level as a 3-4 outside linebacker after such a long tenure as a 4-3 defensive end is impressive, says Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star.
To which I say: His embrace of the change early on was almost surprising, and I think he’s really embraced the chance to show he’s more of a well-rounded player than many may have thought.
Dwight Freeney said he has a long way to go before he’s all the way back, so Phillip B. Wilson of the Star isn’t expecting a lot of plays Sunday if the outside linebacker plays.
Why Coby Fleener understands sportswriting, from Zak Keefer of the Star.
To which I say: This piece should be read. Especially by sportswriters.
Keys to the Packers game with detailed statistical comparisons from Matt Grecco of Stampede Blue.
Jaguars special-teams coordinator John Bonamego has plenty of experience trying to stop Chicago’s returner Devin Hester, who he’s planning for again, says Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.
If Laurent Robinson is out Sunday, it means more opportunity for Cecil Shorts and Kevin Elliott, says Vito Stellino of the T-U.
To which I say: With three concussions since camp and two in the past two weeks, there is no way Robinson should be back on the field so soon.
Tyson Alualu is “a solid starter and decent enough against the run and can penetrate at times on stunts, with the versatility to play the left defensive end position if necessary, but he simply just doesn't look like an elite talent, which is what you want when you draft a defensive lineman in the top 10 of the NFL draft. Alualu is active and goes all out on seemingly every play, but that only gets you so far.” Alfie Crow of Big Cat Country shares some film snippets of the defensive tackle.
To which I say: This is supposed to be the year when he’s healthy and shows just how good he can be. Crow’s right on target here. Alualu can be good but isn’t great.
The Titans did a bunch to try to get better as a pass-rushing team. But none of it’s really paying off at this point, says John Glennon of The Tennessean. They are on pace for fewer sacks than the 28 they had in a down season last year.
To which I say: This is as big a disappointment as anything the Titans have going on (or not going on), and that’s a long list from which to choose.
Right tackle David Stewart was fined for his personal fouls in the Titans-Texans game, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.
Linebacker Colin McCarthy and receiver Kenny Britt both sat out Thursday, says Wyatt.
Snapshots of the Titans' defense illustrate the space in the secondary and often make us question the positioning of Michael Griffin, says Tom Gower of Total Titans.