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Thursday, August 23, 2012

State Of The Team: Week 3

It's a crucial week 3, following a quite good week 2 against Miami; despite it being mid-week, and this will be the most interesting preseason game (most time for the starters; as well, cutdowns happen right after), doesn't seem like there's a lot of news.

So, I'll throw in a few links, and a few observations:

*Steve Smith is out with an infected foot.  I have no idea what that means, and Smith isn't going to miss any regular season time.  It's not that Smith's foot isn't infected, but well played nonetheless, 89.
That means we get to find out who the 3rd guy is - whoever starts the other side.

Seyi Ajirotutu has played more, it seems, with the starters, but Louis Murphy seems the more natural starter on the other side.  Odds are on one of those two, and I'd put Kealoha Pilares behind them, followed by Armanti Edwards.  Joe Adams, to my knowledge, hasn't played much if at all.

*Haruki Nakamura started against Miami, and is now #1 on the official depth chart at FS.  He hasn't made plays, but he tackles surely (and it didn't cost us the 8 pick to add a little tackling) and doesn't blow assignments.  Hopefully it works out.  I don't anticipate Martin to be gone, FWIW, and he's killing it on special teams.  Maybe he can come in on some nickel alignments as the big nickel type alignment the Raiders and Giants have been using.

*Speaking of moving guys around - despite Josh Norman being listed 3rd string, he played extensively in nickel and is clearly the 3rd guy.  Almost as interesting, he took the LCB spot, and Chris Gamble moved over to RCB.  Doesn't mean much of anything for Gamble, but it was interesting.

*Not looking great for David Gettis - who might stay on PUP for 6 weeks - and Brandon Hogan, neither of which are practicing still.   Jon Beason will be held out this week, it appears.

With that said, Thomas Davis is active in pads, and who knows if he does play a few snaps this week.

*It's weird having a sunday night preseason game, when they're almost always Thursday through Saturday.  Works out for me, though - I'll be on the coast through Sunday afternoon.   I like the late Sunday 3rd preseason game - good scheduling, Carolina - and hopefully that means a couple extra days of eval for the youth, and practice for the vets.

*No pregame for the Jets here - but everyone talks enough about the Jets.   Enjoy the game.  I hope someone gets Tim Tebow square across the forehead a few times.

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