NFL Week 3 Players To Watch
Each week, I’ll discuss 10 players in key matchups that some of you (or many of you) aren’t really considering. Some will seem obvious, but hopefully most of them give you some new insight and perspective.
Davone Bess, WR, Miami- With Darrelle Revis likely locking down Ryan Tannehill favorite Brian Hartline, it’ll be up to Bess and TE Anthony Fasano to catch the bulk of the passes this week. All Bess has to do is get the better of his matchup with Jets CB Antonio Cromartie. Bess of luck…
J’Marcus Webb, LT, Chicago- During their frustrating loss to Green Bay, Webb and Jay Cutler got into a small shoving match. Webb and the rest of his o-line cohorts have to work together and protect Cutler against an underrated St. Louis defense this week.
Mikel Leshoure, RB, Detroit- The second year back is finally making his pro debut after missing all of last season with a torn ACL. How he’ll play and how many carries he gets could ease the pressure on the struggling Matthew Stafford as the Lions take on Tennessee.
Leonard Hankerson, WR, Washington- With Pierre Garcon out and Santana Moss in the twilight of his career, look for Robert Griffin III to lean on Hankerson in an intriguing interconference home tilt with Cincinnati. He has the speed and versatility to be successful.
Tamba Hali, DE/OLB, Kansas City- For the Chiefs to get out of its defensive rut against a desperate and hungry Saints team, they need to get pressure on Drew Brees. Hali is the man who would provide that if Kansas City has any hope of winning its first game this season.
Patrick Peterson, CB, Arizona- With Jeremy Maclin out, the focus of this game is going to be on the DeSean Jackson-Peterson matchup. Not only that, Peterson has made a huge difference on special teams, which has been crucial to the Cardinals’ fast start.
Other To Watch- Ryan Matthews, RB, San Diego; J.J. Watt, DE, Houston; Lawrence Timmons, MLB, Pittsburgh; Deion Branch, WR, New England; Kellen Winslow, TE, New England.