McCormick talks with Ahmard Hall about his suspension, and how he's looking to make up for the time lost by pushing CJ to do more. Over the past few months Johnson and Hall have been like ships passing in the night, but their built-up chemistry should mean they could get back in rhythm quickly.
PFF Re-Focuses on the Titans victory over the Browns, where they noted that Chris Johnson had a positive rating, despite another horrible game of run blocking by the O-line. Of course, the pass blocking was impeccable, so you can't get too mad at them.
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The new emphasis on size in the front seven has had an immediate impact on one key phase of the defense: we're one of the best teams in the league at stopping offenses on third-and-one and fourth-and-one situations. Several of those stops have been key, momentum changing stops. They'd become a deep sore spot over the past several years as our defensive line kept shrinking and shrinking with the departure of Big Albert.
Piggy-backing on that thought: PFF keeps Jurrell Casey in the hunt for Rookie of the Year, as the giant DT continues to make a difference in the middle of the defensive line.
The Steelers are going all in for this game by burning the one week teams are allowed all season to practice in full pads twice in a single week.
My guess is they're using their padded practices to stop plays like this from happening.
Former Titans nickel back specialist Vincent Fuller has been signed by Jim Schwartz and the Lions. Fuller's play declined sharply under Chuck Cecil, so it'll be interesting to see if Fuller makes much of an impact now that he's paired with the coach that was most responsible for carving out his six season career.
Mike Tanier of Football Outsiders delivers a piece for NBC Sports that looks at the unprecedented success rates we've seen from rookie WRs over the past few years.
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