IDP Reaction: Eagles vs Falcons

Football is finally back! The countless hours of research and watching film during the offseason has lead up to this point. The Thursday night opener certainly wasn’t the most enjoyable game to watch but it gave us plenty to look at on the IDP side.

Here’s who I had my eye on:

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Deion Jones: No surprise here. As my #1 Dynasty IDP player (rankings here), Jones certainly didn’t disappoint. The 3rd year linebacker out of LSU racked up 9 combined tackles, 2 passes defensed, and 1 interception.

Vic Beasley: The move from OLB to DE had much of the IDP community jumping aboard the Beasley hype train (me included). Beasley only managed to play in 61% of the defensive snaps vs the Eagles. Often looking overpowered by the talented Eagles OLine, Beasley was only able to manage 1 tackle.

Kamu Grugier-Hill (KGH): Filling in for the suspended Nigel Bradham, I expected decent production out of KGH. The night started great for KGH when he stuffed the Falcons Devonta Freeman at the goal line to stop the Falcon’s opening drive. After that we didn’t hear too much from KGH as he shared much of the reps with Nate Gerry.

Eagles Defensive Line: Eagles Defensive Coordinator, Jim Schwartz continues to employ one of the NFL’s heaviest rotations when it comes to defensive lines. 4 DTs saw action during Thursday night’s game with Fletcher Cox taking the largest share of snaps (91%).  Meanwhile at DE, Schwartz used a more balanced approach (Graham 66%, Bennett 64%, Barnett 57%, Long 56%). Despite Long’s limited playing time, he was the shining star among DEs. Long was able to accumulate 4 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1.5 TFL. Given the limited snaps on the defensive line though, Cox and Graham remain your only reliable weekly starters.

Damontae Kazee: With reports coming out that Keanu Neal is lost for the season, go out and pick up Kazee immediately. The 2nd year DB is first in line to fill Neal’s spot and looked more than comfortable in his limited action on Thursday.

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