Week 3's Interesting Stats

Week 3's Interesting Stats
Jonathan Bales takes a look at the five most interesting statistics from Week 3 and breaks down what they mean.
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The Bucs expect RE Michael Johnson (ankle) to return for Week 4 against the Steelers.

Sep 22 - 10:53 AM

The Bucs are reportedly confident that Doug Martin (knee) will return for Week 4 against the Steelers.

Martin was a late scratch last Thursday night, giving Bobby Rainey a chance to run toward the lead of this committee. Instead, Rainey lost two fumbles, averaged 3.72 YPC and the Bucs got whipped 56-14 by the Falcons. In other words, things couldn't have gone much better for Martin owners. If truly healthy, he'll likely start against a Steelers defense that is both shaky and injured.
Sep 22 - 10:48 AM

MarQueis Gray was the Vikings' primary pass-catching tight end after Kyle Rudolph (groin) left late in Sunday's loss to the Saints.

Gray, an H-back type, saw no targets on 11 snaps. If Rudolph is going to miss time, the Vikings will theoretically need to force feed Cordarrelle Patterson more. They've oddly shown no urgency in that department yet.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 22 - 10:34 AM

Frank Gore told reporters he was too upset to talk following Sunday's loss to the Cardinals.

Gore finished with 10 yards on six carries and got just one carry in the second half as the 49ers went pass-heavy. It's unclear if he was upset about his lack of usage or about the loss that sunk the 49ers to 1-2. Either way, the meager carries were a result of not wanting to challenge the Cardinals' stout run defense. Expect Gore to be back around 11-15 touches against the Eagles in Week 4.
Sep 22 - 10:17 AM

Steelers OLB Jarvis Jones needs wrist surgery and is out indefinitely.

Jones' rocky start to his NFL career continues. In 17 games since the Steelers took him 17th overall, Jones has produced three sacks and two quarterback hits on 803 snaps. He'll be replaced in the lineup by Arthur Moats.
Sep 22 - 10:08 AM

Steelers ILB Ryan Shazier has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL.

Shazier is undergoing an MRI Monday to determine how long he'll be out. It's a major blow to an already shaky Steelers defense, as the No. 15 overall pick gave this unit the sideline-to-sideline speed it desperately needs. Now they'll move forward without RCB Ike Taylor (arm), OLB Jarvis Jones (wrist) and Shazier. William Gay, Arthur Moats and Sean Spence are the respective backups.
Sep 22 - 9:58 AM

Travis Kelce played on 47-of-72 snaps (65.2 percent) in Sunday's win at Miami.

It's up from 19 Week 1 snaps for Kelce and 32 snaps in Week 2. It shows that the Chiefs are seeing the truly special abilities their second-year tight end has, even if he was only targeted four times against the Dolphins. With his role increasing heading into a Week 4 Monday Night home game against the Patriots, Kelce is bordering on TE1 status. He's turned 15 targets into a 10-166-1 line this season.
Sep 22 - 9:42 AM

Jarrett Boykin dropped two more catchable balls in Sunday's loss to the Lions.

A red-zone drop in Week 2 is what got Davante Adams going initially and Boykin continued to struggle Sunday. Per the Green Bay Press-Gazette, "Aaron Rodgers' confidence in him as the No. 3 receiver has to be eroding." Note that Boykin played on 36-of-54 snaps against the Lions, while Adams was in on 35 snaps. We'd expect the more talented Adams to eventually emerge from this rotation, making him the one to stash where possible.
Sep 22 - 9:13 AM
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