Dud: Haason Reddick
I mentioned above that it’s a good sign when your right tackle doesn’t get named on the broadcast for an entire game. But you know what position that’s not a good sign for? An edge rusher.
Haason Reddick remained absolutely invisible in Week 3, continuing a trend that I’m really starting to worry about.
He’s playing with a cast after undergoing thumb surgery, so you have to cut him some slack while he figures it out. I get it. But this is now three games of figuring it out, and no signs that he’s making progress on that front.
A lot of edge rushers would give anything to play alongside an interior d-line as good as Davis and Carter, since their eating up double-teams frees up tons of 1-on-1 pass rush opportunities. Reddick is getting those, and he’s simply not doing anything with them.
You can’t write this off as a matchup problem either. Josh Sweat had a good game. Brandon Graham had a good game. There were opportunities off the edge, and Reddick just didn’t capitalize on any of them.
This is becoming a very concerning trend from a guy we had hoped would be a Defensive Player of the Year candidate, and this is back-to-back dud games in primetime.
I’m not writing Reddick off for the season yet, but I’m certainly not going to expect much from him next week, or in any game until he shows some improvement.