Jason Verrett continues to re-establish himself as an elite corner, while Jeff Gladney is really making a name for himself as week four of the NFL season comes to a close. Ty Summers had a big game as well, on the game’s biggest regular-season stage.
Jason Verrett, CB, San Francisco 49ers
Injuries have taken a toll on one of last year’s Super Bowl participants, but it’s great to see Verrett on the field and impacting games. After a huge season debut last week, JV had four tackles against the Eagles while playing 98% of the defensive snaps. The Athletic said of him, “Verrett had another strong game, albeit against another banged-up receiving corps. The Eagles completed one of their two passes toward Verrett and the cornerback was picked by another Eagles receiver on the play. He’s allowed 9 receiving yards in two straight games.”
Ben Banogu, DE, Indianapolis Colts
Indy won at Chicago last week, and seems to have found their footing under Phillip Rivers. Banogu had a tackle in 20 snaps of game play.
Ross Blacklock, DT, Houston Texans
Ross can’t get himself out of the doghouse in Houston, playing just nine snaps on defense and six on special teams in a losing effort against the Vikings. He had one tackle on the day.
L.J. Collier, DE, Seattle Seahawks
Seattle continues to be somehow one of the best teams in the league and one of its most underappreciated. As good as Russell Wilson has been — and he has been elite — the defense has been a huge part of their 4-0 record as well, and that includes Collier. The versatile defensive lineman is playing about half of his team’s snaps on D, and continues to fill gaps and make plays doing so.
Andy Dalton, QB, Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys are hilarious, but it sure is nice having Dalton back around.
Jeff Gladney, CB, Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings became the latest team to beat the Texans, and Gladney continues to improve week by week. Against Houston, the corner had five tackles, a tackle for loss, and a pass breakup, as he allowed just four receptions on seven targets against a potentially potent passing offense. He’s earning some really rave reviews in the process:
Justin Jefferson is the breakout star, but don't forget about the Vikings' other two recent first-rounders:— Will Ragatz (@WillRagatz) October 5, 2020
Garrett Bradbury was excellent against HOU and is now PFF's No. 9 center out of 35.
Jeff Gladney's 69.9 coverage grade is a single-game best for any Vikings CB in 2020.
Jerry Hughes, DE, Buffalo Bills
Hughes had two tackles, a tackle for loss, and a QB hit Sunday against the Raiders, helping move the Bills to 4-0 on the season. He is not putting up massive numbers, but he continues to be an impact player for a very good defense.
Joe Noteboom, OL, Los Angeles Rams
Noteboom remains on IR with a right calf strain. The Rams beat the Giants 17-9.
Matt Pryor, OG/OT, Philadelphia Eagles
Matt continues to establish himself at tackle for the Eagles, and was solid on the line as the Eagles knocked off the 49ers, 25-20, in a very dumb game.
Jalen Reagor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Reagor remains on the DL for Philly with a torn UCL in his right thumb.
Austin Schlottmann, OG/C, Denver Broncos
Austin got a little facetime on Thursday night football this week:
Vernon Scott, S, Green Bay Packers
Scott had one tackle in limited action against the Falcons, as Green Bay won 30-16 on Monday night.
Ty Summers, LB, Green Bay Packers
Summers continues to secure his role, and had seven tackles in 52 defensive snaps while also playing a big role on special teams.
Halapoulivaati Vaitai, OT, Detroit Lions
For the second consecutive week, Vaitai played 100% on his team’s offensive snaps, a great sign coming off of injury. He was the second highest graded player on the offense, but the Lions fell to the Saints, 35-29.