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Week 5 Fantasy Football Matchups

Senior Fantasy Writer

Chris Johnson remains a hot topic in Fantasy, for obvious reasons. He had his first 100-yard game last week, churning his way there on 23 carries against the Browns. Some will tell you he's closer than ever to having one of his signature big-stat games.

Week 5 won't be it.

Sure, Pittsburgh looked more like a straw curtain than a steel curtain at Houston last week, but you have to give some credit to the organization. For years, they've been among the tops against the run. But specifically last week they struggled to finish tackles and couldn't stop Foster, who looked excellent.

And that's the thing: Foster looked sharp, Johnson hasn't. If Johnson runs like we've seen him run so far this season, the Steelers aren't going to look awful. They might yield 100 total yards to him, but they won't be embarrassed like they were last Sunday. Even without James Harrison the matchup against the rest of the Titans offense suggests that they'll still focus their attention on Johnson, and that could mean another day of tough sledding for the former first-round pick. Expect him to play like he did in Week 4, not better.

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Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams -- Thursday, 8:20 p.m. ET, Edward Jones Dome
Arizona Cardinals
QBKevin KolbOpportunistic Rams D has 8 INTs with just two pass TDs allowed. Very tough matchup for Kolb.
RBRyan WilliamsMatchup's nice but his OL is in rough shape. Rams get big DT Michael Brockers back. Starting Williams is a risk.
WRLarry FitzgeraldBattle vs. Cortland Finnegan will be fun. In '09 meeting vs. Finnegan, Fitzgerald had under 40 receiving yards. Rams secondary has been great but Fitz is a must-start.
WRAndre RobertsGood bye-week receiver. Has at least five Fantasy points per game -- and a TD in 3 of 4 games.
WRMichael Floyd Don't start him but keep an eye on him. Starting to get involved in Cardinals offense.
DSTCardinalsMust-start. Rams offense has produced 16 or fewer points in 3 of 4 games.
St. Louis Rams
QBSam BradfordQBs have stacked Cards for yardage but not touchdowns. Arizona's allowed 3 pass TDs through the season.
RBSteven JacksonGreat first half dwarfed by ridiculously terrible second half last week. Cards awesome vs. run this year, held S-Jax scoreless last year (allowed 220 total yards in two games though).
WRDanny AmendolaAnkle injury on top of good Cardinals secondary suggests another good, not great, game for Amendola.
WRChris Givens One to watch. Rams have been looking for him deep. If Brandon Gibson isn't 100 percent, he could be a factor.
DSTRamsSleeper. Secondary has played very well this year, addition of rookie DT Brockers should help run defense.

Atlanta Falcons at Washington Redskins -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, FedExField
Atlanta Falcons
QBMatt RyanHas 2+ pass TDs in 7 of last 9 and 3 TDs in 3 of 4 games this year. Redskins' secondary a huge mess.
RBMichael TurnerAppears to be running more fluidly with better acceleration. Redskins' run defense will be challenged to contain him.
RBJacquizz RodgersHas 9+ touches in three of four games. Not the best bye-week replacement but is an option.
WRRoddy WhiteJust 3 TDs outdoors on grass over last 13 outdoor games, but the matchup's way too good to sit him.
WRJulio JonesHand injury was non-factor last week vs. Panthers, just good defense. Should rebound BIG.
TETony GonzalezIt took the Bucs' weak TE corps to stop the Redskins' 3-game skid vs. TE scoring against them. Gonzalez should get it going again.
DSTFalconsRedskins offense has found a way to put up points and Falcons couldn't contain Cam Newton last week.
Washington Redskins
QBRobert Griffin IIIFalcons have allowed 200+ yards to 3 of 4 QBs and 4 pass TDs along with 2 rush TDs. RG3 should keep it rolling.
RBAlfred MorrisAtlanta's allowing 114.5 rush yards per game & allowed 4 rush TDs to RBs. Morris still solid.
WRPierre GarconGood news: He's healthy. Bad news: Falcons have allowed 2 TDs to WRs & none with more than 82 yards. Might be best as a flex.
WRLeonard HankersonGetting involved more (11 catches last two weeks) but might not have same impact with Garcon back.
TEFred DavisFalcons have been hit or miss vs. tight ends (TDs to Kevin Boss, Greg Olsen, Antonio Gates & Jacob Tamme held in check). Davis has 160 yards in last two games.
DSTRedskinsRedskins have been putting up points, amassing at least 24 points per game. Not the right week to use the Falcons DST.

Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Arrowhead Stadium
Baltimore Ravens
QBJoe FlaccoChiefs have allowed 2+ pass TDs in every 2012 game, something Flacco's done in 3 of 4. Historically, Flacco not as sharp on the road (just 7 games w/ 2+ TDs in last 17 on road).
RBRay RiceKC has allowed 192.7 total yards and 5 total TDs to RBs in their last three games.
WRTorrey SmithHas 3 TDs in last two games, Chiefs have allowed 5 TDs to receivers so far.
WRAnquan BoldinHas seen an increase in targets over last two games (19 total), but hasn't had consecutive 100-yard games since '09.
TEDennis PittaTight ends have scored in three of last four vs. Chiefs. Would start him again despite last week's goose egg.
DSTRavensRavens run defense makes them susceptible to Charles' runs, rest of D should shine.
Kansas City Chiefs
QBMatt CasselOn the verge of getting benched? No one should start him vs. vicious Ravens pass D.
RBJamaal CharlesRavens run D not as scary as before: They've allowed 5 TDs to RBs so far.
WRDwayne BoweRavens have allowed two TDs to WRs so far, but they're allowing 211.3 yards per game to WRs.
TETony Moeaki Door is open for decent numbers now that Kevin Boss is out for the season.
DSTChiefs Can't use them. Chiefs tied for 30th among DSTs in Fantasy points scored.

Cleveland Browns at New York Giants -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, MetLife Stadium
Cleveland Browns
QBBrandon WeedenAfter meltdown vs. Dallas, Giants pass D has averaged 242 pass yards with 3 pass TDs in three games. Can't start Weeden.
RBTrent RichardsonA must. Giants have allowed 60 yards & a TD or 140 total yards to 3 of 4 RBs they've faced.
WRGreg LittleWouldn't surprise me one bit if his next drop meant serious bench time.
WRJosh Gordon Wouldn't surprise me if he stepped up this week. Browns will pass a lot, Gordon should see some opportunities.
TEJordan CameronStill a player to scout, not add or start. Giants have been solid vs. 3 of 4 TEs they've faced.
DSTBrowns Giants landing 27.8 points & 411.0 yards per game. Browns allowing 24.5 points & 403.2 yards per game. Move along.
New York Giants
QBEli ManningEli should dominate. 3 of 4 QBs vs. CLE have topped 300 yards, every QB has totaled at least two TDs.
RBAhmad BradshawThough they've allowed every starting RB to get 8+ Fantasy points, Browns have yet to allow a rushing score.
WRVictor CruzBrowns have allowed 6 TDs to WRs since Joe Haden's suspension started.
WRDomenik HixonPhenomenal sleeper. Should have plenty of playing time and targets vs. lowly Browns secondary.
TEMartellus BennettCleveland D has been good vs. tight ends but Bennett too valuable to Giants offense down two receivers.
DSTGiantsBrowns have given up nine sacks, seven INTs through four weeks with three sub-17 point games. Giants DST should roll.

Green Bay Packers at Indianapolis Colts -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Lucas Oil Stadium
Green Bay Packers
QBAaron RodgersColts haven't faced tough QB yet, still have allowed 5 pass TDs through three games.
RBCedric BensonMust-start. Every starting RB has had at least 80 total yards, three RBs have totaled at least 16 Fantasy points!
WRJordy NelsonOf the four WRs who have scored vs. IND, three have had at least 80 yards to go with it. Nice week to use Jordy.
WRJames JonesShould see bump in targets with Jennings out. Has 50+ yards in 3 of 4 games, has TD in 2 of 4 games.
WRRandall CobbWorth a flier. Colts have allowed 181.3 yards per game just to wide receivers.
TEJermichael FinleyColts have faced only one tough TE (Kyle Rudolph) and he scored. Finley hasn't scored in three straight, though.
DSTPackersColts scoring 21.3 points, averaging 357.0 yards per game. Packers have allowed 20.2 points and 314.2 yards per game. So-so start.
Indianapolis Colts
QBAndrew LuckDecent sleeper. Packers have allowed 3 of 4 opposing QBs to total 18+ Fantasy points. Luck has 22+ points in each of last two.
RBDonald BrownHard to trust. Has seen increased touches through three games but Packers have settled down vs. one-dimensional runners (Brown has one catch this season).
WRReggie WaynePackers have allowed 5 TDs to WRs through four games and it could be higher. Wayne's been money every week.
WRDonnie AveryColts will have to pass a bunch, Avery a lock for lots of looks from Luck. Lance Moore had 15 last week.
TET.Y. HiltonMajor sleeper. Of the 4 WRs with 10+ Fantasy points vs. GB this year, three are non-No. 1 options. Hilton's speed makes him intriguing.
DSTColts Return of Freeney, Angerer will help an inspired Colts defense without Chuck Pagano, but the Packers' offense too explosive.

Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Paul Brown Stadium
Miami Dolphins
QBRyan TannehillThree of four opposing QBs vs. CIN have had at least 23 Fantasy points. Not sure Tannehill can get that many.
RBReggie BushBengals did great job vs. MJD last week, allowed at least 13 Fantasy points per week to opposing RBs before then. Bush should be OK.
RBJovorskie Lane Desperation RB to claim off waivers in hopes of a goal-line plunge.
WRBrian HartlineCincy hasn't allowed a 100-yard receiver, but neither had Arizona until last week.
WRDavone BessFive-plus catches in 3 of 4 games. 2 of 3 WRs with at least 5 catches vs. CIN have had 9 or more Fantasy points.
DSTDolphinsBengals in Top 10 in points and total yards. Makes the Dolphins a risky start, especially with Andy Dalton playing well.
Cincinnati Bengals
QBAndy DaltonLast 3 QBs to face Dolphins have put up 300+ yards; Kolb had 3 TDs last week. Dalton has 3 total TDs & 300+ yards each of last three games.
RBBenJarvus Green-EllisDolphins have been phenomenal vs. run, even holding Arian Foster to 79 rush yards in Week 1. Green-Ellis will need a TD to be solid.
WRA.J. GreenNo. 1 receivers have been excellent vs. Miami this season. No one's sitting this guy.
WRAndrew HawkinsNot a bad option after Andre Roberts scalded Miami last week, but has just 7 catches after landing 8 in Week 1.
TEJermaine GreshamDolphins truly haven't been tested vs. tough tight ends, not that Gresham (17 catches, 178 yards, 1 TD) is one.
DSTBengalsDSTs vs. Miami scoring 10.5 Fantasy points on average but Bengals defense banged up.

Philadelphia Eagles at Pittsburgh Steelers -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Heinz Field
Philadelphia Eagles
QBMichael VickPIT allowed just six total TDs to QBs in eight home games last year. The last QB to run for over 50 yards vs. the Steelers: Vick, in 2002!
RBLeSean McCoyYou'll start him but Steelers will play tough after getting trampled by McFadden in last game. PIT has allowed 11 TDs to RBs in last 19 games.
WRDeSean JacksonHasn't scored in consecutive games since 2010 but Steelers have struggled with speed receivers in recent past.
WRJeremy MaclinTough spot but should be OK after knocking off rust last week. Five WRs have at least 6 Fantasy points vs. PIT in three games.
TEBrent CelekClose call. Celek has 65 or fewer yards in three of four games; Steelers have allowed TD to TE in two of three games.
DSTEaglesSteelers averaging nearly 26 points per game and will get Rashard Mendenhall back. Tough to love them.
Pittsburgh Steelers
QBBen RoethlisbergerEagles have allowed back-to-back 2 TD performances vs. QBs with one INT. Ben has 8 TDs in first three games.
RBRashard MendenhallCan't expect him to run wild in first game in nine months, but he's a monster at Heinz Field (22 TDs in 27 games).
WRMike WallaceHas TD in three straight, playing like a man in a contract year. Eagles have struggled with Fitzgerald & Cruz in consecutive games.
WRAntonio BrownShould be a factor. Has 70+ yards in five straight. Eagles have allowed three 100+ yard receivers in last two games.
TEHeath MillerTough matchup for Miller: Eagles let TE catch TD for first time all year last week and it was a backup tight end. They'll have an eye on Miller.
DSTSteelersStarters Polamalu, Harrison back. That helps. Eagles offense has topped 20 points just once this season.

Chicago Bears at Jacksonville Jaguars -- Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, EverBank Field
Chicago Bears
QBJay CutlerJacksonville has allowed two pass TDs & 244+ yards in each of last two games. But will Cutler have to throw it more than 25 times?
RBMatt ForteJags giving up a minimum of 87 total yards to opposing starting RBs so far (6 total TDs allowed too).
RBMichael BushGiven the matchup it's possible Bush plunges for a TD. BJGE fumble saved Jags from allowing goal-line score last week.
WRBrandon MarshallJags have given up 110 yards & a TD to a WR in each of last two games. Marshall could make it three.
DSTBearsIf the Bears can put the clamps on MJD like the Jaguars did last week the DST should shine. Gotta start them.
Jacksonville Jaguars
QBBlaine GabbertBears have only allowed 4 passing TDs -- and 11 INTs. Probably a good week to pass on Gabbert.
RBMaurice Jones-DrewBears have improved vs. RBs each of last two games. Still not enough to put MJD on the bench, though.
WRJustin BlackmonImpossible to start Blackmon and have even moderate hopes. He's playing a lot but expectations remain small.
TEMarcedes LewisWouldn't be surprised to see him more involved thanks to thinned-out receiving corps. Bears struggled to contain Witten late last week.
DSTJaguarsBears offense hasn't posted over 20 points since Week 1. On the year they're posting just 307.5 yards per game. Still, Jags DST a Hail Mary Fantasy pick.

Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers -- Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, Bank of America Stadium
Seattle Seahawks
QBRussell Wilson3 of 4 QBs vs. Carolina have had 1 TD through the air. That's about as many as we can expect from Wilson.
RBMarshawn LynchPanthers have allowed six RBs to post 10+ Fantasy points this season. Marshawn will be No. 7.
WRSidney RiceMajor sleeper. Rice has been held under 50 yards every game with one TD but Seahawks could take some shots with him.
WRDoug Baldwin Expected back this week. Worth stashing on your roster before Week 5 games in case he can get something going.
DSTSeahawksTough spot for the Hawks coming across the country to take on Panthers offense averaging 373.8 yards per game.
Carolina Panthers
QBCam NewtonStill a risk/reward QB. Seattle has allowed just 2 pass TDs through the year but they haven't faced anyone like Cam in two years.
RBDeAngelo WilliamsTough matchup. No RB has topped 60 rush yards or 74 total yards vs. Seahawks this season.
RBJonathan StewartSeahawks have given up just two rush TDs so far this season. Stew averaging 58.0 total yards per game.
WRSteve SmithShould be a phenomenal battle vs. Seahawks' physical corners. Only 2 TDs have been scored by WRs vs. Seahawks' defense.
WRBrandon LaFell The guy has LaFallen off the Fantasy map. Just eight targets in his last two games. Can't trust him.
TEGreg OlsenSeahawks have allowed one TD to tight ends in last nine overall.
DSTPanthersDesperation option. Panthers' pass rush has improved but run defense is shaky, and that's Seattle's strength.

Buffalo Bills at San Francisco 49ers -- Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, Candlestick Park
Buffalo Bills
QBRyan FitzpatrickTwo of four QBs vs. SF have posted 2 TDs, only one has over 250 yards. Fitzpatrick should top both but it's clear he's overaggressive when he passes.
RBFred JacksonIt's the Niners (83.3 total yards to RBs per week) and Jackson's splitting reps. Only start him if you must.
RBC.J. SpillerOnly one RB this year has 100 total yards vs. SF so far this season. Spiller would need 15+ touches to get to that point.
WRSteve JohnsonOnly one receiver (James Jones) has scored on the Niners this year. Four receivers have had between 80 and 99 receiving yards, that might be Johnson's target.
TEScott ChandlerNiners have given up four TDs to tight ends so far. Chandler had two scores last week and has four on the season.
DSTBillsBills might get run over by the Niners' ground game. Can't trust them.
San Francisco 49ers
QBAlex SmithNot sure how much he'll have to throw but 3 of 4 QBs vs. BUF have had 250+ yards & 2+ TDs.
RBFrank GoreFour RBs have had 10+ Fantasy points vs. BUF this year including three starters. Gore is a must.
RBKendall HunterGood sleeper. BUF allowing 167 total yards per week to RBs. Hunter has at least 7 touches per game so far.
WRMichael CrabtreeReceivers have scored seven touchdowns in four games against the Bills. Maybe Crabtree sneaks in at home.
WRMario Manningham Has raised his yards per catch average in each game since the season opener.
TEVernon DavisBills were Gronked for over 100 yards & a TD last week. Expect Davis to get back on track.
DST49ersBills' offense threatening, but down two starting OL. Expect a bunch of sacks and INTs from the Niners.

Denver Broncos at New England Patriots -- Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, Gillette Stadium
Denver Broncos
QBPeyton ManningHas 300+ yards & 4 TDs in last 2 games vs. Belichick's Pats -- and that's with his IND receiving corps, not who he has now. Pats have allowed 7 pass TDs in last two games.
RBWillis McGaheeA little risky. Pats have allowed just one 100-yard RB and 1 TD to RBs through four weeks.
WRDemaryius ThomasReceivers have totaled 4 TDs in last three vs. Pats. Thomas has 100+ yards and/or a TD in 3 of 4 games.
WREric DeckerAfter slow start Decker has posted back-to-back 13 point Fantasy outings. Hard to sit him given the matchup.
TEJacob TammeWouldn't call Tamme safe but the Pats have allowed at least 6 Fantasy points to starting tight ends every week.
DSTBroncos They were awesome vs. OAK last week but struggled vs. HOU week before. Pats at home always put up points.
New England Patriots
QBTom BradyBig game at home and coming off of a 4-touchdown outing, it's impossible to sit him.
RBStevan RidleyPretty much have to start him despite tough matchup. Broncos have allowed 2 TDs to RBs and one 100-total-yard game. Ridley could score, yardage might not come in bunches.
RBBrandon BoldenCould sneak in for a score but seems to be locked into a clock-killer role, not a featured role like Ridley.
RBDanny WoodheadIf Pats have to get into hurry-up mode, he'll have a chance to be a factor. Has TD in each of last two games.
WRWes WelkerAnyone still questioning Welker's role in offense? 5 of 7 passing TDs allowed by DEN from 5 yards or less.
WRBrandon LloydDouble-digit Fantasy points in each of his last two games while leading the Pats in targets.
TERob GronkowskiBroncos have already allowed three TDs to tight ends, Gronk has three TDs in four games.
DSTPatriotsDSTs against Denver have failed to top 7 Fantasy points in three of four tries. Pats DST seems risky.

Tennessee Titans at Minnesota Vikings -- Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, Mall of America Field
Tennessee Titans
QBMatt HasselbeckLow-end sleeper. Averaged 310 yards per start last year when Britt was healthy. MIN has allowed 5 passing TDs so far.
RBChris JohnsonVikings run D has yet to allow TD or over 77 rush yards to a RB. They're a handful. Temper expectations.
WRNate WashingtonVikings have allowed just two TDs to WRs so far but would have been beat up by Lions last week if not for drops.
WRKenny BrittExpected to return after missing last week. Only one receiver (Donnie Avery) has more than 75 yards vs. MIN.
WRKendall WrightCaught a TD from Hasselbeck in garbage time last week, had TD in 2 of last 3 games. Risky sleeper.
TEJared CookVikings have allowed red-zone TDs to TEs in 3 of 4, Pettigrew had end zone drop last week. Sleeper.
DSTTitansOther than ridiculous special-teams game vs. DET, Titans DST has scored 6 or fewer Fantasy points per game.
Minnesota Vikings
QBChristian PonderTitans have given up 10 pass TDs (at least 2 per week), two 275+ yard passers. Ponder stunk last week, worth a gamble this week.
RBAdrian PetersonTitans have allowed four 1-yard touchdown runs, 2 100-yard rushers. AP should destroy them.
WRPercy HarvinAll 3 of TDs caught by WRs vs. TEN came in shootout vs. DET, includes Hail Mary. You'll start Harvin anyway.
WRJerome SimpsonVikings took shots downfield to Simpson last week, drew penalties. Just a matter of time before he explodes.
TEKyle RudolphWorth starting. Tennessee has allowed a TD to TE in 3 of 4 games and six TDs overall this season.
DSTVikingsTremendous one-week option. 3 of 4 DSTs vs. TEN have had 15+ Fantasy points. Vikings have tallied 17+ Fantasy points each of last two games.

San Diego Chargers at New Orleans Saints -- Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET, Mercedes-Benz Superdome
San Diego Chargers
QBPhilip RiversSaints have allowed 7 pass TDs and three 250+ yard games to QBs through four weeks. Rivers will have to throw a lot.
RBRyan MathewsIf Norv lets him run more, Mathews should rack up the yardage. Saints allowing 189.3 total yards per week to RBs.
RBJackie BattleWorth the risk. Saints have allowed six TDs (five rushing) through four games. Battle has 4 TDs in last two.
WRMalcom FloydOf the seven TDs the Saints have allowed through the air, six have been caught by wideouts. Four wideouts have had 90+ yards vs. NO.
WRRobert MeachemNot many will start him but matchup vs. old team/terrible pass defense the perfect elixir for what ails him.
TEAntonio GatesSaints pass defense has managed to do well vs. tight ends, a Steve Spagnuolo trait. Gates will still start for many but might struggle.
DSTChargersChargers DST feasted on Chiefs last week. Not sure they can do the same thing vs. Brees' high-scoring Saints.
New Orleans Saints
QBDrew BreesBrees has 3 TDs in 3 of 4 games this year, shouldn't slow down. Chargers allowed five pass TDs over last two games.
RBDarren SprolesLike Brees, is an ex-Charger facing off vs. old team for first time. Has 9+ Fantasy points in 3 of 4 games this year.
RBPierre ThomasNeeds a long run or TD to be relevant on 10 touches. Bolts have allowed 2 rush TDs to RBs so far.
RBMark Ingram Sit him. Carries haven't been there, nor have goal-line opportunities. Get ready for another Saints shootout.
WRMarques ColstonChargers allowing one TD per game to receivers. Colston was back to his old self last week.
WRLance MooreHamstring injury is cause for concern but is still heavily targeted and plays well at home.
TEJimmy GrahamHas gone nine straight games without back-to-back touchdownless outings. Should get rolling; Tony Gonzalez gashed Chargers in Week 3.
DSTSaints Three of four opposing DSTs have put up 7 or fewer points vs. SD. Can't trust this porous unit.

Houston Texans at New York Jets -- Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET, MetLife Stadium
Houston Texans
QBMatt SchaubMight not have to pass a lot, which could limit his production. Better options out there.
RBArian FosterJets have already allowed 6 rush TDs to RBs. No one's sitting Foster.
RBBen TateRisk to start him since twice already this season he's had a favorable outlook only to deliver minimal stats.
WRAndre JohnsonJets still haven't allowed a 100-yard receiver. Johnson's a fine start but has 1 TD in last three.
TEOwen DanielsJets have allowed 2 TDs to tight ends, Daniels has scored in two straight. Still nervous starting him.
DSTTexansMust-start. Who on the Jets is going to put up yardage and points?!
New York Jets
QBMark Sanchez Texans have allowed back-to-back 2 TD games to QBs, but Sanchez has been cold since Week 1.
QBTim Tebow Bump in playing time could begin this week. What else do the Jets have to lose?
RBShonn GreeneTexans still haven't allowed a rushing touchdown this season. Greene's still struggling to get 4 yards per carry.
RBBilal Powell Powell dominated playing time last week but had fewer carries. Still worth benching.
WRJeremy KerleyHas 2 TDs in four games, 45+ yards in 3 of 4. Getting a heck of an opportunity with Santonio done for the year.
WRChaz Schilens Was a sleeper for me a long time ago but knee injuries have robbed him of playing time and speed.
DSTJets No Revis, no pass rush and the Texans coming to town? Steer clear.

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