5. HB Raheem Mostert
Last week, we saw Raheem Mostert have a monster day on the ground, totaling 146 yards and a touchdown on nineteen carries. Mostert had the best day of his career, which led to Tevin Coleman losing snaps. With no Matt Breida heading into the game, Tevin Coleman was expected to receive the majority of carries, although he received just five. With Matt Breida expected to return Sunday against the Saints, it should be interesting to see how Mostert is used coming off of his outstanding performance in Baltimore.
4. SS Marcell Harris
With Jaquiski Tartt likely out on Sunday, second year strong safety Marcell Harris will likely make his first start of the season on Sunday. When Tartt went down last Sunday due to a rib injury, Marcell Harris came in and played well. Harris recorded 4 tackles and a fumble strip of potential MVP QB Lamar Jackson. Harris has shown some potential, and against the Saints’ elite passing offense, we will get to see what Harris is made out of.
3. Nick Bosa
Nick Bosa has been rather quiet in recent weeks when it comes to sacking the QB. He’s still consistently getting to the QB, but he’s been struggling to get them down. I don’t see it as a big problem, especially considering that some of the QB’s Bosa has gone up against are extremely mobile (Jackson, Murray (2x), Wilson). However, especially considering that Saints LT Terron Armstead may miss Sunday’s game due to an ankle injury, Bosa could have a big bounce back game. Brees isn’t mobile whatsoever, so it’s gonna be a lot easier for Bosa to get to the QB.
2. Deebo Samuel
Deebo Samuel has been on fire as of late. In his last 4 games, Samuel has recorded 20 catches, 337 receiving yards, and 2 receiving TD’s. With Saints start CB Marshon Lattimore to likely shadow Emmanuel Sanders most of the game, Deebo Samuel may have to be Garoppolo’s WR1. Samuel has shown that he’s capable of this in recent weeks, but the Saints secondary is still talented outside of Lattimore with the likes of Eli Apple and P.J. Williams. It’s very likely that Samuel is going to have to play well in order for the passing game to thrive.
1. Richard Sherman
Richard Sherman will be guarding the best WR in the NFL on Sunday in Michael Thomas, who leads the NFL in receiving yards with 1,290 yards. This will easily be Sherman’s biggest test of the year, and it should be exciting to watch two of some of the best players at their respected positions go at it on Sunday. If Thomas gets going, it is going to be extremely hard to attempt and slow him down again. It’s also notable that Sherman has been dealing with a little bit of a knee injury, but he is expected to play Sunday.
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