With Denzelle Good sitting out, Braden Smith will get a second consecutive start at right tackle. Losing Margus Hunt and Denico Autry means that two of starters on the defensive line will have to be replaced. The duo happens to be the strongest interior pass rushers on the team at this point as well.
T.Y. Hilton’s absence means continued pressure on a young group of receivers. Ryan Grant and Chester Rogers will need to keep the chains moving and limits big play mistakes. Rogers has shown signs of taking a step forward with Hilton out but drops in the end zone and his big drop on a perfectly thrown deep pass against the Patriots will encourage Chris Ballard to look for his replacement.
Jack Doyle sitting out another game means more pressure on Eric Ebron, who has done well. Ebron was listed with numerous injuries throughout the week so it is possible the Erik Swoope will agains be asked to play a bigger role in the offense.
With Matthias Farley placed on injured reserve and Clayton Geathers out of the lineup, it likely means that free agent addition Mike Mitchell is asked to start and play considerable defensive reps. The 10-year veteran is certainly in a good position to pick things up quickly in Matt Eberflus’ scheme, but he could have some rust to knock off after spending time away from an NFL roster.