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Continued: NFL Insider: Is Stafford ready to step up?

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 7, 2013 - 6:54 PM

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Another season, another seemingly endless stream of injuries for the Packers. The area to watch is left tackle, where rookie fourth-rounder David Bakhtiari replaces Bryan Bulaga. According to profootballfocus.com, Bakhtiari gave up just one sack in 64 preseason pass-blocking snaps, ranking eighth among qualifying tackles in pass blocking efficiency (98.4).

Three observations ...

• Look out, Terrelle. Your Raiders head to Indy with their fourth starting left tackle (Khalif Barnes) since camp opened.

• Sometimes, coaches just unknowingly beg for distractions. Like Bucs coach Greg Schiano stripping QB Josh Freeman of his team captaincy heading into a contract year.

• The NFL is a cold business. How cold? Well, as soon as the Steelers cut a player, Mike Tomlin immediately unfollows him on Twitter.

Two predictions …

• 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick will not rush for 181 yards or more against the Packers in Sunday’s rematch of last season’s playoff game. We think.

• Browns rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo (bruised lung?) isn’t playing Sunday, but he will be subscribing to the theory that Cleveland is indeed jinxed.
 

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  • Matthew Stafford’s passer rating last season was a subpar 79.8.

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