On defense, three rookies look poised to have significant involvement in the football game. Defensive tackle Javon Hargrave is listed as the starting nose tackle while defensive backs Artie Burns and Sean Davis should see some time in rotation at least. Linebacker Tyler Matakevich is listed as the primary backup to Ryan Shazier, and could also see some time with the defense.
Regardless of the number of defensive snaps the rookies get, they’re likely to be heavily involved on special teams. That will be a crucial portion of the game for the young linebacker and defensive backs in particular.
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