1. Baltimore Ravens – Combine TMZ releasing footage of Ray Rice hitting his wife with Roger Goodell desperately trying to reconstruct Ray Ricethe NFL’s suspension policy for domestic violence cases and I would say it’s a good bet Ray Rice’s case could be re-opened and he could be facing a longer suspension. On the heels of Bernard Pierce’s vastly underwhelming performance and Justin Forsett’s impressive one (11 rushes for 70 yards and a TD), this has all the makings for Forsett to be handed the reins in his former Head Coach’s offense. Forsett thrived in Gary Kubiak’s one-cut running scheme and could potentially vulture the lead back job, especially if Rice’s suspension is extended.
 2. Cleveland Browns – The fragile Ben Tate didn’t take long to live up to his name as he left with a knee injury in Week 1. Both of the rookies Terrance Westwere highly effective in relief of Tate, with Terrance West reaching the 100 yard mark and Isaiah Crowell adding 2 TDs. I would expect West to be the more sustainable option if Tate can’t go Week 2. If West continues to be effective with Tate banged up, he could force himself into the Browns’ plans either way.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Doug Martin ain’t exactly Dougie Fresh, as he followed-up a disappointing and injury-riddled 2013 by leaving Doug MartinWeek 1 in 2014 with a lower leg injury. Bobby Rainey scored a TD in relief of Martin and will be the guy to grab in the Bucs’ backfield if the muscle hampster can’t get back on the wheel in Week 2.
The Bottomline (cuz Stone Cold said so): When considering who to pick up, you must ask yourself what you are looking for out of the waiver wire: a short term plug-and-play based on the matchups, OR, are you trying to hope your lottery-ticket pays dividends for the whole season. All 3 of these teams have solid matchups next week: Ravens vs. Steelers / Browns vs. Saints / Bucs vs. Rams. Keep an eye out for updated news on Rice’s situation as well as Tate’s / Martin’s injuries. Whoever figures to miss the most time will indicate which backup is the safest pickup to pluck from the wire.

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Well, that escalated quickly. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach Greg Schiano has seen enough from starter Josh Freeman, as the Bucs will send out rookie OT_373109_WALL_24_Bucs08171_11386276_8colQB Mike Glennon to start vs. the Cardinals on Sunday.

The former backup to Russell Wilson at N.C. State until Wilson transferred to Wisconsin, Glennon amassed 7,085 yards and 62 TD’s between his junior and senior seasons. Glennon impressed the coaching staff in an August pre-season game vs. the Patriots, completing 12 of 22 passes for 2 TDs and a pick.

Glennon should be able to seize the starting job moving forward if he can secure a win at home vs. the Cardinals. With Freeman’s poor start to the season and his issues showing up to team functions, it doesn’t look good for the 5th year QB trying to land a new contract. This could potentially be the end of the road for Freeman as a starting Quarterback in the NFL.