Not only is RB Anthony Thomas on the trading block, but it's not out of the question that veteran WR Peerless Price is moved before this month's trading deadline. Price is not happy with his spot on the depth chart (No.4) and has been a virtual non-contributor so far.
Green Bay Packers
Look for No. 2 TE David Martin to see more playing time than usual even when TE Bubba Franks returns to the lineup. Martin played receiver in college and started playing tight end in his rookie season in 2001. Because of season-ending injuries to No. 1 WR Javon Walker and rookie WR Terrence Murphy, the roster is down to three receivers with experience.
Look for rookie WR Jerome Mathis to see increased playing time going forward. The coaching staff is looking for more ways to move the ball down field and they feel the speedy small college is ready for a larger role. They already moved fourth-year WR Jabar Gaffney in with the starters last week.
Although No. 3 WR Brandon Stokley actually started last week's game, he actually only was in on three plays against Tennessee. The coaching staff decided to go with more two tight end sets to help protect QB Peyton Manning who has yet to be sacked this season. Tennessee DE Kyle Vanden Bosch has been so hard to keep from the quarterback that the coaches decided to have as much protection as possible during the game.
Second-round pick Khalif Barnes, who has been practicing exclusively at left tackle for the last few weeks, is slated to make his first NFL start Sunday evening against Cincinnati. Barnes fell out of the first round of this year's draft because scouts believed he wasn't physical enough to play the position at the next level.
Barnes will be the third starter at left tackle in their first five games.
While the team is saying his status is considered week to week, an NFL source tells Scout.com not to look for PK David Akers back on the playing time until some time in late November. Akers has a hamstring tear which, as of now, will not require surgery to repair. Rest and rehab will get him back to 100% but that will take from 6-8 weeks.
San Diego Chargers
The coaches did an interesting thing last week. According to a league source, the Chargers often kept 10 players in the huddle often on offense and made multiple substitutions before plays started. There's nothing wrong with what they did but the were able to throw some confusion at New England right before the snap. It will be interesting to see if any other teams try this.
Look for second-year WR D.J. Hackett to make his first NFL start on Sunday. The coaching staff has decided to bring Peter Warrick in as the No. 3 receiver because he's better working out of slot where he works better in space rather putting him in a larger area.