Hobson notes another tight contest is the final linebacker spot sought by former Cincinnati Bearcat, J.K. Schaffer and the Southern Illinois rookie, Jayson DiManche. The defensive depth chart shows us that Schaffer is third in the middle while DiManche is third on the outside. Schaffer leads DiManche in tackles 15 to 11 but DiManche has a sack.
DiManche played well in the preseason home opener against New England, but since then, Hobson asserts both have “made some mistakes.” On special teams, in Atlanta, Schaffer’s block sprung Sanzenbacher for his TD return. Likewise, coordinator Darrin Simmons praises DiManche for his blocking on Brandon Tate’s TD return last weekend at Dallas.