NFL Insider: Charean Williams’ five cents

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My five cents

1Ndamukong Suh is a really good player with All-Pro potential, but his cheap shots keep overshadowing his play. The Detroit Lions defensive tackle has $177,500 in fines for five personal fouls in four seasons. He also has served a two-game suspension. Suh’s nastiness is part of what makes him the player he is, but he has to figure out how to use it the right way.

2The Tampa Bay Bucs appear headed toward a future without quarterback Josh Freeman, a free agent at season’s end. Freeman missed the team photo, and then a few days later, on Sept. 5, the quarterback lost his captaincy. Coach Greg Schiano denies a story that he rigged the vote, but he has said previously that he is not “married” to Freeman. Mike Glennon, the team’s third-round draft pick in April, could be the quarterback in waiting.

3The Houston Texans insist they do not have a running back controversy. Ben Tate, though, will continue to take touches from Arian Foster until Foster shows he is completely recovered from calf and back injuries that kept him out of training camp. Foster averaged only 3.2 yards on 18 carries, dropped two passes and was stopped on third-and-1 and fourth-and-1 situations. Tate averaged 6.1 yards per carry on nine carries.

4The Cincinnati Bengals suffered a disappointing loss, but the good news for them is the continued development of Andy Dalton. The former TCU quarterback, who had trouble completing the deep ball his first two seasons, connected on three deep passes and drew a pass interference penalty on another. Of Dalton’s 282 passing yards, 171 came in the air with only 111 yards after the catch.

5The Philadelphia Eagles signed tight end James Casey from Houston, giving him a three-year, $12 million deal with $2.7 million guaranteed. The Azle product played only two snaps against the Washington Redskins as the Eagles played very little “12” personnel. Casey is third on the depth chart behind Brent Celek and rookie Zach Ertz.

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