News: Mercilus had five tackles and two sacks in Monday night's 30-23 loss to the Steelers.
Impact: The quarterback takedowns were the first of the season for Mercilus, who has been filling in for Jadeveon Clowney (knee). Clowney was a game-time decision Monday, so his return is near. That means Mercilus will be back to a rotation role at outside linebacker, but he's shown an ability to get the quarterback in the past. He could be used as a passing-down specialist.
News: Cushing (knee) had just one assisted tackle in Monday night's 30-23 loss to the Steelers. He has just five tackles in his last two games.
Impact: Cushing's tackling numbers are what made him an IDP candidate in the past, but something's not right. He had a three-game stretch of 34 tackles between Weeks 3 and 5 before this recent downturn. The linebacker has had two knee surgeries the last two years and it may be affecting him more than has been reported.
News: Bullock converted all three of his field-goal attempts and added two extra points in Monday night's 30-23 loss to the Steelers. The 11-point night was Bullock's third double-digit outing in seven games.
Impact: Bullock has been successful on 12 of his 14 field-goal attempts this season and he's tied for 11th among placekickers with 53 points this season.