Monday, July 28, 2008

Thundering Blurb Stampede part 2

So consider this an early Tuesday post -

And now the rest of the teams --

Atlanta Falcons
Joe Horn is showing up though unhappy to be remaining in the ATL..... The Qb competition is open between Chris Redman, Matt Ryan, DJ Shockley and Joey Harrington. Hard to say who will win - I am a proponent of shelving a high draft pick rookie QB unless you are desperate to save him a pounding.... But Atlanta is desperate for a new face of the franchise, although they also have a shaky O-line.....

New York Giants
David Carr is medically cleared to practice. Take that for what it's worth which - based on last season is nothing... Plaxico Burress had his ankle looked at and should be practicing soon. Given his playing through injury last season, worry not. Worry about his contract concerns maybe...

Jacksonville Jaguars
Wide receivers are dropping like flies - first Reggie Williams (sprained knee) and Jerry Porter (hamstring surgery), now Dennis Northcutt is out with a strained back. Looks like Mike Walker, Troy Williamson and John Broussard will get some good looks this Training Camp... Now it makes sense that Matt Jones is still around.... One of these guys could turn out to be a good vertical threat, though how busy he will be is unknown....

New York Jets
Laveranues Coles has looked healthy so far this Camp and will likely be productive not matter the QB - look at his TD stats the last few years, you might be surprised.... Chad Pennington looks better than Kellen Clemens so far though apparently it is more that Clemens looks bad than Pennington looks good. So you still probably want to stay away....

Detroit Lions
Shaun McDonald will likely be out until near the end of preseason. Shouldn't matter - his ability to yeild Fantasy points should be marginal behind Calvin Johnson and Roy Williams and without Martz there to throw every down...

Carolina Panthers
DJ Hackett and Muhsin Muhammad are splitting first team time in camp. This is going to remain an issue as they might end up both doing just enough to be tempting yet worthless for Fantasy purposes. Hackett is more explosive but Muhs has been here before and was getting more early OTA reps... Pick your poison and one might pay off, but damned if I know who today.....

New England Patriots
Looks like Jordan will be more Sammy Morris/Kevin Faulk than replacing Laurence Maroney who still needs to be consistent all season to be a reliable Fantasy running back...

Oakland Raiders
Ronald Curry continues to impress in Training Camp. I dislike Javon Walker, I think if there is a Raider receiver to own, Curry is it....

St Loius Rams
Steven Jackson is still holding out - according to ESPN and NFLN (I guess via the AP wire) HC Scott Linehan is keeping in touch via texts but isn't sure wher his star RB is. Maybe the reports they might want McFadden were less smoke and mirrors than I thought. I'm not worried yet, but if you have a draft now, depending on the board, you may take a hard look at other backs. I won't jump the gun and say avoid as a few missed weeks won't hurt Jackson - a vet. He'll be just a little fresher come December. Still, how serious is he and how long will this go on?....

Baltimore Ravens
Mark Clayton is running as the #1 and is looking to bounce back from a bad 2007. Of course, if you are drafting ask yourself - who is throwing?..... Willis McGahee is back to practice with his knee taped (probably a precaution). Ray Rice might be a good handcuff, depending on how McGahee looks over the next few weeks.....

Washington Redskins
Battle of the Rookie WRs: Right now, Malcolm Kelly is hurt as is fellow rookie Devin Thomas. Likely, neither will play in Sunday Nights Hall of Fame Game.... Jason Campbell is looking very good and very accurate in practices. Consider him a part of your QBBC....

New Orleans Saints
The offense is looking good, but the defense is missing some weapons. First rounder Sedrick Ellis remains unsigned and top DB Mike McKenzie is being eased into the practices due to ACL surgery.... Neither was a sure thing IDP hit, but people were looking at them for soem bench depth.....

Seattle Seahawks
TJ Duckett is moving to the fullback position. Good news for Maurice Morris and Julius Jones owners as they will at least split carries. Bad news for those who believe that THIS TIME, Duckett would break out..... Nate Burleson is still the only wideout of the Big Three (Nate, Branch and Engram). Engram is engram and should catch up quick IF and WHEN he reports. Branch is an injury problem and they have no clue when he'll be back. Avoid Branch like the plague.....

Pittsburgh Steelers
Big Ben Roethlisberger will get more no-huddles this year, which he wants and should keep D's hopping.... Rookie RB Rashard Mendenhall looks to be stepping into the expected short yardage/receiver role we expected after the draft....

Houston Texans
Is it the end of July already? Must be because Chris Brown is already beat up.... Rookie linebacker Xavier Adibi is looking impressive in camp so far. If you haven't had your start-up Dynasty Draft, keep an eye on him..... Andre Johnson is looking healthy and ready to go as well - draft away. He remains (if healthy) a top flight Fantasy receiver...

Tennessee Titans
Justin Gage and Justin McCariens are the starting wideouts going into camp. That's all that needs to be said for the pass game..... Rookie Chris Johnson is signed and will likely be Vince Young's big hope for yardage through the air. I've liked the pick, despite the fact they needed a receiver and didn't draft one. Johnson will be that guy and LenDale White will be the pounder....

Minnesota Vikings
No Brett Favre yet and won't be... Jackson is looking ok - so far, so good.... Chester Taylor remains a guy who could get some good carries but draft him only as an ADP handcuff or in the hopes Peterson gets banged up and his owner needs your help....

That's all for now - more tomorrow - shorter bursts I swear...

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