Posted 1/13 by Mike Anderson and William Grant, Exclusive to Footballguys.com
For the 2005 season, we highlighted 25 players that we believed would be worth
giving up a roster slot for. Some were great picks; some were not. Over the
next couple weeks, we'll recap all 25 of them and give your our additional thoughts
on them for the 2006 season and beyond.
Alvin Pearman: RB Jacksonville Jaguars (Week
2005 Stats: 39-149 Rushing Yards, 1 TD. 32-240 Receiving Yards.
8-187 Kick Return Yards. 49-410 Punt Return Yards.
Final thoughts: Pearman was used more as a third down, change of pace
type of back by the Jaguars, and it looks like that trend will continue. Fred
Taylor was hurt for a portion of the season, and may not be with Jacksonville
in 2006, but Greg Jones appears to be the back that would benefit the most from
Taylor's removal. Pearman's role could expand a bit, but he is probably not
going to be a back that will touch the ball 30 times a game. Still, in PPR leagues,
he's probably worth a roster slot, if only to use as a spot or emergency starter.
He's a Kevin Faulk type of back, who would probably score a few points each
week, and maybe rip off a surprise long TD, but would a significant role change
to warrant starting him every week. For the playoff he had two carries for eight
yards and no receptions.
Keiwan Ratliff: CB Cincinnati Bengals (Week
2005 Stats: 39 Solo Tackles, 6 Assists, 3 INTs, 1 FF, 1 FR
28-147 Punt Return Yards.
Final thoughts: Ratliff didn't explode out of the gate during his second
season, but he still improved on his stats from 2004. However, he's still not
putting up the stats that would make him a starter in most IDP leagues. He's
definitely worth a roster slot as the Bengals spent a 2nd round draft pick on
him, and they clearly believe that he can play. Starting CB Deltha O'Neal has
been banged up the last two seasons and could lost more and more time to Ratliff.
CB Tory James is only under contract through 2006 and may be playing elsewhere
after that. Ratliff is definitely worth keeping for now. For the playoffs, he
only had two punt returns for just 15 yards.
Edell Shepherd: WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2005 Stats: 6-103 Receiving Yards, 1 TD 20-414 Kick Return Yards.
Final thoughts: Joey Galloway surprised a lot of people this season,
setting career bests in receptions and receiving yards. He made it a full 16
games for the first time since 2002 and firmly planted himself as the #1 receiving
option on the team. Everyone else on the team, including Shepherd, too a stat
hit because of it. Add in the emergence of rookie TE Alex Smith and Shepherd
quickly became the #6-8 option for the Tampa passing game. He's probably not
worth a roster slot at this point, but is worth keeping an eye on if Galloway
ever goes down, or something happens to another Tampa WR. For the playoffs,
he had just one catch for four yards.