Fantasy information, fantasy Fantasy news, Fantasy articles, Fantasy rankings           Fantasy Football Info For Serious Players

Fantasy Football Information | Fantasy Football Articles | Fantasy Football News | Fantasy Football links | Fantasy Football Updates | Fantasy Football Humor |
 Fantasy Football Tools | Fantasy Football Forecast |


Forums
SiteMap
Login / Signup  
Home  
•  Articles  
•  Forecast  
•  Humor  
•  Links  
•  News  
•  Stats  
•  Tools  
Updates
 
Volume 6, Issue 137 (Friday, September 2nd)

Hi Folks,

Again, our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to our many friends along the Gulf Coast suffering from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. It puts what we do with Fantasy Football into perspective. The Red Cross can definitely use your help. More info is here http://www.redcross.org/ or 1-800-HELP-NOW if you would like to help. I've had several folks tell me today that their local leagues were donating either part or all of their prize money to the Red Cross. That's a great idea.

On to Football. Things are moving fast here. Last week, Chad Hutchison was the Bears starting QB. Today, he's in the unemployment line... You have to keep up. I know that many leagues are drafting this weekend and we'll continue to ramp up our coverage to bring you everything you need to Dominate Your League. From Training Camp Updates, Drafting Software, to Fantasy Articles to the latest in Cheatsheets and up to the minute Stat Projections. We'll keep you covered. Thanks to our Footballguy Chris Smith for the help rounding up these stories tonight. Let's get to it.

Joe Bryant


INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. KC - QB Green Undergoes Medical Procedure; Should Be Ready To Go Week One
2. HOU - QB Carr, Offense Struggle Through Another Preseason Game
3. MIA - Dolphins Quarterback Situation Unsettled And Ugly
4. PIT - QB Roethlisberger And Steelers Offense Out Of Sync This Preseason
5. BAL - RB Lewis, TE Heap Back But 1st-String Offense Struggles
6. KC - WR Mitchell Released
7. CAR - RB Stephen Davis With No Setbacks In Preseason Game Against Steelers
8. CLE - Rookie QB Frye Impressive Against Bears But Insists There Is No Quarterback Controversy
9. CHI - Rookie QB Orton Has The Moxie To Lead The Bears
10. CHI - Rookie WR Bradley Finishes Off A Strong Preseason Hoping To Land A Starting Job
11. CAR - Rookie RB Shelton Ends Disappointing Preseason With A Fumble And Knee Injury
12. SF - There Is A Pulse! WR Woods Shows Signs Of Life
13. ATL - TE Crumpler Has Knee Drained
14. NYJ - TE Jolley Fails To Beat Out Incumbent TE Baker?
15. TB - K Bryant May Have Earned Starting Job
16. NYJ - Backup OT Cavka May Have Fractured His Hand
17. WAS - RB White Breaks Leg Thursday Night
18. TB - Buccaneers Defense Looks Much Improved This Year
19. MIA - RB Williams Says He Won't Miss Playing During His Suspension
20. NOS - Saints First Game Moved To New Jersey

1. KC - QB Green Undergoes Medical Procedure; Should Be Ready To Go Week One

Clipped from: AP article on MSNBC.com

Doctors have placed a stent in an artery in Trent Green's lower left leg and put the Kansas City quarterback on blood-thinners in an effort to restore full circulation.

Green, who underwent four operations on his left knee six years ago, will not play in Friday night's exhibition game at St. Louis but does plan to be ready for the Sept. 11 season opener against the New York Jets.

"By Wednesday, I'll be able to do everything full-go and be ready to go with no complications or problems for the opener," he said Thursday. "That was one of the things I wanted to find out."

Doctors were not able to say with certainty what caused the condition that led to numbness and lack of feeling in the leg and foot and caused him to come out of last Saturday's game against Seattle in the first quarter.

It may be related to the succession of surgeries Green required after his knee injury in the 1999 preseason. But doctors are not pointing to football contact as the cause.

"That's the hard part for me is not knowing how it happened," said Green, who underwent the surgery on Tuesday. "I really haven't taken any sort of hits or uncomfortable twists or turns or anything like that that could have done it."

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ OUR VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Ok, here's where we get off the cut and dried factual stuff and start to get into opinion and even a rumor. First the opinion - I've talked to two M.D.'s today that are worried about this situation with Green. Both docs seem to think everyone is dismissing this too easily. There are potential issues with blood thinning medication that might be used and potential for internal bleeding should Green take a hard hit. I'm not saying anyone isn't being truthful here in the media. I'm saying a couple of doctor friends of mine are not dismissing this as no big deal. Adding fuel to the fire is the rumor circulated today in Detroit that the Chiefs had inquired about trading for Lions QB Joey Harrington. Harrington obviously would have not been cheap, so the thinking is that the Chiefs felt a more than casual need to obtain a solid backup for Green. This trade inquiry is strictly rumor at this point so take that for what it's worth. Jeff Garcia's injury made Harrington untradeable so we'll likely never know how this might have played out.

Bottom line - I'm not panicked over Green but I'm more concerned than most people who seem to be dismissing the surgery entirely.

Back to Top


2. HOU - QB Carr, Offense Struggle Through Another Preseason Game

Clipped from: Houston Chronicle article by John McClain

QB Chris Simms, the former University of Texas quarterback, came off the Tampa Bay bench Thursday night and threw three touchdown passes in the Buccaneers' 38-14 preseason victory over the Texans at Raymond James Stadium.

Simms' brilliance contrasted with the play of Texans quarterback David Carr, who was 1-of-5 for four yards and two interceptions. That's a passer rating of 0.0.

If Carr's intention was to play so bad in the last preseason game that the Buffalo Bills would be overconfident for the Sept. 11 opener, it was a stroke of genius. But the truth is that Carr's second consecutive poor performance is an indication that something is dreadfully wrong with the passing game at the worst possible time.

"David hasn't played well the last two weeks, and he knows that," Capers said.

He said he has no intention of scrapping the three-step drop the Texans installed in the offseason to cut down on sacks.

"That's not even an issue," Capers said. "We made a commitment to it, and we're sticking with it. David knows we have work to do, and I'm convinced that we'll get things squared away."

Capers and Carr are going to have to do a lot of convincing to make fans believe they've got a chance to upset the Bills after finishing the preseason 1-3. But as Capers pointed out, the Texans lost 34-3 here in the last preseason game of 2003 and opened the regular season a week later with a 21-20 victory at Miami.

"Everything we've done the last five months we've done with one thing in mind, and that's to be at the top of our game when we go to Buffalo," Capers said. "(The players) don't feel good about the way they played tonight, and I don't, either. The preseason's over, and we've got a lot of work to do before we play Buffalo. We have to prepare with a sense of urgency. Our standards have to be a lot higher than they were tonight."

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ OUR VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

It has been a horrible preseason for QB David Carr. Granted, it is only the preseason but you still look for positive plays and effective offense at this time of the year and it is very apparent that David Carr is struggling to find his game right now. One completion out of five attempts and two interceptions is definitely cause for concern and it would be a wise move by fantasy owners at this time to slide Carr down the cheatsheets a bit. That also means as much as I like the guy, I think twice before drafting talented receiver Andre Johnson who may be hard pressed to better his numbers from a year ago. There is still time of course for the Texans offense to turn it around but drafting Carr, Johnson or anybody from the Texans offense other than Domanick Davis should be labeled "Buyer Beware"

Back to Top


3. MIA - Dolphins Quarterback Situation Unsettled And Ugly

Clipped from: Sun-Sentinel article by Alex Marvez

The Dolphins are entering the regular season with an even more muddled quarterback situation than when the preseason began almost six weeks ago.

Not only did Gus Frerotte and A.J. Feeley do nothing to differentiate themselves in the competition to start the Sept. 11 opener against Denver, third-stringer Sage Rosenfels may now be a contender after his performance in the second half of Thursday night's 20-17 loss to Atlanta at Dolphins Stadium.

Rosenfels completed 17 of 25 passes for 217 yards with two touchdowns working with third- and fourth-string players.

"I was pleased with the way Sage played," Saban said. "It looked like he had some command out there. He did a good job and has continued to do a good job every time he has had an opportunity. Those things are factors that need to be taken into consideration."

Rosenfels said didn't know he might be in contention to start.

"I haven't spoken with any of the coaches," said Rosenfels, who has served predominantly as a reserve since joining the Dolphins in 2002. "I'm just happy the preseason is over."

Frerotte started his fourth consecutive exhibition game, which may indicate he will remain in that position against the Broncos. He completed 2 of 3 passes for 10 yards. Center Seth McKinney and left tackle Damion McIntosh were penalized for false starts to hinder the first and third series, respectively, while Frerotte was sacked by backup defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux for a 7-yard loss to end the second possession.

"We just keep shooting ourselves in the foot with all these penalties," right tackle Vernon Carey said.

It got worse when Feeley entered the game with the second-team offense for the remainder of the half. Feeley completed just 4 of 17 passes, showing poor form on some incompletions and being harried by Atlanta's pass rush on others.

Feeley, who had five interceptions returned for touchdowns in 2004, had the same thing happen late in the second quarter. A pass thrown behind tight end Donald Lee was snagged by safety Etric Pruitt and returned 51 yards for a score than gave Atlanta a 13-0 lead.

Feeley did complete two of his final four passes, including a 34-yard pass to Thompson, to move the Dolphins into position for a 28-yard Olindo Mare field goal as time expired in the half. But that wasn't enough to appease Saban.

"The most important thing to me about [the quarterback] position is who's going to manage the game to give us a chance to win," Saban said. "Part of that is not just the plays to make but some of the plays that you allow the other teams to make with your decisions."

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ OUR VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

The Dolphins passing attack can be summed up with one word so far this preseason. Ugh. A.J. Feeley has likely shot himself in the foot for the last time as a 4 for 17 performance is simply inexcusable at any level of football. Perhaps he and Chad Hutchinson can compare notes to figure out how to complete more than 25% of the passes thrown. Almost certainly it will be Gus Frerotte in there at quarterback and at least he brings experience to the mix. However the Dolphins must find a quarterback of the future next season as it has become abundantly clear that Feeley is not the answer, either short-term or long-term for the Dolphins franchise. It wouldn't be a surprise to us if Rosenfels is upgraded to the # 2 spot.

Back to Top


4. PIT - QB Roethlisberger And Steelers Offense Out Of Sync This Preseason

Clipped from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article by Ed Bouchette

The Steelers finally produced two, good touchdown drives from their offense last night, but they weren't from Ben Roethlisberger and the first team.

Charlie Batch replaced Roethlisberger in the second quarter and drove his backup offense to two touchdowns, including a 45-yard scoring toss to Sean Morey with 1:35 left to beat the Carolina Panthers, 21-17.

Earlier, Batch deftly moved his second unit 82 yards on 14 plays for a touchdown in the second quarter as the Steelers completed the preseason at 3-1.

The last warmup for the regular season, though, turned cold again for Roethlisberger, 2004's rookie of the year, and his offense. They failed to produce a touchdown in four preseason games.

Playing into the second quarter, Roethlisberger nearly had as many yards rushing as he did passing. He scrambled out of the pocket twice for 20 yards and completed just 2 of 6 passes for 24 and was sacked once. Batch, fighting to become the No. 3 quarterback, played the rest of the way and completed 16 of 29 for 182 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Over four preseason games, Roethlisberger completed 16 of 36 passes for 145 yards, no touchdowns, two interceptions and a 32.8 passer rating. Coach Bill Cowher said the offense has not been in sync all preseason, and it looked worse last night, at least when the first team was on the field.

Although Carolina coach John Fox yanked his first-team offense with 5:46 left in the first quarter, Bill Cowher sent his back onto the field for a third try with 59 seconds left against the Panthers' second-team defense.

Under pressure, Roethlisberger threw a weak pass that was tipped by safety Marlon McCree, incomplete. Roethlisberger scrambled 13 yards for a first down, but the series --and another unsatisfying night -- ended for the Steelers' first offense when the quarterback scrambled for 7 yards three plays later and came up one yard short.

Batch took over at quarterback on the next series for the Steelers and had immediate success. He drove the second offense 82 yards on 14 plays for a touchdown, scored by rookie Noah Herron on a one-yard run. Rookie tight end Heath Miller, kept under wraps in the first three games, caught two passes for 37 yards on that scoring drive, including one of 29 yards. Miller, the 30th player taken in the draft, caught two passes for nine yards in the first three games.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ OUR VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

It is situations such as the struggles of 2nd year quarterback Ben Roethlisberger that are important to track during the preseason. A poor effort or two during the preseason is not reason to panic by themselves but when the starting offense cannot produce a touchdown throughout the entire preseason and appear to be out-of-sync, a red flag has to go up. Without question Roethlisberger had a magical rookie campaign but over the last two playoff games and now into the preseason it appears his confidence has taken a big hit. Can the Steelers offense get out of this preseason funk they are in? Sure they can. But as a fantasy owner you have to temper your expectations of this situation and you should only draft Roethlisberger, Hines Ward and the rest of the Steelers offensive players if great value presents itself. Another case of "Buyer Beware".

Back to Top


5. BAL - RB Lewis, TE Heap Back But 1st-String Offense Struggles

Clipped from: Washington Post article by Camille Powell

Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis didn't have to wait long to test his right ankle Thursday night against the Washington Redskins. Lewis got the ball on the first play from scrimmage, and on the second, and again on the third. He touched the ball on seven of the first eight offensive plays, finished with 15 yards on six carries and caught one pass for four yards in his preseason debut.

"I got done what I needed to get done," said Lewis, "I was able to get in there with my fullback [Alan Ricard] and get everything down, get our tracks down, get some hits, go down and hit the ground. I haven't done that all camp, for the last eight months or so, since last season. It was good to get out there and get that done."

Ricard, tight end Todd Heap and linebacker Peter Boulware also took the field for the first time for the Ravens, 10 days before they open the regular season against the Indianapolis Colts. Heap, who underwent separate surgeries on his ankle and shoulder during the offseason, made one catch for six yards.

The return of Lewis and Heap was really the only positive for the starting offense, which gained only 30 yards and one first down (which came via penalty) in one quarter during the Ravens' 26-20 overtime win. Lewis was stuffed twice on third-and-one carries.

Kyle Boller, who was knocked around by the New Orleans Saints last week, emerged unscathed. He completed 2 of 6 passes for 10 yards, but two of those incompletions were dropped balls by second-year wide receiver Clarence Moore.

"We got done what we needed to get done," Coach Brian Billick said of the first-string offense. "Jamal carried the ball very well, Todd got a couple of carries, and we're pleased we got that done."

Wide receiver Randy Hymes caught two touchdown passes from rookie Derek Anderson, a 22-yarder that gave the Ravens their first lead of the game, and a 66-yarder with 12:39 left in overtime to give Baltimore the win. Hymes has been trying to emerge from a crowded field of wide receivers.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ OUR VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

The good news for the Ravens is that both RB Jamal Lewis and TE Todd Heap were able to step on the field and play prior to the start of the regular season. Both players are essential to the Ravens chances in 2005 and both held up well. The bad news is that the starting offense continued to struggle despite the presence of those players and starting quarterback Kyle Boller has been pedestrian at best throughout the preseason. With the two drops from Clarence Moore and the explosive fourth quarter from WR Randy Hymes, you may see a shake-up of the receiver depth charts heading into the season. Hymes comes across as too cocky at times but he is a play-maker who can score from anywhere on the field. He may slot in behind starters Derrick Mason and rookie Mark Clayton.

Back to Top


6. KC - WR Mitchell Released

Clipped from: KC Star article by Adam Teicher

Freddie Mitchell's long-awaited Chiefs debut won't happen tonight in their preseason finale at St. Louis - or anytime soon, if it happens at all. Mitchell, a veteran wide receiver, said Thursday that the Chiefs told him he would be released (update… he was released on Friday) "They said it was a business decision," Mitchell said. "It wasn't about my athletic ability or anything else. They know I have a tear in my meniscus. There were no bridges burned. I'm going to get ready to play, and maybe I'll be back. I'm open to (32) teams right now, and there's no telling what I'll do. But I still want to be a Chief." "I want to play for the Chiefs so badly I'm going to get the operation with Dr. Andrews right now," said Mitchell, proving he didn't lose his flair for self-promotion with Thursday's news. "My dream is to come back to the Chiefs and put the championship belt on at Arrowhead Stadium. Mitchell's agent, Matt Couloute, said he would seek an injury settlement from the Chiefs and file a grievance with the NFL Players Association if the sides don't come to an agreement.

[[[[[[[[[[ OUR VIEW ]]]]]]]]]]

If you are counting on Freddie Mitchell to lead your fantasy squad to glory then you may be in more trouble than we can help you with... It's too bad as I was 'really' looking forward to seeing him put on the championship belt when he grabs his 7-yard reception during the game (insert rolling-eyes here).

Back to Top


7. CAR - RB Stephen Davis With No Setbacks In Preseason Game Against Steelers

Clipped from: Rock Hill Herald article by Darin Gantt

Nothing that happened after 30 minutes past kickoff mattered. And that's just the way the Carolina Panthers wanted it. Their first offense rolled down field, their first defense was stifling, and Stephen Davis carried the ball for positive yardage and no negative side effects.

Davis finished the night early with five carries for 17 yards, and spent the rest of the evening tucked safely away on the bench to get ready for the Sept. 11 opener against New Orleans.

"It was great to get back out there," Davis said. "I was kind of anxious. ... Everything felt real good. I felt no pain. It was great to be back out there. It's been a long road."

While his 3.4-yard per carry average was nothing to cut back-flips over, the simple fact he was on the field as more than a spectator was impressive enough. The 31-year-old back had microfracture surgery last November, a procedure not everyone returns from. His backup DeShaun Foster did, but he was 23 when he made his comeback.

Even if he didn't look like a young man Thursday night, he looked like a well man, and that's plenty at this point.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ OUR VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

The Panthers running back appears to be the dreaded 'RBBC' this season. It appears right now that Stephen Davis and DeShaun Foster will split carries in 2005 resulting in less fantasy worth both individuals. Big kudos to Davis who made it all the way back from his injury which many folks believed wouldn't happen. Don't be surprised to see a 50-50 split in regards to touches from the running back position in 2005. The other huge worry is how long Davis can hold up. Just because he made it through one game, it doesn't mean he'll last the entire season.

Back to Top

8. CLE - Rookie QB Frye Impressive Against Bears But Insists There Is No Quarterback Controversy

Clipped from: AP article by Andrew Seligman

Rookie Charlie Frye did all he could to claim the Cleveland Browns' backup quarterback position Thursday. He also made it clear afterward he's not after Trent Dilfer's job.

Frye, starting for Dilfer, completed 12 of 14 passes for 186 yards in leading the Cleveland Browns to a 16-6 victory over the Chicago Bears in the preseason finale. Then, he did all he could to defuse a possible quarterback controversy.

"Trent's the starter, and he has been doing a great job," said Frye, who completed all seven passes and led Cleveland to a touchdown in the second quarter. "When it's my turn to go in the game, I just try to go out there and do the best I can and keep learning from him."

His turn came earlier than expected. Coach Romeo Crennel told Frye during the week he might start, but did not confirm it until just before kickoff.

"We wanted to see how Charlie would handle the surprise start, and it looked like he handled it pretty good," Crennel said. "I think his numbers looked pretty good in the first half. He did a nice job."

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ OUR VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

It would be a surprise to see rookie Charlie Frye play much this season and he will likely spend most of his time learning from the sideline in 2005. However if something happens to Trent Dilfer or if Dilfer is simply ineffective throughout the first few games, Frye may work his way into the starting lineup and he would bring some excitement to the mix,. He is still a rookie though and Dilfer is the best option the Browns have for this upcoming season. If you are in a dynasty league, Frye is a player to keep buried on your roster as your 3rd or 4th quarterback as he may emerge as the starter by next season.

Back to Top

9. CHI - Rookie QB Orton Has The Moxie To Lead The Bears

Clipped from: Chicago Sun-Times article by Brad Biggs

In only four plays of their preseason finale Thursday night at Soldier Field, the Bears saw the reason for optimism and cause for concern that goes with casting your lot with a rookie quarterback.

Everyone acknowledges there will be bumps in the road with Kyle Orton, and in his first start and first action against a first-team defense in the Cleveland Browns, he prepped Bears fans for the roller-coaster ride this season might become.

On his first play -- a 47-yard bomb to Muhsin Muhammad -- he got the Bears on the doorstep of the red zone, but three plays later he turned the ball over on a badly thrown pass to Justin Gage. Turnovers are what the Bears cannot have as they try to win with a defense that has been suffocating.

Orton's moxie is off the charts, and his desire to push the ball downfield is clear. He looked for Desmond Clark on the second play, ignoring tight coverage by linebacker Andra Davis, and attempted to thread the needle on what turned out to be an incompletion. But when he felt a blitz the next time he dropped back, he misfired to Gage and was picked off by Leigh Bodden in the end zone.

"I saw the one-on-one over there,'' Orton said. "I wanted to give Justin a chance, but I just left the ball inside.''pc

With an extra week to the preseason, the Bears got more action than they ever wanted, including seven extra days to sweat through Cedric Benson's contract stalemate. Bigger, however, was shuffling through three starting quarterbacks after Rex Grossman was injured and Chad Hutchinson bombed. In reality, the team had no choice but to turn to Orton.

"It's unbelievable to me,'' Orton said of his opportunity. "I've never heard of something like that, especially for a fourth-round pick. I'm real happy, and I'm ready to go. I'm just going to get into the film room and treat it like I did in college where I was more prepared than anyone on the field. I'm not going to be surprised by anything.''

Although Orton was named the starter only five days ago, his teammates quickly have taken to him. Anything was going to be an improvement over Hutchinson, though.

"I think we've got a guy who really has a knack for making plays,'' Muhammad said. "He's a leader, and he has some savvy about himself. I like the way he makes decisions. I think we can win with him.''

It's things like the decision to throw to Gage -- or the way the ball was thrown -- that he needs to work on. Orton said afterward he should have gone the safe route with a checkdown.

"He was really excited, and the thing I said to him when we got to the sideline was, 'When you get down there and the adrenaline's pumping, you can't make those kind of mistakes,''' Muhammad said. "That's why we go through the preseason. When the regular season comes, he's going to make the right decision in that situation.''

The Bears, who had only 240 yards and nine first downs, didn't get anything going with backup Jeff Blake. He went 5-for-10 for 37 yards and was intercepted when he and Carl Ford had a mix-up on a route.

Blake had another blown play when he went to make a handoff and no running back was there. It could be that Orton's eventual backup is not on the roster yet.

"Jeff needs to play better than he did tonight,'' coach Lovie Smith said. "We didn't play well with our backups.''

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ OUR VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

There is a lot to like when you discuss the virtues of rookie QB Kyle Orton. He has a 'Favre' type of vibe going on and appears confident enough in his arm to fire the ball anywhere on the field in order to make things happen. He is a big upgrade from Chad Hutchinson and his enthusiasm and drive to succeed could prove to be contagious for the entire Bears organization. But don't expect big fantasy numbers from this young man in 2005. He's a rookie and this is a rebuilding Chicago team. The best case scenario of course is a strong first season like Ben Roethlisberger was able to put together last year. No offense to our Bears friends (you know we love you) but Roethlisberger had a stronger surrounding cast than Orton will this season and that had a big effect. Still though, we like the young man a lot and are hoping for good things from him.

Back to Top

10. CHI - Rookie WR Bradley Finishes Off A Strong Preseason Hoping To Land A Starting Job

Clipped from: Chicago Sun-Times article by Brad Biggs

Third-string quarterback Kurt Kittner tossed a 45-yard bomb to a diving Mark Bradley with 9:26 to play to put the Bears on the scoreboard against the Browns Thursday night. Bradley, the rookie receiver from Oklahoma finished the preseason with 17 catches for 331 yards and a 19.5-yard average that might push him into the starting lineup.

"It's left up to the coaches to evaluate what receivers made the most improvement and look good to be a starter,'' Bradley said. "I'm really looking forward to seeing the depth charts."

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ OUR VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Mark Bradley has been the most impressive Bear on offense this season but there is a strong possibility he will not begin the season as a starting NFL receiver. Whether he slots in as a starter or the 3rd/ 4th receiver though, Bradley is the type of explosive player that can make big things happen and you can expect a number of big plays from him in 2005. He probably won't warrant roster spots in lots of leagues at this time but if you are in deep fantasy leagues, it wouldn't be a bad move to have him buried as your 6th or 7th receiver due to his upside and penchant for making big plays.

Back to Top

11. CAR - Rookie RB Shelton Ends Disappointing Preseason With A Fumble And Knee Injury

Clipped from: Rock Hill Herald article by Darin Gantt

Second-round pick Eric Shelton capped a disappointing preseason by fumbling and getting hurt on his lone run of the first half.

Late in the second quarter, Shelton took a pitch for a 5-yard gain, good for him during the exhibition season. He had 19 carries for 54 yards entering Thursday's game, an anemic 2.8-per carry average.

More problematic was what happened after the run, when he limped off the field. Trainers carried him to a table behind the bench and immediately began checking his left knee, which was wrapped with a large bag of ice moments later. The official diagnosis was a knee contusion, which didn't appear serious.

He came out after the half under his own power -- and was standing without assistance talking to other players -- and returned late in the third quarter.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ OUR VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

To those of you still believing that Eric Shelton has a shot at starting or even significant playing time in 2005, this blurb should help bury that thought. Shelton to put it bluntly has been terrible throughout the preseason and not only will he be buried behind DeShaun Foster and Stephen Davis this year but he could also slot in behind Nick Goings if the Panthers are forced to go that deep into their RB rotation. Shelton may still turn into a serviceable NFL player but it doesn't appear that will happen in 2005.

Back to Top

12. SF - There Is A Pulse! WR Woods Shows Signs Of Life

Clipped from: Press-Democrat article by Matt Maiocco

Not only did the 49ers' top pick from 2005 have his finest hour with the club, but so did their first-round pick from 2004. Quarterback Alex Smith showed some of the glimpses that inspired the 49ers to award him $24 million in guaranteed money in the 49ers' wild 28-24 loss to the San Diego Chargers on Thursday night in the exhibition finale for both clubs. And receiver Rashaun Woods, whom the 49ers' former regime chose No. 31 overall last year, also experienced his breakout game. Woods' position on the team was never in doubt because of salary-cap ramification, but the club is feeling a lot better about his ability to contribute following his eight-catch, 89-yard performance.

"I could tell what I like about him," 49ers coach Mike Nolan said. "He has good hands and he's a big target. He also has an ability to get open."

Woods appeared as if he would be one of the stars of the game when he hauled in Cody Pickett's 41-yard pass late in the fourth quarter. The play set up Joe Nedney's 27-yard field goal with 1:11 remaining to give the 49ers a three-point lead. Woods, who is still recovering from a torn quadriceps muscle, said getting deep has never been a problem.

"That was always my deal at Oklahoma State," Woods said. "It was never about outrunning a guy, it was about using my body to position myself to make the catch."

Woods has put himself in place to compete for the No. 4 receiver job with Amey, who has held that job since an injury sidelined P.J. Fleck for the season.

The 49ers' top three receivers have been established since the opening of training camp, with veteran Johnnie Morton taking over at the No.3 spot behind starters Arnaz Battle and Brandon Lloyd.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ OUR VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

While this news has minimum fantasy relevance for the upcoming season it may be of some importance to those owners in deep dynasty leagues. One good preseason game against backups does not a career make but it is encouraging to finally see Woods accomplish something on the field. He has suffered from a lack of confidence but perhaps this 8-catch performance will help lead him to better things down the road. Worth a roster spot in very deep dynasty leagues for at least one more season.

Back to Top

13. ATL - TE Crumpler Has Knee Drained

Clipped from: FOX Sports aricle, 8/30/05

Alge Crumpler had fluid drained from his knee Wednesday. Crumpler has been bothered by knee discomfort all camp. The team says the procedure will allow Crumpler to practice next week.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ OUR VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

We'll watch it but this shouldn't be a big issue for tight end Alge Crumpler going forward. He still looks like a solid top five performer in 2005.

Back to Top

14. NYJ - TE Jolley Fails To Beat Out Incumbent TE Baker?

Clipped from: Baltimore Sun article by Mike Preston, 8/30/05

"Clipped From: New York Daily News article by Rich Cimini.

Tight end Doug Jolley (one catch for nine yards) closed out a disappointing preseason with an ugly drop, missing a short pass in the open field. Jolley, acquired in a pre-draft trade with the Raiders, failed to unseat Chris Baker.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ OUR VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

There are many who believe Doug Jolley is a good fantasy prospect this year and have him ranked inside the top ten. It appears very unlikely he will get enough targets to come anywhere near the top ten at the tight end position. There are better tight ends to take a chance on this season.

Back to Top

15. TB - K Bryant May Have Earned Starting Job

Clipped from: Tampa Tribune article by Roy Cummings

Though an official decision won't be announced for another day or two, Matt Bryant might have sewn up that job Thursday when he kicked a 52-yard field goal to give the Bucs their first points in what proved to be a 38-14 blowout of the Houston Texans in their preseason finale at Raymond James Stadium.

The field goal was Bryant's fourth in five tries this exhibition season, the only miss coming on a 53-yard attempt that would have sent their second preseason game (against Jacksonville) into overtime.

Todd France actually outkicked Bryant during the preseason, making all of his four kicks, and both displayed the ability to kick off deep. But Coach Jon Gruden has indicated that Bryant's three years of NFL experience, especially the year he spent kicking for the Giants in 2003, might give him the edge.

"I'll say this," Gruden said in the wake of Thursday's victory. "Whichever kicker we don't keep is going to find work in the NFL this year. I mean, I've never been around two guys who've had to deal with more head games.

"We've put these guys through a lot; we've tried everything we can to confuse them and they've really responded well. Right now we have two NFL kickers here. They've both been good."

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ OUR VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

If you are looking for a kicker to surprise with a solid 2005 season, Matt Bryant certainly could be that guy. The Buccaneers will have some success moving the ball this year with Brian Griese, Michael Pittman, Cadillac Williams, Joey Galloway and Michael Clayton on offense and Bryant can almost certainly be scooped up in the final round of your draft. Definitely a kicker to keep an eye on this year.

Back to Top

16. NYJ - Backup OT Cavka May Have Fractured His Hand

AP article by Rob Maaddi

New York Jets offensive tackle Marko Cavka injured his wrist during Thursday evening's game against the Philadelphia Eagles, and head coach Herman Edwards said Cavka may have suffered a fracture. "It didn't look good," Edwards said. No further information is currently available.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ OUR VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

This doesn't have much impact on the Jets offensive attack this season unless one or both of the starting tackles (Jason Fabini and Adrian Jones) goes down to injury this season. Cavka was a good depth player for the Jets and his injury, if indeed serious will leave a sizable hole in the depth department this season.

Back to Top

17. WAS - RB White Breaks Leg Thursday Night

Clipped from: AP article by David Ginsburg

Washington Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs said that H-back Manuel White broke a bone in his leg during Thursday evening's game against the Baltimore Ravens. No further information is currently available regarding the extent of White's injury.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ OUR VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Unless you are in an extremely deep fantasy league this news probably doesn't impact your fantasy roster but we promise to bring you all the breaking news and a broken leg to a player, no matter where he slots to in regards to the depth charts is relevant information.

Back to Top

18. TB - Buccaneers Defense Looks Much Improved This Year

Clipped From: Tampa Tribune article by Roy Cummings

Head coach Jon Gruden seems very excited about what his defense is doing. A year ago, the unit allowed the opposition to gain an average of 4.1 yards per carry and 123.3 yards per game. During this preseason, those numbers dropped to 3.4 and 89.5, respectively. And although the rushing numbers were declining, the defense's takeaway numbers were increasing.

After forcing just 27 takeaways all of last year, the Bucs had 11 in their four preseason games, including five by first-team defenders such as Ronde Barber, who had two picks in the four games. It was, in fact, turnovers that allowed the Bucs to take command of Thursday's game. After Juran Bolden set up the first score with his pick, Barber set up the Bucs' second score with another pick of a David Carr pass.

"We're continuing to feed defensive backs coach Mike Tomlin's family with all these turnovers," Barber said. "We're showing the defense."

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ OUR VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

It appears that the Buccaneers defense is poised to make their return as one of the best play-making defenses in the NFL. It wouldn't be a bad move to start the Buccaneers defense in your fantasy leagues this season as they tend to score touchdowns in addition to getting sacks and turnovers.

Back to Top

19. MIA - RB Williams Says He Won't Miss Playing During His Suspension

Clipped from: AP article by Steven Wine

Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams says he and the team will be fine during his four-game suspension that began Friday. Williams carried four times for 11 yards in the Dolphins' final preseason Thursday, then said he won't miss playing.

"I took a year off," he said. "I didn't miss it then, so I don't think I'll miss it now."

Williams returned this summer from a one-year retirement knowing he faced suspension at the start of the season for violating the NFL drug policy. He said his absence will allow the Dolphins to give first-round draft pick Ronnie Brown plenty of playing time.

During his suspension, the 2002 NFL rushing champion can attend team meetings, lift weights with teammates and receive medical treatment. He's not allowed to take part in or watch practice, and he can't attend games.

"I'll sit at home with my little boy and watch on TV," he said. "I've never had a chance to do that."

Williams led the Dolphins during the preseason with 126 yards rushing on 30 carries, a 4.2 average. His first game will be Oct. 16 against Tampa Bay.

"We are going to try to get him to be able to come back in the best possible condition and the best game readiness he can be in," coach Nick Saban said.

Brown, the second overall pick in the April draft, missed the first three exhibition games because of a contract holdout. He ran for 25 yards on five carries in Thursday's 20-17 loss to Atlanta, then said he's ready for the regular season.

"I feel pretty fresh and pretty confident in the things I've learned over the past few weeks," Brown said.

The rookie carried just 11 times in two exhibition games but should be ready for a bigger workload, Saban said. Miami's first game is Sept. 11 at home against Denver.

"I don't think he's ready to carry it 45 times," Saban said. "We're going to have to keep playing him into it, but hopefully we can get him in that 12- to 15-touch mode."

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ OUR VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

The bigger news in this blurb is that the team expects to give rookie RB Ronnie Brown only 12-15 touches per game to start the season. That isn't really enough touches to have a significant impact in fantasy football but that may change in a hurry once the season begins if he has some success.

Back to Top

20. Saints First Game Moved To New Jersey

Clipped from: AP article

The New Orleans Saints accept the fact they're in for a season unlike any other, one that will test their emotions, patience and resolve daily.

They realize they could be leading a vagabond existence all year, going from one hotel room to the next. But they're not about to start feeling sorry for themselves now considering the death and devastation thousands of their neighbors have faced this week.

With their city in shambles after one of the country's worst natural disasters, it will take months, if ever, for New Orleans to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina.

The Saints left the Bay Area after Thursday night's 13-6 loss to the Raiders in the teams' preseason finale and flew all night to San Antonio.

The Saints got the weekend off to reunite with family members all over the country before returning to work Monday, when they will begin a normal in-season practice schedule and preparations for their season opener Sept. 11 at Carolina.

But their season will be anything but normal. On Friday, NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue said the Saints will play their home opener the following week against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. It still hasn't been decided when the game would be played.

They almost certainly won't have a home game in New Orleans this season.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ OUR VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

What has happened to the Saints is just one small part of the horrific damage that has wreaked havoc on New Orleans. Will the team rise to the challenge and lift their play to help elevate the spirits of the people of New Orleans or will the displacement from their home town create problems for the club. Only time will tell but our thoughts and prayers go out to each and every person caught up in this tragedy. This story is so much bigger than just football but perhaps some Saints success this season will help to restore some of the famous New Orleans spirit.

Back to Top

That'll do it for today, Folks. Have a great day and we'll see you tomorrow with the update.

J

Site Map | Contact Us  | Login / Signup

©Copyright Footballguys.com 2003, All rights reserved.