Over the last week, we posted a poll asking you which RB sleeper candidate was at the top of your targets list. The results varied throughout the week and Falcon rookie RB Devonta Freeman led most of the way, but things certainly changed after a full week of preseason games:
As you can see, the final results put 49er rookie RB Carlos Hyde at top when it was all said and done with Freeman trailing by a significant margin, although he was still way ahead of Brown rookie RB Terrance West and Seahawk second-year RB Christine Michael. Was this an overreaction to one preseason game? Are there concerns about Freeman’s pass protection? Did the end of Marshawn Lynch‘s quick holdout sour some on Michael? Let’s take a look at each player’s projections (as of 8/12), what they did in the first preseason game, and news that has come out during training camp.
Carlos Hyde, SF (120 carries, 565 rush yards, 6 rush TDs, 16 receptions, 95 rec yards) – With Frank Gore sitting out, Hyde got the start in the 49ers’ first preseason game and was impressive, rushing five times for 39 yards against the Ravens. He quickly showed that he’s more than a between-the-tackles runner, as he [...]
Could this be the final week of labor talks? Things are looking good, and with free agency possibly just days away, the Monday edition of the Guru Daily features plenty of actual football talk… and some other stuff thanks to a Bengal RB.
Benson arrested … Free agent RB Cedric Benson was arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge and released from jail Sunday in Austin, Texas. Full details, from the Cincinnati Enquirer:
According to an arrest affidavit, the former roommate was standing at a street corner in downtown Austin talking on his cell phone around 4:45 a.m. Sunday morning when a “hostile and aggressive” Benson approached him and said they had to talk about their problems.
The two began talking about their living arrangements when “all of a sudden he was struck on his face with a closed fist thrown by Benson,” according to the affidavit. Benson then struck him several more times, it said, resulting in injuries to the left side of the victim’s face.
It’s the second arrest of a Bengal player in the last week, as troubled CB Pacman Jones was arrested after an incident at a club. It’s also Benson’s second problem in the last two years in Austin [...]
A slow time of year for news is even slower during this holiday weekend, which means an abbreviated blog today. Here is a look at some of the news, notes, and nuggets from around the league.
We’ve gotten some interesting tidbits from Camp Alex, the 49er player-run workouts led by QB Alex Smith. However, one of the most important components of the team’s offense has been rehabbing across the country. RB Frank Gore broke his hip in November, but Smith said the updates he’s gotten on Gore have been “encouraging.” Also, Smith noted that Gore should ready when he hits the field since he met with RB coach Tom Rathman extensively before the lockout to learn the new offense.
A few weeks back, we learned that the #1 overall pick, QB Cam Newton, would be working with former Panther QB Chris Weinke to learn the team’s new offense. Newton got a playbook on the one day the lockout was lifted, so he’s been able to share that with Weinke. Newton is also getting help from former NFL QB Ken Dorsey, who played for new Panther OC Rob Chudzinski at the University of Miami and with the Browns. Dorsey’s knowledge of Chudzinski’s offense [...]
Looks like the labor talks have picked up once again, so we will be taking a look at the latest developments as the two sides meet in court again today. Also, we take a look at possible landing spots for the soon-to-be-released Plaxico Burress.
Settlement talks? So you're telling me there's a chance!
NFL, NFLPA hold settlement talks … for three days this week in advance of Friday’s lockout hearing in St. Louis. As we discussed yesterday, the “secret” meetings took place just outside Chicago from Tuesday-Thursday, but the details of those talks became much clearer upon completion. In addition to NFLPA head De Maurice Smith and commissioner Roger Goodell, those attending included owners, players, and Judge Arthur Boylan, although his role was different from what it was during mediation. Speaking of mediation, sessions that were set to resume next week were cancelled by Boylan due to the current talks centering around a settlement, which he wants to keep confidential. No word on when these talks will continue, but it probably won’t be Friday since the sides return to the courtroom in St. Louis for the appeals-court hearing on the lockout. We’ve pretty much [...]
It may be all quiet on the CBA front, but that has not stopped teams from weighing their options and preparing for the future. Of course, if you are the Raiders, big contracts get handed out even with no certainty of a 2011 season.
The Giants appear to realize just how valuable Ahmad Bradshaw is after his fantastic 2010 campaign.
Ahmad Bradshaw isn’t going anywhere … according to the Giants, who told the player he’s a “big priority” in their off-season plans. Bradshaw just had ankle surgery, which he said went “great” and interestingly enough it was fumbles, not injury issues, that were a problem for him in 2010. He set career highs in carries (276), rushing yards (1235), TDs (8), receptions (47), and receiving yards (314) despite losing his starting job down the stretch to Brandon Jacobs, who may not be back in 2011 because of his high salary.
Richard Seymour signs extension … with the Raiders for two years worth $30 million. Reportedly, the new deal guarantees $22.5 million with a $7.5 million bonus that kicks in this season. By signing Seymour now, the Raiders don’t have to use the franchise tag on him again, which means the reports of [...]
Hey everyone. Matt Camp and I had a pair of interesting guests stop by on Sirius XM Fantasy Football (Sirius 211, XM 147) this weekend, and we were able to talk 49ers and Ravens. Here are some of the more interesting tidbits:
Matt Barrows covers the 49ers for the Sacramento Bee (@mattbarrows on Twitter):
The 49ers are indeed trusting their 2010 season to Alex Smith at the QB position, and they really aren’t worried about it. They understand Smith’s limitations, but so does Smith, and having a second year in Jimmy Raye’s offense might work wonders for Smith, who has never had the same offensive coordinator in consecutive seasons in his entire NFL career. Barrows argues that the 49ers’ “weaponry” is the best its been since Jerry Rice and Terrell Owens were the starting receivers, even though the Niners plan to run a conservative approach offensively. Coach Mike Singletary wants to play like he did during his playing days in Chicago: defense and running the football. The 49ers have the personnel to do that.
RB Frank Gore could be a big get in the 1st round this year.
That conservative approach will focus on Frank Gore, who is undoubtedly the main ball carrier, [...]