There continues to be strong speculation that the Raiders are close to making a decision that could go down as the biggest one the franchise has made in well over a decade: trading for Lion backup QB Josh McCown. If they do it, they’d presumably draft WR Calvin Johnson and pass on Jemarcus Russell, a potential all-time great franchise QB.
Normally, I wouldn’t waste my time breaking down a deal that has not happened, but this one could be big.
In many ways, the deal would make a lot of sense for the club. McCown has a lot of talent – a strong arm, good athleticism, and he can run – plus Johnson could be an all-time great in his own right. McCown is still considered raw, though, and I think it’s fair to say that his being somewhat lacking from the neck up is one of the main reasons he’s not playing in Mike Martz’ offense. I don’t mean to be rude or mean, but McCown does not strike me as the sharpest knife in the drawer. But while his decision-making and ability to consistently lead an offense is still in question, I saw [...]
Yahoo! Sports reported yesterday that Titan RB LenDale White weighed over 260 pounds earlier this month at the start of the team’s off-season conditioning program.
I have mentioned several times how White is nowhere near being ready to be their guy, but this is ridiculous. This guy was considered a top-15 overall pick right after the national championship game last year, yet concerns about his weight, among other things, caused his stock to drop. The Titans couldn’t pass on him in the 2nd, but that’s still a big drop from where he was projected to go right after his college career ended. From Day One, head coach Jeff Fisher was concerned with his weight and his conditioning, and the concerns lasted quite a long time. It’s not exactly a good sign when a coach is talking about the conditioning of a kid in his early 20s, and in the middle of the season, but that was the case with White last year. People were all over Chester Taylor last year, when he was reportedly a little out of shape in like April; White wasn’t where he needed to be in like October.
You would think, given all the problems teammate [...]
In case you haven’t noticed, our annual pre-draft rookie report is up now here:
I can’t believe this is our 12th pre-draft report. In 1996, our first year, we cut across the grain a bit by naming WR Terry Glenn our #1 player at any position. Back then, we ranked the players overall, as opposed to by position. Here’s a look back at the players we ranked #1 in the first six years:
1996: Terry Glenn (over Marvin Harrison and Keyshawn, which was risky)
1997: Tiki Barber (that was a ballsy ranking at the time)
1998: Randy Moss (Said he would be one of the best of all-time)
1999: Ricky Williams (with Edge a very close second)
2000: I honestly don’t remember, but I know it was either Shaun Alexander or Thomas Jones
2001: Michael Vick
If I have to rank this year’s group overall, in terms of their fantasy potential considering both the short-term and the long-term, here’s how my top-10 would shape up.
1. Calvin Johnson
2. JeMarcus Russell
3. Adrian Peterson
4. Marshawn Lynch
5. Brady Quinn
6. Robert Meachem
7. Ted Ginn Jr.
8. Greg Olsen
9. Antonio Pittman
10. Zach Miller
It might not seem like a big deal, but the Saints this week re-signed WR Terrance Copper to a one-year contract. Previously, I had heard that he might not be back due to interest elsewhere. The Saints have lost veteran Joe Horn, so keeping Copper around was important. Copper had some fumbling problems last year, but he was a helpful and effective player for them, catching 23 passes for 385 yards and 3 TDs. The Saints won’t be sneaking up on anyone in 2007, so it’s important for them to retain as many weapons as possible. And let’s be honest: this is a thin wide receiving corps to begin with.
The Saints last year listed Copper as Horn’s backup, but I would imagine WR Devery Henderson will see the field more, opposite Marques Colston. They did, however, use a lot of 3-WR sets, so Copper should see the field plenty and will give Drew Brees another solid receiver with some size to go along with Colston. With those two receivers on the field, not to mention new TE Eric Johnson, this should contintue to be a diverse passing attack with Henderson being the big-play guy.
It’s good news for QB Drew Brees, who will have plenty [...]
Let me first say I am not a fan of ESPN’s coverage of the NFL and especially MNF last year. I actually don’t mind Tony Kornheiser, but I have always disliked Mike Tirico on many levels. As for Joe Theismann, let’s just say I’ve had an extremely difficult time listening to him the last 10-12 years. Back in the late-80s and early 90s I didn’t mind him, but once I started following the NFL professionally, I couldn’t take anything he said seriously. Theismann is capable of making a good point, but he usually follows that up with 4-5 tidbits of insight that really bring out the W-T-F-face.
If ESPN does in fact choose Ron Jaworski to replace Theismann, they’ll have made a terrific choice. Maybe a decade too late, but a great choice just the same. This is one of the best jobs in broadcasting, and Theismann hasn’t been good enough to merit it for a long, long time. Jaworski, on the other hand, has deserved the gig for years.
Many know all about how Jaws locks himself in a room at NFL Films for days at a time analyzing tape, and it’s true, I’ve witnessed it. More than any other analyst, [...]