Slow time for some, but not for me

This is a tough time of the year to be writing a blog. I’ve pretty much put forth an opinion on just about everything I can up until this point, and there’s nothing going on that can make me adjust those opinions. But while we’re just now embarking on the dead period of the year for NFL news and information, I’ve still been busy as hell. Obviously, I’m gearing up for the start of the season, so I thought today I’d give a quick look at what I’ve been up to.

For one, I’ve been working on revamping and tweaking our keeper league overviews. These literally take me a week total to do. They certainly parallel our 2007 player previews, but the focus and the groupings are obviously for keeper leagues. I’ve got the QBs done now, will be posting the RBs today, and hope to have the WRs and TEs done soon.

We are working on a fair amount of content for what we usually call our “Pre” Preseason Report. The meat and potatoes is our NFL team reports. Bill LeConey has been working hard on compiling all the news and notes going on with the 32 teams for [...]

Roethlisberger has a lot to prove

It’s something of a moot point because I don’t think anyone will draft him as their starter, and I do think he’s a solid backup, but I’m in the minority when I say I think Ben Roethlisberger has a lot to prove this year. Yes, he had the terrible motorcycle accident, an emergency appendectomy, and suffered a concussion. But his horrible interception number – 23 – speaks for itself in terms of how poorly he played most of the time last year. The guy had 9 picks the year before.

There were times last year when he was simply out of control. When he gets out of the pocket, he tends to get frenetic and he doesn’t seem to see the field and process information well enough. He’s also not a look-down-the-barrel guy like Carson Palmer, and he caves a little bit in the face of pressure and when bodies are around him. It’s hard to say too many bad things about Roethlisberger, but as I’ve said in the past, I don’t think he’ll ever be an elite passer.
 
Now here’s the interesting dilemma. The Steelers want to put three and four wideouts on the field a lot this year and [...]

LJ makes #3 pick toughest in 2007

There’s a reason I’ve been talking about the #3 pick being the toughest one of all in 2007: Larry Johnson. By now you’ve probably heard about or read the interview Jason Whitlock (who has been hard on Johnson in the past) did with the mercurial runner.

This is a very complicated situation, but the bottom line is a holdout is definitely possible, if not likely at least in terms of the early stages of training camp. Johnson and his agent have said that their interests in getting a new deal is simply “good business” and they are actually correct when they say that; Johnson is grossly underpaid. But there’s just something about this guy that rubs you the wrong way. He rubbed Dick Vermeil the wrong way, that’s for sure, and Vermeil is a guy who cried about Laurence Phillips, of all people. Vermeil is a guy I once approached in a men’s room of all places about coming on a local sports TV show I was on. I was a kid at the time, in my mid-20s, yet he returned all my calls and came on the show.

Despite the fact that he deserves the money, there’s just something about LJ [...]

Don’t let Losman get lost in the shuffle

I don’t have him ranked extremely high, but I think everyone needs to watch Bill QB J.P. Losman closely this season. While fantasy owners have waited for a guy like Eli Manning to progress, only to see him regress, Losman has improved right before our eyes. Losman may not have the Manning pedigree, but this guy has some serious skills and the tools to be a very, very good player.

Losman has a strong NFL arm, he’s mobile, and he’s generally accurate. The Bills really pulled him in last year, but when they let him play, he responded. After nine weeks, Losman was only 29th in the league in points per game. But he threw for 200 more yards and almost twice as many (12) TDs in the second half, resulting in his being the #15 in points per game in this span. And he was 10th in the last four games.

Unlike Manning, Losman can read the blitz, look down the gun barrel, and make plays. That’s a huge factor. A big key was how last year he looked less frenetic; the game appears to be slowing down for him.

So what we have in J.P. Losman this year is a [...]

Off football for a day

I’ve been throwing some serious football stuff at you lately, so I’d like to get a few non football things off my chest today. Thanks for listening.

Did you see the cover of EW two weeks ago with Katherine Heigl? That is about as attractive as a human being can possibly be. I’ll have to e-mail my buddy and fantasyguru.com reader Paul Rudd, who starred in “Knocked Up” with her, and find out if she is as hot as her pictures show. If Rudd says she’s outrageous, then I’ll know it’s true, since he’s worked with some of the hottest chicks on the planet. That’s a usual topic of conversation when I talk to him – the hot women he works with – and I’ll never forget his answer last year when I jokingly asked him who the next hottie he was working opposite was: Jessica Alba. People say I’m lucky with what I do for a living? I’m a mop boy at an adult bookstore compared to Rudd.

I volunteered two hours of my life this past weekend to check out “Ghost Rider” starting Nicholas Cage and Eva Mendes. I was a huge Marvel guy growing up, and GR was [...]

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