First thoughts on Free Agency

We’re busy working on the beginnings of what will be our 2008 Free Agent Tracker, which will include all the straight info on each key signing, as well as my fantasy analysis. That’s not something we can produce instantaneously, so we might not have the first wave up until Monday (but then it will be updated daily).

In the meantime, I’m going to use the blog to touch briefly on some of the recent moves.

Posted: 2/29/08 @ 4:40 p.m. ET

Some other stragglers…

Andre Davis re-signs with the Texans – Davis might be a one-trick pony, but what a trick. I’ve always liked his playmaking ability, but he’s never come close to fulfilling his potential. That is, until 2007 when they subbed brilliantly for the injured Andre Johnson and make big play after big play, showing an ability to make the spectacular catch in the process. With Davis locked in, the Texans have secured an excellent option for depth, and a [...]

Another Lesson Learned

I knew I would be coming up with some other lessons learned after I put out the annual article earlier this month, and sure enough I have.

Another lesson learned in 2007 was that depth charts are tricky. Many times, we see a player listed as the backup running back, for example, only to see the 3rd or even 4th back step up and play a lot more once a starter goes down. Every situation is different, so if you’re looking to protect your investment, you have to take some of the depth charts with a grain of salt and think the situation through.

Sometimes, there’s not much you can do. A good example was the New York Giants this past year. We knew the Giants liked Derrick Ward, and we wrote up all summer and early in the season that he would be “in the mix” for carries if Brandon Jacobs went down. As it turned out, he was really the lead back for the G-Men. Most likely, his impressive performances in Weeks Two and three (he averaged 6.8 and 6.0 YPC) influenced the team to roll with him over Reuben Droughns, but the team probably had the plan [...]

A snapshot of the 2008 NFL Draft

Now that the skill players have worked out at the combine, it’s time to take an early look at this year’s draft class. I will be getting more and more information on this year’s class in the coming weeks from people who know more about this group than I do, but here are some early thoughts.

Generally, this looks like a damn good group, perhaps a great one. There are 3-4 legit NFL starters at quarterback, and the running back position looks loaded, and especially fast. Wideout looks only decent for stars, but it’s really deep, and there are a couple of 1st round talents here. At TE, it doesn’t look like a very good group at this point, save for Dustin Keller, who may now be considered the consensus #1 TE after USC’s Fred Davis had a downer combine catching the ball.

Starting at QB, Boston College’s Matt Ryan looks to me like a very safe pick for an NFL team, yet I also think he has a little bit of upside. He may not have the intangibles of a Ben Roethlisberger, but his tools compare favorably to Big Ben’s, and I think he might be a little more [...]

Clinton is who he thought he was

Unfortunately, I’m not going to be able to make it out to the combine this week. I was hoping to go, but there’s still too much stuff going on at home, so I can’t leave my wife hanging. My son’s also playing in the championship game Friday night for his 5th and 6th grade basketball league, and I can’t miss that. I wouldn’t trade our two year old twins for anything, but we’re getting slammed from all directions with them, and my travel options are severely limited. We’ve already raised two other kids so we have a frame of reference. Having one child is a vacation to the Caribbean compared to dealing with two. Just so you know, if you’re in your mid or late 30s, your chances of having twins increases greatly, and it has nothing to do with whether or not it runs in the family.

I usually like to go to the combine simply to get a chance to interact with these kids, if only for a moment. I have a knack for getting a good or bad vibe from a brief encounter, and looking back most kids I didn’t get good vibes from wound up being [...]

This year’s breakout QB

I was thinking about the Super Bowl yesterday. It’s been over two weeks, but I still can’t believe what the Giants did. More specifically, I still can’t believe the meteoric rise of Eli Manning. I’ll admit I was frustrated when he was seemingly regressing in the second half of the season this past year, but that was mainly because I have been a pretty big Eli backer in the past and because I was so impressed with the improvement he made in everything from his accuracy to his body language. But in the end, Manning has shown why I was high on him.

It got me thinking about the QBs. I’m wrong all the time about players, but when it comes to the quarterbacks, I’m usually on the right track if I’m enamored with a player. I go back to Trent Green in 2001, and Matt Hasselbeck I believe that same year. Those guys were busts, and I was wrong to push them on readers that year, but 8-9 Pro Bowls later for those two players, it’s clear I was on the right track. I was right about Carson Palmer, and I will be right about Jay Cutler, for sure. [...]

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