I was going to put up a large post about all the issues in the league right now, and there are plenty, but I think my time is better spent updating my “Good Vibes/Bad Vibes” article so I can do that comprehensively. I hope to have that up late tonight, or at the latest early tomorrow.
Just a quick post to make a case for 49er rookie WR Josh Morgan. I didn’t expect him to be a serious factor two months ago, but we have been on this guy from the jump as soon as he started excelling in the preseason.
We know what he’s done in the preseason, but there are several things jumping out regarding Morgan right now.
It’s a new offensive coordinator, of course, and Mike Martz has no allegiance to any of their receivers, other than Isaac Bruce. Morgan is one of his guys, since he always has a large input on the drafts he’s involved in. In fact, if Martz retired from coaching, I think he’d be a great draft/rookie [...]
Really like Zach Miller for Oakland. As we’ve been saying, he’s going to catch a ton of passes.
Still not impressed at all with Darren McFadden.
Vince Young’s still a terrible passer.
Still good vibes from Chris Johnson, great vibes.
Gotta be encouraged by Brett Favre’s performance, good news for Jerricho Cotchery and I continue to be very intrigued by Dustin Keller, as I’ve written I think 20 times.
Not really feeling the Redskin passing game. It’ll be much tougher when it’s for real, and those rookie WRs are way behind.
Matt Ryan did look like a rookie; this is why I have been worried about Roddy White.
Michael Turner is definitely showing a lot, which is good.
We really can’t take much out of the preseason with the Colts still. [...]
Next draft is today, for NFL.com, this one will be featured on the site, so I need to stand out and draft well. It’s 6 pts for all TDs, and last year I got pinched a little at QB and had to take Marc Bulger. My first pick was Steven Jackson, and I lost Andre Johnson for most of the season, and also Ronnie Brown. So you can imagine how my season went (I was actually in the playoff picture until the final week).
I drew the 5th pick. I wish I could get some picks at the end o the 1st to see how it goes, but I keep drawing higher picks, totally by chance.
This pick is interesting because I may take Tom Brady. I really don’t want to, but I don’t want Steven Jackson at this point, too risky 5th overall. And I am a little worried about Frank Gore because it’s not a PPR league. With the TDs counting as 6 pts, Brady is very safe. Or, if someone else takes him, I’ll just snap up Joe Addai. I hope that’s the case. If I do get Addai, I’ll likely take a QB in the 3rd, hopefully Brees. [...]
Checking in real quick. In the next 10 days, I will be doing “Exert Drafts” for Yahoo Sports, NFL.com, CBS Sportsline.com, and Fox Sports. These are all the “featured” expert leagues on these sites, so it’s time to get down to business. I’ll post all of them as soon as I can. In fact, Yahoo’s is tonight, and I’ll have it up on the site tomorrow.
I gotta right this roster down, damn good draft in my opinion today for Yahoo. Here are my picks in order. 12-team, NON PPR league, TDs are 4 pts for passing.
Antonio Gates – Missed Bowe by 1 pick, which would have been ridiculous; couldn’t pass on the upside of Gates this late.
Fred Taylor – Ironically passed on some upside RBs for his stability b/c by team was looking so explosive.
Ricky Williams – Kind of liked him as my 4th back, maybe a rnd too high.
Bernard Berrian – Not bad as their #1 and my #3
Reggie Brown – At this point, he was clearly the best WR left.
Lorenzo Booker – Protected Westbrook; Booker is the handcuff.
Chicago – Still got a higher end D even as I held off.
Vince Young – [...]
Call me a flip-flopper if you want, but I only go by what I see, and I didn’t see anything from Larry Johnson until this past weekend. I liked what I saw. Now his line is still a big issue, and his QB isn’t very good, but Johnson showed me something key this weekend, and it’s something he didn’t show last year and something Adam Caplan pointed out to me after he watched him scrimmage the Vikings for 2 days in Minnesota earlier this month: Johnson this year is making the unblocked defender miss.
That is absolutely huge for him and him on this team, one that will have a shaky passing game and offensive line. Last year, Johnson was sluggish, and he ran like a dog with no heart. This year a slimmer Johnson is showing more shake-and-bake, more wiggle, and if he keeps that up and stays healthy, he’s going to put up numbers, as RBs typically do under Chan Gailey. On his TD run, he made a quick little wiggle move right when he got the ball, and he exploded through the hole, looking like a tough guy to stop, like he used to. Playing like this, he [...]