Aug 29, 2009
I wanted to check in here, if for no other reason than the fact that I haven’t in a while. Obviously, I’ve been overwhelmed keeping up with everything we’re going for the site. This has been the busiest summer yet for me, and while that is a very good thing, my head is spinning. These next 10-12 days are going to be even worse.
I’m sorry if I can’t answer all the questions on this blog the last week or two. I just can’t handle it all.
Hopefully, you’re liking the content we’re cranking out, and how we’re updating so much stuff so often.
I’m still getting my hands around the upcoming 2009 season, and I’m really close. But there are a few straggler situations I figured I’d check in with here today, just so they are covered. There are still some position battles and roles up for grabs, and we should have a clearer picture in the coming week. But here are some situations flying under the radar.
Miami WRs – I don’t think the Dolphins even know how this is going to shake out, but my sense is that they view Davone Bess as a slot guy, which is what he is, and that Greg Camarillo isn’t 100% yet. That’s why rookie Brian Hartline is in the mix to officially start. He’s a bigger guy, yet he’s faster than Patrick Turner, which is probably why he’s in the mix. I wouldn’t go crazy here with Hartline, since I think Camarillo could still steal back this job. But he’s someone to watch.
Redskin WRs – I think it’s going to be a committee, but I have to say I saw good things from both Malcolm Kelly and Devin Thomas. Kelly gets the edge for now, and he’s got nice size and physicality. But I can’t go nuts on Kelly because Thomas, while disappointing this summer, does have talent. Overall, their availability is good news for their passing game.
Backup Ram RB – This looks like it’s Samkon Gado’s job now. He’s been really impressive.
Patriot RBs – I think we saw the plan the other night: it’s Fred Taylor first, Laurence Maroney in the mix, so we’ll have to see if Sammy Morris has a role. If he does, it will likely be as a goal line back.
Raven RBs – Don’t say anything, but the team seems to be warming up to Willis McGahee, and we would not be surprised at all if McGahee got half the carries or more starting Week One. Again, Ray Rice’s role is expanding, but he’s not “the guy” here unless McGahee is hurt.
Bengal Backup RB – It looks like Bernard Scott’s got it, and we’ve heard Brian Leonard may be cut. Major sleeper alert on Scott.
Jags #2 WR – I can’t see how Troy Williamson doesn’t start Week One. He’s worth a flyer very late.
Titan WRs – Nate Washington is banged up and may be questionable for Week One, which could open the door for Kenny Britt, who I am getting a good feeling about. Alas, it is the Titans.
Cardinal WRs – Watch out for Jerheme Urban if Steve Breaston isn’t healthy to start the season. Urban had some drops last night, but he’s looked really good this summer.
Colt WRs – Still not sure about this one, but it looks like Pierre Garcon will be getting on the field a fair amount, and when he does Anthony Gonzalez will move inside. Garcon may be worth a look in a deeper league. They like him, and he has the size they need.
Eagle WRs – Caplan thinks rookie Jeremy Maclin may take Kevin Curtis’ job at some point this year, so keep that in mind when looking for an upside WR late in your draft.