Aug 14, 2010
Here are some of my initial reactions to the preseason action we have seen so far.
- The Raider offense isn’t quite there yet. I spoke with a Raider beat writer on Friday, and he didn’t have a lot of great things to report. It appears they are still prepared to try Darren McFadden a lot at RB, which we know won’t really work. WR Chaz Schilens’ foot issue seems to be in play still, and WR Darius Heyward-Bey’s great offseason has come down to earth a little. The good news is TE Zach Miller’s been great.
- Tony Romo’s never going to change. He’ll always be a guy who holds on to the ball at times and breaks plays down on his own when he shouldn’t. He’s always going to have the faults we always point out, but he’ll still put up large fantasy numbers.
- The Patriot offense is shaping up to be pretty damn good. It might be changing a little to take advantage of their new toys (like the TEs and WR Brandon Tate), but that can’t be a bad thing. I think they could be potent even without Wes Welker because Julian Edelman looks fantastic. If they have Welker, look out.
- Robert Meachem’s fantasy stock is dropping while Lance Moore’s stock is rising. I think Moore’s going to be a big factor from the slot, so Meachem’s going to be extremely hit-or-miss. Forget about a breakout season from Meachem because it’s not happening. They will never feature one guy here, and if they do, it is still Marques Colston. Oh, and they might have a problem on the OL.
- Panther QB Matt Moore’s margin of error could be smaller than we thought. Rookie Jimmy Clausen looked pretty poised. If they are losing and Moore’s struggling, this coaching staff may make a move because their jobs are on the line.
- The Raven offense looks scary. When Mark Clayton’s your 4th receiver, that’s pretty good. And those rookie TEs look like they are going to be big factors, especially Ed Dickson, who jumped off the page to me (maybe I’m just used to see Todd Heap, who can’t run). I think Joe Flacco is ready for this. And given the state of their secondary, they could be in some serious shootouts. I’m really feeling Flacco.
- The Bills are in trouble, and the bad vibes are beginning again. There’s no way C.J. Spiller is ready to handle a large workload and the responsibilities that come with that. The Fred Jackson injury is a major buzz kill, and probably squashes any chance of Marshawn Lynch (who also got hurt) being moved.
- The good vibes in Washington I’ve had have carried over into the preseason officially. I spoke with a Redskin reporter this week and asked if he agreed with my assessment that TE Chris Cooley should be the guy much more so than Fred Davis, but he pointed out that Davis could steal several red zone TDs, which played out in the opener. This guy also said to look for Devin Thomas to start to open the season, despite his current place on the depth chart. Also, it looks like Larry Johnson will be a somewhat large factor, but Clinton Portis should still get about 60% of the touches. But I think Brian Westbrook will be a Redskin this coming week, which means Willie Parker will be gone. It just makes too much sense. So we may be dropping Portis a tad. We’ve already moved LJ up significantly.
- The opener for the Eagles might be a preview of things to come. Kevin Kolb forced some throws, but the passing attacked looked fantastic with him running it otherwise. I was really impressed with his arm strength in the game. He’s got more zip on his passes, no question. If you can’t see the serious fantasy juice Kolb is bringing to the table right now, you’re just not looking. And the WRs look like great picks. Also, I’m feeling better about LeSean McCoy. He’s been solid.
- The Jags are going to be a mess this year again. But, my guy MJD can rise above it as usual and put up big numbers. He can in part because he’s all they have, really.
- The Falcon offense will be very efficient this year and very good. It’ll all start with Michael Turner, but they will work Jason Snelling in quite a bit. Not sure about Jerious Norwood. But Matt Ryan will be a nice and steady backup.
- The Chief offense is a work in progress to be kind. I don’t get a good feeling watching Matt Cassel play. They did spread it out a lot in the game, and when they did Jamaal Charles busted off big runs. That dude needs the ball, period, so he should be okay.