First, great 2 hour Drive Block last night – we cover everything from news to Auctions to IDP leagues. Check it out at BlogTalkRadio or on ITunes.
Between this and the Blurb, tons of great info each week.
Secondly, the next update here will be late – heading to Cowboys camp in Oxnard today. But I will catch up when I return.
On to the news -
New Orleans Saints
As we covered on the Drive Block last night, Saints second year wide receiver Robert Meachem had a great game. He needs to have a big year or else the Saints will go get another WR in the draft next year to start opposite Colston. 4 catches for 129 yards and a TD is a pretty strong showing. he has ability – he just needs to prove he has the drive and can stay healthy. Last night was a very good start.
New York Jets
In all the Favre and Pennington hubbub one thing that has been overlooked is the strong camp being had by receivers Chansi Stuckey and David Clowney. Stuckey caught 3 passes for 44 yards while Clowney blew up with 4 for 163 and 2 TDs. YOu could say he ‘clowned’ the Browns… eh? eh? Is this thing on?
Seriously, it’s worth tracking who is hot going into the season -while Coles and Cotchery will get most of the love, if gunslinger Favre decides one of his other receivers is his favorite, the #3 in NY could end up having some good value as a #4 or byw week filler. Right now, Clowney is the guy over Stuckey and Brad Smith.
Brett Ratliff had a great game as well, going 14/20 for 252 with 2 TDs. It may be hard to stick with Favre coming in, Clemens still heir apparent and Ainge playing ok. But worth keeping an eye on if Ainge struggles. Certainly the future of the Jets QB situation remains up in the air.
It seems that rookie Eddie Royal has supassed Darrell Jackson on the Broncos depth chart. Now this is early and it could change however with Marshall facing a three game time out, Royal will definitely get three starts, barring injury. All he needs to do is play well and he could keep that job. Jackson isn’t that far removed from good numbers but he’s clearly not doing well enough in camp. Keary Colbert hasn’t the track record to lead me to believe he will challenge. Stokely will hang in the slot.
Royal could have godo value and will be available in the latter half of most drafts.
Kansas City Chiefs/Chicago Bears
Chiefs receiver Will Franklin had a pair of catches for 31 yards, but looked rough in his first preseason outing. As I have said, all he has to do it beat out Devard Darling, which should be possible. He has to DO it though. It’s debateable how valuable anyone not named ‘Bowe’ or ‘Gonzo’ will be in this offense. But take a late flier on him if he can be more consistent.
With the Bears, Orton and Grossman looked ok, but were outplayed numbers-wise by Caleb Hanie, a rookie from Colorado State. I wouldn’t read much into it yet but suppose – just suppose – Hanie started doing really well? Do you think Grossman or Orton has done so well that they are untouchable? Nope, me either. It’s unlikely that he wins. But it’s also that Grossman or Orton is going to be consistent enough to be a starter for your fantasy team. Grossman has more upside, btu his valleys are deeper and he’ll cost you as much as he’ll help you. Orton is only there to manage a game and he won’t put up numbers worth starting. And we’re probably several weeks away from knowing who will be unlikelythe guy in Chicago – which only matters so much as it affects Mat Forte, who had 7 carries for 35 yards and looked decent doing it.
That’s it for now – back tonight with more and some insights from Dallas Cowboys Camp!