THUNDERING BLURB » Dolphins http://thunderingblurb.com ANDREW GARDA'S ENDLESS TAKES ON NFL AND COLLEGE FOOTBALL Fri, 22 Oct 2010 12:30:31 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.9.1 en hourly 1 Wednesday Stampede http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/08/wednesday-stampede/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/08/wednesday-stampede/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2008 15:12:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=98 Short post this morning as it’s just a bit quite. This is what happens as we shift into season mode – aside from cuts and some injuries, not much going on. Next week the Blurb will me more strategy than info as we also shift into season mode.

Also a reminder that The Thundering Blurb Fantasy Football Podcast airs live tonight on BlogTalkRadio.com at 9pm EST/6pm PST. You can get on the air by calling (718) 506-1722.

On to the news -
Cleveland Browns
Derek Anderson’s concussion was termed mild and he should be ready for week 1 – so don’t worry about Edwards, Winslow and the rest of the Cleveland offense. We’ll see a lot of Brady Quinn over the next few preseason games and the Browns will be able to judge – at least in part – what Quinn might mean for their future. If he plays well enough, you’ll hear some murmurs about him starting but the Browns could challenge for the AFC North title, so it won’t happen. Kick Returner Joshua Cribbs has a high ankle sprain and that’s a worse piece of news. That can linger and will upset the Cleveland Special Teams, and their value, if he isn’t 100%.

Buffalo Bills
Trent Edwards was injured during Tuesday’s practice – a deep quad contusion according to HC Dick Jauron. Like with Anderson, this will probably keep Edwards out of a preseason game or two but is unlikely to affect his Week 1 status. There have been a few people who have wondered whether or not JP Losman might be a better fit (again) but the question has been answered already and barring a big injury, the Bills will start Edwards.

Arizona Cardinals
Rookie Tim Hightower has moved to the #2 spot on the depth chart in Arizona. Not surprising given how awful JJ Arrington and the departed Marcel Shipp have been the last two years. He won’t eat into Edge’s value much although he might get some short yardage looks. He’s Edge’s handcuff if you follow that strategy and is a good person to have on your Dynasty bench, Edge or not. Another rookie not faring as well would be WR Early Doucet. Doucet was back in practice Tuesday after a hamstring injury knocked him out for a while. He needs a big couple of preseason games to pass Steve Breaston for the #3 spot on the Cards. A few rookies have exploded on rosters this preseason, so he could do it – but as always I warn against counting on rookies – especially rookie WRs – for much.

Cincinnati Bengals
So Chris Henry is back after Marvin Lewis said ‘never again’ – which can’t make him (Lewis) all that happy. Before you get all excited, Henry is serving a suspension for the first 4 games. Some are reading it into Chad Johnson’s injury (so much that he dropped about 4 rounds in the Fantasy Sportswriters Assoc Draft last night) but I read it more as concern that the rookie they have won’t be able to step up if Johnson and Houshmandzedah have problems. That sounds like the same but it isn’t – I don’t know that either Housh or Ocho Cinco are hurt badly so much as the rookies have been unspectacular in camp, although each has had a good preseason game.

Miami Dolphins
This is probably just encouragement, but according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel HC Tony Sparano has not ruled out rookie Chad Henne being named the starter. I don’t know I buy that but it could mean Pennington is having issues picking up the offense. It could also just be Sparano’s way of saying ‘Nice job, rookie’ as Henne has impressed during Trainging Camp. It would suck if – in the unlikely event Henne was the starter Week 1 – Pennington moved teams only to get stuck as a back-up again. Let me be clear though – I don’t think that will happen. The team is reportedly also looking for a 4th round pick for John Beck.

Yeah – good luck with that.

Chicago Bears
Running Back Kevin Jones gets some preseason action on Thursday against the 49rs. He’s fighting to back-up Matt Forte but Jones could get significant carries by the middle of the season – he’s got ability, it’s his health that seems to get in the way. Forte is still a rookie and will burn out at some point as most do. Expect the Bears to keep him fresh with Jones if Jones is available. Forte is still the guy to grab first, if you find him at a godo value.

San Diego Chargers
In other brief news, Antonio Gates is cleared to practice and might be looking good for Week 1. You probably won’t see him in the next two preseason games – if a healthy LT isn’t playing, why risk a healing Gates? – but assuming he isn’t set-back in practice, he could start Week 1, which is both good for your Fantasy Team and the Chargers’ chances at starting strong, something they need to do in the AFC this year.

That’s all for now – remember the show tonight. Among other things, we’ll be talking some Offesnive lines to watch and some to avoid, talking about the BloTalkRadio Fantasy Football Podcaster league draft I will be doing at the same time and the fact that I am a mere 30 odd hours from Vegas.

Good times.
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Late Tuesday News http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/08/late-tuesday-news/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/08/late-tuesday-news/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2008 22:02:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=97 Sorry for the silence today – massive computer issues here at Blurb Central. Back though and just in time for the Fantasy Sportswriters Association draft I have scheduled for tonight.

We’re back now – although I have to warn you we’re on a short week here on the Blurb as I will be traveling Thursday afternoon and in Las Vegas until Sunday night.

I will refer you to the excellent sites listed to the right for news and notes after Thursday.

Plenty to go until then so:

Seattle Seahawks
Matt Hasselbeck returned to practice, only to have his back seize up again midway through the session. He may not see action again in the next preseason game and as much as I like Hass, this and the battered WR core are not instilling confidence.

Miami Dolphins
So of course yesterday there was this crazy rumor being debated about Ronnie Brown being traded, which came out of Chris Mortenson at ESPN. Now, all I remember last year is Mort throwing rumor after rumor out all last year and few panning out. I have been reminded that he ‘forged close ties with Parcells at ESPN’ but that still doesn’t inspire confidence. Especially now that Phins coach Tony Sparano has come out and said there is ‘no chance’ they trade Brown. I tried to figure out WHY one would trade Brown, and never saw a particular reason that worked for me – clearly neither does Sparano.

Atlanta Falcons
From the ‘it’s about time column’ – The Falcons have finally cut ties with WR Joe Horn who has had his bags packed for several months now. I don’t know where he will catch on, but he was just riding pine in Atlanta. Costly, costly mistake by the Falcons who are still paying off his guarenteed money.

Indianapolis Colts
We have a Manning sighting – he was wearing a sleeve on his knee but he showed up at practice. That *sigh* you heard? Tons of Colts fans and Manning owners. Still some confusion as to when he will play but he looks like he will be good to go Week 1.

Tampa Bay Bucaneers
Jeff Garcia and Joey Galloway returned to practice today. Both might see time in Saturday’s tilt with the Jags. Galloway has been ultra productive given the offense and his age. He may be wearing down so he’s not more than a #3 or 4 – but a very productive one.

That’s all for now – more later tonight and tomorrow morning.

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FRIDAY! Fantasy News and Notes http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/08/friday-fantasy-news-and-notes/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/08/friday-fantasy-news-and-notes/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2008 17:35:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=93 Another week in the books and another week closer to the kickoff of season!

Here’s some early Friday news:

Miami Dolphins
There could be a full on RBBC in Miami – HC Tony Sparano is waffling on whether Ronnie Brown or Ricky Williams will be his ‘bell cow’ and is thinking about maybe splitting carries significantly over the course of the season. I took Williams in the middle of a couple of drafts so far and will continue to target him as a #3/4 with upside. Brown is a very good back and can come back effective from his injury, but Sparano like Williams’ energy coming off the bench and in general. So Brown may be losing some ground and becomes less and less a safe fantasy pick.

New Orleans Saints
Jeremy Shockey will likely miss Saturday’s game against the Texans and while I am high on Shockey, this is what you get with him. He’s ‘lights out’ when he is healthy – which is a tough thing to predict. He still will serve a significant role in this offense, but remember that Bush, Meachem, Patten and even Billy Miller are there to pick up the slack if he isn’t 100%. Take him with the understanding that you need to have a decent and consistent back-up to him on your roster.

Buffalo Bills
Trent Edwards solidified his position as the Bills’ #1 QB last night with a solid performance of 9/14, 104 yds and 2 TDs. Lee Evans got involved with 3 catches for 55 yards and TE Robert Royal caught 2 passes, both for TDs. Sleeper TE? We’ll have to watch that one play out more. Rookie James Hardy was a non-factor tonight so balance out that first game with last night and we’re back to square one in guessing his impact with the team.

But back to Edwards – a few places I had heard questions as to whether JP Losman should be getting more consideration and I have to say, why? We know what he can do, it isn’t that spectacular and Edwards is really only in his second full year of starting. He’s have growing pains for sure, but should be solid. Just goes to show, the most popular guy in town is often the back-up QB. Edwards, by the way, should be one of the last guys you look at for a Qb on yoru fantasy roster. He’s got a long way to go to be a relevant fantasy player.

Philadelphia Eagles
Reggie Brown injured himself again and should have a MRI today. I have been – well not a big fan is the best way to put it – and this isn’t helping. I never felt McNabb looked his way for most of last season, he gets hurt to much and rookie DeSean Jackson is playing too good to be denied. I’m not saying Jackson will star tas the #1 or anything – just that Brown continues to be a bad idea for your Fantasy team this season. Jackson, by the way, isn’t just having good games when it comes to the big things – kick returns and receptions. he does a bunch of little thing well – like throwing a key block on Tony Hunt’s long TD. Now, Jackson did fumble on a punt return. But he’s a rookie, so buyer beware anyway, He will make those mistakes.

Don’t read into Tony Hunt’s big performance last night. He did it against a pretty weak 3rd string group of Carolina players in the last quarter. Hunt may still not make this team.

Carolina Panthers
On the other side of the field, rookie Jonathan Stewart finally saw the field and… well unspectacular should cover it. 4 carries for 3 yards is pretty unspectacular. The field conditions were sloppy, he wasn’t behind the top O-line and he’s way behind after having missed so much time with this injury. I still think he might grab the #1 late this season, but as I said on The Drive Block last night, DeAngelo Williams is probably the guy to grab right now if you want coverage at least early.

Jake Delhomme continues to look ok, but not great. 9/14, 54 yds and a pick are also unspectacular. Again, field conditions and rain didn’t help but he’s not where we hoped he would be at this point. He wide reciever situation is very unsettled: Steve Smith out for 2 games, DJ Hackett continually unhealthy, Dwayne Jarrett not producing. You’ve got Muhsin Muhammad and a bunch of random guys you won’t hear a lot about goign forward.

It does not instill confidence in Delhomme right now.

That’s all for now, more later as we head into the weekend and get another look at who is hot, who is not and who isn’t playing because – it’s preseason and they don’t have to.

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