THUNDERING BLURB » Jeremy Shockey 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 Shockey OUT 3-6 weeks http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/09/shockey-out-3-6-weeks/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/09/shockey-out-3-6-weeks/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2008 20:55:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=189 After playing well yesterday and seemingly being 100%, the Saints have announced TE Jeremy Shockey will undergo sports hernia surgery and miss at least the next 3-6 weeks, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

I don’t know if that’s a short time or a long time for hernia surgery (thankfully) but it cuts the Saints weapons down further. You have to be worried about Drew Brees & Co. with two of it’s main weapons out. Who will get the targets is hard to know – I had been talking up Billy Miller prior to the season based on some talks he had with HC Payton before the Shockey trade happened. But it’s hard to say if they will be utilizing him the way they were going to back then. Still, the Saints will need to find more ways to get the ball moving with Shockey out. we’ll have to watch and wait for some indication as to where they will go. Patten was a hot pick for a while, though dissappeared last game. Lance Moore, Devery Henderson, Robert Meachem? A ton of very mediocre players at the wide receiver position. Someone will have to step up but it might change week to week.

Best bets in the offense for receptions will be Bush – I think Miller will see enough to be a decent bye week or TEBC choice. Beyond that, we won’t know for a while.

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End of Wednesday News http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/09/end-of-wednesday-news/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/09/end-of-wednesday-news/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2008 04:35:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=126 Hey folks – show went well – you can download it here or on ITunes or listen via the streaming shows on the right side of this page. Also had a great appearance on Reality Football with Marc, Brian and Cakes. Quick but good. Show was fun to listen to as well.

Let’s wrap things up so I can get some beauty sleep….

New England Patriots
So Tom Brady may or may not be hurt – who can ever tell with New England – but he practiced like a man who was feeling no pain. Like I said multiple times today, you weren’t going to bench him. I also am not of the mind that the Pats will run the heck out of the ball whether or not Brady is hurt. If they do, it will be a RBBC, not just Maroney. Regardless, while Brady will suffer a drop off from last year (who wouldn’t) he will play – and probably play well given that KC is a mess.

Miami Dolphins
As I mentioned on the show tonight, Greg Camirillo has moved into the first team offense and according to HC Tony Sparano, he may see a lot of action against the Jets. He spoke pretty glowing of him –

“We really haven’t given him a lot of opportunities to be on the field for long periods of time,” Sparano said. “He’s got really good awareness. He gives the quarterback a pretty sound target. The guy has excellent hands, can run after the catch. He’s sneaky fast. I really like what the guy has done.”

I wouldn’t start him this weekend with Darelle Revis and rookie Dwight Lowery at the corners, but he could be good to stash on your bench and see what pans out.

Houston Texans
First of all, HC Gary Kubiak denied ever having Tatum Bell in for a visit. That’s how low things have sunk for Tater – he may have been misunderstoon in this mess (yeah, I had problems saying it like you did reading it) but it seems unlikely that he will catch on anywhere.

And with the RB situation as murky as it is, maybe they could have used another RB. Ahman Green is ‘healthy’ and the starter – but only until he gets hurt which will probably be…. right….. about ……… NOW. Seriously, I call Chris Brown ‘Mr. Glass’ but Green must be the original owner of that name. He’ll be hurt – so is it Steve Slaton or Chris Taylor. They will use all three this weekend but you won’t know who to start. However keep an eye on the game anyway – Taylor or Slaton could break out and give you an idea of the next RB you need to own in Houston. (Myself, I like Slaton.)

New Orleans Saints
TE Jeremy Shockey is not on the injury report – which means he will debut (finally) for the Saints against the Bucs this weekend. He may be a mismatch for that secondary so he should casue soem real problems for the defense. How much will he do, stats-wise? Hard to say. I feel wierd saying start him given he hasn’t played a snap in any game in quite some time. But the matchup isn’t bad and if you run TE-BC you could do worse.

That’s all for now unless something reveals itself during the repeat of NFL Live starting now. I will see you all tomorrow for the morning post and the Thundering Blurb Daily News Stampede at noon EST/9am PST.

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Taylor and Shockey http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/07/taylor-and-shockey/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/07/taylor-and-shockey/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2008 22:09:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=31 So while I was in flight yesterday, two (long expected, in my mind) trades have come to fruition. One was an abandoned Draft Day deal that was revisited and one was the final goodbye for a player who hasn’t gotten along with the new regime since… well ever since they showed up.

Of course, I am referring to the trade of Jeremy Shockey to the New Orleans Saints and the trade of Jason Taylor to the Washington Redskins.

Shockey was supposed to be in black and gold back in April – it was such a done deal that I have it on good authority that at least one Saints player called Shockey to welcome him to the fold. But something went wrong and the deal died and we all assumed it would stay dead. Until yesterday. Assuming Shockey passes a physical on wednesday, he’ll be the #1 TE on the team, with Billy Miller, Eric Johnson and Mark Campbell fighting for the last couple of roster slots.

MY TAKE: If Shockey stays healthy, he could have a huge season. we all know how much Brees loved to throw to Antonio Gates in San Diego. We also know there is no solid #2 option in the passing game after Marques Colston (ok, Reggie Bush, but in terms of a pure receiver?). Shockey won’t have to stay in and block as much as he did for the G-men. It should be a match made in heaven. From a fantasy standpoint, Shockey might crawl back into top 5 status. As for the rest – I think Eric Johnson is on his way out. He can’t stay healthy, he was signed after Billy Miller this off season and the Saints were already looking to make Billy Miller a big part of the offense. I think maybe Johnson hangs on, but I wouldn’t bet my house on it. I think Miller will still do a bunch for the Saints, but clearly a lot less than he might have without Shockey.

As for the Giants – some might say Kevin Boss isn’t a lock to start – and maybe he ain’t. But I think he will get every shot and he played so well late last year that he made this trade possible. The Giants didn’t suddenly have so much faith in Darcy Johnson and Mike Matthews that they could ship Shockey off. While Boss still has to work on blocking – and both other guys will get plenty of snaps pre-season – Boss was the one who made this move possible, in my mind. He won’t be a top 10 TE in Fantasy, but he should do very well otherwise and I expect a good season from him.

Meanwhile, Jason Taylor wasn’t winning friends in Miami with his Dancing with the Stars appearances. Bill Parcells made it clear he wasn’t in love with Taylor’s absence and this move – while not to a place I was expecting prior to this weekend – was bound to happen. Once Washington lost two Defensive Linemen to injury in the space of a couple of days, Taylor made sense.

MY TAKE: I have said all off-season that Taylor has more in the tank. I don’t think the Skins overpayed – a 2nd next year and a 6th the year after. Taylor may only play another year – but even so, Washington needed help now. Rumors are they may use him as a Linebacker as well as a Defensive End and that should give him some opportunity to make some open field plays. He should head over to the left side, which means Andre Carter will stay at the right. It should make Carter’s numbers jump up a little as teams might avoid Taylor.

From an IDP perspective (that would be Individual Defensive Player for you non-fantasy geeks) Taylor just went back up in cost. If you had an auction already and had the chance I hope you grabbed him cheap. He could be a good addition to your squad, though how much impact will depend on how he jells in camp. For Miami, this works as well. As much as they could use Taylor, Parcells has set the team up to live on without him. The writing has been on the wall for weeks. The only thing this does for them is get more draft picks – something Big Tuna loves.

Back with more later – remember an all new DRIVE BLOCK starts at 7pm PST/10EST tonight. Stop on by! You can also catch it on the Footballguys podcast Itunes feed (The Audible) or come here and listen to it.

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