THUNDERING BLURB » Larry Johnson http://thunderingblurb.com ANDREW GARDA'S ENDLESS TAKES ON NFL AND COLLEGE FOOTBALL Tue, 10 Aug 2010 03:40:44 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.9.1 en hourly 1 Running Back Blurb Breakdown: Larry Johnson http://thunderingblurb.com/2009/07/running-back-blurb-breakdown-larry-johnson/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2009/07/running-back-blurb-breakdown-larry-johnson/#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2009 03:57:48 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=454 Once upon a time, Larry Johnson was Fantasy relevant.

He still is – although perhaps as a cautionary tale of too much complaining, not enough production.

It’s too bad because we’ve seen some great production from him even in the last two, stunted years.

Maybe it was the immense number of carries in 2005 & 2006 (336 & 416 respectively).

Maybe it was the ineffectual regimes in Kansas City. Maybe it was the weight of his not-insubstantial ego.

Whatever the cause, he has been in trouble or hurt often after the last few years.

It didn’t help his numbers last year that he caught just 12 balls after several seasons of 30+ catches. It looks unlikely that the Chiefs will utilize him to catch out of the backfield much this season, although with All-World Tight End Tony Gonzalez has gone of to Atlanta.

So, it’s possible LJ could get a few more catches since Brad Cottam is rumored to be staying in to block a lot.

We’ve seen too much of a dip to think Johnson is ready to bounce back anytime soon. Especially with a shaky offensive line, an unproven quarterback (albeit coming of a tremendous year) throwing to a small number of offensive weapons and probably¬† less than desired as the defense struggles to stop opposing drives and get the offense reps.

Johnson still has some upside but is nowhere near the back who once occupied a lounging spot in the preseason top ten rankings.

The best you can do is draft him for depth and hope he can put in a performance for a few games like he did week 3 vs Atlanta (121yds, 1TD), week 4 vs Denver (198yds, 2TDs) or week 16 vs Miami (108yds, 1TD).

But good luck figuring out when to start him. Thanks, but I think I’ll pass, regardless of perceived value – even in the fifth or sixth rounds.

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Sunday Morning News – 8:30pst/11:30EST http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/11/sunday-morning-news-830pst1130est/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/11/sunday-morning-news-830pst1130est/#comments Sun, 16 Nov 2008 16:26:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=302 Hey guys – some updates for the morning – will not be around for the afternoon (son’s birthday party) for sure, so keep an eye on rotoworld and footballguys.com for game day updates and scratches.

Clinton Portis is unlikely to play in tonight’s game – this was confirmed by John Clayton of ESPN….. Even if he does play he will not be the usual centerpiece of the offense so get him out…. Peyton Hillis gets the starts in Denver according to Foxsports.com and the local papers and since he can catch the ball, he’s a great flex spot starter….. If Earnest Graham and Warrick Dunn are healthy, Cadillac Williams might not see the field for quite a while. That’s why I have been saying, stash him on you bench only if you can afford to have a spot that will not generate points right now…. Larry Johnson is expected to get @15 carries according the NFLN’s Adam Shefter – so start him as a flex or a low end RB2…. Derrick Mason will be active for today’s day against the Giants. Always a middling start, the injury and the defensive matchup make him a guy better off on your bench….

That’s all for now. Will try to keep an eye on things as we approach morning kickoff….

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Chiefs push back presser – trade in the works? http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/10/chiefs-push-back-presser-trade-in-the-works/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/10/chiefs-push-back-presser-trade-in-the-works/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2008 18:04:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=243 I really miss being home – and not just because my family has not joined me here in New York yet. But I miss my Direct TV and NFLN.

For without my NFLN, I found out second hand that Adam Shefter is reporting the Chiefs have pushed their usual press conference back until after the 4:00 EST trade deadline.

As I said this morning on the Stampede, it’s usually very quiet at the trade deadline though this year feels different. Certainly there are teams that could use a Tony Gonzalez, Donnie Edwards or – dare I say it? – Larry Johnson. And a team like the Chiefs must recognize they are playing for the future and likely NOT this season. Detroit fits that category too, though who wants busted up Jon Kitna would be beyond me.

But a trade – or more than one – could happen. The wind certainly feels like it is blowing in that direction.

More as it occurs.

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Belated Thursday Stampede http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/08/belated-thursday-stampede/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/08/belated-thursday-stampede/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2008 16:15:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=111 The Blurb Herd is a little tired after last night’s little BlogTalk technology explosion, so we’re running a tad behind.

Luckily it’s not like we’ve had huge news yet today – it’s no like LT retired or somethign this morning.

Still there was a little bit of movement here and there:

Of course, as we knew, guys like Ben Roethlisberger, Brett Favre and Marc Bulger will not be playing in their preseason finale.

Guys like Trent Green, Byron Leftwich and Kellen Clemens will.

Still, as I said on last night’s Thundering Blurb Fantasy Football Podcast, there are still reasons to watch and position battles to be won.

In more direct news -
Kansas City Chiefs
Larry Johnson will see action vs the Rams even though he has already seen a bunch of work in the preseason. He hasn’t been tremendously sharp though and I think they would like him to spring into the season on a high note.

Jacksonville Jaguars
We keep talking about how we don’t know who will catch balls in Jacksonville, but we do know that Troy Williamson hasn’t caught ANY balls this preseason. He needs a big night to have an impact this season – or maybe even stick on the team at all. Matt Jones and Mike Walker are holding the seast warm for Jerry Porter and Reggie Williams and it still tells me very little of whether any of these guys will have an impact. Garrard will spread the ball around and like I have said before, put up good numbers himself but probably not have that 1 WR who will make your Fantasy team happy.

Green Bay Packers
Ryan Grant is another RB who will see some time tonight. This will make the game a little more interesting to watch and unlike the Larry Johnson thing, is less of a shock. Grant missed a bunch of the preseason and needs the work. he won’t be out there too long, but he’ll get some work and maybe widen the gap between himself and Brandon Jackson a little more.

That’s all for now – will be back this afternoon with some more news. And don’t forget to check out The Drive Block on BlogTalkRadio.com tonight with myself and the Footballguys’ own Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom. That’s 7pm PST/10pm EST.

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