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More NFL Cuts

Some teams are playing catchup – more than likely I will post a final cuts lst tonight rather than update every hour or so when one or two new guys trickle in.

But the Brown hadn’t cut anyone, so I thought I would throw a list out now.

Browns: DE Chase Pittman, RB Travis Thomas, and OLs Derrick Morse and Marvin Philip, TEs Brad Cieslak and Kolomana Kapanui, WRs Lance Leggett and Efrem Hill, CBs A.J. Davis and Jereme Perry, S Travis Key and Brandon Mitchell, LBs Chase Ortiz and David McMillan, DE Melila Purcell, OTs James Lee and Jonathan Palmer, LB Shantee Orr and K Jason Reda

They also IRd G Lennie Friedman.

Steelers: WR Willie Reid and KR Eddie Drummond Saturday – they IRd Charlie Batch.

Interesting side note – the Jets were reported to have released RB Jesse Chatman – but according to Profootballtalk.com , his agent is disputing that report.

“The Jets did not release Jesse Chatman, nor will they,” agent Brett Tessler said. “And they are not trying to trade him like another paper reported.”

We’ll see how this works out – Chatman had a pretty big last game so i was shocked they let him go. If he sticks around he could pouch a couple of goal line carries if Jones can’t get the work done initially. I don’t think he is a huge threat to Jones’ value though.

Also some other quick notes:
Ben Obamanu broke his clavicle in the team’s exhibition finale Friday night and could miss the season. The Seattle WR core has been decimated here and it’s a tad worrying to see how often these gusy are getting hurt. You have to bump the whole offense’s value down several notches and figure Hasselback will struggle early on as he tries to find someone other than Nate Burleson open. Courtney Taylor will now lock up the #2 position going into the season and I really like rookie TE John Carlson as a VERY late TE pick with upside. Don’t depend on him but he may get a ton of emergency looks when all the defense is covering Burleson.

Peyton Manning says he’s ready to go week 1 – owners can breathe a sigh of relief again.

Ricky Williams is still on top of the RB depth chart in Miami. It’s not that Ronnie Brown didn’t have a good final game – he did, with 12 carries for 47 yds and a TD as well as 2 catches for 10 yds. But as I have said, they will continue to work him into the line-up and at least for now, Williams is the workhorse. But a 70/30 or even 60/40 split in short order wouldn’t shock me.

That’s all for now – back to watching college football and I will have more cuts tonight!

Thursday Afternoon News

Second of probably three of these today barring some giant piece of news – also remember to catch myself, Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom on BlogTalkRadio as The Drive Block will bring you 2 hours of live genius beginning at 10pm EST/7pm PST.

Dallas Cowboys
Guess who’s back? Not Slim Shady but the ever-loving Rain Man himself – Adam ‘not Pacman’ Jones! Well it seems the gamble Jerry Jones and the ‘boys took will pay off. The NFL fully reinstated Jones today and according to the Dallas Morning News , he found out while he was eating at Hooters. Classy. Seriously though, Jones was just hitting his stride when he got into huge trouble and I think that once he has some real gameplay again, he will begin to get back in the groove. Good gamble by the Cowboys if Jones keeps his nose clean and his singles in his pocket.

Indianapolis Colts
You know how I was saying last night I was going to watch this game to see if Jim Sorgi can recover from an awful preseason. He won’t. Sorgi will not be playing at all since his knee is hurt. So watch as Quinn Gray and Jared ‘The Hefty Lefty’ Lorenzon battle to hold Manning’s clipboard. We hope that Manning’s back-up will be irrelevent but as the mystery around Peyton’s knee deepens and people will be worrying up until kickoff of Week 1 whether he will start or not.

The best part of this? Week 1? The Colts play the Bears when? Sunday night. That’s right – Manning owners may have to make a decision whether to risk losing a position if Manning does not play or putting their back-up in to play it safe but missing a good Manning game.

We’ll talk about this a ton next week on the podcast both here and the at The Drive Block. Heck if it’s still this murky next Friday, I’ll definitely give you my thoughts on the blog as well.

Baltimore Ravens
So a lot of folks have been pushing for Willis McGahee to not only lose the #1 gig to Ray Rice but to get cut completely or traded. Chief among these folks would be the Baltimore Sun who would have run him out on a rail a week ago had they been in charge. Well, the Sun has finally admitted McGahee is unlikely to go anywhere. Now long term, he may not be there next year if Ray Rice plays like it looks like he can. But short term, if McGahee is healthy, I expect him to get most of the carries. I don’t expect them to over-utilize Rice so that he burns out mid-season. And they will need to run the ball a lot given the mess of their QB situation. There’s not a lot out there to acquire via Free Agency (Duante Culpepper is about it). The Sun points out if they wait until Saturday, Chris Simms may be cut my Tampa, but then they might be in a dogfight with the Cowboys and a few other teams and I don’t know they can win a street fight there right now.

Miami Dolphins
Ricky Williams is the starter for tonights finale though how much work he will see is debateable as the Phins will want to see what Ronnie Brown can do. Williams will start the season as the #1 – no matter how good Brown does. But – and this is important – there will be a split from the getgo. He’ll take the field first but he won’t be the only back here. If Brown is lights out tonight, he will get more snaps next week. If he’s average or – bite my tongue BAD – Ricky will get the majority.

Like I have said before – these guys are borderline #2,s or really #3 with upside. Treat them as such and leave yourself room to be pleasently surprised rather than annoyed because you depended upon them for too much.

That’s all for now – another post a little later and don’t forget The Drive Block on BlogTalkRadio tonight at 10pm EST/7pm PST.

FRIDAY! Fantasy News and Notes

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.

Afternoon Camp news

We’ll get right into it this afternoon -

New York Jets
As expected, the Jets cut Chad Pennington. As much as he wasn’t the long term answer there, he had been trying to cope with the questioning for a long time and seemed to handle it with class. Miami is a destination being tossed around – Parcells drafted Pennington after all and wouldn’t it be interesting if the QB who changed teams and went on to punk his old team in this whole mess ended up being The Chad?

Or they could get stomped by Favre and the Jets too.

Cincinnati Bengals
Rudi Johnson, who started camp like a house of fire, is now going to miss Monday’s preseason opener due to a sore hammy. Ordinarily I would write that off as veteran privileged expect for 2 things – 1) He took all season last year for a hamstring recovery and 2) he’s starting to miss a lot of Training Camp work. Chalk it up to more question marks for the back who used to be a solid and consistent top 10 pick every Fantasy season. I still think he will have a big season, but I am beginning to be concerned.

Detroit Lions
Kevin Smith is slated to get around 10 carries in the Lions game against the Giants. This will be a tough test for the 3rd rounder and we’ll get a real sense of what he can and can’t do – and whether he will blaze past Tatum Bell – very quickly over the next few weeks. Even if he doesn’t win the job outright, we all know Bell’s propensity for choking in the RB 1 spot. So Smith will get his chance by mid-season. Bank on it.

Miami Dolphins
Ronnie Brown may not play in Saturday’s preseason opener as he is still healing from his ACL injury. He is practicing twice a day, so more than likely they just want to be careful, more than he’s not ready. He’ll be back in it soon, as HC Tony Sparano says ‘it’s mostly mental’. With ACL injuries for any player – but especially running backs – trusting that limb again to support your weight can be tough. Brown should be good to go by Week 1 and is great as a RB2 with the upside of a #1. Remember, this cat was on fire the beginning of last year until his injury. We know he could play at a high level before – now he just needs to prove he still can. High upside on the guy whose ADP is the end of the third.

More later – and don’t forget to drop on by the Drive Block tonight – 7pm PST/10pm EST.

See ya then!