THUNDERING BLURB » Ryan Grant 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 Tuesday Morning Stampede http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/09/tuesday-morning-stampede-3/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/09/tuesday-morning-stampede-3/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2008 13:32:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=466 Morning folks. Hope this Tuesday finds you with more W’s than L’s – was a wacky first weekend and the best advice I can give you is not to panic or overreact. Of course, you need to make moves, but make sure they are the right ones and try not to throw the baby out with the bathwater on many of the players who struggled. Of course, conversely, some players may have peaked in week 1 as well. Today and tomorrow, in preparation of waivers, I will try to help you sort out who is who.

With the Daily News show, these morning news posts will probably morph into something more in the way of analysis and strategy so I am not just repeating myself and you’ll get full value. There will still be plenty of news-centric posts throughout the days – especially on days were the injury reports come out. But you need more analysis going forward and that’s what I’ll be doing.

In direct contrast to what I have just written, here’s the morning news stampede -

Darren McFadden
McFadden left last night’s disaster against the Broncos in the 4th quarter with an apparent shoulder injury. His constitution was a concern for some analysts but what should be more of a concern was the majority of the carries going to Justin Fargas. Fargas had a solid day, no doubt (18 carries for 97 yards), but McFadden was supposed to provide a huge offensive spark and he averaged around 5 ypc. What was going on? Along with the terrible play by the rest of the offense, that’s a huge concern for me.

Well that and Mike Ditka sounding hammered in the booth. TE Zach Miller also played well, both blocking and catching the ball. A lot of his touches came in garbage time, but that’s about when the offense started clicking. Very worried about the Raiders offense though not surprised that it remains a mess.

Aaron Rodgers
Aside from Tony Kornheiser’s inability to talk about anything but how Rodgers looked like ’someone the Green Bay Fans should know’, this game should ease concerns about Rodgers taking over for Favre. While not a huge game by any means (18-22, 178 yds and a TD) Rodgers played with poise behind an offensive line that was shaky at best and with run game that never really got going (Ryan Grant’s 57 yard TD notwithstanding). He also ran for 35 yards and a game clinching TD. He did what he needed to and made plays when he needed to. As far as what he holds for your Fantasy team, he remains a solid part of a QBBC. He probably won’t kill you but he won’t put up too many 300 yd, 3 TD games either. At least not until that Oline gets fixed. That group nearly got him killed and had way too many penalties. I wasn’t happy with Ryan Grant’s performance for most of the game. Half his yards came on one – admitedly spectacular – run. He didn’t look good for most of the game and if you played him, you dodged a bullet. I want to hear about that oline getting healthy and Grant getting full carries before I start doing cartwheels about a weak 92 yard performance which lacked a TD.

Tarvaris Jackson
Why pay Bernard Berrian big money if you aren’t going to throw deep? Berrian might have had a huge day but got tripped up on with nobody in front of him and couldn’t get both feet in bounds on a catch in the end zone. But Tarvaris Jackson continues to look like he can’t get an accurate ball thrown beyond 10 yards. When you have the run game they do and the oline is giving you time (which it mostly was) there is almost no excuse. I am not calling Jackson a bust – this is just another example of a guy who missed too much preseason and looked out of synch. Here’s hoping he gets a little better next week. One to watch, by the way – and this is notthe first time you have read this – Sidney Rice looked good gathering 5 targets which resulted in 2 catches for 31 yards and a TD. Again, I think you will see Berrian start to get his (if Jackson can get it straight) but Rice will put up decent numbers and may be the better value play for a great deal of the year.

Denver RBBC
Finally, you can once again see why Fantasy owners hate Mike Shannahan. I know he doesn’t care, but what the hell is going on in that backfield? Pittman 2 TDs? Andre Hall got the majority of the carries? And Selvin Young just flat dissappeared for almost half a game? No clearer today than yesterday than preseason. It’s goign to be tough top start anyone with confidence in the backfield anytime soon.

So basically, same old, same old.

Ok – News Blurb at noon EST/9am PST – we’ll see you then and back here for some analysis of the studs and duds of Week 1.

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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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Camp Stampede – Midday report http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/07/camp-stampede-midday-report/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/07/camp-stampede-midday-report/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2008 19:20:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=55 Howdy folks!

Thanks for all the great feedback I am getting on the Thundering Blurb show! We’ll be there every week until season’s end – and possibly beyond!

Let’s get to the news –

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It appears that Jeff Garcia’s injury does NOT appear serious. Still, it got the mind racing – and maybe will kick something forward if they start to worry about Garcia’s durability. The snag I didn’t touch on earlier? Maybe favre doesn’t want to play there. That’s always a problem as the bucs are aware*coughJakePlummercough*.

Green Bay Packers
Favre has chartered a plane to Green Bay. I expect he will be at the practice facility tomorrow. I expect NFL Total Access to have nothing but conjecture about it. I expect to enjoy it all…. In Non-Favre news (yes the Packers have that) and lost in the Favre debacle is the hold-out of Ryan Grant. Well, Grant may want to get into camp as reports are that his back-up – second year man Brandon Jackson – is doing very, very well in camp. So well, in fact, that the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is saying they will probably split carries when Grant ends his hold-out. Now I don’t know about THAT but RB pairing has become more common so it’s not impossible. But the real message here might be that the Packers might find themselves having leverage in this situation, unlike the Favre one. If Jackson is doing well, Grant – while not replaceable – certainly can find himself in less of a sure position and more likely to settle for less, or even status quo, in terms of his contract money.

Houston Texans
I love the Texans and I can’t tell you why. They intrigue me. And they signed a guy who has also caught my attention in the past – former Denver RB Mike Bell. The Denver-to-Houston pipeline set up by Mike Kubiak continues. With Chris Brown already banged up, Ahman Green not looking phenomenal in camp and the rest of the running backs not locking the job up, Bell could have a shot at a starting job. Or at worst, lock up the short yardage back role.

New York Jets
As of this morning, we finally have a positive Kellen Clemens report where he actually out-performed Pennington and threw no INTs. That’s big for his backers, as Clemens has thrown some ugly picks the first practices. A lot of the picks it seems (reading Erik Boland’s excellent blog at Newsday.com and Rich Cimini’s good work at the Daily News) have come in the 2minute drill practices and that’s not good. But Clemens looked good today. All along, people have said it’s not that Pennington looked better bu that Clemens looked worse. Looks like Clemens finally played to his potential. Can he keep it up?

Apparently the hit of the day according to both bloggers was during a non-contact drill (isn’t it always?). Safety Kerry Rhodes absolutely decimated WR Chansi Stuckey as Stuckey went across the middle. Just laid him on his tail. During a practice where Mangini was angry because many people were lagging, Rhodes sent the message that he was here to play and everyone had better keep up.

Cimini said it and I’ll echo it – the Jets need more guys liek that if they want to top their pathetic win total for last season.

That’s all for now – more later — and don’t forget – The Drive Block goes live at 10pm EST/ 7pm PST! Catch me, Cecil and Sigmund Bloom as we give you the latest on the events of the day!

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Morning Stampede http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/07/morning-stampede/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/07/morning-stampede/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2008 14:36:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=45 A few early notes -

Jacksonville Jaguars
I’ve said a few times that tight end Marcedes Lewis will probably get more looks this year than the last few. That was before wideouts started dropping like flies with Porter, Williams and Northcutt hampered by injury. Northcutt is back but now Garrard is giving me cause to continue my Lewis hopes:

“Tight ends are usually my favorite targets,” Garrard said. “They are reliable and always around the middle. I definitely want to get (Lewis’) receptions up and get his play to where he’s one of the elite tight ends in the league.”
(Florida Times Union)

He’s not on my list of possible #1 Fantasy tight ends, but he could be on his way to becoming a rock solid #2, which hasn’t been the case since he entered the league.

Green Bay Packers
Ryan Grant is still holding out and with the Favre-flap (darn, I thought I would get through one of these without that name popping up) who knows when he’ll get what he wants if ever. In the meantime, Brandon Jackson is getting a lot of reps and he’s been looking good. If Grant keeps holding out and Jackson performs well in the preseason, it will cloud the running back position and make it very hard to recommend one of the two in Fantasy drafts. The Packer running back position will have value, no doubt – but choosing one right now could be tough.

By the way, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel the Packers are looking for a 3rd rounder and a body (preferebly a defensive tackle), not the 1st and 4th or 6th that was bandied about last week. This will get done – if Brett will talk to the teams interested.

St Loius Rams
With Steven Jackson holding out, Antonio Pittman and Brian Leonard are splitting reps, which is about what you’d expect if Jackson was out for an extended amount of time. Like with Jackson/Grant in Green Bay, it is unclear if either back will be a significant Fantasy value long term unless one stood out.

More later

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