johnjuhasz | Tags: Brandon Weeden, Brian Hoyer, Cleveland, RGIII, Robert Griffin III, Trent Richardson, Washington Redskins, Brandon Weeden, Brian Hoyer, Cleveland, RGIII, Robert Griffin III, Trent Richardson, Washington Redskins
RGIII not playing confidently: The script has gone similarly for the Redskins in their first two games of the year — fall behind big early on, then spend the second half playing catch-up against prevent defenses. RGIII has looked great going against them and amassing garbage points in the process. But there are some reports which indicate the coaching staff may be beginning to worry about their franchise QB’s early inability to produce when games are still undecided. RGIII’s sketchy play is probably the result of two factors:
1. RGIII is still getting up to game speed from having had zero preseason time on the field, and…
2. Players who suffer severe injuries usually are a little bit hesitant to play with reckless abandon right away after they return.
I seriously doubt the coaching staff will bench him. The only way he can get back to his old self is to play as much as possible and gain confidence by making plays in tight games. Incidentally, though, the Redskins’ awful defense will face the Lions this week. The routine shouldn’t change much, and as long as RGIII continues piling up garbage stats, he should be a productive fantasy QB.
Weeden hurts hand: Browns QB Brandon Weeden hurt his hand pretty badly against the Ravens yesterday, and there are conflicting reports on what exactly happened. The early prognosis seems to be he is going to miss some time. The Browns will go with Jason Campbell or Brian Hoyer, and I don’t have to tell you that neither one is a fantasy option. In fact, this really hurts Trent Richardson’s fantasy value. What’s to stop defenses from stuffing the box and forcing an unproven QB beat them? Cleveland’s offense has produced just one touchdown and 16 total points this year. It doesn’t appear they are going to turn it around anytime soon.
Brady wants more from offense: Tom Brady said he believes in his young receivers and the passing game as a whole has to improve. Aaron Dobkins seems to be catching on, but I’m wondering if Kenbrell Thompkins is becoming a fantasy mirage. Thompkins has had plenty of targets, but very little production. With New England’s WRs and TEs banged up, Brady began looking Julian Edelman’s way as his primary outlet. Thompkins is no longer startable until he has at least one big outing.