How many of you headed into Monday night even thought of benching Matt Ryan for Geno Smith?
Allow me to pull back the curtain a little bit. When we do projections for the Monday show, if I need a guy to get me a certain number of points that night, I will project that. This, of course, explains why I had Jimmy Graham tabbed for 26.80 points against the Dolphins on Monday night. And to be honest, that number wasn’t so outlandish. It puts him in the Tony Gonzalez category for Week 4 and it was close to what Graham did on Monday.
Peyton Manning is probably the most automatic player in fantasy football right now. Probably. I should change that to just automatic. But here’s the thing, if you had him on Monday night, and let’s say you needed 28.86 points, you had to feel pretty good. And if you have Montee Ball to boot, there’s no way you could lose, right?
The common wisdom going into Monday night is that you want to be the challenger. There is nothing worse than trying to enjoy your delicious Slice of New York pizza on a Monday, while you constantly check your phone for updates to see those fractional points add up. It’s worse than being a member of the Texas Rangers right now. (And for the record, I’m kind of enjoying this collapse.)
The Patriots announced Tuesday that running back Shane Vereen has been placed on injured reserve with a designation to return after undergoing surgery to repair a dislocated bone in his left wrist. The earliest Vereen would be able to return would be Week 11 against the Panthers.
When Ryan Mathews beats you on Monday night, you know it’s not going to be your decade.
The tension between the NFL and AFL during the 1960s was great, but it reached its fever pitch when the Oakland Raiders signed Roman Gabriel in 1967. The Raiders originally drafted Gabriel in the 1962 AFL Draft, but he instead signed with the Los Angeles Rams. The Raiders, however, were able to seize on Gabriel’s dissatisfaction with his use in Los Angeles and he signed with the Raiders. While some players had opted to sign with the AFL out of college instead of the NFL (like Joe Namath), Gabriel was widely considered one of the first NFL stars to be lured away by the upstart league according to AP reports at the time. The AFL was believed to have attempted […]
Posted: Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 | Adam Rank | Tags: Vernon Davis, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Jay Cutler, Jimmy Graham, Marc Trestman, Matt Forte, Michael Crabtree, Reggie Wayne, Rob Gronkowski, T.Y. Hilton, Vernon Davis
Allow me this obvious statement, but the 49ers are going to need somebody to step up with Michael Crabtree out. And Vernon Davis is the guy I like to step up.
John Stallworth’s statistics look almost pedestrian compared to the numbers the receivers put up in the current NFL. But there might not have been a better, big-time receiver during his era. Stallworth was blessed with great speed and great height, an advantage for him in an era when defensive players were allowed to play, well, defense against receivers. You simply couldn’t out-muscle him. Those receivers today who have come so adept at the “jump ball,” well, that was a move perfected by Stallworth. Stallworth retired as the Steelers’ all-time leader in receptions, yards and touchdowns. The most indelible image of Stallworth was him as he hauled in a 73-yard touchdown reception as the Steelers rallied in the fourth quarter to […]
“I always asked him, ‘Coach, where you want me to go?’ during practice,” Jensen said. When you talk about players who did everything in their power to get on the field, former Dolphins legend Jim Jensen immediately springs to mind. Of course, he first came to mind because it seemed unusual for a guy who wore a No. 11 jersey to run the ball on third down. Or to throw himself at runners on special teams. But that’s what he did. Jensen played quarterback at Boston University and was drafted by the Dolphins in the 11th round. But his future would not be at his college position. He would line up at receiver, running back and yes, he even threw […]
“The positions I played, every play, I was making contact, not like that … Deion Sanders. He couldn’t tackle my wife. He’s back there dancing out there instead of hitting.” – Chuck Bednarik There was a man at a Super Bowl party I attended about 10 years ago who was wearing a No. 60 Eagles jersey. I sidled up to the man and asked, “Chuck Bednarik jersey?” This guy became so excited he gave me a hug and said, “I told my daughter that somebody was going to recognize this jersey today. I just didn’t figure it would be somebody so young.” My affinity for Bednarik is somewhat unexplainable. I am not an Eagles fan. I obviously never saw him […]
Joe Namath is more than just a guy who constantly complains about the New York Jets and Mark Sanchez. He was also an exceptional quarterback. Here’s a look at his guarantee against the Colts prior to Super Bowl III. And here I talk to him and Phil Simms about a New York Super Bowl. Adam Rank has never won an award. For anything. We don’t mean to be harsh, but it’s true. You can follow him on Twitter @adamrank. Oh, and if you liked this (right!), check him out on the latest “Dave Dameshek Football Program“. Which, come to think of it won an award. So Rank has won something meaningful. Yes, meaningful unlike this latest post. Am I right? […]
“When it’s third-and-10, you can take the milk drinkers and I’ll take the whiskey drinkers every time.” – Max McGee