Bird home: A recent report in The Arizona Republic confirms Carson Palmer is expected to remain Arizona’s starting QB in 2014. Even though Drew Stanton is listed as the backup, I still wouldn’t rule out Arizona drafting a strong young QB of the future to groom — even in Round 1 — should one fall in their laps. Anyhow, the downslope of Palmer’s career has been underway for some time now. The Cardinals offense was certainly better off having Palmer under center than had they decided to stick with their 2012 QB crop, but Palmer was either dazzling or depressing to watch … sometimes even both in the same game. His fantasy value is kind of like one of those […]
Posted: January 6th, 2014 | johnjuhasz | Tags:
Let’s talk: DeSean Jackson had a career-year in Chip Kelly’s offense, reversing a four-season decline by setting career highs in catches (82) and yards (1,332) to go along with nine touchdown catches. Now, he’d like to improve his compensation for doing so. Despite having two years left on his current deal with the Eagles, Jackson is seeking to negotiate something more lucrative. Will the Eagles consider it? Tip your cap: Speaking of wide receivers and contracts, there are some rumblings that Bills wideout Stevie Johnson could become a cap casualty and hit the free agent market himself. The Bills are less than enthusiastic about swallowing an $8.5 million cap hit for a player who seems to just flat out disappear […]
Posted: January 3rd, 2014 | johnjuhasz | Tags:
- Eddie Lacy is dealing with ankle issues and is listed as probable for the Wild Card round game against the Niners. For those of you playing the Playoff Challenvge, Lacy is an intriguing selection, as Green Bay will likely need to run the ball well in freezing weather in order to advance and give you a shot at scoring more points with him. It may be so cold in Green Bay that you’ll need to wear a winter coat just watching the game on TV. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. – Pierre Thomas is dealing with a chest injury and has been ruled out for Saturday’s Wild Card game against the Eagles. The Eagles play on Saturday night […]
Now that Lovie Smith has taken over as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach, all signs point to Jeff Tedford taking the reigns as the team’s offensive coordinator. This will be Tedford’s his first job in the National Football League, but his name carries some weight with NFL front offices. Or at least it did at one time. During a lengthy college coaching tenure that included stops as the OC at Fresno State and Oregon as well as the head coach at California, he was known as a man who could develop quarterbacks. In fact, he has mentored six QBs who were taken in the first round of the NFL Draft. It’s a rather impressive feat, even if the names […]
Posted: January 2nd, 2014 | johnjuhasz | Tags:
-So a few Vikings have come out and expressed their displeasure with Josh Freeman’s game, preparation and pretty much his existence in general. Even though the Vikes spent a first-rounder on Christian Ponder just three years ago and the offense looked potent at times in 2013 under Matt Cassel, it’s hard to believe their next head coach will do anything besides use Minnesota’s No. 8 overall draft pick and choose the guy he wants. If Marcus Mariota has a change of heart and Brett Hundley declares for the draft, that will help Minnesota’s cause. If not, then the only options worthy of a top-10 selection may be Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles, all of which will likely be […]
Faced with the choice of either potentially losing Jay Cutler or placing the franchise tag on him, the Bears decided to saddle up for the long-term haul. The two sides have agreed to a seven-year deal that will keep Cutler in Chicago through 2020. Cutler’s best season with the Bears came in his first year in Chicago (2009) when he threw for 3,666 yards and 27 touchdowns. Not coincidentally, that was the only year in which Cutler played a full 16 games. Injuries have hampered his production in recent seasons, and what’s somewhat surprising about this extension is Chicago has a more than capable backup QB. Josh McCown had five starts in the 2013 season, and e threw two or […]
Drew Brees clinched a playoff berth for the New Orleans Saints and won the Week 17 KABOOM award in the process.
Jonathan Grimes got the start for the Houston Texans, and ran away with the Week 17 That Helps No One award.
Posted: December 29th, 2013 | Marc Sessler | Tags:
The Jets announce that Ryan will be New York’s coach next year.
» The likelihood of Peyton Manning throwing 55 touchdowns next season is pretty small. Any chance we could be talking about Drew Brees as the top fantasy QB drafted in 2014? Either way, you’re still staying away from any Saints WRs. » Plenty of people will look at LeSean McCoy or Jamaal Charles as the top pick, which is understandable. But someone will likely get Matt Forte with the third or fourth pick in their draft and could come up on the potential 2014 fantasy MVP. » It’s not always easy to tell which of Colin Kaepernick‘s pass-catchers will see the bulk of the targets, but one thing is for certain. With Michael Crabtree back, Kaepernick looks more like the QB that many took a chance on as […]
Till the end: If you’re in one of those die-hard leagues where teams start players through Week 17, give Browns RB Edwin Baker a try. He was in the game on almost every offensive snap during Sunday’s loss to the Jets, and he finished with 17 carries for 64 yards and a TD. Cleveland finishes the season with a road trip to Pittsburgh, whose defense has been leaking yards and points in recent weeks. With so many starters disappointing in Week 16, maybe Baker can give you an unexpected boost to close out the year. Loyalty program: Bears head coach Marc Trestman confirmed Jay Cutler will remain the starter in Week 17. Count me in the crowd that says […]
A lot of things have been said and written about Geno Smith this season. Let me add two more that probably haven’t been used much — if at all. Fantasy stud. That was the case on Sunday when the Jets rookie quarterback threw for 214 yards with two passing touchdowns while rushing for another 48 yards and a score in New York’s win over the Cleveland Browns. In total, it adds up to 27.36 points — more than Cam Newton, Drew Brees and Adrian Peterson. Combined. It was also a season high for the former West Virginia star in an up-and-down season that has now seen him score better than 20 points twice in the past three weeks. All of that is wonderful news, […]
Yes, Peyton Manning entered the Sunday night game as the leading fantasy scorer of Week 16. But this award is just as much about his 2013 season overall. Sunday, Manning threw for 400 yards and four touchdowns in a win over the Houston Texans. More importantly, that fourth touchdown gave Manning 51 touchdown tosses for the season — breaking the record set by Tom Brady in 2007. It’s a fitting honor for a season that began with Peyton tying a long-standing NFL record when he threw seven TD passes in a season-opening romp of the Baltimore Ravens. It’s not a complete surprise for a guy who is a lock for the Hall of Fame. And who knows? With Manning chasing the single-season record […]
» In a matchup of top rookie running backs, both Eddie Lacy and Le’Veon Bell have acquitted themselves well. The difference is that Lacy has found the end zone twice. But both have bright futures. » Ryan Mathews needs to be considered a low-end RB2 heading into next fantasy season. He’s run hard all season, stayed healthy and curbed his fumbling problems. He’s the back everyone thought he’d be coming out of college. » Calvin Johnson was banged-up coming into today’s ballgame and his production seems to have suffered accordingly. Of course, it doesn’t help that Matthew Stafford has struggled today. » The Belitricks are strong today. All four Patriots running backs have at least one attempt so far today. » It looks like early season Carson Palmer […]
Posted: December 17th, 2013 | Marcas Grant | Tags: Three and out, Ace Sanders, Baltimore Ravens, Cecil Shorts, Chris Ogbonnaya, Cleveland Browns, Edwin Baker, Jacksonville Jaguars, Joe Flacco, Justin Blackmon, Willis McGahee
In today’s Three and Out: Cecil Shorts is finished, while Joe Flacco and Willis McGahee should be back on the field.