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  1. I just watched every Dez drop from 2017 in the montage. I also watched another video of every other incompletion. Originally I was meh about Dez' chances in New Orleans. After watching those videos and then comparing them to the Dez catches from earlier, the biggest difference I saw was that the ball placement and speed were very inconsistent under Dak. Dez looked pretty consistent. Yes, his physicality after the catch was lower... and his YAC plummeted, but that was more because he was constantly adjusting to the ball placement. On almost every single one of his catches and misses, the ball was behind him or he had to slow down for it. Now part of this was inconsistent route running, but apparently Dez finally worked on that this offseason. On him being unemployed for the first 9 weeks, that does not carry as much weight for me.... there are now multiple tweets about him getting other offers. I think he decided up front that he would only play for a legitimate SB Contender... he kicked the tires on teams with new rookie QBs and decided they were not right for him. The teams he wanted to join (probably Pats, Rams, Steelers, Pack, Philly and Saints) were not interested in him. Plus it appears he went through some major depression last month probably the result of the Pats passing on him... combine those two and you can see the genesis of the Comment "We aren't sure if Dez wants to play football." One thing about Payton... he knows exactly what he is looking for, and doesn't let other factors distract him.. (e.g. When he met with Kamara, all they had him do was run routes as a receiver.) If he decided to sign Dez at this point, it means the guy who showed up for the tryout said and did all the things that Payton wants him to do and say. Bottom Line - is Dez the same WR he was in 2014?... of course not. He has lost some speed, physicality and hand strength. However, in my opinion, he has not lost as much as most think. Dez has been humbled by the process, but may come out better as a result thanks to the stewardship of Brees and Payton. Not sure what to think about his value this year (so I wont try to predict it), but I think that he could return to being a consistent fantasy performer next year... just not elite any more. Ceiling = WR12-16, floor = valueless, probably return = WR22-26 overall next two years. Just my two cents.
  2. Things look bleak for me. I am slightly (0.35) below the cut line and have only George Kittle (-2.6) going tonight. If he does not play (Questionable) or comes up small, I am toast.
  3. The Saints timeshare is a unique one. Kamara makes Ingram better. Week 1-4 last year Ingram averaged 10.6 PPR points a week... after Kamara became a fixture in the backfield (weeks 6-16 (I never consider week 17 stats)), he averaged 21.1 PPR PPG. So Happy to have him back!
  4. I have used 24 of 30 and $209 of $250 so surprisingly close to you. Here's hoping a lot of Saints based teams get knocked out this week. Otherwise, they are looking very hard to beat.
  5. I wish the Bengals could trade for a right tackle.... or a right guard for that matter (since they wont play Westerman). I agree with Max Power that an Abdullah trade to the niners would be nice.... or maybe a CJ Anderson trade to the niners. I also wish the Jags would trade Keelan Cole to the Cowboys or Colts.
  6. Take a look at the other end of the list. I find it very interesting that of the bottom ten scores ever, 6 are currently in the NFL.
  7. Well gee... you didn't post the answer, but you did make sure that no one is going to guess some privileged kid from a top school.
  8. How about another "Who am I?" within a "Who am I?" Besides Ryan Fitzpatrick, name the current NFL player, position, & school that is tied for the #3 all time score on the wonderlic (of the scores released by the company that runs the test)? Here are the top 2 and the others tied at #3: 1. Pat McInally 50 Punter, Harvard 2. Mike Mamula 49 Linebacker - Boston College 3. (Tie) Ryan Fitzpatrick 48 Quarterback - Harvard 3. (Tie) Greg McElroy 48 QB - Alabama 3. (Tie) Kevin Curtis 48 WR - Utah 3. (Tie) ???????? 48 ??????? NO CHEATING. If you know, AND DIDNT CHEAT, then just pick a given stat from a given year to show you knew the answer... such as, "He had 75 tackles in 2012." (note that is only an example and not a stat for the actual correct answer).
  9. The fact that these guesses were all legitimate combined with the OP that folks like Brady, Wilson, & Rodgers have been underwhelming supports the idea that this was the right year to wait on drafting a QB. I just went back and looked at this sites preseason draft kit rankings and only 5 their top 12 (QB1) ranked QBs are currently in the top 12, and none of their preseason top 12 are currently in the top 5 QBs right now.
  10. While the specific assertion that athletes have different admissions standards is correct, the implication that the standard is only that they "can't be total academic basket cases" is very misleading. Check out this article: http://www.tier1athletics.org/2013/03/22/harvard-academic-standards-for-athletes/ It identifies the "typical" Harvard athlete as having a 210 Academic index score which would involve a 30 ACT/2040 SAT, and states that a rise in general admission policies forces a rise in athlete admission policies as well. A conflation of the stats and examples they provide is that to get into Harvard as an athlete, you still need to be in the top 15-20% of all college applicants.in terms of your academic file.
  11. Sorry, as noted, I did not look at the first week of highlights, just the last three.
  12. First, how he compares to the rest of the NFL is not relevant. It only matters how he compares to the guy that replaces him. Allen has a 3.0 YPC despite facing nickel and dime defenses for most of his carries. Collins has 3.8 YPC despite facing 7 and 8 in the box on most of his runs. These are not small sample size anomalies. Collins has consistently been over a half yard better per carry than Allen on the Ravens. I just went back and watched the highlights on nfl.com of the last three games. I only saw one play that went more than 12 yards with Allen on the field. All the rest of the long plays came with Collins opening up the field by causing the safeties to cheat up. This despite the fact that I think Aleen has out touched Collins on the year. You don't think Collins has talent. You might be right. But the film shows that the defenses respect him a lot more than Allen, and that opens up the passing game. So the choice is: 1. An offense that cant run at all and cant pass more than 12 yards, but protects the ball. 2. An offense that can both run and effectively throw deep, but coughs up the ball once every third game. Second, Fitz being replaced by Winston is not a good example at all because he was the established back up only getting the start at the beginning of the season because of the suspension. Collins is the established starter getting benched twice for single mistake in games for a player the management thought was less talented. If you want a fair comp, you have to ask why Fitz was not benched for whoever the 3rd string QB was after his second pick vs Pitt.
  13. It seems like facing weaker defenses really hurts Cole. Every D has one good cover guy, right? Bortles is not addicted to him like some QBs are to their WR1s, so when the one good cover guy is on Cole, Bortles looks elsewhere rather than give Cole a chance to make a play. Against stronger defenses, which have multiple good cover guys, Bortles is more likely to look Cole's way I think. Just a theory.
  14. Yesterday was an up and down tragedy for Collins owners. First you see him get the call on a short yardage TD pass and then he actually gets a goal line carry. Saints be praised! Harbaugh is going to start using him as a bell cow back!... but before you can even celebrate this news, Collins fumbles at the goal line. He probably needs to go a full 6 games without even the shadow of a fumble before he gets another goal line carry. I will never understand that, BTW. If Favre had been benched after every stupid INT you would have converted a HoF QB to a journeyman at best.
  15. I did clarify on that didn't I? I said "I am not saying Collins is as good as Green... not even close.." Not sure I get how this can be called "hype." My comment was more about the weakness of Allen than the strength of Collins.