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  1. I never thought I'd say this about another Steeler's safety.. but his instincts and ball-hawking skills remind me of TP43. And as much as I've lost faith in Tomlin, particularly in making the right in-game adjustments and play calls, I'm very impressed with the quick turnaround this team's defense has made since Shazier went down. They went from a team that looked completely lost on that side of the ball to arguably the best DEF in the NFL, and Tomlin definitely deserves credit for that. And while the playoffs are now realistic, as a fan it's hard to get really excited as I don't see Rudolph getting us a playoff win in NE, or in the SB if we somehow get there. No idea if Duck can be better but he seems to have the 'it' factor that Mason completely lacks.
  2. I like your analogy, and you're close, but it's more like going into a first date not expecting much (because she has a duck-face and doesn't appear to have a lot of the qualities you would normally look for) but you end of having a great date and time flies by. And now you can't wait for the second date because you know you're going to flock. QUACK! QUACK!
  3. Did you watch the game, or just look up Hodges history? He had more velocity on his passes than Ben did the last few years and made Rudolph look like a noodle-arm. Not only is he a gun-slinger but he showed damn good accuracy and ball placement in leading receivers. Not that he’ll be a fantasy QB1, but when it comes to winning NFL games, I see a QB way more promising than Rudolph or Dobbs.
  4. Good point about Ben. You could even argue the entire AFC is weaker than usual this year. I'm actually excited for Hodges to get some more playing time, with so much positive reviews coming out of camp, he definitely lived up to the hype on Sunday. Reminds me of a young Favre. He's the reason they were comfortable trading Dobbs (and I'm so glad they didn't have to trot him out on the field...).
  5. Agreed. And I was really disappointed it was a future Hall of Famer who laid the hit.
  6. Agreed, but with Ross out, Eifert is even more tempting.
  7. Hard to ignore the correlation between our O-Line stinking and losing MM.
  8. That makes sense, hard to believe they were going into the season with two RBs. So, likely a RBBC if LF goes down. I think I'll hold off on WW claim for now. Good info - Thanks!
  9. He's now officially Fournette's backup with A Blue on IR, and the only other RB on the JAX roster, so the coaching staff must have some faith in him. I'm thinking of putting in BB waiver of $15 for him this week, as I'm sure the LF owner is aware of this situation. But I know zero about this guy, only that his situation looks promising.
  10. Wait, AB just told someone else to "Shut up already?"
  11. Totally agree, from a fantasy perspective his DIVA attitude is the biggest concern. It's top of list, right above the big drop-offs from Big Ben to Carr and from Steelers O to the Raiders. Below those is his inevitable slow physical decline. And regarding keeping AB happy by feeding him targets, that only works if it results in big stats. He will not be happy if he's targeted 17 times a game but ends up with a 8-89-0 stat line.
  12. Figured someone would point to that, even though we all know how TDs can fluctuate year-to-year. His YPC also dropped by almost 3 yards last year, anything we can take from that? I'm basing my comments on the nuances I saw during the actual games from last year, which was the first time I found myself questioning AB. Including a few times last year where he failed to keep his feet in bounds on sideline catches, not running routes full speed (when he likely wasn't the primary WR) and Ben throwing in front of him, a general lack of second-effort in run blocking, and times where he had the right angle on a CB but didn't have as much success getting by them. I'm not trying to say he fell off a cliff, but I will stand by my statement that last year was the first time I noticed a general decline in his play, as slight as it may be.
  13. Regarding the first bolded, I'm not sure if it was a physical decline, or a lack or effort, but AB absolutely took a step back last year. As for the second bolded, I'd be careful in underestimating the impact of these issues, and the many other ones that are piling up. AB has a lot working against him to continue to be anything close to the #1 WR in football. Mid to end of 2nd round seems about right.
  14. While I'm sure most of the current players are glad to see the two Divas gone, I'm guessing Ben is the one who feels the biggest weight lifted off his shoulders. Can't wait to see what he can do this year with more freedom to throw to the open guy and not spoon-feed babies. If the O-Line (and Vance) can stay reasonably healthy this year, I think Ben and this offense are going to surprise a lot of the fantasy naysayers. And with more personnel improvements to the DEF, we have a chance to field a much better team this year. Which is going to be necessary to compete in the AFC North (arguably the most competitive division in the league this year). It will be exciting to see if they can put it all together.