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  1. 1 hour ago, Encumbrance said:

    No. I saw him wearing a midriff-bearing shirt earlier and he was fat. I agree with the other poster. 

    Lineman and linebackers can retain extra muscle mass because it is a requirement of their position (size). That's the difference. There are no fat quarterbacks save for Baker playing in the NFL. 

    Okay, you guys insist on this nonsense. I brought up just a few other examples of players being far more obviously overweight, and it was ignored. Here's some pics of "fat" Baker Mayfield without his shirt: Mayfield   And here's some of Jameis Winston, whom I've never heard referred to as fat:  Winston  

    Just say it- Jameis Winston is way fatter than Baker Mayfield could ever hope to be. Just say it- the majority of linemen in the NFL are not merely fat, but obese. Why are you concentrating on a player who is in comparatively fantastic shape? 


  2. If Baker Mayfield is "fat," then 90% of the defensive and offensive linemen in the league are morbidly obese. If you think Baker has a "beer stomach," you must be mortified by the rolls of jiggling flesh on so many linemen, and the obvious excess fat on a good number of linebackers and tight ends. Troy Polamolu looked a whole lot "fatter" than Mayfield when he was playing safety. 

    As for fat QBs, how offended are you by Dwayne Haskins? Baker Mayfield is a sculpted model compared to him. And here's a link to some pics of Jameis Winston without his shirt. Jameis Winston Without Shirt Search  If Mayfield is "fat," what is Winston? 

    Mayfield is not "fat" in any sense of the word. He bulked up too much in the off season for whatever reason, and it appears to have impacted his athleticism. Mayfield can fairly be called arrogant and oversensitive, and has certainly not produced up to expectations. But if you're looking to call some football player "fat," there are far, far better candidates. 

  3. Good point. Should have noted that Robinson split time last year with Desmond Harrison, an equally bad (but not as highly touted, obviously) left tackle. Shouldn't have focused on one person. The main problems are the offensive line, Mayfield's odd reluctance to run, and the lame play calling, in that order. 

    The fact remains, however, that Mayfield put up historically great rookie numbers last season, on a roster with seemingly less talent. The only area on the team that wasn't upgraded during the off season was that putrid offensive line. 


  4. This notion that Mayfield "sucks" reflects the typical fan reaction- the QB  has always gotten way too much credit and way too much blame. There haven't been many great NFL QBs who didn't have at least a good offensive line. Mayfield had arguably the greatest rookie season any QB has ever had- NFL rookie record 27 TDs with only 14 Interceptions (fantastic ratio for a rookie), 63.8 completion pct., 3725 yards, all in only 13 games. He didn't suddenly lose all that talent and potential for something even better. If he had started all season, he would have shattered all NFL rookie records. 

    The biggest difference between last season and this for Mayfield is his laughable left tackle- all-time bust Greg Robinson. It is absolutely criminal that any organization would entrust their franchise QB's blind side to such a complete flop. The rest of the line is hardly better. You put Mahomes or any other QB behind this line, and see how they do. For one, Mahomes wouldn't be able to throw any of his patented bombs, because Mayfield never has more than 2 seconds or so to throw. No time for deep patterns.

    It wasn't just Mayfied who was overrated going into this season. The Browns were. The media acted as if OBJ would be some kind of savior. They also discounted what an OBJ-type personality brings to the locker room. OBJ can't do much if that putrid offensive line doesn't give him enough time to run any kind of decent pass routes. Yes, the play calling has been abysmal. They aren't giving Mayfield any help- screen passes, quick patterns, etc. And someone must be ordering him not to run. Many times, he could have taken off quickly once he sensed the pressure, and mitigated the pass rush. He does look like he bulked up, which is not a good idea for a QB, which may be slowing him down. But even Philip Rivers scrambles more than Mayfield does. 

    The Browns' defense is also overrated. They looked at least as bad as the offense against the 49ers. I'm scared that if they don't upgrade that line, and change the play calling, Mayfield could become as damaged as another potentially great QB was- David Carr. Mayfield proved, in his rookie season, that he can play at the highest level in this league. His offensive line-especially Robinson-hasn't, and never will. Neither has his coach. 

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  5. This is a ppr all-keeper league. RBs are always a premium, so I fully expect the big 3 to go first (Jacobs, Montgomery, Sanders). My WRs and QBs are fine, and I don't think any of the rookies are worth the 4th pick anyhow. I need to go RB. So who do I choose here?

    Darwin Thompson- potentially a ridiculous reach, but I don't think DWill has proven anything, and he has the best chance for an early role, and in one of the most RB-friendly offenses ever. 

    Justice Hill- he seems to already have some kind of role, but with Ingram being paid big money, and Edwards still there, will the running-crazy Ravens have enough touches to make him a viable flex option?

    Devin Singletary- initially the way I was leaning, until the hype over Thompson got my attention. Two old guys in front of him, but especially in early reports, was said to be looking great. Awful combine measurables are a concern, as is the general prospects for the Bills' offense. 

    Darrell Henderson- the guy who is usually ranked as the 4th rookie RB off the board in drafts so far, but it's hard to go that high for someone whose ceiling will be very low, given Gurley's track record. All you're banking on is Gurley's knee really limiting him, and opening up a legitimate role for the rookie. 

    Size isn't a tiebreaker here, as all of these guys (especially the first 3, are pretty small and not likely to garner many goal-line carries). Neither is speed, as they each (with the exception of Henderson), manage to combine a lack of size with a shocking lack of speed. 

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Leave a link and I will help you with yours. 


  6. The hype is starting to influence me. Our rookie draft is August 31. If he continues to look good, I am seriously considering taking him at 1.4. RBs are always at a premium, and I need them bad (my WRs are good, and I don't like any of the rookies that much anyway). After Jacobs, Montgomery, and Sanders, who's the RB to take? Henderson? His ceiling will obviously be severely limited with Gurley there, and hasn't looked great. Harris? Liking him more, given Michel's injury history, but don't want to deal with Belichick's rotating backfields. Singletary? That was the way I was leaning before the Darwin train took off. Has a pretty good situation, and I've heard good things about him. 



  7. There are tons of NFL players who don't work hard or take their jobs seriously. When the Redskins traded for Desean Jackson, there were widely published photos of him celebrating in clubs, while flashing gang signs. His coach didn't hate him because of that, let alone bench him. Instead, he was welcomed with open arms.

    I'd love to know how many NFL players don't party regularly, don't drink regularly (let alone do drugs). How many players continue to be suspended for substance-abuse problems? Every one of them is welcomed back eagerly when their suspension is over. It's absurd to claim that Manziel is an anomaly, the only guy in the league who likes to have fun. The difference is- only Manziel is taken to task for simple photos of him out having a good time.

    There are other issues here. What other player (except Tebow) invokes such universal hatred from the media? Merrill Hoge doesn't shout "he can't play" about other players. The NFL is normally all about promoting star college players. And excusing the misconduct of its own players, both stars and scrubs.

    If Manziel worked for a church, maybe his conduct would stand out. In the NFL, he is not only no worse than normal in terms of behavior, he is significantly better.

  8. What did this kid ever do to engender such hate from not only fans, but the entire journalistic community? We are talking about a thoroughly corrupt league here, one which has tolerated, and continues to tolerate, genuine thugs who are given chance after chance, even after committing violent crimes. Manziel has never even been accused of a crime. From what I can determine, he likes to have fun and party. Wow- what reprehensible behavior for a young guy.

    Jamis Winston was caught stealing and was accused of rape twice. Cam Newton stole a laptop, was caught cheating on his exams and his father was trying to sell him to the highest bidder. Neither suffered in the court of public opinion and each was still chosen #1 overall in the draft. While Manziel was blasted for his "chance" last season- 1 1/2 games worth- Winston's first game this year was very, very bad, and yet no one suggested he was a "bust" after one game.

    When was the last time a player was drafted in the first round whose coach clearly and obviously hates him? Pettine lashed out at Manziel during a halftime interview a few weeks back, when Manziel had played very well in the first half. Like so many of these glorified gym teachers, Pettine is lacking in intelligence and vision. He hates Manziel because it's politically correct to do so. Who doesn't hate this guy? Pacman Jones- who is somehow still in the league- has fewer haters, despite his litany of criminal offenses. So does Aquib Talib, whose most recent offense was trying to gouge out an opponent's eye. So does Greg Hardy; apparently it's less "offensive" to sexually assault women than it is to "party."

    Quarterbacks in the recent past were big "partyers." Joe Namath and Kenny Stabler (both of whom had links to mobsters). Billy Kilmer was sometimes drunk on the field. Sonny Jurgensen. Bobby Layne. Presently, Ben Roethlesberger clearly likes to "party" as much as Manziel does. But Manziel hasn't been accused of rape. Twice. Yes, I know Big Ben has proven his worth, but Manziel hasn't been given a chance to prove anything. He's just continually told to "grow up."

    I have never heard a single announcer or talking head say that they like Manziel. Even Tebow would have journalists saying "I like him personally but...." We're talking about one of the most exciting college football players ever, and no one who covers the sport liked him? He had no real off the field issues, unlike Winston and Newton. But instead, everybody just hates him. And now his own team has demoted him, before it ever gave him a real chance, because he was caught "partying."

    By way of comparison, Jamis Winston- who is being talked up as an offensive rookie of the year candidate- hasn't passed for 300 yards in a single game yet. Manziel, in his best game to date, just passed for 372. Neither has Tyrod Taylor- whom no one is suggesting should be benched, despite the fact he hasn't passed for even 200 yards in half his starts. And Manziel can run as well as any of the running quarterbacks, but his coach mysteriously doesn't want him to do that.

    The NFL's product has never been more mediocre than it is now. Here they have a potentially exciting young star, and yet the entire league, and the journalists covering it, are doing everything they can to stop him from reaching that potential. While they embrace youngsters with the most violent pasts imaginable, Manziel is labeled as a "character" concern because he...well, likes to party. This entire league has become a giant joke.

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  9. Doug Flutie had a cannon for an arm. The only knock on him, like Wilson, was his height. Off topic, he was also an incredible all around athlete- capable of doing monster slam dunks in basketball.

    I understand the Redskins gave up the farm and have to be committed to RGIII. My point was the way the preseason performances of Cousins and Wilson are being interpreted. Whether either of them should have a chance to start or not, they have both been playing against backup players.

  10. Right now, here's how I personally value the rookie QBs:RG3WilsonLuck------Big Gap-----------FolesTannehillWeedenOsweiler/CousinsFair warning, I haven't watched Cousins play in the preseason because I've always moved on to another game stream once RG3 was out. RG3 - For the same reasons I love Wilson, I love RG3. Accurate, has arm strength, good leaderships skills... list goes on. I also can't discount the sheer amount of assets traded for him.Wilson - I've been super high on this guy ever since I saw him crush the #### out of my beloved Cornhuskers. He's got all the tools to succeed, he just needed a receptive coach to let him showcase them. I would not be surprised if, in the end, Wilson was the best quarterback from this class.Luck - I have to acknowledge that the guy is a skilled QB, but there's just something about him that I don't like. He can make the throws, he's intelligent, he's hard working... I just don't know what it is that I don't like. I'm skeptical that he'll have early success, and I'm skeptical that the coaching staff/support system in Indy is good enough to turn him into Peyton 2.0. He also just doesn't have that "face of the franchise" feel to him, like the previous two. Of course, that's not a requirement to be a successful NFL QB and keep in mind, I still have him in the tier of "I think these guys have an excellent shot for future fantasy relevance."Foles - I rank him this highly mostly because of situation. I think he has the talent to run Andy Reid's offense pretty well (heck, if Kolb looked good there, Foles certainly can), and I'm down enough on Vick that I like his chances at starting a game within the next year.Tannehill - I think he still has work to do as a pocket passer, and I'm not convinced he has a good enough surrounding cast (coaching/organization included) to make the required jump to fantasy success.Weeden - Too much uncertainty around that organization for my tastes. Top that off with the razor thin margin for error that a 28 year old draft pick has, and I'll be staying away. Too many better QB options in your typical 12 team league to bank on this guy's development.Osweiler - Latest victim of "Tall QB syndrome." I cringe nearly every time I see this guy throw the ball. He's in that awkward place where a dude at nearly 6'8" has to throw almost sidearm to keep the ball the right height for his receivers. At least, that's the best way I can describe what I think is wrong with how he throws. He doesn't look comfortable doing it and the passes have a weird trajectory to them. I say all of this as an Osweiler owner.Cousins - Incomplete.

    What has RFIII done thus far to rank him higher than Luck, who was about as impressive as can be in the first game, and then showed remarkable resiliency in the second game? As for Wilson being ranked above Luck as well, this is laughable. Can I be in one of your leagues?
  11. I understand that the situations for RGIII and Flynn are vastly different. However, the same people who have gone wild over Wilson's performances have tempered their enthusiasm for Cousin's performances by saying they came against 2nd and 3rd stringers. Rotoworld just revealed their own typical bias, actually crediting Wilson with great numbers while working WITH 2nd and 3rd stringers. Okay....

    Seattle is making a huge gamble here. They have probably effectively ruined Flynn's confidence. As the boys on "First Take" just said, Carroll should have stood behind Flynn from the moment they signed him. Instead, he instantly declared an open competition. If Wilson starts, and as seems likely underachieves, Flynn is likely to be pressing constantly if they turn to him. Whatever they paid him, they appear to have just thrown money away on a player they aren't even going to let start a single game.

    RGIII may turn out to be great, but the hype is so far over the top it's ridiculous.

  12. Again, let's ignore where RGIII was picked in the draft vs. the money Flynn was paid. The performances of Cousins and Wilson are being judged by different standards. You all appear completely enamored with what Wilson has done against scrub defenders. This is the defense we hear from RGIII groupies, regarding Cousins' performance.

    Either it IS impressive to put up great stats against 2nd and 3rd teamers, or it isn't. You can't have it both ways. And I do not seriously believe for a moment that Cousins would have a chance to start over Flynn, as well as he has played, or that Wilson (or any other QB on the planet) would have a chance to start over the most hyped QB in modern history.

    And what about the Shuler-Frerotte analogy? That's as close to an exact parallel as you can get. Same team. QB drafted in basically the same spot. Wildly different standards in each situation.

  13. The situation in terms of Cousins and Wilson is identical; both players were not given any legitimate chance to start and have outperformed the supposed starters at the position. The reaction, by media and fans alike, reveals the double standard clearly. If both Cousins and Wilson have achieved their results vs. 2nd and 3rd teamers, then why is that only an issue for Cousins?

    No matter how much they paid Flynn, they signed him as a free agent and it was thought by everyone that he'd be the starter. The fact that Carroll never anointed him as such is baffling in and of itself. If T.O. doesn't drop that perfectly thrown bomb from Flynn, how different does his performance seem?

    The situation is also identical to the one the Redskins faced in the mid 1990s. Heath Shuler was drafted third overall, and Gus Frerotte was the scrappy underdog. Why was RGIII made the starter from the moment he walked onstage at the draft? Shuler was instantly despised by the same fans that adored RGIII just as quickly. He was never made the starter and always had to look over his shoulder. The media in Washington, led by Sonny Jurgensen, started demanding the team start Frerotte during his rookie preseason. There is no one in that same media market who would dare to suggest RGIII not be the unquestioned starter, no matter how poorly he plays. In fact, I'd wager they'd lose their job if they did so.

    Wilson is too small for the position and will not succeed in a conventional offense at this level. Cousins has immense talent and went to the wrong team. He will continue to show well whenever he plays. If RGIII continues to struggle, you will hear more grumbling from those courageous enough to criticize this magical figure who is on several commercials even though he hasn't started his regular season career.

  14. Why is it that the exact same situation in Washington- high profile, highly paid QB being outplayed by rookie- is being intepreted so differently? Skip Bayless and a few locals mentioned the obvious- that Kirk Cousins has looked far better than RGIII- and the reaction was "How dare you!" However, everyone has felt comfortable touting a 3rd round rookie-whom nearly everyone expected to go lower in the draft- as a potential starter. Why the double standard?

    The Seahawks gave Matt Flynn a ton of money to be their starting QB. What sense does it make to do that, and not even let him open the season as the starter? Talk about not getting a fair chance! The argument is that Wilson has looked so great in preseason. Again the double standard; Cousins has looked at least as good, but almost everyone instantly rresponds with, "But he was playing against 2nd and 3rd stringers!" Yeah, the same kinds of 2nd and 3rd stringers that Wilson has apparently looked so good against that he's going to be handed the starting job, over a guy they signed to a huge free agent contract.

    I'm expecting the same kind of double standard here- Russell Wilson is "great," and the idiotic Pete Carroll has "balls of steel" because he's going to hand him the job over the free agent they paid a huge amount of money to play the same position. But Kirk Cousins is nowhere near as "great" as RGIII and the Redskins "have" to start him, because they drafted him so high. Why don't the Seahawks "have" to start Flynn after giving him all that money?

    You're really kidding yourselves if you think someone Wilson's size can perform well on a team loaded with the kinds of mediocre skill position players the Seahawks have. T.O.? Hey, if he didn't drop that perfectly thrown bomb from Flynn, how does that impact this QB "battle?" Sidney Rice? Don't make me laugh. The TEs the genius Carroll never throws to? This is not a good offensive team. Flynn is getting screwed- hope he enjoys that big contract.

  15. The media has done a real job on Blaine Gabbert, with their constant, Tebow-like mantra of "He can't play!" and ridiculous nonsense about him having the worst rookie season ever for a QB. Reality- his performance (and his stats) hold up very well against the vast majority of rookie QBs ever to play in the NFL.

    Compare what Gabbert did last season, with perhaps the worst receiving corps in the league, to Josh Freeman's rookie season. Gabbert was far superior statistically, yet Freeman was given no competition and shone the next year. Why is Gabbert a "bust," but Freeman wasn't? What has Chad Henne done to justify him starting over a guy they drafted 10th overall?

    The media creates these guys reputations. Brady Quinn is considered a "bust," when he had what, 12 starts in 3 seasons? Same thing goes for Matt Leinart, who was never given even a complete year as the unquestioned starter. On the other hand, somehow Josh Johnson, who has never showed any potential at all, and owns a career QB rating of 57.7 (well below any so called "bust" in history), with a total of 5 TDs vs. 10 INTs, is considered a hot commodity that would somehow be given a chance to start in San Francisco.

    All QBs receive too much blame and too much credit.

  16. It's amazing that everyone isn't singing the praises of Eric Decker. This guy has 8 total TDs already, on an offense with a struggling passing attack. He has proven to be a tremendous deep threat, constantly getting open (if Tebow had hit him on some other deep routes, he'd quite possibly be leading the league in TDs) and clearly is an elite playmaker, as evidenced by his 90 yard punt return for a touchdown.

    But despite all this, for some unknown reason, people still label him as "lacking speed," and even Skip Bayless, during his lonely defense of Tebow on ESPN, has seen fit to constantly denigrate him (saying things like, "Eric Decker? Are you kidding me?) Facts are facts, and Decker's performance thus far this season should have earned him the reputation of being one of the NFL's bright young stars.

    Instead, I'm sure, even if he scores 15 TDs this year, that most fans and "journalists" will claim Demarious Thomas has "more upside" or "a higher ceiling." And if Thomas continues to be invisible, they will clamor for "a true #1 receiver." Then, if they get "a true #1 receiver," and he puts up half the stats Decker did, no one will note the absurdity of the situation.

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