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  1. http://tracking.si.com/2013/10/04/rob-gronkowski-questionable/
  2. I too have had him on my bench each week. I drafted him as qb2 behind Griffin. Now that a quarter of t season has been played, time for an adjustment.
  3. Not that anybody cares, but I am starting Gordon over Antonio Brown at a PPR flex spot this week. Neither are in the wr spot where AJ Green and Demaryius Thomas are both starting. That has me going against the wisdom of the community, who rank Brown 10 v. the Vikings and Gordon 14 v. the Eagles.
  4. Just a true freshman, Tyler Boyd is going to be something special. I have that same feeling for Boyd that I did when I saw Larry Fitzgerald play as a freshman.
  5. The guy is 5'7" and runs a 4.3, 4.2 in shorts. They don't even have him run patterns that take advantage of that speed. Austin is fast, but he was never a deep threat in college. Lots of other fast guys who aren't deep threats. Don't be fooled by the 40 time. One of the most overrated prospects ever. Rams should have drafted Giovani Bernard with the 30th pick then Ace Sanders in the later rounds instead, who's a much better pure WR than Austin. Bernard can do everything Austin was suppose to do AND play RB. They drafted Stedman Bailey instead of Sanders.
  6. Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) tweeted at 6:28 PM on Sun, Sep 22, 2013: #Titans QB Jake Locker on Hunter: "We drafted him because he is a long, fast receiver who can jump. He is a mismatch for any corner." (https://twitter.com/jwyattsports/status/381907762000957441
  7. Had him on the bench for AJ Green & Demaryius Thomas. Missed him on flex & went with Julius Thomas instead.
  8. While waiting on Gronk's return I have been rolling with Brandon Myers and doing okay. May just stick with him this week at Carolina.
  9. Bad decision on my part to fall prey to the media speculation vs. trying to form my own informed opinion of what the Steelers coaching and front office were reporting.
  10. So wait: I guess the first report is why he got in my league. I actually tried to trade for him and that must have prompted the owner to see the report and cut him. So on 9/11 he's a month away and then Wednesday 9/18 he's practicing and today 9/19 he's full???? Tell you this much - the Steelers need him to play and be good.Count me as a victim who foolishly bought into reports of him being out until 2nd/3rd week of October with some sort of Lisc Franc sprain or strain. I cut him just prior to start of week 2 with plans to scoop him back up on week 3 blind bid auction, Damn if another team didn't win him for $21 to my $15 on late Tuesday night. Who would have thunk it. lol.
  11. Draft Grades From 2012 http://nfl.si.com/2012/04/29/2012-nfl-draft-grades/ Cleveland Browns: I don’t mind Cleveland going all-in to get Trent Richardson at No. 3. Heck, I don’t even really mind reaching for QB Brandon Weeden at 22. I’m not sure what happened after that, though, as the Browns took OT Mitchell Schwartz when they needed a receiver, then tanked picks on DT John Hughes (87) and WR Travis Benjamin (100). Grade: C-plus http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1163416-2012-nfl-draft-grades-full-draft-results-report-card/page/9 Summary The selection of Trent Richardson—even trading up to get him—was one of the best of the draft. The selection of Brandon Weeden? Not so much. Especially in Round 1. Weeden is a good quarterback prospect, but he's 28 years old and will turn 29 in October. He's the oldest player drafted in the first round since the NFL-AFL merger. Cleveland could have sat on him until Round 2. Mitchell Schwartz was a great pick—he's a day-one starter at right tackle—but the John Hughes selection was another major head-scratcher. http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/story/18843965/grades-2012-nfl-draft-round-1 Why, Browns? Yes, he's a good player, but backs don't decide Super Bowls anymore. And you gave up picks? http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d828cede6/article/afc-north-draft-grades-bengals-deep-class-headlines-division Cleveland Browns: B Mike Holmgren and Tom Heckert made rebuilding Cleveland's woeful offense their priority in the draft. The Browns were chided for moving up one spot to select Trent Richardson, but they secured a franchise running back with the skills to act as the driving force of the offense. Brandon Weeden appears to be the quarterback of the future, but it could be a short-term option, considering his advanced age (28). Best pick: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama (Round 1, 3). Richardson is a talented workhorse runner with exceptional all-around skills. He immediately becomes the anchor of the Browns' offense and alleviates the pressure on Colt McCoy and/or Weeden to carry the load. http://www.dawgsbynature.com/2013/1/24/3913106/mel-kiper-improves-the-browns-2012-nfl-draft-grade-to-a-b ESPN's Mel Kiper re-graded the 2012 NFL Draft today (insider article). Immediately after the draft, Kiper gave the Browns a B- for the draft they put together. Cleveland's new grade has them improving slightly to a B. Kiper's explanation is listed below: Post-draft grade: B- Summary: The Browns had question marks about value, but they did a really good job of hitting needs. They got the running back they really wanted, but when you take Trent Richardson at No. 3 overall, you're banking on stardom. At his best, Richardson has that upside, but he dealt with injuries all season and, in the short run, you could say others got more value at running back farther down the board. Brandon Weeden wasn't bad, but there are legitimate questions about whether the new administration wants him to be the 2013 starter. Mitchell Schwartz filled in well at right tackle, and you have to factor in that perhaps the best rookie for the Browns was Josh Gordon, whom they grabbed in the supplemental draft in Round 2. http://www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/2012/nfl-draft-grades.cfm B- BrownsIt's tough to hit Cleveland too hard when they landed Trent Richardson. However, there are questions surrounding the rest of their draft. Forget Brandon Weeden's age, is his talent 1st round worthy? And are there enough playmakers on offense not named Richardson to force teams to not put 8 in the box constantly? http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/story/2012-04-29/ratings-2012-NFL-draft/54629536/1 Liked it: 12. Cleveland Browns: They paid through the nose to move up one rung to No. 3 for Alabama RB Trent Richardson and rolled the dice on 28-year-old QB Brandon Weeden 19 spots later. But they needed to close the talent gap between themselves and their AFC North foes, each of them playoff teams in 2011. Second-round T Mitchell Schwartz should start on Day 1, and keep an eye on LB Emmanuel Acho, whose brother Sam emerged as a solid player for the Cardinals as a rookie in 2011.
  12. Fantasy football players are a bunch of jag offs. Lol.
  13. I am sort of in same boat as you, but a little bit worse. I passed on running backs from the 6th spot. Went Megatron, Demaryius Thomas, and Andre Johnson on my first three pick. Was ultra desperate for a rb at 4.07 and was in such dire straits that I had to take him - as my RB1! ETA: When I mean worse, I just mean in terms of the quality of runningbacks on the roster. I am sure most would not see CJ2K as a strong RB1. Even though it's a PPR league, waiting for rb's is about as risky as things can possibly be.
  14. I was desperate to take him. 4.07. PPR 12 teams. Ridicule & catcalls immediately ensued.
  15. That would NOT be a complete waste of a pick.It may not be the ROI you hoped for if you took him early, but it seems like most people drafted him fully understanding he might miss 6+ games. I drafted him on 9/1 at 1pm ET at 5.06 after the news of his practicing. Thinking more like week 3 return which was worth gamble there.
  16. And Bell's knee wasn't 100% in that game either.You guys nailed the fickle natured tendencies we share in this short memory hobby if ours.
  17. Brittle back is not what Steelers Nation was expecting. Bell will have work cut out for himself to win over the fickle fans.
  18. Sorry to see this. Lewis having a good camp, was looking like he was going to be #2 for the Browns.
  19. http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/jets/jets-insider-powell-opening-eyes-article-1.1418429 Bilal Powell continues to impress at NY Jets camp On Monday, Mark Sanchez led the best drive of the day in practice, but the big gain came on a Powell run. The duo ultimately connected on a 6-yard TD pass. By Seth Walder / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, August 5, 2013, 10:46 PM Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/jets/jets-insider-powell-opening-eyes-article-1.1418429#ixzz2bBg0I5tfCORTLAND — Bilal Powell looks better and better with each passing day, especially compared to his fellow running backs who are either riding the bikes or haven’t shown up for training camp. On Monday, Mark Sanchez led the best drive of the day in practice, but the big gain came on a Powell run. The duo ultimately connected on a 6-yard TD pass. “I think Bilal (Powell) is probably one of the most underrated players in the league,” Sanchez said. “He’s a hell of a player and he’s just coming into his own, just trying to get comfortable, and he’s lighting this camp on fire.” Powell was the player of the game in Saturday night’s Green and White scrimmage. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/jets/jets-insider-powell-opening-eyes-article-1.1418429#ixzz2bBfvMZpA
  20. From July 2012: http://mattwaldmanrsp.com/2012/07/30/coming-of-age-young-vets-to-watch/ RB Bilal Powell, New York Jets: Shonn Greene has failed to live up to expectations and it was most apparent in his second year when the job was his to lose and a step-slower Ladainian Tomlinson was easily the better player. Greene is now in his fourth season and he still doesn’t show the decisiveness, burst, or consistent finishing power that the Jets expected from him. I expected better, too. Powell is one of my top-20 running backs that I have studied during my seven years of publishing the Rookie Scouting Portfolio. There was barely a whisper about the Jets fourth-round pick during his rookie training camp and when he saw the field during the regular season he averaged 1.6 yards per carry. But with 14 total touches, there’s not much that 1.6 ypc really says. Unfortunately, there’s so much anecdotal history that suggests that quality NFL running backs at least flash decent stats in limited touches that even intelligent people are quick to write off a back like Powell. Making a judgment call on 14 touches is like picking up 14 pine needles and claiming to know everything about a forest. There’s nothing about this pervading analysis that specifically discussed decision-making, handling assignments, or what specifically the other backs offer that make them better. I’ve seen enough of Powell to know that when his head isn’t swimming, he has burst, speed, balance, and a physicality that is more powerful than Joe McKnight and more explosive and versatile than Shonn Greene or Terrance Ganaway. Rex Ryan commented Sunday that Powell “showed up” to training camp after the second-year runner impressed several onlookers, including a former NFL scout in attendance. If Powell has made the mental transition, he’s easily the best running back on the Jets squad. http://mattwaldmanrsp.com/2011/10/29/the-rsp-blogs-top-20-rb-prospects-2006-2011-part-i/ Powell was #14 on this list, though looking at that list, there are numerous prospects who failed to perform at very high levels in the NFL and are now gone from the league or playing in relative obsurity.
  21. Calling Mr. Waldman. Will Mr Matt Waldman please pick up one of the courtesy phones in the Shark Pool? You are needed in the Powell discussion.
  22. http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/jets/mehta-rex-counting-young-leaders-article-1.1413395 Daily NewsJets Rex Ryan counting on young NY Jets leaders Ryan will turn to veteran leaders Nick Mangold, Antonio Cromartie, D’Brickashaw Ferguson and David Harris to set the course, but it’ll be critical to infuse younger voices. NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 12:21 AM Robert Sabo/New York Daily News Second-year linebacker DeMario Davis emerges as one of the new breed of leaders. CORTLAND — Rex Ryan may not need divine intervention to reverse the Jets’ recent misfortune, but he’ll certainly have to lean on emerging young leaders to help guide a franchise that underwent a radical makeover this offseason. The Jets replaced 11 starters, including respected veterans Darrelle Revis, Brandon Moore, Mike DeVito and Sione Po’uha, and half of the coaching staff. “We might not have the best quarterback, we might not have the best receiver,” Ryan said, “The best this, the best that, but each game we head out there, if we have the best team, we’ll win. We’re going to have to go above and beyond. It’s going to take that brotherhood. That’s what we got to cultivate here.” Ryan will turn to veteran leaders Nick Mangold, Antonio Cromartie, D’Brickashaw Ferguson and David Harris to set the course, but it’ll be critical to infuse younger voices. “You’re going to have young guys that you need to step up,” Mangold said. “You can’t run a dictatorship.” Second-year linebacker DeMario Davis emerged as one of the new breed of leaders as an unheralded rookie. Third-year running back Bilal Powell is probably the most influential offensive player nobody knows about. Second-year defensive end/outside linebacker Quinton Coples used Ryan’s offseason reprimand as fuel to take a leadership role. “Leadership is happening in a magnificent way,” Davis said. “It had to be there at one time when the Jets were going to the AFC Championship. For whatever reason, it kind of fell off. There was a little bit of a lack of leadership last year. But now you have guys that are taking ownership of the team.” Davis, Powell and Coples are at the forefront, three distinctly different personalities with a common goal to build a new tradition. Ron Antonelli/New York Daily News Second-year defensive end/outside linebacker Quinton Coples uses Rex Ryan’s offseason reprimand as fuel to take a leadership role.Davis may have played in only 315 defensive snaps last season, but his limited role didn’t preclude him from speaking up as a rookie. He addressed the team one day in training camp last year and again before its Monday night game against the Texans in Week 5. The Jets were coming off an embarrassing 34-0 loss to the 49ers at home a week earlier. Although Davis was used sparingly up to that point, he didn’t hesitate to speak up. “A leader doesn’t wait,” Davis said. “I’ve always looked at myself as a leader. If you don’t have leadership, you have no direction . . . or you have a thousand people going in different directions. It’s up to the leaders to pull everybody in that same direction.” Ryan, who likened Davis’ leadership traits to those of future Hall of Famer Ray Lewis, wasn’t surprised by the linebacker’s decision to address the team. “He felt in his heart that it was appropriate,” Ryan said. “I’ll tell you what: Guys listened.” Davis knows that on-field production will bolster his credibility, but his character earned him instant respect among his peers. “A big part of it is not just doing what you do on the field, but guys being able to trust that you’ll take care of your business off the field,” said Davis, a devout Christian, who is married. “Guys know my character. They would be shocked if I got into some trouble off the field. . . . That creates a respect for you.” Although Davis is only 24, teammates routinely seek him out for counsel. “There’s a lot of off-the-field things that you can come to him with,” said safety Josh Bush. “If you have problems that you need guidance on, you can talk to DeMario about that. That’s going to help you in life. If your life is right, then you’ll play better on the field.” Robert Sabo/New York Daily News Third-year running back Bilal Powell (r.) might be the most influential offensive player nobody knows about.Powell’s voice rarely rises above a whisper, but veterans have taken notice of the young running back’s preparation and work ethic. “When guys watch him on the field, they respect the way he plays the game,” said assistant head coach Anthony Lynn, who’s in charge of running backs. “When we’re in the meeting rooms, you hear guys talk about the way he steps up and picks up the blitzing linebacker or the way he finishes runs or how he rarely makes a mistake. Guys expect that from him now. Bilal is helping set the standard in the offensive meeting room.” The uncertainty surrounding Mike Goodson, who is mired in legal and personal issues, furthers Powell’s value. “I’m not looking for a slap on the back,” Powell said. “I take my job seriously and go hard every day. I’m not really the guy to step in the middle of the huddle and go, ‘Whoo-rah!’ and push the other guys around. The way I prepare and the way I go about my business, I think that’s the way I’m a leader.” “You could say one thing and do another,” he added. “But when you do it, you get everybody else around you seeing what you’re doing. That’s when everybody starts to believe.” Coples may be a “class clown,” as defensive line coach Karl Dunbar points out, but he learned a valuable lesson this offseason that has helped him realize the importance of leading by example. Ryan publicly chided Coples for slacking off in the weight room, which hit home. “It’s part of my job that I make sure I get people going and hold everyone accountable,” Coples said of being a leader. “And hold myself accountable as well.” Ryan hopes that the blend of veteran and young leadership will keep his team together when it experiences turbulence. There’s no minimum age requirement or limit to the number of players who can set the path. “People generally know what’s right,” Davis said. “Leaders do what’s right. If you do what’s right, people will follow.” http://twitter.com/MMehtaNYDN
  23. Tweet on 7/31 From Mark Kaboly - Steelers beat writer for Pittburgh Tribune Review https://twitter.com/MarkKaboly_Trib/status/362708865395077121 Mark Kaboly ‏@MarkKaboly_Trib If Le'Veon Bell keeps progressing like this, no way Tomlin will be able to keep him out of the starting lineup. He's the real deal
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