Early Buzz Surrounding Top Training Camp Battles (Bleacher Report)

A little catching up today-first up an article talking about several of the bigger camp battles and where they stand.

Here’s a snippet—you can read the rest at Bleacher Report.

Mark Sanchez vs. Geno Smith, Quarterback, New York Jets

The assumption has been that veteran Mark Sanchez will get one last shot to carry the New York Jets to the playoffs. Rookie Geno Smith is raw, and I was told by someone tied to the Jets that they passed on him in the first round for defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson in part because they felt Smith would need a year on the bench to develop.

So far, though, Smith is proving to be more competition than some gave him credit for.

Yes, Sanchez started camp by getting the majority of the snaps with the first team, but head coach Rex Ryan has said each will get equal time there.

Smith has impressed with his long accuracy while with the first team and mentioned how important it was for a rookie to get a chance against a first-team defense. While Sanchez has been consistent, Smith has had more big plays.

Of course, the stat everyone looks at is interceptions, and while Sanchez has turned the ball over, Smith went the first three practices without a turnover. As Rich Cimini of ESPN New York reports, Smith still has a ways to go in terms of blitz pickup and pre-snap reads.

Overall, though, he’s done a good job—a sentiment echoed by Brian Bassett and Corey Griffin of SNY’s The Jets Blog in this video.

The competition is far from over, but so far it appears as if the rookie is impressing. We know what Mark Sanchez can do—we’ve seen it for four years.

The upside of Geno Smith could tempt the Jets coaching staff to roll the dice on the rookie and see what he can do instead.

There’s a lot more, so make sure you head to the full article—and as always thanks for reading (I’ll be posting more later).

 

Predicting the Biggest Potential Preseason Roster Cut at Every Position (Bleacher Report)

Good morning!
Back again today with a new piece at Bleacher Report: Predicting the Biggest Potential Preseason Roster Cut at Every Position.

Not all of them are “big” but hey, there’s only so much you can do to work with a title.

Here’s a sampling—as always you can read the whole thing at B/R.

Offensive Line: Derek Sherrod, Green Bay Packers

When Getty Images only has one picture of you since you’ve joined the NFL, that’s a bad sign.

After Derek Sherrod’s rookie season, cut short by a broken leg, the young tackle hasn’t seen the field. Worse, he’s been placed on the PUP list to start training camp, according to Weston Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

That’s not good, especially not a year-and-a-half after the initial injury.

As decimated as the Packers offensive line was again last year, if he was even remotely healthy he would have played. That he’s either still being handled with kid gloves (best-case scenario) or still too hurt to practice (worst-case scenario) is alarming and a bad sign.

It’s safe to assume if he doesn’t see the field in camp, he may see an injury settlement and the waiver wire.

There’s three for every position, so check the whole thing out.

I’ll have a video up at BR later as well, so stay tuned.

And as always, thanks for coming by.

The Complete NFL Training Camp Guide for All 32 Teams

I’ve been bad updating this the last few weeks—vacation does that.

So I’ll make it up to you with a massive slideshow – a complete NFL Training Camp Guide for All 32 Teams.

Here’s a taste with the Houston Texans—as always you can read the whole thing at Bleacher Report.

The Houston Texans and quarterback Matt Schaub were so close to a Super Bowl appearance before getting curb-stomped in the second half of their game in the divisional round by the New England Patriots.

A fantastic J.J. Watt-led defense gets Brian Cushing back, while the offense has added a potentially fantastic No. 2 wide receiver in DeAndre Hopkins whom the team hopes will pull some coverage off Andre Johnson.

The Texans hit camp in high spirits, hoping that this is the year to push their franchise over the top. Matt Goldstein has everything you need to follow the action in his Texans camp guide.

As always, thanks for stopping by.

ps – have done a bunch of video in the last month – will make sure that’s updated as well. Wish I could get the embed working though……

When Is the Perfect Time to Hold Your Fantasy Football Draft? (Bleacher Report)

Today’s piece (which actually posted yesterday) delves into fantasy football and when you should hold your draft.

As always, here is an excerpt and you can read the whole thing here.

The issue with having a draft so early is very simple. You add an extra element of luck to a game which already can be filled with it.

So many injuries, surprise cuts and sudden roster reversals happen during training camp and preseason games that even the most informed fantasy player can get caught short.

On of the most recent examples of this would be Matt Flynn losing the Seattle Seahawks starting quarterback job to Russell Wilson. Most thought that Flynn, who had signed a big contract with Seattle that offseason, would walk into the job, but that was not to be.

Early-drafting fantasy owners got quite a bit of a shock when they discovered Flynn was a wasted pick.

Of course, the challenge is to have a deep enough roster to survive such an event, but it can be unnecessarily hard for newer players or casual fans.

So again, you can check out the whole thing at Bleacher Report and thanks for coming by.

Also, I started shooting videos again, so keep an eye out for those as well.

Why JaMarcus Russell’s Comeback Attempt Should Already Be Considered a Success (at B/R)

Today’s Bleacher Report piece is about JaMarcus Russell. You remember him? First overall draft pick, he of the strong arm and shaky work ethic?

He’s mounting a come back and while he might not get another gig in the NFL, the effort itself makes it a success, considering where he started from.

As always, here’s an excerpt, and you can read the whole thing over at Bleacher Report.

Everyone fails at some point. But the successful people pick themselves back up, dust off and get back to work. It’s not easy, and evidence indicates that if you’re a rich millionaire you could be convinced to just hang out and count your money instead.

JaMarcus Russell is trying to get back up off the ground and give football another shot. The fact that he’s making the effort itself makes this a success in many ways. That he’s had one tryout with the Chicago Bears with a second one potentially on the horizon with the Baltimore Ravens according to ESPN makes it even more so.

Many first-round busts have walked away from football and not looked back. Sometimes the NFL was equally interested in walking away from that player (goodbye, Ryan Leaf), but often the player in question took their enormous paycheck and headed home.

Russell isn’t doing that, or at least he isn’t anymore.

Again, thanks for reading along.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1676827-why-jamarcus-russells-comeback-attempt-should-already-be-considered-a-success

Fantasy Football 2013: Highlighting the Biggest Takeaways from NFL Minicamps (at Bleacher Report)

Hope everyone had a great Father’s Day if they are one, an everyone else had a nice, mellow weekend filled with BBQ and Superman movies.

Today we have a piece at Bleacher Report on what we have seen in mini-camps and how it might affect the 2013 Fantasy Football season.

As always, find an excerpt below and please head over to B/R and read the piece in it’s entirety.

The Jets Quarterback Situation Still Should Be Avoided

Even subtracting David Garrard from the battle for supremacy under center isn’t going to help any fantasy owner here.

Well, perhaps it’s more useful to look at it this way: What we saw in minicamp says that this is a situation to stay away from at all costs, yet again.

Geno Smith and Mark Sanchez both struggled during minicamp, which should surprise nobody.

Sanchez has struggled consistently for the past few years, and Smith is a rookie who will need at least a year to get acclimated to the NFL game.

On top of that, we’re not talking about an offense with mounds of catching talent. Santonio Holmes hasn’t been the No. 1 receiver the team hoped he would be, Jeremy Kerley is dynamic but limited, Stephen Hill is inconsistent and the tight end position is still unresolved.

Well, perhaps Kellen Winslow has upside, but he also has two battered knees.

This isn’t something new, but it is a great reminder that, from a fantasy standpoint, players in the Jets passing offense—especially the quarterbacks—should be avoided.

Again, check out the whole piece at Bleacher Report and thanks for stopping by.