Preseason Punditry August 19, 2012  |  Chet

As I clicked between games on my laptop last night, it was good to see starters playing more than a handful of snaps and doing well as well.  It was also sad to see some players get injured, but it’s the nature of the game. The nature of my game is to eat pizza and drink beer which will give me heart disease. We all fight our own battles. On that disquieting note, let’s get to some news!

Alshon Jeffery: Jeffery looks legit. He played with the starters and even was in on a two-receiver set in the red zone. His size and ability to get open was evident as well as run after the catch. He’s had eight targets and caught seven of them for 97 yards in the first two preseason games. At some point he should supplant Devin Hester for the #2 receiver position, but it looks like he is already getting plenty of reps with the starters. I’m moving him up my rankings as we speak.

Doug Martin: Once again LeGarrette Blount was the starter while Martin came in on third downs. Neither had particularly outstanding games statistically, but Martin looked so much better, every time he touched the ball, it beat you over the head.

Blount also hurt his groin and will miss the next preseason game, which should help Martin pull away in the Usain Bolt vs. Ted Washington style race. Check out the video of some of their runs last night. The first two are Blount, the next three are Martin. It’s pretty easy to tell

Miles Austin: Austin won’t play in any preseason games due to his hamstring injury according to Jerry Jones. The news isn’t good for him, but it’s really hard to know just how cautious they are being versus how hurt he really is. The problem of course is that Austin has had trouble with his hamstring in the past, so his stock is falling.

Vincent Brown: He broke his foot in last night’s game and will most likely be out eight weeks or around five to six games. He’s worth targeting in dynasty, but unless you are in very deep redraft leagues, I’d let him go.

Chris Johnson: Johnson scored on two separate 14 yard rushing touchdowns last night and looked good doing it. His vision and burst seems to be back and he’s becoming a safer pick each time he plays. Here’s some not so great video of his work against the Bucs.


Lestar Jean: He’s been doing some good work this preseason and last night he reaped the benefits with four receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown and looked good doing it. He doesn’t have a starting spot at the moment, so don’t go all crazy on him, but he’s worth a flier and is a for sure add in dynasty.

Peyton Manning: His numbers don’t show it, but he has looked sharp in his first two games as a Bronco. I’m not worried about the two interceptions that were tipped and he would have had a couple touchdowns if Jacob Tamme and Eric Decker hadn’t dropped them. He’s an injury risk and his skills have diminished some, but he’s too good not to draft as a starter this season.

Sam Bradford: He hasn’t shown any ill effects from his ankle and he put up two great drives against a tough Kansas City defense, throwing touchdowns to Danny Amendola and lance Kendricks. It’s nice to see some signs of life out of him and he could be moving up to good backup territory.

4 Responses

  1. Mikey says:

    Your Chris Johnson analysis has me all-a-thinking about my draft strategy again.
    I’m in a 10 team, 1 keeper (mine Megaton) standard league and I draft first.
    I used to be in the camp of drafting one of the 5 elite QBs as Stafford and Newton available.
    Now I’m leaning, especially after the Mathews injury, towards either Chris Johnson or McFadden and securing the RB1 position and waiting until round 5-6 to land a competent and high upside QB who might well play in a dome. Or a Manning.
    Your thoughts on which path to take?

  2. trick dad says:

    thanks for the wrap-up doc, you rock. my first draft of the year is this afternoon, wish me luck!!

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