Discussion in 'TMFL' started by Kasper, Oct 22, 2012.
I figured I'm going to do one of these, if anyone else wants to go ahead.
QB - Brock Osweiler (72ovr) - Obviously we're excited to see what he can do... the arm talent is there is just needs developing. Expect to see the offense open up a little bit more but make no mistake, the games will be won an lost with the running game and defense.
RB1 - CJ Spiller (83ovr) - In the past the Bills offense lived and died with Spiller. That may again be the case. Expect to see his yards from scrimmage pretty high because he's going to be involved in the passing game a lot as well. We just like to get him out in space.
RB2 - Fred Jackson (86ovr) - Injury, change of pace and spelling Spiller - that means Fred Jackson will still see the field a lot. He's a different back but he's still capable.
WR1 - Steve Johnson (87ovr) - Never overwhelming but consistent. He gets open and that's that.
WR2- Kurt Warner? Maybe we can lure Jerry Rice out of retirement? WR Malcolm Floyd was recently signed so we'll see if he can fill the void but outside of him there is literally nothing here right now, and thats scary. It could be that we trade for someone here as well.
WR3 - TJ Graham (68ovr) and David Nelson (74ovr) - Depending on matchup and what the defenses are doing to us these guys should rotate here. Nothing special.
TE - Craig Sparks (75ovr) - Not overly big or overly fast but just a decent balanced TE. Could see a lot of looks if the Bills don't find anyone to play opposite Steve Johnson.
LT - Cordy Glenn (79ovr) - Like all the Bills offensive line he's young and serviceable. Anyone else find it impossible to progress offensive lineman?
LG - Andy Levitre (83ovr) - Franchised in the off season and looking for a new deal. He will get one. Again nothing spectacular but pretty good all around.
C - Eric Wood (82ovr) - Same as above
RG - Kraig Urbik (79ovr) - Same as above
RT - Chris Hairston (79ovr) - Same as above. Have Erik Pears as depth along the offensive line as well.
LE - Mario Williams (97ovr) - Good thing he's rated well in Madden cuz he's not doing shit IRL. Up there with the elite of the elite as far as pass rushers go. Expecting double digit sacks every year and plenty of play making ability every snap. He's going to be in Buffalo for a long time. Expect Aaron Maybin to see time at both defensive end positions as well in pass rushing situations.
RE - Mark Anderson (85ovr) - He's no Mario but he's still got all the skills. We've worked on his blockshedding and play recognition and he'll be just fine over on the right side.
DT1 - Marcel Dareus (88ovr) - We like Dareus a lot. He's a stud. He's just going to continue to get better. Only player I'd rather have at DT than him is Suh.
DT2 - Kyle Williams (89ovr) - He's more play recognition and pursuit than raw pass rushing or run stopping ability but the guy can play. Rounds out probably the best defensive line in the NFL. Some would tell you that its the Giants (and their Superbowl ring proves it) but if they are not #1 then they are 1A. I just hope the sliders allow them to prove it.
LOLB - Nigel Bradham (78ovr) - Athletic and can hit, also good in coverage. Needs to work on his play recognition skills but has all the tools to be a long term answer for the Bills. He'll get another year to prove it. OLB depth includes Arthur Moats (73ovr) Gary Guyton (78ovr) and rookie Logan Jones (73ovr). The Bills have a whole lot of depth at LBer.
MLB - Keorris Johnson (81ovr) - The #12 overall pick comes in and will start immediately. Expect him to be an impact player from the get go. Centerpiece of the defense for years to come. Depth includes Kelvin Sheppard (77ovr) and Jay Dwyer (71ovr) both who offer something
ROLB - Nick Barnett (89ovr) - Rumor is he's on the trading block but in the meantime he's the starter. Gary Guyton would be next in line to play but Logan Jones could see time as well.
CB1 - Stephon Gilmore (79ovr) - Now that he has superstar progression its time to see Gilmore really start improving. I keep saying this but "he's got all the tools." Gilmore is another defensive centerpiece.
CB2 - Ron Brooks (70ovr) - After he gets quick progression it will be time for Brooks to begin improving. He is more athletic than Gilmore though not as big and he's going to take longer to develop but we still like his skillset more than CB Aaron Williams who has played well in Nickel.
CB3 - Aaron Williams (77ovr) - Led the team in interceptions last year which was a bit surprising. He's also close to obtaining quick progression which will be nice for the big physical corner. He's likely better suited to play safety and would definitely move there if there were any type of long term injury. He's a bit on the slower side but luckily the Bills don't ask him to man up very often. Depth options at CB are good for the Bills including former first rounder Leodis McKelvin (76ovr) and Justin Rodgers (69ovr) who has nice upside.
FS - Jairus Byrd (85ovr) - Another defensive centerpiece as he is rarely caught out of position. He won't wow you with plays but he's as steady as they come and will be with Buffalo a long time.
SS - Jester Collins (76ovr) - The emotional leader in college needs to become a spark plug for the Bills defense with his playmaking abilities. He's going to play down in the box a lot and the Bills will rely him to help stop the run as well as cover TE's with his elite athleticism and big hitting reputation. The Bills are looking to create more turnovers, Collins will definitely help. Yet another defensive centerpiece that will be in Buffalo a long, long time.
K - John Potter - Power kicker, nothing more.
P - Chas Henry - Power punter, nothing more.
KR/PR - TJ Graham and his speed will be used primarily with WR Josh Price and CB Leodis McKelvin as reserves.
Well, its still a young team. The defense has playmakers all over the place so we expect that to be the strength of this team. If we can find a way to be creative on offense and get the ball in the hands of Spiller, and Steve Johnson we'll be okay. Osweiler has a lot of growing to do though, starting now, and he doesn't have a lot of help. The offensive line is solid but not great in any particular area. There aren't many receiving weapons outside of Steve Johnson so we expect him to be doubled a lot. Spiller doesn't run between the tackles as well as you'd like so you have to find other ways to get him touches and be explosive. Dorin Dickerson poses some matchups problems but he's not a guy you're going to count on for big plays. Essentially if this team wants to win games the defense has got to be top 5 caliber. Outside of 1 cornerback slot I'd say the talent is definitely there to be there - just have to execute.
2013 Minnesota Vikings Team Preview
Last year the Vikings over achieved a bit, and ended up losing to the eventual Super Bowl champs in the second round. A first round playoff win over Atlanta shows plenty of promise in this team as they return mostly everybody from last year's squad. A quick synopsis is that they are going to try to do things like they did last year- run the ball and not ask Joe Webb to play like Eli Manning/Tom Brady. He has been a great quarterback for them and just needs to make sure he doesn't turn the ball over, as he makes some good throws and has athletes around him to make plays once they get their hands on the ball. Fans in Minnesota have been reinvigorated and have a new found love for their team- it will be interesting to see if they can recreate last years magic and find a playoff spot again this year.
QB: Joe Webb, Christian Ponder, Adam Weber
Minnesota got great play from Joe Webb last year, as he finished for 2,400 yards, 22 TDs, and 8 INTs- a good season for his first as mostly a full time starter. He took over in week 6 and never looked back, leading the team to a win that week and continuing that throughout the season. Coaches have been very vocal that Webb is there guy, and he has shown some improvement on his short to medium throws form last year. Coach Kasper knows there is still work to do, but also knows Webb is a player that has enormous potential and showed why last season. There are talks to move Christian Ponder out of Minnesota for financial reasons, so it will be interesting to see what happens there. Adam Weber is a hometown guy from Shoreview, Minnesota and played for the home state Gophers- should surely be a fan favorite. Minnesota will likely add another QB if Ponder can get moved.
HB: Adrian Peterson, Toby Gerhart, Jordan Todman
You know what you are going to get from Adrian Peterson, as he racked up 1,762 yards and 17 TDs- but coaches have been adamant that they have a stable of running backs with Gerhart and Todman behind him. Gerhart is a good bruiser who showed he can produce some longer runs last year (a 45 yarder in one game) and Todman showed promise as well, running for over 100 yards late in the season while AP took a game off to rest. Obviously, if Peterson goes down, Minnesota is shit out of luck. If he stays healthy though, he has two RB's with contrasting styles behind him to give defenses different looks. Expect another big year for Adrian, but less carries to keep the wear and tear off. There are however talks that Todman could be on the out, we will have to wait and see.
WR: Percy Harvin, Greg Childs, Daniel Gibbons (R), Tymichael Williams (R), Jarius Wright
Percy Harvin had a career year in 2012, catching 57 balls for 1,233 yards and 13 TDs and did a great job of keeping safeties out of the box for the most part- however he lacks the height to be a consistent vertical threat in one on one situations. Gone is Jerome Simpson from last year (one of the few players to depart) and in comes Greg Childs, Dan Gibbons, and Ty Williams to compete for the spot opposite of Harvin. The early favorite is likely Childs as he has the most experience, but Gibbons showed some nice flashes in the preseason game-- also Childs would be a tough matchup in the slot as he is quick and tall (6'3). Gibbons brings a nice physical presence as well at 6'4 220. It will be interesting to see: 1) Who wins the #2 spot 2) If Jarius Wright survives the cuts 3) Ty Williams can find a niche -- he is a good receiver that just needs polish.
TE: John Carlson, Kyle Rudolph, Visanthe Shiancoe
Minnesota has a nice set of tight ends, but recently let Rhett Ellison go in search of a better 3rd TE. Coach Kasper likes his 3 TE Ace formation and also thinks if they could get another good tight end that they could have some nice formations and create some difficult matchups with Rudolph and Carlson (also Shiancoe if we get him). Regardless, Rudolph and Carlson are a great one two punch and allow Minnesota to both run the ball well and have some good tight ends that are serviceable receivers.
Offenisve Line: LT Matt Kalil, LG Charlie Johnson, C John Sullivan, RG Geoff Schwartz, RT Phil Loadholt
I would nearly argue that we have the best run blocking offensive line in the league, as Loadholt and Kalil are animals on the outside, and Sullivan is everything you could want in a center. Schwartz and Johnson are getting better everyday and are both 83 overall with good run blocking attributes after a year of work on that last year. Adrian Peterson will make them look good, and they will make Adrian look good. We aren't really deep anywhere, but we have guys that can come in and hold down the positoin until the starter is ready. Look for these guys to produce another good year on the ground and keep Webb's jersey clean for the most part.
Defensive Line: RE Jared Allen, DT Kevin Williams, DT John Henderson, LE Brian Robison
In my opinion, this is one of the best units in the league. The addition of Henderson ensures that claim- sure he and Williams are old, but they are going to be tough to run on and should make for an experienced and massive combination of defensive tackles. Jared Allen had a quiet regular season last year, but exploded in the playoffs sacking Matt Ryan 6 times in the divisional game. On the other side, Brian Robison had one 4 sack game-- so both are capable of dominating. There is some young talent behind these starters too, as Everson Griffen and D'Aundre Reed have shown to be capable backups. Kyle Love will give the old men in the middle a break when they need it, and has shown a lot of promise since joining the team late last year. Rookie defensive tackle Dwight Maggitt is a question mark, but has shown promise. It wouldn't surprise anyone though if he gets dropped in favor of another, more talented DT.
Linebackers: LOLB Chad Greenway, MLB EJ Henderson, ROLB Erin Henderson
The Henderson brothers are once again united in Minnesota, and once you add in Chad Greenway you have a pretty formidable linebacking core- let alone front 7. According to sources in camp, this unit has great chemisty between the starters and the lone back up, rookie MLB Alec Jones out of A&M. Minnesota will find a couple guys to add depth here, but this unit should be a good one this year. Look for Jones to spell EJ on passing downs to give the team a little more athleticism against the pass. Really excited about this group.
Cornerbacks: Antoine Winfield, Aaron Ross, Josh Robinson, DeShawn Clark, Brandon Burton
This is a unit that has some potential to improve on last year, as they will have a lot more experience playing together than they did last year. Minnesota dropped their late round pick CB to add the rookie DeShawn Clark, who coaches are excited about. He has really good athleticism and can play man to man pretty well. He has potential to be a big get for this team if he can go out and make some plays for himself-- he will get his chances against teams like Detroit and Green Bay. Aaron Ross and Antoine Winfield look to continue playing well together, as Winfield has decided to come back for his 14th year in the league. The 36 year old said last year resparked him for the game, and he is hungry to help lead this defense to the playoffs again.
Safeties: FS Harrison Smith, SS Jalen Dickerson, SS Mistral Raymond, SS Brandon Tynes
Two new faces (Tynes and Dickerson) will join last years starters (Raymond and Smith) at the safety positions, and it looks like this unit will make a vast improvement on last year. Dickerson has, by all accounts, surprised everyone in camp and is emerging to arguably be the best player in the Vikings secondary. The 4th round pick from Notre Dame will be the starter at SS opening day, stated Coach Kasper, which will allow Mistral Raymond to move over and back up Harrison Smith (Mistral's more natural position). Brandon Tynes was Minnesota's first round pick, so it is a tad disappointing that he isn't emerging as a starter- but he looks to be a solid contributor that should hang around on the team for a while.
Chis Kluwe and Blair Walsh are still kicking balls around...
MIAMI DOLPHINS SEASON PREVIEW
The Dolphins look to build off a 7-9 campaign. In which they finished on a 6-2 streak with new Coach LSUTRUTH coming over from the Jaguars. There has been a bunch of roster turnover in Miami with this new regime taking over. Lets take a closer look.
QB - Starter - Ryan Tannehill - Backups - Dennis Dixon/ Sage Rosenfels
With the new regime coming in Tannehill got the chance to start. He went 12 TDs and 12 INTs and was inconsistent with turnovers however he improved every game until the playoffs when he took a step back. Dennis Dixon comes in as the Dolphins Back up. Dixon features many of the same skills as Tannehill however he doesnt have the Arm of Tannehill. Rosenfels is the willy Vet of the group who has been with the Fins on and off again. Rosenfels is the hand picked groomer of Tannehill as he learns Rosenfels will teach. The Dolphins dont expect Rosenfels to play much if at all incase of an injury but he still has Arm talent
RB/FB - Starter - Reggie Bush / Brock Bolen - Backups - Wynton Woods/ Daniel Thomas/ Lamar Miller/ Ronnie Brown
Reggie Bush has developed into a big time player. He has back to back 1,000 yard seasons. He is the for sure starter in Miami. Look for improvement in year 2 of LSUTRUTHs scheme. Lamar Miller is the primary back up while he struggled at time with ball support he is looking to be improved. Daniel Thomas/Ronnie Brown/Wynton Woods all are vying for 1 maybe 2 spots. There needs to be a RB/FB type and a power back or that could be one in the same guy. Right now that is looking like Woods could be the guy based on preseason game 1. However it is possible that two of the 3 could make it as the Fins carried 4 RB all year last year.
WR - Starters - Randy Moss/ Antonio Bryant/ Davone Bess -Backups - Clyde Gates/ Taylor Moses/Tyree Watkins
All 6 should make the Dolphins roster. Only Gates and Bess are holdovers from the previous season as the Dolphins retooled the WR core. Moss is the Big play and go to WR with Bryant and Bess being the security blankets. Moses and Watkins are both Rookies Moses has looked good in preseason work while Watkins is just signed.
TE - Starters - Ryne Davis - Backups - Charles Clay/ Michael Egnew
Davis is huge at 6'7 and Clay is a combo TE/FB. Davis and Clay will take a huge wait off the WR core as they can both catch and can both block effectively to help Reggie get into open field where he is electric.
OL - Starters- LT Long LG Incognito C Pouncy RG Moore RT Volmer Backups - LT Murtha LG Jerry C Nagy RG Brooks RT Martin
The starting 5 of the Miami Dolphins OL is very good. The whole right side is new and they will take some bonding to get used to. The former starters of Brooks and Martin werent getting the job done so they got demoted however they have great chemistry and if the right side struggles look for those 2 to be reinstalled as starters
DL - Starters - LE Odrick DT Starks Soliai RE Wake -Backups - LE Jones DT Hanesworth Randall Chapman Randall RE Vernon
The starters are VERY GOOD. Starks Soliai and Hanesworth are 3 very good Dts and can stuff the middle. Wake is an elite pass rusher as is Jones. Odrick can play the run and the pass. Chapman and Randall are learning from the best as is Vernon dont expect a fall off at DL from the Dolphins for awhile.
LB - Starters - LOLB Kevin Burnett MLB Dansby ROLB Thomas Davis Backups - MLB Gooden/ Carder LOLB Misi/ Kaddu ROLB Freeny
The starting 3 LB are very talented. Davis is injury prone but is special when he plays. Dansby and Burnett are solid but at the tail ends fo their career. Gooden and Carder are the Future at MLB for the Fins both and very active and could start if an injury occurs or Dansby struggles. ROLB Freeny is young and learning
DB- Starters - CB Sean Smith Richard Marshall FS Clemons SS Jones Backups - CB Carrol/ Carmichael/ Delgado FS Johnson SS Saint
The secondary is average at best. Smith could be special but the rest are just role players looking to be improved upon
2013 Kansas City Chiefs Team Preview
My, oh my how swiftly things can change in the NFL. After starting out the season 2-5 the Chiefs rode an improbable run of 7-2 to finish the season 9-7 and win the AFC West. The Chiefs SHOULD have been undefeated in the division but a simtrastrophe (after being up 20 points with 5 minutes left to go) robbed them of a ten win season. But the Chiefs rode a dominant defensive unit and newly acquired QB Michael Vick all the way to the AFC Championship game where they were a play away from playing in the Super Bowl. All the main pieces are back this year, but some key contributors are gone. The Chiefs have a ton of talent but one key injury could see their season plummet.
Stay tuned to find out if the Chiefs have glory or failure this year.
QB: Michael Vick, Ricki Stanzi
Oh lawdy could things escalate quickly. Vick struggled to begin with, moving from Philadelphia to KC. But man when he figured out the offense, he came on fire late. His stats of 2959 yards passing for 22 TD's and 18 INTs don't show just how critical Vick was to the Chiefs down the stretch. If he plays this season like he did during the playoffs and the end of last season, the Chiefs could definitely make some more noise. If he gets hurt... the wheels could pop, nay EXPLODE, off the KC bandwagon.
HB: Jamaal Charles, Cyrus Gray, Shaun Draughn
Charles had himself a fairly productive year with 1,098 yards and 11 TD's, with a further 360 yards receiving. An important issue will be whether Cyrus Gray can step up into the backup role and keep Charles fresh, a task that departed Peyton Hillis did admirably.
FB: Ahmad Hall
Hall was signed after the Chiefs let Bannon go last year. It's hoped that he'll be able to deliver less oh-le blocks to opposing LBs and give Charles more room to run.
WR: Dwayne Bowe, Jonathan Baldwin, Steve Breaston, Dexter McCluster, Devon Wylie
A solid group for the Chiefs as they had two receivers at the 1,000 yard mark (well, Bowe had 1,082 yards and Baldwin had 999 yards) and another at the 608 mark. Bowe, Baldwin, and Breaston are probably one of the best combinations in the league with Bowe as a great possession WR, Baldwin a red zone threat, and Breaston with great route running. McCluster can stretch the field vertically out of 4 WR sets and also handles return duties.
TE: Bronson Gallon (R), Kyle Boss, Tony Moeaki
Gallon is the lone starter from this year's draft class. Gallon brings some vertical threat to this group, with his 6-6 frame, 88 speed, and 80 Catching. Gallon does need to work on his blocking but that should be a decent fix.
All three TEs are good enough that 3 TE sets aren't out of the question.
Offenisve Line: Branden Albert, Ryan Lilja, Rodney Hudson, Jon Asamoah, Eric Winston
There might be more talented lines out there, but there probably isn't an offensive line that is as talented and young as the Chiefs' hogmollies. With the lowest OVR of 84, and plenty of youth, look for these guys to be the strength of the team with good depth along the line.
Defensive Line: LE Tyson Jackson, DT Dontari Poe, RE Glenn Dorsey
Traditionally in a Zone Blitz 3-4, the D-line is supposed to hold down blocks and free up the LBs. A task that this line excelled at, but they didn't settle just for being space eaters, as these three combined for 35 tackles for loss, and 17 sacks. Dontari Poe had a long injury in the middle of last season that inhibited his growth. But his play late in the season prevented the Chiefs from looking at DT in the draft. Looking for another solid year out of this group.
Linebackers: LOLB Justin Houston, ROLB Tamba Hali, ILBs Derrick Johnson, Leon Williams
The Chiefs have a legitimate argument to one of the best linebacking corps in the NFL. Houston exploded last season for 17 sacks, with Hali adding 6 of his own. Houston and Hali also had 30 and 24 tackles for loss last season, terrorizing opponents backfield. But the unquestioned leader of these LBs was Johnson with his 105 Tackles and 38 TFL, 7 Sacks and 2 INTs.
Williams is an unproven commodity but has great talent around him to help him perform, though the Chiefs might be checking the waiver wire to pick up a better option.
Cornerbacks: Brandon Flowers, Stanford Routt, Javier Arenas, Darius Butler
On paper this group is nothing special, but looks can be deceiving. On the field these guys excel at the zone schemes necessary to make sure that the Chiefs don't get shredded when they bring pressure, as they often do. Flowers, Routt and Arenas were all great at playing the ball in the air and making receivers lives difficult. Butler was a free agent signing to help the Chiefs in dime packages.
Safeties: FS Kendrick Lewis, SS Eric Berry
Lewis is probably the weak link in this defense but doesn't have to do much to succeed. Just can't let anyone behind him. Berry has all the tools to be a Troy Polamalu like figure for the Chiefs and certainly lived up to his billing last season. Both need to get a hair better at zone coverage, but otherwise are a solid group.
Admit it: you were scared I'd make it to the Super Bowl.
2013 Green Bay Packers QB: Aaron Rodgers, Matt Moore (PENDING), BJ Coleman I did play one preseason game and Rodgers felt like his usual accurate self but I didn't really feel like I had enough time to accurately say how he is. All I know is I need to be smarter with my passes to avoid another season like the last. Matt Moore will hopefully be our new backup QB to Rodgers should he come out or need to come out, he fits the West Coast offense excellently. And then we get to BJ Coleman who threw 4 or 5 picks to the Bears that allowed them to come back and beat us, including 2 consecutive pick sixes, almost three. He is riding the bench again and may possibly be cut. HB/FB: Join Noel, James Starks, Alex Green, John Kuhn I'm liking the looks of this squad. Again in the preseason game I wasn't able to gauge Rookie HB Noel in the running game but he did make a couple of nice receptions during the later quarters. James Starks had a heck of a game though with over 150 yards rushing and a pair of TD's. Hoping to get him in on the action more this season as I try to implicate a 2 back system. Green and Kuhn weren't utitlized much but I hope Kuhn can be a surprise player at times. WR: Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Randall Cobb, Lenny Owens Once again this will probably be the staple of our offense. With Donald Driver retiring and Antonio Bryant going back to Free Agency, the Packers drafted a young WR in Owens and he showed promise in the preseason game with a handful of catches and a TD reception. The top four seemed better to me with Cobb showing better ball handling and even took a punt back for a TD in preseason. TE: Jermichael Finley, Bo Scaife, DJ Williams, Andrew Quarless I forgot I had four TE but I am paranoid I will lose Scaife and Finley to injury. In the past Williams and Quarlass have proven they are worth keeping around. Finley and Scaife will probably be a big part of my short passing game this season but I want them to contribute more to the rushing attack as well. O Line: A few new faces brought in from FA but we have some familiar faces in Bulaga and Sitton who I would hope help out the new guys get used to the system here in GB. My goal is to use their XP to improve run blocking. D Line: BJ Raji, CJ Wilson, Ryan Pickett These guys have all improved a bit since last season and I hope they are ready to bring the pressure. We drafted a good DE in Brandon Scott who comes in at 79 overall and is ready to come in whenever we use 4 lineman packages. Backups also include Jerel Worthy and Rookie DT Jennings. MLB: AJ Hawk, Desmond Bishop, DJ Smith Loving this little group here as Hawk and Bishop have both been playmakers for me in the past and will surely continue that streak in the upcoming season. Smith showing some good play recognition in the preseason as he was able to come away with a sack and an INT. OLB: Clay Matthews, Nick Perry, Vic So'oto, Brandon Williams Matthews and Perry are the all out attacking 3-4 type of guys. Matthews was already making big plays in preseason and even SO Perry was in on a few plays. So'oto and Rookie Williams will most likely find themselves on the field at some point or another. CB: Tramon Williams, Sam Shields, Jarrett Bush, Davon House Ratings don't always say everything as these guys have made some big plays the past season and in past Madden releases. They do need to focus on covering the pass before making a big play as one of our issues was giving up big 3rd downs or huge TD passes last season, Coach also need to let the CPU control them at key times.... S: Charles Woodson, Morgan Burnett Woodson stuck around for another season and I hope he makes it one of his best because I have a feeling he will retire in the next season or two. Burnett needs to also step up a bit as he never seemed to be much of a factor last season. Special Teams: K Mason Crosby, P Tim Mathsay Returners: HB Noel, WR Cobb, CB Williams Expectations: I would like to see 8-9 wins this season. Playoffs are an outside chance but for now we focus on having at least a .500 team by the end of the season.
2013 Arizona Cardinals Preview
QB: Kurt Warner, John Skelton, Bradley Sexton
Kurt has a history here & led Arizona to the Super Bowl in 2009. Arizona has struggled at the QB position since Warner's retirement. The old ball slinger has came out of retirement and we gladly welcomed him back & hope it settles things down at that position for at least this season. Skelton has made progressions but not consistently enough to win ball games. We also gave Kevin Kolb the axe when we drafted Bradley Sexton. Sexton should be a solid QB for years to come, but he will not get the keys to the car right now.
HB: Beanie Wells, Ryan Williams, Jerious Norwood
Beanie went for over 1,000 yards last year....somehow. Our o-line is suppose to be better but with the performance they put up against Denver in the week 1 preseason game, it seems a lot worse. Beanie will need to take what he can get, he's not speedy or shift, just a straight power runner. Williams is speedy but has a problem holding on to the football, as does Wells as times. Norwood is a simple depth pick up we made. He probably won't see the field unless we have something catastrophic happen.
WR: Larry Fitzgerald, Mike Williams, Michael Floyd, Andre Roberts, Early Doucet
Fitzgerald has stayed loyal to the town of Arizona...for some reason. We scooped up Mike Williams last preseason and stuck a franchise tag on him this year. Michael Floyd has so much potential but the young WR will need to learn to make clutch grabs. He'll be 20 yards wide open and drop the easiest of balls and the next play snag one in double coverage. Roberts & Doucet don't see the field much, Roberts has good hands while Doucet has speed but no hands.
TE: Michael Palmer, Rob Housler
This one will raise question marks I'm sure. We had Todd Heap last year and he came up big in the few wins we got. He's gaining some age and we didn't offer him a great extension so he decided to explore free agency & we let him go. Housler isn't great at blocking but the guy is fast as all get out. If he catches the ball, he turns it into good yardage, but he also has his share of drops. Michael Palmer will enter his 5th year in the NFL after serving 4 years under great Atlanta Falcon Tony Gonzalez. Palmer is a former Clemson Tiger so it was a no brainer for Coach Eidson to snag him up.
O-Line: Lyle Sendlein, Adam Snyder, Daryn Colledge, Levi Brown, Stephen Heyer
Sendlien simply can't get hurt. We don't have any depth behind him. He's an 80 OVR solid center. He was undrafted out of Texas and will enter his 7th season with the Arizona Cardinals.
At the guards, Colledge & Snyder are both mid 80 OVR's and solid but they can get better. Snyder is from the University of Oregon , drafted by the 49ers in 2005 and this will be his 2nd season with the Cardinals. Daryn College will take on his 3rd season with Arizona after serving 5 years in Green Bay.
Levin Brown is a stud, he's still some what young but behind him we are inexperienced or just not very good. We scooped up Stephen Heyer in the pre-season and hope to bring a little better blocking to our left side. Behind Heyer we have rookie draft pick Randall Purcell. Purcell came in at 70 OVR so there is definitive promise to him, but only time will tell
Linebackers: Daryl Washington, Daryl Smith, Sam Acho, Adrian Davis
Pretty solid at this position. Daryl Washington is an 85 MLB, great pursuit & run stopper. Needs to improve in the passing game. Daryl Smith was a free agent and we went after him pretty hard. He's an older player but you can never turn down veteran leadership or the experience he has. Sam Acho isn't rated very good (78) but last year he seem to make a bunch of plays. Rookie Adrian Davis was our 1st round draft pick from Virginia Tech. This guy will be a stud. He can flat out FLY. He's fast enough to where I would consider letting him return kicks & punts. He just needs to get better at everything else.
D-Line: Dan Williams, Fred Robbins, Dockett, Calais Campbell, Vonnie Holliday
Another group that doesn't concern me at all. They did get pushed around pretty good by Denver in the preseason opener but hopefully they were just rusty. Williams is a young stud. I'm not sure if we're going 3-4 or 4-3 this year. Last year we ran the 4-3 and we picked up the old man Fred Robbins. He's solid and clogs holes. If we go 3-4, he'll start. Dockett needs no explanation, everyone knows who he is. Calais Campbell has a bright future, this guy is a flat out beast. Vonnie Holliday is a solid back up also.
Corners: Patrick Peterson, Nate Clements, Greg Toler, William Gay
Peterson will absolutely piss me off every game & then he'll do something amazing. It seems when we need a stop, he's the one that gets beat. He's so talented & fast though that I can't bring myself to ship him elsewhere. We also brought in Nate Clements. Toler made some plays last year so we kept him around & William Gay is hit or miss. Only going to carry 5 CB's on the roster so I need these boys to stay healthy also.
Safeties: Kerry Rhodes, Adrian Wilson
Another solid unit, Rhodes 85 OVR and Wilson is a 90 OVR. They need to make more plays, simple as that. They do a good job but my offense struggles and we need to force some turnovers & make some plays. As I write this team preview, it amazes me how bad my defense is when I look at all the talent we have.
Kicker/Punter: Jay Feely, Dave Zastudil
Feely is good, Zastaudil is average and based off the preseason, they can't do each others jobs.
Hopefully we win more games then we did last year. I know last season we fought a lot of teams close & even upset a few teams that were in the playoffs. Somehow beat Atlanta & Minnesota which was a solid win, those two ended up in the post-season. I'll have to take a peak at our schedule before I make any predictions but I know we were close in some games last year but we couldn't make the throws to win games. Kurt Warner should be able to do that.
The team returns all starters from last year along the offensive line as well as keeping plenty of depth (unlike the real team). We added a solid piece in LG Bruce McLain out of Michigan. Although we paid heavily to keep 86 OVR Max Starks, we will possibly start Mike Adams this year. We really think he has the potential to develop into a solid lineman.
Running the rock this year will be Rashard Mendenhall who is signed for a few more years. We added Tashard Choice to give us some depth at the RB position. Chris Rainey has now moved into the #2 slot on the depth chart and he will spell Mendenhall and we will see if he truly fits in with this roster. After a solid rookie campaign mostly as 3rd down back and return specialist, we need to see what he can do running the ball.
Our wideouts from last year all return and this is a very deep group. Our #1 and #2 in Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown are as good as they come. Emanuel Sanders and Jericho Cotchery also return this year and either will play in the slot. Finally... although we probably didn't need him, we also added Brian Hartline. It's nice to have depth, and this is one of the deepest in football.
Heath Miller returns and will get the bulk of the receptions. But this year, David Paulson will move to the #2 spot on the depth chart. He has great pass catching skills, but in run blocking needs a lot of coaching. Finally, Wesley Suanders is still here.
"Big Ben" is here as he will retire a Steeler. He had an excellent year last year finishing near the top of the league in QB Rating. He also threw for over 30 TD and limited his INT. Unfortunately, the depth on offense stops here. As rookie QB Tom McKenzie is tentatively second on the depth chart.
We have a lot of depth on the offensive line, at WR and at TE in case the injury bug hits us. Although our offensive line certainly can use more talent, it is as good as last year and 7 had a great year as did "Mendy". Our weakness is certainly our depth at QB as well as running back. Can Chris Rainey be a good between the tackles runner? Or will he always be a slasher and pass catcher on 3rd downs? Will the team add another QB to the roster? Overall, I like our team and feel that we are in great shape again offensively.
Casey Hampton is gone at Nose Tackle and this leaves a pretty big void. Alameda Ta'Amu and Darius Oliver will be the guys at Nose Tackle and they both have the size and strength to stuff the run, is their football IQ enough? Our defensive ends are thin. But we like both starters in Cameron Hayward and Ziggy Hood. They are very capable. We only carry one backup DE and that is Al Woods, who actually has some potential. Nothing special, but a solid C rated player.
Easily the strength on this team, it got even better via the draft. Evan Lockett immediately steps in beside Lawrence Timmons making running up the middle tough. Stevenson Sylvester, Mortty Ivy and former 'Cane Sean Spence are all slotted in backup roles and each had plenty of play time last year. At outside linebacker, Woodley and Harrison both return and are still excellent players. Woodley led the team with 12 sacks last year, and we expect more of the same this year. Jason Worilds is a competent backup rated 77 OVR and is a very good player. Combined with Chris Carter and Frantanzy head, this is a deep corps.
Showing just how little faith we have in our secondary we currently field 6 cornerbacks. Ike Taylor is penciled in as our #1. But after that, it's a toss up. Preseason will show us who wants to start for this team. Keenan Lewis, Cortez Brown and MannY Morales (rookie) are the favorites in order, but we also need to get a look at Terrence Fredrick.
Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark both return this year and add veteran leadership and excellent football IQ to the secondary. But we replaced some of the other depth which wasnt very good and added a quality backup in James Sanders. We like everything about Sanders and feel he gives us a lot of quality if someone gets hurt.
The strength of this team will always be the linebacker corps and this year is no exception. We feel confident in this group and have so much depth, we do not expect to address this at any time soon. Our defensive line has great size and strength but needs to mature quickly with the loss of Casey Hampton. The secondary has solid pieces, but no true shutdown corner. We will mix and match here as we did last year, and we had a big suprise out of Cortez Brown last year. Hopefully we get more of the same. With veteran leadership behind them, and playing a primary zone blitz scheme, we think this defense will be a little better than last year.
We finished last year 9-7. We won some games we shouldn't have, but lost some we should have won. This year we really expect to make the playoffs. We cannot get complacent and have to be focused and determined week in week out. We have to avoid splitting with Cincy and Baltimore and we need a clean sweep of the division for a playoff shot. Financially? We have little cap room and won't add much during the year. We can use another QB in case Ben gets hurt, but outside of that we are going to roll the dice with the roster we have now. As we are always looking ahead to the draft, we feel that our needs are: CB and Offensive Line. We can use a stud at each position and will scout heavily here.
Prediction: 10-6, wildcard
Vikings Announce #2 Receiver
Minnesota Head Coach Kasper has announced who the number 2 receiver will be opposite of Percy Harvin, and it is a guy that just signed this week. Rookie WR Antonio Simon out of Nebraska exploded for 183 yards in preaseason action against the Philadelphia Eagles and snatched the spot out from Greg Childs and Daniel Gibbons. The 6'4 215 pound deep threat from Lincoln went undrafted (I would assume?) and Coach Kasper noticed him sitting in the free agency pool while looking for young talent. He weighs out with 99 speed, 99 agility, 78 acceleration, 85 juke, 84 spin, 90 jumping, 78 release, 80 route running, 82 spectacular catch, 76 catch in traffic, and 71 catching- impressive numbers for a guy sitting around without a job. He needs some polish in areas as he is listed as a 65 overall in Minnesota's offensive scheme, but coaches are confident the sky is the limit for him.
"We added some nice young guys so far with Antonio Simon and Dashawn Clark from Duke. Both need work in areas but have raw ability in areas that we can use. I'm looking for Simon to have a great season and really burst onto the scene. It should really help open things up for Percy- let alone our potent running game that is even better with the addition of Steve Slaton to compliment Toby Gerhart and Adrian."
The afforementioned Clark is a nice looking prospect who has 85 man coverage and good speed and quickness-- he will likely be the 4th CB in the rotation behind Winfield, Ross, and Josh Robinson.
I was hoping like hell none of you would go look him up when I put in for his waiver claim. Was sweating bullets until Dru announced I could sign him!
Jesus... this guy was a FA? Glad I dont need a WR
Best part was it only cost me 500k!
and you sir have made me want to revisit the FA
Chicago Bears Team Preview - same team, same coach, I expect much of the same result as last year.
Says the guy who scored 50 points in his preseason game.
When the starters were in I was losing 21-0. My roster isn't really noticably better than last year due to my fuck-ups/absence on draft day, I am likely looking at another 4-6 win season I think.
BTW - I was glad to see I was right about Stacey Knight being the better of the two top 10 QB's. Kid looks like a stud, you should have fun running (literally and figuratively) with him.
If he can hold on to the ball and doesn't get broken.
When we play.
NEW YORK GIANTS OVERVIEW: The New York Football Giants are coming off 2 consecutive world championships, and look to solidify their dynasty with another strong performance this season. While a 1-loss season will be impossible to top, there's no doubting the Giants' ability to make another run at the Lombardi Trophy. OFFENSE
Offensive Line: The Giants return all their offensive line starters ago. While the line held up well last season, much has been attributed to Eli's ability to get the ball out quickly. The unit will be bolstered by 2nd round draft pick Antwan Allen, who has future Pro Bowler written all over him. He looks to start at LT, David Diehl will play RT, David Bass at C, Chris Snee at RG, and Kevin Boothe at LG. Coach Mayernick still might move Diehl back to his natural position of LG, while shifting Will Beatty outside to tackle.
The Giants ran the ball with incredible effectiveness last season, as the tandem of Ahmad Bradshaw and David Wilson impressed. Both runners surpassed 1000 yards individually, and the two have only improved since. The Giants add a new RB as well, as rookie Mikhail Norrils is another explosive weapon and elite returner.
The Giants maintain the greatest WR duo in the league, Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. Ramses Barden has continued to progress, and will be utilized in 3 WR sets (with Cruz in the slot). Jerrel Jernigan and Reuben Randle are fighting it out for 4th on the depth chart.
Though Martellus Bennett isn't the most stellar on paper, I continue to be very pleased with his performance on the field. He is an excellent blocker and a big body who makes plays in the passing game. Travis Beckum and Adrien Robinson provide more athletic and explosive receiving threats, but are not nearly as well balanced.
To quote Deion Sanders: "I BELIEEEEE IN ELI". Manning solidified his status as an elite quarterback, and has proven he has the ability to win big games time in and time out. David Carr provides a steady option at backup.
This offense was outrageously good last season. I didn't lose all that much, all my players have progressed, and I've added a few pieces. I was very fortunate with injuries last season, so I can expect to take some lumps in that department this season. If I can keep most of my players healthy, this unit will again be balanced and successful.
Losing Osi and his replacement Andre Carter could prove a big blow, as it will limit the effectiveness of my 4 DE sets. I did, however, draft Rico Cox, who looks a very explosive pass rusher in the making. Tuck and JPP should continue to haunt QBs, while my depth at DT is outrageous. Chris Canty and Linval Joseph will start, but Shaun Rogers and Marcus Thomas are both capable of starting as well. The depth at DT should really help me down the road.
Last season, New York really struggled to find a consistent starter at MLB. Jacquian Williams, Keith Rivers, and Michael Boley all filled in at some point with varying success. The GMEN made it a priority to go out at grab a true MLB in the draft, and may have gotten that in Keon Finely. Finely is saavy and athletic, but has really struggled to get off blocks thus far in the preseason. Look for him to start, but be on a short leshe. Flanking Finely to start will be a combination of Rivers, Boley, Williams, and Mathias Kiwanuka. The Giants have incredible depth here as well.
Depth continues to be the theme here. Corey Webster is coming off a banner season, as Terrel Thomas and Prince Amukamara return as capable starters. 1st round draft pick Deion Brand looks to contribute right away. Rumor has it New York may be looking to deal one of their corners, but for now one can't help but be impressed with the depth of this unit.
Kenny Phillips is a budding superstar, while Antrel Rolle is a veteran with a few good years left. Chris Horton has been progressing fast as a backup, while Housain Abdullah and Will Hill fill in nicely as well when called upon.
Losing a key piece of my pass rush will hurt, but it shouldn't slow me down too much. The depth on my defense is remarkable, and should pay dividends down the stretch. I look for this unit to again fare quite well statistically, as they anchor another run by Eli and co.
It's no secret I went on a hell of a run last season, only dropping one game en route to an NFC title. Sadly, that Super Bowl was simmed, and it was against @bawvu, the one guy who beat me all season. Look for that to motivate my squad and avoid complacency, as I look to earn a legitimate title this season. I do believe there is too much talent in the NFC in the Lions, Falcons, Saints, and 49ers, so a repeat of the NFC title would come as a shock to me. I do believe I can and will win my division, but beating all those guys again just doesn't seem likely.
Prediction: 12-4, NFC East Champions
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