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Knowshon Moreno – Denver Broncos – Knowshon Moreno has ended his holdout, signed a big rookie contract and practiced about a week in the Broncos Training Camp. Now it’s been released that Knowshon Moreno will start the Broncos’ first preseason game.

Sounds like Knowshon Moreno is going to be a big part of the Denver Offense from Week 1 this year. Strangely, Denver Head Coach Josh McDaniels seems intent on offending the Broncos star players of the past, trying to trade the star quarterback and lying about it when asked directly by Jay Cutler, then demoting Brandon Marshall to 2nd string offense the other day in training camp.

I guess all the stories about Knowshon Moreno being a character guy are true, or at least Josh McDaniels has been convinced of that.

Michael Crabtree – San Francisco 49ers – Word out of the Michael Crabtree camp is that Crabtree could continue his holdout into September. In my mind, that’s insane.

Why a rookie wide receiver decides he’s going to throw away his rookie season just astounds me. At least Michael Crabtree and his people have backed off the threat to sit out 2009 and reenter the NFL Draft in 2010. Now that would have been really crazy. I’m assuming numerous people with knowledge of the NFL told Crabtree there was no way he would be drafted as high in 2010 as he was in 2009, so he would lose not only a year of NFL money, but he would also lose millions of dollars sliding even further in the draft.

There’s always new players to get excited about in the NFL Draft, and NFL teams aren’t going to get more excited by Michael Crabtree if he is emotionally unstable enough to screw himself in order to screw the Niners.

Ironically, the reason Michael Crabtree is holding out is because he slid in the NFL Draft.

Many people thought Michael Crabtree would go 5th overall to the Cleveland Browns or 7th overall to the Oakland Raiders, but when the Browns traded down in the 1st (and leaked they didn’t like Crabtree’s personality anyway) and Al Davis overuled his scouts and drafted Darrius Heyward-Bey instead of the higher-rated (on the Oakland scout’s draft board) wide receiver out of Texas Tech, Michael Crabtree fell all the way to 10th in the NFL Draft.

The Forty-Niners were happy to draft Michael Crabtree, but Crabtree appears to have been p.o.’ed that he lost millions of dollars dropping from 5 to 10 in the draft. Now, he wants the San Francicso 49ers to pretend that he was drafted 5th or 7th overall and pay him “what he deserves“. Players are worth what they’re worth in the NFL. Star college players slide every year in the NFL draft, and those players are paid for the draft spot they’re selected.

The fact is, nine NFL teams had a chance to draft Michael Crabtree and nine NFL teams came to the conclusion that another college player would be more valuable to their team. So when the 10th NFL team decided Michael Crabtree was the best option available, his market was set. That might hurt his feelings, but Michael Crabtree has to be a man and be a professional and realise the time to make that argument is over.

Get in camp, learn the Niners Offense and prove those nine teams wrong. Play like the star you think you are and you’ll make plenty of money. You’re not going to make one cent more sitting home while the Niners are in camp, rookie!

Don’t get me wrong: this doesn’t have me too upset. I’m a Dallas Cowboys fan, so I don’t get too upset when the 49ers can’t get their act together.

Darrius Heyward-Bey – Oakland Raiders – Darrius Heyward-Bey is finally starting to catch balls in Raiders camp. Heyward-Bey had proven the scouts right by showing his questionable hands early in camp, dropping as many as 7 balls in 2 practices at one stretch. Despite that, Darrius Heyward-Bey was moved into the Raiders starting lineup and has been taking reps with the 1st team offense.

I can’t imagine that real NFL coaches would reward a rookie who can’t catch the ball with a starting spot, so I’m guessing Al Davis is working his magic behind the scenes. Good lord, I just can’t imagine what it must feel like being an Oakland Raiders fan through these years.

Chris Wells – Arizona Cardinals – Chris “Beanie” Wells has been looking better in solo drills and running drills as he’s trying to recover from his ankle injury sustained on the first practice of Arizona Cardinals training camp. It looks like Chris Wells probably won’t see action in the Cardinals first preseason game, but at least he appears to be well on the way to recovery.

Beanie Wells is one player I’m excited to see in the preseason, because (it’s my contention) you can tell more about rookie running backs in preseason than just about any other position (with the possible exception of linebacker). That’s because running back is such an athletic position, that you see a lot when you watch a running back against 1st team defense – simply seeing if they have the physical tools (speed, cutting ability, tackle breaking ability) to hang in the NFL.

Either way, I’m a little concerned about Chris Wells as an NFL star. While he has all the physical tools you would hope for, Beanie Wells seems to have a talent for nagging injuries that dates back to Ohio State. So when he gets hurt in the first practice of his rookie training camp, that doesn’t inspire confidence.

It’s almost too good to be true that a college star and 1st round running back lands on a high-powered Super Bowl offense that has been begging for a star RB, so I guess I keep expected the other shoe to drop. I imagine Chris Wells will go in 3rd and 4th rounds of many redrafts, and his ability to stay on the field long enough to learn the offense, get sharp and get productive could make or break many fantasy football seasons this year.



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