Fantasy Football Camp Notes
New Orleans Saints Camp Notes
The current wide receiver depth with the New Orleans Saints has the expected Marques Colston and Lance Moore as the starters, with Devery Henderson as the 3rd wide receiver and Robert Meachem as the 4th man on the depth chart.
Keep an eye on the 3rd receiver battle, though, because word is that Devery Henderson is dropping balls again, while the light seems to have finally come on for Robert Meachem. Meachem, a former 1st rounder, has finally learned the playbook after 3 years and is said to be impressive in camp so far. He could supplant Devery Henderson as the #3 man, which gives Robert Meachem value as a late-rounder in the powerful New Orleans Saints Offense.
Reggie Bush News
Meanwhile, Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas have both looked impressive in the backfield. Reggie Bush left the field yesterday early, but he claims he was just icing his knee and “maintaining”. Bush had offseason surgery to repair torn cartilege in his knee, so any knee concerns become a big story in training camp. Mike Bell appears to be the #3 running back in New Orleans, for those looking for the every down handcuff for Pierre Thomas – or for those cousins of Mike Bell out there.
Green Bay Packers Camp Notes
Aaron Rodgers is looking sharp in Green Bay Packers Camp, and he threw a couple of deep balls to James Jones yesterday. Aaron Rodgers is being listed as a Top 3 quarterback in 2009, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Rodgers justify those picks. The Green Bay Packers played with bad karma last year and Rodgers upheld his part of the bargain.
Still, expect to see the Packers Defense struggle early in the season, learning a new defensive system.
Meanwhile, Cullen Jenkins, who was on pace to have a 10-sack season for the Green Bay Packers at DE last year before going on IR in Game 4, is back and looking quicker than ever. Cullen Jenkins would be a nice sleeper in IDP fantasy leagues if the Packers weren’t moving to a 3-4 Defense, which will probably require Jenkins to rush the passer less and take on blockers more as a 3-4 defensive end.
If you have big injuries along your IDP defensive line, keep in mind there are the occasional 3-4 ends with pass-rushing ability (such as Richard Seymour in years past) who post solid numbers in individual defense player fantasy leagues.
Dallas Cowboys Camp Notes
Miles Austin is still looking solid in Dallas Cowboys Camp. So far, Miles Austin has been the Cowboys’ most impressive receiver in training camp – which is certainly an indictment of Roy Williams. Early talk in OTA’s for Roy Williams was that cornerbacks were talking big and playing well, and Roy’s body language (and route running) was all wrong.
That talk has quieted down once camp started, but one media member reported the ominous notes the other day that Cowboys’ offensive coaches still haven’t found “the right plays” for Roy Williams. That sounds really bad this late in the game.
Martellus Bennett is looking good and could be a big part of the Cowboys offense. Remember the Cowboys employ an h-back more often than a fullback, so Martellus Bennett is a starter and NOT simply Jason Witten’s backup. Speaking of Witten, word out of camp is that Tony Romo continues to force the ball into Witten. Old habits die hard.
Meanwhile, Sam Hurd has won “Play of the Day” twice in the Cowboys first week of camp, while Patrick Crayton has looked solid.
Also, Crayton, who played quarterback in his senior year of college, may or may not be running as the Wildcat option for the Cowboys. One local media member was heard joking that, “Remember, Patrick Crayton throws the ball left-handed,” indicating that Crayton was throwing the ball on some plays for the Cowboys. (I had expected Isaiah Stanback to be the Wildcat option, but I guess the former 4th rounder really is a complete wash.)
Dallas Cowboys Running Backs
Also, all the running backs have been looking top flight, while Felix Jones has been catching the ball really well out of the backfield. Despite catching only 2 balls in limited duty last year, expect to see Felix Jones as a receiving threat in Dallas in 2009.
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