August 30, 2016

 Yes, I watched every snap of Preseason Week 3. Yes, this is your Preseason Week 3 Team of the Week:



QB - Jameis Winston

RB - Ezekiel Elliott

WR - Mike Evans

WR - Josh Gordon

WR - Amari Cooper

TE - Jordan Reed

LT - Ronnie Stanley

LG - La'el Collins

C - Travis Frederick

RG - Kevin Zeitler

RT - Ju'wuan James



DE - Justin Trattou

DT - Grady Jarrett

DT - Javon Hargrave

DE - Chris Jones

OLB - John Simon

ILB - Hayes Pullard

OLB - Dekoda Watson

CB - Kendall Fuller

FS - Anthony Levine

SS - Reshad Jones

CB - Deiondre' Hall



K - Steven Hauschka

P - Thomas Morstead

KR - Adam Humphries



-How screwed are the Cowboys without Romo? Put me in the minority, but I don't think his injury is all that detrimental to Dallas. And no, it's not because I am riding full steam ahead on the Dak train, it's just that... Well... Romo was entering a season at 36 years old after multiple back/collarbone surgeries and I'm just not convinced he is the player that he once was, even before this latest setback. Expect the Cowboys to ride Zeke hard, which they were going to do anyway, and just let Dak make the smart, easy completions.


-The Miami Dolphins let CBs Brent Grimes and Jamar Taylor walk and spent draft capital to acquire injury-prone veteran Byron Maxwell and inconsistent CB Xavien Howard. Grimes has been extremely impressive in Tampa Bay early this preseason and Jamar Taylor is carving out a starting role over Tramon Williams and recently-released K'Waun Williams in Cleveland. There is plenty of time to see this scenario play out, but early returns certainly suggest that the Dolphins did not conduct very smart business when it comes to the cornerback position.


-Getting acclimated to the speed of the NFL game is hard enough, and when you miss time for injury, it only makes it that much more difficult. The Atlanta Falcons must have let out a collective sigh of relief when they learned that first-round SS Keanu Neal's knee injury was only going to sideline him for about 4 weeks, but that's 4 weeks that are integral to Neal's development as a leader in the secondary in Dan Quinn's defense.


-The Colts had to pull Andrew Luck earlier than expected after his offensive line's lackluster play almost put him in a bodybag. Rookie C Ryan Kelly struggled to keep penetration out of the middle and a knee injury to Jack Mewhort only added fuel to the dumpster fire. Andrew Luck is going to have to do everything to make this Colts offense move, and that's not a good thing. Don't be surprised if the Colts end up in the basement of the AFC South this season.


-One player I wouldn't bet against making the #Patriots 53 man roster? Undrafted rookie CB Cre'von LeBlanc. The Florida Atlantic gem has played lights-out football for New England this preseason and Bill Belichick seems to be really high on him.


-What happened to the Jaguars prolific offense? Luke Joeckel got a baptism by fire from Geno Atkins in his LG debut and Blake looked out of sync with his receivers, with Cris Colinsworth spending half the broadcast explaining that his delivery and mechanics are, in fact, bad. Thanks for making that a thing now, Cris. The positive? Kelvin Beachum, who suffered a torn ACL in the first half of the 2015 season, made his debut and did a respectable job in his first action since the injury.


-The Bengals need to extend RG Kevin Zeitler sooner rather than later. Zeitler was instrumental in carving out enormous holes for the Bengals RBs against Jacksonville and the free agent-to-be will likely be a hot commodity if he hits the open market following this season.


-The Chiefs are going to be faced with some difficult cuts at the WR position when it comes down to the 53 cut. I think only one roster spot is available between D'Anthony Thomas and Tyreek Hill, and Hill has flashed some more ability as a wide receiver this preseason in addition to making some splashes in the return game. If Thomas does get released, I would imagine another team scoop him up pretty quickly to handle return duties.


-It's only a matter of time before rookie S KJ Dillon carves out a bigger role in the Texans defense. Dillon made his presence felt against Arizona, registering 8 tackles. Quentin Demps and Andre Hal are above him on the depth chart, but both are average players at best.


-Wade Phillips can make anyone good. Journeyman OLB Dekoda Watson notched 2.5 sacks against the Rams and is playing like this is his last chance in the NFL after spells with Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, Dallas, and New England. The Broncos are deep at OLB, but Watson's production simply can't be ignored at this point.


-Ravens found an absolute steal in OLB Matt Judon. Judon saw an increase in meaningful snaps against Detroit and again proved to be too much to handle for opposing offensive lineman, registering a sack fumble and constantly pressuring the QB. I wouldn't be surprised if Elvis Dumervil starts getting phased out by Judon as the season progresses.







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