On the heels of a big win over the divisional rival Patriots, there are many candidates for Jets player of the game. Geno Smith, Antonio Allen, Jeremy Kerley; the official who made a pivotal 15-yard penalty call on the Patriots in overtime. But of all the people who were on the premises at MetLife stadium for yesterday’s game, it’s pretty clear who notched the “douchebag of the game” award.
As a Hofstra alumnus, it’s disappointing to see the idiot in this video wearing the jersey of Wayne Chrebet, who is a fellow Hofstra graduate. This is one of the most deplorable acts for a “man” to do and I really hope he ended up behind bars in New Jersey last night.
The long and arduous recovery process for Rob Gronkowski appears to be over. According to Gronkowski’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, Gronk has been cleared by all of his doctors (the last being Dr. James Andrew) to return to game action this Sunday vs. the Jets. While you can probably expect Gronk to be on a snap count, he’s immediately a top-of-the line TE1 this week, even more so with Jimmy Graham on the bye. After enduring four surgeries to his left forearm along with back surgery, the Patriots have expressed extreme caution with their star tight end, which led to conflicting reports on Gronk’s timetable to return. With Gronkowski receiving clearance for this weekend, Patriots fans and fantasy owners alike can look forward to the season debut for one of the game’s most dynamic players.
San Diego Chargers RBs had quite the average disparity in fantasy drafts. Ryan Mathews was most frequently drafted between rounds 5-6, whereas newcomer Danny Woodhead went in the late rounds, or undrafted altogether. After the first four weeks, the production doesn’t justify the draft positions. Woodhead has hauled in 22 receptions for 162 yards and 2 TDs, while adding 90 yards on the ground. Mathews has run for 226 yards and has totaled 66 receiving yards and a TD on 7 receptions. In Mike McCoy’s offense, it’s no secret that Woodhead has a legitimate role.
With Philip Rivers revamping his career through McCoy’s uptempo offense, Woodhead has been a direct beneficiary. Coming over from New England, Woodhead is no stranger to tempo. His aptitude to pick up the fast-paced offense makes it an easy decision to keep him on the field during hurry-up situations. As San Diego’s primary pass-catching back, Woodhead’s snaps aren’t likely to come down in McCoy’s pass-heavy scheme.
Kenny Britt is no stranger to fines. One of his most comical incidents was when he took to his Instagram to complain about a fine he received for missing a rehab session.
In Britt’s latest charade, he took to twitter to let people know how he felt about his benching in Sunday’s game vs. the Texans, a decision the coaching staff chalked up to his lazy route-running and blocking.
See the tweet below:
The twenty-four-year-old Wide Receiver has been nothing but headaches since the Titans selected him 30th overall in the 1st round of the 2009 NFL draft. Britt has undergone knee surgeries on both knees and has been disciplined by the Titans a whopping eight times in just five years of service.
So where does that leave the Titans troubled wideout?
Britt is in the final year of his contract, leaving no doubt that the Titans will let him walk in free agency. But, the team might not even wait that long to pursue avenues to get rid of him. On the heels of his twitter stunt, I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Titans discipline him for next week’s game vs. the Chargers at home. Perhaps they bench him for some combination of the first series through the entire game.
Either way, the Rutgers product could be on the outs sooner, rather than later…
We’ve seen the struggles from the young, inexperienced receivers of the New England Patriots – and we’ve also seen the obsession with Rutgers University from Bill Belichick, as further exemplified by this year’s NFL draft.
Just as Britt is no stranger to fines, Belichick and the Patriots are no strangers to acquiring talented, but troubled players. Over the past decade, the Patriots have reached out to big-name players deemed to have “character issues.” While acquisitions like Corey Dillon and Randy Moss couldn’t have worked out any better, Albert Haynesworth and Chad Johnson couldn’t have gone any worse. Only providing late round draft picks for these “troubled” experiments, the Patriots consider it a low-risk, high-reward situation.
Obviously, I recognize the first refutation to the thought of a Britt-Patriots marriage is the off-season incident(s) regarding Aaron Hernandez. While this is a completely sensible defense, it is possible that the Patriots could at least kick the tires on a potential trade for Britt.
Lacking a Wide Receiver with Britt’s 6 foot 3 inch – 215 pound frame, the Patriots penchant for a successful passing game is dependent on inexperienced rookies in the likes of Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins, who have yet to grasp the playbook.
If Belichick’s patience runs out on his rookie wideouts, the solution could be another dip into the Rutgers pool of talent.
Julian Edelman – The harsh reality for us Patriots fans is that with Shane Vereen out for at least 4 weeks due to wrist surgery and Rob Gronkowski still not practicing in full, the Patriots receiving corps is leaning heavily on oft-injured Danny Amendola. Considering Edelman pushed the durable Wes Welker for playing time last year, until injuring his hand, Edelman has plenty of upside in a potent offense that has limited mouths to feed. Playing on a whopping 83 of 94 snaps on Sunday, Edelman finished with 7 receptions for 92 yards and 2 TDs. One of Tom Brady’s few familiar faces, Edelman should get plenty of targets moving forward. Still available in 24% of Yahoo leagues, Edelman is a must-add.
The Bottom Heist: Even if you’re in a 10-team league, you should be taking a look at Edleman. ESPECIALLY, if your league counts return yards. In standard return yards leagues of 20 yards per point, Edelman is a solid WR3 with back-end WR2 potential, if he can stay healthy.
Marlon Brown – Owned in 5% of Yahoo leagues and just 2% of ESPN leagues, Brown should be a popular add to owners’ WR charts in standard, deeper leagues. With Jacoby Jones sidelined from a sprained MCL, Brown will be the direct beneficiary in Jones’ absence. The undrafted free agent out of Georgia totaled 65 yards on 4 receptions and a TD in his NFL debut vs. the Broncos. Look for teams to lock-down Torrey Smith with double coverage moving forward, as Marlon Brown, not Dallas Clark (or Brandon Stokley) will get an influx of targets.
The Bottom Heist: Don’t worry about cast-offs like Brandon Lloyd coming in for work-outs and climbing ahead of Brown on the Ravens depth chart at WR.