DRAFT…BUT TEMPER EXPECTATIONS
MAURICE JONES-DREW-RB-JAGUARS- The Jags clearly do not have a very potent group of receivers, unless you consider Mike Thomas, Jason Hill, and Jarett Dillard ‘potent’… This should leave opposing teams to stack the box with regularity. Also, remember that MJD had a knee issue last year which forced him to have a procedure performed. As a result, he hasn’t had much preseason action. The danger signs are flashing on this back.
MICHAEL TURNER-RB-FALCONS- With a more pass heavy attack to a receiving corps which includes Roddy White, highly touted Julio Jones, and veteran Tony Gonzalez, not to mention the QB stud Matt Ryan, Turner’s production should , if you’ll pardon the expression, ‘take a hit’. His numbers dipped last year because of a groin injury which required post season surgery, and at age 29, we think Turner’s probable lighter load will make him ‘bust worthy’.
BRANDON LLOYD-W/R-BRONCOS- For starters, Lloyd has experienced swelling in his knee for a good part of the preseason. We don’t believe it will prove to be more than a red flag for now, but if you’ll recall Lloyd did have a severe PCL sprain back in 2008. What will have more of an impact on his numbers is coach John Fox, who has already stated that he wants more plays for Knowshon Moreno and Willis McGahee.
REGGIE WAYNE-W/R-COLTS- If you follow ‘The furnace’, you would have seen Wayne’s name listed in our August 20th post, “Players To Avoid Drafting”. Nothing has happened during the preseason to change our minds. All of the receivers are back AND healthy; Pierre Garcon, Dallas Clark, Anthony Gonzalez, and Austin Collie. Wayne did have 6 receptions for 105 yards in the Colts’ 3rd preseason game, but not all of the starters saw action and half of those yards came on an ugly blown coverage by the Packers.
MICHAEL VICK-QB-EAGLES- Vick missed 25% of the games last season due to injuries and when you take into consideration the way he plays, he certainly is vulnerable to injury at any time; any play. Additionally, the teams that Vick will play this year have had around seven months to screen miles of film and thus be more prepared to make adjustments. We would consider it a stretch for Vick to turn in a repeat performance this season. A ‘good one’, yes for sure. However, you’ll need to temper your expectations.