Here’s a special preseason edition of 10 Names You Should Know. Let’s dive in!
1) Davante Adams (WR) Green Bay Packers – For the obvious reason of Jordy Nelson injuring his knee, Adam’s fantasy stock is now top-20 discussion worthy. Aaron Rodgers can make any wide receiver look good, and Adams has the talent to make it really worthwhile. Randall Cobb’s status has also gone up as the Packers’ true #1 wide receiver and target heading into the season.
2) Tyrod Taylor (QB) Buffalo Bills – Without having the top 3 WRs (Watkins, Woods, & Harvin) and top 5 RBs (McCoy, Jackson, Dixon, Williams, Brown) on the depth chart and playing in their game against the Browns, he moved the offense pretty well. He was playing with people that may not even make the team at the skilled positions! His quick release, high velocity throws, and ability to move will pay dividends compared to “game- manager” Matt Cassell and disappointing E.J. Manuel. He showed great promise leading the offense. Sure, they didn’t score any touchdowns while he was in there, but being able to move the ball down the field with the talent he had around him was very impressive. He is one that I believe will be the starter for the Bills come Game 1 against the Colts when the regular season starts. He offers more to the offense along with offensive coordinator Greg Roman who recently coached another mobile quarterback in Colin Kaepernick at San Francisco. If you are looking for a QB by committee approach, Taylor is worth a look, of course, given that he’s named the starter.
3) Derek Carrier (TE) Washington Redskins – In a minor trade, the Redskins acquired Carrier from the 49ers to shore-up the depth chart at the tight end position. Carrier has always been low on the depth chart in the past behind Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker when he was in San Francisco. With little competition on the Redskins depth chart, Carrier could emerge with a significant role.
4) Greg Olsen (TE) Carolina Panthers – After the Benjamin injury, Olsen is easily the No. 1 target now and that was visible in their game against the Dolphins. Newton looked for him on almost every snap. Olsen may be even more productive this year than last, as he’s the only true receiving option heading into 2015. Newton is going to be forcing the ball early and often to Olsen.
5) Jarrett Boykin (WR) Carolina Panthers – Take a chance on Boykin if you want to invest in a Panthers receiver late in your draft. He is the best all-around receiver currently on the roster and can play the possession receiver, is a red-zone target, and has the potential to be the #1 WR on the depth chart. He is the one I’m watching to step up.