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Fantasy News of the Week- 8/10

Jordan

is looking the
part of back-up?

The last time

Lamont Jordan suited
up for an AFC East team was in 2004 when he averaged 5.2 yards per carry for
the New York Jets before departing for Oakland where he rushed for over 1000
yards the following season.

  Four seasons
later Jordan has found himself a new AFC East home, and he’s already making
himself comfortable; as a back-up!

 
According to the

Boston Globe

Jordan
has been seeing a lot of time in what the Patriots call the opportunity
period— a session for the less-experienced players who may not receive many
repetitions in practice.

  “It’s been
different in that I feel like a rookie all over again, almost,” The eight year
veteran said Thursday.

  “It’s not
something that I’m used to doing in my career, but it’s something I accept and
something I appreciate because it gives me another opportunity to show the
coaches what I can do. It gives me an opportunity to get better conditioning,
and an opportunity to learn the offense a lot better.” All those opportunities
may be paying off as somewhat evident by

Jordan’s
performance in the Patriots preseason 16-15 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

 

Jordan
rushed for a team high 76 yards on 19 carries, and even though it was against second
and third string players the Ravens were still the top rushing defense from a
year ago.

  As the preseason progresses I
would keep a close eye on Jordan, who may see some important carries during the
regular season, especially considering the injury bug that has bitten all three
running backs in years past currently ahead of him.

Rodgers is in a tough spot.

 

As if following

Brett Favre’s legacy
in

Green Bay isn’t hard enough
whether he’s retired or not, imagine having to deal with heckling fans who are on

your team while trying to remain focused.

 
According to

JSOnline this is
exactly what Packers quarterback

Aaron Rodgers
is dealing with right now.

  “My job is
going to be difficult either way,” Rodgers said. “There’s a lot of pressure
just being the starting quarterback in this league, and I’m still following
Brett’s legacy regardless of whether he’s here, retired or like he is in New
York now.

  There are high expectations on
myself and our team. I think it’s still going to be a difficult situation as
far as the pressure outside of this locker room that is put on me.”

As for the heckling home fans: “I understand
it to some point if I put myself into a Favre fanatic’s shoes,” Rodgers said of
getting booed. “The things I can’t understand, the things I really take
personally, is when I’m driving up to the (parking lot) gate and punching in my
punch code and somebody says (expletive) you to me. That kind of bothers me. Or
when a little kid is yelling swear words at me. That kind of gets to me.”

  The worse part about all this is while
Rodgers is receiving boos and getting sworn at by little Johnny on a daily
basis, Brett Favre is in New York being treated like a king as fans trade in
their green and gold number four jerseys for green and white.

  Now you tell me: Who has it bad now; Brett
Favre or Aaron Rodgers?

Note: Start pushing the likes of Thomas Jones, Jerricho Cotchery, and Laveranues Coles up your rankings, however be cautious when doing so.  Remember, that Brett Favre has to learn a different style of offense than he’s accustomed to, so it may take him a while to get dialed in.  This is the prime reason why so many thought Tampa Bay would be a better fit. 

Pennington slated to start in

Miami

.

The chain reaction of the

Brett Favre
trade to New York has reached Miami as the Dolphins have agreed to terms with
the recently released former Jets quarterback

Chad Pennington, and according to the

Miami Herald it looks as though Pennington will become the Dolphins
new starter almost immediately as he possesses the most experience.

  It’s no surprise that Pennington has now
landed in

Miami as he’s been in the
AFC East division for seven years and was originally drafted by the Bill Parcells
regime in 2000 when Parcells was coach of the Jets.

The battle for
the Chiefs number two wide receiver is heating up.

The Kansas City Chiefs have major question
marks at almost every offensive position, but none is more important than the
battle for the number two wide receiver spot opposite

Dwayne Bowe.

  According to
the

Kansas City

Star rookie

William Franklin
has looked very good throughout camp and he translated that to the preseason
opener against the Bears when he caught two key first half balls.

  On one of them he was lit up by safety

Brandon McGowan, but showed no
pain.

  “He’s a tough kid,” wide
receivers coach Eric Price said. “He got hit hard in the arm. It swelled up.
But he held on to make the catch. That’s the kind of play we need from him. He
came back later and caught another one.

  It was a good job for a guy getting in
there for the first time.”

  As for the
starter right now,

Jeff Webb— he
made a couple of nice catches as well, but seems to lack that big play ability
that the Chiefs are looking for.

  Neither
Webb nor Franklin is a good bet in re-draft formats, but

Franklin
could be a sleeper to be had in dynasty leagues.

 

Travis Wilson continues to rise to the occasion?

With

Joe Jurevicius
future in limbo the Cleveland Browns are desperately seeking someone to take
his spot in the wide receiver rotation; well at least for the start of the 2008
season that is.

  And while

Joshua Cribbs seemed to be the favorite
early in camp lately it’s been the

Travis
Wilson
show.

  According to the

Youngstown Vindicator

Wilson
has been practicing hard in camp and it showed in the Browns 24-20 loss on
Thursday to the New York Jets.

 

Wilson
made three nice longer catches, two of which help set-up ten offensive
points.

  “It feels great to do it in a
game,” said Wilson, who’s had a stellar camp. “I never want to be a T-shirt,
shorts [inactive] type of guy. Anyone can do that. But to come out here with
the pads on, I’ve always lived for these moments. I’ve become a better practice
player and it’s carried over to the field.”

 
While the third year player has no fantasy value in any format right now
if he continues to impress he may prove to be a nice waiver wire pick-up at
some point of the season, especially if Donte Stallworth has any trouble
staying healthy.

 

Camp

Quotes

Broncos coach Mike Shanahan on

Ryan
Torain
after he suffered a serious elbow injury.

  “He’s one of the most gifted running
backs I’ve been around for a long time,” Shanahan said Wednesday. “He is very
similar to Terrell Davis when he came in.”-

Denver

Post

Falcons wide receiver

Brian Finneran
talks about his return from two consecutive years of major knee issues.

“The odds are definitely stacked against me. So far I feel pretty
good. I’m making some plays out here. I hope I can do enough to stick around
for a year or two.” –

Atlanta

Journal Constitution

Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden commenting on trade rumors and

Jeff Garcia. “I’m sure Jeff
wasn’t real pleased with the reports and things of that nature,” Gruden
said. “At the same time, I feel at the end of the day hopefully he’ll
understand, and he knows we have a lot of respect for him and hopefully we can
get Jeff signed to a long-term deal, because he’s a hell of a quarterback.”

Tampa

Tribune

Quarterback

Kurt Warner comments
on coach Ken Whisenhunt’s decision to not play him in Thursday night’s game
against the Saints.

  “I just hope in
some way, shape or form, it doesn’t work against you in the competition part of
it,” Warner said. –

Arizona

Republic

Vikings pro bowl guard

Steve
Hutchinson
talks about the team chemistry this offseason.

  “The guys really got along well, and the
chemistry was good,” said Hutchinson, who came to the Vikings after

Seattle
failed to match an offer sheet extended to him in March 2006. “I think so
far, out of the three years that I’ve been here, so far this is shaping out to
be the best in that regard.” –

Minneapolis

Star Tribune

Shark Attack:

News Rundown

Eagles running back

Brian Westbrook
agreed to terms on a new contract on Friday in

Philadelphia……
Steelers back-up quarterback

Charlie
Batch
suffered what appears to be a broken collarbone in the second quarter
of Friday night’s game against the Eagles…… The Bears received bad news as
first round pick offensive tackle

Chris
Williams
may be out until November as he recovers from surgery to his back…….
The Texans parted ways with recently signed running back

Mike Bell already as he showed up out of shape and suffered a
hamstring injury early in camp…… The quarterback competition in San Francisco
remains wide open between

JT O’Sullivan
(the front runner),

Alex Smith and

Shaun Hill; all of which didn’t look
too good in the preseason opener against the Raiders……

  Finally the talk of the Shark Tank when it
comes to deep sleepers at wide receiver seems to be

Robert Meachem who put together a spectacular performance on Thursday
catching four passes for 129 yards and scoring a late touchdown from 60 yards
out.

 

If you have questions, comments or criticism please feel free to e-mail me
at e.huber12@yahoo.com.

 For all other feedback seek the Shark
Tank
.

 

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