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JL’s Week 1 Observation Deck

First and foremost in Week 1 was the significant injury of Green Bay running back Ryan Grant. If you drafted him in the third round in your league, you are feeling the effects. It goes without saying; you should have drafted Brandon Jackson. If this injury was two seasons ago, I would not be confident in Jackson’s abilities to be an every down back; this season I am though. He didn’t light the world on fire against the Philadelphia Eagles, but showed good instinctive running and took everything the Eagles gave him. He is also a much better receiver than Grant, so if Jackson does get spelled carries, don’t be alarmed, as he will provide a little different aspect to the Green Bay backfield.

Huge win for the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night. That stadium was rocking. I know that because I was there. Problem is, many people were blinded by the win and didn’t notice how badly offensive coordinator Charlie Weis called the football game on offense. Matt Cassel averaged 3.1 yards per attempt. Weis is the most conservative coordinator in all the NFL. I was high on Dwayne Bowe’s outlook going into the season as far as him personally, but as I watched the Chiefs offense, Bowe will only be good in games in which the Chiefs are forced to throw in the second half because they are behind. I don’t see him anything more than a WR3 moving forward.

The most impressive wide receiver of the weekend to me was Anquan Boldin. It was not even the seven catches for 110 yards either. It was the way he caught the ball. Jumping catches, explosive out of his breaks and dangerous after the catch. He looked completely different in that game then the Boldin from 2009. I see him as completely healthy and happy. I am looking for him to finish with 90-100 catches and 1,200-1,300 yards, it is just a matter of how well he does in the red zone that will determine if he is very good or elite. After one week, he has jumped the likes of Brandon Marshall, DeSean Jackson and Calvin Johnson moving forward.

Don’t sleep on some quarterbacks who possibly could be available in free agency this week. Kyle Orton is a legit every week starter for your fantasy team, and can be counted on if quarterback was one of the last positions you drafted. Brandon Lloyd, Eddie Royal and Jabar Gaffney all looked very solid. Orton is being ridiculously undervalued, and has been all offseason. Vince Young and David Garrard are also guys who can start in larger leagues and be key pickups if you were counting on Kevin Kolb or Matthew Stafford.

If you watched the New England Patriots game this past weekend, you noticed two things. Tom Brady is back. And Fred Taylor is the guy to own in their backfield. I am not encouraging Taylor as an every week starter, but he is a solid RB3. He could of been drafted very cheaply and possibly can be had still in a trade for someone who carries the ball much less.

In Jacksonville, we have a new No. 1 wide receiver, folks. Mike Thomas will undoubtedly lead the team in catches. Mike Sims-Walker will still make some big plays, but as you saw in 2009, his consistency is simply not there. Thomas runs shorter routes and it was obvious Garrard has faith in him.

Other No. 1 wide receivers for various team have started to emerge as well. Mark Clayton in St. Louis looked like he had been playing with Sam Bradford for years. Mike Williams in Seattle looked like he will be a consistent target of Matt Hasselbeck. Nate Washington, although only being targeted four times, still is clearly the big play and go-to wide receiver for Vince Young. In Chicago, despite it only being one game, and I expect things to change on a weekly basis regarding their receiving core, Devin Aromashodu proved he is a notch above Devin Hester in the offensive pecking order. Say what you want about targets, playing time, etc., Aromashodu’s biggest fan is Jay Cutler.

Bold Predictions

Greg Camarillo picks up the Minnesota Vikings offense quickly and leads the Vikings in receptions at season’s end. The lack of outside threat, and seemingly lack of chemistry with Percy Harvin, will force Favre to throw to the reliable Camarillo and Shiancoe over the middle of the field.

Michael Vick is named starting quarterback for the Philaedelphia Eagles within the next four weeks. Ask Eagle fans who were at that game Sunday who they want as their starting quarterback.

Ahmad Bradshaw finishes with 265 total touches, 1,400 total yards and 10 touchdowns. Even after a horribly slow start, Bradshaw proved who is the best back in New York. The Giants will be a contender again, and the defense will not be of the swiss cheese style it was late in 2009. Bradshaw is the lead back for a team who will run the ball much more in 2010 than they did in 2009.

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