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OTA Summaries

Organized team activities are winding down as full-fledged training camps are right around the corner. It’s time to regurgitate and reiterate these stories as many times as possible.

ARIZONA CARDINALS

Andre Ellington

is either a 30-touch running back, a running back that will be pulled at the goal line, part of a committee or a guy that might not survive the season if he’s given the ball more. It all depends on which beat reporter is asking coach Bruce Arians the same question that day.

ATLANTA FALCONS
– Can
Devonta Freeman

overtake
Steven Jackson

for the starting job?
Jacquizz Rodgers

had a cooler sounding name but “Devonta” isn’t too shabby in its own right.
Steven Jackson

is just way too boring of a name to be good any more. I can only assume this will be the focal point on this season’s Hard Knocks.

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Ray Rice

is so sorry for that surveillance video ever being released and causing a distraction. Who knew the Ravens’ off-field problems would increase after
Ray Lewis

retired?

BUFFALO BILLS
– Who wants to buy the Bills? Hockey owners, former rock stars, toupee wearing real estate moguls and now the owner of Pabst Blue Ribbon. Hipsters are going to love wearing Bills t-shirts.

CAROLINA PANTHERS
– This is Cam Newton’s team now because a past-his-prime 35-year-old receiver is not there anymore. Oh, and the offensive line is a huge question mark thanks to a flood of retirees. Good luck!

CINCINNATI BENGALS
– Only in Cincinnati can someone named the “Law Firm” (BenJarvus Green-Ellis) lose his job to someone with off-field issues (second-round draft pick Jeremy Hill). Hey-o! I’m here all week, tip your waitresses.

CLEVELAND BROWNS
– The one thing to talk about in Cleveland this offseason is the battle for the second inside linebacker job between incumbent
Craig Robertson

and rookie
Christian Kirksey

. It’s all anyone is talking about.

DALLAS COWBOYS
– Owner Jerry Jones’ free spending has left the Cowboys with very little depth at any position on defense, but especially at linebacker now that
Sean Lee

has been lost. So maybe the Cowboys should pay Dez Bryant a bunch of money right now.

DENVER BRONCOS
– How many other high school and college offenses will adopt Peyton Manning’s “Omaha” yelp? Let’s hear more about that and never talk about last year’s Super Bowl again.

DETROIT LIONS
– Mathew Stafford has matured so much this offseason. Sure, he didn’t work closely with a quarterback’s coach but at least he’s wearing his hat the right direction now.

GREEN BAY PACKERS

Eddie Lacy

is so awesome. He’s a three-down back! Maybe they should use him more this year. But enough about that, did you know
Aaron Rodgers

is dating Olivia Munn?

HOUSTON TEXANS

Andre Johnson

does not want to catch passes from any of the quarterbacks on that roster. Will they trade him? Will he renegotiate his contract? Will he hold out? Yes, is the answer to only one of these questions.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
– Billionaire Owner Jim Irsay needs rehabilitation. Irsay needs a stiff penalty. Irsay should be treated the same way as one of his employees. Suspensions!

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Blake Bortles

is the future but the future is definitely not now because the Jaguars have this guy
Chad Henne

who wasn’t that good before, not that good now and won’t be good in the future. Sounds like a great plan.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Alex Smith

wants to be paid like a star quarterback (which he’s not) and not like this decade’s version of Trent Dilfer (which he is).

MIAMI DOLPHINS
– Center Mike Pouncey has no regrets on how last season went and feels like he doesn’t need to attend the league-mandated mental health evaluation. Somehow these two statements are related. Let’s hear more about the different atmosphere in Miami.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS
– The desire to ease Teddy Bridgewater against the reality that
Matt Cassel

is the only other option should get the rookie on the field sooner than later. However, now we conveniently find out offensive coordinator Norv Turner wanted
Matt Cassel

last year. Timing!

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
– The Patriots don’t have a move tight end. If you haven’t heard, the last one turned out to be not that nice of a guy. It’s anyone’s guess how many times Patriots’ reporters will mention the lack of move tight end on the roster and how the brilliant coach Bill Belichick will play to his roster’s strength and simply put more receivers on the field. Just brilliant.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Jimmy Graham

is a wide receiver in the disguise of a tight end or a tight end in the disguise of a receiver. Is a holdout coming? Will the Saints set aside money in his contract for his goal post dunking? Will
Drew Brees

continue to throw him under the bus?

NEW YORK GIANTS

Eli Manning

is entering the decline phase of his career. Or, he just played hurt behind a bad offensive line with a lack of playmakers and will rebound this season. There will be no shortage of stories on both angles.

NEW YORK JETS
– It’s probably going to be pretty, pretty, pretty boring in Jets camp this year. Not much going on.

OAKLAND RAIDERS

Matt Schaub

is already throwing pick-sixes in organized team activities. That is not a joke. That actually happened. The
Derek Carr

love has already began.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
– Coach Chip Kelly is so dreamy. There are so many weapons on this team. Oh look, Jeremy Maclin is back and healthy. Zach Ertz is going to break out.
LeSean McCoy

is the best running back in the NFL. This offense is going to be so much faster in Year 2, says everybody.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS
– As the Steelers transition defensive leaders from Troy Polamalu to
Ryan Shazier
,
the only real loser is Head & Shoulders shampoo.

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS – Was Philip Rivers’ renaissance the work of coach Mike McCoy or offensive coordinator Ken Wisenhunt and quarterbacks coach Frank Reich?

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Vernon Davis

and Alex Boone want to get paid. Colin Kaepernick is due a big contract.
Frank Gore

has some baby mama drama.
Marcus Lattimore

is healthy (or not).
Aldon Smith

’s legal issue. Coach Jim Harbaugh’s contract is still unresolved. Pick a distraction, any distraction.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
– The Seahawks paid everyone this offseason (besides
Golden Tate

) and probably would have paid
Russell Wilson

if they were allowed to. Not much to drive you crazy here besides a chance at “repeat” talk. Until then, let’s just guess when the Seahawks will move on from Marshawn Lynch.

ST LOUIS RAMS

Michael Sam

stretching.
Michael Sam

running.
Michael Sam

with a helmet on.
Michael Sam

talking to the media. Repeat that loop endlessly.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
– Coach Lovie Smith is ready to get the Buccaneers fired up so they can underachieve like no other team can underachieve. The city of Tampa Bay isn’t ready for the battle royale that will be Mike Glennon vs. Josh McCown. Feel the energy!

TENNESSEE TITANS
– There is not much going on here, so let’s just talk about
Bishop Sankey

as much as possible. It will distract from anyone mentioning
Jake Locker

is being backed-up by a sixth-round rookie and
Charlie Whitehurst

.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS – Daniel Snyder probably misses
Albert Haynesworth

.

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