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Brace yourself. The change at quarterback is finally being made in Denver. Tim Tebow will be the new starting quarterback. And for all you haters out there, who want to rip apart his mechanics, as if he has to fit the mold of every other star quarterback not named Michael Vick, listen up.
According to the Denver Post, head of football operations John Elway is excited about the energy Tebow is already bringing to the Broncos team, something that I imagine will translate on the gridiron.
“Inside this building, we’re aware of the type of energy and passion he brings to so many people,” said John Elway, the Broncos’ football operations boss. “He’s the type of guy where everybody wants to see him succeed. Believe me, he has no bigger fan than me or John Fox inside this building. Now we have to do whatever we can as a team to help Tim be successful.”
Elway went on to say on the NFL Network‘s Total Access show that, “Tim adds a great spark for us, so we’re looking forward to seeing what he can do.”
Yes sir. Tebow is finally going to arrive and it may be for good. And I suggest that no matter what your fantasy record is, that you pick him up. You just never know what kind of value he could truly provide as the season progresses. Denver is on a bye this week.
In Buffalo, Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will be without one of his prime targets for four to six weeks. According to the Buffalo News No. 2 wide receiver Donald Jones suffered a high-ankle sprain during Sunday’s win over the Eagles. Jones has been a key downfield ingredient during the 2011 rise of the Bills aerial attack, so offensive coordinator Chan Gailey will have to creatively find ways to stretch the field.
“We’ll work some different ways to get that done. I think we can do it with our packages,” Gailey said. “I’m not sure we need to have any knee-jerk reaction to try and find somebody today, but if somebody comes along who looks like they might fit, we’re always trying to upgrade our football team.”
“It’s all hands on deck this week, and maybe for the next few weeks,” the coach said.
Naaman Roosevelt replaced Jones on Sunday, and finished with a career-high five catches.
“Naaman stepped up and did a good job and made some good catches for us. That’s what being in the NFL is about — taking advantage of your opportunities,” quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said.
Overall, there is no panic though, as the Bills offense has shown no let up despite the personnel changes.
“We’re not going to change anything. We’re not going to change who we are and we’re not going to change our identity because one guy’s out or a couple guys are out,” Fitzpatrick said. “We’re just going to go out there and play.”
Roosevelt is a name to keep on the radar, but presents no value in 12-team leagues at the current time. Look for an increase in production from both Stevie Johnson and David Nelson, who will now move to the outside, moving forward until the Bills are comfortable with Roosevelt as the new slot receiver.
In Washington, and according to the Washington Post, running back Tim Hightower expects to play on Sunday despite his shoulder injury.
“I’m playing on Sunday,” said Hightower. “I’m ready to play.”
Head coach Mike Shanahan revealed that Hightower has been practicing in full, and may have benefited from the five day bye week break.
“I think his shoulder’s a little sore still, but I don’t think it’ll keep him from going,” Shanahan said. “Tim’s a pretty tough guy and I don’t think he’ll share with people that he’s pretty hurt, even at the end of that Giants’ game. He played in Arizona and he was hurting a little more than he led on. I could see it, but he never said anything, and he’s one of those type of guys that I talked to him on the side and said, ‘You have to be a little more honest with me. If you are hurt, I have to know you’re hurt.’”
And the carousel is just about at full speed. Get ready to pull out your hair if you have any of the Redskins’ runners. I’m not placing any bets on any of them, but would give the upper hand to Ryan Torain, who when healthy, seems to be Shanahan’s favorite card to play.
According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review it looks as though running back Rashard Mendenhall will likely start this week against Jacksonville. With a 2.8 yards per carry average Mendenhall has struggled this season to find openings in opposing defenses, but that doesn’t seem to bother the Steelers starter.
“As a running back you have reads, you have plays and you slide and pick and find holes. When it works everybody loves it, when it doesn’t it’s bad,” Mendenhall said. “We just keep everything in perspective.”
“If Rashard stays patient, he’ll get his time,” Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said.
His value is low right now, so you may want to swing a deal quickly and stash him just in case he finds his stride in the coming weeks. Consider starting him this week if you have a bye week hole to fill.