|Written by David Cushard|
|Monday, 12 November 2012 07:04|
Andy Reid's name is getting dragged through the mud. It's kind of a shame, he's the right kind of gruff, no-nonsense coach that Philly fans should appreciate. Just somehow the product on the field isn't working out that well. The Eagles lost again yesterday and this time Vick left the game with a concussion. Practically the perfect time to tell reporters he'd evaluate things later in the week, Reid simply announced that Vick was his starting QB. I can't tell if he's trying to eliminate drama by making things clear or just be stubborn. Vick has the potential to play all world. He has wicked weapons available to him in McCoy, Maclin and Jackson. Celek isn't at all a bad TE, but the play from Vick seems uninspired and sometimes confused. We'll watch for updates throughout the week, but I'd be willing to bet Foles gets the start next week whether it's purely medical or an artful way to see what the kid can do, the Eagles are 3-6 and getting close to the 'out of the playoffs' tag that SHOULD result in Foles being used extensively.
The Falcons finally lost a game, to the seemingly underperforming Saints, of all teams. The New Orleans defense was suddenly inspired and came up with big plays and solid D. Alright, let's say solid enough D as they held Atlanta to 27 pts. and squeaked by with 31 themselves. Still, there are no longer any undefeated teams in the NFL and that's worthy of a note.
Miami is 4-5 after losing two games in a row and must feel like they have a shot at the playoffs. They benched their best offensive playmaker (Reggie Bush) for about half the ballgame yesterday after Bush fumbled in the early part of the game. The coaches apparently felt he wasn't trying very hard and Miami got smoked 37-3 at home by an explosive Titans' offense. I guess I'm just a little surprised that a 7 year veteran running back would be treated like this. I'm not saying make good players into prima donna's but a conversation seems more appropriate. This is Bush's second fumble of the year. That's two total. Through 10 games and 126 carries. It makes an interesting quandry for fantasy players - Bush has the potential to be a top 10 RB in scoring the rest of the year, but not if he's on the pine because coach doesn't like his 'tude.
I can already tell you Danny Amendola will be a much sought-after and possibly undervalued WR for next year. He's only played six of the Rams' 10 games so far this year, but has a whopping 43 receptions and averages 7 catches per game. The biggest question will be his durability. Slot machine WR like Welker and Amendola are only as good as their toughness let's them take a beating and, of course, their QB guides them into a slashing safe spot so they don't get their heads removed by the defense. Bradford is showing signs of coming into his life, but he's still not Tom Brady and that may be the difference in Amendola's development. Watch how Amendola's health holds up and how Bradford's precision works the rest of this year - they'll probably be the exact same result - good, bad, or ugly for Danny.
The Saints' backfield is all muddy without Darren Sproles, but the clear early indicators are Mark Ingram and Chris Ivory are getting the carries and Pierre Thomas is an afterthought. Then again, the veteran (Pierre) makes a fantastic trade target this week on the cheap. He's now the 3rd RB on the depth chart and will go lower if Sproles makes it back. On the other hand, he's only behind a fluky Ingram and a young runner (Ivory) and depth charts can change easily. Buy super low on Pierre Thomas right now and tuck him away. He could be the feature back in a potent offense in a week or two. Again, don't overpay, but if you can secure him for your bench WR or TE or backup QB it's a clear buy signal to me on pure upside.
Danario Alexander; I hope you took our advice last week and picked him up. He's suddenly the Chargers answer to Vincent Jackson's absence. The role they hoped would be filled by Vincent Brown. He's injury-prone so don't bet the bank on him and he's probably too expensive in a trade, but if you have him already, kudos to you he could be a difference maker the rest of the season.
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