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Never a Dull Moment

The Super Bowl concluded just seventeen days ago, but it feels like ancient history.

So goes life in the NFL.

With the season officially ended with final Pro Bowl game in Hawaii, the off-season is now in full swing.  Team are getting ready for the scouting combine, which begins on Wednesday with workouts commencing on Saturday.

Big name players plan to show up, though some (such as Michael Crabtree and Matthew Stafford) obviously don’t plan to do much while on the field.

Dont Expect Crabtree to Run the 40 at the Combine

Don't Expect Crabtree to Run the 40 at the Combine

Then there’s free agency.  Players such as Matt Cassell, Karlos Dansby and Shayne Graham have already been franchised.  Others aren’t so lucky.  The Bucs have released Jeff Garcia.  The Jaguars said goodbye to Fred Taylor.  Deuce McCallister is out in New Orleans and the Ravens have cut ties with cornerback Chris McCallister (no relation).

Expect more blood shed in the coming weeks.

Oh, there’s also movement outside of the league, too.  Marshawn Lynch was arrested on gun possession.  Apparently, Plaxico Burress is Lynch’s hero.  Lynch has already been in trouble with the law–last time it was a violation with his car (bumping a cop with his vehicle).  Clearly, some players never learn.  If Lynch gets suspended, he might just spend some time with PacMan Jones.

Then there’s the Vick saga.  It’s been reported that the Atlanta Falcons are actively shopping the rights of still incarcerated former quarterback Michael Vick.  Vick’s status with the league is in limbo, as he’s currently suspended indefinitely.  If he does return to the the league, it will be interesting to see how much protesting a given team will receive from PETA and fans alike.  Then again, if Ray Lewis, Jamal Lewis, and Lawrence Phillips can get second chances, is it really out of the realm for Vick, too?

Regardless, the NFL off-season is starting to kick into high gear.  And it’s quite possible that it will be just as exciting as Super Bowl 43.

February 17, 2009 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NFL | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Taylor’s Injury Opens Door For MOJO in JAX

The time has come for Jacksonville Fans to bid adieu to their beloved, yet sometimes very absent halfback, Fred Taylor. The Jaguars announced today that Taylor will miss the rest of the season due to torn ligaments in his thumb. Although Fred Taylor has mounted (arguable) Hall of Fame numbers in his 11 year NFL career, the 32 year-old halfback’s job in Jacksonville may have come to an end. Plagued by injuries, Taylor has missed 25 starts in the last eight years, earning him the nickname “Fraglie Fred.” Taylor ranks 16th on the all-time rushing list with 11,271 yards.  As there have been talks though out the year that Taylor might not return to the Jags next year, the legitimacy of this rumor may have become bolstered by the recent injury. The injury in and of itself isn’t the straw to break the camel’s back, but it serves as a reminder that small market team such as Jacksonville can’t afford to keep around a 33 year old injury risk.

So what does this have to do with STATDRAGON’s Fantasy Football Advice??

Make way for Maurice Jones-Drew to join the upper eschelon of Fantasy running backs. The resilient, young, sure-handed back has already made quite a name for himself in the NFL. His 211 fantasy points this season (in a yahoo ppr league) better the likes of elite backs such as LaDainian Tomlinson, Ryan Grant and Joseph Addai who’s numbers aren’t affected by a dual-back system. Now (theoretically), give him the opportunity to carry the ball 100 (+) more per year, and you have got an absolute fantasy monster!

MJD Fantasy owners, who are still in the playoffs,  have struck gold with Fragile Fred’s seasonal departure. Jones-Drew looks at Green Bay and Indianapolis’ defense in the following two weeks who are ranked 27th and 25th, respectively.

December 12, 2008 Posted by | Fantasy Football, Features & Opinions, NFL | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment