Free at last, free at last, thank gawd almighty we are free at last! Razzball has <3’ed this man for a while and we kept saying to ourselves and anyone else who would listen, If only he were given the chance to be a starter somewhere. Well here we are and after the Jets sent a 4th round pick to the Saints, Chris Ivory is gonna get a chance to finally shine. Remember my Mike Goodson post earlier this month? In the words of Joe Pesci I say FUGGEDABOUTIT. Chris is now The Man in Jersey and don’t you let anyone tell you different. Also, don’t let the limited amount of carries and games fool you. You can blame that on the Saints who’ve been devils to their starting running backs since Payton came on board. It’s a place where few running backs go and carry the ball 200+ times in a season and if they do, chances are there were some major injuries that lead up to it. Speaking of injuries, Ivory has had his fair share with one major one being Lisfranc that sidelined him in 2011. But you know what I’m gonna say about that too, right? FUGGEDABOUTIT! Running Backs get hurt. You can’t help that nor can I no matter how much you wanna run down to the field and rub his feet and sing Sweet Child ‘O’ Mine to him…wait, what? If you want comparables, I’ve got one for you: Marshawn Lynch. In my opinion, Ivory should be called ‘Beast-Mode Lite’ which will have a similar fantasy impact but with half the notoriety. I’m nothing if not bold and I feel an RB1 season from this man should come as no surprise and he’ll probably get drafted as a lower end RB2. I’m strongly suggesting you learn some Billy Joel here, Piano Man, and put your hands on this Ivory. You’ll make some mighty sweet music. And with that, let’s poke around on some other news for the 2013 Fantasy Football season…
Aaron Hernandez – Well at least the New England Patriots resigned Michael Hoomanawanui, right? After hearing the news that Rob Gronkowski was going to have a 4th surgery and was having issues fighting off infection in his left forearm, the Pats were dealt another downer at the Tight End position when it was announced A-Hern was going to need a 4 month recovery time on his surgically repaired shoulder. In fact, there’s fears that Hernandez might start the year on the PUP list. No, not that PUP list! Though that would be cute. Because we’re now this off-topic, I might as well give you an obligatory dog dressed up to play football picture while we’re at it. Just think if the Dog Pound really were the Dog Pound in Cleveland? Michael Vick would be shaking in his cleats. And with his third sack of the game, Labradoodle Jenkins does a dance over Vick, symbolically raising his hind leg over his head as the crowd goes wild. The ‘Whizzzzzz’ chant can be heard from the fans who’re wearing the ‘Urin-Nation’ shirts. Ok, now back to reality. This could be big news. Or it could not. Wow, I really covered my bases there. The point being is everything is speculation right now but when August rolls around, we’re gonna know a lot more about how his rehab is going and how long he should be expected out. I think the key to this that many may miss is the Pats swept in last year when Jake Ballard was waived by the Giants. New York’s idea behind waiving him was putting him back on via the PUP list himself as he healed from microfracture knee surgery and a torn ACL for the entire 2012 season. Overall, if you’re drafting now, I’d Aaron the side of caution with Hernandez.
LeGarrette Blount – Traded to the Pats for Jeffrey Demps and a 7th round pick. To put it Blount-ly, this move means very little for LeGarrette unless the Pats need a little punch in their lineup for the day.
Justin Blackmon – Has been suspended for 4 games by the NFL. At this point, I have no idea for what. Maybe another DUI? Maybe for rooting for Tebow to come to Jacksonville? The world may never know…or probably will after I’ve posted this and don’t have time to edit it before you comment and tell me what I missed while I slept for 3 minutes.
Tim Tebow – Released by the Jets. Clearly with Ivory on board they were no longer in need of another running back. *Intern whispers into ear* Hrm, so I guess he was a quarterback…I thought you had to complete at least 50% of your passes to be called a QB. *Intern whispers again* Ah, that’s why they released him because he can’t. What would would I do without you, intern? *Another whisper* Oh, I’m sure you have a name but we don’t use names around here for interns for the same reasons we don’t name our future meat products on the farm. Poor Beefy McSteakington…you were delicious.