A blast from the past with a cute little beat that can make your time on the toilet a little more enjoyable. You’re welcome. Now, I’m not an advocate of pursuing O.P.P. (Other People’s P???y). It’s just not my style and I think it’s dirty. With that said, I am considering DGB. Which is worse? DGB is Dorial Green-Beckham, a size/speed freak that was considered the best wide receiver prospect since Randy Moss. He was the LeBron James of high school football back in 2011. At his pro day, he measured in at 6’5″, 237 lbs. with 9″ hands and 32 1/2″ arm length. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.49 seconds and 3-cone drill in 6.89 seconds.

He was drafted by the Titans in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft with the 40th overall pick. The reason he slipped was due to numerous off-field incidents:

  • Subject of burglary and assault investigation by police.
  • Allegedly pushed a female down some stairs.
  • Arrested twice for marijuana-related incidents.

Are these red flags for fundamental character issues or are they mistakes made by a young, immature kid? Time will only tell, but there are examples of his work ethic being excellent. My concerns with DGB actually do not stem from his off-field mistakes. As a Raiders fan, I am still reeling from DHB, aka Darrius Heyward-Bey. DHB was the 6’2″, 219 lbs. wide “receiver” that could run the 40-yard dash in 4.30 seconds. The No. 7 overall pick!

ahhhhhh

Okay. Sorry about that. I feel a little better now. So DHB could run really fast in a straight line. He was raw in the art of running routes and had difficulty catching the ball. Getting open and catching the ball are important characteristics for being a professional catcher of football passes.

Here is DGB’s scouting analysis from NFL.com:

“Imposing physical specimen with outstanding height, weight and speed numbers…Struggles to free himself from press coverage and can be taken completely out of his routes. Runs sloppy, round routes. Fails to set up his breaks and frequently leads cornerbacks to his destination. Slow to adjust routes and find open space against zone.”

So DGB is basically Bizarro Amari Cooper. Got it.

So what got DGB on the SON radar? Opportunity.

In the Week 9 win over the Saints, DGB received 10 targets from Marcus Mariota and played in 68% of the snaps. Since Week 1, the snap percentage by game has been:

WEEK SNAP %
1 15%
2 16%
3 17%
5 26%
6 42%
7 67%
8 61%

DGB is becoming a staple in the Titans offense. I went back at looked at Sunday’s game tape to see how he is being used and if the prospects for the future were bright.

My first thought was HOLY [email protected]#$! The guy is freaking huge. Like…:

There’s no looking for the jersey number. You know where DGB is at all times.

He received his first target with 9:02 left in the first quarter. The Titans are backed up against their own goal line. DGB is lined up to the right of Mariota and runs a little hitch against a zone defense. He flat out drops the pass. Not good.

At 10:07 in the second quarter, DGB utilizes his size, but not in the way that you would have expected. It’s a running play and he blocks his initial defender. He then peels off and takes out two more guys to wall off the backside. If he beasts like that in the run game, he could earn more snaps going forward.

With 1:32 left in the second quarter, he receives his second target. He’s lined up to the right of Mariota again and runs a go-route. Mariota lofts it up back shoulder. DGB cannot locate the ball and it falls incomplete.

12:40 to go in the third quarter, DGB collects his first catch. He’s lined up in the slot to the left of Mariota. It’s a quick slant and he makes a nice catch scooping up a low throw.

On the same drive, he’s lined up wide out left and runs another go-route. Mariota throws a dart back shoulder and DGB is able to box out the defender and catch the ball.

At 8:08 in the third quarter, the Titans are in the red zone/green zone or whatever the hell you want to call it zone. DGB is lined up in the slot to the right of Mariota and runs a drag route to the left. The cornerback bodies him up and follows him across the field. The pressure distracts DGB and inhibits him from locating the Mariota pass that sails right by his head.

3:30 in the third quarter, he’s lined up wide to the left of the formation. He runs another quick slant but is unable to catch the poorly thrown pass.

In the fourth quarter with 4:18 left, he’s lined up to the right of the formation and runs a slant. He hauls in the pass and carries his defender for 10 yards to end up with a 20 yard gain. His size and strength is on full display.

With 0:27 left in the quarter, he’s again lined up wide to the right and runs a go-route. He has a step on his defender but the Mariota pass is underthrown. He jumps and reaches over the defender but is unable to come down with the pass.

To begin overtime, he’s lined up in the slot to the left and runs a five-yard hitch recognizing it’s zone. He catches the ball, turns up field and breaks multiple tackles for an additional 10 yards.

With 11:12 left in overtime and the Titans down in the “zone,” DGB catches a little slant that goes for eight yards. The impressive thing about the play is that cornerback Brandon Browner shades him to the inside and tries to funnel him to the sideline. Instead, DGB gives him a jab step and turns him around to gain separation. Granted, Browner is not a great cornerback but it was a nice move regardless.

DGB is still raw, as his route tree is very limited: fly, slant and hitch. A good cornerback will eat him alive, but he does have that unteachable physical ability. Utilizing his body to box out defenders can be unfair.

AM I DOWN WITH DGB?

The schedule is not particularly daunting. The Panthers, Jets and Patriots are the three tough matchups. The Titans play the Jaguars twice, Raiders, Texans and end with the Colts.

Mariota trusts him and the coaching staff had him on the field in crunch time. The size/speed combo is always enchanting and I’m not feeling DHB dirty.

With that said, I’m not falling for the banana in the tailpipe. The Saints are arguably one of the worst defenses in football. Kendall Wright should be returning to action soon and will dominate the targets from the wide receiver position. Tight end Delanie Walker will remain Mariota’s BFF. DGB doesn’t run crisp enough routes to make a significant impact in the short to intermediate game and Mariota throws a terrible deep ball.

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  1. Johnny Ticklemonster says:
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    Currently in 6th place, 12 team league, .5 PPR. 8 teams make the playoffs. Just got offered this trade:

    TY Hilton (bye this week) and JStew (receive)
    Allen Robinson and Jordan Matthews (I give)

    The rest of my team is Bortles, Gore (bye this week), Hill (sucks), Hillman (sucks), Dez, Hurns, LaFell, Diggs.

    What are your thoughts, accept it this week and sit TY, or reevaluate next week? Obviously I’m in need of an RB, and the panthers have an good playoff schedule (although the Jags do too)

    • Son says:
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      @Johnny Ticklemonster: Your WR core is nice. I don’t think you need to add or replace there. At this time, you should trade depth to upgrade other positions. Jstew is ok but not enough to give up significant pieces.

    • Teddy Heater says:
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      @Johnny Ticklemonster: With Luck missing 2-6 weeks you’d be down grading on WR and I think Matthews just might be on the verge of becoming a consistent week to week scorer. With Cam & Tolbert hogging all the goalline carries Stewart is pretty much worthless (he’s killed me the last 2 weeks in DFS so worthless maybe an overstatement, but he’s not getting any GL carries) See if you can move LaFell for R Mathews or Andrews and keep an eye on Polk this week as Houston mentioned he’s going to have a bigger role after the bye. I also think White will get the majority of snaps in NE vs Bolden. If you are really hurting for a RB this week take a look at Todman as DeAngelo is a little banged up and Pit is going to run a lot against that porous Cle D.

      • Johnny Ticklemonster says:
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        @Teddy Heater: Phenomenal analysis, I appreciate it. Never was high on JStew, just had a trade cooking and I’m hurting at RB (waited too long to unload depth). Appreciate the insight and I’m glad I held off, with the Luck news.

  2. Make it Wayne says:
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    Howdy man Gates has a bye, I have Vernon Davis on the bench, roll with Vernon Davis who faces Chiefs or drop V-Diddy & add + start one of these TEs instead?

    Crockett Gilmore (vs Jaguars)

    Eric Ebron (@ GB)

    • Son says:
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      @Make it Wayne: I can’t use VD until I see him perform as a Bronco. We all assume great things but there are so many question marks. Plus, KC is one of the best at defending tight ends. I would go with Ebron.

  3. Beans says:
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    What’s up man? 2 teams same prob till Romo returns. Team 1 Tannehill one more game or Cousins, McCown, FitzMagic or Landry Jones? Team 2 Stafford one last time or Cousins, Hoyer, Cassel, McCown FitzMagic or Landry Jones? Thanks for your help.

    • Son says:
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      @Beans: Cousins. The Saints have a terrible defense and have allowed the most fantasy points to the quarterback position. Skins at home. I’m using him in all my DFS lineups

  4. And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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    he actually due to being part of crooked mizzou scene got some cops to pressure said woman (he also helped out in this) to shut up about his abuse and weed dealing she was a witness to. It was all over local papers in MO.

    • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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      @And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!: she was i believe also a likely witness to the burglary stuff, and she was pressured off of telling this story by death threats that may have only been mizzou team related people, and not him. but clearly it benefited him, as without it he might very well be in prison now.

      • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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        @And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!: oh yeah, and if you aren’t worried about “character issues” cigars certainly aren’t the best thing for “conditioning” regardless how of young you are. This isn’t baseball here. Speed/endurance kind of important, not maybe as much as tennis/hockey/soccer, but still useful to have that going for you.

    • Son says:
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      @And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!: Ok. I take it you are from there so you are probably more clued in than myself. Wouldn’t shock me if that was the case.

      • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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        @Son: STL, not Columbia (Mizzou), but yeah, news about all that stuff was all over our papers, to be fair he’s kept his nose clean (or at least not caught/arrested anymore) since that though. Not quite a Lawrence Phillips story here, so far. He’s now in prison awaiting whether he’s charged with an extra 31 years or maybe death penalty for killing his cellmate while that guy was asleep. He got into prison most recently from running over 3 people with a car, had also numerous times badly beat up a variety of women going back to college years and i believe also got caught holding up stores at knifepoint.

        • Son says:
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          @And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!: Saw the Phillips story recently as well. Crazy stuff. How do you feel about the Rams possibly moving to LA? Are you a Rams fan?

  5. J-FOH says:
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    Maybe Saban is an Oompa Loompa?

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