The Browns expect Brandon Weeden to be their starting quarterback for the 2012 season but saying he will have to earn it. They have given him first team reps over Colt McCoy this week despite Colt getting them the week prior. Brandon is a 28 year old rookie which, in many ways, is kind of like the 40 year old virgin. He’s going to look awkward out on the field and will prematurely…launch a few before his tight end is ready…hrm, I feel dirty reading/writing that. For someone who has played most of his college career in a non-pro style offense, he has a lot to learn. With any luck, he learns the one and only thing he truly needs to do and learns it quick: give the ball to Trent Richardson. Next play, rinse, repeat. All and all, I don’t have any hope of seeing a successful rookie year fantasy football-wise from Weeden. If anything, maybe its a season like Alex Smith had last year. If that gets you excited for fantasy football, you must play in a 16 team 2 quarterback league. I pray for your sanity. In other fantasy football news…fooled! Before we roll on to some other jibber jabber, I wanted to remind everyone of our Fantasy Face/Off competition this week between Roddy White and Julio Jones. The poll will be up this afternoon to vote on the two. You can read the Roddy and Julio articles by clicking on their names. I know, it’s like magic! Alright, now really onto the news…
Anthony Gonzalez – Waived by the Patriots, a team that has Deion Branch and Jabar Gaffney battling it out to be the team’s WR3. Maybe it was a health issue. Maybe his likeness to Vincent Price as Egghead. My personal opinion is quite simple: Anthony is just a’ight. A great quarterback is like the sideview mirrors on your car: warning, wide receiver is crappier than they appear. Gonzalez’ best season with Peyton Manning was in 2008 when he caught 57 passes for 664 yards and 4 touchdowns. I just checked my pulse and it’s not racing. Moving on.
Shane Vereen – In more Patriots news, Shane has been getting RB1 reps at the OTAs ahead of Steven Ridley. There’s really nothing to get excited about here, whoever wins out. The Patriots are a pass-heavy offense which gives very little reps to their running game. If you draft one, just be prepared for major inconsistency. If you don’t believe me, just go look at Benjarvis Green-Ellis‘ game log from 2011. If you found the pattern in there on when to start and sit him, congrats. You’re probably really good at sudoku.
Kevin Kolb – Currently splitting reps with ‘Helter’ John Skelton. I wanna give Kevin the benefit of the doubt due to the hold out last year and being new to the team. He didn’t really have much time to prepare to run that offense. However, how can you NOT throw to Larry Fitzgerald? It doesn’t take a genius to get your playmaker the ball. I mean, even Skelton got that. Kolb, you’re on notice.
Michael Sims-Walker – Trying out for the Houston Texans. My guess is he’s a good run blocking WR. Only dude getting catches in that offense is Andre Johnson when he’s healthy. That ‘when’ just tripped over the ‘he’ in that sentence and just went on the PUP list.
Matt Forte – The Bears said they’re worried about Forte’s knees. Forte’s agent fired back calling him ‘among the most, if not the most, durable, all-purpose running back in the NFL.’ Forte himself said he’s the bees knees and posted a video of him running with a 100 pound sled up hill to prove it. In the end, this is contractual posturing and preening on both sides. The Bears want their running back cheaper than he’s willing to go for and Forte wants a LeSean McCoy contract. All this to say, he’s still a top end running back but the longer he isn’t under contract and practicing with the team, the further down my wish list he slides. I currently have him just ahead of a Razzball sponsored golf cart that I would use as a full time vehicle. The reason that last sentence isn’t funny is because it’s true. I really want to drive a golf cart everywhere I go with Razzball flames down the side. A guy can dream, can’t he?