WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Okay. Not really. And so it was, and so it shall be, which was proclaimed long ago when the Washington Football Team traded what would be Janoris Jenkins, Michael Brockers, Zac Stacy, Stedman Bailey, Greg Robinson, and Alec Ogletree for Robert Griffin III, and then a few days later, drafted his eventual successor in Kirk Cousins. Bible-speech aside, I have to say, maybe Mike Shannahan and company might have been better off just waiting, you know, until their sixth pick and drafting Ryan Tannehill. Sure, hindsight has that amazing 20/20 vision, but as I mentioned in yesterday’s podcast, this quarterback excursion seemed doomed to fail, even as far back to that aforementioned day when both RG-3 and Kirk Cousins were drafted. Obviously, the situation was exacerbated over time by injuries, stunted development, complete coaching failures, further coaching changes, system changes, ownership dysfunction, etc. etc. And this is a normal Monday for the franchise. So here we are and Kirk Cousins is now your Week 1 Starter in Washington. I would go on to establish some fantasy context, but I’m not sure there is any. Just further proof that Washington has now eclipsed the Raiders at being the Raiders. Truly… these are dark days in the District.
In case you guys haven’t noticed, Fantasy Basketball is warming up once again, and our RCLs are open! If you’d like to go keep J.B. Gilpin company for a bit, I ain’t gonna blame you. Afterall, I’m busy keeping his mom company…
- That wasn’t the only quarterback news yesterday, as Tyrod Taylor was named the Week 1 starter for the Bills. Rex Ryan had originially considered it a battle between Taylor and Matt Cassel, but I’m sure that was before he knew who Matt Cassel was. Despite Tehol ranking him in his top-5 of all time greats in NFL history, I do think there’s something here. The Colts have traditionally had trouble containing quarterbacks with mobility, and I think Taylor could be a sneaky play if you’re streaming, and has enough athletic ability to break out if you have a spot for him.
- In other Bills news, Fred Jackson was unceremoniously released. While many franchises have had to go through this, that still doesn’t mean it’s not a shame to see a fan favorite told to move on. True, there wasn’t a real role available for him as the preseason roster developed, but the Bills did give Jackson a lot of reps on Sunday for showcase. So, with this cut you could say he was at least given time to catch on with another team, but in today’s NFL, I prefer to remain jaded. It’s almost too easy. What’s next? I could see him with the Rams, or maybe the Cowboys, unless Jerry goes Jerry and…
- The Raiders have cut Trent Richardson, which is usually the defining sign that it’s all over. But, as much as I was surprised that Jerry Jones let Johnny Manzial slip by in the draft (pretty sure Cowboys management placed him in a room with no phone or internet), I wouldn’t be surprised if Dallas could be a potential destination. However, with Richardson’s career one-yard-per-carry average, I calucalate that he would arrive in Dallas by roughly the year 2890.
- Julius Thomas is now expected to miss 4-5 weeks due to an injured tendon in his finger. He’s going to seek a second opinion later today, but since this is the Jaguars, I wouldn’t expect much. Though, it could be worse… if this were the Browns, he’d be declared dead from that second opinion.
- T.Y. Hilton suffered what appears to be a concussion, which is odd, because they discovered the symptons a day later. Not really a bright side persay, but we’ll have to take a wait and see approach here before anything changes.
- Devin Funchess appears to have reaggravated his hamstring injury. It didn’t seem serious, but if he continues to have issues, they would literally have no one to throw it to besides Greg Olsen. Honestly, if I were the Panthers, I’d just have Cam Newton throw it to himself on all pass plays.