Skip navigation

Tag Archives: Toby Gerhart

The witching hour is finally here.  Preseason game three, the dress rehearsal for every NFL franchise and the most important game for fantasy football.  The players get placed in real game scenarios and get game planned against.  The only ebronconstant about the NFL is that it is always evolving and this week’s games are no different.  I watched at least three-quarters to get the best idea about how these players would be used.  Here are my observations:

Raiders vs Packers

The Al Davis era might be over in reality, but the legacy still lives on with recycled older players that might be over their heads along with a few young upstarts.  Newly signed receiver James Jones runs crisp routes, creates separation, but is not in sync with Matt Schaub.  I’m not sure any of the Raiders receivers are on the same page with their quarterback which might be a bigger problem sooner than later.  MJD looked great on one of his carries where he broke a few arm tackles and showed some burst on a 40 yard touchdown run.  Jones-Drew might have five more of those runs left in his body, but playing with this offense they might get used up quickly.  The reason for optimism in Oakland is the play of their two young linebackers, Sio Moore and Khalil Mack.  Moore applied inside pressure in both the run and pass games.  His motor is unrelenting and he delivers punishment on every blow.  He left the game with a strained neck which the backer can hopefully recover from quickly.  Mack reads and recognizes immediately what the offense is trying to do.  He picked off a screen pass and is constantly generating pressure in the running and passing games. Read More »

Advertisements

Here it is, another week of NFL preseason games.  Hopefully your fantasy football starters play a bit more, so we might get a few more glimpses into what each team will look like in the regular season.  Keeping up with the latest news is very m leeimportant as it can get you a jump on the waiver wire and possible trade scenarios.  My efforts concentrated on the younger players and/or new team additions.  Here are some quick observations based on around the first three-quarters of each game:

Jags vs Bears

There wasn’t anything of note on the Bears side due to the broken collarbone of second year receiver Marquess Wilson.   The Jaguars brought out one of their biggest free agent acquisitions, running back Toby Gerhart.  He has good leg drive, uses a nice stiff-arm, and does well when running north and south.  His problems start when the runner gets forced to run east and west; Gerhart does not have the speed to turn the corner and usually gets spread out to cause a negative or unproductive play.  Rookie receiver Marqise Lee ran smooth routes, caught the ball in stride, and was heavily targeted.  The wide out tells a story with his routes.  On his touchdown catch, Lee played possum acting like it was a run play; then he reversed his direction sharply to break free into the end zone.  Even though Jaguars aren’t saying it right now, first round quarterback, Blake Bortles, is fighting for the starting job now.  The young signal caller gets the ball quickly, scans the field, and shows good ball placement.  Bortles looks confident in the pocket, stepping up from danger,  and sets his feet to deliver the pigskin accurately. Read More »