Interesting player in the draft: De’Anthony Thomas‏


Black Mamba

 

Saw another good ep of ‘Game Changers’ yesterday and it focused on RBs. They gave De’Anthony Thomas some love…he is known as ‘Black Mamba’ – thus named by Snoop Dogg (when he played youth football with Snoop as his coach). He is just a little fella – 5’9″ and 174lbs. He was a great offensive weapon at Oregon. The question is, will his small stature comprise the effectiveness of his skill set in the NFL? I believe it just might.

Currently Dexter McCluster plays for KC and he can make the odd amazing play but more often than not he is unable to get free from larger defenders to be a dangerous weapon.

In the past we can see the story of Henry ‘Gizmo’ Williams. A little guy (who Reggie White himself named ‘Gizmo’) who was the a great WR in the CFL and arguably the best kick returner ever in that game. He played 16 years in the CFL. He played about 8 games in the NFL and washed out. He was too small for the NFL.

I hope that Thomas is able to break free of the mold and make himself the first little guy in a very long time who can be a constant dangerous weapon for an NFL offense but it will be something to watch.

MR N 🙂

The NFL Released Their Schedule Dates Last Night‏


ZZZZzzzzzzz

I watched baseball. I find it ludicrous how the NFL tries to market when a game will be on which tv network as a tv event. I confess I watch every minute I can of the Combine and the Draft and all preseason games but this, THIS, is beyond even me. I was actually enjoying their look back at the drafts of the 4’s…1964, 1974, 1984, 1994, 2004…they pre-empted the 84 ep last night to announce when Brady/Manning 4,633 will be played (I don’t know, I will find out when I pick up my copy of Athlon in July as per usual). What a waste of 3 hours of tv.

Did see via email that my BEARS have 5 prime time games…I hope they can win a few of those!

MR N

MR N’s, yes it had to come, #NFL Mock Draft‏


 

Here are my views on not what a team will do but what a team should do in order to improve themselves!

1. Houston – Jadeveon Clowney DE South Car
2. St.Louis – Jake Matthews OT A&M
3. Jacksonville Jaguars – Blake Bortles QB UCF
4. Cleveland Browns – Khalil Mack LB UBuff
5. Oakland Raiders – Sammy Watkins WR Clemson
6. Atlanta – Greg Robinson OT Auburn
7. Tampa Bay – Mike Evans WR A&M
8. Minnesota Vikings – Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville
9. Buffalo Bills – C.J. Mosely LB Bama
10. Detroit Lions – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix CB Bama
11. Tennessee Titans – Taylor Lewan OT Mich
12. New York Giants – Eric Ebron TE NCaro
13. St. Louis Rams – Brandin Cooks WR OregSt
14. Chicago BEARS – Aaron Donald DT Pitt

that is my view…

any thoughts welcome!

MR N

Potential impact of DeSean Jackson in the NFC East‏


(I missed putting this out there last week…baseball started and I got caught up 🙂 )

desean jackson redskins

So DeSean is a Redskin now! Well immediately this makes the Skins so much better. RGIII will have a legit deep threat to use with his cannon arm. DeSean’s presence puts Garcon back into the #2 slot. Garcon was a mediocre top WR but he’s great as the 2. Having Jackson running routes will cause the linebackers to have to drift back off the line and that will open more holes for Alfred Morris and that is all he needs. Morris rips with 10 in the box, it will be interesting to see how he runs facing only 7.

Oh and remember how Washington has kinda bit it for a decade or so on punt returns? Well Jackson will fix that too and become a potential game breaker in that role.

This move diminishes Philadelphia talent wise in a way that will require major moves to fix. They have no one of note who can take over the #1 WR role. They either have to gamble in the draft, reach for a non-entity left over in free agency or just hope that Maclin or Cooper can take a MASSIVE step up.

I will say the circumstances surrounding DeSean’s release were muddled at best. At first it made no sense, then the whole ‘gang ties’ story angle came out and we all said ‘ah! Then the fact that he counted a $12.75 million cap hit against the Eagles…that really brought it into focus.

They cut him and saved over $5 million in cap space. It is kinda funny on a post script note to see that Jackson will count more against the Eagle cap this year than the Skins.

MR N