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13 Rando Observations from Last Night’s Preseason Games

joshgordon

  • Reggie Bush had 5 receptions in limited time. That’s an 80 reception season if you don’t adjust for the fact that he only played a half. If you do adjust that’s a 160 catch season. Ok, that’s ridiculous. But if week 2 of the preseason is any indication (and it may not be) then Bush will be a league winner in PPR leagues. The interesting thing is that while that’s being widely talked about, it is not reflected in ADP.
  • Jordan Cameron looked like a pretty athletic beast. He actually looked just as athletic as he’s been rumored to be. I might get the business end of things in my mildly negative posts (which were negative to Cameron but were more geared toward pointing out alternatives Rob Housler and Greg Little). Speaking of Little, I was only paying partial attention but I saw him draw an illegal contact penalty and then also saw Weeden just barely miss him on a deep ball. He’s so cheap that he’s worth having on your radar.
  • Ryan Rouillard’s guy Aaron Mellette had another touchdown in the 2nd half. He also drew a DPI at the 5 yard line, so that could have been another touchdown. Mellette has been playing against scrubs, but it’s still been fun to see him shine in his limited action.
  • Matthew Stafford played without Megatron but had 74 yards on 16 attempts. He’s in mid-season form already!
  • I didn’t count snaps or anything and Megatron was out, but it looked to me like Charles Kleinheksel’s guy Patrick Edwards was essentially a starter last night. That would be consistent with camp reports that he’s been looking good.
  • It looked to me like CLE was trying to be cautious with TRich and not give him too much to do in the preseason so we got a pretty good look at their other running backs last night. Dion Lewis looks like the only one that’s even borderline rosterable in leagues. But Lewis actually did look pretty decent I thought. He had 33 yards on 5 carries and 4 receptions. [edit: doh! I guess I missed that Lewis fractured his fibula. So pretty much you can discount what I said about Lewis and really that just makes TRich all the more safe assuming he can hold up physically this year]
  • Josh Gordon looked like a beast. This should perhaps not be surprising.
  • Torrey Smith caught the ball short on one play and then took it 77 yards to the house. I’ve been really trying to figure out how to end up with him on my teams and yet I think the format that I’ll end up owning him will be auction. In snake drafts it’s just too tough for me to get him on my team for some reason. But he’s going to be good this year. Be sure to check out Jake Myers’ accounting of how that will happen.
  • Ladarius Green didn’t compile his stats with the 1st team but he did have a great line of 5-78-1. That’s two preseason games and two touchdowns. Tight ends tend to be pretty good at scoring touchdowns. I really think if SD doesn’t get Green out there this year then the coaching staff should probably be taken off life support because they are brain dead.
  • Roddy White sprained his ankle so that’s a situation to pay attention to.
  • My concerns about LeSean McCoy’s reception total look like they might have been premature. McCoy caught three passes in limited snaps.
  • Not only were the Eagles running read option with Nick Foles, but he scored a rushing touchdown. You probably shouldn’t expect a lot of that from Foles if he does end up starting, but it was funny to see. The situation in Philly is pretty simple I think. If Vick starts he’s a great value pick because he can rack up some rushing yards. You don’t even have to know that much about the rest of their offense to take Vick. But if Foles starts then I think he could be good but there will be other value QBs for you to take.
  • Matthew Freedman’s guy David Gettis had 5 receptions. Remember that Gettis is a big receiver, so injuries to the guys in front of him would make him interesting I think.

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