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Quick Hits: Bishop Sankey’s Rookie Mistakes, Johnny Manziel’s Progress, Peyton’s Place

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Johnny Manziel

Brian Hoyer continues to see the starting role entering the preseason games. He’s starting again on Monday Night Football over Manziel. This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, though, as Pettine has been saying since day one that Hoyer is “their guy.” Manziel said over the weekend that he doesn’t believe he is ready for Pittsburgh in Week 1.

“I don’t think that I’m ready for Pittsburgh right now,” Manziel told reporters Saturday. “I’ve only played one (preseason) game. But the more and more you see it, the more you get familiar with it, I think the better it will be.”

Sometimes it’s tough to tell if that is Manziel being honest, or if that is just another scripted, default NFL answer. Shawn Siegele thinks Manziel could be one of the best QB prospects ever and Davis Mattek believes that Manziel is a screaming bargain. Where do I stand on this?

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I find it odd that he’s been selected in redraft leagues over guys who are actually starting. I might be on board if the job was actually his, but for now, I’ll pass. Give me late-rounder Carson Palmer.

Bishop Sankey

One of the first things I make sure to include on my job resumes, is attention to detail. Ken Whisenhunt thinks attention to detail is one of the more important aspects that Sankey needs to work on.

“I’m impressed with a lot of the things about Bishop, but he’s a rookie, and a lot of things that are causing these problems are things that he needs time with and he’s got to get better at — whether it’s footwork, whether it’s how he’s taking the balls on handoffs, understanding the protections,” Whisenhunt said, according to John Glennon of the Nashville Tennessean.

Sankey has been one of those backs that I’ve been targeting in my drafts. Shawn Siegele writes about his ridiculous comps and he’s got the potential to be a workhorse. But Sankey isn’t doing himself any favors by not holding onto the ball. Let’s all give it some time, however. We’re only halfway through the preseason. This may be beneficial for the drafters who are targeting Sankey, if his ADP starts to come at a discount now. I’d still continue to monitor this situation, but it’s hard to get away from his Matt Forte-esque potential.

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning continues to have a solid preseason, which shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.

It’s going to happen in every or most drafts this year–Manning will be selected in the first or second round. I love the quarterback legend, but I can’t come to terms with drafting him that early. That’s just how I operate as drafter. I’d take the approach of loading up at the running back and wide receiver position, similar to Rich Hribar’s strategy this year, versus taking a quarterback who should regress this year. To each their own, though. Hribar wrote an amazing article about game script and Manning, back in May. There’s some interesting stats about his passing numbers, but I won’t play spoiler. If you plan on waiting on QBs this year, I have some late round targets you could opt for and Scott Smith has four late round QB combinations you could deploy this year.

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