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I saved the worst for last…the final game analysis for preseason Week 2. I saw some of this game live and I knew I could save this to the end. Actually, two players to hit hard from this one – one good, one bad.
I can’t properly evaluate the Steelers right now, as far as offensive weapons go because Josh Dobbs (10-19 for 70 yards, 0 TD/1 INT) makes DeShone Kizer look like Mitchell Trubisky. For those who follow the mainstream football people and are led to believe Kizer is really good…I just insulted Dobbs because Kizer is the worst…and Trubisky is awesome.
Typically, when disciplining an employee at work you’d sit them down, go over the problem, and give them a ‘verbal warning’…stick something in their file to be ‘on the record’…perhaps a 60-90 day action plan? In this case, I would just go through every one of my scouts who thought drafting Josh Dobbs was a great Big Ben continuity plan idea, and bypassing Davis Webb and Kyle Sloter (both available when Dobbs was taken)…and I would just straight fire their ass without discussion. Like, walk into their cubicle with a security guard and a cardboard box in tow.
Fantasy player notes…
— I can evaluate James Conner (20-98-0, 1-3-0/4) properly from this game because he had the ball in his hands half the game and it wasn’t good. I’m being kind…it was awful. Two dropped passes. Slow acceleration after the handoff, constantly getting undercut by faster defenders swarming him like cheetahs popping a water buffalo (do they go after water buffalo? If they do…it was like that).
It could have been a bad day at the office or maybe Conner has an undisclosed MCL/PCL sprain hampering him but this was as bad a performance from a higher profile non-QB rookie that I’ve seen this preseason. If you think you have the Le’Veon handcuff here…you don’t. And even if he gets in the game for an injured Bell…yikes. I’ll give it one more game before I grab the security guard and cardboard box on Conner too…if there are any scouts left working for me after the Dobbs debacle.
— One of the cheetahs wiping out Conner at every turn was Atlanta rookie IDP CB Demontae Kazee (3 tackles). I liked him before, now I love him after this performance. The perfect example of an undersized, C+ athlete (on paper) who gives A+ effort and has A+ toughness and is going to ‘will’ his way to the starting lineup and a Pro Bowl someday, maybe.
— Hard to evaluate Martavis Bryant (2-23-0/3) because of the Dobbs issue but he looked somewhere between rusty and fine. Depends on the play you look at from this one. He could have just been high, I don’t know.
— T.J. Watt (4 tackles, 1 TFL) was once again always around the action…a great get by the emerging Steelers defense (one facing DeShone Kizer, potentially, in just a few weeks). Is there any chance we can get scientific studies on cloning, etc. using only Watt-based DNA from their parents?
— I don’t know where Reggie Davis (3-74-0/3) came from, I think they call it ‘outta nowhere’, but that rookie can play some ball.
The Georgia UDFA is 5’11.5″/165+, and ran a 4.36 40-time at his Pro Day…and looks like he’s faster than that. Every preseason game so far, Davis looks like he’s being fast-forwarded while everyone else is at normal playback speed.
Davis can’t crack this WR depth chart to get fantasy-worthy targets in 2017, but if injuries hit…and he gets a push – watch out. He may be their KR/PR guy at a minimum for 2017.
— Falcons rookie RB Brian Hill (7-14-0) looked a little better, quicker in this game. He must have been nervous last week. That’s why I’ll wait a week on James Conner before putting a stake in his football heart. Hill might be headed to the practice squad…but could get claimed before that.
— Takk McKinley (1 QB hit) had a couple of nice get-offs and pressures but no numbers. I like McKinley but he doesn’t play the run, etc. like Taco Charlton does…considering top DE prospects from this draft.
— I thought Atlanta LB Duke Riley (4 tackles) worked more efficiently in this game. He was a little on his heels last week, but more fluid this week. Man, the Falcons have a fast, quality defense. At Mike Glennon Week 1 but then Aaron Rodgers Week 2. It’s an up and down 2017 schedule for a solid DST unit.