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It’s virtually impossible to scout the New York Jets for fantasy football purposes so far for 2017. They played two games to date, and here’s the summary of what happened – on the very first drive of the very first game Josh McCown led the offense. He hitRobby Anderson for a beautiful bomb to get the team down into the red zone… They later capped off the drive with a touchdown. McCown has not seen the field in a preseason game since that drive ended with a TD, and the Jets have scored zero TDs since then. About 7.8 quarters of play with god awful Christian Hackenberg (2-6 for 14 yards) and the slightly less worse Bryce Petty (14-24 for 160 yards, 0 TD/1 INT).
You can’t evaluate Robby Anderson beyond on that first drive. You can’t evaluate Austin Seferian-Jenkins. You can’t get a feel for Bilal Powell because he’s not even worked with McCown in a preseason game. The preseason silence from the Jets offense may or may not be an omen for the 2017 regular-season, but for the preseason it’s all because of Christian Hackenberg – another great draft pick by the Jets…another guy who was the apple of all football scouting’s eyes when they first saw him play. #1 prospect for some just a few years ago. Fast forward to today – a bust just waiting for the Jets to acknowledge it.
The Lions handled the Jets in this game but looked less efficient than they did in last week’s contest versus the Indianapolis Colts. One thing to take into consideration before inducting Kenny Golladay into Canton because he scored two TDs the prior week – it was against the Colts…backup CBs for the Colts.
Fantasy player notes…
— Bilal Powell (9-32-0, 2-14-0/2) made his preseason debut and looked pretty mediocre. Again, he’s working with the worst quarterback play you can imagine. There’s nothing to be gleaned about Powell one way or the other from this performance. The fact that Powell didn’t do anything of note only weighs on his fantasy redraft ADP more…a semi-blessing in disguise of the awful Jets preseason offense when McCown is gone.
— Both Robby Anderson and Austin Seferian-Jenkins had one target with no catch…uncatchable targets. Again, you can’t blame them at this stage.
— The aforementioned Kenny Golladay went back to earth in this game as the Lions main WR starters took over…one catch for 6 yards on one target for Golladay.
— Let’s talk a little Dwayne Washington (8-24-0, 1-11-0/2)…
Some of you are holding onto Washington in a deeper roster dynasty league because of my unbridled enthusiasm from 2016. Thank you for your confidence.
I’m about an inch away from fully releasing any of you remaining believers from carrying this burden. It’s not that I’ve changed my mind on Washington, but I can see by the way he’s being used that this is going nowhere fast for fantasy. I’m more excited that he may get cut in a number’s game and have a chance to land in a good place.
Ameer Abdullah started and looks like typical Ameer Abdullah. He was followed by Zach Zenner, who clearly is ahead of Washington in the pecking order. After Zenner, and before Washington entered, we got a dose of Matt Asiata because that’s important.
Once the great Asaita was finished, Dwayne Washington worked most of the second half of the game. When a 3rd–4th string running back starts getting heavy amounts of time in the second half of a preseason game — that speaks to me as an extended preview for a guy on the bubble to prove it.
It’s possible all the lovely things his running back coach is saying are possible hints by the coach to the decisions makers not to dismiss DW. I don’t know that it’s going to work. If Washington does stick, he’s buried. There’s a lot of raw talent to work with in Washington but I don’t think Detroit is where he’ll get his chance for proper development and opportunity – ditto for Zach Zenner.
— You know who looks good every (two) preseason game so far – Lions tight and Michael Roberts (2-29-0/2). Not only catching the ball but as a blocker…an old-school TE, a watered down Antonio Gates. He’s ready for Week 1 if needed, and it looks like he might be since Eric Ebron is still on vacation from participating in the preseason. Ebron is a total joke and I cannot believe the Lions, who have gotten a lot smarter about things, picked up his contract option.
The Lions’ starting tight end of note in two years will be Michael Roberts, not Eric Ebron.
— Lions backup, 2017 free agent signee linebackers Nick Bellore (4 tackles) and Paul Worrilow (3 tackles) could be starting for several teams in the NFL, but are backups to rookie Jarrad Davis (2 tackles) it appears. Davis is solid, but he’s not as good as Bellore and Worrilow. The fact that The Lions GM is brilliantly picking up talent and his head coach is pissing it down the drain…that action is going to come to a boil in January 2018 if the Lions don’t make the playoffs this year.
— All I’ve seen from Jamal Adams (3 tackles) so far is him running towards plays where the runner’s back is turned or they’re heading to the sidelines — and Adams getting his hands on them for a cheap credited tackle. I don’t recall making any notes of a great Jamal Adams open field tackle in the NFL yet – and that’s why I was worried about him in NFL draft scouting months ago. His college output was a glimpse into the problem and I think the tape showed it as well – guy who moves fast so he cons bad scouts into thinking fast = good. See: Myles Jack. Concrete-footed at first, and then running like your hair is on fire slightly late to the action is not 1st-round draft pick material. Bas scouts see the approaching speed and marvel…looking past the result of the play.
I’m not writing off Jamal Adams yet because I haven’t seen enough of his work at the pro level – but what I have seen hasn’t changed my NFL Draft opinion. He may be better served as a coverage safety or a move to corner. I like the way he moves I just don’t like the way he plays against the run.
— Our IDP analyst JWolfe is pointing out Cornelius Washington (3 tackles, 1 sack) as a sleeper on the Lions D-Line. So, I watched him a little more in this game – he did get a sack but it was cheap. He was totally unblocked and just made a beeline for the quarterback. I did not see anything that made me go wow or turned me off.
— Lions rookie CB Jamall Agnew continues to integrate himself into the defense/the team. He had a team high six tackles and was working in the return game. A draft steal.
— For my last note, those of you who’ve been with me for a while I’m going to roll your eyes. Those of you who are new or going to wonder what I’m talking about. Beg my pardon for a moment…
You know who looks good on the Jets defense in this game – Shamarko Thomas (4 tackles, 1 TFL). Hitting hard. Moving fast. Seemingly in the right place at the right time as needed. I’m not putting him as a top 10 IDP DB just yet…not even top 100… But I was glad to see him showing out with this new opportunity.
For history’s sake, Shamarko Thomas was one of our top rated NFL Draft safeties over at College Football Metrics.com several years ago in his draft class. I’ve always been a fan of his abilities, especially his ability to tackle/hit.
Likely, everything I just typed is a total waste of all of our times, but there it is…what else better you got to do than talk about/read about Shamarko Thomas?