2019 Dynasty-Fantasy Preseason Analysis Wk2 Bengals 23, Redskins 13
This seemed like it would be a dull game to watch, outside of fans of the team, and not much for fantasy but it was a pretty interesting/entertaining watch with several rookie notes.
I have to say – the Bengals looked pretty sharp here. Maybe it’s because I watched Arizona before this and resaw how sloppy they started. Although, this was another penalty festival – 21 penalties accepted for 190 yards between the two teams. The refs are making this preseason particularly unbearable…or NFL coaches are horrible at their jobs because what are they doing in the training camps if they come out and have 4 penalties on their first offensive series?
Let’s get to the Fantasy Player Notes:
-- Watching ESPN ‘SportsCenter’ for the first time in a very long time, by accident after the ARI-OAK preseason game was all I needed to know about where the media was going with the rookie QBs from 2019…
You see, right away (December-January-February) THEY almost all had Dwayne Haskins (7-14 for 114 yards, 1 TD/0 INT) as the top 1-2-3 player in the draft and definitely the best QB. Kyler Murray was seen as not good enough to play in the NFL, so please go play baseball. To THEM, this shouldn’t be happening…Kyler Murray shouldn’t be a thing and Haskins so disrespected.
So, last night ESPN was breaking down Murray and Haskins from the THU night games. Their take was how Murray got everything wrong and he got his comeuppance. Haskins…well, he struggled as rookies tend to do, but let’s watch this 50+ yard TD toss he had several times over-and-over and use that to subtly prove he’s better.
If they played 100 Kyler video clips last night into the next morning, I bet 95 of them were him taking that sack/safety and his overthrow of Larry Fitzgerald on his first throw. If they showed 100 Dwayne Haskins video clips, it was 33 showings of a misfired pass and 67 showings of the 50+ yard TD pass he hit.
ESPN shows a Haskins bad moment, but that’s the setup to show you his one good throw…to show redemption and evolving…hope for THEIR guy.
I watched Haskins here, and it was the same as last week, and the same as him at Ohio State – erratic and staring receivers down.
ESPN didn’t spend a second uttering the name of Cincy rookie QB Ryan Findley (20-26 for 150 yards, 2 TDs/0 INT)…because he doesn’t matter. Findley looked way better in this game than Haskins did. Why isn’t that a story at all? Doesn’t fit what the pre-think and what they want to drill into your mind.
Colt McCoy can’t get healthy. Dwayne Haskins is absolutely not ready. Case Keenum (7-14 for 114 yards, 1 TD/0 INT) is going to start…and if the Redskins could get Trent Williams to play for them, the Skins might be the sleeper team in the NFC East. If Alex Smith and Trent Williams were never injured – the Redskins compete/win the NFC East 2019, I believe (and probably the 2018 NFC East as well).
-- Joe Mixon (1-3-0) had one official carry, but he lost another to penalty (shocker) a sweet 14-yard run. He looked in mid-season form.
On the other side of the field, Adrian Peterson (4-31-0) got some work in. He looks slower, to me. But AP seems to find a way come regular season no matter his age. But I thought he was definitively slower than I remembered from last season.
-- The player of the night for me… Washington UDFA rookie WR Steve Sims (1 carry, -5 yards, 1-16-0/3). You look at the stat line and don’t care.
His first catch of the game was Case Keenum hitting him for a medium pass and run 44-yard near-TD (knocked out of bounds at the 3-yard line trying to take it home)…called back by a phantom penalty (shocker). Sims had blown his guy away off the snap and was open by 10 yards.
Later, he had a nice 16-yard catch…taken away by penalty (shocker).
He also got a jet sweep opportunity but the moment he took the ball, a D-Lineman was already in the backfield unblocked and tackled him one-step later. It was a good sign that Gruden sees something in Sims to get him a jet sweep. There is hope he makes the team, I believe. If he goes on waivers and goes unclaimed, I will lose my mind.
He’s a Taylor Gabriel-like player only a better receiver with a dash of Tyreek Hill in him. The measurables don’t say it but my eyes did back in February scouting him for the NFL Draft.
-- The Bengals have a pair of sweet UDFA rookie WRs…
I’m a Stanley Morgan (2-21-0/3) fan. I think he’s one of the better work horse WR prospects from this draft (went undrafted). He’s looked like I expected in the pros – a tougher Robert Woods.
I didn’t see coming -- WR Damion Willis (5-59-0/5). I reported on him a little nugget weeks ago from Bengals camp. He has looked good both preseason games as well.
Both are definite NFL players. We’ll see if both make the 53-man roster…I think once will not in the numbers game (because you gotta keep John Ross instead of cutting your losses).
-- Slow as death report…
Bengals UDFA TE Drew Sample (2-15-1/2) looks competent but not a great athlete. The typical NFL TE.
Tyler Eifert (0-0-0/1) is back from the dead. He saw an end zone throw, as Dalton loves to deal to him, but misconnected. Eifert just looked slowed from all his injuries over the years and natural aging. I didn’t see any ‘it’.
-- IDP notes…
I’m really impressed with Redskins 2nd-year SAF Troy Apke (6 tackles) this preseason. I wasn’t sure he was enough of a hitter to be a starting NFL safety coming out of Penn State (but a wonderful athlete), but he’s been terrific all preseason. A real IDP sleeper now…possible starter Week 1 or takeover by Weeks 3-4.
I liked Redskins’ UDFA LB B.J. Blunt (5 tackles, 1 TFL) when I watched some of his tape ahead of the East-West Shrine 2019…but he didn’t look like a real NFL linebacker here. Good effort, just lacking. His measurables foretold of the problem.
I watched several snaps focusing only on rookie Montez Sweat (1 tackle)…I didn’t see the ‘wow’ factor. I’m not declaring and panicking, just sharing my note. I wanted to see something special and I didn’t see it here. He was fine but not ‘wow’.
Bengals LB Germaine Pratt (3 tackles, 1 PD) won me over a little as this game went on. The first few plays I isolated on him --I was turned off…but then I started seeing him just everywhere. He’s active and aggressive. He works in the NFL. Not sure if he starts until 2020+.
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