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Training Camp Hype ("TCH")
Week 3

Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four

MIA | MIN | NE | NO | NYG | NYJ | OAK | PHI | PIT | STL | SD | SF | SEA | TB | TEN | WAS

Before sitting down to write this series in 2009, I thought it would be prudent to re-visit 2008, and determine if there was any value in re-generating this series. What I found most intriguing was its precautionary advice, namely not to rely on it as gospel, but as a source of useful information to weed through in the hopes of unearthing a single nugget that would elevate a team’s chances come draft day. Accordingly, as you go through the next four weeks of training camp hype, you have to remember that it is called “hype”, because that is all that it is. It is propaganda wrapped up inside a riddle, wrapped again in a puzzle, entrenched in an enigma, surrounded by conundrum.


Arizona Cardinals – The Matt Leinart v. Brian St. Pierre alleged battle for back-up quarterback position is over thanks to St. Pierre’s back injury and Leinart’s Friday night lights performance. Despite Tim Hightower averaging over six yards per carry against the Packers, the distance between he and Beanie Wells may no longer be that great. Reports about Beanie Wells’ ankle injury being more serious than the Cardinals were letting on appeared premature Friday night when Wells ran for 46 yards on seven carries and crossed the goal line twice. Wells commented that he does not feel he is at full strength yet, which makes his fantasy owners grin. However, Wells still has not been able to pick up the blitz or catch the ball consistently keeping Hightower above him on the depth chart. Personally, I do not think the game against the Packers was a true indication that the Cardinals ground game is anywhere near supplanting their aerial attack. RB LaRod Stephens-Howling (concussion) continues to turn heads and is now being compared to Darren Sproles. He took a page out of the Sproles handbook when he ran two kicks back for 89 yards and 63 yards. Early Doucet lost his bid to move up the depth chart when he fractured his ribs. Doucet will be out 2-4 weeks and the wide receivers are locked in with Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, Steve Breaston and Jerheme Urban. While the Arizona tight end remains fantasy irrelevant in all but the deepest of leagues, there is a battle at this position with Ben Patrick on a four game suspension. Leonard Pope is behind Stephen Spach and Patrick. Of interest, wide receivers Lance Long and Onrea Jones may not make the team, but keep an eye out for Todd Haley swooping them up to fill out his depleted receiver group in Kansas City.

St. Louis Rams – Marc Bulger returned to the practice field Sunday after convalescing his broken thumb but Bulger’s thumb may not be 100% by opening day. Also back in the fold much earlier than anticipated, is Donnie Avery. The Rams plan on relying heavily on Steven Jackson, which presents a problem if Jackson goes down for any extended period (which happened in 2007 and 2008). The back-ups are not entrenched and likely would result in a committee of Samkon Gado, Antonio Pittman, Kenneth Darby and perhaps Chris Ogbonnaya. Laurent Robinson has climbed into the top of the ladder and is expected to start in the #2 role.

San Francisco 49ers – Installment number three of the Michael Crabtree report reveals…nada. Crabtree is now the only unsigned draft pick and looks to be torpedoing his NFL career a la Mike Williams. In two drafts already, I have seen Crabtree go around the same time as Donnie Avery, Ted Ginn, Jr., Nate Burleson, etc. . . . Crabtree has not seen the field in OTA’s, mini-camp or training camp. Is this an astute draft philosophy in anything but a dynasty league? A few pieces of news I found interesting are: (1) Crabtree is apparently residing in the Bay City instead of his hometown in Texas; (2) 49ers’ GM Scot McLoughan is confident that a contract will get done; and (3) Crabtree may sign around Labor Day as the economic pinch does not hit until opening day. However, even if Crabtree signs, the season will likely be halfway over before he sees significant play time. Shaun Hill has been anointed the starting quarterback. Needless to say, the olden days of Joe Montana and Steve Young are gone when the 49ers are debating between the lesser of two evils like Hill and Alex Smith. Nothing has changed on the receiver front - Josh Morgan and Isaac Bruce have are locked in as starters, with Arnaz Battle, Jason Hill, Dominique Zeigler and Michael Spurlock all battling it out for number three. Since a Singletary led 49ers offense plans to force the run, even Morgan and Bruce have iffy fantasy relevance. Glen Coffee has catapulted from his early training camp woes. Where Coffee started training camp as a dud, his pre-season performances have put him on fantasy draft boards. By all accounts, Coffee is not anticipated to steal any carries from Frank Gore, but he could be a needy handcuff. By the way, if you have not yet gleaned this from these reports – the 49ers think Gore wears a blue cape with a red “S” embossed in a yellow background. He should see a lot of work this season.

Seattle Seahawks – The reported chemistry between Matt Hasselbeck and T.J. Houshmandzadeh revealed itself against the Chiefs this weekend when the two hooked up for 60 yards and a touchdown on five catches. Also getting into the action was John Carlson who put up nearly identical numbers. Nate Burlson, Deion Butler and Deion Branch each caught two passes, which fits with Greg Knapp’s earlier statement that he intends to spread the ball around. Walter Jones is out of practice and now appears to be shelved for a significant period of time due to a reoccurrence of his knee injury. Last week I jumped early on Justin Forsett, figuring that Jim Mora, Jr. would once again cut T.J. Duckett (I was right). But the Seahawks scooped Edgerrin James out of a retirement home keeping Forsett locked in at number three. The problem is Seattle needs to get the running game moving. Averaging just 2.9 yards per carry in the first two games, neither Julius Jones nor Justin Forsett were able to get their yards per carry to the 4.0 line against the Chiefs. If you picked Jones in your draft, do not fret just yet. Despite the signing of the Edge, Jones is the Hawks’ top dog and Knapp suggests it will take approximately six weeks into the season before the Seahawks are firing on all pistons. Given Knapp’s history, I give this some credence.


Dallas Cowboys – The Dallas Cowboys wide receivers have become the Training Camp Hype version of Katy Perry’s “Hot N’ Cold.” Just when I say Roy Williams is not on the same page with Tony Romo, they connect. Then when I say they are on the same page, he hurts his shoulder. I start off with Miles Austin leaping up the charts then Sam Hurd puts on a display of his own. Now, Austin is once again turning heads. Nevertheless, the battle between Austin and Hurd is undecided. The Cowboy wide receiver group could be any number of combinations with Williams, Patrick Crayton, Hurd and Austin (I’m not ready to give Kevin Ogletree too much run at this point). Felix Jones continues to wow the Cowboy faithful and is making a convincing argument for more playing time. Tashard Choice has presently fallen from grace and this remains a two-back committee by most accounts. The most talked about Cowboy in the last two weeks is Jerry Jones’ video board.

New York Giants – Last week, I noted that Hakeem Nicks has been catching everything thrown his way and has made a great impression in camp. On Saturday, Nicks made himself fantasy relevant with six catches for 144 yards and two touchdowns. Granted, Nicks did all of this in the second half against the Jets second team defense but note he posted those numbers with with David Carr as his quarterback. Tom Coughlin has stated that Nicks’ play has warranted further consideration. The Giants sport a number of not ready for prime time players, all of whom may be fantasy relevant rather quickly. Last year, Derrick Ward proved how valuable the number two running can be in the Giants system and Ahmad Bradshaw is proving the same this year. Danny Ware is also looking strong in his limited playing time. The Giants have a load of receivers who are looking to replace Plaxico Burress. While they did not look good against the Jets, both Steve Smith and Domenik Hixon are looking like strong candidates to be the starters while Derek Hagan, Mario Manningham and Sinorice Moss continue to compete. Manningham may be number three and Nicks appears ahead of fellow rookie Ramses Barden for number four. With the emergence of Nicks, it will not be surprising to see the Giants cut one of these receivers (probably Moss along with Super Bowl hero David Tyree) who will no doubt find their way onto another team.

Philadelphia Eagles – Perhaps the Eagles best move of the summer was signing Michael Vick. The second string quarterback hogs most of the space in the Philadelphia fish wraps and nobody seems to care about more pressing issues like the progress of Brian Westbrook, Jeremy Maclin, the offensive line or the defensive woes. Meanwhile, LeSean McCoy continues to garner all of the positive news. OL Shawn Andrews is back on the field, which is good news for the offense. DeSean Jackson is entrenched as a starting wide receiver, but it’s impossible to figure who is number two between Kevin Curtis and Jason Avant and all the trade talks surrounding Hank Baskett and Reggie Brown.

Washington Redskins – Jason Campbell looked like an NFL quarterback against the Patriots with 209 yards passing and a rushing touchdown. Dating Jessica Simpson may be good for a quarterback’s reputation, but Colt Brennan should have taken a page from Tony Romo before this rumored relationship started, since Brennan has not overtaken Todd Collins as the number two quarterback and now he is battling Chase Daniels just to remain on the roster. There is no official decision as to whether Antwaan Randle-El will hold onto the number two wide receiver position or whether he will be replaced by Devin Thomas or Malcolm Kelly although Kelly appears to have the inside track. There are numerous battles for the remaining wide receiver position, but none of them seem fantasy relevant. Clinton Portis (rib injury) has nothing to worry about from Ladell Betts, but Betts may have something to worry about with back-up Anthony Alridge and Marcus Mason running strong and performing well against the Patriots. It’s not likely there is any true threat to the back-up position, but the Redskins like Mason or Alridge as a change of pace back and Rock Cartwirght appears to be on his way out.


Chicago Bears – Jay Cutler may have needed no more motivation than playing against the Broncos, but he looked pretty good Saturday. Matt Forte’s two touchdowns and 13 touches indicates he is the workhorse and while his yards per touch were paltry, he will be relied on for six points every time the Bears are in the red zone. Kevin Jones is out of the mix after injuring his ankle making "the other Adrian Peterson" the backup RB. The wide receiver scenario is nevertheless a real crap shoot with RB Matt Forte and TE Greg Olsen looking every bit the primary receiving threats. Ron Turner has indicated the Bears will use a four to five wide receiver rotation, with Devin Hester and Earl Bennett as the starters. Vying for the remaining play time has not changed since the last report, with Brandon Rideau at number three and Rashied Davis and Devin Aromashodu putting pressure on him. The loser of these three will likely be playing in a different uniform come week one. Rookies Juaquin Iglesias and Johnny Knox should hold the final positions, but are not fantasy relevant.

Detroit Lions – Over the weekend, Detroit’s quarterback controversy became a little bit watered down when Daunte Culpepper cut open his foot at home and Drew Stanton injured his back. Culpepper’s injury is not serious but the battle is still up in the air. Neither quarterback has yet to become fantasy relevant despite Calvin Johnson’s ability to reel in any ball thrown within fifty yards of him. If you placed a gun to my head, I would speculate that Culpepper starts at this point, but his tightrope will be awfully thin. RB Aaron Brown continues to impress and has looked far superior to Maurice Morris. Kevin Smith looked like an extremely accomplished running back against the Colts and if Saturday’s game is an indication is slated to get a lot of touches in both the running game and as an outlet in the passing game.

Green Bay Packers – The Green Bay ground game may be a decoy to keep defenses honest as none of the running backs looked remarkable against the Cardinals defense Friday night. But, the Packer passing game was en fuego as QB Aaron Rodgers completed nearly 75% of his passes for 258 yards and three touchdowns. Greg Jennings was knocked out of the game quickly with what appeared to be a concussion, but several receivers picked up the slack, including Jordy Nelson, James Jones and the ever-reliable Donald Driver. Also making a name for himself is tight end Jeremichael Finley, who is making a convincing argument to replace Donald Lee at tight end. Finley is a huge and remarkably fast for his size and possesses solid hands. Against both Buffalo and Arizona, Finley has proven to be a mismatch for opposing defenses. RB Tyrell Sutton has been a training camp stud and with Brandon Jackson getting injured, has a good shot at spelling Ryan Grant on third downs.

Minnesota Vikings – My prognostication last article was entirely correct. I have not seen one article coming out of Minnesota which does not have the name “Favre” in its first five words (unless it was a pity article towards Tarvaris Jackson/Sage Rosenfels or a shut-up article towards whining Green Bay fans). Well, if there was any doubt the Vikings are now Brett Favre’s team, Monday night has dispensed with that notion as Favre lead the offense on three scoring drives (okay, maybe he had little to do with Adrian Peterson’s 75-yard touchdown run) ending in two touchdowns and a field goal. Favre played three full quarters. Rookie Percy Harvin had a promising start, being targeted on four of Favre’s 18 passes (one deep) and two rushing plays. Favre’s other primary targets were Visanthe Shiancoe and Chester Taylor. Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels are still battling for backup quarterback position. It would not be all too surprising if Jackson wins the competition and finds himself odd man out as either trade bait or too large an albatross to keep on the string. Oddly, John David Booty appears safe. Bernard Berrian did not see any action Monday night.


Atlanta Falcons – A fear throughout the NFC South is coming to fruition - Matt Ryan and Tony Gonzalez have already developed chemistry. With all the other weapons in this offense, Gonzalez makes the Falcons especially threatening in the red zone and on third downs and is poised to put this team over the top. Michael Turner has been a beast in each of the three preseason games. Turner will get 20-25 carries a game (as evidenced by his 13 touches in the first half against the Chargers). Jerrious Norwood suffered a knee injury which does not appear to be serious. Roddy White, Michael Jenkins and even Brian Finneran were all productive against the Chargers.

Carolina Panthers – Mum is the word on Jonathan Stewart but he recently took a personal day, which some speculate was to have his Achilles tendon re-examined. DeAngelo Williams also sat out in the all-important dress rehearsal against the Ravens on Saturday, but returned to practice Monday morning. Rookie running back Mike Goodson continues to look good with 78 combined yards against the daunting Raven defense. Kenny Moore continues to make great strides and appears to be in front of Dwayne Jarrett. Steve Smith owners may breathe a sigh of relief as he returned to the lineup and looked good.

New Orleans Saints – If a preseason game against the Raiders is something to get excited about, Saints fans have every reason to be excited. The easiest way to scout the Saints is this – Drew Brees, Reggie Bush, Pierre Thomas, Marques Colston, Lance Moore, Devery Henderson, Robert Meachem, Jeremy Shockey – all worth having. Mike Bell – why not? Nuf said.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Byron Leftwich has been anointed the starter, but this appears to be a quarterback by default and not because Leftwich has been overly impressive. Josh Freeman showed a glimpse of the future with an impressive drive against the Dolphins, capped off by a long run by Freeman for the score. The running back position appears to be a fantasy cluster (expletive). Raheem Morris outright stated there will be a platoon between the three running backs (Derrick Ward, Earnest Graham and Carnell Williams), giving the ball to whoever has the hot hand in any given game. It is only preseason, but Cadillac has looked the best in the live action. Antonio Bryant and Michael Clayton have returned to practice and have the starting gigs, but frankly, it’s been impossible to get a read on what the Buccaneer passing game will look like since the starters have been out all summer. Oregon State rookie Sammie Stroughter is still making his way up the depth chart, but is being fought off by Maurice Stovall.


Denver Broncos – Kyle Orton lacerated his finger against his former team, which turned out to be an open dislocation. Orton will most definitely miss the final week of the preseason but hopes to be back opening day. Brandon Marshall’s suspension may be what the doctor ordered if it wakes him up. The monetary loss will be much greater come game one. Eddie Royal will have to become the playmaker in the Broncos game plan. Royal has had a good camp and is poised for a solid year but the position keeps getting thinner with Jabar Gaffney breaking his thumb. Knowshon Moreno continues to miss practices as does LaMont Jordan, who is falling down the depth chart behind Correll Buckhalter.

Kansas City Chiefs – Todd Haley has not hesitated to shake things up. He fired offensive coordinator Chan Gailey and assumed the role of offensive coordinator himself. Matt Cassel’s MCL sprain has him out for the preseason finale is questionable for week one against the Ravens. Brodie Croyle has taken all the first team snaps in Cassel’s absence. Tyler Thigpen was on the trading block, but with the Cassel injury, those rumors have quieted down. Devard Darling was slated to crack the starting lineup, but tore his ACL and is out for the season. The starting wide receiver jobs may belong to Dwayne Bowe, Mark Bradley, Bobby Engram or Terrence Copper. It definitely will not be Amani Toomer who was released. Although Larry Johnson looks to be in his best shape, the offensive line is still a question mark.

Oakland Raiders – After Saturday’s debacle against the Saints, Tom Cable may be praying the league steps in and suspends him for his alleged assault on his assistant coach. There is not one aspect of the Raiders’ offense which seems to be showing promise. Yes, Jamarcus Russell has secured the starting quarterback position, but given his competition, that wasn’t too difficult. Russell has flashes of brilliance, which are followed by poor timing, and ill-advised throws. Do not be fooled by the lack of productivity of the Raiders’ run first offense. Oakland only rushed the ball 11 times against the Saints. Clearly, they are working hard to develop Russell and suffering as a result are Justin Fargas, Darren McFadden and Michael Bush, who each had an opportunity to start at running back in a pre-season game. TE Zach Miller appears more and more to be Russell’s go-to-guy, especially with Chaz Schilens missing time with a knee injury. While the depth chart lists Javon Walker and Chaz Schilens as the starters, the only receivers getting action in the preseason are rookies Darrius Heyward-Bey and Louis Murphy, neither of which should be on your cheat sheet come draft day. Nnamdi Asomugha is slated to miss opening day with a wrist fracture.

San Diego Chargers – I have not been as enthusiastic about the Chargers as I want to be, but none of the “rancor, discourse and/or confusion in Denver, Kansas City and Oakland” which I wrote about last week has dissipated. Each year I have anticipated Vincent Jackson emerging as an elite talent. This year is no different. Jackson looked like a beast against the Falcons making two difficult catches. Philip Rivers looked poised on a second quarter drive converting on four third downs of 13, 17, 28 and 24 yards. The first team had little problem chewing up the Falcons defense for two lengthy touchdown drives (only the second possession went three and out when the Chargers utilized Jacob Hester twice for no gain). Nothing is reportedly wrong with LaDainian Tomlinson, however, his preseason stint has ended and he will be preserved for opening day. Darren Sproles has been eating up both the Chargers’ defense and NFL defenses this preseason, bursting for long runs and/or receptions. Sproles may have more value than just as a fantasy handcuff.


Buffalo Bills – The week three litmus test against the Steelers resulting in a shut-out, may not give Bills fans much to get excited about. Terrell Owens did not play and although he has returned to practice, he is not expected to play the final game of the pre-season. With Marshawn Lynch out the first three games, he is expected to see significant playing time in the final game, while Fred Jackson may not see any due to his sprained thumb/wrist. Lee Evans has had a quiet preseason, but nothing should be read into this. It’s worth noting the first team offense has yet to cross the goal line.

Miami Dolphins – The Dolphins are expecting a breakout season for Ted Ginn, Jr. but for this to happen, he needs help thinning out coverage from his fellow receivers. Davone Bess and Greg Camarillo have not been as impressive as hoped and Patrick Turner has not turned many heads. The man on the move is rookie Brian Hartline who may have secured the number two position by starting the last two games. Ginn is the long ball threat and Hartline may be the possession receiver. Chad Pennington has a vote of confidence from Tony Sporano and appears to be ready to have a productive season. All is quiet on the running back front, with Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams entrenched as the starter and backup respectively.

New England Patriots – Albert Haynesworth landed on Tom Brady in the Patriots- Redskins preseason match-up. The outpouring of concern that Brady may again miss significant time led to Haynesworth’s retort “it wasn’t like I was hitting Gisele.” Similar to the all-Vick, all-Favre media, New England is wrapped up in the “is he or isn’t he injured” frenzy and team policy prevents the media from getting a good read on Brady’s injury. Brady has returned to the field for “light” practice and by at least one reporter’s account, is throwing with velocity. Before the injury, Brady and Randy Moss looked to be back to their 2007 form, hooking up for two touchdowns in just one half of play. Wes Welker continues to miss practice and cites team policy as the reason for not disclosing his injury. However, he has noted that the lack of practice with Brady is going to hurt their timing. Laurence Maroney is also missing practice for undisclosed reasons.

New York Jets – Mark Sanchez has not only been designated the starting quarterback, he is being treated like a veteran. The Jets plan on letting Sanchez see only one series in the preseason finale. Leon Washington has been looking explosive and yet he and team management have not engaged in any further discussions regarding his salary since the last time I wrote. At this rate, Washington could put up the best numbers for a $500K player. Rex Ryan has indicated he will steal from the Ravens three-back approach to relieve the pressure on Mark Sanchez. This could mean big things for both Washington and Thomas Jones. Shonne Green had added cartilage damage to his ribs to his list of ailments and may not see any further preseason action. The battle for the number two receiver opposite of Jerricho Cotchery appears to be over, with Chansi Stuckey likely to earn the spot over David Clowney.


Baltimore Ravens – Over sixty percent of the Ravens offense during the preseason has been focused on the passing game. Knowing Cam Cameron, look for the rushing-passing ratio to flip-flop once the bullets start flying for real. Rice is no longer afforded sleeper status. He’s getting into the open field on screens and outlet passes and seems to be quite effective. He has gone in the fourth round in both my drafts and is on the verge of having a very special year. Joe Flacco looked very impressive against the Panthers, connecting on over eighty percent of his throws for 247 yards and a touchdown, despite having a rag tag fleet of receivers. Making a strong push during the absence of Mark Clayton, is Kelley Washington who has leaped ahead of Demetrius Williams. Clayton is back in practice and should be available to open the season but keep an eye on Washington.

Cincinnati Bengals – From the “that didn’t take long department,” rookie Andre Smith, only days into practice, broke his foot and will be out several weeks. Given the learning curve, it would be safe to assume this year’s Bengals offensive line will not yield any return from their first round pick. Anthony Collins has been practicing at right tackle in Smith’s absence but has been inconsistent – the same can be said for the entire Bengals’ offensive line. By all accounts, Carson Palmer should be a go for opening day, and even though there is talk about him getting preseason action against the Colts, I would not count on that happening. Palmer threw to receivers for a half hour Monday, dropped back after taking snaps and moved without problems. Cedric Benson’s preseason performances have been little to write home about averaging three yards per carry. Bernard Scott continues to add flash at running back, but has fumbled in each of the past two games. Meanwhile, Chad Ochocinco and Chris Henry continue to tear it up with Henry leading the team with 217 yards and three of the team’s four offensive touchdowns. With season ending injuries to Reggie Kelly and Ben Utecht, Chase Coffman has all but wrapped up the starting tight end spot.

Cleveland Browns – Oh my! Jamal Lewis may not even make the squad. Some are speculating that Jerome Harrison and James Davis have made the 30-year-old running back obsolete. Reports are that Lewis is running like his age, slow and indecisive, while rookie Davis has been tearing up camp and is rapidly becoming the sleeper to keep your eye on. However, Davis’ carries have primarily been against third teamers and on passing downs. Harrison is even capable of losing his spot to Noah Herron. The starting quarterback job will go down to the wire. Brady Quinn outplayed Derek Anderson in game three, but no decision has been made. Robert Royal looks like a lock for the starting tight end position. Brian Robiskie, who was once thought to be in good shape to land a starting gig at wide receiver is no longer in the mix.

Pittsburgh Steelers – The Steelers ground game has looked suspect this preseason. Fast Willie Parker has been slow to get off the ground, playing spare minutes due to injuries. Rashard Mendenhall has yet to impress, averaging just over three yards per carry and fumbling a couple times. Hines Ward has looked every bit the seasoned veteran and still should get a lot of targets, while Limas Sweed has locked up the number three receiving slot.


Houston Texans – The Minnesota game dinged up two key players in the Texans offense and are considered questionable for the opener. The often injured Matt Schaub sprained his ankle and was seen wearing a protective boot. However Schaub is confident he will play in the opener against the Jets. Kevin Walter pulled a hamstring and the team does not sound as confident that he will be around on opening day. As previously noted, there is little to report with battles in Houston, but one note of interest coming from the Vikings game was that Steve Slaton and Chris Brown were platooned with Brown coming in to relieve Slaton on short yardage and goal lines. Slaton was more effective against the tough Vikings rush defense and even scored from 4-yards out.

Indianapolis Colts – If game three is a true dress rehearsal, then Joseph Addai looks cemented in as the starting running back. While Addai was relatively unimpressive in the running game, Donald Brown came in to spell Addai and pounded in a strong 8-yard touchdown. Again, there is not much about Donald Brown threatening Joseph Addai’s tenure, but if Addai continues on last year’s pace, I would not be surprised to see Brown get substantial minutes. Dallas Clark and Peyton Manning seem to be in perfect rhythm, while Anthony Gonzalez dropped a sure, uncontested touchdown pass. I would not be surprised if Clark catapults to the top of the tight end list this year. Outside of Clark getting the bulk of the passes (6 catches) against Detroit, Manning spread the ball evenly amongst his receivers, each getting 1-2 catches.

Jacksonville Jaguars – Torry Holt has remains the top Jaguar receiver. Right behind him is Troy Williamson who continues to have a great preseason. Williamson is getting a lot of separation and should’ve had better numbers last week if David Garrard could’ve made some stronger more accurate throws. Nate Hughes has apparently locked up the slot position with his ability to go over the middle. Mike Sims-Walker and Michael Thomas are both coming back from injuries, trying to save their jobs. David Garrard has been unimpressive, but is not in jeopardy of losing his job. RB Chauncy Washington continues to make good use of Rashad Jennings injury downtime and may have replaced Jennings as a back-up to Maurice Jones-Drew. The talk of Greg Jones getting carries may just be talk and Jones-Drew could be platooning with Washington and Jennings. Remember this, Jones-Drew has never rushed for 200 carries in a season - not even last year when he was head and shoulders above Fred Taylor.

Tennessee Titans – Nate Washington is optimistic that he will return from his hamstring injury for opening day but he will not see any further preseason action. The Titans seem content with using Justin Gage and Kenny Britt in Washington’s absence, but are not content with the remaining back-ups. So much so, they may insert tight end Jared Cook into the slot. Cook happens to lead the Titans in receptions during the preseason. Vince Young has been inconsistent with flashes of brilliance and episodic horror. The best chemistry shown to date is between Kerry Collins and Gage who have been hooking up for touchdowns in both games and practices.