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Old 08-21-2006, 05:34 PM   #1
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Default Under the radar....

Okay guys, Steeler fans, Patriots fans, Charger fans, Bengals fans....football fans....

Give me a couple of names each of players in your squad that you expect to step it up this year in terms of production and impact.

Im thinking low round rookies, former PS squad players that type of thing......players that haven't already become a fixture as a starter.

Gimme a couple of lines about why you picked the guy.

I'll go first.

Two players to watch out for.

Bam Childress (WR) - this guy was a pre-season wonder last year, but couldnt break a healthy Patriots depth chart at WR.

This year things figure to be different, he has shown some nice ability to catch the deep ball and is obviously a highly motivated individual.

You also have to factor in the weaknes of the current WR corps, especially without Branch in the mix.

This guy is a fans favorite already for his whole hearted attitude - if he can make the 3rd/4th WR slot his own it will have been a fantastic acheivement.


Jeremy Mincey (OLB) - The type of tweener that BB loves at OLB - has already shown plenty of impact ability in his short NFL career - slightly too small to be a 3-4 DE this guy should get some reps due to the relative weakness of the LBer corps - especially if Mike Vrabel has to move back inside.

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Old 08-21-2006, 06:06 PM   #2
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Default Re: Under the radar....

Good thread topic.

After watching only two preseason games I would go with:

Willie Reid: His punt/kick return skills are something to watch. Not only does this kid have crazy speed, but his acceleration is unbelievable. On top of that, I'm hearing he's looking damn good in camp outside of his ST duties (many are saying better than Holmes). I think he's going to put big smiles on Steeler fans faces this season. The boy is dangerous.

Brett Keisel: While Steeler fans are aware of the Deisel's abilities, many outside of the organization are not. This guy is a beast. His one weakness heading into camp was not being able to stop the run. I've heard that has completely changed. Although he did not look very good during the Vikings game (McKinnie was having a field day with him), but I think the more experience he get's, the better he's going to get this season. He's supposedly up to 290.

Nate Washington: Keeping this simple. They need to give this kid a chance. After the Vikings game I believe he earned that chance. Supposedly, his main weakness coming into camp was his speed. In the words of Whiz, his speed is "deceiving". After watching his back-to-back game reverses, I agree. He has nice height, doesn't put the ball on the ground. Runs smooth routes for the most part. You throw him the ball and he catches it. What's the problem?
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Old 08-21-2006, 06:11 PM   #3
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Default Re: Under the radar....

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Good thread topic:

After watching only two preseason games I would go with.....

Willie Reid: His punt/kick return skills are something to watch. Not only does this kid have crazy speed, but his acceleration is unbelievable. On top of that, I'm hearing he's looking damn good in camp outside of his ST duties (many are saying better than Holmes). I think he's going to put big smiles on Steeler fans faces this season. The boy is dangerous.

Brett Keisel: While Steeler fans are aware of the Deisel's abilities, many outside of the organization are not. This guy is a beast. His one weakness heading into camp was not being able to stop the run. I've heard that has completely changed. Although he did not look very good during the Vikings game (McKinnie was having a field day with him), but I think the more experience he get's, the better he's going to get this season. He's supposedly up to 290.

Nate Washington: Keeping this simple. They need to give this kid a chance. After the Vikings game I believe he earned that chance. Supposedly, his main weakness coming into camp was his speed. In the words of Whiz, his speed is "deceiving". After watching his back-to-back game reverses, I agree. He has nice height, doesn't put the ball on the ground. Runs smooths routes for the most part. You throw him the ball and he catches it. What's the problem?
Thanks 83,

I've heard quite a bit about Keisel he sounds like a real breakout candidate - he'll get his chance to shine this year - thats for sure.

Pittsburgh fans will be the ones to really notice him - DE in the 3-4 doesnt get alot of headlines but they do the spade work for the glory boy LBers right?!

Reid has done a nice job of keeping his head down and trying to push himself up the depth chart - while his higher rated fellow draftee has been lacking focus.

A speed merchent with good hands and good football intelligence could put up some nice numbers this year in the Steelers offense.

Dont know too much about Nate Washington, but there is always a need for a solid guy who goes over the middle, who makes the tough catches look matter of fact.

If it wasn't for the checkdown guys then the guys on the end of the deep bombs wouldnt be half so effective

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Yeah....lol, I added one more. Sorry about that. I have a nasty "editing" problem.
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Default Re: Under the radar....

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Good thread topic.

After watching only two preseason games I would go with:

Willie Reid: His punt/kick return skills are something to watch. Not only does this kid have crazy speed, but his acceleration is unbelievable. On top of that, I'm hearing he's looking damn good in camp outside of his ST duties (many are saying better than Holmes). I think he's going to put big smiles on Steeler fans faces this season. The boy is dangerous.

Brett Keisel: While Steeler fans are aware of the Deisel's abilities, many outside of the organization are not. This guy is a beast. His one weakness heading into camp was not being able to stop the run. I've heard that has completely changed. Although he did not look very good during the Vikings game (McKinnie was having a field day with him), but I think the more experience he get's, the better he's going to get this season. He's supposedly up to 290.

Nate Washington: Keeping this simple. They need to give this kid a chance. After the Vikings game I believe he earned that chance. Supposedly, his main weakness coming into camp was his speed. In the words of Whiz, his speed is "deceiving". After watching his back-to-back game reverses, I agree. He has nice height, doesn't put the ball on the ground. Runs smooths routes for the most part. You throw him the ball and he catches it. What's the problem?
Nice picks 83 I would agree with all of those.

You can see how natural a punt returner Willie Reid is. All he needs is the experience at the NFL level.

I think Keisel is going to have a real good year. I wouldn't be suprised if he gets around 7-8 sacks this year.

By the end of the year the rest of the NFL will know who Nate Washington is.
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Vincent Jackson (WR) - Vjack is a HUGE reciever with great speed. He's 6'5, 241 lbs and ran a 4.57 40 yard dash at his combine, which i'm sure has improved since then. He has great hands, and has seemingly bonded well with Philip Rivers

Matt Wilhelm (MLB) - With Donnie Edwards basically holding out, Matt will have a lot more playing time. He showed a bunch of potential in the past year and doesn't look to be the tackling sled that Edwards is.

Tim Dobbins (MLB) - I don't know if he'll come onto the scene this year, but he will soon I guarentee it. He was a 6th round pick and is a beast of a LB. http://youtube.com/watch?v=8I_EVr_GLFU

Michael "The Burner" Turner (RB) - Most people got their first glance at what The Burner could do at Indy, but that isn't really Turner's style. He is a power back and could probably start on any number of teams in the NFL. With the running game likely to be a focus again this year, Turner could get a bunch of chances. http://youtube.com/watch?v=UL5PYoVC0EY <- Against the Bears #1 Defense

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Rashad Jeanty (OLB) - The guy's from the CFL, just joined the Bengals this offseason, but he has been a beast and starting all of the preseason games up to this point. It looks like he'll be the first backup to both OLB positions, at least until Odell is back. He's like another David Pollack...a LB with the pass-rushing skills of a DE.

Tab Perry (WR) - He was the 6th round draft pick of the Bengals last year. Last year he was buried behind a talented group of receivers, but this year he will get a chance at more playing time. He was a force on kick returns last season (he was the guy who got the long one against Pittsburgh last season). He's a big receiver and will likely see playing time at H-Back and TE on occasion, as well as time at 3rd or 4th receiver (depending on Chris Henry's status).

Domata Peko (DT) - The 4th round pick of the Bengals in this year's draft. You might remember him playing for MSU in the Michigan-Michigan State game and returning a fumble for a score. Anyway, he has outhustled just about every Bengals defensive lineman this offseason. Going into the season he will likely be the 3rd DT on the depth chart, with a great chance of supplanting either John Thornton or Sam Adams by the end of the season. Either way, he will get quite a bit of playing time.
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Vincent Jackson (WR) - Vjack is a HUGE reciever with great speed. He's 6'5, 241 lbs and ran a 4.57 40 yard dash at his combine, which i'm sure has improved since then. He has great hands, and has seemingly bonded well with Philip Rivers

Matt Wilhelm (MLB) - With Donnie Edwards basically holding out, Matt will have a lot more playing time. He showed a bunch of potential in the past year and doesn't look to be the tackling sled that Edwards is.

Tim Dobbins (MLB) - I don't know if he'll come onto the scene this year, but he will soon I guarentee it. He was a 6th round pick and is a beast of a LB. http://youtube.com/watch?v=8I_EVr_GLFU

Michael "The Burner" Turner (RB) - Most people got their first glance at what The Burner could do at Indy, but that isn't really Turner's style. He is a power back and could probably start on any number of teams in the NFL. With the running game likely to be a focus again this year, Turner could get a bunch of chances. http://youtube.com/watch?v=UL5PYoVC0EY <- Against the Bears #1 Defense
Thanks for the reply boLT!

I shall keep an eye out for the guys you noted.

The Bolts run D is already impressive enough without discovering more decent MLB's - any decent scraps send to the New England Patriots c/o Robery Kraft

Jackson seems to have all the prototypical stats for a top WR - lets se what he can do game time.

I had a feeling you might mention Turner - thats a hell of a combo you have with LT in the mix aswell.

I think the Bolts, Patriots and Saints are going to be 3 of the hottest running teams this year.

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Rashad Jeanty (OLB) - The guy's from the CFL, just joined the Bengals this offseason, but he has been a beast and starting all of the preseason games up to this point. It looks like he'll be the first backup to both OLB positions, at least until Odell is back. He's like another David Pollack...a LB with the pass-rushing skills of a DE.

Tab Perry (WR) - He was the 6th round draft pick of the Bengals last year. Last year he was buried behind a talented group of receivers, but this year he will get a chance at more playing time. He was a force on kick returns last season (he was the guy who got the long one against Pittsburgh last season). He's a big receiver and will likely see playing time at H-Back and TE on occasion, as well as time at 3rd or 4th receiver (depending on Chris Henry's status).

Domata Peko (DT) - The 4th round pick of the Bengals in this year's draft. You might remember him playing for MSU in the Michigan-Michigan State game and returning a fumble for a score. Anyway, he has outhustled just about every Bengals defensive lineman this offseason. Going into the season he will likely be the 3rd DT on the depth chart, with a great chance of supplanting either John Thornton or Sam Adams by the end of the season. Either way, he will get quite a bit of playing time.
Hey 85,

Is it my imagination or are the Bengals becoming the Colts of the AFCN?

Loaded on offense with a D built around the take away and the pass rush, but something of a weakness right up the gut.

The DT you mention should indeed see quite a bit of playing time - even if Sam Adams of the official 'starter' on the team.

Is it fair to say that Adams will be used in a role play basis - run stuffer and first downs or will he see more action than that?

Any road, we will see how things shake out as we get into the season.

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Verron Haynes

This guy has a blend of speed and power I like a lot. He broke some runs last season that made me shake my head, reminded of (dare I say it) Barry Sanders early in his career. I really like the way that guy carries the mail, and I think he's going to establish himself as that power back for short yardage and late in the game. If he weighed 20 more pounds, people would be scared to tackle the guy.
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