Speed Bump 18 - The TO Poll
Posted Aug. 12 at 02:41 AM
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The great and stormy of career of Terrell Owens will last at least one more season. Left on the open market until July 27th while team after team publicly declared their intention not to sign him, Owens finally landed a one-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals worth $2M and another $2M in possible bonuses (the Bills paid Owens $6.5M for one season last year). Negotiated into the Bengals deal so we hear, TO also gets a named Dynasty Rogues poll in his honor. He'll get a hodge-podge of competitors in Steve Breaton, Malcom Floyd and Demaryius Thomas. With Speed Bump 18 we now have covered at least one player from each of the 32 NFL teams and the odds of getting all 18 (of 30) so far (randomly guessing anyway) has now topped one in 50 billion!
Now heading into his 15th season in the NFL and 5th NFL team Terrell Owens will soon become #2 on the NFL's all-time receiving yardage board needing 257 yards to pass Isaac Bruce and leaving Jerry Rice as his only superior (Rice's greatness is on an island unto itself with 22,895 receiving yards). There was little popcorn in TO's one-year stint as a Buffalo Bill last season as he posted just 829 yards on 55 receptions. Despite then being 35-years-old however his YPC average was still there (and at 15.1 it was actually higher than his career average) but Owens caught just over 50% of passes thrown his way. Then again, Owens was on the other end of a motley crew at QB in Ryan Fitzpatrick, Trent Edwards and Brian Brohm. Collectively they had a 70.0 QB rating with 15 TDs to 19 INTs. He'll certainly get a marked upgrade this year in Carson Palmer. A few hours after the Cincinnati signing was announced TO tweeted "Ocho Uno is coming 2 town!! Hey Robin, Batman will b there soon!" – love him or hate him, you have to admit, that was mega-funny. The self-taken photo featured on the poll accompanied his tweet.
First up, and perhaps the bogey for each of these receivers and the safest option is Arizona's Steve Breaston. With Arizona trading Anquan Boldin to the Ravens, Breaton presumably steps into a starter's role. The 4th-year receiver is the 32nd WR selected in 2010 drafts on average and the 33rd WR in magazine rankings on average. After totaling just 92 yards as a rookie, Breaton has proven to be a key cog in the Arizona offense averaging 66 catches and 859 yards over the last two seasons. However, he's been light in the scoring department with just 3 TDs each of the past two seasons. Breaston really fizzled down the stretch last year. Over the Cardinals last seven games of the regular season Breaston had just 16 catches for 167 yards, although he had a 7-125-1 TD playoff game (plus 28 yards rushing) in the Cardinals win over Green Bay in the playoffs and 4-52 the following week in their season-ending loss to New Orleans.
Whether Chargers' Vincent Jackson follows through on his threat to sit out the first ten games of the season or not (he is suspended for the first three games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy), Malcom Floyd will be one of the team's starters. The soon-to-be-29-year-old receiver has just 1,597 total yards in six NFL seasons but he finally moved into the full-time starter's role last year, overtaking Chris Chambers on the depth in Week 8. There are pros and cons to be heard. Floyd had just 1 TD on the year and failed to top 4 receptions in any game until week 17 (he has a career-best 9-140 in that game). While Phillip Rivers has back-to-back 4,000-yard seasons, San Diego doesn't actually pass as much as you would think. Over the past two seasons San Diego is one of only nine teams that do not have 1,000 pass attempts. On the plus side, there were only four starting WRs in the NFL last year that topped 17 yards per reception and San Diego has two of the four in Jackson and Floyd. While Floyd only had one TD last year he was tackled near the goal line on several long pass plays and he scored 4 TDs on just 27 receptions in 2008.
After listening to chants of put me in coach, we'll oblige and let Denver's Demaryius Thomas enter the competition joining teammates Jabar Gaffney ("Santana Mosstrap") and Eddie Royal ("Short and Speedy WRs"). Declaring himself eligible for the NFL Draft after his junior season, Denver made Thomas the #1 receiver selected this year (taken 22nd overall). Built close in stature to Detroit's Calvin Johnson, Thomas (who like Johnson played at Georgia Tech) averaged 19.5 yards per catch in college, including a crazy 25.1 YPC last year (Thomas played primarily in a triple-option offense for the majority of his college career and was mainly asked to get downfield so he may have to make an adjustment to a pro-style offense) – also, Thomas broke his foot in February but had been able to fully participate in camp prior to some recent soreness.
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Posted by KEVIN WEAKLAND | Aug. 12 at 11:33 AM
All I know is that TO looked pretty good out of the gate in the first preseason game
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