Ranking best backfields (cont.)
25. New York Jets
Questionable: Any rookie QB is a question, even this Mark. And how much of a problem will Jones' agitation for another new deal be?
The Thought: Sanchez needs to perform well and fast or face a New York-media-and-fan onslaught over his beefcake photo shoots and a high-profile rookie start a la Matt Leinart. Maybe it's a USC thing.
26. Washington Redskins
The Thought: Campbell isn't as good as either of those two. And Portis is going into his eighth season. That's too much heavy lifting for high-volume legs.
27. Buffalo Bills
Questionable: T.O. has disrupted better offenses and quarterbacks' minds than the Bills and Edwards.' Actually, unless T.O. breaks completely with custom, the question is, what were the Bills thinking?
The Thought: What were the Bills thinking?
28. Oakland Raiders
Add/subtract: Garcia is a stable element either on or off the field. And Al Davis still loves his receivers, doesn't he? Darrius Heyward-Bey was a surprise pick at No. 7, but then again, knowing Davis ...
Questionable: Russell's leadership. When he understands that arm strength is less important than other strengths, then the Raiders might have something. And will someone please find McFadden some shoes that fit and, while you're up, a coherent role in the offense?
The Thought: If Russell doesn't seem to be taking his career seriously, why should anyone else?
29. Detroit Lions
Add/subtract: No. 1's were invested in Stafford and TE Brandon Pettigrew and veteran OT Ephraim Salaam gives depth and stability up front. WR Bryant Johnson will complement Calvin Johnson for Stafford.
Questionable: The 0-16 is history but is all the scar tissue and losing mentality?
The Thought: They can't help but win more than they did last year. But this will be a shakedown cruise for a rookie in an NFC North with toughened defenses and that could indeed be shaky.
30. Cleveland Browns
Questionable: Anderson or Quinn? More important, is either NFL-grade ultimately? Lewis is recovering from offseason ankle surgery at age 30.
The Thought: The OL is strong and few teams have more potential threats at wide receiver to help their quarterbacks, but by midseason Eric Mangini may be asking one of them if he can take snaps unless Anderson or Quinn show something.
31. Seattle Seahawks
Add/subtract: Houshmandzadeh was a marquee signing but he is not an elite No. 1.
Questionable: Hasselbeck's return from back problems is expected to be without incident but there's no guarantee for the soon-to-be 34 year old. And the Seahawks lost six of the seven games in which Hasselbeck did play.
The Thought: Wallace posted an 87.0 passer rating in Hasselbeck's place but the three top rushing averages were by QBs for an offense that desperately needs its next Shaun Alexander.
32. Jacksonville Jaguars
Who: QB David Garrard; RB Maurice Jones-Drew
Questionable: Garrard's play in general. After a 3-3 start, he had just two 100-plus passer ratings in a 2-8 run and one of those was against the Lions.
The Thought: Jones-Drew is a legitimate threat rushing or receiving, but Garrard has not taken a step he and the Jags need.
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