NOT EASY BEING
The abrupt retirement of Pro Bowl left tackle Willie Roaf doesn't bode well for
the fantasy value of Chiefs quarterback Trent Green (left). Kansas City, which
already had lost right tackle John Welbourn to retirement in June, will be more
conservative offensively under new coach Herm Edwards. In fact, Chiefs
president Carl Peterson says, his team "should surpass" the 520 rushing
attempts it had in 2005.
CAROLINA ON MY
DeAngelo Williams, the Panthers' first-round draft pick, was impressive during
minicamps and is emerging as a sleeper. The rookie running back has the
explosiveness and vision to be a star in the Carolina offense-- coach John Fox
has his mind set on running the ball more this season--and starter DeShaun
Foster has a long history of injuries. If you're looking for a backup in the
later rounds, Williams merits strong consideration.
Antowain Smith RB
Domanick Davis is hobbled with a bum knee, opening up an opportunity for some
additional carries for the 10th-year veteran.
CEDRIC HOUSTON RB
The second-year man has the best chance to replace ailing Curtis Martin.
Ernest Wilford WR
He and Matt Jones are emerging as Byron Leftwich's primary options.
LenDale White RB
Tussled with teammates at practice last week and has fallen to third on the
It's only August, and stalwarts Freeney, Sanders, Simon, Doss and Reagor are
already banged up.