? Don't overvalue
exhibition games. "I never believe anything I see in preseason games,"
CBS analyst Phil Simms says. Coaches don't either. Guess who led the NFC in
rushing in the preseason? Brandon Jacobs of the Giants. Guess who's still stuck
behind Tiki Barber, except in goal line situations? This is not to say that you
shouldn't take a flier on a good-looking No. 2 back--runners get hurt all the
time--just keep things in perspective.
? Draft based on
value, not hunches. A few of my hunches: Cedric Benson in the fourth round
(over Frank Gore), because I was sure he'd beat out Thomas Jones early in the
year. The Bucs' defense in the sixth round. (No D is worth a sixth-round pick,
especially one with six or seven geriatrics.) And making last year's hot foot,
Neil Rackers, the second kicker picked overall because I thought his 2005
performance was no fluke. (It was.)
? Go easy on the
rookies. Vince Young (over Philip Rivers) and Sinorice Moss (over anyone who
could walk and chew gum) were wing-and-a-prayer picks. Picking Young was
especially shortsighted because, if he did play, it would be later in the year
and he'd still be struggling to pick up Norm Chow's offense.
The new chairman of New York's running back committee should see the bulk of
the workload after a 22-carry, 105-yard, two-TD day at Lambeau.
He paced Cleveland with six catches for 75 yards in a big upset of the
He picked up the slack (three catches, 56 yards) for injured starter Dallas
Clark, whose status for the rest of the season is in question.
Warrick Dunn has been struggling, so Atlanta turned to Norwood (107 yards and a
touchdown on Sunday).