The anticipation emanating throughout the country is so thick, even a psychic from a 1-900 number could sense it. The NFL season is creeping ever so languidly towards us, and in just over two weeks, the fantasy football that goes with it will be in full effect. But until then, we have to live through the exhibitions that make up the preseason.
So, we might as well make some use out of it and try to prepare evermore for the fantasy season. As such, we’ll go around last week’s games and take a peek at “the good, the bad, and the ugly” from the wide receiver position.
Chris Henry (Cin) - Fantastic in the Bengals first preseason game, Henry followed with another very solid outing in their captivating, heart-stopping win over the Patriots by the score of 7-6.
Okay, that last part about the game may have been a bit of hyperbole, but the part about Henry’s strong play is not. He caught four passes for 55 yards in the contest, and in the first two preseason games, Henry has a total of 11 catches for 155 yards and two scores. Can you say sleeper?
Laurent Robinson (StL) - Robinson has entrenched himself as a starter opposite Donnie Avery in the Rams’ offense. He caught five passes for 65 yards in the team’s loss to Atlanta this week, and has 117 receiving yards this preseason.
He’s big (6-foot-2) and has excellent speed, and though the Rams’ offense is too sketchy for fantasy owners to count on Robinson on a weekly basis, there may be something there depending on the match-up.
Troy Williamson (Jax) - Maybe the former No. 7 overall pick of the Vikings and big-time bust Williamson should pretend every game he plays is of the preseason variety. Because he shined once again, with three catches for nearly 150 yards and a touchdown just one week after a four-catch, 74-yard performance.
Marques Colston (NO) - Colston had six catches for 66 yards in New Orleans’ 38-14 win last week over Houston. The fourth-year pro is one of the steadier wide outs in the league when healthy, which he is this season, and reportedly looking as good as ever.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh (Sea) - Another steady presence, Houshmandzadeh made just a single catch for five yards in Week 1 of the preseason, but with more playing time in Week 2, snagged five passes for 41 yards and a score.
Percy Harvin (Min) - Everyone seems to think Harvin is the bees’ knees (which is a wholly underutilized phrase, by the way), but the fact is he’s been highly injury-prone, and indeed missed the team’s first preseason game, though it was said to be precautionary. He came back last week, and with all that explosiveness everyone raved about, caught two passes…for nine yards.
Devin Thomas (Was) - Thomas was a disappointment last season, and he’s falling behind fellow second-year player Malcolm Kelly this preseason. Thomas had one catch for seven yards last week, and has just two receptions for 19 yards in the first two preseason games.
Devin Hester (Chi) - Hester had a so-so initial preseason contest, but still gained just 22 yards on two catches, and last week, he had two more catches, but for only 14 yards. Hopefully the Bears are saving the deep routes for the season, as it seems a waste to ignore Hester’s speed and Cutler’s big arm.
Early Doucet (Ari) - It may be unfair to put Doucet here, as he just returned from a bum shoulder, but that’s part of the problem, as the former third-round pick also battled injuries last season. Doucet had one catch for four yards last week, and needs to stay healthy and step up so he doesn’t get buried on the Cardinals deep depth chart at wide out.
Kenny Britt (Ten) - One week after a promising performance against Tampa Bay that saw Britt snare five passes for 89 yards and a touchdown, the Titans’ first-round pick produced all of one catch for zero yards against Dallas. Such is life with rookie wide outs oftentimes, and especially on a team that features the run over the pass.
Brandon Marshall (Den) - Marshall is suffering from something, either a hip injury, a lack of knowledge of the playbook or both, but he didn’t even make the trip to Seattle last week for the game, and may not play this week either. Color him red, as in red flags. They’re flying all around him this preseason.
Ted Ginn Jr. (Mia) - After catching just one pass for 14 yards in Miami’s first preseason game, Ginn went out and put up a goose egg last week, failing to catch a single pass. Many fantasy owners like him as somewhat of a sleeper this season, but as a former top-10 pick going into his third year, shouldn’t he be more established?
Miles Austin (Dal) - Austin has yet to catch a single pass this preseason, having been shut out each of the first two weeks. It’s not that he’s hurt, and there’s some speculation that his lack of production is because the Cowboys don’t want to show teams what they’ll do as far as throwing the ball deep, which is where Austin is best utilized. Still, it’s a concern.
Sinorice Moss (NYG) - With the stable of high and mid-round picks at the Giants’ disposal, someone may get left out, and that someone may be Moss. He had one catch for nine yards in Week One of the preseason, and followed that up last week with another one-catch performance, this time gathering just three feet in the process. No, that was not a typo, he moved the ball three feet, as in one yard, with his catch.
Darrius Heyward-Bey (Oak) - There has been a rookie whose looked pretty good this preseason for the Raiders. His name is Louis Murphy. Heyward-Bey, the No. 7 overall pick, on the other hand, has one catch for seven yards, and that came in the first preseason game. He was shut out of the stat sheet in Week Two.
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