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Teej Talks Sports

NFL talk, and a look into all 32 teams. I am first and foremost at 49ers fan, so they might get the most content, but all teams will be discussed. Also, fantasy football, because it's fun to play and talk about.

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    Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Here we are, the Pivotal week 3 of the preseason. Players try and get an idea of what they'll really be like. Will they be good? Will the suck. I watched some football last night, and here is my take's from the Seahawks and Cowboys. 

Ezekiel Elliot is going to be really good. He gave the Seahawks defense all they could handle, and he made Kam Chancellor his bitch one play. Then Bobby Wagner. Then Chancellor again. He's going to be  good. 

La'el Collins of the Cowboys is the biggest steal in NFL history. Dude was opening up Texas-Freeway sized holes yesterday. I love watching good olinemen. To think he went undrafted because his ex-gf was murdered. He had nothing to do with it, and I'm sure was sad she passed. It also cost him millions, this is just a weird story, but Collins can play some ball. 

Richard Sherman is the best tackler in the Seahawks secondary.  Too often Chancellor and Thomas fail to wrap up and try to deliver big hits. Sherman on the other hand always wraps up, he's an all around great player. 

Russell Wilson struggled with accuracy early. He completed passes but they were short throws that were off target. He rebounded to throw a great TD to Paul Richardson in the 2nd half though. Still hasn't shown the same thing he did during that amazing 5 game stretch last year, but the kid can play. Wilson however needs to be more accurate on a consistent basis. 

Ok, enough of that game, I have some other takes I need to get off my chest. 

Phillip Rivers is the most under appreciated QB in the NFL.  Played with a good RB once in his career. Tomlinson for one year.  Had Vincent Jackson (a decent number 2 WR) and Antonio Gates as his primary targets during some years. But most years just Gates.  Now has Keenan Allen, near the end of his career, only he got hurt last year. None of this slowed Rivers.  If Rivers was on the Atlanta team with Tony Gonzalez, Julio Jones, and Roddy White they win a Championship.  If Rivers is on the Bengals they're in the AFC Championship. Rivers should be a fucking Hall of Famer. Come at me if you disagree. 

It's cool to me that so many GOOD Head Coaches praise Chip Kelly. Bill Bellichick. Nick Saban. Now, division Rival, Bruce Arians.  Don't let the media fool you, Chip is a good coach. Will he win right away? Probably not, but the guy can coach football. In the Pre-season we've already seen him have a QB line up under center for the first time in the NFL, new wrinkles and he's changed since Philly. Chip is under rated by the media, but appreciated by his peers. 

Dak Presscott could start for a lot of teams. I have nothing to add, if you haven't watched him and said to yourself "Man, this guy might be something." You're not a real NFL fan. 

Jordy Nelson is a top 5 NFL WR. I won't even go into numbers, but look at the down years the entire Packers team had with him out of action last year. Lacy, Cobb, and even Rodgers missed him last year. That impact is incredible. He's also the only quality white guy playing WR in the NFL not on the Patriots so he kinda stands out. 

The Lions should trade Matt Stafford, and Golden Tate, and rebuild.  They could probably get a 1 and a 2 for Stafford. Then they could probably get a 2-4 for Tate. Build a defense and run game. Without doing that they are stuck in mediocrity forever. And I like Stafford, but he needs a change of scenery. 

Jim Harbaugh will be back in the NFL in 4 years. I think he's waiting until he beats Urban Meyer, Nick Saban, and wins a National Championship before he goes back though. He wants to get Michigan to a good place, and have a successor lined up before he leaves. It's what he did at Stanford with David Shaw. Get ready NFL, Jim is coming back, and I can't wait. 

Pete Carroll will be lured back to college at some point. He's the NFL oldest coach (even though he doesn't look it) and I don't think he wants his College coaching career to go out the way it did. He wanted to right the wrongs of his time in New England, and he'll do the same with College. It just be might an SEC school too. 

You could build a defense with Von Miller, JJ Watt, Clay Matthews, and Aaron Donald as the pass rushers and it wouldn't matter who the secondary was because the offense wouldn't complete a pass. These are 4 of the best pass rushes I've ever seen, but only Miller and Watt get the credit they deserve. It's horseshit, but that's how it works. Donald and Matthews are both pacing towards Hall of Fame careers even though it's early. 

The Eagles trading Dorial Green-Beckham was smart. The Eagles doing something smart was weird. But it came at expense of the Titans who are dumb. So who knows. Last year Mariota had 15 Red zone TD's and no interceptions. Zero Red Zone turnovers, that's quality for a rookie. So what do the Titans do? They trade their best Redzone target.......I hate teams like the Titans who make football harder than it really is. 

Reggie Bush should be labeled a "Bust" but he's had a pretty good career. The problem was he was so good in College it was impossible for him to live up to the hype. He never should have been the #2 draft pick. In 2006 no Offensive Coordinator knew how to use him. But if he were to play in today's wide open NFL? Monster numbers as a runner and a pass-catching back. He had 1300 yards from scrimmage as a rookie. His best year from Scrimmage was just over 1600 yards. But he's not lived up to his hype. Only 3 times has he went over a thousand rushing yards, but he's caught 4 times he's caught over 50 passes, and 5 times over 40, that's impressive for a RB, but not Reggie Bush.  Reggie Bush was supposed to be Barry Sanders AND Marshall Faulk, but he wasn't. Still the best College Player I've ever seen. 

Anquan Boldin is a Hall of Fame WR. He's a tough as a $3 steak. Some of the best hands I've ever seen. Still playing at a high level. He's a "Pro Pro." Also, would you want to tell him he's not a Hall of Famer?

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    Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

After another weekend of exciting preseason football, I have some Fresh takes for you. Agree or disagree, at least you'll be entertained. 

1. Blaine Gabbert is the worse QB in 49ers history. I don't care what anyone says. On a 3rd and 7 Saturday he had a WR wide open for a first down, but he never looked, he instead opted to check the ball down for a 3 yard gain. Kap isn't the most accurate passer, but at least he tries to get a first down. Gabbert plays with a losers mentality, and that is what makes him the worse QB in franchise history. 

2. Russell Wilson made his Offensive line look bad on Friday. He owes them some apologies. He was sacked 4 times, but that doesn't tell the story. Twice he was sacked when he had 3+ seconds to throw the ball against a 4 man rush. If you create pressure with your front 4, RW can't beat you. Luckily for the Seahawks there's very few really bad ass Dlines out there. Vikings happen to have one. On the other two sacks, they were on plays the Vikings blitzed, and RW failed to find the hot read on them. On one blitz he called it out and was still sacked. He's still not there as a QB in the sense of Tom, Aaron, Ben, Phillip, and Cam. 

3. Some how Richard Sherman went from overrated to underrated. He was touted as the leagues best corner in 2013 when he wasn't. Now he's hardly discussed, despite his play has gotten better.  Sherman helps in run support better than any corner since Antoine Winfield, and is better in coverage now. Kam Chancellor is the over rated member of the Seahawks secondary, he wasn't very good last year. If he gets back to 2013/2014 from I'll retract that statement, but Kam benefits from Earl Thomas and Sherman. Also, Sherman never has safety help as Thomas shades the other side. He's still a loud mouth who needs to shut up and just play, but he's pretty good.  

4. Patrick Peterson and Tyran Mathieu are the NFL's best Corner/Safety tandem, and it's not close.  Mathieu does more for the Cardinals defense than any player does for their defense in the NFL. This doesn't make him the leagues best player, but he essentially plays CB, S, and the Nickel for them.  He can cover a TE 1 on 1, something no other Safety does nearly as well, and he can blanket the top Slot WR's. Mathieu's versatility allows Peterson to focus on the other teams top outside threat, it's incredible what these two do. 

5. Aaron Donald is better than JJ Watt. I've been thinking about saying it for a while, but I finally convinced myself of it.  Watt is great, no doubt about that but he is moved around quite a bit to get better match-ups, and rush lanes. Donald, meanwhile plays for an idiot, and has been asked to drop into coverage (why would you do this?) and only rushes from the interior.  I'm splitting hairs here, but if I was taking one of Donald or Watt, I'm taking Donald. 

6.  NFL Owners should have to donate the profits of pre-season games to Charity.  The players hate playing them. Season ticket holders shouldn't have to pay for the tickets. The NFL also keeps playing games out of country, essentially robbing a fan base of a game, but to them they're losing profit, that's why they play 2 home preseason games.  The NFL should make the preseason two games, giving every time 1 home preseason game, and donate the profits to a local charity.  The cities these teams play in basically fund the fucking stadiums anyway, it's time these asshole owners give back. 

7. When the Seahawks won the Super Bowl they had the league's highest paid offensive line, they don't anymore. Let's stop calling them a Super Bowl contender when the Panthers and Packers are definitely better. 

8. There's only 3 real Super Bowl contenders in the NFL. Packers, Patriots, Steelers. I will be shocked if one of these 3 teams doesn't win the Super Bowl. 

9. The Panthers need a legit RB behind Jonathan Stewart, they depend way too much on Cam to be the catalyst to everything on the offense.  Their defense is great, Cam is great, but Stewart isn't a top tier RB. He is good in their offense, but if the Panthers had someone else as good as him, or a guy better they'd be the NFL's best team. 

10. People are over looking Andrew Luck because he played bad in his short time last year. In 2014 he should have been MVP, but that was given to Aaron Rodgers. Luck is going to throw for 40TD's this year, and win his division. 

11. Falcons will miss the playoffs again. Remember when everyone said "All Matt Stafford does is throw to Megatron?" Then he got Golden Tate and Tate put up big numbers? Well it's time to say "All Ryan does is throw to Julio Jones." If not for Devonte Freeman being so good after catching a check-down, Ryan doesn't look like anything other than a one trick pony last year.  Sure he was great with the best TE ever, and Two All-Pro WR's in their prime, but now? He's the worse QB in his division, and might not even be top-10 in the NFC. 

12. The Titans need to cut the Mularkey.  Literally. Mike Mularkey has never been a quality coach, and he's going to ruin a promising young QB.  Mariota's strength is intermediate throws, because he's deadly accurate.  But, if the pre-season is any indication the Titans will run the ball, then max protect and call deep routes. Again, Mularkey has never been a successful NFL coach, rather than fit the offense to his QB's strengths, he wants to force his QB into his offense. This never works. 

13. Bortles reminds me of Brett Favre. Not in the sense Bortles will be an all-time great (too early to say it) but in the sense that he just slings the ball around. Bortles doesn't have the "mechanics" you look for, but neither did Favre. In-fact, Favre didn't know what a Nickel defense was called a nickel defense until about his 3rd year as a starter. Favre and Bortles are both "See guy running, throw guy ball" QB's. Also, it's fair to assume Blake has sent a few dick pics in his time. 

14. T.O. can still play.  Considering you can't hit WR's anymore, and the Shape T.O. is in, he could probably still play. 

15. We as football fans deserve to see if Randy Moss can play in the Steelers offense. Greatest deep threat of all time, whom I sure is still fast meet the team who throws the ball deeper than anyone? I'd be so entertained. Also, it would probably free up Antonio Brown to do more, which we all should want to see. 

16. NFL owners should be forced to sell their teams if they go 5 years without a winning season. There's some soccer league somewhere that kicks teams out of  the league for being in last, the NFL should do something similar. It would keep owners from being cheap, and ruining franchises. Think of the York led 49ers. The Browns by everyone since they came back. The Jaguars before they sold. Dan Snyder the fucking idiot he is. It would make owners stay out of football and let football people make decisions, which I think everyone wants. 

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    Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Every year positions are won and lost in the month of August that will impact the NFL season.  It may result in a QB winning a starting job. A rookie unseating a veteran resulting in the veteran to be cut.  In some cases, it might result in a committee of players handling the duties of one position.  The implications of these battles will affect who wins games, divisions, and what most NFL fans care about their fantasy leagues.  With all of that in mind, I take a look at a few camp battles, and what I think the result will be. 

Baltimore Ravens Wide Receiver:

Last year the Ravens selected Breshad Perriman in the first round of the 2015 draft. He had a bad rookie year, bad in the sense that he didn't play as a rookie.  Returning for the Ravens is Steve Smith, ageless wonder who is probably going to claim one of the starting spots.  Also returning is last years breakout player Kamar Aiken.  This off-season the Ravens also signed Mike Wallace formerly of a few teams.  Mike Wallace brings deep speed, and not much else.  So we ask, how does this play out? Well, it's pretty clear to me how it plays out; Smith and Aiken will be the 1 and 2 at WR, and when they go to a 3 WR set, Perriman will be the next guy in.  They will obviously work in Wallace for a few Flacco Bombs too, but expect Aiken to receive the most targets of this group.

Baltimore Ravens Running back:

Staying in Baltimore we see another camp battle that will define fantasy football season's this year.  Returning are Justin Forsett, and Buck Allen.  Forsett was the starter last year, and was coming off of a semi-big year, only to go down to an injury.  Once he went down, Allen began taking most of the carries, but how did that exactly work out? Not terrific, Allen only averaged 3.8 YPC which isn't going to cut it in this league.  The player to lookout for is Kenneth Dixon, a rookie. Dixon is probably the most talented of the group, and the future bell-cow, but he's nursing an MCL injury.  What I think will happen is we will see some tandem running from Forsett and Allen, as Dixon works his way into Football shape.  Once Dixon is up and running and a full go I expect him to be the #1 though.

Steelers Wide Receiver:

We all know All-World WR Antonio Brown will man one of the starting WR spots, but with Martavis Bryant suspended a year, who takes the other one? Darius Heyward-Bey is a guy on the team, but he's not really an option. Just 32 catches over his last 24 games isn't going to cut it.  Markus Wheaton is a talented guy who showed up big in some games last year, and it might be him. Then we have Sammie Coates, a talented guy from Auburn who didn't play much last year because he was too often confused by the playbook. Seriously. That happens when players get to the NFL, but training camp reports say this year is different so far.  This all leads me to believe there won't be a clear cut #2 all year.  Not that it matters because the Steelers go 3-Wide a lot, but for fantasy purposes I think Coates has more upside than Wheaton, given the more natural talent.

Seahawks Running Back:

I know what you're saying "But they said Thomas Rawls would be the #1 and he's a really good back." I've heard it, and I get it.  Do you know who Chauncey Washington is? Chauncey is the Running Back USC to lead with when Carroll signed both Reggie Bush and LenDale White. What happened? Chauncey didn't play while those 2 were there, and ended up getting a few redshirts and finally playing as a Senior after they were gone.  This isn't saying Rawls won't play, but lets look at what Seattle did during the off-season, they drafted about 11 other RB's.  This leads me to believe they aren't completely sold on Rawls as the Bell-Cow, and they shouldn't be.  Rawls averaged only 2.8 YPC against teams who ranked in the top 15 in terms of YPC.  There is an outlier there with the Bengals, but that game was aided by some otherworldly holes because the Bengals defense over-played the bootleg.  This isn't what Marshawn Lynch did for them, so you can't expect Rawls to give you Marshawn Lynch type production. Lynch would get 100 yards on teams who didn't give up 100 yards to anyone.  Seattle is looking like RBBC (Running back by committee) team this year.  This isn't saying Rawls isn't talented, the kid showed some stuff last year, this had more to do with him reminding me of Alfred Morris. A player who flashes as a rookie, and then never quite got back there.  Be cautious when drafting him, a bad first round pick can destroy your Fantasy Football season. You need consistent production from your #1 pick, not a big game one day, and a bad game the next week. I fully expect Seattle to be RBBC, lowering the draft value of Rawls.

49ers Quarter Back:

Have you ever seen a shit show in person? Well watch this position battle this pre-season.  Neither, Colin Kaepernick or Blaine Gabbert are going to be Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady, very few are.  The issue is though, these guys can't even seem to be Matt Stafford, or even Matt Ryan.  Kaepernick has looked good in the past, at his best he's been able to play like a top 10 QB in the NFL.  Gabbert has played good enough, and at his best has been an above-average starter. In Kaepernick's  best game last year, he posted a 128.2 QB rating. In Gabbert's best, he posted a 106.3 QB rating. Looking a little deeper, they both started 8 games.  In those 8 games, Kaepernick lead offenses scored less than 17 points 4 times. Gabbert lead offenses failed to score at least 17 points 6 times.  Gabbert threw interceptions in 4 of his 8 games. Kaepernick threw 2 interceptions in 2 of his 8 games.  There are highs and lows with both QB's, but last year was the best we've seen from Gabbert, and the   worst we've seen from Kaepernick.  Between the two when you look at the 8 games as a whole body of work, there wasn't ton of difference.  If I were Chip, I would gamble with the QB who has shown he can't play at a top level, and hope to get it by coaching him up.  But I'm not Chip Kelly, I'm  just a guy.  However, I do think Chip goes with Colin Kaepernick.  What does this mean for fantasy? It means don't draft either and if one plays well, consider them as a waiver gamble. 

Denver Broncos Quarter Back:

You have, in one-corner the Butt Fumbler Mark Sanchez. In another corner you have Trevor Siemen, whoever that is. Lastly behind them, they have Paxton Lynch, the rookie who looks like he's on his way to an EDM festival.  First, fantasy wise, none will win you a title, the Broncos are going to run the ball. Second, they are all very capable of managing games within Kubiak's offense. Matt Schaub did it so it can't be that hard right?  The way I see it is Sanchez begins the season as the starter, with Siemen backing him up.  The reason for Sanchez as the starter is simple, he game managed the NY Jet to two straight AFC title games.  This Broncos defense is what will carry them, Sanchez is capable enough to let that happen. 

There you have it. Some training camp battles to look out for, and there are some others out there, but they're boring.  Maybe I'll be wrong, but I doubt it. 

Bonus Hot Take: The Packers number 3 WR is going to be Ty Montgomery, none of the other guys you've heard of.

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