Sunday, September 09, 2007

The Unspoken For

Your fantasy fix is fulfilled. Here’s a list of a few players who you may have not heard of and may make or break teams.

Anthony Montgomery, DT, Washington Redskins
The second-year defensive tackle out of Minnesota was a standout during training camp and made the likes of Joe Salave’a expendable. He may split time at the DT2 with fellow 2nd-year player Kedrick Golston, but can expect to play many downs given Cornelius Griffin’s injury history.

Jacoby Jones, WR, Houston Texans
Ok, so you’ve heard of this guy. The 3rd rounder out of Lane College has limitless upside and is the only other gamebreaker on the roster aside from Andre Johnson, who will be the recipient of double team efforts. A repeat effort of the pre-season will push current starter Kevin Walter to the slot role.

Eric Steinbach, LG, Cleveland Browns
Steinbach and left tackle Joe Thomas may develop one of the finest guard-tackle partnerships if both can remain healthy. Unfortunately, health is not an assumed quantity when considering the cursed history of the new Cleveland Browns. If healthy, Cleveland should surpass double-digit rushing touchdowns for the first time in what seems like forever.

James Harrison, OLB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Listed as the starter at right outside linebacker, Harrison only logged 55 snaps last season. Likely a make-weight for rookie OLBs Lawrence Timmons and LaMarr Woodley, Harrison has a golden opportunity to shine against a purported weak offense in the form of the Cleveland Browns. Pittsburgh is a factory for developing stellar linebackers and Harrison’s early performances can allow the rookies to grow into their new roles.

Omar Gaither, MLB, Philadelphia Eagles
Last season, Gaither excelled during the pre-season and unexpectedly claimed a spot on the Eagles roster, contributing at multiple linebacker positions during the season. The undersized yet instinctive former 5th rounder out of Tennessee made Jeremiah Trotter a cap casualty in Philadelphia, but has shown judgment lapses when defending the screen pass.

Mike Gandy, LT & Reggie Wells, LG, Arizona Cardinals
With the selection of Levi Brown, the Cardinals shored up the right side of the offensive line (Deuce Lutui is the left guard), which is Matt Leinart’s blind side. However, the left side remains a very big question mark for Ken Whisenhunt. Weakness on the left will result in an overstack on the right, hurting Edgerrin James’s output on the stretch play.

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