Morning Addicts. There is not a lot out there today but I just wanted to drop a note that you should definitely check out this first article by Bob Gretz. If you want to know about some of the team’s undrafted free agents and long shots, this article is for you. We are very lucky, in the Chiefs fandom, to have Bob Gretz. His site is a daily must read.
Here is your Morning Fix!
The next four days provide an opportunity to evaluate the group that will travel up I-29 to St. Joe. It starts at the bottom, as today comes an evaluation of players No. 81 through No. 60, as rated by your trusted observer. On Saturday, we’ll hit No. 40 through 59, with Sunday bringing No. 20 through 39 and then on Monday, No. 1 through 19.
A few notes on the evaluations – they are based on performances of the past and potential for the future. One thing everyone involved in football learns to do is trust their eyes. My evaluations are based on what I’ve seen, not what I was supposed to see. Plus, in the NFL a player or a team is either getting better or getting worse. They are either moving up or moving down. For any player who has played in an NFL game, our evaluation comes with an arrow indicating the direction of the player’s career. If they are an ascending player, or one at the top of his game, the arrow points up. An arrow down indicates a descending player, who may still be able to perform and contribute, but has most of his career visible in the rear-view mirror.
The rookies and first-year players who have not played a regular season game don’t get an arrow.
Pros: Cassel has shown to be able at times like Week 11 last year when he had 248 passing yards and two scores against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Last year as a whole was probably a poor gauge of his potential. The Chiefs hired Charlie Weis as their offensive coordinator and drafted wide receiver Dexter McCluster to help in the slot. Kansas City also selected tight end Tony Moeaki, who could see meaningful time down the stretch. KC upgraded their offensive line depth, too. Cassel contributed six multi-touchdown efforts in 2009.
Cons: The Chiefs don’t have a lot of playmakers in their offense, and now everyone has to learn effectively a new system. Cassel has a lot of pressure on him. In nine games last season, he failed to pass for more than one touchdown and was shutout in five matches. KC’s offensive line is still working on continuity, and Cassel was sacked 42 times last year. Fumbling 14 times (three lost) is a bit alarming. His skill set doesn’t suggest he’ll ever be a top-flight passer.
Fantasy tip: With an ADP of the early 16th round, Cassel is going as a low-end No. 2 or strong No. 3. Expect some improvement, but the chance of him blowing up is almost non-existent. Cassel isn’t your man if you are seeking upside.
It was surprising to me that more teams didn’t want Thomas Jones.
He produced 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns for the Jets last season and he is still capable of producing equal numbers.
Even though the Chiefs are an average team, Thomas Jones will be the man in the backfield and will get a heavy load of carries.
I’m going to say he gets 1,250 yards and 12 touchdowns this year in Kansas City.
A decrease in productivity, yes, but still very good numbers for a running back in the NFL who is 31 years of age.