2 Guys – Week 4: 2 Guys 2 WatchBy Frank on September 27, 2012
Evan’s Week 4 Spotlight
The Guy I Like: Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars
It might sound crazy but Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert and his group of receivers should find some success this week against a Bengals team that has felt comfortable finding itself in shootouts in the early season. While other receivers have bigger names (i.e. Laurent Robinson and Justin Blackmon), the guy with the biggest big play potential is Cecil Shorts. Shorts caught an amazing 80-yarder to win last week’s game over the Colts, a play which had to build confidence in both his quarterback and his coaching staff. While Maurice Jones-Drew continues to shine and draw more defenders close to the line of scrimmage, look for Shorts and his 30+ yards per catch average to get more deep looks this Sunday. Although he will not catch a lot of balls this week, Shorts should get down the field on a couple of occasions for a couple big plays. These plays should be more than enough to make him worthy of starting this week for your team.
The Guy I Do Not Like: Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
New Buccaneers head coach, Greg Schiano, has caused quite a stir over his first few NFL games. Schiano has made it quite clear that his defenders will play as hard as they can until the final whistle, blitzing both Giants quarterback Eli Manning and Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo when the two signal callers were in victory formation trying to run out the game clock. The other thing Schiano’s defenders have proven they will do in 2012 is stop the run. The Bucs are giving up a measly 2.3 yards per carry over the first 3 weeks of the season. Week 4 sees the Washington Redskins come to Tampa with a rookie running back, Alfred Morris, handling a heavy load of the carries while his fellow running back suffer from nagging injuries. Morris has been good over his first few games, averaging 4.3 yards a carry and scoring 3 TDs against subpar rushing defenses. Tampa presents a new challenge to the rookie and I do not think he will be up to the task. Expect 15-18 carries for Morris although he should not eclipse 50 yards rushing. Since Morris has yet to prove that he can be a reliable receiver out of the backfield he is not a good play this week and it is time to look at other options on your bench to insert in your starting line up.
Frank’s Week 4 Spotlight
The Guy I Like: Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
Darrelle Revis is out for the year, which of course makes the Jets defense more vulnerable in the secondary. But, I don’t like Crabtree this week simply because he is going against a weakened Jets defense. I believe Crabtree is finally playing like the first round pick that the Niners drafted in 2009. This week Crabtree makes some big plays down the field and finds the end zone as well. I’m thinking 90 yards and a touchdown for his final tally.
The Guy I Don’t Like: Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants
Ahmad Bradshaw has vowed to return to the Giants line up on Sunday night and the Giants seemed obliged to honor his request by naming him the starter for Sunday night. But don’t be lulled into the trap. Andre Brown has passed the eye test as the best back in the Giants backfield and he will still figure into Big Blue’s game plan on Sunday night. My advice is to avoid Bradshaw this week especially with the variable of uncertainty that Andre Brown has thrown into the mix. If you are desperate and do play him don’t expect any more than 35 yards rushing and 25 receiving with no touchdowns.