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The worst time of the year for the NFL

Posted on: May 20, 2008 12:08 pm

As I sit here and listen to John Cougar Mellencamp's "Jack and Diane" (great song by the way) bored out of my mind at work, I think "Why not start a blog."  So OTA's have started which means we will all get really excited about at least 2 players who look great in basically no hand touch football.  Guys I like to call Super Scrubs.  What is a super scrub?  A guy who all the fans are convinced is going to be a hall of famer based on his OTA/Mini camp/training camp performance.  We will all email Vic Catchman about how great he looked and Vic will make snide comments about underwear practice.  But we still won't believe him.  These guys are usually rookies, underachievers aquired from a different team, or veterans who are passed the prime of their career. 

   Last year's super scrubs were Mike Walker WR, who wowed everyone with one handed leaping circus catches during the summer only to go on IR once the presaeson started and anual super scrub, Matt Jones who is, well we don't need to go into his super scrubiness.  Previous winners include Chad Owens, who caught everything thrown his way in the preseason and showed blazing speed only to fumble his first to punt returns in the preseason game season and put on the practice squad and the disaster that was Hugh Douglas.

  For this year's Offensive and Deffensive super scrub award I am going to pick DE Derrick Harvey and WR Troy Williamson.  I like Derrick Harvey's future but I think he is going to get crushed under the expectations.  He will show great burst and tackle everything in site during the summer but come fall he will be a situational player.  Troy Williamson is a classic Super Scrub candidate.  All the Jaguars fans are excited about his speed and ability and all the Vikings fans are laughing at us for trading for him.  He is the Vikings version of Matt Jones.  He is going to catch some long passes during practice and probably break out a 60+ yard TD in the preseason only to be cut in favor of a younger player.

   Next blog... Who will get arrested first between mini-camp and training camp!


Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: May 20, 2008 3:22 pm

The worst time of the year for the NFL

I guess i should quantify my Derrick Harvey comment.  I love the Derrick Harvey pick.  He is going to be such an impact player down the road.  The reality is DE isn't that easy to transition from college to pro.  And I think the expectations for him are going to be huge (and unfair to him). The Jaguars website already has a poll where 80% of the fans believe he will have 9 or more sacks with 11000+ votes.  And coming being a Gator both helps and hurts him because fans are going to expect more out of him.  I think he will make some plays this year but I think he will end up in a rotation.
Again, I am not trying to bash Derrick Harvey.  Just my opinion that he will be average THIS year (but I hope not!).

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: May 20, 2008 2:08 pm

The worst time of the year for the NFL

BTW I did enjoy reading it, so let me know when you post your next blog. Thanks.

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: May 20, 2008 2:07 pm

The worst time of the year for the NFL

We didn't give up anything for Troy Williamson, so Jaguars fans can sit here and laugh at how the Vikings traded their 1st pick to us for a 7th rounder. Its a low risk move. And if I am the Vikings fans laughing, I wouldn't really laugh until my team had won a playoff game this decade. We are going to be in a similiar situation if Matt Jones doesen't shape up, trade him for a late second day pick. And way to have optimism in the front office and coaching staff to have this much faith in Derrick Harvey to bundle picks to get him.

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