Tag:Brandon Jackson
Posted on: September 27, 2010 10:20 pm
 

Three things about CHI-GB first half

Green Bay has been pressuring J. Cutler in the first half (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Three things I noticed from the first half of the Green Bay-Chicago game:

1. No running game means no problem for Packers: John Kuhn has rushed four times for 11 yards; Brandon Jackson has rushed three times for minus-three yards. But when Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is on his game, it doesn’t seem to make a big difference. Besides, Kuhn and Jackson have been relatively effective in the pass game, and Green Bay is doing a pretty decent job of moving the ball. Would Ryan Grant make this team better? Almost assuredly. But without him, the team might be OK, too.

2.The Bears OL can’t stop the Packers pass rush: Even though Green Bay, at times, was rushing one defensive lineman, the Packers still managed to sack Chicago QB Jay Cutler three times. But it’s not only the sacks. It seems the Bears are barely managing to give their QB any time to throw on any snap.

3.Bears still in it after looking bad: As mediocre as the Bears have looked this game – they’ve been outgained 180-159 in total offense (I actually thought it was much worse than that) – they’re still right in it. A bad line drive punt by Tim Masthay to Devin Hester, who made a nice return, and a long pass from Cutler to Johnny Knox set up a nine-yard TD pass from Cutler to Greg Olsen late in the second quarter. That makes it 10-7 heading into the halftime, though it should be much worse for Bears.

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Posted on: September 24, 2010 10:32 am
 

Hot Routes 9.24.10: Where Randy Moss is perfect

Posted by Will Brinson

Hot Route time, people. Got a link you want submitted? Hit us up on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) .
  • So, you probably remember Randy Moss' one-handed catch from last week against the Jets. Well, it was so good that the folks at EA Sports decided to bump his "spectacular catch" rating on Madden up from a 99 to a 100. This is the first time anyone's had a 100-rating in two years and previously Reggie Bush (agility), Tom Brady (awareness), Peyton Manning (awareness), Sebastian Janikowski (kick power) and Braylon Edwards (spectacular catch) also received the "honor, according to Kotaku . I have a little beef with the Braylon thing, especially since he apparently had a 99 rating for the same thing this year, meaning there's a 100 percent chance that Donny Moore, ratings czar, is a Michigan grad. No other way to explain it.
  • Poor Lee Evans. He's "loyal to the Buffalo Bills, almost to a fault ." If you're gonna be that loyal to something, make it be something good that doesn't hurt you so much. Like coffee, or heroin or something. 
  • Pretty good stat here from Blogging the Boys : the Cowboys are 22-1 since leading at half over the last three seasons. The logic behind them stinking when they're behind is that Jason Garrett turns into someone with an Xbox controller who can't remember to balance the run and the pass when he's losing.
  • Our buddy Joel Thorman predicts that Jamaal Charles will come out of the San Fran game with more carriest than Thomas Jones. The logic here is that against a weaker Browns defense, it makes sense to pound the ball straight in their freaking faces with Jones. Against the Niners though, Charles might be the better play.
Posted on: September 16, 2010 12:58 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2010 1:17 pm
 

Bills say no change on stance of trading Marshawn

Posted by Will Brinson

Yesterday, Andy wrote an excellent post regarding the possibility of Marshawn Lynch getting traded to the Green Bay Packers. There wasn't any speculation that it was going to happen -- after all, no sources have indicated any sort of discussion between the Bills and Pack -- just that it makes a ton of sense for everyone involved.

And it does: with Ryan Grant now officially out for the season and with Green Bay only having one more running back (Brandon Jackson) on their roster and with Marshawn being the odd man out in a three-headed backfield monster in Buffalo, the logical move for the Bills here is to trade Lynch and recoup something that will help the franchise in the future.

But apparently, they don't feel the same way and have not, according to the Bills' official blog , changed the way they feel about dealing Beast Mode. (Random aside: I'm currently drinking out of a "Beast Mode" coffee cup; it's my favorite bizarre NFL swag item of all-time.)

Chris Brown points out Buddy Nix's comments at the draft ("our intention is for Marshawn Lynch to be [in Buffalo]") and then notes Chan Gailey's comments as well, before pointing out that in the first preseason game, the Bills lost both Lynch and Fred Jackson to injury, which "further strengthened" the team's belief that you can't have too many good backs.

That's an absolutely valid point -- if Jackson is reinjured, the Bills would need Lynch on the roster to help provide support for C.J. Spiller. But here's the problem: the Bills are not going to contend for the playoffs this year -- they just aren't.

And therefor the logical, forward-thinking move is to take Lynch, while his value is maximized, and get something that will help the franchise grow in the future. In fact, the single most problematic part with drafting Spiller in the past year's first round was (and still "is" by the way) is that having a bunch of good running backs is only nice if you have other parts on the team that can help them succeed.

The Bills don't have that right now, but by dealing Lynch to someone like the Packers for, hypothetically, a second-rounder or a third plus a player, they would immediately bolster the team's future. And that should matter more right now than stubbornly trying to hold onto a low-salary, high-talent player that the organization gave up on without actually admitting that they did.

Update: Marshawn himself talked about the possibility of being traded and whether it affects him.

“No, because if it’s going to happen then it’s going to happen,” Lynch said. ”What will I be able to do about it? If they say I’ve got to go then what am I going to do, tell them no? If they say I’m going to stay, I’m here, if they say I’m not going nowhere then let’s continue to build on this thing and get better.”

He also made a fairly provocative comment about the Bills' rushing attack against the Dolphins on Sunday. Or, at least a reasonable one for a team with the passing "weapons" that the Bills have.

“It wasn’t what us as a group wanted it to be,” said Lynch. ”The most carries by a back I believe was seven. That’s not good for any running back to get a feel for it. I’m not saying what should’ve been done or could’ve been done. All I know is we’ve just got to do something to get on track with it.”

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Posted on: September 15, 2010 6:27 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2010 9:57 pm
 

Rodgers would love for Pack to get Marshawn Lynch

Posted by Andy Benoit

With Ryan Grant out for the season (ankle), the hot rumor Wednesday is that the Packers will trade for disgruntled Bills running back Marshawn Lynch. There are no specific sources propagating this rumor – it’s just coming about because this particular trade would make all the sense in the world.

Even if the Packers like what they have in Brandon Jackson (which, by the way, they don’t – the guy is a former second-round pick who saw only scant playing time his first three seasons and, at one point, lost snaps to washed up midseason pickup Ahman Green), they still have no backup running back on the roster. Fullback John Kuhn is currently listed as the No. 2. M. Lynch (US Presswire)

Jackson, thanks to improved blitz pickup skills and decent hands, is a quality third down option. But as a featured starter, he has not shown innate awareness or big-time endurance.

Lynch is not a resoundingly better option – he too lacks awareness, and there are major character issues. Still, he is a better option nonetheless. And, there is at least one prominent Packer who thinks trading for him is a good idea.

"Bring him on," Aaron Rodgers said, without hesitation, according to CBS Rapid Reporter Greg Bedard in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Asked about the character concerns with his former Cal teammate, Rodgers replied, "(Lynch is) a great player. And any character issues the team might see, I think in a situation like that, and I think you've seen that with other players across the league, when you give a guy a change of scenery and a guy like that who feels he might have something to prove, and surround him with two guys, (Desmond) Bishop and myself who played with him...I think that can only help him feel comfortable and see a lot of production."

Lynch will visit Green Bay this week…with the rest of his Bills teammates. Expect the rumors to continue to swirl. (If Lynch shows up at the Green Bay airport with multiple suitcases, you can bet the swirl will become a tornado).

Bills head coach Chan Gailey mentioned the Packers when asked about a trading one of his three running backs, but it wasn’t in the context Packers fans (and perhaps Bills fans) would hope.

“Opinions vary about whether (three running backs are) too many or not,” Gailey said. “Obviously in preseason we didn’t have too many, and I know that Green Bay wishes they had one more than they had, so I know everybody’s got opinions on what’s right and we feel like having the three that we’ve got right now is a very good situation for us.”

Don’t read too much into this. The Bills offense has three quality running backs but approximately zero quality everything else’s. Gailey and the front office know that trading Lynch makes perfect sense – expect them to at least field calls.

Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports says the Bills turned down another team's offer of a third-round pick and a player for Lynch prior to the draft. A third-rounder for Lynch now would be a fair price, though considering Green Bay's Super Bowl aspirations, GM Ted Thompson may want to offer as much as a second-rounder.  

UPDATE: CBSSports.com rapid reporter Greg Bedard says that Lynch is not available for trade. The Bills are not even entertaining offers.


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Posted on: September 14, 2010 1:48 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2010 2:07 pm
 

Report: Ryan Grant out for the year

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Grant According to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer , the Packers will place RB Ryan Grant on IR with severe ankle and leg injuries, ending his season.

There seems to be some debate, though, about what exactly is going on with Grant. Tweeted SI.com's Will Carroll, "Glazer's reports directly conflict with what I was told regarding Ryan Grant's ankle sprain. We'll have to see how this comes out."

Grant is coming off back-to-back 1,200-yard seasons, and he'll surely be missed if his season is over. Now, it appears Brandon Jackson (626 combined yards in the past three years) will take over the starting role.

This ordeal might lead to some regret in the Packers organization about their decision to keep only two RBs on the 53-man roster (to go with three fullbacks). That said, FB John Kuhn also could double as a RB.

UPDATE (2:00 p.m.): A second source has emerged to back up Glazer. It's Tom Silverstein from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel . According to Silverstein, Grant will need surgery to repair a torn ankle ligament.

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Posted on: September 6, 2010 2:14 pm
 

Green Bay has no depth at RB

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

A weird bit of rosterology here. After all their cuts – many of whom were claimed off waivers by other teams – the Packers retained only two running backs (Ryan Grant and Brandon Jackson) on their roster heading into Week 1. That includes the 53-man roster and the eight-man practice squad roster.

Strange, eh?

RB Kregg Lumpkin was claimed off waivers by the Buccaneers, leaving only Grant and Jackson behind, though James Starks, placed on the PUP list, could be back after Week 6.

The Packers, however, do have plenty of fullbacks – Korey Hall, John Kuhn and Quinn Johnson. That means Green Bay has more blockers for running backs than actual running backs.

But as Rapid Reporter Greg A. Bedard writes, Kuhn’s ability to double as a RB also led the Packers to make that decision.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel examines why in an article that discusses Green Bay’s roster as a whole.

Writes Bedard:

In the case of each player who was claimed, Thompson decided to keep a player who is green as grass but arguably has more potential.

Even if Thompson dismissed that line of thinking Sunday.

"Potential is overrated," he said. "We want to win. We want to win now. (Potential) doesn't factor in as much as you might think."


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