Tag:Jerome Harrison
Posted on: September 14, 2010 6:02 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2010 6:15 pm

BFL 2010 Update: Week 1 Recap

Just another casual 1-yard jaunt for Jerome Harrison!

You may recall that I went to NFL headquarters and held a fantasy draft . Well, turns out that my turn to recap the fantasy league is the first week of the season.

Which is totally awesome because my team came out and ABSOLUTELY DESTROYED ... ME. That's right -- the only other team the Fuzzy Gullets managed to outscore in Week 1 was "What Would Revis Do," and I even lost to the absurdly abysmal "Press Coverage" team .

That didn't stop Dan Levy from whining on Twitter that the two teams who were lower than he was (me, Brian Bassett of the Jets Blog ) "didn't lose both QBs though." Um, Dan, you lost Matthew Stafford and Kevin Kolb is "questionable." It's not like your team is so miserable that you actually have to own the Cowboys' Roy Williams. What's that? Oh. I see. You DO own Roy. Errrrm.

Back to my team though, if this trend continues past Week 1, the good news is that my team is sponsored by Gillette, so at the very least, when I quit trying in life and become a homeless, bearded man begging for change, shaving will be easy.

Anyway, it's not a huge deal, as I still like my squad -- I think that every single team I drafted underperformed in Week 1, primarily because of some combo featuring Dwayne Bowe, Maurice Jones-Drew, Jerome Harrison and DeSean Jackson. Just turns out I have all of those guys on my team in the BFL. And Matt Ryan.

But onto the rest of the league, because, well, I suck. The top-rated squad through one week is the Tim Tebow-less "99-Rated Swagger," owned by Dan Shanoff . This is stunning because he even had to start LaDainian Tomlinson. It's not as stunning because he owns Chris Johnson and Tom Brady. Even with that fearsome pair, Shanoff himself wouldn't go on record about destroying the rest of the league.

Perhaps the most humorous moment of the week came when Football Outsiders mastermind Aaron Schatz posted the second-best score of the week ... with Arian Foster on HIS BENCH. (Actually, the second most humorous moment was when Steph Stradley of FanHouse berated him on Twitter for FO's Houston Texans projections.) Nevermind that FO thinks Matt Cassel will be good -- Schatz started Matt Forte and Rashard Mendenhall anyway, so he's doing just fine.

There were some other teams of note, I suppose (Matt Sebek of Joe Sports Fan somehow managed to get more than 20 points from a pair of receivers who were catching the ball from Derek Anderson; that should tell you everything you need to know about Week 1), but I dont' have the heart to get into it here. Instead, cruise on over to the Take it to the House Facebook page (by clicking this link or the giant picture below), hit the little like button, check out all the awesome tabs there, and follow me as I climb from the depths of embarrassment to dominate these fools.

The P&G Blogger Fantasy League (BFL) is a group of 12 digital sports influencers competing on the NFL.com fantasy platform for the chance to win P&G product, a donation to a local charity, and a trip to Super Bowl XLV, all furnished by P&G. The NFL Entities have not offered or sponsored the sweepstakes in anyway.
Posted on: September 3, 2010 12:52 pm
Edited on: September 3, 2010 4:15 pm

LenDale White, Montario Hardesty out for season

Posted by Will Brinson

LenDale White and Montario Hardesty each left their team's respective preseason game Thursday night after suffering an injury, and the news today is even worse, as it appears that both running backs will miss the entire 2010 season. White ruptured his Achilles; Hardesty tore his ACL

Clearly, Hardesty's injury is the most disappointing -- the Browns drafted him in the second round and believed that he could be a significant contributor to the team this year. The upshot is that they at least have Jerome Harrison (who, thanks in part to his fumbling, the coaches don't seem to like) who can shoulder the load.

Still, it's a tough pill to swallow. White's injury is less painful because he wasn't even slated to see significant reps for the Broncos, given the presence of Knowshon Moreno and Correll Buckhalter, both of whom are healthy after earlier injuries.

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Posted on: September 2, 2010 2:44 pm
Edited on: September 2, 2010 2:45 pm

Madden '11 simulates the entire NFL season

Posted by Will Brinson

Putting too much stock into an EA Sports simulation of Madden 11 is pretty aggressive -- I won't fault you for not doing it. But that doesn't make the simulation any less interesting, does it? Exactly, and since you already I enjoy the super cool world of virtual sports based on my review of the game , here's a quick breakdown.

Last year, Madden had the New England Patriots winning the Super Bowl, with Tom Brady garnering MVP honors. Other playoff "teams" included Pittsburgh, Tennessee, San Diego, Philadelphia, Arizona, Atlanta and Chicago (who all won their division) and the Colts, Ravens, Giants and Panthers sneaking in as wild cards.

To recap quickly: whoops.

Anyway, Aaron Rodgers is the star to watch, as he wins MVP and gets the Packers homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. Same deal with the Ravens, who win the AFC North. New England, Indianapolis and San Diego are the other AFC division winners, while the 49ers, Cowboys and Saints win the other NFC division spots.

In terms of the wild card, Minnesota (who actually ties with Green Bay for the best record in the NFC at 12-4) and Atlanta are the winners in the NFC, while the Texans and Jets secure wild card spots from the AFC side.

In other words, nothing crazier than what a lot of people are thinking.

Terrell Suggs takes home Defensive Player of the Year, Joe Haden wins Defensive Rookie of the Year and Jermaine Gresham wins Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Some interesting individual performances that people might care about include Greg Jennings having a MONSTER year (102 catches, 1438 yards, 13 TDs), Owen Daniels finishing as the second-best TE in the league, Jerome Harrison rushing for 1235 yards and 9 TDs and Darrelle Revis snaring seven interceptions.

Of course, EA doesn't have teams dealing with holdouts or players struggling back from injuries (like Daniels).

Still, that shouldn't stop you from putting the deed to your house on an "Aaron Rodgers for MVP" prop bet in Vegas.

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Posted on: August 24, 2010 11:33 am

Hot in Cleveland - well lukewarm, anyway

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Last year at this time, the Browns were staring at a mess. Their quarterback choices were Derek Anderson or Brady Quinn. WR Braylon Edwards would soon be on his way out of town. RB Jamal Lewis was getting old.

New head coach Eric Mangini already was facing problems within the organization. And as Tony Grossi from the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes, “Mike Furrey was one of the surest tacklers in the secondary. Yes, Mike Furrey, the possession receiver.”

Life is different now in Berea, Ohio, though.

Jake Delhomme might only be a slight upgrade – if that – but at least the QB spot isn’t in question, though if the coaches wanted to make things interesting, they could throw in Seneca Wallace every now and again (I’m not sure what the deal is here, but Grossi also mentions third-round pick Colt McCoy needs to play well in the final two preseason games in order to make the roster). Rookies Joe Haden and T.J. Ward have performed well in the secondary during training camp, and RB Jerome Harrison rushed for 561 yards in the final three games of last season.

Of course there are still plenty of questions in Cleveland and there’s almost no chance they won’t finish last in the AFC North, but life just seems a little bit better for the Browns. At least compared to last year.

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Posted on: August 23, 2010 11:05 pm

Montario Hardesty shows a truth about RB's

Posted by Andy Benoit

Browns rookie running back Montario Hardesty, a thundering second-round pick out of Tennessee, has missed all of training camp – and will likely end up missing the team’s first three preseason contests – thanks to a sprained right knee. Yet, Hardesty will still contribute in the Sept. 12 opener.

"Yes, I would him expect him to [be ready for the season]," Eric Mangini said, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "There's been no setback. Based on the plan that we had and the progress that he has made, my anticipation is that he'll be practicing again in the near future and ideally playing in the opener."

The knee-jerk reaction to this is that the callow Hardesty won’t be ready. A rookie missing training camp and the preseason, only to play (and perhaps start) in Week 1?

But this brings up an interesting point that Chiefs running back Thomas Jones made in Sports Illustrated’s cover article about running backs last week. “Here’s the thing about running back,” Jones said. “It’s an instinctive position. A young guy can come in and play right away. (It’s more instinctive) than a lot of other position.”

Most rookie running backs struggle in pass protection because that’s the one area of the game that requires them to think rather than just react. But the Browns already have Jerome Harrison and Peyton Hillis to handle third down duties. The plan all along has been for Hardesty to evolve into the first- and second-down back. It looks like, as long as Hardesty is healthy come September, that plan will remain on track.

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Posted on: August 23, 2010 12:35 am

Recapping the 2010 BFL fantasy draft

You may have seen some of our tweets about 2010 BFL, a fantasy league full of famous bloggers (woo oxymorons), in which I'm repping CBSSports.com and this here blog.

For the draft, we traveled to New York City this past Thursday in order to all meet up and create fake teams. The trip seems pointless, until you realize that we drafted in the NFL headquarters. Yes, like where Roger Goodell works. Yes, it was spectacular. Yes, the winner of the league gets some Super Bowl action as well as a large charitable donation to the local charity of their choice. Yes, you will have to suffer occasional posts about how I'm doing (and you can read more about the league here .)

And yes, I'm quite confident I'm winning; after all, look how alert I was just moments before the draft began.

Of course, that didn't stop me from drafting a kick-A fantasy team. Or at least one that I think kicks some A. Before we get to that, though, let's talk about the participants, in draft order:
By the by, you can actually check out the P&G sponsored league , as it's public I belive. So if you care to see the draft results, here they are. If not, I'll tell you about them anyway.

First of all, I heart my team. A lot. I'm totally fine with taking Maurice Jones-Drew second overall, especially after seeing how the Vikings offensive line looked on Sunday. I really, really wanted DeAngelo Williams to fall to 23, but I'll deal with Beanie Wells. DeSean Jackson is a clear No. 1 wideout, so I'll absolutely take him in the third round. Wes Welker in the fourth? Yes, please.

Dwayne Bowe is primed to blow up this year (I like the Chiefs a lot, actually), so having him as a WR3 isn't something I'm unhappy about. Myself and two others waited to draft a quarterback and I think it paid off nicely with a combo of Matt Ryan in the sixth and Matt Cassel in the 11th.

Didn't particularly love my Jerome Harrison pick in the seventh -- although I ended up with Owen Daniels at tight end in the 10th, leaving Tony Gonzalez and Vernon Davis on the board at that point was just stupid. Kenny Britt I like as a solid backup wideout, especially paired with Julian Edelman on the bench; Edelman's insurance if Welker goes down again and Britt can fill in on the bye.

Marion Barber is still starting in Dallas last I checked, no? Okay, thought so. 9th round for him is silly. Levy hosed me on Dexter McCluster in the 12th and I panicked a touch and took Demaryius Thomas, but, again, I think he's a good backup, particularly since someone has to catch passes in Denver. Niners defense, as good as it is, in the next to last round is something I'm thrilled about, insofar as one can be thrilled about drafting a D. Same with Rob Bironas in the last round, I suppose.

It's not worth discussing any other teams. They're clearly inferior to mine. (I do like Bassett, Jerod and Zerkle's teams the best out of the other squads, though, I think. Except that Zerkle decided to draft a sampler platter of running backs for five rounds instead of wideouts.) But I certainly welcome your thoughts on the squad below.

Also, huge, huge tip of the cap to everyone involved at the NFL for making this happen: they couldn't have possibly been kinder to a fairly dangerous looking bunch, or more accommodating in terms of showing us around, peppering us with cool NFL stuff and letting us spin around in Goodell's desk chair until Sebek got sick and threw up.

Just kidding. That last one never happened. But the NFL rules for letting us swing up to the Big Apple and get our geek on in their offices.

So to does P&G -- for the purposes of FTC biz, they helped hook it up.

Posted on: August 14, 2010 8:44 pm

Jake Delhomme looks quite sharp for Browns early

Posted by Will Brinson

Jake Delhomme's been a running joke for interception funny-makers ever since his playoff meltdown against the Cardinals in 2008. The level of attention his failures received only increased when he joined the Cleveland Browns, an organization not exactly associated with success.

Throw the "Come on, it's the preseason!" flags at me all you want, but he looked really sharp on the Browns' first possession against the Packers Saturday night, going 6/7 for 66 yards as the Browns marched down the field before Jerome Harrison punched the ball in for Cleveland's first touchdown of 2010.

Delhomme's only incompletion was a pass intended for Brian Robiskie -- and it was only incomplete because Nick Collins made a very nice play on it. Otherwise, Delhomme spread the ball around, hitting Evan Moore and Mohamed Massaquoi twice each.

He worked once out of the gun and once out of an empty-back set (on fourth down no less) and generally looked as comfortable as he did during his heyday with the Panthers.

That's not to say that Carolina should immediately regret their decision, but based on (very) early returns, it seems like Cleveland won't regret theirs. At the very least, he's an upgrade over the Derek Anderson - Brady Quinn debacle that was 2009.

Posted on: August 1, 2010 11:02 am

Without Hardesty, Harrison is Browns top RB

Browns second-round pick Montario Hardesty was expected to compete with Jerome Harrison for the right to start at RB, but after twisting his knee last week, Hardesty likely will miss the next few weeks of practice.

"We're taking it real slow, conservative,” coach Eric Mangini said Saturday in quotes captured by the Associated Press . "We'll see where it is at that point (after rehabbing it)."

Hardesty had performed well during the offseason, and though Harrison had an awesome end of last year – rushing for 561 yards and five TDs in the final three games of the season to help save Mangini’s job – the Browns drafted Hardesty in the second round of the Draft.

Though Hardesty was injury-prone while he played at Tennessee, the Browns – who traded up to the second round in order to snag him – liked his bruising style. Not only that, Cleveland eventually plans to make him the featured back in the offense.

--Josh Katzowitz

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