Tag:Tom Zbikowski
Posted on: October 24, 2010 11:43 am
Edited on: October 24, 2010 12:06 pm

Week 7 AFC Inactives

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

First, the players who ARE active today:

Jaguars QB Todd Bouman (who will get the start; Trent Edwards will be the backup); Titans QB Vince Young (see below); Chargers TE Antonio Gates; Ravens TE Todd Heap; Titans WR Kenny Britt (who got into a bar altercation late this week).

David Garrard, QB, Jaguars: This will be the first time since the season finale in 2007 that Garrard won't start at QB for Jacksonville. He suffered a concussion last week against the Titans, and he's not going to play this week.

Chris Chambers, WR, Chiefs:
He's been dealing with a finger injury, but coach Todd Haley has said that wasn't the reason he was inactive last week (and probably the same reason he's been deactivated today). Mainly, he hasn't been very good. Chambers, by the way, wasn't on the injury report this week.

Vince Young (active), QB, Titans: He was a gameday decision after sustaining a high ankle sprain last week. He tried to work out this morning, but apparently, it didn't go well enough for him to get the start. Kerry Collins will be the signal caller today.

Johnathan Joseph, CB, Bengals: This is a big loss for the Bengals. Joseph, who's been dealing with a bad forearm, is one of the best young corners in the NFL. This news should make Falcons WR Roddy White a happy boy.

Malcom Floyd, WR, Chargers:
It's unfortunate for Floyd that he's dealing with a hamstring issue. The Patriots, the team San Diego is playing today, is succeptible in its pass defense. This could have been a big day for him.

Tom Zbikowski, FS, Ravens: It's a good thing Ed Reed will make his season debut today.

Aaron Maybin, LB, Bills:
He's been a disaster this year, playing 13 or fewer snaps in four of Buffalo's five games this year. As coach Chan Gailey says, Maybin is simply struggling to make plays. Which is not good for a 2009 first-round draft pick.

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Posted on: October 10, 2010 11:40 am
Edited on: October 10, 2010 12:17 pm

AFC Inactives, Week 5

Posted by Will Brinson and Josh Katzowitz

Some bigger name football players who are ACTIVE this week: Colts WR Austin Collie, Texans WR Andre Johnson, Texans DE Mario Williams, Ravens S Tom Zbikowski, Broncos CB Andre Goodman.

And the inactives:

Jacoby Jones, WR, Texans - Kevin Walter goes back to being the No. 2 option that he always was? Or something like that -- Jones out, Johnson in, though.
Tyson Jackson, DE, Chiefs - We thought he might be active today, because he practiced all week. But the knee injury he suffered in the first week is keeping him out. His first-round bust status remains intact.

Roy Williams, SS, Bengals - He's one of the more physical DBs in the league, but Cleveland RB Peyton Hillis smashed him around last week. Williams has become awfully injury prone the last few years.

Knowshon Moreno, RB, Broncos - The team was hopefuly Moreno (hamstring) could play this week, because the running game has not been good without him. Looks like they're stuck for another week with watching Laurence Maroney run the ball.

Stanley Daniels, G, Broncos - Daniels started the first four games of the season, but apparently, he's fallen out of favor with Denver's coaching staff. He's a healthy scratch.

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Posted on: September 3, 2010 7:43 pm
Edited on: September 3, 2010 7:59 pm

Ed Reed to PUP

Posted by Andy Benoit

Jason La Canfora of NFL.com is reporting that, as expected, the Baltimore Ravens will place Ed Reed on the PUP list. This means the future Hall of Fame safety will miss the first six weeks of the season.

Reed is still recovering from offseason hip surgery for a torn labrum. Tom Zbikowski will fill in at free safety in the meantime. The Ravens expected this -- that's part of the reason they brought in Ken Hamlin.

The Ravens probably wish Reed could somehow miss six games in November or December. In those fist six games the Ravens will face the Jets, Bengals, Steelers and Patriots.  

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Posted on: June 23, 2010 6:09 pm

Hamlin with something to prove

Newly-signed Ravens S Ken Hamlin told the Baltimore Sun last week that he has nothing to prove. I look at that statement, and I shake my head in wonder. Nothing to prove? Hell, Hamlin has everything to prove.

“I play at a high level,” Hamlin told the paper. “You’re never going to get the numbers that you want stat-wise. I know what I bring to a team. I know the type of player that I am.”

Sure, he used to play at a high level. That’s something on which we can agree. He was a Pro Bowler in 2007 after amassing five interceptions, 15 passes defended and 62 tackles. He was good the year before when he played for Seattle. But the past two seasons in Dallas, his interception totals dropped (one pick in 28 games), and the Cowboys cut him in April because he wasn’t worth the cost.

Hamlin has said that you can’t just look at the stats to show how he played.

So, Hamlin thinks he has nothing to prove, but I say Hamlin needs to prove he can still play at a high level. He needs to prove whether he can work his way into the starting lineup if FS Ed Reed decides to retire. He needs to prove whether he can help what continues to be a pretty good Ravens defense.

Hamlin isn’t sure what his role on this year’s squad will be, but he’d be a good bet to back up Reed, who will turn 32 in September, and play insurance man in case the oft-injured FS can’t recover from his ailments. The official Ravens web site, though, questions whether Hamlin could beat out Tom Zbikowski (who started the four games Reed was out last season) for the starting job in case Reed doesn’t play. So, yeah, Hamlin has something to prove.

“While Hamlin could affect Zbikowski’s playing time because both largely play free safety,” Mike Duffy writes, “Zbikowski is far ahead of Hamlin when it comes to knowledge of the Ravens’ defense.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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