sam. Nov 27th, 2021

Frank Reich: Draft picks Authentic J’Marcus Webb Jersey , like everyone else, have to “earn it” to make 53-man roster Over ris Ballard at the helm, the fan base has had to take notice of an approach that may take a couple years to get the team back in the mix for contention. He’s told us multiple times that he wants to put the majority of the team-building process into the draft, but hasn’t dismissed using free agency if the player can be “absorbed” into the roster.As with any team, I suspect, a few question marks from Ballard’s first two drafts have risen to the surface in particular. Tarell Basham was supposed to be much more comfortable in the 4-man front of the Tampa-2 style scheme of this year’s defense, but hasn’t given much of an indication that he’s really all that impactful up to this point.Last year, Zach Banner — a fourth-round selection — was waived and Ballard never looked back despite him being available a handful of times after subsequently being waived by a couple other teams. We’re seeing some issues with Nyheim Hines already, though it’s admittedly far too early to make any real decisions on his long-term viability, the questions are still there.In short, what we’re seeing is that regardless of their status, where they were drafted, Ballard isn’t scared to admit a ‘mistake’ and move on from a player if he doesn’t make the team better. This isn’t something we noticed from the previous regime and whether or not you might think it’s rash to cut a player before you get a full season of play to form a more conclusive opinion of them, cutting bait when it isn’t going to work is a great quality from a GM who was responsible for drafting that talent.Frank Reich seems to feel the same in this approach, and basically said as much yesterday during his media availability.Personally, I love this. This is a clear warning to the young guys and free agents on the roster that if you come in and feel you’re going to be given a spot simply because we drafted you Youth Chester Rogers Jersey , that you’re sadly mistaken. But, it’s also a message being sent loud and clear to those who have just been signed that if you work for it, and deserve it, you’re going to make this team.Chris Ballard has told us that “the locker room is watching” and that they know which of the guys in that locker room are working hard and which are not. They know who is making a difference, and who is simply dead weight. Ballard will not allow this locker room to become a resentful place to be. No team politics. If you earn it, you’ll get it. I can’t imagine a better message to send to all 90 players currently rostered when creating the right culture and a successful team is priority one.Fantasy Friday: Three players to find on the waiver wire for Week 2 Week 1 is already in the books, and some fantasy owners might find themselves looking for help heading into the second game of a young 2018-19 season.Let’s take a look at three players fantasy need to consider adding to bolster their lineups. Phillip Dorsett, WR, New England PatriotsPhillip Dorsett is owned only in 4.4 percent of fantasy leagues around the spectrum. Heading into the season, that came as no surprise due to the fact the former first-round pick has yet to solidify himself as a go-to No. 1 or 2 receiver. With the suspension of Julian Edelman, and the loss of Danny Amendola in the offseason due to free agency, the New England Patriots needed a find another weapon for Tom Brady as he waits for Edelman to return in a handful of weeks. Dorsett took advantage of the snaps he got in Week 1, pulling in seven catches for 66 yards and a touchdown. The Patriots travel to Jacksonville to take on arguably the league’s best defense in the Jaguars. Much of the focus in the secondary will be on Rob Gronkowski, so Dorsett should get some open looks — especially in an offense that likes throw the football. Ryan Grant, WR, Indianapolis ColtsRyan Grant didn’t visit the end-zone last week in the Indianapolis Colts’ loss to the Bengals … try-jersey , but that shouldn’t keep the player out of fantasy rosters. It’s not a surprise Andrew Luck dropped back to pass 55 times in Week 1, and that might happen for frequent as the defense is still looking to find its footing — putting the Colts in a position to be in multiple shootouts. This means targets for Grant, and there were plenty for him against Cincinnati. Grant tallied 59 yards on eight catches, which included nine targets. When defenses are shifting their focus to the likes of TY Hilton and Jack Doyle, that gives an opportunity for players such as Grant and Eric Ebron to haul in some attempts from Luck. Barring any setbacks from the weather, Grant might be a good plug-in for a team searching for a wide receiver or flex. Jared Cook, TE, Oakland RaidersLet’s face it, Jon Gruden and the Oakland Raiders looked abysmal in the last 30 minutes against the Los Angeles Rams. But one bright spot came from the tight end position. Cook is available in 72.2 percent of leagues, which is good news for teams looking for a replacement for Greg Olsen (foot) or Delanie Walker (ankle). With Amari Cooper struggling against a great Rams defense, Cook finished Monday night with anine-catch, 180 yard performance.The former South Carolina tight end may not finish with nine catches every single week, but I would expect Derek Carr to look Cook’s way quite often as the season progresses. It was evident Cook was Carr’s safety blanket, and I don’t think that will change anytime soon.


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