Sunday, Aug. 19
The best Bucs stories on the Web
Tampa Bay lost to Jacksonville, 31-19, last night, and my "Observation Deck" piece will be up shortly. Plus, if you missed my live blog from last night's game, it's still up on the site. That will be a staple every game at Bucsblitz.com.
Over at the Tampa Tribune, columnist Martin Fennelly sings the praises of quarterback Jeff Garcia, saying that the veteran quarterback's presence may make this season somewhat tolerable. Also, NFL writer Ira Kaufman breaks down the play of young guards Davin Joseph and Arron Sears, who held their own against a tough Jacksonville defensive line.
Over at the St. Petersburg times, Rick Stroud focused on the Bucs' best performances of the night — Jeff Garcia and the first-team defense. Stephen F. Holder was left to speak to the young offensive players about their performances on Saturday, which backslid from their high level against the Patriots.
Here are the fantasy rookies I have my eye on this season:
Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit: Let me put it this way — I drafted Johnson in a keeper league, and I hope to pair him with Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald for the next 10 years. That's how much I like him. Somewhere, Jon Gruden is still crying that the Bucs couldn't take him.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Buffalo: I'm still not a huge fan, but he's the only rookie back that will get all the carries entering the regular season. That will make him worth something as a No. 3 back.
Greg Olsen, TE, Chicago: I'm reading that Olsen is outrunning Brian Urlacher in practice and is showing off tremendous hands. He may make an impact earlier than you think (and you can get him really late, too). Could be a great, late pick in a league where you have to start a TE.
Brady Quinn, QB, Cleveland and JaMarcus Russell, QB, Oakland: Unless you're in a keeper league, stay away. And if you are in a keeper league, don't be the goober that takes either one of them too high.
That's all for now. I have plans with the girl tonight. I'll be at One Buc on Monday and Wednesday, so expect reports throughout the week leading up to Saturday's game in Miami. MP