FF Brainwave 9/17
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Antonio Gates, Ryan Mathews
Gates was held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday but was back for a limited practice on Friday. It appeared Gates would be a go, in the morning but an hour before the game, Gates was declared inactive.
Mathews was also rumored to be a go this weekend, but perhaps this was just gamesmanship from Coach Norv Turner to force the Titans to game plan for both players. Expect Mathews and Gates back this week against the Falcons, but if you had them in your lineup this week (as was the case with me with Gates) I feel for you.
Steven Jackson Groin Injury
It seemed a little funny that Jeff Fisher would hold out Steven Jackson for the rest of the game after a second-quarter penalty. Turns out Jackson has a groin injury and we shouldn’t be surprised if he misses a week or two.
Another year, same problems for Jackson as offensive line problems and health issues continue to slow him down. When on the field Jackson is a worthy, low-end, RB2 as the Rams actually appear ready to compete against respectable teams. Keep an eye on Daryl Richardson as a replacement, he was productive when Jackson went down.
Let’s see how he does in practice this week, if he puts in a full practice by Thursday, we should feel good about his odds of playing.
Jeremy Maclin Injury
Injuries continue to plague Maclin and it’s clear we need to sit on him until we see him make it through a full practice.
Tweet – https://twitter.com/Jeff_McLane/statuses/247438021140574209
Chris Johnson’s & Titans Offensive Struggles
A pathetic performance from not just Chris Johnson but the entire Titans offense. I can’t blame the defense mainly because this offense fails to sustain drives and leaves them on the field too long.
At this time, Johnson is merely a flex play option. Perhaps we should stick with him in the lineup for one more week, but I can’t blame you for benching him if you’ve dropped your first two games.
Brent Celek On A Hot Streak
Celek was perhaps Michael Vick’s favorite target in the second half of last season, and it’s carried through to the start of his year. Consider Celek a TE1 until proven otherwise, as the Eagles continue to put the football in the air with regularity.