Bucs coach Raheem Morris has said the plan for the preseason (and if it works, the regular season, too) is to have the starting running back play two series, followed by another back taking the next two series, with the third back playing a single series. … The running back who has the single series would be used for situational plays fitting to his strengths (short yardage, etc).
At this point, shouldn't they just sign DeShaun Foster(notes) and Ron Dayne(notes), then make it a 2-2-1-2-1? They could also pick up Rudi Johnson(notes) and Zack Crockett(notes), then go 2-2-1-2-1-2-1. But that's really a slap in the face to Onterrio Smith(notes), so maybe a 2-2-1-2-1-1-1-1 is the right approach. Dunno.
Bottom line: Tampa Bay has an ugly committee. Ward's ADP is 47.1, Graham's is 110.6 and Williams' is 208.9. [Bucs Beat]
X-rays on Fred Jackson's(notes) thumb and wrist were negative, so no need to downgrade him. From the Buffalo News: "Jackson said he thinks there's still a chance he could return to practice as early as Thursday and he would not rule himself out for Saturday's game at Pittsburgh." [BillBoard]
If you hit just one link today, make sure it's MJD's interview with Matt Schaub(notes). They talk Andre Johnson(notes), Steve Slaton(notes), dogfighting, George Washington and, delightfully, the 2002 Continental Tire Bowl. [Shutdown Corner, Bonus MJD here]
Happy 30th birthday, Jamal Lewis(notes). Good luck holding off James Davis. "Lewis took the milestone birthday in stride. He laughed heartily as Braylon Edwards(notes) joked about Lewis' career highlights 'in the '70s.'" [Cleveland Plain Dealer]
Laurence Holmes discusses the Cutler Effect and Chicago's ground game: "You see the difference that having a QB like him has on a defense. On Matt Forte’s(notes) TD run, you saw defensive fear." And it just gets better, Bears fans. [670 The Score]
The Fantasy Football Librarian shuffles up all the expert ranks and creates a list of the riskiest top 100 picks in '09 drafts. I was not aware that there were people who did not like Darren McFadden(notes). Weird. [Bruno Boys]
KC Joyner is curiously optimistic about the Pack's radical defensive shift. He knows things, too. Many (all?) analysts have expressed concern about Green Bay's personnel adapting to the new scheme. [Fifth Down]
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