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Thread: Pro Football Weekly Ratings

  1. #1
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    Apr 2003
    Rochester, NY
    I just bought the Pro Football Weekly (fantasy draft issue) and here is how some of the Jets rank and what comments they recieved (sorry if this was posted before, I remember something like this on the board before).

    Chad Pennington (6th overall quarterback)

    Boom, The Jets' future lies with Pennington, who was a smooth operator after entering the lineup in place of an injured and struggling Vinny Testaverde in Week Four. The cool, collected Pennington guided Paul Hackett's system with near-flawless precision and got progressively better as the season went on. He also has a solid offensive line in front of him.

    Bust, Pennington does not have the arm strength nor the mobility of some of his peers, and he threw fewer than 245 yards in seven of his 12 starts. The Jets hop free-agent addition Curtis Conway can replace WR Laveranues Coles, who signed with the Redskins. Even before losing Coles, who cam on strong last season as the team's go-to guy, the Jets still needed another big, physical wide reciever, and opponents will be better-prepared to face Pennington in his second year as the starter.

    Bottom Line, Pennington's efficiency was remarkable last season, and he has the tools and decision-making skills to be a fixture near the top of this list for a long time.

    Curtis Martin (16th overall running back)

    Boom, After shaking off a serious, early season ankle sprain and a very poor start because of it, Martin registered his eighth straight 1,000 yard season. The Jets' plan to keep Martin fresh by using LaMont Jordan more frequently worked well, and a superb effort at quarterback helped Martin steady his game.

    Bust, If young QB Chad Pennington struggles adjusting to life without Laveranues Coles, defenses could ky on Martin again. Also, if Jordan continues to develop quickly, he could take more time away from Martin.

    Bottom Line, Martin hasn't missed a game in four season (even with the ankle injury in 2002), although last year's 1,094 yards was his career low. The Jets still are committed to the running game, and you won't find many runners who are more consistent.

    Curtis Conway (21st overall wide reciever)

    Boom, Conway was used very creatively and was the go-to reciever in San Diego. He scored on two running playes and has the ability to throw the ball on trick plays. Conway still has the speed to compete as a top reciever, and he has resurrected his career the past few seasons.

    Bust, How was Conway rewarded by San Diego for three resurgent seasons? He was released. He might not fit in the same way with his new team, and in a new offense it is doubtful he can match the pace he was on last season before he got hurt.

    Bottom Line, Conway is on the down side of an up-and-down career, but he still has some gas left in the tank. He could be a sleeper because his stock has fallen since leaving San Diego. Keep an eye on Conway as a possible No. 3 reciever for you squad. He might still have some big games left as him.

    Santana Moss (43rd overall wide reciever)

    Boom, After missing most of his rookie season, Moss became a shifty reciever and one of the best punt returners in the game. He has explosive deep ability but hasn't recieved the same number of chances as Wayne Chrebet and Laveranues Coles. That, however, could change now that Coles signed with Washington. QB Chad Pennington is a rising star who should look for Moss more often as they work together.

    Bust, So far, Moss' production hasn't met his potential. At 5-10 and 185 pounds, he likely won't be more than a No. 2 reciever. Although he's very fast, he does not possess the strength to outmuscle bigger defensive backs, making him a somewhat limited situational offensive player.

    Bottom Line, The loss of Coles in free agency means Moss will have plenty of opportunities to step up and show what he can do as a full-time player. The Jets love his speed and shiftiness, and they will try to get him the ball in as many creative ways as possible. Moss is a possible low-round sleeper.

    Wayne Chrebet (54th overall wide reciever)

    Boom, Chrebet was a fantasy beast down the stretch last season, catching seven of his nine touchdowns in the final seven games. He is extremely consistent getting open and catching the ball, and young QB Chad Pennington will lean heavily on Chrebet now that Laveranues Coles has bolted for the Redskins.

    Bust, To say that Chrebet is not a deep threat is an understatement. He is purely a possession reciever, and the loss of Coles means the opponents' best cornerback often will key on Chrebet, who hasn't had a reception of longer than 37 yards since 2000.

    Bottom Line, Chrebet's nine touchdowns appear to be some what of an aberration, and his numbers could fall a bit this season. He is still a capable reciever, and you will not kill your chances by playing him occasionally. But at this point in his career, Chrebet cannot be relied upon as a fantasy starter.

    Anthoney Becht (14th overall tight end)

    Boom, Only five tight ends caught more touchdowns than Becht in 2002. Jets QB Chad Pennington goes through his progressions on most passing plays, which gives Becht a chance to get the ball even if he isn't the first option on a particuliar play. Pass-catching RB Richie Anderson signed with Dallas and WR Laveranues Coles headed off to Washington, so Becht may see more passes his way this season.

    Bust, THe tam really likes second-year TE Chris Baker, who might be a better fit in the Jets' offense. The Jets have several good red-zone options (RBs Curtis Martin and LaMont Jordan and WR Wayne Chrebet) that outrank Becht, whose catches and yardage were down last year.

    Bottom Line, If the Jets don't trade him, Becht will split time with Baker. The Jets expected more out of Becht, one of the team's four first-round picks in 2000. They haven't gotten it.

    Doug Brien (22nd overall place kicker)

    Boom, Brien, who replaces John Hall in New York, should get a decent number of opportunities if QB Chad Pennington picks up where he left off last season and continues to develop into one of the league's most productive signal callers. It took a while, but Pennington appears to have developed a really solid grasp of Paul Hackett's West Coast offensive scheme.

    Bust, Although Brien has had his moments, he has been around the NFL block and then some, playing on five different teams in his nine-year pro career. The Jets have also lost a key cog in their attack with WR Laveranues Coles moving on to Washington. Brien has appeared in only nine games over the past two seasons because he couldn't stick on an NFL roster.

    Bottom Line, Brien is a gamble as a fantasy first-teamer, but he figures to be a solid backup.

    Jets' Defense (10th overall)

    After a ragged start, Ted Cottrell's unit definetly got its act together down the stretch last year.

    Looking at the AFC East...................

    Pennington (6th)
    Bledsoe (9th)
    Brady (15th)
    Fiedler (25th)

    Williams (2nd)
    Henry (12th)
    Martin (16th)
    Smith (26th)

    Moulds (4th)
    Conway (21st)
    Chambers (26th)
    Brown (30th)
    Reed (36th)
    Moss (43rd)
    Patten (50th)
    Thompson (51st)
    Chrebet (54th)
    (Coles was ranked 10th)

    McMichael (7th)
    Becht (14th)
    Graham (21st)
    Fauria (25th)

    Vinatieri (8th)
    Mare (10th)
    Lindell (19th)
    Brien (22nd)

    Miami Defense (2nd)
    New York Jets Defense (10th)
    New England Patriots Defense (13th)
    Buffalo Bills Defense (20th)

  2. #2
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    Apr 2003
    Atleast the patsies* got the nod on the kicker :lol:

  3. #3
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    Apr 2003
    Rochester, NY
    It's a good magazine from the one issue I have read , has anyone else subscribed to the magazine that could help me decided if I should do the same?

  4. #4
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    Ahhhhhhh, the ratings, gradings and rankings - Let the damn season begin already

  5. #5
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    Ooooops, I forgot to add Wayne Chrebet, I'll put him in.


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