General Manager Justin Novack (Jay) drafted a team with plenty of youth, who will be lead by second year Quarterback Jameis Winston. A few of our journalists caught up with Winston to ask his thoughts on his new teammates and the recently installed team name “The Dogs”. He responded by essentially yelling at the journalists in an almost rabid tone “ We some dogs, we ain’t no puppies”. After giving off some puzzling looks but deciding to proceed with the interview, the journalists continued to press on about the prospects of the team, but Winston only wanted to continue his rampage “ I mean we Bears, not cubs. Eagles, not Eaglets”. Safe to say that Winston thinks the Dogs are going to be a team of brute, animalistic strength, and not that of their weaker, younger, counterparts.
The two Floridian quarterbacks that Novack has on his roster are risky picks with upside. Jameis Winston finished the 2015 season as the #13 QB in ESPN leagues with over 4,000 yards and 17 Fantasy points per game. Not bad for a rookie. Assuming he can take a leap forward in year two, he should be able to crack the bottom of the QB1 tier. Ryan Tannehill on the other hand had an abysmal year after begininning with such high expectations. The Dolphins quarterback had okay passing numbers with a 62% completion percentage, 4,200 yards, and 24 touchdowns, but people have come to expect better rushing numbers from him than he was able to produce. This lead him to a year as the # 17 QB. With QB Guru Adam Gase becoming the head coach, there is reason to believe this may improve.
Lamar Miller has moved over to Houston from Miami after having a efficient career with low quantity with the Dolphins. He stated that he wants more out of his role, and the Texans give their running backs more touches than any team in the league. The only question is, with so many different regimes coming through Miami, how come not one of them thought Miller could carry the load as a workhorse back? I project him to have an outstanding season for the Texans. Rashard Jennings is the undisputed lead back for the New York Giants, and being a starter in the NFL means something. But with Eli Manning having attempted the 4th most passes last year, how much of a role does the Giants starting running back have? Duke Johnson Jr. and Giovanni Bernard are similar backs for teams in Ohio. Both will have their games where their pass catching ability puts them into RB1 range, but it will take some excellent coaching by Jay to decide which of his 3 average backs are going to have the most optimal week for RB2 on his roster.
The Dogs have depth for days at Wide Receiver, and an elite guy in Allen Robinson who should be a sure thing. Phillip Dorsett and Michael Thomas do have value as #3 WR’s on teams that use 3 receivers in their base sets. Kamar Aiken and Tyler Lockett are top 2 receivers on teams that should be able to move the ball, but both are expected to have breakouts based on small sample sizes. The Question mark for this corp is if either Golden Tate or Randall Cobb are truly WR2 worthy. Many think Cobb should return to his 2012-2014 form now that Jordy Nelson is back in the Packers lineup, but after finishing his season outside of the top 25 in 2015, that is no guarantee. With Calvin Johnson watching from his couch in 2016, Golden Tate has a “Golden opportunity” (That was terrible, but i refuse to delete it) to breakout, but many believe that Marvin Jones is the true #1 in Detroit.
GM Novack has a love affair for Charles Clay, who had a pretty mediocre 2015 with only 51 catches and 3 touchdowns. But, at least many of the teams have guys in a similar vein as the Bills Tight End.