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Knee-Jerk Reactions - Pre-Season Week 1
Scott Boyter
August 15, 2006

You've got to love the NFL Network's "No Huddle" approach to giving viewers a look at every preseason game going. I jotted down a few reactions as the network took me around the league on Saturday, and thought I'd share some of my, well, reactionary takes. Hopefully you'll find a nugget or two in here that could help in your preparation for your draft.

Chris Brown, RB, TEN -- Titans coach Jeff Fisher has made it plain and clear -- he's going to attempt to win by shoving the ball down his opponent's throats. And if Game 1 was any indication (9 rushes, 45 yards), Brown will be the one toting the rock more than any other Tennessee back, and by a bunch. Travis Henry hates being a Titan, and LenDale White is buried in the doghouse due to basically being a jerk during practice. Brown is a sleeper in the truest sense of the word, but definitely worth a look if, say, you're picking near the bottom of the third or the early fourth round.

Michael Koenen, PK, ATL -- He had three field goals of 40-45 yards, and added a 50-yarder in the Falcons' win over the Patriots. As long as his leg doesn't fall off (he's also the favorite to be Atlanta's kickoff man and punter as well), he's a great sleeper pick.

Atlanta Defense -- They have a fast, excellent secondary, but they're also small, which will hurt in leagues that penalize defenses for giving up too much yardage. But this D will be primed for a slew of turnovers and more than the average amount of defensive touchdowns. And Allen Rossum remains one of the most dangerous return men in the league.

Reggie Bush, RB, NO -- At the end of the second round, you're definitely going to have to consider this guy as your second running back. He was spectacular in his preseason debut against the Titans, averaging nearly 10 yards per rush. Even if he only gets 10-15 touches a game, he is a constant threat to take it to the house -- especially in passing situations where he'll be matched up against linebackers. The downside is he'll probably be pulled inside the 10-yard-line, so if he's going to score a lot of TDs they're going to be long hitters, a la Barry Sanders was a few years back.

Matt Jones, WR, JAC -- Who's really going to be The Man in Jacksonville after the retirement of Jimmy Smith. Jones made a great case for himself by hauling in a 50-yard TD going up against Miami's No. 1 defense.

Wally Lundy, RB, HOU -- Lundy's performance (7 rushes, 58 yards, 1 TD) is yet another reason not to come anywhere close to any Texan running back. He clouds an already muddled RB situation to incredible proportions.

Jake Delhomme, QB, CAR -- You don't need to worry about those "tired arm" concerns that were oozing out of Panther camp. With the weapons he has in Keyshawn Johnson, Steve Smith, and even to some degree Keary Colbert, along with what should be a strong running game, Delhomme's stock should be sky high. He's solidly in the second tier of fantasy quarterbacks.

Kurt Warner, QB, ARI -- He's dangerously close to regaining Tier 1 status, and this isn't just because he threw for two TDs against the Steelers. Consider his supporting cast -- Edgerrin James, Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald, along with No. 3 WR Byrant Johnson. If the line can keep him upright, Warner will lead a surprising amount of teams to the fantasy playoffs.

Kelly Holcomb, QB, BUF -- Holcomb was given the chance to prove he's worthy of being the Bills No. 1 quarterback, and he spit the bit (2/4, 16 yds, INT). The job is once again wide open for J.P. Losman.

Randy McMichael, TE, MIA -- If you're in a league where you have to draft a tight end, McMichael needs to be near the top of your list. He'll get a lot more receptions than you think.