Perennially underused and undervalued, Kenny Stills is in my eyes a number 1 wide receiver for a team. He seemingly has no weaknesses: 6-1, Pretty Fast, great route runner and awesome hands. Above all, he just has that "it" factor. It's like the supreme court says regarding pornography: I can't tell you what it is, but I know what it is when I see it.
Kenny Stills is an innovative, explosive, great locker room guy. I think if he wasn't in a crowded WR room in Miami with Devante Parker and Jarvis Landry, he would be much more of a household name. Put him on a team with less mouths to feed, like the Rams, and he immediately because a feature piece in an offense.
Best Comparison: Doug Baldwin
I could be totally wrong about this one and I'll own it right now if I am. But I'm rarely wrong and all of my colleagues know and respect that about me. As a Redskins fan who is on the sideline every home game (obligatory "Not to Brag") I could only stand by and watch helplessly as Beathard marched the 49ers down the field on a go ahead drive that seemed like it would all but seal the Redskins fate as losing to the 0-5 Falcons (A typical trap game that the Redskins would fall into, but more about them l8er.)
People always say that rookie QB's succeed for a while until they produce enough film for other teams to study and game plan against. I have seen it go both ways, everywhere on the spectrum from RG3 to Russel Wilson.
I think Beathard is solid enough to escape that for three reasons.
1.) He had the luxury of playing under center in a pro-style offense last year in Iowa. College teams rarely and barely run pro style anymore, but when it does it really sets the QB's, and even more so the offensive linemen, up for a steeper learning curve in the pros.
2.) He's got a head coach in Kyle Shanahan who is gonna take care of him. First year head coach, offensive minded, with a rookie quarterback that he handpicked. There is egos involved here and Shanahan is gonna be dedicated and determined to give Beathard every opportunity to succeed. We're talking about the same guy who made Matt "Did he really win MVP" Ryan look like an MVP candidate last year. So much to the point where he actually won MVP.
3.) Former GM Scot McCloughan said he thought he was the best QB in the draft, and I blindly follow and agree with everything that Scot McCloughan said. He said he would have been a 1st rounder in the 2016 QB class, and that he has toughness and mental intangibles of a winner. Good enough for me.
As a historic Redskins fan and Cowboys hater it pains me to write good words about somebody who has hurt me many times, both in the form of actual Dez Bryant catching TD's but also in the form of drunk Cowboy fans in Dez Bryant jerseys who try to fight me and make fun of my RG3 jersey at Redskins games.
However, as somebody who has recently acquired him in a megatrade in my fantasy football league (not to brag) I find myself in a conflict of interest to the point where I can shed analysis.
He's not the same Dez Bryant with the same physical tools who "didn't" catch that ball against the Packers in the playoffs a few years ago, but he's still a competitor with enough size, strength and sexy footwork to the point where he can be a redzone threat.
My reason for predicting him getting hotter that he already may be? (as if it was possible)
Zeke Elliot will inevitably be suspended after Halloween, and if the Cowboys are to succeed with Sophomore QB Dak Prescott they will need to lean on the presence of veteran pass catchers like Jason Witten, and the aforementioned Dez.
X's up, I guess.
Haden is a baller, and the Browns never should have released him to a division rival with a strong roster. Not saying his presence alone would make them not 0-7, but its possible. The logic behind it is more troubling: if you are a team with a ton of losers and only a few pro bowlers, don't cut your pro bowlers at premium positions. "Oh Albert it's the new Moneyball front office, you wouldn't understand." Yeah you're right, but football isn't like baseball. There's not farm teams in the Dominican Republic with sixty 15-year-olds who can man up a number 1 WR. But I digress.
Haden came to the right team at the right time. With Big Ben's title window closing, the Steelers will be determined to make this year the year. The secondary already features veterans like Will Gay and youngersters like Sean David (from UMD,where I go, not to brag) and really only needed a guy like Joe Haden to compete.
As the pass rush speeds up with T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree, and the Steelers gather their mid-season poise, look for a ton of importance to fall on Joe Haden shoulders in key moments, and look for him to answer to phone big time.
The story goes like this. Once upon a time, long ago, there was a GM in San Francisco named Scot McCloughan and a D-Line Coach named Jim Tomsula. McCloughan hand picked guys for Tomsula, and Tomsula turned them into machines. Notably, a guy named Justin Smith who McCloughan plucked out of the late rounds of the draft and Tomsula turned him into an All-Pro. Fast forward a few years, Tomsula takes over as Head Coach in SF and McCloughan finds himself as the Redskins GM.
He picks a guy named Matt Ioannidis, and states that he reminded him of Justin Smith.
Fast forward a few more years, fate would have it that McCloughan leaves Washington and Tomsula arrives, perhaps solely to turn Ioannidis into Justin Smith 2.0.
With 3.5 sacks in the 2017 season already, I think it is time to turn our eyes to Ioannidis as a legitimate contender for most improved player of the year.
He's hot, and as a trends guy I can only speculate that he will just keep getting hotter.
|Mikey Winslow||Great read!|
|C.J. Mosely||Great REad Al!|
|Erin Finkle||Amazing read..Can't stop thinking about it|