- Dion Jordan suspended 4 games DE Dion Jordan is suspended the first four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances.
- Mike Pouncey has hip surgery Fins OC could be out for 3 months
- Fins suspend S Don Jones For his twitter comments about Ram's DL Michael Sam
- Fins select OT Ja'Wuan James in 1st round James should challenge for the starting RT spot
AFC East Depth Watch – RBs
Let’s continue our look at the backups in the AFC East, this time with the RBs. Same criteria applies…starters are not counted.
- The Jets continue to hang in the cellar.
They gave up a 4th round draft pick for Chris Ivory, so I’m guessing he will be the starter. That leaves Mike Goodson and Bilal Powell to back up Ivory.
Goodson played sparingly last year for the Raiders, and was arrested last month on gun and drug charges. Some of those charges may be dropped, but he could still be suspended for a few games by the league. He is also facing a paternity suit. You have to wonder how distracted he is at the moment.
Powell started to come on strong last year, but is currently listed as 3rd on the depth chart. He is still ahead of Joe McKnight, who seemingly slips further down the depth chart each year.
- I have the Fins coming in at #3
I expect Lamar Miller to be the starter opening day. Daniel Thomas and rookie Mike Gillislee will battle each other for playing time. After trading up in the 2nd round to take Thomas a few years back, he has shown to be a disappointment. Averaging only 3.5 yards per carry, he seemingly lacks enough vision and recognition to find the holes in the defense.
Gillislee could beat out Thomas. Gillislee was effective at Florida…solid at everything but great at none. Bringing up the rear is Marcus Thigpen. Thigpen should make the team as a solid return guy.
- At #2 I have the New England Patriots.
Brandon Bolden was making some noise in the NFL before his injury…and then later his 4 game suspension for a failed drug test. Shane Vereen averaged 4 yards per carry and reached the endzone 3 times rushing and one time receiving. He will take over the role vacated by departing Danny Woodhead.
The Pats traded for troubled but talented LeGarrette Blount. He might challenge Bolden in short yardage situations, though he has struggled there in the past. But Belichick has a way of maximizing the talent of troubled players.
The Pats signed Leon Washington, who isn’t the player he used to be. But he is still a solid return guy.
- The Bills edge out the Pats for the top spot.
Fred Jackson has been a dependable workhorse for the Bills, though he was hampered by injuries last year. Jackson is getting a bit older, but should still be a tremendous backup to CJ Spiller if he returns to health.
The Bills also resigned Tashard Choice, who averaged over 4 yards per carry when he saw the field. The RBs are the strength of this Bill’s offense.
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