31 July 2011

Old Faces in New Places

"Chad, can you teach me to twitter?"

Hello New York, I'm back!
With the NFL training camps rushing to start, teams courting prospective players on the free agency market, and veteran players showing whether they still got it or not, fans can only sit back and enjoy.  I know I am personally waiting to see the Detroit Lions take the field, as I think they are the team this season to watch, but that’s another story.  So far there’s been a few notable changes of address that stand out and could be key- of those I am going to pick on the wide receivers; Chad Ochocinco, Plaxico Burress, and AJ Green.  Yes, I’m aware AJ Green is only a rookie, but for this discussion we’re including him.

I learned this move on "Dancing with the Stars"
                Since 2001 when he was drafted out of Oregon State University, we’ve only seen Chad Ochocino lace it up for the Cincinnati Bengals, at times making us all stand up and shout “Oh no he didn’t!”  From his stylish antics, his blonde hair, and his twitter lifestyle, we have come to either love or hate Ocho.  So, let’s take a look at him a little deeper- He’s only played 2 full seasons in the last 4 seasons, his best receiving year for yards being 4 years ago with 1440 yards.  His most touchdowns came in 2003 with 10, and last season only had 4 touchdowns and 831 yards in 14 games played.  Ocho is moving on to New England to play with the Patriots and superstar, Super Bowl MVP Quarterback Tom Brady.  Tom is known for his ability to extend the field and make the plays to help his team win.  Will the addition of Ocho help Tom to get back to the Super Bowl?  Will Ocho buy in to the Bill Belichick system and just play football?  Or, will we hear Ocho on tv saying “Kiss the baby?”

"I just want to say, Mark has better hair than Eli"
                Plaxico Burress, the one time hero of a Super Bowl.  Out of Michigan State and spreading his time between Pittsburgh and the Giants, Plax stays in the New York area but joining the charging Jets and their Hollywood model to be, QB, Mark Sanchez.  It might be some people’s opinion that Mark would rather run around in his Calvin Kleins posing for pictures rather than he would playing football.  Will the addition of Plaxico help the Jets to get over the hurdle and reach the Super Bowl?  Plaxico last played in 2008, where he played in 10 games pulling down 4 touchdowns.  Prior to that in 2007 he pulled in 12 touchdowns and 70 catches for 1025 yards.  In his final two years on the field Plaxico did not commit a single fumble either.  Plaxico is coming back from a two-year hiatus due to being in prison.  Will Plaxico come back with the same hunger and desire as Mike Vick?

Hey Andy, don't get me killed with your passes
                Lastly AJ Green will be replacing the above mentioned Ochocinco in Cincinnati.  AJ is joining a hurting Bengals team who is currently without their once Pro Bowl Quarterback Carson Palmer.  AJ will be pulling in passes from TCU Rookie Andy Dalton, and we’re just not sure how this will go as of yet, but one can speculate.  AJ Green missed four games in his final season at Georgia, but was able to pull in 57 catches for 848 yards and 9 touchdowns.  His second highest receiving total in college and most touchdowns.  AJ is without question one of the most exciting young wideouts in the game, but with a rookie quarterback, will his talents be enough to make Bengals fans glad to see Ocho not on the field?  In 2010, against rival SEC Schools, AJ Green pulled in 6 catches for 96 yards against Tennessee, 9 catches for 184 against would-be National Champion Auburn Tigers (and 2 touchdowns).

                Looking forward to the upcoming season one can only be excited to see these three wide receivers lined up on the field, digging the routes, and cutting to the goal line as they pull down amazing touch down grabs.  Here’s my predictions on how these three will perform this season:

1)      Chad Ochocinco – 14 games played, 88 receptions, 1082 yards, 14 touchdowns
2)      Plaxico Burress – 16 games played, 93 receptions, 1001 yards, 9 touchdowns
3)      AJ Green, 16 games played, 79 receptions, 884 yards, 10 touchdowns
The future of the Bengals rest on a couple of rookies.

Look Chad, I got my first twitter stalker

Ocho will have the luxury of Tom Brady throwing him perfect passes, Plax will have 2 years of rest to pull energy from, and AJ will show us the future looks bright in Cincinnati for fans.  In the end though, it’s all about Wins and Losses, so:

 PREDICTION: Plaxico Burress will be the Comeback Player of the Year, starting a trend for ex-cons, and following Mike Vick.

 New England -- 14-2 (First Round Bye in Playoffs)
 New York Jets – 12-4 (Home-field advantage in First Round of Playoffs)
 Cincinnati – 9-7 (misses the playoffs).

2010 NFL Comeback Player of the Year

2011 NFL Comeback Player of the Year?

1 comment:

  1. Cincinnati 9-7? I do not think so. The Bengals will be in rebuilding mode this year. The Cleveland Browns will have a better record than Bengals. Plaxico Burgress being comeback player of the year: Very possible I think he will start off slow and get better later in the season.