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  1. 2019 Kamikura Kamikazes - 4th Season

    Props to the following NFL Top100 players George Kittle 29 Jamal Adams 37 Myles Garrett 49 Quenton Nelson got the shaft.
  2. 2019 Kamikura Kamikazes - 4th Season

    Running 53-Man Roster Predictions: QB Garoppolo Stidham RB Mixon Howard Hunt Anderson WR Doctson Miller Westbrook Callaway Foster Smith TE Kittle Braunecker Thomas OL Penn Massie Cannon Nelson Whitehair Kush Kalil Daniels DE Garrett Bosa Lowry Robertson-Harris Love DT Hargrave Billings Jernigan DJ Jones LB Warner Trevathan Collins Grugier-Hill Evans Winovich Calhoun S Adams Gipson Brice CGJ JThompson CB Worley Ya-Sin Williams Jackson Alexander Moreland ST Piniero Haack Sieg Best Bubble Bets: Dixon Hill Scarbrough Nall Jones White Grayson Butt Clemmings Griffin DThompson Wilson Bryant Kalu Mills DePaola I think that roster can win some games. Keep Jimmy healthy, and I think it is a playoff roster. Your comments are welcome.
  3. 2019 Kamikura Kamikazes - 4th Season

    Defensive Unit Previews: DE - I like an 8 man rotation of front four personnel, and right now I have about 10, including about 6 ends. The starters will be Myles Garrett and Nick Bosa. Myles should blow it up this year, and Bosa is a Bosa. Not much more needs to be said. Roy Robertson-Harris moves around and can rush from anywhere - outside, inside, or from linebacker position. He's huge at 6'7. The Pack extended Dean Lowry. He's a tremendous competitor and can play inside or out. Joe Ostman and Mike Love keep making plays on the second team IRL, and cannot be counted out. The Pats have not done much with Chase Winovich yet in camp. (UPDATE: Ostman to IR. Winovich to LB, which I think is a good place for him.) DT - Javon Hargrave, Andrew Billings, and DJ Jones are fine, and can all play nose when I want to use 3-4 packages. Timmy Jernigan is 100% back and playing very well. On runs, you can't get much better than Billings and Jones. On obvious pass plays, its Hargrave and Jernigan, with Lowry rotating in. LB - My linebackers are better than I made them out to be. Fred Warner was all that as a rookie, and wore the green dot with relative ease. Danny Trevathan is the heart of the Bears linebacking corps, despite all the cooing over IRL Roquan Smith. Jamie Collins has great range and can play the Pats system. Kamu Grugier-Hill is not that bad when he returns from injury and is plus on special teams. Jordan Evans is on track to lose his starting job. Shaquem Griffin is on the roster bubble. Shilique Calhoun is actually playing some ball and may make the Pats. Emeke Egbule is quiet in camp, which is not good for a rookie. He's bouncing between LB and DL. I don't expect James Cowser to survive. Even if the Steelers keep JT Jones, I don't think I will. S - Jamal Adams will not move to corner for the Kamis, but we will utilize his role flexibility. The expectation is Pro-Bowl-level performance. He should pair well with Tashaun Gipson. Kentrell Brice is hobbling around a bit. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (CGJ) has a shot at the slot position. I think Deionte Thompson and Jalen Thompson are fighting over one roster slot. Brandon Wilson, Brandon Bryant, and Joshua Kalu are on the bubble. CB - Daryl Worley is a starter. Rock Ya-Sin is killing it in camp. Quick learner. Drapes receivers. Tough. Love him. Greedy Williams is actually tackling, which was the biggest question mark for some. My biggest is he is not precise, and great corners all seem to be extremely precise. We'll see. Brownies like him. Jalen Mills still has a bad foot, and no one is counting on him, which is a real shame. Josh Jackson is just now returning from injury. For slot corner, Mackensie Alexander has grown up, and is now a reliable corner. Jimmy Moreland has a runaway hype train going down the tracks in Washington, and can play outside, too. Still doesn't make him any bigger. I don't see how Ken Crawley could make the team. ST - The kicker will be Eddy Piniero or Elliot Fry or someone else. Matt Haack is the punter. There is a tight competition between DePaola and Sieg for long snapper.
  4. 2019 Kamikura Kamikazes - 4th Season

    Signed Donald Penn ot Wash to a 1 year deal, cuz Desmond Harrison is not a functioning adult. As previously mentioned, cut Quincy Adeboyejo with an injury designation. 8/1 signed Ryan Kalil c NYJ to a 1 year deal. Released JT Barrett. These are both really old guys, but the OL may look like Penn Nelson Kalil Daniels/Whitehair Cannon/Massie 8/2 Signed Cameron Meredith wr NE and put him on PUP. Gonna give his ACL more time. Dorian Johnson was already released. More tweaking: Signed Nick Deluca lb Mia. Cut Nico Siragusa. Ore tweaking: Signed Terrance Smith lb Mia. Emmanuel Ellerbee to IR.
  5. 2019 Kamikura Kamikazes - 4th Season

    Offensive Unit Previews: QB - lives or dies by Jimmy Garoppolo's return. It's that simple. Rookie Stidham may have a future, but he is raw. Showing as strong-armed and accurate, which is a good start. The rest are practice squad or cuts. Real need for a veteran backup. Evil Techbert does not seem to care, but the pros in the building are watching the cuts of other teams. RB - Joe Mixon is the starter. Has a full toolbox and has emerged as among the league's best, but runs behind a shaky OL IRL. The new Bengal staff has put in some changes that should help him. Jordan Howard was thrown away by the Bears, and I am not sure why. Lot of yards. Great pass pro. Money near the goal line. They say the needle is pointing down, but he's only 24 and better than a committee back. I think Chicago overworked him and he will come back strong. Philly has a stable of RB's so Jordan can maximize the carries he gets, much like on the Kamis. Kareem Hunt is the suspended homerun hitter. He's in a crowded backfield IRL as well as here, but has great talent and can catch the ball. He could start in Cleveland by the end of the year and will get carries as long as his groin heals. The key for Kareem is convincing the team he has put his troubles behind him, and that may be a tough sell. CJ Anderson stepped in for Gurley late, and the Rams did not miss a beat. All four should be able to run effectively behind the style of OL the Kamis have. Kenneth Dixon has tantalized Kami fans for three years with excellent ability, but between injuries and suspension has not been on the field. May get cut, which is a shame because I think he can make a team happy somewhere if it all comes together for him. Brian Hill has some big back ability and special teams coverage ability, but the IRL coaches have other favorites. Could help if injuries force his current coach to use him again. Bo Scarbrough is also a big back who has a good chance of making his IRL team, but is in an uphill battle for the Kamis. Ryan Nall's IRL coaches like him, and he may be 50/50 for the last RB slot on the Bears. WR - Josh Doctson is just not getting the love of the coaches, but should lead the IRL team in catches. Anthony Miller played through a bad shoulder rather than have season-ending surgery, and should be 2nd on his IRL team behind Allen Robinson. Dede Westbrook has a better quarterback this year and has already established chemistry with him. He also has clear ownership of the slot. Antonio Callaway is the speed receiver on his IRL team. Robert Foster is running with the second team, but he is only a hair away from the starters. I expect Vyncint Smith to make his IRL team but not play much until injuries happen. I signed two veterans who have underperformed elsewhere: Terrelle Pryor and Kevin White. Not sure I expect anything from either. White has the open path to a roster spot and playing time, and Pryor has experience in the system in Jax. Andy Jones appears to be 50/50 to make his IRL team, maybe slightly more due to special teams skills. Cyril Grayson is a speedster who is in his best situation in NO. I may be in the minority but I think he has a chance to make the team. Marcus Simms is trouble, but he has some talent. I expect a year on a developmental squad to see if he grows up or self-destructs. Krishawn Hogan is less than 50/50 to make his IRL team and has a far less chance to make the Kamis. I don't know why Braxton Miller is still on the Kami roster. Quincy Adeboyejo has a zero chance of making his team, IRL and fake, as he was released with an injury designation. Miller, Westbrook, Callaway, Foster, Smith, and maybe Jones and Grayson are all young wide receivers who are better pros today because they have a year under their belts. For some, this will mean improved stats. Not all, as some need injuries to those ahead of them, but they are still better than they were when that splashed last season. TE - George Kittle is a legitimate star. Stretches the field, gets a lot of catches, and loves to block. He's an odd duck, but that's okay. Ben Braunecker will see the field IRL and on the Kamis. Jake Butt and Bug Howard cannot stay healthy, and that is terrible when fighting for a roster slot. Logan Thomas is showing some skill but has IRL premium talent ahead of him. My man Mo Boehringer is an international Pathways project, and does not count against the roster limits. OL - All hail Quenton Nelson. He's my best offensive player, but the position does not get the respect it deserves. When you break him down, his impact is unbelievable. Generally accepted that he played as a human rookie his first five or six games, and played as a Olympian God All-Pro the rest of the way. In their first 6 games, the Colts went 1-5. The rest of the way they went 9-1 and split two playoff games. Andy Luck was coming back from a lost season due to shoulder injury, and had his highest QBR in his career. He cannot do that without the best protection in his career. Marlon Mack raised his rushing yards from 358 to 905 and added roughly a yard per carry. Two third-day rookies each got over 300 yards rushing. They cannot do that without space to run. So what do the analytics people say? Running behind QN added 2.5 yards per rush above average. He was 2nd best LG in the league at keeping rushers more than 5 feet away from the passer. These numbers include his early mixed-grade part of his season. There are other stats which break the above down further, but they are consistent with the picture. Nelson does not play to win. He plays to take away your will to compete. He also is extremely effective at pulling and eradicating the end who is busy being responsible and setting the edge trying to kick the runs back inside. The other guard will probably be Cody Whitehair. He was out of position at center last year and had some issues but still made the pro bowl. James Daniels is switching with Whitehair to center, both on the Kamis and IRL. As a rookie, Daniels allowed zero sacks, was second among rookie guards (to Nelson) in hits allowed, 4th in hurries, 3rd in pressures allowed, and lowest in penalties. I rank him as the second best rookie guard last year, ahead of Braden Smith, Frank Ragnow, and the rest. Center is his natural position. Marcus Cannon and Bobby Massie are both plus right tackles. I have had to play one out of position at left tackle. The above five are tough tough players easy to run behind. They are strong against inside pressure and Massie is much improved protecting the right side. They needed help at LT, where Desmond Harrison could not stay either clean nor interested. So I signed Donald Penn who is 36. We'll see if he has an effective year in him or not. If he does, my offensive line is not a weakness anymore. I also signed Ryan Kalil, who should start for the NYJ. These guys boost the Kami locker room and adds teachers for the young offensive linemen. TJ Clemmings in on the IRL bubble. I see a path for either Garcia or McDermott to make the team, but that is not the way to bet. Eric Kush has a clearer path to make the team and could conceivably start. Witzmann is buried on the depth chart. Nico Siragusa signed with the Bills yesterday, but Dorian Johnson does not have a job. I like Brendel, but he and Fabiano look like cuts.
  6. 2019 Kamikura Kamikazes - 4th Season

    Training Camp! 90-Man Roster 10 qb Jimmy Garoppolo SF (58) qb Jarrett Stidham NE 08 qb Brandon Allen LAR 07 qb Cardale Jones LAC 16 qb JT Barrett NO 28 rb Joe Mixon Cin 24 rb Jordan Howard Phi 27 rb Kareem Hunt Cle (Suspended) 26 rb CJ Anderson Det 30 rb Kenneth Dixon Bal 23 rb Brian Hill Atl 40 rb Bo Scarbrough Sea 35 rb Ryan Nall Chi 18 wr Josh Doctson Was 17 wr Anthony Miller Chi 12 wr Dede Westbrook Jax 11 wr Antonio Callaway Cle 10 wr Terrelle Pryor Jax 16 wr Robert Foster Buf xx wr Marcus Simms Jax 17 wr Andy Jones Det 17 wr Vyncint Smith Hou 18 wr Kevin White Az 18 wr Quincy Adeboyejo Bal 83 wr Cyril Grayson NO 83 wr Krishawn Hogan Ind 89 wr Braxton Miller Phi 85 te George Kittle SF 80 te Jake Butt Den 84 te Ben Braunecker Chi 82 te Logan Thomas Det 85 te Bug Howard Den 49 te Moritz Boehringer Cin (Exempt) 61 ot Marcus Cannon NE 70 ot Bobbie Massie Chi 74 ot TJ Clemmings Chi 79 ot Antonio Garcia Ind 68 ot Conor McDermott Buf 56 og Quenton Nelson Ind 65 og Cody Whitehair Chi 72 og Eric Kush Cle 71 og Bryan Witzmann 64 og Dorian Johnson Car 56 og Nico Siragusa Ind 68 c James Daniels Chi 64 c Jake Brendel Den 63 c Anthony Fabiano Phi 95 de Myles Garrett Cle 97 de Nick Bosa SF 52 de Chase Winovich NE 95 de/lb Roy Robertson-Harris Chi 94 de/dt Dean Lowry GB 57 de/lb Noah Spence TB 56 de Mike Love Buf 95 de Joe Ostman Phi 79 dt Javon Hargrave Pit 99 dt Andrew Billings Cin 93 dt Timmy Jernigan Phi 93 dt DJ Jones SF 54 ilb Fred Warner SF 59 ilb Danny Trevathan Chi (8) olb Jamie Collins NE 54 olb Kamu Grugier-Hill Phi 50 olb Jordan Evans Cin 49 olb Shaquem Griffin Sea 51 lb Emeke Egbule LAC 52 lb Emmanuel Ellerbee Sea 49 lb James Cowser Oak 74 lb/de Shilique Calhoun NE 40 lb JT Jones Pit 33 ss Jamal Adams NYJ 39 fs Tashaun Gipson Hou 24 ss Kentrell Brice TB 38 db Brandon Bryant NYJ 40 db Brandon Wilson Cin 46 db Josh Kalu Ten 22 s/cb Chauncey Gardner-Williams NO 35 s Deionte Thompson Az xx s Jalen Thompson Az 31 cb Jalen Mills Phi 20 cb Daryl Worley Oak 34 cb Rock Ya-Sin Ind 26 cb Greedy Williams Cle 20 cb Mackensie Alexander Min 37 cb Josh Jackson GB 25 cb Jimmy Moreland Wash 20 cb Ken Crawley NO 15 k Eddy Piniero Chi 8 k Elliott Fry Chi 2 p Matt Haack Mia 48 ls Andrew DePaola Oak 47 ls Trent Sieg Oak
  7. 2019 Kamikura Kamikazes - 4th Season

    I got a few old transactions I never got around to posting. Signed... Jamie Collins lb NE Terrelle Pryor wr Jax CJ Anderson rb Det Kevin White wr Az Logan Thomas te Det I got my supplemental draft guys. I meant to edit it to say 4th round and 5th round, but it didn't happen in time. (Too many geisha girls for Evil Techbert, I guess.)
  8. 2019 Kamikura Kamikazes - 4th Season

    Evil Techbert will be rolling the dice in the Supplemental Draft on 7/11. (Get it? 7/11?) Jalen Thompson s WaSt 3rd round Marcus Simms wr WVU 4th round
  9. Indianapolis Colts aren't SB Contenders

    My analysis. I think they have enough talent to win the division. Doesn't mean they will. It means they can. Their passing and rushing games should both be better. Quenton Nelson is no longer the rookie he was for the first half of the year but the stud that made him all pro with only the second half of the year, and that carries over the whole line. Luck is a year farther removed from injury comeback. Runners benefit from the improved line play. TY is fine and they have some good TE's. If Campbell or someone else steps up, that unit is fine. On defense they are essentially intact with a few more pieces on a defense that was jelling. They have the corner depth to be more effective (and stay) in the sub packages. I really like Ya-Sin. Decent depth across the defense will keep them okay if they have injuries. The winner of the Super Bowl is sometimes the team that best avoids injuries. If the Colts win the division, avoid injuries, develop or mask their problem units, and catch fire for a few games, they can win the Super Bowl.
  10. Joe Thiesmann unretires #7 and gives it to Dwayne Haskins

    Not scientific. Baugh/Sonny, and I don't care the order. Then a group with similar stats, and that group goes down to 7th. Joe is probably 3rd or 4th, but you can have arguments. It's not a slam dunk. The stats are not all that different, and the successes have been due to the team, not the quarterback. Eddie Lebaron went to 4 pro bowls on some teams that sucked.. Adjust for era, who's better? I dunno, and don't want to argue. So 3rd thru 7th avoids that. I guess, if it comes down to it, if I needed a quarterback who would I want? Adjusted for era, I'd say Sammy clearly, then Sonny. Mebbe Billy and then Joe. And even Doug could win the game with his arm, although his whole body of work is not high enough.
  11. Joe Thiesmann unretires #7 and gives it to Dwayne Haskins

    Just me, but I put Theismann between 3rd and 7th on the list of Skin quarterbacks, depending on my mood. People overrate Theismann because he was an effective self-promoter, broke a long drought with a championship, and had his leg torn off on national TV. His stats were so-so, and a mediocre quarterback can win under Gibbs' system.
  12. Raiders trade Kicker Eddy Piniero to Bears

    It seems that kickers are a lot like hitters in baseball. If the swing of the bat or the swing of the leg are not perfect, or they are just in a slump, they look like bums. They make an adjustment, or just get into a groove, they are all-world. Respect to those who can do it at a high level for a decade or two, but most of them are just not that consistent. Amazing how many do not impress their first team, but earn a job on their second team. Could be a year. Could be a few weeks later.
  13. 2019 Kamikura Kamikazes - 4th Season

    Oh, look. I had pk Eddy Piniero coming off IR, so did not have to trade for him. He's with Chicago now.
  14. 2019 Kamikura Kamikazes - 4th Season

    UDFA I have a more sophisticated methodology than Jrry32 on signing UDFA. It is based on targeting players and having a higher chance on some than others. Basically, I give myself an 80% chance of signing two players not in the Top 32 of Zierlein's (NFL.Com) undrafted players, 50% chance of signing two players in the Top 32. Then I make a list of players of (90-x)*2 in length, where x = players counting against the 90 man roster after the draft but before any UDFA are signed, and I have a 33% chance of getting each of them. If I have any remaining slots, I give them to people who only have camp invites, and it is hard sometimes to tell which are which. (This is different from the first two years of an expansion team, where it is easy to convince players to come, as there is a good chance of making the roster of an expansion team.) Alternately, I give up all the targeting of any top UDFA to mirror one team at one position. The Chicago Bears, and I, cut Cody Parkey and are throwing our time at replacing him. The Bears signed 4 UDFA and gave invites to 4 more. So did I. I expect them to release and sign out the yang until they like someone. Rather than try to keep up with that, I am just saying I sign... Any UDFA or FA kicker the Bears sign Also, Albert Higgins dt Clem Houy Darius West s Ky NYG That's it. So no premium WR for the Kamis. No one I really liked.
  15. 2019 Kamikura Kamikazes - 4th Season

    My draft strategy. I really did have one, although it may not have been obvious. I lost a starting cb, s, and lb. Further, I didn't (and don't) think Daryl Worley is the type of player Mayock wants on the Raiders. I like Jalen Mills as a red zone corner but he can be beaten long. I drafted Josh Jackson last year, but am not sold on him. Mackensie Alexander is going to be a good slot guy this year but I may lose him next year. Crawley is the type of corner who is best when he doesn't have to play. So I had some real weaknesses on the back half. I was also thin at linebacker. I liked a lot of this draft's db's and didn't like many of the lb's. Round 1. Bosa, of course. That gives me two beasts at DE, with Bosa and Myles Garrett. One is naturally RDE and the other is naturally strong side DE. Lots of sacks and pressure. Good setting the edge on the run. Beasts. Envy me. I had good DT's and some depth. Everything would get funneled inside, right to Fred Warner and Jamal Adams. So far, so good. But what kind of corners do I want, with Garrett and Bosa spreading terror? Easy answer. With the opposing quarterbacks throwing quick-hitters, I want press corners. So I need to find press corners. Any press corners that could play the outside? Why, yes. Let's see who slides to pick 34. Someone might, and if I got one I would declare victory. My top two corners were Rock and Greedy, with Rock having the much higher floor. There they were! So I picked them both. Then I got cute with a trade offer and almost lost Greedy. That would not have broken my heart cuz I have serious questions about the boy but I also wanted what he brought to the table. With the two corners secured, I went about replacing my defensive team captain, Tyrann Mathieu. I was going to take the easy way out with Nasir Adderley. Swiss army knife safety like Jamal Adams, so I could do whatever I wanted with them. Lots of disguise. No bad mismatches. Only trouble was Adderley, cousin or something of legend Herb Adderley, and I like bloodlines, went 7 picks ahead of me. Oh, well. He was the last complete safety on my list. (Also my first, but whatever.) The other safeties I did not think were the full package. So I would have to have multiple safeties to do multiple things on defense, or an opposing offense could find mismatches to exploit. Also, I was looking at having to play crap linebackers. Did I want to start Kamu Grugier-Hill and Jordan Evans, with waiver wire depth? Ahah! A solution. It is called Sub Packages! The Chargers discovered they could beat you with zero or one linebackers for most of the game. If they can do it, why can't I. They had a lot of defensive backs and they were good and they could do different things. I had Jamal Adams, one or two others, and whatever rookies I could find. Press corners? Acquired.. I needed safeties. Who dropped into my lap but CGW. Unlike a lot on here, I thought it was reasonable for him to slide, but I do think he can play the muscle slot, and you absolutely need that if you are going to rely on dime packages. Offenses for years have split out the tight ends or used jumbo wideouts. Muscle slots are the answer. They also play the run and blitz. Not quite the same as a box safety, but don't worry about it. Adams can play it, but I did not want to tie him down with all the other things he can do. Mills probably could, and I would have to teach him to play it, moving him inside. CGW is born for it, and spent his last year in college doing it. I plan on starting Tashaun Gipson at fee safety, but I also want to move him around and I need to groom someone to replace him. Why not Deionte Thompson? He was dropping, but he is a natural high safety. Turned out Deionte has some degenerative stuff going on, but there is a good chance he can have a good career anyway. He just has to stay healthy, which is a bit of a challenge for him. Still, I'd throw a late 4th at a chance to groom him, and did. That just leaves the quick slot. Oh, look! Jimmy Moreland. Very quick, and a turnover machine when he is not getting kicked off the team for being a petty thief. I am betting he will continue with the one and has outgrown the other, and what else do you do with a 7th? In-between, I added defensive end depth, which is nice, and I got my sleeper quarterback, which I needed. Everyone has a sleeper quarterback. Stidham was mine, and apparently Belichick's too. I did pick one linebacker, who ironically was selected by the Chargers, my model team for de-emphasizing linebackers. For better or worse, this is how Evil Techbert rolls.