That's it. It's over. Preseason is history. In 5 days the real party begins.
Over the weekend the Donks sort-of finalized their roster. There were some surprising cuts, most notably starting FB and fan favorite Kyle Johnson, otherwise it was pretty routine (I'm not surprised by Jimmy Kennedy, he was a bust coming out in StL and he's still a bust). I liked Johnson though, I thought he was a pretty good blocker and a very good weapon catching passes out in the flat , but Shanny felt otherwise. Some folks are a little more upset than others. I don't like the idea of converting running backs to fullbacks, they're different animals. However, apparently Shanny loves Cecil The Diesel (who couldn't beat out Kyle for the FB job last year) and Mike Bell (who cant block, period -anyone remember lady-killer Leonard Little tossing him around like he was a rag doll?) as fullbacks. Whatever. Johnson isn't Lorenzo Neal or Tony Richardson, but he's in the top 10 in the league in my opinion. Mike Bell should be backing up Henry, Selvin's too green at this point. This could be a giant mistake, especially when you consider that Original Gangster Ben Hamilton is out at least another couple of weeks
I was wrong about a few of my cut predictions. Andre Hall is still around somehow, Kenny Peterson's dumb-ass was put on the reserve-suspended list instead of being cut like he should have been and Stephen Alexander is still rotting away on the roster. Out of all of them, Alexander pisses me off the most. Here's one of the best blocking TE's in the league, a former pro-bowler and a guy that's not that old (32), and he's relegated to maybe being in on third and short and goal line plays. He might not catch a pass all year. I feel bad for the guy, he should have been cut in June and given a chance to catch on somewhere else.
The huge news is the signing of former all-world DE Simeon Rice. The key word in that sentence is former. Who knows what this guy has left in his tank, there must be a reason why the sad-sack Bucs showed him the door. Hopefully he can still play, but I'm a little skeptical. He's a pure pass rusher and has always been suspect in the run game. I think we've got enough of those types already (or the vice-versa). Picking up past their prime players doesn't usually pan out for us, especially along the D-Line (Leon Lett, Darryl Gardner, etc.). We'll see. Shows you the lack of confidence Shanny has in Elvis though.
Dipshit D-Post columnist Woody Paige fired off his moronic opinions on what the Donks should do now that everyone's cuts have been announced and hoo-boy are they loony. Dhani Jones? Jeremy Bloom? Sheesh.
So Buffalo's next and this one counts. Buffalo and their sad offense and suspect defense. We've been just god-awful in our opening games against clearly inferior opponents the last two years, here's hoping that shit-streak comes to an end.