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IDP General Admission

  Posted 9/18 by Dave Baker, Exclusive to Footballguys.com


The Tennessee Titans used their second round draft choice on defensive lineman Jason Jones. Jones, who played defensive tackle at Eastern Michigan, is quick and versatile enough to play on the outside. His athleticism is noted by the fact that Jones began his collegiate career as a Tight End. He also was a high school basketball star...

Necessity has made Jones the current backup at defensive tackle, behind Albert Haynesworth and Tony Brown. Coming out of a small school, Jones was considered a bit of a project, but it appears as though the project was a short one, as Jones looks ready to step up now. He's a guy who should be on your short list of players to watch if you must start a DT in your IDP league, and even if you don't, don't be surprised to see Jones playing at end by the end of the season. He should be a good one...

Jones injured his left elbow a couple weeks ago. While he missed some practice time, the injury has not prevented him from playing the first two games, and he has totaled 3-1 tackles and a half sack...

Bears defensive end Alex Brown might get the Rodney Dangerfield award this year for the guy who doesn't get any respect. Entering his prime in his seventh NFL season at 29 years old, Brown has always been known as an excellent end in run support, but his reputation is lacking when it comes to pass rush. While he has never had more than seven sacks in any season, he still had over 30 entering this year...

Brown lost his starting job last year, not so much because of his poor play but rather because the Bears wanted to get Mark Alexander on the field more often. Alexander's numbers plummeted in his sophomore campaign so the Bears decided to use Alexander more in passing situations, relegating Brown back into the starting lineup...

After two games this year, Brown has 5-0 tackles and two sacks. Of course, there's the negative side. Rick Morrisey from the Chicago Tribune wrote, "Any kid who is forced to watch Alex Brown and Kevin Payne miss tackles on Jonathan Stewart's 24-yard run in the third quarter might need therapy."...

Atari Bigby came out of nowhere last season to become a very hot commodity in IDP-land. Bigby was an undrafted free agent out of Central Florida. He exploded out of the gate last year, his third in the league, with 43 tackles in the first half of the season. His early struggles in pass coverage seemed to dissipate later in the season. Unfortunately, his tackles seemed to dissipate as the season progressed too...

Bigby strained his hamstring Sunday and did not play in the second half. Coach Mike McCarthy described the injury originally as a cramp. Stay tuned to the FBGs news department to see if Bigby plays this week...

Bigby, a native Jamaican who came to the United States at the age of four, is a Rastafarian who chose not to attend the University of Miami because the school would have demanded he cut his hair, a conflict with his religious beliefs. Atari is Japanese for "attack." No, Bigby was not named after the video game system...

Bills safety Donte Whitner was the eighth overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft and he's just now starting to reach his full potential. Although he plays strong safety, typically a productive fantasy position as they'll generally play closer to the line of scrimmage, Whitner and the Bills have been more conservative. The end result for Whitner has been solid tackle numbers, but far from exceptional...

An increase in overall defensive talent for the Bills looks like it has allowed Whitner to move a little closer to the line of scrimmage as well as take more chances defensively. To this point, Whitner has not been much of a playmaker as evidenced by thus far never getting more than one interception in season and not having a recorded a sack. While his 11-1 tackles after two games is not exactly earth shattering, watching him play reveals a slightly different story...

Whitner's solid instincts have never been on a better display, and he's hitting opponents as hard as ever. With the addition of defensive tackles Marcus Stroud and Spencer Johnson, along with new linebacker Kawika Mitchell, Whitner has been given the opportunity to roam the field and play the style of football in which he excels. Whitner's experience and growth with the team and system has also been instrumental in allowing his expanded role. While he may not have recorded an interception or a sack yet through two games, expect those numbers to increase...

Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney is a perennial Pro Bowler who recorded an outstanding 51 sacks in his first four NFL seasons, reaching double-digits in every year. In the last two years, however, Freeney has only totaled nine sacks, although he only played in nine games last year. Freeney denied any physical ailment as the cause and his own personal frustration at the diminished sack totals became evident in interviews with Freeney...

Last year Freeney ended up on the injured reserve list with the dreaded Lisfranc injury, which was followed by foot surgery. While there were certainly skeptics that Freeney's much renowned speed, mobility and burst off the line would return, he sped out of the starting gate with a sack and four quarterback knockdowns in week one against the Bears. He followed that up with 2-1 tackles and another sack against the Vikings this week. The sack forced a fumble, which Freeney recovered. It was the 22nd forced fumble of Freeney's career...

San Francisco cornerback Nate Clements has been one of the most productive corners in the NFL the last few seasons. The news gets better for the 49ers as Clements is still only 28 years old and entering his prime. His size and speed are ideal for his position and he is equally adept as assisting in run support as he is in coverage. Clements was rewarded in the offseason with a large new contract...

Some feared that his numbers might fall after the big contract was signed, sensing perhaps a lack of motivation for Clements, and pointed at his week one effort where Clements had only a single assisted tackle as evidence that his production would take a nosedive this year. But Clements came on strong in week two against the Seahawks with seven solo tackles...

Until next week...