Featured in this week’s column: a large rookie wide receiver coming off a bye week, who is in store for an expanded role in his team’s offense. Also featured: a backup quarterback on a struggling 0-4 NFC West squad who may receive the opportunity to provide a spark in the hopes of turning around his team’s season.
Arrelious Benn | WR | Tampa Bay | 5 percent Yahoo! ownership
The bye week came at a good time for the Bucs, as it has allowed them to further work rookie Arrelious Benn in with the first unit. At 6′2 and 220 pounds, he is a huge target for Josh Freeman to target. He’s not a plodder for a big wideout either, having run a solid 4.53 second 40-yard dash at the NFL Draft Combine and an incendiary (thank you Kenny Mayne) 4.36 second 40-yard dash at his Illinois Pro Day.
His college stats don’t jump off the page upon inspection, but don’t let them fool you. His primary quarterback while playing at Illinois was Juice Williams, a quarterback with just a 53.4 percent completion rate and a 56:44 TD:INT rate. Though he ony has three receptions for 33 yards on the season, now is the time to speculate on the talented second round selection’s talent and upside in the hope he takes well to the starting role opposite Mike Williams.
David Carr | QB | San Francisco | 0 percent Yahoo! ownership
Current 49ers starting quarterback Alex Smith has crapped the bed thus far, averaging just 6.1 yards per pass attempt and throwing for more interceptions (seven) than touchdowns (three). After three weeks of poor offensive showings, the 49ers cut ties with Jimmy Raye as their offensive coordinator. The next logical step for injecting a spark into a lackluster offense is changing the trigger man and inserting David Carr into the driver seat as starting quarterback.
Carr hasn’t been the top quarterback on his employer’s depth chart since starting for the Houston Texans in 2006-07. He has spent the past three seasons holding clipboards, the last two seasons with the New York Giants and the season before that with the Carolina Panthers. His last NFL start came November 25, 2007 for the Panthers. It remains to be seen what Carr can do as a starter once again in the NFL, but it’s possible his three years spent as a reserve could have been the best thing for him, as he was abused behind weak offensive lines in Houston for five seasons. With intriguing weapons surrounding him at the skill positions of running back, wide receiver and tight end in the form of Frank Gore, Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis, respectively, Carr might have a chance at proving quite useful to forward thinking owners in deep leagues.
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