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CSN Bay Area considers 49ers RB Anthony Dixon "50-50" to make the 53-man roster.
Dixon earned his way onto the team last summer, but ended up playing just 32 offensive snaps. Dixon could be out of luck if fourth-round pick Marcus Lattimore (knee) manages to avoid the reserve/NFI list or injured reserve to begin the season.
Last week I told you that Bryce Brown was an exceptional one week fill-in. Well, folks, I am here to repent because I lied. The truth is he may just be a two week fill-in. LeSean McCoy is making extremely slow progress, and he may not play again this week. Honestly, the Philadelphia Eagles are out of the playoff hunt altogether. The team is in complete shambles. If coach Andy Reid hasn't lost the clubhouse at this point, I wonder what the team looks like when he does. If you are a star like McCoy, I wonder what your incentive is to show up this week and play. I don't see any point to risking your future on a collection of stiffs. It's terrific to see every rookie that is on the Eagles roster playing together in what I see as a traveling carnival.
Brandon Boykin was stripped on a kick return and the Carolina Panthers recovered, and Brown lost two fumbles in Monday Night's loss. If you think the Eagles will play it safe with Dion Lewis this week, you are crazy. They are a team with nothing to lose. Why not give Brown another 20 carries and see what he can do? That is exactly what they should do. Start Brown this week on the road in Dallas because it's the one wow factor that they have left.
Nick Foles looked pedestrian except for his precision on a couple of out routes. Foles will be without DeSean Jackson, who was put on Injured Reserve after fracturing his ribs. Frankly, Jackson has been a disappointment the last few seasons. His touchdown production has sharply declined since his 2009 breakout year. I left him off my draft board entirely this year.
Foles has only thrown one touchdown in his last three games while throwing three interceptions. I hate to kick Philadelphia fans in the chops, but this is a rotting carcass that even the vultures are afraid to eat off of. And now Jason Babin was released in a movement to get the youth more playing time? At the end of the day, this business wanted to save some money on a player that wasn't exactly with the program.
Coach Jim Harbaugh has been coy as to who the starting quarterback will be. I'll help you out this week because it's Colin Kaepernick. Alex Smith will look great under center in Kansas City next year. He has a short-term contract and will be a career backup or starter for a doormat team.
When Kendall Hunter went down last Sunday ending his season, it opened the door for one of three players. Brandon Jacobs, Anthony Dixon and LaMichael James will all be in line for carries. Jacobs has...
Gauging a player's fantasy worth off of preseason performance can be a double-edged sword for fantasy owners. For every head-turning performance turned in by a Ben Tate, as in the 2011 preseason, there is a Cedric Peerman or Anthony Dixon, circa 2010, who put up three and four touchdowns, respectively. Then the regular season rolls around and neither is a factor for fantasy purposes, rendering their preseason feats useless for evaluation purposes.
The same perilous situation affects the defensive side of the ball as starters are rested and kept to very limited action, allowing names to jump off the stat sheets who are not normally thought of as fantasy relevant. A better example would be a look at the top two running backs this preseason, Cyrus Gray (Kansas City) and Joique Bell (Detroit). Do we really expect to see either of these players among the Top 50 fantasy producing players at their position? Didn't think so. So, let's delve into the defensive side of the ball and examine some preseason darlings to date and their chances to actually contribute once the ‘real' season begins.
Jordan Senn, OLB, Carolina: After being allowed to check out his worth on the free agent market, Senn re-signed with the Panthers as mainly a special teams player. He leads the NFL this preseason with 17 total tackles and actually has had some moderate success when called upon for extended playing time. He amassed more than 70 total stops last season and forced three fumbles while filling in on an injury ravaged Carolina linebacking corps. As the kickoff of the 2012 season nears, the Panthers are once again nursing some nicks and bruises among their linebackers. Jon Beason has yet to suit up for a preseason contest while recovering from an Achilles injury and oft-injured Thomas Davis is dealing with a calf problem. Davis is also attempting to comeback from three ACL surgeries and is far from a lock to make it through the season unscathed. Senn is undersized at 5-foot-11 and 225 pounds but is the primary backup to both Beason and Davis, so he could hear his name called again to step in and contribute for Carolina in 2012. His preseason success is less of a ‘red herring' and more of a reminder to fantasy owners that he can get the job done if given the opportunity.
Stewart Bradley, ILB, Arizona: Bradley was a huge disappointment last year, his first in Arizona, as he failed to unseat Paris Lenon in the Cardinals defense and put up only 31 total tackles. Entering his second...
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Contrary to previous speculation, 49ers GM Trent Baalke and OC Greg Roman suggest RB Anthony Dixon has played his way onto the final roster.
"I think we can look to 'Dix' to have his most productive season as a Niner," Roman said Tuesday morning. Baalke praised Dixon for a "tremendous offseason," valuable special teams play and a newfound versatility as a halfback/fullback hybrid on offense. Dixon's rise is bad news for Rock Cartwright, who may be the odd man out.
9 Months San Francisco 49ers
49ers RB Anthony Dixon is unlikely make the 53-man roster.
Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, and LaMichael James are obvious locks to stick. Coach Jim Harbaugh already said Brandon Jacobs' spot is safe and Rock Cartwright is expected to stay on as a special team contributor. That leaves Dixon on the outside look in. Reportedly in great shape, the 6'1/233 Dixon figures to get snatched up quickly on waivers.
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The 49ers are giving RB Anthony Dixon a look at fullback.
Sensing his roster spot was in danger, the switch was apparently Dixon's idea. According to coach Jim Harbaugh, Dixon is "responding" to the move. Harbaugh loves fullbacks, but already has a decent one in Bruce Miller.
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49ers RB Anthony Dixon is reportedly in "the best shape of his life" entering his third NFL training camp.
Per Pro Football Weekly, Dixon is "determined" to make himself difficult for the 49ers to cut. Dixon probably won't make the roster barring injury to Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James, or Brandon Jacobs, but he could help himself with some good preseason tape and get claimed off waivers at final cuts.