Justin Durant: Durant was a 2nd round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. He also started 8 games in his rookie season. Now let’s take a look at some DYK’s(Did You Know) about Durant.
DYK: Durant was the first player to ever win 3 defensive player of the year awards in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
DYK: He led the Jaguars in tackles in the 2007 postseason with 31*.
DYK: In the playoffs versus the Steelers, Durant recorded 17 tackles, ranking 2nd in team history*.
* Source: jaguars.com
There were many that were probably surprised when Clint Ingram was a starting LB on opening day this year over Durant. It didn’t take Durant long to work his way back into the starting lineup when he pushed Ingram back to the bench in week 2 versus the Bills. Unfortunately, Durant suffered a groin injury which caused him to leave the game. He is currently listed as Questionable on the injury report and more than likely will not play in week 3. If you are a Durant owner you need to be patient and if you are not a Durant owner find an impatient owner. Simply put Durant is a playmaker that will end up as a fixture in the Jaguars defense. His future is bright and his not starting week 1 and current groin injury just might make him a player that you can get at an affordable price. If you extrapolate out his production in the 8 games he started as a rookie you would be looking at 97 combined tackles and that was as a rookie. Patience should yield a top 15-25 or better type linebacker within the next year to two at most.
Jyles Tucker: In the column last week I mentioned Tucker and had the following brief thing to say, “All I will say about Tucker at this juncture is that he is not Shawne Merriman and defensive coordinators will not be game planning for him.” I am sure that Tucker was probably a guy picked up in many leagues where people were expecting him to put up Merriman type numbers. After last week’s 1 solo, 1 assist stat line I am sure those people are very disappointed. You should probably expect Tucker to post around 30-40 tackles with a chance for between 6-8 sacks this year. The thing that Tucker will have in common with Merriman is that he too will be too inconsistent to rely on in most scoring formats.
Tune in next week to see who we will be next to join the IDP Dynasty Watch at the LB position.
Domata Peko: Defensive Tackles usually do all the dirty work and don’t accumulate stats like DE’s do. But if your league requires you to start defensive tackles then Domata Peka is a name you should make yourself familiar with. For one thing the Bengals are a team that just looks horrible on offense which is going to give Peko plenty of opportunities to make plays on the defensive side of the ball. Peko has increased his tackle totals each of the last two years (43 to 52) but has already logged 14 stops in just two weeks.
He isn’t going to be able to keep up his current pace (112 tackles) but he shouldn’t have any problem exceeding his 52 from last year. What you won’t get are many sacks (4 the last 2 years) but his consistent tackle numbers will provide you with a very solid defensive tackle that I predict will finish top 10 at his position this year and could be a mainstay there for a few years since he is only 23 years old.
Jamaal Anderson (ATL) is on deck for next weeks column.
Brandon Carr: The other rookie corner drafted this year by the Kansas City Chiefs. While Brandon Flowers was the one that IDP owners were falling all over in their rookie drafts this year it is Brandon Carr that is quietly going to be a nice sneaky pickup for IDP dynasty owners off their waiver wire. Flowers was a 2nd round pick of the Chiefs and entered the season as one of their starting CB’s while Carr was a 5th round pick that was able to win a nickel roll in the preseason. However, an injury to starting CB Patrick Surtain looks like it will thrust Carr into a starting role versus the Falcons this week. Let’s face it the Chiefs are not a good football team and at 32 Surtain surely isn’t part of their long term plans. Carr very well could end up keeping Surtain on the bench even after he is healthy. If Carr and Flowers do end up as the 2 starting CB’s I would expect that both will get tested but with Flowers being the more highly touted of the two that should help to get Carr picked on a bit more by opposing QB’s and in IDP land that can be pure gold.
Next week we will take a look at Chinedum Ndukwe (Cinn) to see what his future outlook is.
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