This year has been a year of growth for many Michigan State Spartans alums. Obviously, there's been the outstanding play of Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh's all-purpose back. There's been the noteoworthy play of Drew Stanton leading the Cardinals to a quite-strong record. There's been Brian Hoyer holding onto the starting job in Cleveland for longer than anyone expected.
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And now, Connor Shaw?
With Hoyer looking iffy himself for a meaningless Week 17 game, and Johnny Manziel out for the season, the Browns were so desperate as to turn to Rex Grossman, who even turned them down, citing family vacation. Shaw's the incumbent on the practice squad, so he clearly has the advantage over newly-signed Tyler Thigpen. However, he'll be facing a hungry Ravens defense, so he may not have a great chance to show his stuff. Let's hope that if you are in a fantasy league championship for this upcoming week, you won't need to turn to Shaw.
The Boston Celtics have successfully dealt Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks, rather than previous rumors of the Lakers, etc. The Celtics receive Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, a first rounder, and a second rounder, a deal that is somewhat baffling considering that the team already has strengths at all these positions. They have a gluttony of big men - Jared Sullinger, Tyler Zeller, Kelly Olynyk, and even Vitor Favorani all stand tall in the PF/C position. They are arguably more in need of a guard spot now, as Marcus Smart is healing. However, it's not like Nelson is a world-beater that nullified the loss of Rondo at the position.
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The trade also sends two picks to Boston, adding to their great stockpile of future draft picks, ensuring that if they don't get a big name player with the cap-space freed by Rondo, they certainly can groom some. They already have 5 first rounders in the upcoming years, and this just adds one more first to that list.
The man that stands to hurt the most from this trade is Devin Harris. Where will he play behind Rondo and Monta Ellis?
What do you guys think about this trade? Did Boston sell low to Dallas? Or did Dallas pay too much for what amounts to a rental of Rondo? Let us know in the poll below, as well as the comment section!
Houston Texans Defensive Lineman and "offensive weapon" JJ Watt scored a TD for the Texans today. Lined up on the outside versus a linebacker, Watt pulled in a nice catch, keeping a knee inbounds to haul in a TD. Who knows, he might be eligible as a TE in fantasy leagues soon. Watt is an impact player that gives full effort, and Jadeveon Clowney could stand to learn from him.
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Watt used to be a tight end in his early days of college. Move over, William "Refrigerator" Perry. We have a new lineman on offense.