Cokin’s Corner, Thursday 8/10/17
Seven games on tap on the first busy night of the NFL preseason. I’ve got a small handful of notes I can share for those of you interested.
The Dolphins will not use Jay Cutler tonight. Matt Moore will start at QB for Miami, and one has to think he’s a bit motivated after the team showed no faith at all in him to replace the injured Ryan Tannehill. Brandon Doughty will see action under center as well, and I’m hearing that he has not had a good camp.
The Vikings have a QB2 battle taking place between Case Keenum and Taylor Heinecke. I generally like playing on teams with backup QB battles.
But generally doesn’t mean automatically, and in this case there’s a quote from new Bills coach Greg McDermott that I found interesting. He said “any time you compete, you want to win”, and I think that’s at least worth noting.
The Redskins want to see what Nate Sudfeld can do calling the signals. Dome good reports out of camp, and while Sudfeld is QB3 for now behind Kirk Cousins and established backup Colt McCoy, this is a very big August for Sudfeld. Redskins higher ups like him quite a bit. With Cousins likely gone after this season, what Sudfeld does this summer might determine the direction of this team come the off-season.
The Browns have been getting lots of play this week with the line moving a full three points. The battle for the top QB spot is legit. Brock Osweiler will start here, but DeShone Kizer has a chance to win the starting gig as a rookie. Cody Kessler also figures into the mix, but while none of this trip have had great camps, Kessler has reportedly been the least impressive.
The Eagles will have the first unit on the offense for at least the start of the game at Green Bay. Just conjecture on my part as I have no actual info, but I suspect that unit might play a bit longer than most first string groups this week.
Green Bay QB Brett Hundley, who was extremely impressive in his 2015 rookie camp, is set to see a good deal of action tonight. Hundley injured an ankle last summer, and is very eager to put his progress on display this summer. He’ll get the start tonight as Aaron Rodgers will be strictly a spectator.
Good luck if you’re in action!
Monday and Tuesday were terrific, Wednesday was anything but. 0-2 on the diamond and I missed with the Texans in their NFLx loss to Carolina. Wrong side of a replay reversal that took a Houston defensive TD off the scoreboard. It appears as thought the NFL still has no idea of what constituted a catch, so get set for another season loaded with coin flips as far as those calls are concerned. You’ll either be lucky or you won’t.
I’ve got one NFLx play tonight, plus a play in the CFL Nothing yet in baseball and moving forward, the volume on the diamond is likely to be fairly thin. That will be especially true once rosters expand in September. Just a word of advice, be sure to check your lineups before getting involved once that takes place. That’s a good idea all season long, actually, but even more come September.
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The Wednesday free play was on a weekend football game, so no result to report on that call. Here’s a Thursday opinion on the diamond.
TWINS (Enns) at BREWERS (Davies)
No current line on the Thursday Twins-Brewers game, as Minnesota has made a pitching change. Minnesota will send rookie Dietrich Enns out for his big league debut, replacing Kyle Gibson.
Enns is the guy the Twins just got from the Yankees in the Jaime Garcia deal made at the deadline. The southpaw has been under the radar since the say he signed as a 2012 19th round draft choice out of Central Michigan. His name hasn’t shown up on many, or perhaps i should say any, top prospect lists.
But look at the numbers Enns has compiled as a minor leaguer. Working his way from the bottom of the organization food chain as a lefty reliever, Enns has progressed to a starting role. There’s nothing under the radar about this set of stats. In just short of 400 minor league innings, Enns has compiled a solid 27-15 record with an eye popping 1.89 ERA. I don’t care who you’re facing, that’s impressive.
Enns seems to have stepped forward even more this season. His control has improved nicely and the fact is is he simply isn’t having any bad games.
Milwaukee will send Zach Davies to the hill tonight, and make no mistake, this guy is having a terrific season. Davies was the beneficiary of some good fortune early but Davies has been truly outstanding of late. I would anticipate he’ll be tough on the Twins tonight.
The key for me here is my preference to back debuting southpaws, as they can be very tough on even big league hitters who have not seen them. Moreover, the Brewers offense has gone on an unfortunate hiatus. Milwaukee is not hitting a lick right now, and the Brewers made Bartolo Colon look like an All-Star in Wednesday’s 4-0 loss to the upstart Twins.
I think this is going to end up being a value spot on the Twins. Davies will be a significant favorite and I’ll be jumping in if I can get the right price with the Twins. I’ll update on Twitter during the day as to whether this becomes a personal service play, but I’m definitely looking to play Minnesota.