The more things change in the NFL, the more some things stay the same.
The same could be said for two of the NFL’s best athletes, Cedric Benson and Michael Vick. Both have been blessed with great physical tools to succeed and excel at the highest level of American football. They both have had successful careers for the most part on the football field.
But off the field? That has been a well-documented problems for both of these athletes. And off-the-field issues for both Benson and Vick have again reared its ugly head this summer.
Vick, who spent time in prison for dog fighting, may be in a little hot water after a person was shot outside his birthday party. The NFL has been keeping a close eye on Vick since reinstating him last summer and this latest incident could elicit another suspension from the league.
Benson, meanwhile, was arrested again in Austin, Texas, after an incident a month ago. He previously had been in trouble with the law in Austin and the NFL likely has been keeping a close eye on his off-the-field situation.
Both of these players could be facing suspensions from the league office and it could come swiftly. Vick seems most likely to avoid suspension given the fact that he has cooperated with authorities. He also did not invite the man who caused trouble at Vick’s birthday party, a man who was tied to Vick during the dog-fighting investigations by federal authorities. Benson, however, seems unlikely to avoid a suspension from the league office.
From a fantasy perspective, this does little to Vick’s value. Kevin Kolb clearly heads into the season as the starting quarterback in Philadelphia after the Eagles traded Donovan McNabb.
The interest in the Cincinnati backfield now becomes Bernard Scott. A rookie last season, Scott was kept on the bench most of the season because of Benson’s career season. But if Benson is going to miss time to start the season, expect Scott to get a lot of first-team reps — and a lot of fantasy hype — during training camp and the preseason.
Here are today’s great reads:
- Lots of sleepers in today’s fantasy football headlines. First, more on Bernard Scott as a fantasy sleeper this season. If Benson gets suspended soon and for a significant amount of time, Scott will not really qualify as a sleeper for long. Expect his stock to start rising considerably. [Fantasy Knuckleheads]
- Detroit may have drafted Brandon Pettigrew to be the team’s tight end of the future, but the acquisition of Tony Scheffler from Denver this offseason could mean there is some concern about Pettigrew’s health. Scheffler always has shown good ability as a pass-catcher and could be a nice find late in fantasy drafts. [FanHouse]
- Javon Ringer is another name fantasy owners should expect to see on a lot of fantasy football sleeper lists this summer. With LenDale White out of the picture in Tennessee, someone has to back-up Chris Johnson. That man is Ringer, who is one injury away from a whole lot of important playing time on a run-first offense. [Hatty Waiver Wire Guru]
- Pittsburgh has been a hot bed for off-the-field trouble this offseason. The Steelers shipped one problem child, Santonio Holmes, out of town already but still have to deal with Ben Roethlisberger’s baggage. All the negativity hanging over the team this summer could spill onto the playing field once the season starts, leading to fantasy disaster across the board. [Fantasy Guru]
- Sounds like there may be a new team entering the Vincent Jackson sweepstakes. Seattle had previously been mentioned as a possible suitor should VJax leave San Diego, but now the Redskins have entered the fold. I doubt Donovan McNabb would complain much about the addition of another play-maker to the Washington offense. [ProFootballTalk]
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