Chet Gresham

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Week 12 Target Watch: NFC

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Green Bay Packers


Randall Cobb: 10-8-7-9-BYE-12 (46), James Jones: 7-10-9-7-BYE-4 (37), Jordy Nelson: 12-9-dnp-1-BYE-5 (27), Alex Green: 1-5-6-4-BYE-1 (17), Jermichael Finley: 4-2-6-2-BYE-3 (17), Tom Crabtree: 3-0-1-2-BYE-0 (6), Donald Driver: 0-1-2-2-BYE-1 (6), James Starks: 0-dnp-2-0-BYE-1 (3), Jarrett Boykin: 0-0-1-2-BYE-dnp (3), D.J. Williams: dnp-0-1-0-BYE-0 (1), John Kuhn: 0-1-dnp-dnp-BYE-0 (1)


Randall Cobb leads the team in targets and should continue that trend. He’s the most dynamic player the Packers have right now and Jordy Nelson can only help him free up some space underneath.


The good game from Jermichael Finley came on just three targets and with Jordy Nelson back to full health, I doubt those numbers will rise for Finley. He’s only seeing 50 percent of the snaps, whereas he was getting 70-86 percent in the first four games of the season.


James Starks saw a huge chunk of work last week, but Coach McCarthy wasn’t pleased with the results. Neither Alex Green nor Starks have done anything with their opportunity, so until they do, they are bench material.



Minnesota Vikings


Percy Harvin: 14-5-12-6-dnp-BYE (37), Kyle Rudolph: 11-4-2-2-9-BYE (28), Michael Jenkins: 10-2-9-2-3-BYE (26), Adrian Peterson: 8-4-1-4-4-BYE (21), Jerome Simpson: dnp-1-7-2-4-BYE (14), Toby Gerhart: 3-0-2-2-2-BYE (9), Jarius Wright: dnp-dnp-dnp-dnp-5-BYE (5), Rhett Ellison: 2-0-1-1-0-BYE (4), Devin Aromashodu: 2-0-dnp-1-1-BYE (4), John Carlson: 2-0-dnp-dnp-1-BYE (3), Jerome Felton: 0-0-0-1-1-BYE (2), Stephen Burton: 0-0-0-dnp-1-BYE (1), Allen Reisner: dnp-dnp-dnp-1-dnp-BYE (1)


The Vikings used the bye to distribute Adrian Peterson’s blood to all the sick children of the earth.



New Orleans Saints


Marques Colston: BYE-10-10-4-6-6 (36), Jimmy Graham: BYE-dnp-10-11-8-6 (35), Lance Moore: BYE-10-6-2-9-3 (30), Darren Sproles: BYE-4-9-dnp-dnp-dnp (13), Devery Henderson: BYE-3-4-3-2-1 (13), Pierre Thomas: BYE-1-2-3-2-4 (12), Travaris Cadet: BYE-0-0-0-3-3 (6), Joseph Morgan: BYE-3-dnp-0-0-1 (4), David Thomas: BYE-4-0-0-0-0 (4), Mark Ingram: BYE-0-0-2-1-1 (4), Jed Collins: BYE-1-0-1-0-2 (4), Chris Ivory: BYE-dnp-dnp-1-1-0 (2), Courtney Roby: BYE-0-1-dnp-dnp-0 (1)


The return of Jimmy Graham has left Marques Colston holding the target bag. He’s averaging a paltry 5 targets a game over the last three weeks, which are five less than he averaged weeks one through eight. It’s not a huge problem, compared to world hunger, etc, but you’ll just have to lower expectations a smidge.



New York Giants


Victor Cruz: 13-11-8-11-4-BYE (47), Hakeem Nicks: 5-10-7-4-14-BYE (40), Martellus Bennett: 2-7-6-4-9-BYE (28), Domenik Hixon: 6-4-3-1-2-BYE (16), Ahmad Bradshaw: 1-5-0-0-4-BYE (10), Andre Brown: dnp-1-2-0-6-BYE (9), Rueben Randle: 0-0-2-3-2-BYE (7), Ramses Barden: 0-0-1-0-3-BYE (4), Henry Hynoski: 1-1-0-1-0-BYE (3), Bear Pascoe: 0-1-0-dnp-1-BYE (2), Travis Beckum: dnp-dnp-dnp-0-1-BYE (1)


The Giants used the bye to sell Ahmad Bradshaw off for parts.



Philadelphia Eagles


DeSean Jackson: 8-BYE-8-7-8-9 (40), Jeremy Maclin: 10-BYE-9-4-12-3 (38), Brent Celek: 8-BYE-5-9-3-8 (33), LeSean McCoy: 8-BYE-3-3-5-7 (26), Jason Avant: 4-BYE-8-9-2-dnp (23), Clay Harbor: 2-BYE-0-4-3-6 (15), Riley Cooper: 3-BYE-1-1-3-7 (15), Stanley Havili: 0-BYE-1-1-2-3 (7), Damaris Johnson: dnp-BYE-dnp-0-1-2 (3)


What is there to say about the Eagles? Can I just stop there? No, ok, well, they aren’t very good. There is plenty of talent there, but the lack of an offensive line and a coach who can’t seem to adjust, has sunk this ship.


LeSean McCoy did see a nice uptick in targets with Nick Foles in there, but he then went and got concussed. There is a lot up in the air for the coming game against the Panthers, but if McCoy can’t go, Bryce Brown has some real ability and might just give this team a bit of a spark. Lord knows they need it.


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Chet Gresham writes Target Watch and The Morning After for and is the founder of The Fake Football. Chet can be found on Twitter .
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