When NFL team owners in May voted to eliminate the first of two traditional roster cut-down periods before the start of the regular season, they gave coaches an extra week or so to evaluate players who may or may not make their teams. Those players, in turn, were given extra time to prove their worthiness.
According to NFL referee Brad Allen the ruling was upheld on the field due to “lack of control in the hand.” Allen said (via the Washington Post) he saw an empty hand as Cousins’s arm went forward.
“There was nothing conclusive that would overturn the ruling on the field,” Allen said. “All the views we had were inconclusive, so we have to stay with the ruling on the field.”
Spielman, who was Miami’s general manager in 2004, was initially tapped by Minnesota as a personnel director before he was promoted to GM in 2012. Allen, who joined the Redskins in 2010 primarily in an administrative role, reassumed the general manager title after Scot McCloughan was fired earlier this year. Coughlin initially interviewed for Jacksonville’s head coaching vacancy, rather than the executive vice president role for which he was hired.
And then there’s Belichick, who when hired by New England in 2000 was given the same power over personnel moves he held with Cleveland in the early 1990s.
When Cardinals running back David Johnson left Week 1’s game with a wrist injury, it was Williams who assumed his lead back role. Williams is a significant drop-off from Johnson, of course, but is in line for something that matters in fantasy — volume. If you have Johnson, Williams is a must-add to cover your bases until Johnson returns and as further insurance. I’m tepid on his outlook for Week 2, but if you’re a running back needy manager, Williams is a logical target. I’m not totally sold, however, that he has this job entirely to himself in Arizona, which is why he isn’t the top player on this list.