Quick Hits

Football has officially started! Here are a few observations from Week 1.




Dez Bryant - In probably the biggest development of the weekend, Dez Bryant was injured and requires foot surgery. He will be out 4-8 weeks, with 8 weeks sounding more realistic. Don't look to one WR to fill the void. I expect Jason Witten will see additional end zone looks and his yardage should be replaced by the WR group as a whole. One thing to monitor going forward will be Terrance Williams red zone looks. Williams had Romo's attention in the red zone even when Dez was in the game.

Arizona Backfield - It was only a matter of time until Andre Ellington got hurt, and it happened in week 1. He has a sprained PCL with an expectation to be back in 1-3 weeks. After getting injured in two consecutive seasons as the lead back, don't expect Ellington to get the starting gig back to himself. I expect this job to be a committee the remainder of the year. Chris Johnson should have the first crack at things, but David Johnson is the better long term play as he has some great pass catching upside.

Detroit Backfield - Ameer Abdullah sure exploded this weekend. Abdullah is the real deal, but Joique Bell will not be going away. Going forward, look for Abdullah to get the lions share of the carries, but as long as Bell is healthy he will have a role - most likely as a goal line back and 30-40% of the carries.

Young TE's Breakout - This weekend Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Eric Ebron, and Tyler Eifert all had a coming out party. I am a believer in two of these breakouts. I think Eifert is a great option this year as his athleticism should ensure him a consistent role in the offense. I see upside to be a top 5 TE for Eifert, but a more likely spot is 8-10th best TE considering that Jeremy Hill and AJ Green are both great red zone options. I also believe in Eric Ebron's breakout this weekend. He should be a consistent performer as the #3 target for Matt Stafford. I expect him to finish around the #10 TE this year as he will most likely be a bit inconsistent. Austin Seferian-Jenkins had a great week, but temper your expectations. Note that his second touchdown could be seen as a fluke since it was blown coverage in a blow out game. With Mike Evans out for the game, and Jameis Winston looking like an inconsistent passer, Seferian-Jenkins will be hard to start each week, but will be a high upside play. Expect Seferian-Jenkins to finish around the #15 TE.

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