RSP Writers Project Team: Joe Goodberry, CincyJungle.com


Nice to have another writer spend the money on Aaron Rodgers. A.J. Green will be ecstatic (see below). Photo by Darin House.

Joe Goodberry writes for Cincyjungle.com. A regular of the football Twitterverse, Goodberry is one of the diehard draftniks frequenting social networks during the offseason. His RSP Writers Project Team is quarterback-driven on offense and features a 4-3 defense with two well-known 3-4 outside linebackers as bookends in his front. Stay tuned for Goodberry’s Q&A and check out the rest of the RSP Writers Team’s here.

Offense

I told you A.J. Green was ecstatic. Joe Goodberry is, too. Photo by Football Schedule.

Quarterback Depth Chart
Starting Position Role (optional) Name Value Commentary (Why you picked the player: specific skills and talents you like, potential upside, and/or fit within the system)
QB1 Aaron Rodgers 20 I’m a believer that QB can and will take your team as far as he can personally go. Rodgers is the only current Elite QB in his prime. He’s probably the most well-rounded QB of this generation. By adding a player of Rodgers’ ability, everyone on this offense instantly becomes better. He’s a skills-multiplier.
QB3 Stephen McGee 0.5 McGee is a fun developmental QB because he’s very athletic and naturally gifted. I went cheap at backup because, like most teams, we’re screwed if Rodgers misses too much time.
Running Back Depth Chart

I though Brian Leonard showed the skills at Rutgers to develop into the back that we’ve seen in spurts from Peyton Hillis. Joe Goodberry uses Leonard in a more prominent role for his RSP Writers Team. Photo by Football Schedule.

Starting Position Role (optional) Name Value Commentary (Why you picked the player: specific skills and talents you like, potential upside, and fit within the system)
RB1 Kendall Hunter 3.5 Hunter is my starter on a pass-first team. He’s a short, thick back with good balance and suprising power in his thighs. I think he has starter-ability in today’s NFL.
RB2 Bernard Pierce 2 Pierce is one of my draft favorites. He has such a natural ability about him. I would describe his running style as similar to water; he just finds the crack to take him further every time. Very instincual runner that needs experience in passing game.
RB3 3rd Down RB Brian Leonard 1 Leonard is my ideal 3rd down back. He’s a very good pass blocker and has great hands. Leonard has that 6th sense to know where the 1st down marker is at all times. Clutch player.
FB Tony Fiammetta 0.5 Fiammetta can be a great lead-blocker when healthy. In this offense, we probably won’t use him much until short yardage situations.
Wide Receiver Depth Chart

Beginning to see a pride of predatory felines on this roster? Mohamed Sanu is thrust into the secondary receiver role as a rookie. Photo by West Point Public Affairs.

Starting Position Role (optional) Name Value Commentary (Why you picked the player: specific skills and talents you like, potential upside, and fit within the system)
WR1 A.J. Green 9 Green is an emerging superstar. He can run any route, line up anywhere and catch any ball close to him. Put him with Rodgers and let the fireworks start.
WR2 Mohamed Sanu 2.5 Sanu was attractive to me because I can line him up everywhere and allow Green to be our chess piece. Versatility opposite our go-to WR was important to me. Sanu is a big-body WR with great hands and can make the tough catches in traffic. He has a lot of Colston/Houshmanzadeh in him. Can play inside and out.
WR3 Slot Andrew Hawkins 1.5 Hawkins is one of the most horizontally explosive players in the NFL. Get the ball into his hands. He’s small, but Hawkins has a surprising catch radius and isnt afraid to lay-out for a ball. When Sanu is outside in three-WR sets, Hawkins will play the slot and create mismatches.
WR4 Deep Clyde Gates 1 Gates has been slow early in his NFL career. He should be a vertical threat like he was in college. Hopefully we can get him into some packages where Green and Sanu leave and outside spot available and Gates can take the top off of a defense.
WR5 Developmental Andre Holmes 0.5 Holmes is another D-II, raw prospect, but he has the body of a starting WR. Probably inactive on gameday as we develop his route running and attention to detail.
WR6 Backup Slot Lavasier Tuinei 0.5 Tuinei reminds me of Bills’ WR David Nelson. Both are tall, big, slot/TE hybrid type WRs. I’d use him in a very similar way and try to create mismatches with his size and hands.
Fullback and Tight End Depth Chart 
Starting Position Role (optional) Name Value Commentary (Why you picked the player: specific skills and talents you like, potential upside, and fit within the system)
TE1 Tony Moeaki 1.5 If healthy, Moeaki would be valued much higher. He’s an inline TE with very good hands. Not the fastest or most athletic, but Moeaki has the tools to be a very reliable TE.
TE2 Orson Charles 2.5 Charles is our mismatch/move-TE. We’ll put him in motion, split him out wide, and he can hold his own as a blocker. As a former WR, Charles showcases his receiving skills reguarly. I love his release off the line and explosion in-and-out of breaks. Huge potential.
TE/FB H-Back Charles Clay 0.5 Clay is hybrid FB/TE/H-back type in the mold of a poor man’s Aaron Hernandez. Clay can line up everywhere. He’s a developmental player but his matchup advantages will get him on the field early.
Tackle Depth Chart
Starting Position Role (optional) Name Value Commentary (Why you picked the player: specific skills and talents you like, potential upside, and fit within the system)
LT Anthony Collins 4.5 I’ve seen Collins play LT in college, as a rookie, and in preseason for the Bengals. Everytime, he’s a very good pass blocker. He leaves some to be desired in the run game but I believe that’s a mental thing. He gives max-effort and is always playing after the whistle. In this offense, I have no issues with Collins as my starting LT.
RT Backup LT Cordy Glenn 4.5 Glenn starts at RT for me but if needed, he can play LT in this offense. Glenn is massive and long. He plays high but can make up for it with surprising athleticism. Glenn is more suited to play OT than inside in my opinion.
Swing OT Marcus Cannon 2 Cannon can play 4/5 OL spots and would backup RT if Glenn is asked to play LT. Cannon is very big and can play with a streak.
Guard Depth Chart
Starting Position Role (optional) Name Value Commentary (Why you picked the player: specific skills and talents you like, potential upside, and fit within the system)
LG Will Rackley 2.5 Rackley has high upside but seemed to be lost at times as a rookie. He’s coming from D-II and playing a new position, so I’ll give him a 2nd chance because he flashed enough potential for me.
RG David DeCastro 7 DeCastro is the best OG prospect in a long time. His pulling ability and 2nd level work are rare attributes. Having him on the OL should create longer runs. DeCastro needs some pass pro work but I think he can be this generation’s Alan Faneca. Multiple Pro Bowls.
T/G Brandon Washington 2 Washington can play OT and OG. I’ll use him to backup both Guard spots and possible replace Rackley if that situation doesn’t work out. Washington has the potential to be a nice power run blocking guard.
G/C/T Clint Boling 1 Boling has played T/G in college and G/C in the NFL. Having him as the utility player can come in handy. He needs to build his upper body strength if he wants to play.
Center Depth Chart
Starting Position Role (optional) Name Value Commentary (Why you picked the player: specific skills and talents you like, potential upside, and fit within the system)
OC Peter Konz 3.5 Konz is ready to play day one but has some past injury issues. I love his experience and production. Konz’s biggest task will be communicating and picking up blitzes in this pass-first offense.
C/G Brandon Fusco 1 Fusco is a D-II developmental player. He’s big and can be powerful but needs refinement. Could play guard also.

Defense

I can see the logic of Adam Jones paired with Darrelle Revis opposite him. Well worth the risk, especially with Jones playing better last year. Doesn’t hurt to have rookie Brandon Boykin developing behind him and side-line-to-sideline free safety Reggie Nelson in center field. Photo by Navin75

Cornerback and Safety Depth Chart
Starting Position Role (optional) Name Value Commentary (Why you picked the player: specific skills and talents you like, potential upside, and/or fit within the system)
CB1 Darrelle Revis 12 Revis is as shutdown as it gets today. He’s one of the top 10 players in the NFL and changes the way offenses attack the defense. He’s a master of redirection and hand-usage. Probably should get flagged more often but he’s found a way to tip-toe the boarder of illegal and locked down.
CB2 Nickel CB Brandon Boykin 4.5 Revis is as shutdown as it gets today. He’s one of the top 10 players in the NFL and changes the way offenses attack the defense. He’s a master of redirection and hand-usage. Probably should get flagged more often but he’s found a way to tip-toe the board
CB3 Adam Jones 2 Jones will come in a play outside in nickel packages. He can play both sides and will play opposite Revis (Covers #1 WR). Jones is still very athletic but can bite of double moves and play fakes. Keeping him disciplined is the battle with Jones.
CB4 Brandon Ghee 0.5 Ghee has been a disappointment so far in his young career. He looks like a starting CB. Tall, long, fast, will hit. He needed to stay healthy and play with confidence. So far this offseason he has. Upside is there.
CB5 Corey Graham 1 Graham is a special teams aces and can pay some defense as needed. He was a target of mine as this project started.
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FS Jairus Byrd 5 Byrd has become more than a play-making safety. He’s not a complete player that will play the run and make some hits. His ball skills are already top-notch, now Byrd has been much improved in every other aspect of a safey’s game. He’ll have to be my eyes back there with Nelson being the other safety.
SS Reggie Nelson 4 Nelson has tranformed himself from a finesse free safety to a hard-hitting, run-stuffing saftey who can play both spots due to athleticism. Keep him from making too many reads and Nelson will reward you with steady play.
S/CB Dwight Lowery 0.5 Lowery can play CB and Safety. He’ll be my 3rd safety to play in some nickel packages. He can come down and cover those slot WR/TE types as well as play the deep cover-1.
S Reshad Jones 1 Jones has some starter ability to him. By some accounts, he’s putting together a good offseason in his bid to start in 2012. Getting him at this value could be a steal.
S Corey Lynch 0.5 Lynch is a special teams staple and has some starting experience.
Linebacker Depth Chart

I love how Sean Lee plays the game. So does Goodberry. Photo by William F. Yurasko.

Starting Position Role (optional) Name Value Commentary (Why you picked the player: specific skills and talents you like, potential upside, and fit within the system)
MLB Nickel LB Sean Lee 8 Lee is a future top-ILB in the NFL, if not already. He plays with such intelligence and athleticism. Health is really my only concern and I don’t think it will be an issue. Lee is already one of the better cover LBs in the game. That was big in my selection.
WLB Nickel LB Sean Spence 3 Spence is very athletic but plays a little wreckless. I feel like I can blitz and cover with him and he’s never out of his element.
SLB Backup MLB Vontaze Burfict 1 Bufict is an insane. He plays like a man on death row, but I like that. I’ll put him at SLB and give him about 35 snaps a game. He’ll be asked to take on blockers, blitz and set the edge. Burfict will need to play smarter and better in coverage if he wants more snaps.
SLB/ILB Dan Skuta 0.5 Skuta has played ILB, SLB, DE and FB for the Bengals. He backs up at LS while also being a special teams ace. He’s a blue-collar guy who finds a way to succeed.
WLB Brandon Johnson 0.5 Johnson is a bit of a loose-cannon but he can start if needed and has a role as a nickel LB. A former special teams captain as well.
SLB Arthur Moats 0.5 Moats will backup the SLB spot and provide some pass rush in some packages.
Defensive End and Tackle Depth Chart

Demarcus Ware will bring the heat off the edge for Goodberry. Photo by Mary Jane.

Starting Position Role (optional) Name Value Commentary (Why you picked the player: specific skills and talents you like, potential upside, and fit within the system)
RDE Demarcus Ware 10 To me, Ware is the best defensive player in football. To get him and Revis on one teams will only make them each even better. Ware rushes the passer 98% of the time from his 3-4 OLB spot, so moving him to full time DE shouldn’t be a problem.
DT Cameron Jordan 3 Jordan is a penetrating type DT with some great moves. He’s developing still because he comes from a 3-man DL at California. He may be better suited for the LDE spot.
NT Red Bryant 4.5 Bryant is a huge man with surprising agility. He can be hard to move and actually plays with a good motor for a man his size. I just need him to eat up space.
LDE Lamar Woodley 7 Woodley can beat every RT in the NFL on any given play. He’s very thick and can set the edge against the run as well.
Nickel DT Drake Nevis 0.5 Nevis will replace Bryant in nickel packages. He’s a tornado in the trenches. Very quick and agile. Never stops.
Backup DT Corey Luiget 0.5 Luiget can start at DT if needed for Jordan. He plays with a thick base and has some pass rush skills to him.
Backup LDE Christian Ballard 1 Ballard will backup LDE. He failed a drug test prior to his draft or he would’ve been selected higher.
Backup RDE Sergio Kindle 0.5 Kindle has had some of the worst luck since entering the league. Maybe he can put it together and become an explosive situational rusher.
Final Special Teams Roster
Kicker and Punter Depth Chart
Starters Name Value Commentary (Why did you choose the player for special teams and what Role (optional) will he play?)
K1 Dan Bailey 2 Accurate kicker
P1 Pat McAfee 1.5 Power punter who can also kickoff
Kick Coverage Team
Role (optional) Name Commentary (Why did you choose the player for special teams and what Role (optional) will he play?)
OU1 Corey Graham
OU2 Dwight Lowery
OU3 Corey Lynch
IN1 Dan Skuta
IN2 Arthur Moats
IN3 Brandon Johnson
IN4 Terrence Ganaway
OU4 Reshad Jones
OU5 Brandon Ghee
OU6 Andrew Hawkins
Punt Coverage Team
Role (optional) Name Commentary (Why did you choose the player for special teams and what Role (optional) will he play?)
Gunner 1 Andrew Hawkins
SB1 Dwight Lowery
LT Orson Charles
LG Arthur Moats
LS Dan Skuta
RG Brandon Johnson
RT Charles Clay
SB2 Corey Lynch
Gunner 2 Corey Graham
PP Tony Fiammetta
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