Waiver Wire Work
- Chris Simms, QB TB
Season Totals: 6-of-10 for 69 yards and 0 TD
When Brian Griese went down with knee injuries, Simms stepped in and did his usual admirable job. He's still not comfortable enough as a starter to make a huge impact, but he has great size (6-4, 220) and a strong arm and works hard to be a better quarterback. There's no question he should be a good fantasy starter someday, but is that this season? A real positive in Simms' favor is the bye for Tampa this week. He gets extra reps and more time to build a relationship with his receivers. Then he gets to face the 49ers, whose paper-thin defense should allow him to build some confidence. He could be a good start for Week 8, but be careful how you use him beyond then.
Chester Taylor, RB Bal
Season Totals: 35 carries for 202 yards and 0 TD
Jamal Lewis' owners know the ugly truth already. He's just not the same this year. Whether it's the "hard time" this offseason, or the surgery on his ankle, he just isn't running with the same power and speed. This has really opened the door for Taylor to start getting some carries. He ran more effectively in Week 6 versus the Browns than Lewis and even has caught 15 passes out of the backfield this season. He is able to power over defenders when needed, and he is shifty, as well. Lewis is on his way to having his worst year in terms of yards per carry, which means Taylor will need to continue to step up as the backup and eventually might start a game or two if Lewis gets hurt again.
Patrick Pass, RB NE
Season Totals: 18 carries for 109 yards and 2 TD
No, it wasn't announced before the game that Corey Dillon would not get a single carry in Week 6, but Pass was effective in his place. Pass is more of a fullback, but he showed a good burst and strong inside running ability for New England. He even caught six passes; he caught eight two weeks ago. He's averaging 6.1 yards per carry this season, which should allow him to see a few carries in most games. That said, Dillon now gets another week, with the bye, to get completely healthy and will be the starting running back in two weeks against Buffalo. New England can feel comfortable, though, knowing it has a very good backup for Dillon should one be needed.
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