Learned: Pierre Thomas is a lot stronger than last year. There were reports that he put on some weight in the offseason to handle more of a workload, and in his first full game he looked great. It is one thing to rack up a few big carries versus the Bills; it is much more impressive to grind out tough yards and bust tackles on a 30 yard screen pass vs. the Jets. Thomas looked like a monster Sunday, and with the Saints spreading the field out on every play he is going to have plenty of space to get his legs moving. If he stays healthy he could turn in a Priest Holmes type of year.
Confirmed: Sidney Rice was a good draft pick. As a Browns fan, I wanted them to take him in the second round of the 2007 draft (Instead, they dealt that pick and a first-rounder – ultimately Felix Jones – for Brady Quinn). In his 3<sup>rd</sup> year in the league and first with a stable QB, he is a big guy (6’4”) that can get open and catch.
Burned: LenDale White. For a back averaging about 250 touches the last 2 seasons and scoring a bunch of touchdowns, the Titans have quickly soured on him. Instead of pounding the ball all game with White and Chris Johnson, they are increasingly putting the game in the hands of Kerry Collins. Perhaps his comments about how he lost a bunch of weight in the offseason for a new contract have backfired. Instead of being rewarded for his newfound commitment, could the Titans be punishing him for admitting that (previously) he was dogging it and drinking too much? For a guy that I picked as a #3 fantasy back, his 2-touch performance last week makes him worthless.