Monday, August 21, 2006

6'4", 285 lbs . . . QB!

Galley Brother B.J. writes in about the Hefty Lefty, Jared Lorenzen:

This guy could be my favorite non-Eagle backup player in the league. I watched about 20 minutes of the 3rd – 4th quarters of the Giants vs. Chiefs preseason game last night 'cause (1) I was waiting for the UFC to start and (2) I wanted to see this guy in action. I’d heard about him before he was drafted, but last night was the first time I saw him play. It’s one of the craziest things to watch. The starters for both teams were hanging on the sidelines being bored because it’s the end of a preseason game. Then, this guy comes in and immediately everyone starts paying attention. He’s a 6-4 285 lbs (not a typo 285 lbs) QB. It’s like watching a lineman play QB.

Thing is, I don’t think he’ll make the Giants. For some reason Tim Hasselback is firmly entrenched in the #2 spot, which I don’t understand because I don’t think he’s ever been rated higher than 65 in Madden (my guess is that its one of the new NFL rules where if a Manning is your starting QB you have to have an embarrassing backup to avoid QB controversy & just to make the Manning look even better). Apparently, it’s a battle for the #3 spot between this guy & wait for it . . . Rob Johnson.

Yeah, that Rob Johnson who damn near caused riots in Buffalo when Wade Phillips kept starting him over Doug Flutie. So if history is any guide, Rob Johnson will win another underserved roster spot & the Hefty Lefty, Jared Lorenzen, will get cut (hopefully, he’ll get picked up by a team I like).

But, on the bright side if Rob Johnson does make the team, Tom Coughlin will probably decide to start him in the playoffs if the Giants get there.

Update: Galley Reader and Redskins Super Fan P.G. writes:

Everyone should know who Jared Lorenzen is because he was part of the one of the top-5 NCAA football games of all time. LSU-Kentucky 2002, check out the highlight. Watch the part where the fans who prematurely stormed the field react in horror as they realize what happened.

Lorenzen will be a starter in the NFL some day; he throws the ball as far as anyone in the league. He’s also mobile for a 285lb white boy. He’s far more mobile than Drew Bledsoe or Patrick Ramsey.


Pablo Gersten said...

Jared Lorenzen was the losing QB in the "Bluegrass Miracle" LSU-Kentucky 2002 game, Rob Johnson was the losing QB in the "Music City Miracle" game.
Man that would be awesome if they both made the team.

Anonymous said...

I saw most of the games he played at UK. J.Lo/Battleship/The Pillsbury Doughboy has talent (he broke many of the records set by Tim Couch, who was a good college QB), but he has major problems controlling his weight, not to mention he makes bad decisions on the field.

I find it amusing that both he and Shane Boyd (fighting for #3 spot on Steelers) might make rosters this year. They fought for the starters job at UK, and both managed to lose it quite often.