Eric Weems, WR, Bears
There is no 2012 profile for this player yet. Here is his 2011 profile:
Eric Weems caught only six passes during the entire 2009-10 season, but he made each one count, picking up 50 yards and scoring two touchdowns in the process. Weems caught more touchdowns than Michael Jenkins -- the number two wide receiver in the Atlanta offense last season -- but will be mired in obscurity in 2010-11 trapped behind Roddy White, Jenkins, and Harry Douglas in the pecking order. Weems is a tremendous kick returner, but unless your league counts return yardage as a stat, there is no reason to consider Weems in fantasy drafts this fall.
Starting number two wide receiver Michael Jenkins will be sidelined four to six weeks with a shoulder injury, which opens the door for Eric Weems to see an increased role in the Falcons' offense. Head coach Mike Smith has talked about rotating veteran Brian Finneran and Weems opposite Roddy White during the team's preseason opener versus Kansas City. Weems made the Falcons roster out of training camp last season and won the starting kick and punt return duties as well after Harry Douglas went down.
"My mindset is always to compete," Weems told reporters during training camp. "No job out here is safe. I'm going to go out here and fight hard every day." Weems doesn't have tremendous fantasy upside, but if he proves capable as a starting wide receiver during the preseason, he is worth a look off the wavier wire. Keep an eye on this position battle during the preseason, but unless the winner is Douglas, fantasy owners should stay away until Jenkins returns.
Weems did not catch a pass in Atlanta's preseason opener against Kansas City, but handled the kick and punt return duties as he did all of last season. Weems returned one kickoff for 31 yards, and had a nine yard punt return against the Chiefs. Unless your league rewards return yardage, Weems' upside is limited (especially with Harry Douglas returning this week).
Weems has been limited strictly to special teams duty this preseason despite all of the injuries at the position. Weems is a capable wide receiver, but his contributions in the return game are more valuable in reality than in fantasy at this point.Last updated on Aug-30-2010 by George Bissell
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