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Joel Beall

Joel Beall is a writer for FOXSports.com and WhatIfSports.com. He lives with a Golden Tee machine and a jump shot that’s currently broken. Reach Joel on Twitter @FOXSportsBeall.

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Remember the famous car chase scene in Blues Brothers between the Bluesmobile and police vehicles that culminated in a carousel of collisions? Not sure that rampage can equal the carnage put forth by the New York Jets offense this preseason.

How horrendous has Gang Green been in August? The team has more penalties than passing first downs, is last in total yards and has yet to make a voyage into the end zone. Even Coach O’Shea’s Little Giants weren’t this bad. By the way, don’t put it past the Jets to break out the Annexation of Puerto Rico at some juncture this season. Has a better shot of prospering than a Tim Tebow pass, right?

Aside from rookies and free-agent acquisitions, I try to avoid placing too much emphasis on preseason play, as teams rarely work in full first-team detachments and keep the play calling to a pedestrian level. However, with Mark Sanchez failing to show significant improvement after a year of regression in 2011, it’s hard to endorse potential fantasy contributors like Dustin Keller and Santonio Holmes with inconsistent play at quarterback. Same with Shonn Greene in regards to the offensive line, a company whose putrid performance has left the organization to roll the dice with former first-round flameout Jason Smith. You could even make the argument that the offense’s incompetence puts an unfair onus on the defense, as the unit could be placed in inopportune situations.

Perhaps the revamped wildcat formation leads the Jets to the Promised Land, and this early-season disarray will be looked at with amusement as New York marches into the playoffs. Then again, considering Stephen Hill’s penchant for dropping the pigskin has made Braylon Edwards look sure-handed, that’s probably a stretch.

Other news around the conference…

AFC East

- Sticking with the Jets, what the newly-acquired Smith means for the New York o-line. And may we interest you in some “Tebow at RB” discussion?

- Remember how we told you the Patriots’ pass protection issues were overblown? Um, about that

- Tarvaris Jackson in, Vince Young out for the Bills. Doesn’t exactly qualify as shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic, but not sure what kind of upgrade Jackson offers over VY.

- Speaking of sinking ships, the Joe Philbin Era isn’t off to the most auspicious of starts.

AFC North

- Will this be the year the Baltimore offense finally comes to fruition? Ray Rice, Joe Flacco and Torrey Smith may seem to be the impetus for such success, but the company’s destiny lies with the front line.

- Uh-oh, Bengals fans. Center Kyle Cook could be lost for the season, making him the second starter on the Cincinnati line to go down during the preseason.

- Sticking with our of linemen theme, David DeCastro’s injury may not be as severe as originally feared. And it’s a Mike Wallace sighting! Things are coming up Pittsburgh.

- Since we haven’t talked about the hogs in the trenches that much, how about a column on the troubles of the Cleveland Browns offensive line? Also, chances are looking slim that Montario Hardesty makes news in 2012.

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AFC South

- Hope you’re sitting down: Andre Johnson missed practice on Monday with rib soreness. At this point in his career, Johnson has accumulated more injuries and ailments than Danny McBride’s character in Pineapple Express. As you can imagine, not stoked on Johnson’s fantasy forecast this fall.

- Coby Fleener is garnering the early love, but keep an eye out for fellow tight end Dwayne Allen. The Colts will air it out early and often this season, meaning both could hold fantasy value in deeper leagues.

- For owners that took a gamble on MJD in the early rounds, looks like that wager is officially beginning to backfire with the news that Rashad Jennings is starting in Week 1. Considering Jennings holds an average draft position in the 14th round and Jones-Drew’s holdout seems especially contentious, Jennings is an absolute steal at this current drafting state.

- With Kenny Britt still hobbled by offseason knee surgeries and Marc Mariani out for the season with a broken leg, the Titans are looking thin at receiver.

AFC West

- Searching for a fantasy defense? How about the Denver Broncos?

- This move may seem minor, but taking into account the depleted state of Oakland’s WR corps, could have major fantasy implications. At worse, it should alleviate apprehension that Carson Palmer is short on weapons.

- Think this article is blowing things a bit out of proportion; then again, Kansas City hasn’t showed a ton of promise this preseason. For what it’s worth, still a big believer in a revival from Jamaal Charles.

- Rest at ease, Ryan Mathews proprietors. It looks like the bruising back is healing from a shoulder injury, and could be ready for the season opener.

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