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Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 6:39pm
Not only does Nick Mangold think Mark Sanchez should be the Jets’ Week 1 starting quarterback, but the Pro Bowl center believes the rest of the Gang Green locker room feels the exact same way.
Mangold voiced his support for the embattled Sanchez today during a promotional appearance at Washington Square Park, saying his close friend gives the Jets a better chance than rookie Geno Smith of being successful right away this fall.
Asked if the rest of the locker room also hopes Sanchez will emerge as the starter, Mangold nodded.
“I believe so,” he told The Post. “I haven’t walked around with a pen and paper and taken a poll, but from the feeling I get, the locker room wants to win. Whoever gives us the best chance to do that, we want out there -- and at this point, Mark gives us that best chance.”
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 5:22pm
Ram QB Sam Bradford, a veteran of three offensive coordinators in three NFL seasons, will work with Brian Schottenheimer for a second consecutive season. Familiarity can be a good thing -- not just in general, but when applied to specific situations.
"There were times last year, I remember sitting in meetings, maybe [Schottenheimer] was really comfortable with a play because they had run it in the past and had success with it, but it was new to me and I wasn't as comfortable with it," Bradford said. "Now, I think we have a much better feel for each other."
We have Bradford 23rd among QBs, so in a 10-team league he likely doesn't get drafted as he's in the QB3 range. He'll be available late in drafts and with a young group of skill players around him, he should continue to improve. But he's not a week-in, week-out fantasy starter at this point.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 5:17pm
"In three-receiver sets Andre Roberts will get plenty of work. But Floyd has impressed coaches (and bystanders like myself) with his efforts this offseason. He seems primed for a leap in year two. Can he challenge Fitz? If the Cards can grind out more first downs, I can see Floyd having a big year."
Aaron Hernandez sued for allegedy shooting man
Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 2:51pm
On Wednesday, Boston media reported Hernandez hasn't been ruled out as a suspect in a homicide case where a dead body was found less than a mile from his home.
Now Hernandez will reportedly be facing a lawsuit stemming from a February incident where he allegedly shot a man in the face, according to TMZ. Sports Illustrated has also confirmed the existence of the lawsuit.
According to TMZ, the man filing the lawsuit, Alexander Bradley, claims he went to a club in Miami with Hernandez on Feb. 13 and at some point, an argument broke out between the two men.
Hernandez and Bradley left the club in the same car, where the argument continued. At some point during the car ride, Hernandez allegedly aimed a gun at Bradley and the gun discharged, hitting Bradley in the face, according to the report.
Bradley claims to have lost his right eye and had reconstructive surgery. He also claims Hernandez isn't licensed to carry a gun. From a football standpoint, the Patriots could already be without TE Rob Gronkowski for at least the start of the season, and right now Hernandez seems to be in a lot of hot water. The Pats currently have 7 TEs on the roster, including Gronk and Hernandez. The other five are: Jake Ballard, Daniel Fells, rookie Brandon Ford, Michael Hoomanawanui and rookie Zach Sudfeld.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 2:39pm
But the New York Giants receiver said in an interview with NFL Network on Wednesday morning that his absence was not because of his desire for a new long-term contract.
"I really don't talk about my contract in the media and stuff like that," Nicks said. "But contract wasn't related."
It sounds like there won't be any issues with Nicks showing up to training camp. He takes a bit of a hit in our rankings at the moment, coming in 16th due to injuries last season. His ADP is the fifth round, about a full round lower than Marques Colston and Reggie Wayne who we have ranked 15th and 17th, respectively.
Rashard Mendenhall will be every down back
Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 9:36am
Arians said, "I know what he can bring to the table as a runner and a pass protector and also a receiver. He's an every-down player. And I think he's looking forward to having an outstanding season."
After touting Mendenhall in March as a "big back who never has to come out of the game," Arians is now making it clear that the former Steelers first-rounder is a three-down running back.
Mendenhall's early 2012 knee surgery and Achilles tendinitis last season no longer seem to be an issue, according to Arians. We currently rank Mendy at 32, but that's likely to climb a bit. He'll likely be a low-end RB2 option or high end RB3 or flex play most weeks. His ADP is the 7th round. Of course, this means Ryan Williams' value takes a hit and he'll be more of a change of pace option.
Vernon Davis practices with WRs
Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 9:07am
The Niners probably need him to play more wide out because their best receiver, Anquan Boldin, is a much better slot receiver than outside receiver at this stage in his career. During team drills, Boldin lined up in the slot the vast majority of the time.
With no WR Michael Crabtree for most of the season, the 49ers need an outside receiver to stretch the field and Davis may be the best candidate on the roster at this moment. We finally saw signs of him connecting with QB Colin Kaepernick the end of last year and in the playoffs, and that should continue into 2013. We rank Davis 7th among TEs with an ADP of the 8th round. He could be a real bargain at that point in the draft at the TE position.
Rob Gronkowski could be back by end of preseason
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 9:40pm
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski underwent surgery on his back Tuesday to correct a spinal issue and will soon begin rehab in the hope of returning to action in late August, a person informed of the prognosis told USA TODAY Sports.
The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the Patriots don't divulge injury information publicly, said the optimistic view is that Gronkowski will be back to work just before the end of the preseason.
This is definitely one of the more optimistic reports you will find on Gronk, who is likely to go on the PUP list and miss most of training camp according to NFL.com. As the USA Today story points out, the problem is Gronkowski has been inactive since the Patriots were eliminated from the postseason in late January, first because of a nagging arm infection related to his broken foream and now because of his back surgery to correct a problem that's been nagging him since last season. If Gronkowski is indeed back for Week 1, owners can't expect him to be in top form, but there's at least reason to be optimistic he'll get there quick.
Gronk could also start the season on the PUP list, a move that would allow him to be replaced on the roster for at least six games.
He's likely going to slip a bit in drafts.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 7:03pm
“This is probably the best group since Alge (Crumpler) and Bo Scaife,” said Loggains, who’s been with the Titans for eight years. “I feel really good about having three guys that can do a lot of different things. Also all three of them can be in-line blockers, point-of-attack blockers, and all of them have good speed.”
Crumpler and Scaife played together in 2008 and 2009 for the Titans.
The article points out that none of those three have ever caught more than 30 passes in a season. Walker is ranked the highest of the three on our TE list at 31. At that spot, he's just a mid-range TE3 in a 12-team league. He'll likely be available very late in drafts.
Aaron Hernandez questioned in homicide probe
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 6:51pm
A source with knowledge of the investigation said Massachusetts State police spoke to Hernandez on Monday and were interested in possibly searching his home.
Hernandez is not believed to be a murder suspect, according to a source, but a vehicle rented in his name has emerged as a key piece of evidence in the investigation.
The Sun Chronicle of Attleboro, Mass., reported on Tuesday that police identified a rented 2013 Chevrolet Suburban with Rhode Island license plates in connection with the possible homicide. According to the paper, the vehicle is registered to Enterprise and investigators were hoping to analyze it for fingerprints. A source said Hernandez's name is tied to that rental vehicle.
ESPN's Adam Schefter has tweeted that the belief inside the Patriots is that Hernandez is not involved in the murder that is being investigated.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 2:37pm
Williams will battle for the Dallas WR3 spot against Dwayne Harris.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 12:58pm
"I think he's in a position to compete to be the guy," RB coach Jerald Ingram said when asked if Wilson can be the lead back. "He has the talent, has the speed, has a few plays from a year ago underneath his belt. Everything we gauge is kind of like in college with spring ball, but once we put the pads on, we'll see who is physical, who's determined to make plays out there."
Ingram said Wilson has also improved his pass protection, something that will keep a young RB on the field more and more. But, even if Wilson starts, it looks like Brown will get his share of touches - perhaps even goal line work, especially after his performances filling in for Ahmad Bradshaw last year. Right now we rank Wilson 25th and Brown 28th on our RB list. This could be headed to a committee situation.
Bucs offense on same page, expects big things
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 12:30pm
The Bucs say they are about to reap the benefits of stability.
With offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan back for a second season, the NFL’s No. 9 attack is gearing up for a more dynamic year.
WR Vincent Jackson said the difference in Freeman is apparent, well before the start of training camp.
“He’s way more comfortable this year with the language,’’ Jackson said. “You can see it in his confidence, the way he’s directing the field. It’s fun to watch his physical tools take shape. We’ve got some new faces out here and it’s fun because we spread the ball around. Once we’re clicking, we’re going to be hard to stop."
Freeman comes in ranked 16th among our QBs with the potential to finish much better than that if the Bucs really are all on the same page. But we've expected big things from Freeman in the past only to end up disappointed. Taking him as a middle of the road QB2 seems like the best way to approach drafting him. With an ADP of the 16th round, he should be there pretty late in fantasy drafts, especially in 10-team leagues. Despite Freeman's rank, Jackson comes in ranked 8th with Williams ranked 32nd. RB Doug Martin is ranked third at his position. Freeman certainly has the talent around him.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 12:11pm
The most pressing issue for RB Maurice Jones-Drew is his rehabilitation and conditioning after Lisfranc surgery.
Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell said last week the plan is for Jones-Drew to be 100-percent when camp opens July 26. Jones-Drew said he is optimistic about his progress.
MJD said his foot is now healed and that the focus is now on strengthening the ankle. The foot being healed, he said, is important because now he can run. That, in turn, means he can condition at a level that will allow the weight he added following surgery to come off in time for training camp.
We rank MJD 14th among our running backs with the thought he could crack the top-10. Justin Forsett is his backup but would be limited in value if MJD misses time again.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 10:54am
Myers is an improvement over Kevin Boss, Jake Ballard and Bennett who have been the Giant tight ends since 2008. Myers figures to be a red zone target for quarterback Eli Manning as Giants tight ends have averaged 5 TDs a season. Myers is ranked 12th on our list which makes him a high-end, TE2. His ADP is the 14th round so you should get an opportunity to grab him if you want him.