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Beat: Chris Givens may be Rams most productive WR
Saturday, September 7, 2013, 4:05pm
That says a lot considering the article mentions Tavon Austin being used more. And there's been numerous reports how the team intentionally underused Austin in preseason. We do have Givens slightly ahead of Austin this week in an OK matchup against the Cards at home. Givens could draw a lot of Patrick Peterson in this contest as well.
Saturday, September 7, 2013, 3:57pm
For the first time in his NFL career, he has the same offensive coordinator and the same playbook. As a result, Bradford should be able to delve more into the details of the offense and be better suited to teaching it to the young skill players around him.
The Rams made a conscious effort to surround him with better talent in the offseason
Bradford is still well down our list of QBs this season, but worth keeping an eye on. Based on the talent around him, he could be a spot starter in certain matchups if you fall into QB trouble.
Beat: Rams have 'big plans' for Tavon Austin
Thursday, September 5, 2013, 2:52pm
Let there be no doubt: The Rams have plans for Austin, big plans, the type of plans that would extend beyond the diminutive wideout.
The camp reports were overwhelmingly positive for Austin, but when it came to the games, he caught eight passes for 66 yards. That was the second most receptions. (Brian Quick led the way with 10 receptions.) We view Austin as an upside WR4/flex type this week. He'll hold more value in PPR formats.
Rashard Mendenhall ready for Week 1
Monday, September 2, 2013, 5:50pm
Patriots 'leaning' towards activating Rob Gronkowski
Thursday, August 29, 2013, 10:28pm
It's not a sure thing, but it looks like Gronkowski may avoid PUP, which means the Patriots believe he'll be available to play early in the season. We're expecting him to miss 2-3 games in September, so he's a worthwhile pick in the 3rd or 4th round, depending on risk tolerance. Pair him with Zach Sudfeld or another mid-to-late round TE like Jordan Cameron or Jared Cook, and you should get excellent production out of the TE spot.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 1:38pm
We currently project Givens to catch 57 passes compared to 72 for Austin, but with a higher YPR and more touchdowns. We have Givens ranked ahead of Austin in both standard and PPR formats.
Knowshon Moreno getting some first team reps
Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 1:21pm
Broncos RBs Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball have gone back and forth, splitting reps with the starters on offense throughout training camp and the preseason. While Hillman had the upper hand, albeit slightly, through offseason workouts and three preseason games, two fumbles in the past two games combined -- both of which were returned for touchdowns -- have now jumbled the order a bit. Ball got some additional work with the starters this week, but neither is expected to play much, if at all, in Thursday’s preseason finale against the Arizona Cardinals.
Then there is the matter of Knowshon Moreno. Because he is more proficient in pass protection than the other two, Moreno has gotten some premium snaps with the starters of late, including in the two-minute drill to close out the first half against the Rams on Saturday night. And that's no small item, given that Ball missed a block in Seattle that resulted in quarterback Peyton Manning taking one of the hardest hits in his time with the Broncos, a play Ball called the "worst feeling, seeing a future Hall of Famer get hit like that.''
All of which only makes the committee a little bigger.
This doesn't look good. Ball figures to have the most long term potential, but he has had his troubles in pass protection, and that's not going to fly in the Broncos' offense. We could see a full-blown RBBC with Ball and Hillman splitting carries and Moreno in on third downs.
Jonathan Stewart heads to PUP list
Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 2:35pm
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the team has chosen to place Stewart on the regular-season physically unable to perform list after a doctor weighed in negatively on the back's surgically repaired right ankle Tuesday.