Although Matt Schaub continues to take the bulk of the first-team practice reps, NFL Media's Albert Breer reports there is now internal belief that the veteran will be pushed by Carr.
The top of the Raiders depth chart is not clear with Jones joining returnees Rod Streater (who has made strides in his first two years) and Denarius Moore (who is explosive but hasn't been able to stay healthy). It would be slightly surprising if Jones quickly ascends to the top of the depth chart, but according to Blair, that's exactly what's happening.
These practices are probably as important to Packers WR Davante Adams as anyone on the team in that he'll need to gain a trust with Aaron Rodgers. As noted by the position coach, it's not easy for rookie wideouts to break onto the scene. This offense demands a lot from receivers mentally. A background in similar concepts should help Adams assimilate. As his coach at Fresno State pointed out, there are a few things Adams must work on this spring, too.
We believe that Jarrett Boykin will hold off the talented yet inexperienced Adams to be the WR3 in 2014. After Randall Cobb went down, Boykin stepped in and caught 49 passes for 681 yards and three scores. In games where he played at least 59% of the snaps, he averaged 4.3-61-.27, which equates to 124 fantasy points over a full season. That’s about what Marques Colston scored as the #27 WR in 2013. Cobb is back, but James Jones is gone, and Boykin should play a lot in the Packers’ patented three-wide attack, which should be more productive with Aaron Rodgers under center.
Monday, June 2, 2014, 7:48pm
Thursday, May 29, 2014, 2:05pm
An inconsistent player whose flashes of excellence were often overshadowed by crucial drops and off-field drama, Little was released by the Cleveland Browns on Friday.
“Anytime a player is hand picked by Sean Payton to play offense at receiver, you’d better believe he’s gonna be something,” DC Rex Ryan said between practice sessions at the Saints’ rookie minicamp Saturday. “So I’m anxious to see him. I’m out here watching and it’s like, ‘Oooh.’ This guy opens your eyes.
“You can feel his speed. It’s something that [the late Raiders owner] Al Davis used to say. ‘Can you feel his speed?’ You can feel his speed. So I’m looking forward to seeing him. Because I know how Sean … they’re gonna create roles to get this guy involved, and it’s gonna be awesome.”
For now, the Saints’ first-round draft pick is simply lining up at the X receiver position while they install their playbook – which is typical for all players at this stage of the offseason.
“He is versatile,” HC Sean Payton said. “He’s obviously a receiver [first and foremost]. And I think we can line him up in the slot, line him up outside. [He has a] very good skill set with regards to acceleration, speed, catches the ball well. And I like his toughness.”
The Saints spread the ball around, but not only do they have to replace the departed Lance Moore, the team has to also replace the production of Darren Sproles in the receiving game. The two combined for 143 targets in 2013, so while we're expecting Kenny Stills to see a larger role, there are targets for the speedy Cooks as well.
Thursday, May 15, 2014, 11:15am
Murray doesn't appear to be at the forefront of Allen's mind when discussing his RB corps, which may explain why the Raiders re-signed McFadden and signed Jones-Drew in free agency.
Sunday, May 4, 2014, 8:29pm
Rivera was the #17 TE from Week 11 to Week 17, so he showed some signs of being fantasy relevant in the second half of the season.
Giants beat writer Dan Graziano gives his take on the Giants backfield:
The Giants signed Rashad Jennings to be their starting running back. They believe he's ready at this stage of his career, after backing up guys like Maurice Jones-Drew in Jacksonville and Darren McFadden in Oakland, to handle a starter's workload. They believe he can catch the ball for them out of the backfield, that he can grind out yards between the tackles and that he's capable of delivering a big play. Assuming he picks up the blocking schemes and can help in pass protection, he's their guy.
That said, Wilson is still on the team, and if the 2012 first-round draft pick shows he's recovered from neck surgery, there is surely going to be a role for a player with his skills. The Giants are hearing good things about Wilson's recovery, but they know they can't count on him, so they signed Jennings and brought back Peyton Hillis in order to construct a backfield in case Wilson can't be a part of it.
I think their plan is for Jennings to get the bulk of the carries with Hillis as his backup, and if they are pleasantly surprised by Wilson's health and availability, they will find ways to work him into the offense. If healthy, he offers a lot.
Jennings was the #6 RB from Week 9 to Week 15 (when he was playing starter’s snaps for the Raiders) and that included a missed game against the Jets in Week 14. The team still believes in David Wilson, but Jennings is fully capable of winning the RB1 job outright. The Giants had a very difficult time running the ball in 2013, so they need to sort out the offensive line as well. Still, Jennings is a three-down back and has a relatively clear path to a starting gig. For a closer look at Jennings' potential workload and production, click here.
Sunday, April 20, 2014, 10:56am
Raiders beat writer Paul Gutierrez says that Darren McFadden has the inside track to be the team's RB1: "If healthy, and that's a big IF, Darren McFadden is the lead dog in the backfield, when you consider his home run potential and familiarity with the Raiders offense."
Hue Jackson is taking over as offensive coordinator after spending the 2013 season coaching Bengals running backs. In 2010, he was the offensive coordinator in Oakland before getting promoted to head coach in '11. The Bengals signed his quarterback from those two teams, Jason Campbell, last month in part to give Andy Dalton a veteran voice at the position that he hasn't really had throughout his career.
"You have to have the threat of running the ball and the threat of being a physical unit in order to last for the duration of the season," Jackson said on the radio interview.
Monday, April 7, 2014, 11:22am