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Monday, June 17, 2013, 4:12pm
Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia Eagles beat writer Geoff Mosher broke down the Eagles depth chart, and talked about the QB position where right now there seems to be no clear-cut favorite between Michael Vick and Nick Foles.
Vick is the logical choice given what we know about HC Chip Kelly's offense, as well as Vick's contract and the tendency to play the guy making the most money - in Vick's case about 7 million. Vick has the most fantasy upside, too, but is often injured, and we just don't know if Kelly is going to be an NFL genius or a total flop. That said, Vick is ranked 15th among our QBs and is worth a later-round pick as a backup. Of course, some media even feel rookie fourth-rounder Matt Barkley has a shot to start as well.
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Monday, June 17, 2013, 2:05pm
Cowboy RB Joseph Randle has not taken a snap because of thumb surgery but should be ready to go for the opening of training camp. He has done everything the athletic training staff has asked, and running backs coach Gary Brown has liked how attentive Randle has been on the practice field even if he can't carry the ball.
The Cowboys believe he can be a full-time back if something happened to RB DeMarco Murray, but he was a fifth-round pick. Randle will have to show he can beat out Lance Dunbar and Phillip Tanner to do the job. Getting a late start doing that isn't a positive.
Arian Foster 'more than likely' will be ready for camp
Monday, June 17, 2013, 10:49am
When Texans running back Arian Foster was carted off the team’s practice field last month, several fans gasped. The franchise running back told FOXSports.com on Friday that Houston fans need not worry, he’s on the right path to recovery.
“Yeah, it’s going good man,” Foster told FOXSports.com in an exclusive interview on the set of a Foot Locker Under Armour commercial. “It’s just a small calf strain. News is dry in the offseason, so it made headlines.”
Foster's calf strain doesn't appear to be serious, and he's working hard to make the start of camp. He's been spending time in a hyperbaric chamber and has added chicken and fish to his diet, while previously a vegan. Even if Foster doesn't make the start of camp, indications are it wont be long into camp before he's back. He is likely a top-three pick in most fantasy leagues, and we have him as our number-two RB. While Foster, who will turn 27 this season, has been a workhorse, it's still a good idea to draft Ben Tate (ranked 77th) as the handcuff.
Monday, June 17, 2013, 9:42am
With the free-agent losses of Benjamin Watson and Alex Smith this offseason, third-year tight end Jordan Cameron recognized the opportunity he would have to contribute to the Cleveland Browns’ offense.
And he spent every day throughout the 10 weeks of offseason meetings, as well as the eight of on-field work, learning the system of offensive coordinator Norv Turner and trying to develop into a starter.
“It’s just having the mindset that I’m going to be the guy, try and take over this role,” Cameron told “Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven By Liberty Ford.” “The confidence is huge with that, and I think I get more confidence every day, learning new things. With (tight ends) coach (Jon) Embree, he really knows the details and how to make you a better player, whether it be blocking or positioning or route-running."
We have Cameron ranked 14th among TEs, but he is on the rise. Obviously this is a position where you can pick up talent later in the draft, and Cameron seems like a guy you can wait on and take as a TE2 without a lot of risk - then hope he develops into something better. The Browns young offense as a whole should continue to make strides, so the potential is there.
Monday, June 17, 2013, 9:09am
Detroit Lion RB Mikel Leshoure is on the mend and wants to prove he can be consistently effective and, of course, available.
“You know, I think at times last year we saw the Leshoure that we drafted and then we were too inconsistent in other games and I think that’s probably the biggest thing,” coach Jim Schwartz said. “I think his biggest room for improvement is consistency from week to week, whether it’s physical or else wise.”
It’s early, but so far, so good. The Lions have been managing Leshoure’s practice time this offseason, but he took part fully in minicamp last week.
We rank Reggie Bush 23rd and LeShoure 37th on our standard RB list. While Bush will likely play a large role on third down, LeShoure, if healthy, should get the goal line chances and possibly work on first and second down. Health will be the key for both of these backs.
Monday, June 17, 2013, 8:39am
It's possible the Packers would call driver if injuries crept up at the WR position, and if that's the case he could automatically have some limited value in that offense. But, he's certainly not worth worrying about right now, let alone drafting.
Sunday, June 16, 2013, 8:05pm
As the spring ended, Austin Pettis and Chris Givens were working as the starting outside wide receivers, with first-round draft pick Austin the starting slot receiver, and Brian Quick the No. 4. Not that Quick has had a disappointing spring; it’s just that Pettis has been that impressive.
“(Quick’s) doing a lot better,” Schottenheimer said. “He’s stepped up this year. He’s just much more comfortable.”
We'll see if Pettis is able to hold off the rawer yet more talented Quick when the pads go on in August.
Ryan Broyles "really looked good" at OTAs
Sunday, June 16, 2013, 8:03pm
He wasn't just out there running around, either. He was making plays across the middle of the field and really looked good.
Broyles was only targeted 32 times, but he caught 22 passes for 301 yards and two TDs en route to a 16th-ranked FP/T. He is ahead of schedule in his recovery from ACL surgery, so he could hold serious fantasy value in 2013 provided he can beat out Nate Burleson. Even if he can't, the Lions throw the ball enough that he should be fantasy-relevant even as a real-world WR3.
Sunday, June 16, 2013, 8:01pm
If Steelers TE Heath Miller can't start the season — and that appears to be a strong possibility — the starting tight end is likely to be Matt Spaeth, who is renowned for his blocking but never has caught more than 17 passes in six seasons, four with the Steelers.
Don't count on Miller being ready for Week 1. He tore his ACL late in the season and is no spring chicken.
Sunday, June 16, 2013, 10:50am
49ers TE Vance McDonald may have been the biggest standout among the 11-man draft class. The 6-4, 270-pound tight end showed why Rice used him so heavily as a wideout. He was a favorite for all the quarterbacks this spring, and he showed a real knack for catching passes that weren't exactly on target. McDonald has a big wingspan (34 1/2-inch arms) and a huge catching radius. He also is quite agile for his size, and on several occasions was able to twist his body and reach back for passes that were thrown behind him. Quarterbacks love to see that, and it builds confidence that he is a safe and reliable target.
The next big step for McDonald is blocking, which the 49ers could not practice during the spring sessions when contact is forbidden. How often McDonald sees the field - and how many passes go his way - will depend on how well he can block.
Sunday, June 16, 2013, 10:47am
The Colts had a pretty good vertical passing game last year, and they are looking to develop it further. What’s more, they believe they have the resources to be one of the better teams in the league at stretching the field. Part of their enthusiasm has to do with the acquisition of Darrius Heyward-Bey. Indy coaches see him as a potentially explosive playmaker who can get behind coverage. The Colts will be trying to get Heyward-Bey more opportunities than he ever had in Oakland. And they also want to use second year tight end Coby Fleener more as a vertical threat down the seam. With his speed and size, Fleener should be able to take advantage of man to man matchups as well as zone coverages.
The plan to push the ball downfield doesn't really jibe with the team's move to a West Coast offense, which typically relies on quick hitting throws. Heyward-Bey has played very well in stretches, so it will be interesting to see how he fits in with Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton. If he stays healthy (and progresses), DHB could be a long-term replacement for Wayne.
Sunday, June 16, 2013, 10:40am
Steelers RB LeVeon Bell has been brought up to speed quickly on RB Kirby Wilson's top rule over the past month at spring practices and has bought into the importance of the running backs doing their part in protecting $102 million quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Wilson won't hesitate to keep Bell on the bench, regardless of how well he runs the ball, if he can't trust him picking up a blitzing linebacker.
“I am looking forward to it,” Bell said. “I am a big guy (6-1, 244), too. There are other running backs that are a lot smaller than me who can protect great. I am going to watch technique, learn technique and use my size to my advantage. I know how important it is.”
Even though Bell was an excellent blocker at Michigan State, it's impossible to project that into the NFL. Wilson, who has been coaching running backs in the NFL for 16 years, said the final thing that comes for a rookie is pass protection because there is so much more technique involved than running the ball.
If he wants to start, Bell will have to show early in camp that he can protect Roethlisberger. It's good to hear that he was an "excellent" blocker in college. Those skills should translate to the NFL.
Ahmad Bradshaw expected to start
Friday, June 14, 2013, 10:50pm
The Colts added Ahmad Bradshaw with a one-year, $2 million contract to be more than an occasional contributor. Look for him to start once he fully recovers from January foot surgery. The Colts want Bradshaw available for the long haul, so it won’t be a shock if he opens camp on the physically unable to perform list.
That would put Vick Ballard into a change-of-pace role, killing any sleeper value he had in the middle rounds.
Friday, June 14, 2013, 10:48pm
In an effort to speed up Cutler's release time, Bears coach Marc Trestman kept a verbal running clock on the practice field every time Cutler or the other two quarterbacks on the roster dropped back during 7-on-7 or 11-on-11.
Trestman wanted to drill into Cutler's head the importance of making quick decisions, as opposed to sitting in the pocket patting the football while waiting for a play to develop down the field. Cutler has always been considered a quarterback who prefers reaction over anticipation.
Cutler could certainly use some coaching, as he has not been the player he was in Denver. Can Trestman bring out the best in him?
Rob Gronkowski to have surgery on Tuesday
Friday, June 14, 2013, 10:44pm
Recovery time has been predicted to be 10-12 weeks. Ten weeks would make him available for Week 1, but they play the Bills, so the team may not feel the need to rush him back for a winnable game. If he's available early in the season, he's going to be a great value in the 3rd or 4th round. There is also speculation that he could end up on PUP and miss the first six weeks of the season. Complicating matters, he plays for the most tight-lipped organization in the league, so his availability could remain a mystery right up until kickoff of Week 1.