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Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 8:24pm
Yes, that Dan Orlovsky.
The Lions originally selected the quarterback out of Connecticut in the fifth round of the 2005 draft. He spent four years here, and started seven games, all of which came during the club's winless 2008 season.
He went on to play for Houston (2009-10), Indianapolis (2011) and Tampa Bay (2012-13). He started five games for the Colts - then coached by Jim Caldwell - but has attempted just seven passes since, and none in the past two years.
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A former seventh overall pick of the Raiders, he was on the Colts last year and actually won the WR2 job from T.Y. Hilton. Eventually, DHB fell on the depth chart and wasn't really heard from much of the second half. At best, he'll be behind Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton and Lance Moore.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 12:27pm
"As much as I like Allen, to ask him to improve dramatically in one season may be asking too much. He's a really good receiver, but he does not have the athletic ability of an A.J. Green or a Julio Jones. He could be close to his ceiling already.
Williamson added that Allen is an advanced route runner and has good hands, just lacks speed. He pointed out that teams will have another year to study him, too. Still, Allen was really the only WR threat on the Bolts last year, but put up nice numbers despite getting the full attention of defenses. He should fall in the WR2 or 3 zone with potential to exceed that in certain matchups.
Packers look for balanced attack
Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 12:20pm
For the first time since 2009, Rodgers will have a bona fide 1,000-yard rusher for a full season to help take some pressure off the passing game. Defensive coordinators no longer will be able to let their safeties sit back in coverage and show little or no regard for the Packers’ run game.
Even a little more running than in the past could help keep Rogers and WR Randall Cobb on the field more, as both missed significant time last season. It also will give the Packers an opportunity to ease in Jarrett Boykin and Myles White, who will likely be the WR3 and WR4 to start the season. Lacy is ranked sixth on our early season RB list and looks like a potential late first round or early second round pick.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 12:11pm
"Filling in this year for 5-10 touches per game, plus insurance for if/when Ryan Mathews gets injured. He played 16 games for the first time in 2013, and he was not healthy in the postseason."
Last year's RB3, Ronnie Brown, rarely saw 5-10 touches so those are going to have to come from somewhere. Ryan Mathews began to get hot and get over 20 carries a game in the second half last year, but like Acee points out, Mathews wasn't healthy in the playoffs, perhaps as a result of that. Brown's fantasy value likely will be a handcuff to Mathews, but it looks like he's going to be used to prevent wear and tear on Mathews too. Danny Woodhead may also lose a carry or two, but will still be a factor in the passing game.
Redskins sign DeSean Jackson
Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 8:03am
The Washington Redskins made their biggest move yet of the offseason Tuesday night, agreeing to terms with three-time Pro Bowl receiver DeSean Jackson less than a week after the dynamic playmaker was released by the rival Philadelphia Eagles.
The Redskins saw twice a year what Jackson can do in the NFL and never let him leave town. Jackson will join Pierre Garcon and Andre Roberts to give QB Robert Griffin III a very formidable group at WR in Jay Gruden's more pass-happy offense - which will also includes TE Jordan Reed. From a fantasy perspective, until last year, Jackson was never really a consistent point-producer, but Eagles HC Chip Kelly found ways to utilize him. The argument can be made that the Skins will have more legit targets this year than the Eagles had last season, so another 82/1,300/9 season likely isn't in store for DeSean. But, DJax is a huge deep threat with great speed who is going to produce big plays at times. Perhaps more important, he will draw eyes on defense that could open things up for the rest of the Washington offense. In Kelly's offense, Jackson was a big reason why Riley Cooper emerged last year, and guys like Garcon and Reed could similarly benefit in 2014.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 8:50pm
Free agent TE Jermichael Finley reportedly couldn't pass a physical with Seattle when he visited the team. That's not a huge surprise, but there's no guarantee with his neck injury that he will be cleared over the summer. If he's healthy, it sounds like a matter of time until the Seahawks sign him.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 8:48pm
Sidney Rice is also available but may need to get medically cleared. There are certainly teams with needs at the position but it looks like going the route of the draft is going to be their first option.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 8:44pm
Last year at this time Freeman was poised for a big year but it obviously never panned out.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 8:38pm
My guess is if Texas A&M WR Mike Evans lands in Buffalo, current WR Stevie Johnson could be moved.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 5:30pm
Ford saw limited action last season for Oakland, catching only 13 passes. He was used more on punt and kickoff returns, and figures to handle those chores for the Jets.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 11:06am
Despite the fact the Dolphins just signed Knowshon Moreno, despite the fact they like Lamar Miller, I'm told the personnel department would still like to add one more running back -- likely somewhere between the fourth-fifth rounds -- to add juice and get more talent in the backfield.
The draft is considered deep with RB talent. As the story points out, and as we speculated after the Moreno signing, this likely means the end for Daniel Thomas in Miami.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 11:02am
Saints beat writer Mike Triplett wouldn't be surprised to see the Saints draft a tight end since veteran backup Benjamin Watson is getting older. But they are high on the potential of second-year pro Josh Hill.