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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.
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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.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 10:14am
Dickson only had 21 catches last season, but he’s just two years removed from a 54 catch, five touchdown season and is an athletic player at 6-foot-4, 255 pounds.
He was heavily targeted during both OTAs and minicamp and showed, as he has in the past, the capability to both contribute in the short passing game as well as stretch the field vertically.
Dickson will still have to compete with TE Dennis Pitta, who had a career year in 2012, for catches. But with the loss of WR Anquan Boldin, it's possible both TEs see a bump up in production. However, we rank Pitta 6th among tight ends while Dickson is 45th. Pitta is still the guy to own here.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 10:06am
He’s not quite 6-foot, not quite 200 pounds, not a guy who’d win a foot race against almost any cornerback. But he plays tall, plays big, plays fast.
Brown seemingly picking up where he left off last preseason before breaking his ankle is great news.
QB Philip Rivers still retains great rapport with WR Malcom Floyd and seemed to develop something with WR Danario Alexander last year, but if Brown continues to look as good as beat writer Kevin Acee says, Floyd could be the guy on the outside looking in. We currently have Brown ranked 59th among our WRs, and if he wins a job he will likely climb our charts a little. You should still be able to get him in the second half of drafts as a big-time sleeper candidate.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 10:01am
The ball is expected to leave QB Philip Rivers' hand quicker in 2013. While some situations will still call for going deep, Floyd must do more if he is to see regular snaps.
"I’m running different routes," Floyd said. "These coaches are really working on my lateral ability, a lot of these drills this offseason, getting in and out of my breaks. It’s details like foot placement on curl routes, reprogramming my brain. ... I’m 10 years old in this league, but I feel a lot better than last year. I’m very excited about this upcoming year."
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 9:50am
A Patriots free-agent signing from the Buffalo Bills, WR Donald Jones hasn’t been able to break through for first-unit repetitions, as 10-year veteran Michael Jenkins, third-year man Kamar Aiken and rookie free agent Kenbrell Thompkins served as the primary outside receivers.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 9:47am
Patriots rookie WR Aaron Dobson has made a handful of "flash" plays that make you understand why he was a coveted wide receiver in this year’s draft, particularly catches down the sideline in which he was able to use his size advantage to reach over defenders in competitive catch situations.
But he also had some concentration drops that he can’t afford during regular-season action, and he was limited during minicamp for undisclosed reasons.
Dobson has a chance to make a fantasy impact this season. The story points out that the Patriots need a wide receiver aside from Danny Amendola to step up. Julian Edelman is currently dealing with a foot issue, so Dobson is a player that could have gained the inside track this offseason. Dobson is someone to monitor during camp.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 9:43am
Offseason workouts aren’t particularly conducive to repping the run game, but we nonetheless got to see Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount work some in space and handle the football as a receiver out of the backfield.
It’s natural to expect that Blount, nearly 250 pounds, will look better in pads when he can use his size to his advantage, but the feeling since he was acquired was that he’d need to put in quality work to make the 53-man roster.
He’s more of a lumberer than a speed/power mix, and given the tempo the Patriots like to run within their offense, Blount may not become a primary ball-carrier. If he can be a dependable short-yardage back during training camp, he may find his niche on the roster.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 9:39am
According to Patriot RB Shane Vereen, backup QB Ryan Mallett “is grasping the offense very well. He’s got arm strength like I’ve never seen. Ever. He uses that really well. He’s got tremendous leadership ability. He just needs his opportunity, I think.”
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 9:36am
The Panthers seem to be moving away from the zone read, wanting Newton to make more plays from the pocket, so this could be a telling sign that Olsen will be counted on. TE is a deep fantasy position, and if you don't feel you need to take one of the studs early, Olsen's ADP is surprisingly the 12th round, yet we have him ranked 8th on our TE list. At that point of the draft, you may even be able to nab him as your TE2.