NFL.com Staff | Tags: Three and out, Carson Palmer, Jason Campbell, Jimmy Graham, Jordy Nelson, Lance Moore, Mark Sanchez, Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Peyton Manning, Plaxico Burress, Reggie McKenzie, Santonio Holmes, Shonn Greene, Victor Cruz, Wes Welker
Sanchez’s future in doubt?: Jets QB Mark Sanchez is the latest victim in Gang Green’s nasty postseason fallout, ripped by anonymous teammates for being “lazy and content”. The unnamed players suggest the team needs to add a second quarterback who can challenge for a starting spot — possibly Peyton Manning. Both Jets fans and fantasy owners are well aware of Sanchez’s inconsistency this season, but New York’s offensive woes seem to run deeper than the quarterback. Plaxico Burress was underwhelming, Santonio Holmes was accused of quitting on his teammates and running back Shonn Greene was just generally ineffective. Maybe Manning can solve some of those issues, if he’s healthy. But it seems to be asking a lot for such a dysfunctional lot that looks to have minimal fantasy value in 2012.
Moore back at practice: Still recovering from a lingering hamstring injury, Saints WR Lance Moore participated in a light practice Tuesday. However, it’s still unclear how much Moore was able to go and how that will affect his status for Saturday’s game against the 49ers. All season, we’ve been confounded by any New Orleans pass-catchers not named Marques Colston or Jimmy Graham. If you believe strongly in the Saints’ chances to make the Super Bowl, you could consider Moore for the NFL Playoff Challenge. But with Wes Welker, Jordy Nelson and Victor Cruz among the big-play WRs still available, there are plenty of better options out there.
Palmer may have to compete for job: With a new regime in Oakland, no one’s job is safe — including that of QB Carson Palmer. New GM Reggie McKenzie told reporters that Palmer could be forced to contend for his starting spot next season. Whether that competition involves Jason Campbell (who is currently a free agent) or a QB currently on Oakland’s roster remains to be seen. It was an up-and-down season for Palmer, but with a solid running game and a plethora of dynamic WRs, whoever calls the signals in Oakland next season could have some fantasy value.
– Marcas Grant