NFL.com Staff | Tags: Three and out, Darren McFadden, Greg Knapp, Indianapolis Colts, Jamaal Charles, Jim Irsay, Kansas City Chiefs, Kyle Orton, Matt Cassel, Oakland Raiders, Peyton Manning, Ricky Stanzi, Scott Pioli
Chiefs want competition for Cassel: Recently, Chiefs QB Matt Cassel helped save a woman from a fire. Now he may need to save his own job. Chiefs GM Scott Pioli says that the team plans to bring in another quarterback to push Cassel for the starting gig. Kansas City currently has two QBs under contract (Cassel and Ricky Stanzi) and who the third signal-caller would be is still up in the air. However, free agent Kyle Orton, who finished the season as the Chiefs quarterback could be a possibility. Combine this with the uncertainty surrounding Jamaal Charles‘ after major knee surgery and the entirety of Kansas City’s offense is a fantasy enigma. Stay tuned, it may be awhile before we completely clear this up.
Peyton says he’s cleared, Irsay says no: Another day, another twist in the Peyton Manning saga. While the QB’s surgeon says Manning is cleared to play, Colts owner Jim Irsay disagrees. Just the mention that Manning might be ready to go for next season starts the rumor mill churning with potential landing places for 2012. A healthy No. 18 could command a hefty price on the free-agent market, meaning there is ample reason for Manning to spread the word that he’s healthy. It also adds fuel to the fantasy fire. Wherever the QB lands, if he can come close to looking like his old self, he’s still a very valuable fantasy commodity and immediately boosts the value of everyone around him. Buckle up, this ride is going to last all summer.
Can Raiders’ McFadden exist in new blocking scheme?: Now that Greg Knapp has returned as Raiders offensive coordinator, the overarching belief is that the team will return to a zone-blocking scheme. That change has led to questions about whether RB Darren McFadden is the right fit for the offense. It would appear that people are worried about the wrong issue. McFadden’s rookie season was in 2008 — with Knapp as OC — and he rushed for 499 yards and four touchdowns (including a 164-yard game) as part of a three-back rotation. While it’s a small sample size, it seems like McFadden didn’t have too many issues with the blocking scheme and shouldn’t hurt his projected fantasy value for next year. If there’s anything that should concern people in Oakland (and fantasy owners), it’s McFadden’s continued inability to stay on the field. 45 games in four seasons could end his stay in the Bay Area faster than any troubles he might have getting used to a new scheme.
– Marcas Grant