NFL.com Staff | Tags: Three and out, Alex Smith, Brandon Lloyd, Denver Broncos, Josh McDaniels, Josh Morgan, Kevin Demoff, Kyle Williams, Michael Crabtree, New England Patriots, Sam Bradford, San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams, Tim Tebow, Vernon Davis, Wes Welker
Tebow working on throwing mechanics: This time it’s coming without an emotional public pledge, but Tim Tebow is working harder to get better. The Broncos QB is working with UCLA quarterbacks coach Noel Mazzone to improve his throwing motion. A slow windup and long delivery have given Tebow’s critics the most ammunition and appear to be one of the biggest obstacles between the former Florida star and major statistical success on the field. Few doubted that Tebow had the work ethic to improve his deficiencies, but the proof will be in the 2012 pudding. He’s light years away from being an elite fantasy QB, but if he can polish the passing game to go along with his skills as a runner, it should not only improve his NFL longevity but could improve his stock as a No. 2 fantasy signal-caller.
Rams want to re-sign Lloyd: Rams COO Kevin Demoff told CBSSports.com that the team would like to bring back WR Brandon Lloyd next season. But St. Louis has stiff competition from the Patriots. Lloyd has stated a desire to move to New England for a chance to once again work with OC Josh McDaniels (the pair worked together in Denver). In 11 games with St. Louis last season, Lloyd caught 51 passes for 683 yards and five TDs and more importantly seemed to gain a solid rapport with QB Sam Bradford. Whichever side he chooses, Lloyd stands to project well for next season. As a Ram, he’d likely be the top target in a young and ever-improving offense. With the Patriots, he’d likely be the No. 2 WR behind Wes Welker, but with the way New England spreads the ball around, he should still be a quality second-tier fantasy receiver. Nice work if you can get it.
Niners pursuing WRs: After a lack of receiving threats was laid bare during their NFC Championship Game loss to the Giants, the 49ers are actively pursuing wide receivers this offseason. With Alex Smith showing marked improvement in 2011, it’s obvious that he needs help in the passing game beyond Vernon Davis. So far, Michael Crabtree hasn’t shown an ability to be a No. 1 WR and while Josh Morgan and Kyle Williams can occasionally be playmakers, they don’t scare defenses. Adding a receiver who can stretch defenses would be a boon to the fantasy values of just about everyone in the 49ers’ offense.
– Marcas Grant