NFL.com Staff | Tags: Three and out, Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens, Chad Henne, Eli Manning, Joe Flacco, Joe Philbin, Laurent Robinson, Lee Evans, Mario Manningham, Matt Flynn, Matt Moore, Miami Dolphins, Mohamed Sanu, New York Giants, Ramses Barden, Ray Rice, Torrey Smith, Victor Cruz, Vincent Jackson, Wes Welker
Manningham moving on?: Not too far removed from his big catch in Super Bowl XLVI, Giants WR Mario Manningham is a free agent and could consider greener pastures. In such an event, Big Blue could consider other options for a No. 3 receiver. Tops on the list could be Ramses Barden, who has been buried on the depth chart but has shown some ability in very limited opportunities. Of course there’s also the draft and the potential to select someone like Mohamed Sanu from nearby Rutgers. If there’s one thing we learned from watching New York’s receivers this season, it’s that being Eli Manning’s third option doesn’t mean being unproductive. Manningham registered 523 receiving yards and four TDs despite having his position usurped by Victor Cruz. Keep an eye on this position battle through the summer and into the fall — it could have some deep sleeper value depending on who emerges victorious.
Ravens in the WR market: After a disappointing, injury-riddled season from Lee Evans, the Ravens are on the lookout for another receiver to add to their stable. This season’s free agent class offers quite a few choices — from Vincent Jackson and Wes Welker to Manningham and Laurent Robinson. The value of Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith could be directly impacted by which free agent(s) decides to nest in Baltimore. Smith was a breakout star early in the season, but lacked consistency. Meanwhile, Boldin is starting to see age and the effects of injuries catch up to him. Adding a playmaking receiver would be a boon to Joe Flacco and would take some of the pressure off Ray Rice.
Henne out, Flynn in?: One big hurdle to Matt Flynn taking over the Dolphins starting QB job appears to be cleared. Miami says it has no plans to offer Chad Henne a contract when free agency begins. Henne’s season lasted just four games thanks to a shoulder injury that required surgery. Matt Moore took over and had a respectable season under center, but with new coach Joe Philbin coming over from Green Bay, it seems all but certain that the ‘Fins will pursue Flynn as their new signal-caller. For the sake of Brandon Marshall’s fantasy value, most owners are hoping Flynn is more Matt Cassel and less Kevin Kolb.
– Marcas Grant