NFL.com Staff | Tags: Three and out, Chad Pennington, Chris Johnson, Cleveland Brown, Jason Campbell, Mark Sanchez, New York Jets, Robert Griffin III, St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans, Tony Sparano, Washington Redskins
Jets considering Campbell: The Jets reportedly are interested in soon-to-be free agent QB Jason Campbell amid talk that new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano would like to include some of the Raiders concepts into his new playbook. Meanwhile, QB Mark Sanchez has started working with former Jets and Dolphins QB Chad Pennington to get a feel for Sparano’s offense. The Jets front office has pledged their support for Sanchez, but haven’t been afraid to say that the former USC star needs to improve in 2012. If nothing else, bringing in a veteran free agent to work as a backup could light a fire under Sanchez and inspire him to be something more than a second-tier fantasy quarterback. But right now, any threats to his job make Sanchez a draft risk outside of the middle to late rounds.
Johnson makes huge statement: Never fear, fantasy owners … Chris Johnson is back! Just ask him. The Titans running back, coming off a disappointing 2011, took to Twitter Saturday to proclaim that he will lead the league in rushing in 2012. After missing all of training camp with a holdout, Johnson ran for just 1,047 yards with four touchdowns. The encouraging part is that he looked better as the season progressed and had some of his best performances in the latter half of the season. With a full summer workouts, we’re not going to co-sign Johnson’s bold prediction, but we can reasonably expect him to erase the bad memories of 2011 with a bounce-back season.
Price for No. 2 spot too high?: While the Rams continue to shop the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, teams are beginning to name their price. At the moment, the price appears to be steeper than what the reported front-runners are willing to pay. The Rams will probably find a trading partner before the draft, but it could be at a slightly lower than expected price. With the popular opinion that Robert Griffin III will be selected with the pick, his fantasy value won’t come into focus until we learn who will eventually be making that pick. Griffin’s talent will have fantasy owners crawling over each other to take him in the early rounds of keeper leagues and — depending on which team drafts him — he could be a solid mid-round selection in seasonal drafts.
– Marcas Grant