NFL.com Staff | Tags: Three and out, Atlanta Falcons, Chad Henne, Denver Broncos, Jacquizz Rodgers, Jason Snelling, Mario Manningham, Marques Colston, Michael Turner, Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne, Tim Tebow, Victor Cruz, Vincent Jackson
Manning on Broncos’ radar: We knew the Broncos would bring in competition for QB Tim Tebow, but their pursuit of Peyton Manning surprised some. Tebow was recently working out in Los Angeles to improve his throwing motion and the results of that training could make a QB competition very interesting. But even in a new fantasy era that values quarterbacks, Tebow isn’t likely to be a regular starter on many rosters next season and shouldn’t be drafted before the fifth or sixth round. Any attempts to elbow Tebow out of the starting job would accordingly sack his draft value.
Manningham says he’s a No. 1 WR: Free agent WR Mario Manningham is walking the thin line between confidence and arrogance when he tells the New York Post that he believes he will be paid like a top-flight receiver next season. While faith is a wondrous thing, Manningham hasn’t done enough to prove he’s worthy of such a contract. In four seasons, he has never caught more than 60 passes and has yet to gain more than 1,000 receiving yards. Last season, Manningham was pushed down the depth chart thanks to the emergence of Victor Cruz. Now he enters a free-agent market that will include Vincent Jackson, Marques Colston and Reggie Wayne — all who have a longer track record of success. It’s entirely possible that some team will consider Manningham the answer to their prayers, but we’re not buying the idea that the contract makes the man. Until he shows otherwise, Manningham is still a low-end No. 2 fantasy receiver.
Falcons sign Snelling: Jason Snelling has agreed to terms to stay with the Falcons. From a fantasy production standpoint, he’s not going to rate on many (if any) draft boards. But as a solid pass-catching back with good pass protection skills, Snelling is likely to find himself on the field for plenty of third downs. That means fewer snaps for Michael Turner. But before you panic too much, the back who’s most likely to be hurt by Snelling’s return isn’t Turner, but Jacquizz Rodgers. While there has been talk of getting Rodgers more involved in the offense next season, it’s hard to see him stealing too many touches from a veteran who is due $5 million in salary next season — even if Turner is 30 years old with quite a few miles on his legs. For now, avoid Rodgers and approach Turner with caution in drafts; he rates as a No. 2 back in most formats.
— Marcas Grant