Happy Tuesday, everybody. I have to say, staying up late to watch John Cena get “potato’d” was worth it. Oh, and the season finale of “Justified” is tonight. It’s going to be a great day. But how about some fantasy news?
Decker impressed: Broncos WR Eric Decker is impressed after recent workouts with Peyton Manning, via Around the League. The important thing here really isn’t Manning’s health. That’s great, but we all kind of figured he would return to form. But rather what’s really important to note is Decker has been working out with Manning for three weeks. I feel like I have been the lone voice in the forest saying Decker is going to benefit more from Manning than Demaryius Thomas. Not that Thomas won’t benefit, but the story doesn’t mention if Thomas is working out with Manning, too. Though in an interview last month (via Sports Radio Interviews), Thomas says he wants to “hook up with him before the season starts.”
But Decker is already developing chemistry with Manning on the practice field. And Decker’s strength is his route running. That was the knock against Thomas coming into the NFL — he didn’t play a pro-ready system at Georgia Tech. Seriously, move Decker up your draft boards.
Forte to skip OTAs: Here is some good news, Bears RB Matt Forte is expected to miss the start of offseason workouts according to the Chicago Tribune. Yes, that’s good news in opposite land. But hardly unexpected. The Bears and Forte have had a contentious relationship recently, with the franchise tag and the signing of Michael Bush not helping things. So we’ve kind of figured Forte would miss offseason workouts and possibly a sizable portion of training camp. That adds up to me giving him a pass in the upcoming fantasy drafts.
Smith agrees to an extension: Panthers WR and friend of the “Dave Dameshek Football Program” Steve Smith has agreed to terms for a three-year extension with the Panthers, according to Jason La Canfora. Smith has had a rebirth in Carolina, thanks to the arrival of Cam Newton, and I anticipate him being a low-end WR1 or high-end WR2 for the 2012 season. And I’m not just saying that because we’re supposed to be hitting a Clippers game soon.
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