Gates “excited” for next season: Once considered the top tight end in fantasy football, Antonio Gates has seen his stock fall due to constant foot problems. However, the veteran told the U-T San Diego that he’s close to 100 percent and will “definitely” return to his previous All-Pro form. Gates has been a full participant in the Chargers’ voluntary workout program, and wants “to prove [he is] still one of the elite guys at this position.” While there is clearly some risk in drafting him this season, Gates will be pretty tough to pass in the fifth or sixth round on once the duo of Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham is off the board.
Lewis the handcuff for McCoy: The Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News reports the Eagles are unlikely to add a veteran running back to their roster this offseason, making Dion Lewis the likely fantasy handcuff for star back LeSean McCoy in 2012. Seventh-round pick Bryce Brown and undrafted free agent Chris Polk will battle for the third spot on the depth chart. As Adam Rank mentioned on Monday, McCoy remains a top-four pick in re-drafts despite coach Andy Reid’s statement that he “overplayed” his running back during the 2011 campaign.
Graham to compete for No. 2 role: Rookie T.J. Graham might be just 5-foot-11 and 188 pounds, but Bills coach Chan Gailey believes he can still be an outside receiver. “He can run by most everybody, I mean the guy can fly,” Gailey told the team’s official website. “I don’t know that we’ll (have him return kicks) off the bat. We’ll let him work at receiver and let him be proficient there.” Graham, who is likely to compete with Donald Jones for a starting role during training camp, could have some late-round flier value in deeper leagues if he wins the starting role.