Happy Thursday everybody. What a strange Wednesday it was with two guys I enjoyed covering were in the news for entirely different reasons. I had the chance to talk to Junior Seau many times over his career and he was always a delightful person. I’m sadden by his passing and I will miss him. And I also had the chance to cover some of Jered Weaver‘s games at Long Beach State. I once saw him duel Ian Kennedy at Blair Field on Friday night, with Weaver opening the game with nine (maybe it was 10) consecutive strikeouts. And nobody from USC even touched the ball after the leadoff hitter foul-tipped the first pitch.
So yeah, it was a strange day, but let’s get on to the fantasy news.
Sign, sealed and delivered: New Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery signed his rookie deal already, which is great news for the team. Our Ian Rapoport writes August signings for rookies might be a thing of the past. Which is excellent. The Bears still need to make progress with running back Matt Forte, though. But the team does have some added insurance with Michael Bush. Even with all of those things considered, this has been a really good offseason for Jay Cutler. To find out more about that, be sure to check out the latest version of Like/dislike. BTW, we will have new fantasy rankings on Friday which will include all of the rookies, so be sure to check it out.
Carries on the decline: If you want a sneak peak of the rankings, I will tell you Frank Gore is tumbling fast. A recent report out of the Bay Area suggests Gore will see his carries decrease, which really isn’t hard to imagine given the considerable talent added to the team’s roster this offseason. I expect the 49ers to mix in players to keep Gore fresh for the playoffs. Gore carried the ball more than 20 times in five games last season, but it’s hard to imagine him doing that even once this year.
There is some bite in this dog: Giants general manager Jerry Reese is on the defensive after picking running back David Wilson, which I don’t get. As I clearly stated in Like/dislike (I know, I’m getting pushy), this is a good thing for the Giants. Reese said Ahmad Bradshaw is still going to be the “lead dog” in a recent radio appearance (via Sports Radio Interviews). But you can’t expect Bradshaw to carry the ball 300 times. He’s just not durable enough. If the Giants didn’t have anybody capable behind Bradshaw, there was a chance he could have gotten injured or faded down the stretch. Now he’s going to have a better chance to stay healthy and continue to put up solid numbers. I don’t see is role changing much, considering he split time with Brandon Jacobs last year. He is going to be good.
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