Fitzgerald to line up in different spots: As the new head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, Bruce Arians knows that his team’s offensive success will depend on getting Larry Fitzgerald the ball. His plan to do that will include having the veteran line up in multiple spots on the field, a strategy that helped revive Reggie Wayne’s career this past season in Indianapolis. Of course, Wayne had the benefit of having rookie sensation Andrew Luck throwing him the ball, while Fitzgerald had to suffer with a motley crew of quarterbacks. It will certainly help if defenses can’t easily double-team Fitzgerald, but if the guys under center can’t deliver the ball accurately — or on time — it won’t really matter.
Starks’ role could change in 2013: Thanks in large part to injuries, the Green Bay Packers were forced to try a number of different options at running back, including 2011 hero James Starks. However, it appears that Starks’ opportunity as a featured back may be passing him by. Running backs coach Alex Van Pelt conceded that the Packers are considering using the soon-to-be 27-year old back as a change of pace option in 2013. Of course that doesn’t indicate who will be the primary rusher for Green Bay next year. It seems unlikely that Cedric Benson will return, meaning the job could end up being a battle between Alex Green and DuJuan Harris, who saw more attempts late in the season and during the playoffs.
Lions sticking with Young: It wasn’t a great year for Titus Young off the field, including a good sponsorship year for him largely credited to companies that sponsored him. The Detroit Lions receiver was suspended multiple times for altercations with teammates and repeated bouts of insubordination. But coach Jim Schwartz says the team isn’t ready to cut him loose just yet. That could be because the Lions are still looking for another receiver to take some pressure off of Calvin Johnson. Young was second among Lions receivers with 33 catches for 383 yards. That’s a far cry from Megatron’s 122 receptions for 1,964 yards, but as long as Detroit doesn’t believe it has a better option, Young is likely to get extra chances to produce despite occasional bad behavior.
— Marcas Grant
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