Jackson talks Kelly: Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson recently spoke about playing in a new offense in 2013 and seemed pretty pleased about what the future could bring. The veteran receiver compared his style of play to Oregon running back De’Anthony Thomas (who is Jackson’s cousin) and surmised that he could have the same type of production as his younger family member. Thomas compiled 1,146 scrimmage yards and 16 total touchdowns as a sophomore this season playing for new Eagles coach Chip Kelly. However, during Kelly’s tenure in Eugene, wide receivers were rarely if ever featured in the offense. Jackson does have 54 career rushing attempts, but the running duties will still belong primarily to LeSean McCoy. With weapons like Jackson and Jeremy Maclin at his disposal, Kelly would be foolish not to get them involved. But it remains to be seen how (and how often) that will happen.
Bills don’t commit to Fitzpatrick: New Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett was non-committal when asked about quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick’s future with the team. This continues a recent trend that includes receiver Stevie Johnson suggesting the team bring in someone to compete for the starting QB job. It’s a far cry from 15 months ago when the Bills were signing Fitzpatrick to a big contract extension. Since then, things haven’t gone too well. The veteran signal-caller was inconsistent in 2012, throwing seven touchdowns and six interceptions over the final six games of the season. Yet, the fact remains (and you’ll probably continue to hear this until the draft passes us by) there don’t appear to be a lot of intriguing QB options on the market this season. Buffalo might find competition for Fitzpatrick, but it seems unlikely that the team will find its new QB of the future.
Best likely finished: Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best hasn’t had a carry since Week 6 of the 2011 season and it appears that it might have been his final rushing attempt in the NFL. The former Cal Bear still hasn’t been cleared by doctors to play after suffering a number of concussions dating back to his final season in college and isn’t expected to suit up again. Anticipating as much, the Lions have begun to move forward, announcing their intentions to find a back who can be a multi-talented, change-of-pace option. It’s unfortunate to see such a talented back have his career cut so short, yet it underscores the new reality of the NFL — especially when it comes to brain injuries and player safety.
– Marcas Grant
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