Bills RBs to share time: Here we go again. Despite C.J. Spiller having a breakout year in his third season, it seems he still won’t be able to escape the dreaded timeshare with the Buffalo Bills. According to newly-hired running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley, Spiller and fellow back Fred Jackson could frequently line up on the field at the same time as the team continues its commitment to running multiple sets. There’s no doubt that both backs have been productive when healthy. But considering Jackson’s proneness to injury in the past couple of seasons, it’s a bit of a surprise that Buffalo hasn’t committed to the (so far) more durable Spiller. Just when it looked like the featured back could be making a return to NFL offenses, the Bills remind us that the RB rotation is still alive and well.
Bears seeking deep threat: The Chicago Bears receiving corps in 2012 consisted of Brandon Marshall and … not much else. After Marshall’s 118 receptions, Chicago’s next leading receiver was running back Matt Forte with 44 catches. It certainly didn’t help that the Bears couldn’t find a consistent tight end to draw defensive traffic toward the center of the field, but even more helpful would be a player opposite of Marshall that can stretch the field and take attention away from Jay Cutler’s primary target. It was a role filled by Johnny Knox until a neck injury suffered late in the 2011 season caused him to miss all of 2012. In Knox’s place, Devin Hester proved to be ineffective. Look for the Bears to attempt to fill that role in the upcoming draft. If Chicago can successfully fill that role, Marshall’s already high fantasy value likely gets even better.
Sanchez to have competition in NY: Newly hired Jets general manager John Idzik wasn’t exactly glowing about Mark Sanchez as the team’s quarterback, saying he was “comfortable with Mark being a Jet” although he wouldn’t say the same ab0ut Sanchez being the starter. After the season Sanchez and the Jets offense had, it’s not hard to imagine the team bringing in another QB option to push the struggling signal-caller. It’s a common theme around the NFL (expect similar situations in Buffalo, Arizona and more), but it’s hard to envision anyone available who can likely swoop in and steal the job. Otherwise Sanchez would likely have been pushed out of the top spot weeks ago.
– Marcas Grant
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