NFL fantasy: Maurice Jones-Drew eyes summer return

MJD expects spring rehab: 2012 was a lost season for Maurice Jones-Drew. After a lengthy holdout, the running back struggled to stay healthy, playing in just six games while dealing with a foot injury. That injured foot is still in a cast, but “Pocket Hercules” appears on track to be ready for 2013. Jones-Drew expects to begin his rehab in late March and hopes to be cleared for football activities sometime in early summer. If the Jaguars are going to be successful, it almost imperative that their veteran running back is healthy and productive.

Smith loved playing for Turner: The speculation on where 49ers quarterback Alex Smith could land is running rampant and will only increase with recent comments that the veteran truly enjoyed playing for Norv Turner. Turner, who is now the offensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns, worked with Smith for one season in the same role for San Francisco in 2006. To this point, the new brain trust in Cleveland has yet to pledge its allegiance to Brandon Weeden. Yet since nothing can really happen for another couple of months, the rumor-mongering surrounding Smith will continue to rise to a fever pitch.

Panthers want continuity for Newton: When Mike Shula was hired as Carolina’s offensive coordinator over the likes of Hue Jackson and Pat Shurmur, plenty of observers raised an eyebrow. But head coach Ron Rivera shed some light on his decision — it was to keep some offensive continuity for quarterback Cam Newton. It’s a theory that probably shouldn’t be understated, especially with young quarterbacks. Looking at the players who have had the most success a the position, they have been fortunate to work with the same coaches or scheme for an extended period of time. Newton still has things to work on in his development, but the chance to work with the same playbook and terminology for yet another season can only mean good things for his value on the field and in fantasy.

— Marcas Grant
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