Eagles plan to feature run: There has been so much talk around what the Philadelphia Eagles plan to do with the quarterback position that some may have forgotten the true focus of Chip Kelly’s offense — the running game. Running backs coach (and former Eagles star) Duce Staley is preparing for both LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown to be prominent features in the offensive attack. That’s excellent news for both players — as long as Kelly’s NFL offense resembles its collegiate form. At Oregon, Kelly didn’t hesitate to use two backs; last season both Kenjon Barner and De’Anthony Thomas saw plenty of work for the Ducks. Whether this year’s offense sees some tweaks remains to be seen, but it’s encouraging for fantasy owners that McCoy could once again be a top three running back option.
Expectations rising for Hillman: After turning heads in his rookie season, the ante is being upped for Ronnie Hillman in Year Two. The Denver Broncos running back is expected to see a bigger workload with Willis McGahee advancing in age and Knowshon Moreno expecting to be released. How many more carries he sees is still up for debate. His biggest game (in terms of carries) last season was a 15-attempt performance against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 15, so it’s hard to imagine he’ll be thrust into the role of a back who can run the ball 20-25 times per game. However, he should be the handcuff of choice for any owners who take a mid- to late-round chance on McGahee in 2013.
Davis recovering well: Robert Griffin III isn’t the only key Redskins offensive player working his way back from an injury. The team is also keeping an eye on tight end Fred Davis, who is recovering from a ruptured Achilles’ tendon. While Washington decides if it wants to use its franchise tag on Davis for a second straight year, the good news is that the player’s rehab is ahead of schedule. The former USC standout has been a mixed bag for fantasy owners. He can be a productive player, when healthy. However, it seemed like he had a difficult time building a rapport with Griffin, who didn’t often feature his tight ends.
– Marcas Grant
Follow Marcas on Twitter @MarcasG