NFL fantasy: Mark Sanchez to compete for starting job

Jets to have QB battle: Every day it seems a new team is bringing up the possibility of a quarterback competition. For the New York Jets, it’s less of a possibility and more of a reality. After a season in which Mark Sanchez took a giant step backwards, general manager John Idzik said the signal-caller will have to compete for his starting job in 2013. While we don’t know who his competition will be, we can be pretty certain that it’s not going to be Tim Tebow. There’s always Greg McElroy, who is under contract through the end of the 2014 season, but it seems more likely that Gang Green puts a call out to the free agent market for help at the position. That doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence since the list of available quarterbacks doesn’t figure to be an overly impressive one.

Panthers GM wants Newton in pocket: With the read option gaining traction around the league, it would seem that Cam Newton would be a perfect candidate to run the offense. Not so much, says Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman. While Carolina’s top cat isn’t completely dismissing the idea of using the read option on occasion, he would prefer to see the team go with a vertical passing game and a power running game. That would be good news for Jonathan Stewart (and possibly DeAngelo Williams, if the team finds a way to keep him on the roster), but it would put a dent in Newton’s fantasy value by making him a more one-dimensional player. The former Heisman Trophy winner has rushed for more than 700 yards in each of his first two seasons in the league — doing it mostly without the help of the read option. It will be interesting to see how well he makes the transition (and how his coaching staff helps him along). But for now, he should be ranked as though things are status quo.

No timetable for Miller’s return: Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller is still trying to work his way back from a torn ACL suffered in the team’s season finale. General manager Kevin Colbert says it’s too soon to know when Miller will be ready, but expects that he will miss all of training camp. Last season, the Virginia product led Pittsburgh in receptions and was the fourth-highest scoring tight end in fantasy football. Anything that keeps him away from team activities will have an effect on his fantasy draft status, but with the tight end position being depressed overall, he could still be a good value in the later rounds.

– Marcas Grant
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