Bears will add read option to offense: Color us surprised. New Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman plans to add some read option to the team’s offense for 2013. Jay Cutler doesn’t immediately come to mind as a quarterback who’s going to beat you with his legs, which is likely why the Bears will run it only sparingly. If the offense truly is “the flavor of the day” as Mike Tomlin surmises, it might not live long in Chicago. But anything that could freeze defenses — even for a split-second — is good new for Cutler’s production.
Amendola could line up in multiple spots: Ever since Danny Amendola signed with the New England Patriots, he’s been continually described as a slot receiver. But it appears the Patriots may have more in mind for the wideout. Coach Bill Belichick mentioned Amendola’s work both “on the inside, on the outside” with the Rams. The former Texas Tech standout was already seeing a boost in fantasy value simply by moving to New England. If the plans is to have him line up in multiple positions, his value increases even more.
Reid seeking new fits for Charles: In 2010, Jamaal Charles caught a career-high 45 passes. If Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has his way, Charles could reach or surpass that number in 2013. Kansas City’s new head man has been studying tapes of Charles from that 2010 season and likes what the running back can do as a receiver. While plenty of fantasy owners have a bad taste in their mouths over how Reid used LeSean McCoy, it’s worth giving the coach another shot with a versatile running back who could finish the season among the top five at his position.
— Marcas Grant
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