NFL fantasy football: Is Kirk Cousins channeling RG3?

Cousins learning read-option: Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has said repeatedly that Kirk Cousins would take all of the offseason snaps as Robert Griffin III continued his rehab. As such, Cousins has taken to learning aspects of the read-option offense in the event that RG3 isn’t ready to go in Week 1. Certainly no one will confuse the two quarterbacks, but Cousins acknowledges that being able to run the option gives defenses extra to think about. But if Griffin can’t go, the read-option role could fall to newly-signed Pat White. Cousins could still have sleeper value next season — Griffin has already shown a propensity to injury, meaning the Redskins other young QB could see more than a few snaps.

Henne eyeing starting job: Blaine Gabbert has been looking over his shoulder all offseason. First it was an anonymous coach taking shots at him. Now it’s a more direct threat to worry about. Backup quarterback Chad Henne is feeling quite optimistic about his chances to unseat Gabbert as the Jaguars starter. Henne went so far as to compare himself to Aaron Rodgers — noting that Rodgers didn’t start until he was five seasons into his career (Henne is entering his sixth season). We won’t go that far, but there’s no reason to believe he can’t challenge to be the starter in Jacksonville. Whoever is the starter will likely go undrafted in a majority of fantasy leagues.

Broncos considering Bradshaw: Former New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw hasn’t had any contract offers yet, but he has had plenty of suitors. The latest is the Denver Broncos, who reportedly took a serious look at the free agent rusher. Denver has made it known that it would like to add another back to its stable and Bradshaw would be a good complement alongside the aging Willis McGahee, the oft-injured Knowshon Moreno and the as yet unproven Ronnie Hillman. The question is which of that group could end up as the odd man out. We’ll have a better idea of each player’s value once the distribution of touches has been worked out, but Bradshaw could definitely contribute in that dynamic Bronco offense.

— Marcas Grant
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