NFL.com Staff | Tags: Three and out, Aaron Hernandez, Brandon Marshall, Calvin Johnson, Chicago Bears, Danny Amendola, Detroit Lions, Emmanuel Sanders, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Reggie Bush, Rob Gronkowski
Bush will be dual-threat: When Reggie Bush signed with the Detroit Lions, we were excited about his prospects to be a factor in both the running and passing games. The excitement will only grow with confirmation from Lions head coach Jim Schwartz that Bush could catch anywhere from 60-80 passes next season. It would be a throwback to the running back’s early years in New Orleans. It would also make him the second option in Detroit’s offense, behind Calvin Johnson, making him a solid No. 2 fantasy back.
Marshall “excited” to be healthy: Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall has been recovering nicely after having arthroscopic hip surgery at the start of the offseason and recently began running on a track. That’s good news for fantasy owners. What’s better news for enthusiasts is Marshall says he’s feeling better than he has in the past two seasons. The wideout admitted to having issues with his hip in 2011 and 2012 — yet he still topped 1,200 receiving yards in both of those seasons. Marshall was already a No. 1 wideout heading into 2013, but a healthy Marshall has even greater value.
Patriots sign Sanders to offer sheet: The New England Patriots are still seeking another wide receiver and have submitted a one-year offer sheet to Steelers wideout Emmanuel Sanders. This gives Pittsburgh five days to match the offer, which could be difficult to do considering the team’s salary cap limitations. If Sanders indeed lands with the Pats, he’ll find himself down the pecking order, behind Rob Gronkowski (when healthy), Aaron Hernandez and Danny Amendola. Still, in a high-octane offense, Sanders could have some value as a No. 4 fantasy receiver option and a late-round draft pick.
– Marcas Grant
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