NFL.com Staff | Tags: Three and out, A.J. Green, Aaron Hernandez, Cincinnati Bengals, Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos, Eric Decker, Jacob Tamme, Joel Dreessen, New England Patriots, Peyton Manning, Rob Gronkowski, Wes Welker
Hernandez to miss OTAs: The New England Patriots’ tight ends have a severe case of “can’t get right”. There have been the ongoing travails of Rob Gronkowski as he continues to recover from a broken forearm. Now Aaron Hernandez has undergone shoulder surgery. The procedure is expected to keep Hernandez out of OTAs and mini-camp, but isn’t expected to sideline him for the start of the season. However, it’s not a good sign for a player who has struggled to stay healthy throughout his career. Both Patriots tight ends have tremendous fantasy upside — but only if they can remain on the field.
Thomas expects more single coverage: There’s little doubt that Wes Welker’s move to Denver is a fantasy boon for Peyton Manning. But Demaryius Thomas is expecting good things as well. The Broncos’ No. 1 wideout believes he’ll see fewer double coverages with Welker lining up in the slot alongside himself and Eric Decker. With three quality receivers and a couple of solid tight ends in Jacob Tamme and Joel Dreessen, it’s sound logic. We’re all for anything that can free Thomas up for a few more looks and possibly push him into the realm of a top five fantasy wideout.
Green looking to improve: It’s hard to imagine A.J. Green seeing a major improvement from last season when he caught 97 balls for 1,350 yards and 11 touchdowns. Yet heading into his third season, the Bengals receiver has been working out with Calvin Johnson and Demaryius Thomas — not a bad pair to hang around. Green also told The Cincinnati Enquirer that he hopes to decrease his drops from 2012 (he had seven). That’s how you go from being a top three receiver to challenging for the crown. He might not overtake Megatron this season, but Green is certainly lurking around the throne.
– Marcas Grant
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