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Bowe likes new attack: New Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid already has one fan for his offense — wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. Bowe raved about the new style of playcalling, saying it was “totally different from last year. It’s not check downs or putting it in the running back’s hands. This guy likes to go down the field, take the top off (the defense) and that’s something we haven’t done in the past, put up a lot of points.”
That comment immediately raises red flags among anyone who watched how inconsistently Reid used LeSean McCoy in Philadelphia. One would hope that a similar fate doesn’t befall Jamaal Charles, especially since he’s been Kansas City’s most productive weapon in recent seasons. It’s hard to imagine the Chiefs being a much more vertical offense considering Alex Smith isn’t known for having a big arm. Bowe may be excited now, but we’ll wait until more of the offense is installed before we follow his scouting report.
Hernandez looking at recovery timetable: The saga of the Patriots banged-up tight ends continues. After having recent shoulder surgery, Aaron Hernandez is expected to endure a four-month recovery that could land him on the Physically Unable to Perform list when training camp begins. Right now, it doesn’t appear that he will miss any time during the regular season. That’s good news considering the status of Rob Gronkowski remains an unknown for the time being.
Burleson ahead of schedule: Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson says he’s ahead of schedule in his recovery from a broken leg. The veteran will likely head into the 2013 season as the No. 2 receiver behind Calvin Johnson. Yet with the addition of Reggie Bush, Burleson will get pushed down the pecking order a notch or two. Plus, with Ryan Broyles hoping to compete for more targets, there may not be much reason for fantasy owners to clamor over Burleson in drafts.
– Marcas Grant
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