NFL.com Staff | Tags: Three and out, Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens, Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer, Matt Flynn, Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers, rashard mendenhall, Ray Rice, Terrelle Pryor, Torrey Smith
Dwyer, Redman seen a complements: With Rashard Mendenhall taking up residence in Arizona, there was a question as to whether Jonathan Dwyer or Isaac Redman would take up the mantle as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ No. 1 running back. The answer to that questions appears to be “no” and “no”. According to the Post-Gazette, the Steelers are still in the market for a back. Whether they find that player in the draft or through free agency remains to be seen. Whoever takes that top spot on the depth chart will have some fantasy value, but with the other two backs lurking around seeking carries, that value will be limited.
Smith ready to be No. 1 WR: Now that Anquan Boldin is no longer in the nest in Baltimore, it falls on Torrey Smith to be the team’s No. 1 receiver. It’s a role that Ray Rice believes the young wideout is prepared for. Smith has certainly been consistent, posting nearly identical numbers in each of his first two seasons. But so far he’s been regarded mostly as a deep threat. It will be interesting to see how he adjusts when defenses are geared more toward slowing him. Right now, he slots as a No. 2 option in most leagues.
Flynn will have to compete: New Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn won’t be handed the keys to the offense. Instead, he’ll be forced to compete in training camp to be the team’s No. 1 signal-caller. It’s not a major surprise considering the team has said it wants to see what it has with Terrelle Pryor. It might also have something to do with the fact that Flynn has just two career starts. While it appears that Flynn has the inside track to the job, this could be one of the training camp battles to keep an eye on.
– Marcas Grant
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