NFL fantasy: Mark Sanchez the leader in Jets QB race?

Sanchez to take first team reps: For a team struggling to stay relevant on the field, the New York Jets sure know how to stir things up. First, the team drafted Geno Smith to go along with a cadre of quarterbacks that already ran five deep. Then on Monday, the team released Tim Tebow. So what does that mean for Mark Sanchez? For the moment, it means he’ll take the first team reps in OTAs, according to head coach Rex Ryan. Take it with a grain of salt. As the incumbent (and highest-paid QB on the roster), Sanchez will be given every opportunity to earn the starting job. But whether it’s Sanchez or someone else, New York’s roster is too devoid of any supplemental talent for the quarterback to be an impact fantasy option.

Cowboys seek RB help: Before the draft, the Dallas Cowboys intimated that they could chase a running back to support DeMarco Murray. After the draft, owner Jerry Jones reiterated the desire to add depth to the backfield and suggested fifth-round selection Joseph Randle could be that player. Color us skeptical. It’s no secret that Murray hasn’t been the most reliable option. He’s been effective when he’s been on the field, but missing nine games in two seasons won’t endear you to coaches, GMs and fantasy owners alike. Still, it seems odd that the ‘Boys would wait so long to fill a position of need — especially when there was decent RB depth available on the board. The plan might be for Randle to share snaps. We’ll see what the reality is.

Manuel to compete for Bills job: It was a surprise to plenty of observers that E.J. Manuel was the first quarterback selected this weekend. It’s not such a surprise that the rookie will be given a chance to compete for the Buffalo Bills starting job. Team president Russ Brandon called Manuel “a bell-cow quarterback” and expects him to battle for the gig. It’s far from certain whether that bell will ring in 2013 — or how often it might, but there’s certainly no reason to think Kevin Kolb will be automatically handed the keys to the offense.

– Marcas Grant
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