NFL.com Staff | Tags: Aaron Hernandez, Benjarvus Green-Ellis, Bernard Scott, Brandon Weeden, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Giovani Bernard, Jason Campbell, New England Patriots, Rob Gronkowski
Gronk participating in mini-camp: It’s been a tough offseason for Rob Gronkowski. The New England Patriots tight end has undergone multiple surgeries and endured an infection on his broken forearm. While there is a chance he could go under the knife for a fourth time, there are reports that Gronk “looks good” while participating in the team’s mini-camp. That’s good news since another operation could make it likely that the tight end is on the shelf for the start of the season. Considering Aaron Hernandez’s struggles to get healthy in time for the start of the season, it could leave the Pats (and fantasy owners) without two big weapons. And it’s already conspired to affect Gronk’s fantasy draft status.
Law Firm to get lots of work: When the Cincinnati Bengals drafted Giovani Bernard, it raised some questions about the future of BenJarvus Green-Ellis. But it appears that the veteran may not have as much to worry about as initially feared and is expected to see the bulk of the carries. Instead, the player most likely to take a hit in playing time would be a different Bernard — Bernard Scott. Look for the rookie to be the suitable handcuff to Green-Ellis while Scott could find himself out of Cincinnati sooner than later.
Weeden likely to start: Reports of Brandon Weeden’s demise as the Cleveland Browns starting quarterback may have been greatly exaggerated. New head coach Rob Chudzinski has repeatedly said the second-year QB would face competition; this offseason it comes in the form of veteran Jason Campbell. However, not everyone believes that Chudzinski is serious about potentially giving the offense over to the journeyman. Weeden is a much better fit for the Browns’ reported offensive plans, so it would be a surprise to see Campbell in the starting role. But until the team officially names a starter, we’ll consider this case ongoing.
— Marcas Grant
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