NFL.com Staff | Tags: Three and out, Chris Ivory, Dallas Cowboys, Darren Sproles, David Garrard, Drew Brees, Geno Smith, Mark Ingram, Mark Sanchez, Miles Austin, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, pierre thomas, Santonio Holmes, Sean Payton
Holmes says ‘it’s Sanchez’ for Jets: You can all rest easy, the Jets quarterback situation is solved. Okay, not really. But for what it’s worth, wide receiver Santonio Holmes has made his feelings known, casting his lot toward Mark Sanchez. It’s notable considering Holmes has been critical of Sanchez in the past. It also suggests what many of us already believed — that the incumbent has the inside track to the starting gig. That doesn’t mean Geno Smith and David Garrard won’t have a legitimate chance to compete for the job. It just means Sanchez will have a head start when training camp begins.
Saints to focus on ground game: There’s no denying that the New Orleans Saints are one of the most pass-happy teams in the NFL. That’s to be expected when you boast a quarterback like Drew Brees and a deep stable of receivers. But according to running back Pierre Thomas, coach Sean Payton has talked about a need to return to a more robust rushing game. That’s good news for Thomas, Mark Ingram and Darren Sproles, but not necessarily for fantasy owners. Similar to trying to figure out which Saints receiver is going to be a favored target on any given week, it could become an exercise in guessing which running back will see the bulk of the carries in a particular game. At least no one will have to worry about Chris Ivory taking any touches now that he’s in New York.
Austin strengthening hamstrings: Dallas Cowboys receiver Miles Austin is taking time this offseason to get his hamstrings a little stronger. That’s been an Achilles’ heel (pun intended) for the wideout over the past few seasons, causing him to either be slowed or miss games altogether. Austin is a productive receiver … when he’s on the field. Hopefully this is going to keep him there where he can provide value for fantasy owners in 2013.
– Marcas Grant
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