Marcas Grant | Tags: Three and out, Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens, Bernard Pierce, David Garrard, Geno Smith, Mark Sanchez, Matt Flynn, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Ray Rice, Terrelle Pryor, Tyler Wilson
Smith leading Jets QB race?: When the New York Jets selected Geno Smith in this year’s draft, everyone suspected Mark Sanchez would have to compete with his new understudy. But it appears his run on Broadway could be ending sooner than many expected. According to the New York Post, Jets brass is “smitten” with the rookie quarterback after his work at this weekend’s minicamp, leaving some to believe that the job could be Smith’s to lose. One weekend does not a QB competition make, and there’s certainly plenty of time for Sanchez (or David Garrard, for that matter) to rally and win the job. Whoever wins the job will have limited fantasy value because of the lack of depth at WR. But it’s better than being a backup.
Rice wants to catch more passes: It might not be a surprise to learn that in the past five seasons, no running back has caught more passes than Ray Rice. What might be a surprise is that Rice says he wants to be an even bigger part of the Baltimore Ravens passing game. Over the past four seasons, the Rutgers product has averaged 70 receptions per year and twice has led the team in catches. Perhaps this is a desire to pick up some of the slack after the departure of Anquan Boldin. Or maybe it’s a way to add some separation between himself and Bernard Pierce on the depth chart. Right now, it seems hard to believe Baltimore can make Rice a bigger part of the pass attack than he already is, but fantasy owners should appreciate his desire.
Wilson aims for starting gig: The Oakland Raiders quarterback competition has centered on the battle between Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor, but there could be a new name emerging in the race — Tyler Wilson. The recently-drafted signal-caller was impressive over the weekend at the team’s minicamp and his new coaches certainly took notice. Wilson likely has a long way to go in order to earn the starting nod, but his opening salvo in this fight should be a signal that this one could get heated.
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