Bush says Lions similar to Saints: When Reggie Bush signed with the Detroit Lions, the assumption was that he would be used similarly to how he was with the New Orleans Saints. Bush confirmed that suspicion when he told “NFL AM” that the Lions offense bears a striking resemblance to New Orleans’. While Bush’s rushing numbers with the Saints were never spectacular, he was productive as a receiver out of the backfield, averaging 846 scrimmage yards during his five seasons there. Now that he’s a little more seasoned — and in an offense with slightly fewer options — he has the potential to surpass those numbers. He’ll be a strong No. 2 fantasy back with huge upside in PPR leagues.
Vick looks ‘noticeably bigger’: Now that Michael Vick plays in an offense that could ask him to run a lot more, everyone was immediately concerned about whether the injury-prone quarterback would be able to stay on the field for 16 games. So it comes as some relief to hear reports that the veteran looks “noticeably bigger” coming into OTAs. While it’s no guarantee that he’ll be able to withstand the rigors of a full NFL season, it’s definitely a step in the right direction. It’s also one of the things that continues to make Vick a big bargain in the later rounds of drafts. As long as you’re not counting on him to be your No. 1 option, he can provide a lot of upside on your roster.
Gordon working on route running: Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon was a nice fantasy surprise last season, finishing in the top 40 at his position. He did it mostly as a home-run threat — his shortest TD catch was 20 yards — but overall was just a raw talent. This offseason, head coach Rob Chudzinski says the second-year wideout is working on his route-running skills. If Gordon can refine that raw ability and make himself into a more complete receiver, it bodes well for his continued development. He’ll start the season as a No. 3 fantasy option, but definitely possesses upside as a sleeper in many leagues.
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