NFL fantasy football: Tom Brady, Patriots short on receivers

Brady breaking in receivers: The talk about pass-catchers in New England has mostly centered around injuries to Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez as well as the departure of Wes Welker. But things are more dire than that. As the Patriots begin OTAs, Tom Brady finds himself with newcomer Danny Amendola and Shane Vereen — who was the team’s eighth-leading receiver last season. That’s good news for Amendola, wh0 will have plenty of chances to get acclimated to his new quarterback. And while, it’s somewhat concerning that so many of New England’s other weapons are M.I.A., there’s still some time before the situation becomes critical.

Garcon’s shoulder feeling ‘good’: The Washington Redskins have plenty of injuries they’re hoping to have solved by the time Week 1 rolls around. While Robert Griffin III is grabbing all the headlines, the recovery of Pierre Garcon could be just as important to the offense. The fleet-footed wideout is recovering from shoulder surgery as well as a torn ligament in one of those fleet feet. While Garcon was emphatic that his shoulder is feeling “good”, he was less emphatic about how his foot is feeling. The news about his shoulder is positive, but there is reason for concern when a player who relies on speed is having foot issues. If Garcon can get fully healthy (or close to it), he’s a dynamic playmaker and set for a big season. But right now, he’s a question mark as a continued injury risk.

Richardson out of OTAs: Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson is likely to miss all of OTAs as he deals with a muscle strain in his lower right leg. But the second-year player says there’s nothing to worry about and he’ll be ready to go when training camp rolls around. More importantly, Richardson says he hears the whispers about being injury-prone and plans to prove everyone wrong. From his lips to the fantasy gods’ ears. The Browns plan to make the young rusher their workhorse this season and as such, Richardson is high on a lot of people’s draft boards. The difference between boom and bust in 2013 could be his ability to stay on the field.

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