Marcas Grant | Tags: Three and out, Antonio Brown, Chip Kelly, Doug Baldwin, Emmanuel Sanders, Golden Tate, LeSean McCoy, Marshawn Lynch, Matt Barkley, Michael Vick, Mike Wallace, Nick Foles, Percy Harvin, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Plaxico Burress, Seattle Seahawks, Sidney Rice, Zach Miller
Eagles diversifying offense: Forget everything you thought you knew about the Eagles offense under Chip Kelly. The new big bird in Philadelphia says it’s a “fallacy” that the team runs “quite a bit” of the read-option. Well, okay then. True, Michael Vick, Nick Foles and Matt Barkley have all run it in practice, but Kelly says it won’t be the main element of the attack. That could be the reason the team has been hesitant to name a starting quarterback (though we still believe it’ll be Vick). Yet, it’s hard to believe Kelly will stray too far from the principles that made him successful at Oregon — and that begins with a strong running game. Even if the Iggles aren’t primarily a read-option team, things still seem to point toward a consistent workload for LeSean McCoy.
Seahawks want to get Tate more involved: When the Seattle Seahawks acquired Percy Harvin, it seemed like it would spell the end of Golden Tate’s progression as a fantasy option. However, head coach Pete Carroll says adding Harvin won’t diminish how the team uses Tate — instead Carroll says they would like to get the ball in the hands of the Notre Dame product more often. Exactly how this would work remains to be seen. Marshawn Lynch is going to get his touches and the ‘Hawks will undoubtedly find creative ways to integrate Harvin into the offense. And Sidney Rice is still hanging around at an outside receiver position. Someone has to be the odd man out and if last season’s numbers are any indication, Zach Miller and Doug Baldwin shouldn’t feel too confident about their respective situations.
Burress says he can still ‘dominate in the red zone’: After the departure of Mike Wallace, the Pittsburgh Steelers will turn to a pair of young receivers – Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders — to help bolster their passing game. But it’s a veteran who thinks he can be what the team is looking for. Plaxico Burress says he can still “dominate in the red zone”. If you judge by his 2011 numbers, that song ain’t so very far from wrong. In Burress’ lone season with the Jets, he was targeted in 22 times in the red zone, made 11 catches and finished the season with eight TD receptions. Of course, that was two seasons ago and the soon-to-be 36-year old wideout will be lower on the pecking order than he was in Gotham. It’s unlikely that he’ll be drafted in most leagues, but we’ll keep an eye on him to see if he can back up his assertion.
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