Marcas Grant | Tags: Three and out, Buffalo Bills, C.J. Spiller, Darren Sproles, Drew Brees, EJ Manuel, Jacksonville Jaguars, Jimmy Graham, Kevin Kolb, Mark Ingram, Maurice Jones-Drew, New Orleans Saints, pierre thomas, Tarvaris Jackson
MJD hopes to be ready for camp: It’s been a rough offseason for Maurice Jones-Drew off the field. Fantasy owners trust that those troubles won’t carry over onto the field, but sometimes the reality doesn’t match up. The Jaguars star back told reporters that while he hopes to be ready for the start of training camp, he can’t say with certainty that it will happen. The extended recovery from late-season foot surgery, combined with reports of appearing out of shape and a general lack of trust with an inconsistent Jacksonville offense has MJD sliding down draft boards. There is still plenty of value there, but he’s starting to look more like a No. 2 option in many leagues.
Saints playing RB roulette?: The biggest obstacle to drafting a New Orleans Saint not named Drew Brees or Jimmy Graham is determining how much action that player will see on a given week. The running back corps is not immune to that fear. According to The Times-Picayune, Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles are sharing the first-team duties while Mark Ingram works with the second squad. However for the past two seasons, it’s been Ingram leading the team in carries. Confusing enough? Let’s make it simple — don’t think about using a Saints running back as anything more than a No. 3 or flex option.
Bills release Jackson: When the Bills made EJ Manuel the first quarterback drafted this past April, the assumption is that the team would clear to way to make the rookie its starter. One hurdle is now out of the way after Buffalo released Tarvaris Jackson. The reports out of camp have repeatedly focused on Manuel’s steep learning curve to become an NFL-level quarterback, which gives Kevin Kolb the inside track to the starting gig — at least for now. Whoever the starter is, as long as they can consistently get the ball to C.J. Spiller, fantasy owners should be happy.
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