Marcas Grant | Tags: Three and out, Antonio Gates, Baltimore Ravens, Bernard Pierce, Danario Alexander, Jacksonville Jaguars, Keenan Allen, Malcom Floyd, Maurice Jones-Drew, Ray Rice, San Diego Chargers, Vincent Brown
Rice, Pierce could split carries: Last week, the Baltimore Ravens’ website wrote that the team could have a more equal distribution of backfield carries during the 2013 season. This week, Ray Rice is responding. His answer: he’s not bothered. Rice told “NFL AM” that he’s not overly concerned about sharing touches with Bernard Pierce. The Rutgers veteran added that he’s confident he’ll be on the field in crucial situations. That’s somewhat reassuring news for fantasy owners. If Rice is still seeing goal line carries, it will buoy his value. However, the specter of Pierce seeing more time could conspire to push Rice down in the rankings overall. Still, it shouldn’t be a surprising development when you consider how Pierce was used in the latter half of the 2012 season. Buckle up folks, look like another RB rotation is afoot in the NFL.
MJD says foot ‘feels great’: Once upon a time, Maurice Jones-Drew was a sure-fire first round fantasy running back. While those days certainly won’t return in 2013, Jaguars fans and fantasy owners alike have paid attention to the veteran’s lingering foot injury. It’s an issue that MJD insists is working itself out, telling reporters “the foot feels great”. The Jags certainly hope so. Last season, Jacksonville ran the ball 358 times — third-fewest in the NFL. Right now, Jones-Drew is a No. 2 fantasy option, but if he can return to form, the UCLA product could be a value pick in most drafts.
Allen wants to start: San Diego Chargers rookie receiver Keenan Allen isn’t a patient man. At least that’s the impression you’d get after hearing the man from Cal say he wants to start right now. It’s not impossible to see it happen in a wide receiver corps that featured Malcom Floyd, Danario Alexander and an aging Antonio Gates as its top options. The rookie could be forced to compete with Vincent Brown who is returning after missing all of last season with a broken ankle, but Allen is certainly talented enough to win a job. After all, there’s a reason some people like him as a deep sleeper.
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