Manning, Welker studying elements of Patriots’ offense

Welker, Peyton Manning building rapport: File this under “it had to happen eventually”. Peyton Manning admitted that he was studying parts of the New England Patriots offense to learn what makes Wes Welker most effective. How better to use a guy who’s seen 471 targets in the past three seasons. By comparison, Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker have combined for 477 targets in that span — admittedly those players are earlier in their careers than Welker. Nonetheless, when the rubber meets the road, someone is going to lose targets in order to feed the former Patriots star. Odds are, it’ll be Decker who sees the biggest decline.

Nicks, Eli Manning working out: New York Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks wasn’t at the team’s OTAs, but that doesn’t mean he’s out of the loop. The veteran recently told reporters that he’s been working out with quarterback Eli Manning (at the suggestion of coach Tom Coughlin) since the end of mini-camp. Entering his fifth season, there’s little reason to worry about Nicks’ conditioning — he should know what he’s doing by now. The bigger issue for fantasy owners is whether or not he can stay healthy since he’s yet to play a full 16-game season.

Ginn wants to be a WR: So far in his NFL career, Ted Ginn Jr. has been known mostly as a return specialist — a label he bristles at. Now with the Carolina Panthers, the former Ohio State star wants the world to know that he can be a productive wide receiver. After compiling 128 catches in his first three seasons, Ginn had just 33 during his three campaigns with the 49ers. It’s hard to imagine Ginn suddenly morphing into a receiver with major fantasy impact, but if there’s any place to do it, it’s with the Panthers and their dearth of receiving targets not named Steve Smith.

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