Can Kelly boost McCoy’s stock?: Once upon a time, there was the Randy Ratio. Nowadays, we might be talking about the McCoy Metric. As PhiladelphiaEagles.com pointed out, Chip Kelly’s teams ran the ball more than 64 percent of the time during his tenure as Oregon’s head coach. During that same stretch, the Eagles rushed the ball just 41 percent of the time — with LeSean McCoy taking more than 60 percent of those opportunities. Of course, the pro game differs from the college game and it’s hard to think that Philly will run the ball nearly as much. But the more you examine Kelly’s way of doing things, it’s hard to believe that McCoy won’t be a big beneficiary of the team’s new offensive philosophy.
Gronk making progress: With the New England Patriots finding themselves short on experienced pass-catchers, it’s reassuring news to hear that Rob Gronkowski is making progress in his recovery from back surgery. This still doesn’t guarantee that Gronk will be ready for Week 1 and the tight end’s steadily growing injury history remains a concern. But once Gronkowski is back on the field, he’ll be a highly-coveted fantasy tight end and should restore some of the eroding confidence in Tom Brady.
Housler a breakout candidate: If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it … well, probably more than once — the fantasy tight end position lacks depth. But there could be a new name on the horizon if Rob Housler is the breakout candidate that azcardinals.com projects him as. Housler finished strong last season, seeing 41 targets in the second half of the season. This year, he’ll work alongside a shallow receiving corps and a quarterback in Carson Palmer who has no qualms about throwing to tight ends (Brandon Myers was the second-most targeted Raider last season). It also doesn’t hurt that head coach Bruce Arians likes involving his tight ends. Don’t look for Housler to become Jason Witten or anything, but he could be a player that people are paying attention to before the season is out.
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