Marcas Grant | Tags: Three and out, Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, David Nelson, Davone Bess, Geno Smith, Greg Little, Josh Gordon, Mark Sanchez, Matt Forte, New York Jets
Jeffery showing improvement: The first year for Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery wasn’t exactly the stuff of legend. He missed six games with injuries and averaged fewer than three receptions per game for the times he was on the field. But Jeffery has reportedly shown improvement this offseason — enough that Bears receivers coach Mike Groh raved about the wideout’s “tremendous potential”. Chicago sounds very interested in moving its passing game away from its heavy reliance on Brandon Marshall. It’s already sounded like good news for Matt Forte, but Jeffery could also reap the benefits if he can stay on the field.
Browns WRs face heightened expectations: For the past couple of seasons, the Cleveland Browns receiving corps has underwhelmed. But this season, the coaching staff is reportedly expecting more from a group that includes young talents like Josh Gordon and Greg Little. Adding veterans like Davone Bess and David Nelson could help, but this offense will succeed or fail on the strength of its young pass catchers. Gordon was a surprise for the Browns last season while Little took a bit of a step back. While Cleveland waits on one or both of them to become breakout stars, fantasy owners should probably wait on them before adding either to a fantasy roster as anything more than a No. 3 option.
Geno Smith ‘lackluster’ in camp: It’s been some time since we wrote about the Jets quarterback situation, with good reason. But now reports arise that rookie quarterback Geno Smith has been “lackluster” in mini-camp and could be behind Mark Sanchez for the ract to be Gang Green’s starter in Week 1. While it’s grist for the social media mill, it doesn’t really change much from a fantasy perspective — the winner of this competition will have the higher fantasy value, but neither one is likely to be drafted in most leagues.
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