Titans want Johnson to catch more passes: Chris Johnson hasn’t necessarily been known as a one of the NFL’s top pass-catching backs, but the Tennessee Titans rusher isn’t a slouch in that category. In his first four seasons, Johnson averaged more than 67 targets and better than 48 receptions per year. Last year, that number dropped to just 49 targets and 36 catches — his worst totals as a pro. The Titans want to reverse that trend this season, reportedly hoping to get Johnson more involved in the passing game. Once a sure-fire first round fantasy pick, Johnson has seen his standing fall to a third round option in most leagues, thanks in no small part to the addition of Shonn Greene. Anything that can help the East Carolina veteran get his hands on the ball more frequently can only be seen as a positive.
Holmes to start camp on PUP list: An already thin list of New York Jets receivers isn’t getting any help with news that Santonio Holmes is going to begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list. The veteran was far and away Mark Sanchez’s top target early in 2012, seeing 41 passes come his way in just four games. With few proven receiving options on the roster, Holmes’ presence would be missed if he’s not ready for Week 1. Then again, without a consistent quarterback slinging the rock, it might not matter too much for fantasy owners anyway.
Barth out for the season: Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Connor Barth will miss the entire 2013 season after tearing his Achilles’ tendon. In his place, the Bucs have added veteran Lawrence Tynes. Last season with the Giants, Tynes finished with the fourth-most fantasy points among kickers. It’s pretty unlikely that fantasy owners are “targeting” a particular kicker, but at least there should be very little concern that Tampa Bay will see a major dropoff with its kicking game.
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