Marcas Grant | Tags: Three and out, Aaron Rodgers, Calvin Johnson, Chaz Schilens, Christian Ponder, Detroit Lions, Greg Jennings, Laurent Robinson, Minnesota Vikings, Peyton Hillis, Ryan Broyles, Steve Breaston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Hillis signs with Bucs: Free agent running back Peyton Hillis is a free agent no more after signing a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tuesday. He’ll join Michael Smith in the battle to be the backup to Doug Martin. If the Bucs’ running game in 2013 at all resembles 2012, pickings will be slim for those extra carries. Martin posted 319 carries last season, nearly 77 percent of all of Tampa Bay’s rushing attempts. Whoever wins the battle is an intriguing handcuff option, as long as you can be patient.
Lions looking at WR: In their never-ending search to find some receiving help for Calvin Johnson, the Detroit Lions are planning to work out a trio of free agent wideouts — Chaz Schilens, Laurent Robinson and Steve Breaston. The latter two have been the most productive in their respective careers and could provide a reasonable counterpart to Megatron in the offense. Then again, the Lions could be holding out some hope that Ryan Broyles could take over the spot. Whoever wins this job could have some waiver wire value later in the year.
Jennings likes Vikings system: A new team means a new way of doing things and so far, Greg Jennings likes the way things are done in Minnesota. On the surface, it seems like a positive for the Vikings new No. 1 wide receiver. But it could mostly be a way to pump up quarterback Christian Ponder. If it’s the latter, we’re not buying it. Ponder is no Aaron Rodgers and it will show in Jennings’ fantasy production.