Charles leaves on a cart: Certainly the headline is bound to stop the hearts of more than a few fantasy owners out there. Kansas City Chiefs star Jamaal Charles was taken off the practice field on a motorized cart Monday, but early reports are that it doesn’t appear to be serious. That should ease some frayed nerves. A new coach and a new quarterback are nice, but Charles remains the focus of Kansas City’s offense — and will likely hold the same status for plenty of fantasy rosters as well, Keep a close eye on this, but refrain from hitting the panic button just yet.
Clark, Ravens agree to deal: Suffering from a distinct lack of experienced tight ends, the Baltimore Ravens agreed to a deal with veteran free agent Dallas Clark. The longtime Indianapolis Colt is well removed from his career 2009 season when he caught 100 passes for 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns. In fact, last season with Tampa Bay, Clark caught just 47 balls for 435 yards and 4 TDs. Once Ed Dickson returns to action, Clark will likely be relegated to a No. 2 spot on Baltimore’s tight end depth chart. It could be that Clark gets the call for Week 1 if Dickson’s hamstring doesn’t heal quickly enough. But despite the veteran’s past fantasy pedigree, it’s hard to see Clark being an impact player in 2013.
Julius Thomas one to watch?: In other tight end news, the Denver Broncos might have found a suitable replacement for the injured Joel Dreessen. The team reportedly has taken a shine to third-year tight end Julius Thomas. In his previous two seasons, Thomas has played in just nine games, logging one catch for five yards. The most notable thing about him is that he was a basketball player in college at Portland State, though no one is confusing him with Tony Gonzalez or Antonio Gates just yet. However, if he continues to impress in training camp, his name could pop up on a few deep sleeper radars.
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