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Rush hour: New Bengals OC Hue Jackson said, “In order to win, we have to run the ball.” That certainly means good news for Giovani Bernard’s fantasy value in 2014. The Bengals ran the ball plenty in 2013, although a good percentage of those can be attributed to their having a large lead over an opponent and wanting to wind down the clock. The problem is their yards per carry (3.6) was very low, and when Jackson knows he’s going to need to improve on that number if he wants to be able to ride his running game throughout the season as opposed to just in mop-up time. I’m starting to wonder if Gio might be knocking on the door of Round 1 in 2014 drafts.
Wanna go outside? Packers WRs coach Edgar Bennett sasid he expects Randall Cobb to see more time outside in 2014 after he ran a huge majority of his snaps from the slot position last season. Depending on the defensive formations he sees, this should give Cobb more opportunities to make plays if he faces more one-on-one coverages as opposed to running routes over the middle in heavy traffic. Right now, Cobb is a very solid WR2. He could be even better than that next season. This might be one of those rare situations where a player’s preseason production could give a glimpse into what he’ll do once the real bullets start flying in September.
We already knew: In what should come as no surprise to anyone, Redskins coach Jay Gruden declared Robert Griffin III will be his starting quarterback, and there will be no competition for the spot. Kirk Cousins looked a lot better in 2012 than he did in 2013, and while his trade value took a big hit, at least the Redskins have a potentially capable backup in case their starter goes down again.