New Lions OC out to help Matthew Stafford succeed

Brees praises Lombardi: When Joe Lombardi was hired as the Detroit Lions offensive coordinator, most described him as “Vince Lombardi’s grandson.” Drew Brees describes him in a different way, saying he thinks the former Saints quarterback coach is ready to be a great playcaller. The Saints quarterback believes his former coach is primed to help Matthew Stafford take the next step. For the sake of Lions fans and fantasy owners, hopefully that next step involves throwing fewer interceptions. Over the past three seasons, only Eli Manning (58) has thrown more picks than Stafford (52) — and that’s including Manning’s league-leading 27 interceptions in 2013. If Stafford can curb his habit of throwing it to the wrong team, he’s a top-five fantasy quarterback.

Cousins open to trade: In a classic case of “this town ain’t big enough for the both of us,” Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins says he’s open to being traded as the team solidifies Robert Griffin III as its top quarterback. There will certainly be offers for the young signal-caller, but it remains to be seen what his value could be long-term. In four career starts, Cousins has as many touchdowns (6) as interceptions. His success will depend heavily on what team he lands with. At the moment, it’s hard to imagine the former Michigan State standout being drafted in many fantasy leagues.

Jackson ’90 to 95 percent’ healthy: Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson says he’s nearly completely healthy after struggling with broken ribs late in the 2013 season. There was very little fear that he wouldn’t be ready for the start of next season. It’s encouraging news for a back who is consistently one of fantasy’s better running backs … when healthy. However, the statement is also a reminder that Jackson’s biggest bugaboo has been his inability to stay healthy. Yet if 2013 was any indication, he might still be the rusher of choice for Buffalo with C.J. Spiller assuming a change-of-pace role. We’ll see how it goes.

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