Marcas Grant | Tags: Three and out, Andre Johnson, Arian Foster, Blake Bortles, Brandon Weeden, Brian Hoyer, Case Keenum, Cleveland Browns, DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans, Jason Campbell, Johnny Manziel, Kyle Shanahan, Matt Schaub, Oakland Raiders, T.J. Yates
Bortles moving up draft boards: The 2014 NFL Draft is still a little more than three months away, so now is the perfect time to begin the hype and speculation that leads up to the first name being called. And as of this moment, there’s talk that that first name could be Blake Bortles. The Houston Texans, who own the first pick, are reportedly enamored with the University of Central Florida quarterback. The team has made it clear in recent days that it is interested in drafting a new signal-caller — not a surprise when you consider the struggles the Texans faced at the position with Matt Schaub, Case Keenum and T.J. Yates on the way to a 2-14 record. It’s already been a remarkable journey up draft boards for Bortles and we haven’t reached the combine yet, even though all the scouts aren’t quite sold. If the UCF quarterback does land in Houston, he’ll have a healthy Arian Foster in the backfield and will have the services of an aging (but still productive) Andre Johnson and the young and talented DeAndre Hopkins on the outside. It won’t be enough to make Bortles a coveted fantasy prospect, but it should make him someone to watch during the preseason.
Schaub to Oakland?: With the Texans most likely selecting a quarterback in the first round, it means Matt Schaub is the odd man out. It seems inevitable that he will be released by the team and there is talk that Schaub could land with the Oakland Raiders. The Silver and Black has been a rumored landing spot for a number of potential free agent quarterbacks this offseason. The problem for fantasy owners is that there is little reason to think a move to Northern California would do much for the fantasy value of any of these signal-callers. The Raiders offense is long on potential, but short on proven producers. Schaub’s best fantasy days could be behind him at this point.
Shanahan hired as Browns OC: It didn’t take long for Kyle Shanahan to find a new job. A little more than a month after being fired by Washington, the younger Shanahan has landed as the new offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns. The hire would add steam to the rumors that the Browns are interested in drafting Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. The young quarterback’s skills are well-suited to the read option offense that Shanahan ran for the past couple of seasons with Robert Griffin III. Regardless of who is under center, Shanahan’s job will include making sense of a quarterbacking corps that rotated between Brandon Weeden, Brian Hoyer and Jason Campbell during the 2013 season.
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