Marcas Grant | Tags: Three and out, Adrian Peterson, Christian Ponder, Cleveland Browns, Emmanuel Sanders, Eric Decker, Jeremy Maclin, Josh Freeman, Josh Gordon, Kirk Cousins, Kyle Shanahan, Matt Cassel, Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets, Norv Turner
Turner looking to spread field: Having landed in Minnesota, Norv Turner hopes to bring his creative brand of offense to a team that has been one-dimensional for a number of seasons. The new offensive coordinator plans to start by spreading the field for running back Adrian Peterson by re-introducing him as a pass catcher. It’s a part of Peterson’s game that has been forgotten a bit, but he has caught 40-plus passes twice in his career (2012 and 2009). The next question will be … who is throwing the passes? Matt Cassel is planning to test free agency, while Josh Freeman is likely to be released and Christian Ponder hasn’t proved to be the answer. As for Turner’s opinion, the answer could be somewhere in the draft. Regardless of who the QB is, Minnesota’s offense will continue to run through Peterson. He’ll once again be a top five fantasy back in 2014.
Browns interested in Cousins?: During his introductory press conference, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan spent a fair amount of time talking about the Cleveland Browns’ quarterback situation. Now a new name could be added to the mix – Kirk Cousins. Shanahan worked with Cousins as part of Washington’s staff for the past two seasons and called him “a hell of a player.” With the young backup likely to be on the trading block this offseason, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him land with the Browns. And it wouldn’t hurt Cousins’ value to have Josh Gordon as a top receiving target. However, there don’t seem to be any real trade talks between the two teams at the moment.
Jets eye free-agent WRs: It’s little secret that one of the Jets’ biggest problems in 2013 was a lack of quality wide receivers. So it makes sense that the early talk this offseason is that Gang Green will pursue some pass catchers through free agency. At the top of the list reportedly are Jeremy Maclin and Emmanuel Sanders with Eric Decker possibly also on the radar. Decker has easily been the most productive of the three, but there are questions about his ability to be a No. 1 receiver. It’s a similar question that will be asked of Maclin — as well as questions about his recovery from ACL surgery that forced him to miss the 2013 season. As for Sanders, he acquitted himself very well last season as Pittsburgh’s No. 2 receiver, although he has yet to make more than 11 starts in a season and caught a career-high 67 passes in 2013 (his fourth NFL season). Still, at least two of those three options would be an upgrade from what New York currently has.
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