Marcas Grant | Tags: Three and out, Alex Smith, Anthony Fasano, Daniel Thomas, Denver Broncos, Eric Decker, Kansas City Chiefs, Knowshon Moreno, Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins, Sean McGrath, Travis Kelce
Moreno, Decker set for free agency: Like every other team, the Denver Broncos will go about the process of evaluating their free agents and preparing to build for another run at a Super Bowl. Among the key names set to hit the open market are running back Knowshon Moreno and wide receiver Eric Decker. Both players had career years playing in Denver’s record-setting 2013 offense, so it’s little surprise that both have expressed their desire to remain with the Broncos. The biggest question will be whether the team can afford to re-sign both players … and if not, which one will be Denver’s biggest priority. There’s little doubt that both players’ best option would be to remain with the Broncos. We’ll make further judgments if and when they make a move.
Smith excited about year two in Kansas City: It was a pretty successful first season for Alex Smith in K.C., posting career-highs in completions, passing yards and touchdowns. Part of that can be owed to the team relying more on the passing game later in the season — something Smith thinks bodes well for 2014. It could also bode well for tight end Travis Kelce, who is looking to play in his first NFL game after missing all of 2013 with injuries. The young player is expected to see significant snaps next year and could find himself ahead of Anthony Fasano and Sean McGrath in the passing game pecking order. As an unproven player with a quarterback who didn’t do much to shake his “Captain Checkdown” reputation last season, it’s not likely Kelce will be on many draft boards. But he will be a player to watch once we hit the preseason.
Miller on the spot for 2014?: Last season was supposed to be Lamar Miller’s time to shine as the primary back in the Miami Dolphins offense. The reality was quite the opposite. Among fantasy backs, Miller barely cracked the top 40. Now heading into 2014, the team is expecting a little more physicality from the young running back. However, the Dolphins are doing their due diligence and looking a running backs that they can add through the draft. With a new general manager in town, it wouldn’t be a total surprise to see Miami stage a competition in the backfield — Daniel Thomas is also still in South Florida — but the idea that Miller could be a workhorse back is likely to be challenged this offseason.
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