Marcas Grant | Tags: Three and out, Baltimore Ravens, Blake Bortles, Chris Givens, Dennis Pitta, Denver Broncos, Eric Decker, Johnny Manziel, Knowshon Moreno, Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams, Tavon Austin, Zac Stacy
Rams sticking with Bradford: Like most teams sitting at the top of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Rams were considered among those that potentially had some interest in one of the top quarterback prospects like Johnny Manziel or Blake Bortles. You can scrap any thought of that happening now that head coach Jeff Fisher says the team is sticking with Sam Bradford as its starting QB. A combination of injury and instability at the offensive coordinator position have conspired to prevent Bradford from reaching his potential. Last season an ACL injury limited the Rams signal-caller to just seven games. Theres are weapons around Bradford, however. Chris Givens, Tavon Austin and Zac Stacy all were productive for stretches of the 2013 season and St. Louis could add another pass-catcher in the first round. The potential is there for Bradford to succeed (how many times have we said that before?), but it’s best to take a cautious approach this season until there’s a better idea of how he will respond after a major knee injury.
Decker to weigh options: Eric Decker said shortly after the Super Bowl that he’d like to remain with the Denver Broncos if possible. However, the free agent-to-be recently clarified that request with the oft-used desire of doing what’s best for his family. It’s understandable for a player who has improved in each of his four seasons in the NFL. It could also be a sign that Decker doesn’t expect Denver’s offer to be up to par. The Broncos have some tough choice to make that include Decker and running back Knowshon Moreno. At first glance, it would seem that Decker’s best fantasy value would come if he remained in Denver. However, it’s best to see where he might land before offering any further judgment.
Pitta likely to be franchised: The original thought that Baltimore tight end Dennis Pitta could be given the franchise tag is picking up steam with reports that the two sides are “far apart” in their contract negotiations. Pitta’s long-term future is certainly up for debate. But in the short-term (and in the eyes of fantasy owners), keeping the veteran in Baltimore isn’t all bad — especially with Gary Kubiak and his tight end-friendly offense coming to town.
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