Marcas Grant | Tags: Three and out, Baltimore Ravens, Bernard Pierce, Dallas Cowboys, Dez Bryant, Gary Kubiak, Jamaal Charles, Joe Flacco, Kansas City Chiefs, Knile Davis, Ray Rice, Scott Linehan, Torrey Smith
Reid wants less Charles in 2014: Coming off the most productive season in his career, Jamaal Charles is likely to see a reduction in touches next season. Chiefs head coach Andy Reid says he would like to see Knile Davis have a bigger role in the offense in 2014. Davis had a grand total of 81 touches in 2013 and suffered a broken leg in the playoff loss to the Colts. However, the young runner is expected to be ready to go for the start of the season and will spell a player who has averaged more than 324 touches over the past two seasons. That doesn’t mean Charles won’t be a top five fantasy rusher again in 2014, but it does make Davis a little stronger handcuff option for owners seeking late-round draft help.
Ravens to get new playbook: The makeover of the Baltimore Ravens offense under Gary Kubiak has begun. The new offensive coordinator says he’s nearly ready to give the playbook to quarterback Joe Flacco in advance of organized team activities. It’s an offense that will emphasize zone blocking and be heavy on the run game. That could do a lot for the draft value of Bernard Pierce, especially if Ray Rice’s off-field issues turn into a larger problem. It could also mean fewer targets for Torrey Smith and a decreased value for the already-fantasy-mediocre Flacco.
More work for Dez?: Lost in the soup of multiple offensive coordinators and play-callers in Dallas is what it will mean for Dez Bryant. The star wideout was often ignored for long stretches last season. It’s something that owner Jerry Jones says won’t happen with Scott Linehan in charge this year. Jones used Calvin Johnson as the example of what Bryant could be in 2014. Fantasy owners will settle for the Cowboys star remaining as the top 10 fantasy option he’s been for the past two seasons.
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