Cruz feeling healthy: Trying to shake off a forgettable 2013 season, Victor Cruz told the Daily News that his surgically-repaired knee is fully healthy and he’ll be ready to go for 2014. The next issue will be what role Cruz will play in new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s scheme. The speedy slot receiver compared himself to Packers wideout Randall Cobb, who occasionally took handoffs out of the backfield. It’s uncertain if Cruz will have the same responsibilities this year, but he’ll definitely be a big part of the offense. Chances are good that Hakeem Nicks won’t return to Big Blue and injuries have opened up questions in New York’s backfield. Cruz is the team’s most consistent returning playmaker and figures to see plenty of opportunity this season.
Boldin re-signs with Niners: As expected, Anquan Boldin is remaining with the San Francisco 49ers after agreeing to a two-year contract Monday. Last season the veteran led the team in targets and receptions, though that number was helped by injuries to Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis. With all three players expected to be healthy going into the 2014 season, Boldin’s contribution to the 49ers offense (and fantasy owners) could decrease. He remains the prime example of an on-field playmaker whose fantasy value doesn’t exactly match up. He’ll slot as a WR3 in most leagues.
Texans looking to re-sign Graham: The Houston Texans are hoping to corral tight end Garrett Graham before the free agent period opens on March 11. Entering his fifth season Graham hasn’t been nearly as productive as his predecessor Owen Daniels, but he was the team’s third-leading receiver in 2013. It remains to be seen exactly how Graham would be used in Bill O’Brien’s offense, but the fact that the Texans are making his re-signing a priority is a positive sign. Nonetheless, he’ll likely sit in the lower half of the TE1 rankings come draft time.
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