Johnson could join Jets: The Tennessee Titans aren’t likely to keep Chris Johnson on the roster for 2014. While the team would prefer to trade the running back, it isn’t averse to releasing him to the free agent market. If Johnson is let go, the New York Jets have emerged as one of the teams interested in taking a chance on him. In some ways, Johnson is a victim of his own success — he’s rushed for 1,000 yards in each year of his career, but has disappointed fantasy owners by not coming close to his 2,000-yard campaign of 2009. Still he’s finished in the top 20 every season, which would make him worthy of a starting spot in any format. If he goes to New York — or anywhere else for that matter — he’ll be part of a platoon, but will still be worthy of a slot as a RB3 at the worst this season.
Austin to make the leap?: Last season, Rams fans and fantasy enthusiasts alike were disappointed by the production of Tavon Austin. The rookie wideout struggled to find his place in an uneven St. Louis offense and eventually had his season cut short by an ankle injury. He managed just 84.9 fantasy points all season and more than 70 percent of them came in just three games. But coach Jeff Fisher envisions big things from Austin in Year Two. Those are encouraging words, but it puts pressure on offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer to find ways to get the ball in Austin’s hands. It would also help if Sam Bradford can remain healthy for a full season. But at this point, there’s no reason to think of Austin as anything more than a WR3/4.
Pierce rehab on schedule: Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce says his surgically repaired shoulder should be good to go by the time training camp arrives. With Ray Rice’s status uncertain for 2014, Pierce could be a big part of new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak’s scheme this season. In 2013, the second-year back took an increasing share of the Ravens workload and was a credible handcuff for the struggling Rice. If he moves up one slot on the depth chart, he has potential as an RB2.
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