Marcas Grant | Tags: Three and out, Christine Michael, Danny Woodhead, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Donald Brown, Lance Moore, Markus Wheaton, Marshawn Lynch, Pittsburgh Steelers, Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks
GM calls Michael ‘explosive’: Last season, Christine Michael didn’t see much attention in the Seahawks offense, running the ball just 18 times for 79 yards. That’s not surprising on a team that employs Marshawn Lynch. But with Lynch approaching 30 (he turns 28 later this month) and having two seasons left on his deal, Seattle could begin preparing for the future. General manager John Schneider recently called Michael one of “our most explosive players”, alongside Percy Harvin — high praise indeed. Don’t look for Michael to see a slew of touches in 2014, but he’s an increasingly attractive handcuff option and could have long term value in dynasty leagues.
Steelers sign Heyward-Bey: Darrius Heyward-Bey has a new home in Pittsburgh. The underachieving speedster has a new deal with the Steelers after a lackluster season with the Colts. Heyward-Bey should compete for the vacant No. 2 receiving job along with Lance Moore and Markus Wheaton, but after five unremarkable seasons in the NFL, there’s little reason for fantasy owners to get their hopes up about Heyward-Bey in his third stop.
Brown to see occasional work: People were understandably confused when Donald Brown signed with the Chargers. How would he be used in a backfield that already had Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown? That is starting to fall into place. Ronnie Brown is out of the picture and the reported plan for Donald Brown is to have him see 5-10 touches per game. Since Woodhead still needs to get his opportunities, that would suggest the Chargers plan to run the ball a lot in 2014. Considering Mathews’ injury history, it could lead to more chances for Brown if the incumbent starter can’t fulfill his duties for 16 games.
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