Marcas Grant | Tags: Three and out, Carolina Panthers, DeAngelo Williams, Detroit Lions, Jason Avant, Jerricho Cotchery, Jimmy Graham, Joique Bell, Jonathan Stewart, New Orleans Saints, Reggie Bush, Steve Smith, Tiquan Underwood
Williams worried about stacked defenses: One of the biggest offseason storylines for the Carolina Panthers has been the shakeup with the team’s wide receivers. Three of the team’s top four pass-catchers from last season — including Steve Smith — are in new locales this season. In their place, the team added Jerricho Cotchery, Tiquan Underwood and Jason Avant. However, running back DeAngelo Williams isn’t sold that those players will solve the Panthers’ woes. In fact, Williams is now concerned that he and Jonathan Stewart could “see eight, nine guys in the box week in and week out”. It’s a valid concern when the ostensible lead wideout is a player who has only topped 1,000 receiving yards once in his career … seven years ago. There are problems in the Panthers offense for sure. Fantasy owners beware.
Bush, Bell to share more touches: There’s a new playcaller in Detroit. And while Joe Lombardi brings with him an Saints offense that’s familiar to Reggie Bush, it will likely mean Bush will lose more opportunities to Joique Bell. While Bush topped the depth chart last season, the duo essentially worked as Nos. 1 and 1a in the context of the offense. As a result, both finished the season among the top 20 scorers at their position. A further division of labor might be good for Detroit’s ability to keep defenses guessing, but it probably won’t work much to the benefit of fantasy owners. If you draft Bush, you will almost be compelled to draft Bell as his handcuff.
Saints, Graham moving slowly: What’s up with Jimmy Graham? That’s the biggest question facing the New Orleans Saints right now. The answer: Not much. General manager Mickey Loomis implied that negotiations with the tight end aren’t progressing much at the moment and might not reach a resolution until much closer to the start of training camp. At this point, there’s not much reason for fantasy owners to worry. Even if Graham isn’t on the field when camps open up, he’ll still be a highly coveted fantasy option when draft time rolls around.
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