Tate excited about Lions: In need of a quality complement to Calvin Johnson, the Lions signed free agent Golden Tate from the Seattle Seahawks. So far, both sides seem happy with the arrangement. Tate recently told the team’s website that the Lions offense “ is going to fit better for me as a player than Seattle’s did.” That statement could be based simply on the fact that Detroit boasts one of the most pass-laden offenses in the NFL compared to Seattle, which leaned heavily on the run. Tate will also work with offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, who was part of an offense that spread the ball around to multiple receivers when he was with the Saints. There’s little doubt Tate will see a rise in fantasy value this season and could check in as a WR3 in most leagues.
Titans rave over McCluster: After four lackluster seasons in Kansas City, Dexter McCluster has moved on to Tennessee where he is drawing early raves from his new teammates. The jitterbug back has drawn praise for his quickness and elusiveness in the Titans’ early workouts. None of these traits are new, but McCluster failed to put them to any significant use during his time with Kansas City. How the Titans plan to use him is still up for debate. For fantasy owners sake, McCluster has much more value as a running back in PPR formats than as a receiver — which is how Andy Reid primarily used him. Either way, it’s hard to envision McCluster being drafted in many formats.
Palmer not sweating draft: Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer is acknowledging his football mortality. The veteran admitted that he might not have too many seasons left and isn’t worried about the team possibly drafting a quarterback next month. Last season, Palmer experienced a couple of negative career-highs — he was sacked 41 times while throwing 22 interceptions. He’ll turn 35 this season and recognizes his NFL days are numbered. If the Cardinals do draft a young quarterback, it will be interesting to see how snaps could be divided if the Redbirds struggle in 2014.
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