Raiders, Pryor to part ways: Not that long ago, the Raiders were wondering if Terrelle Pryor could be their quarterback of the future. They’ve apparently found their answer. Oakland has been trying to trade Pryor, but if they can’t find a partner, the team will reportedly cut the athletic quarterback. The former Ohio State star made nine starts in 2013 and threw seven touchdowns but 11 interceptions. Those numbers overshadowed his 576 rushing yards and a general inability to consistently connect with receivers. Whereas Pryor isn’t likely to have much fantasy value, his departure solidifies Matt McGloin as the quarterback who will work behind Matt Schaub in the offense … though neither of that duo is likely to be in much demand, either.
Vikings to stick with Cassel?: Plenty of recent mock drafts have pegged the Minnesota Vikings as drafting a quarterback — either Blake Bortles or Derek Carr — with the eighth overall pick. Not so fast, says Peter King. He reports that the Vikings will go a different direction at No. 8 because of the lack of a sure thing. That assessment of the quarterback class is nothing new, but the idea that Minnesota could ride with Matt Cassel for another season is. Last season, Cassel made six less-than-memorable starts and finished 32nd among fantasy quarterbacks; less than one full point better than fellow Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder. Hopefully the addition of Norv Turner can help stabilize Cassel, but the quarterback’s on-field success will have more of an impact on the value of Cordarrelle Patterson than Cassel himself.
Falcons to de-emphasize TE position: In the wake of Tony Gonzalez’s retirement, the Falcons appear set to turn to Levine Toilolo to fill the position. But don’t expect him to fill Gonzalez’s shoes. The Stanford product has 11 catches for 55 yards as a rookie in 2013 and no one is pegging him to be a future Hall of Famer like the man he’s replacing. However, Atlanta reportedly has no interest in seeking out a tight end in the draft. Instead, the team’s answer could be to put less focus on the tight end in the offense. If you’re hoping to plug in Toilolo and see a healthy amount of targets, you’ll need to rethink your strategy.
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