MJD ready for 2014: It feels like we’ve gone some time without seeing Maurice Jones-Drew being a major factor on the field. In reality, it was just 2011 when he led the league in rushing. Since then, MJD has suffered through a broken foot and a lackluster campaign in his return. Now, he’s ready to make everyone forget about the bumps of the past two seasons. Jones-Drew told the San Francisco Chronicle that his foot “feels phenomenal” and he’s ready to compete for the Raiders starting running back job. It should be an interesting contest between Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden — one that should push both backs to be their best. Still, the prospect of a timeshare looms in Oakland and with the injury histories of both players, it’s probably best to wait a few rounds before making a move on one or the other in your draft.
Wilson ahead of schedule: Giants running back David Wilson is getting antsy to get back to work. The third-year runner appeared at the team’s offseason workouts and told reporters that he’s ahead of schedule in his return from spinal fusion surgery. While Wilson is itching to get back on the field full-time, the team remains cautious in its approach. It’s an understandable response considering the seriousness of the procedure. While it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Wilson take snaps this season along with Rashad Jennings and Peyton Hillis, it seems unlikely that he will have a heavy workload this season.
Manuel needs ‘to get better’: Bills quarterback EJ Manuel appears healthy again after knee surgery in January. Now the young quarterback says he needs to improve in his second season. He acknowledges that part of that improvement is staying healthy for a full 16 games. When he was on the field, he played reasonably well, averaging better than 16 fantasy points per game. With a season under his belt, it’s not unreasonable to expect a progression from Manuel — especially with Mike Williams added to the fold. Consider Manuel a low-end QB2 with sleeper upside for 2014.
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