Manning out of walking boot: Giants quarterback Eli Manning is recovering from recent ankle surgery and was good enough to help kick off a recent charity walk. However, he won’t be healthy enough to participate in New York’s organized team activities. Instead, Manning is looking long term and expecting to be ready for training camp. The biggest concern is for a quarterback who has struggled in recent seasons and is now working with a new offensive coordinator. Even for a veteran like Manning, there will be a learning curve. That combined with his track record over the past couple of years should make fantasy owners wary about what could come in the early part of the 2014 season.
Gerhart ready to be ‘dominant’: Now out of the shadow of Adrian Peterson and on his own in Jacksonville, Toby Gerhart has high expectations for himself in 2014. The former Vikings backup says he can “come in and be a dominant guy” now that he has the chance to be the Jaguars workhorse. While this will be Gerhart’s fifth NFL season, it’s worth noting that he has averaged just 69 carries per season. In many ways, Gerhart’s situation mirrors former fantasy star Michael Turner’s. Turner sat behind LaDainian Tomlinson for four seasons in San Diego, averaging 57 rushing attempts per season. In his fifth year, he became the lead running back for the Falcons and exploded. It’s another reason to be encouraged about Gerhart’s prospects this season.
Finley to have X-ray: The next step in Jermichael Finley’s comeback effort is to have x-rays done on his surgically repaired neck. The hope is to have Finley cleared some time in the next few months, but he will continue to undergo regular examinations as part of his rehabilitation. There are a number of teams that have expressed interest in the talented tight end, but you can be certain that those teams will keep a close eye on Finley’s progress. Fantasy owners should do the same. The tight end position is lacking any real depth, Finley’s return could provide a boost for enthusiasts looking for later round help.
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