Marcas Grant | Tags: Three and out, Danny Woodhead, Darren Sproles, DeSean Jackson, Donald Brown, Jeremy Maclin, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, Riley Cooper, Rob Gronkowski, Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers, Zach Ertz
Gronk still rehabbing knee injury: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was asked Tuesday if he would be ready for the team’s 2014 season opener. His answer was less than definitive. “Oh man, that’s too far away. I’m just improving every day right now,” said Gronk. That answer might leave fantasy owners with a distinctive case of “here we go again.” In 2013, Gronkowski played just seven games after missing the first chunk of the season rehabbing from multiple surgeries. When he was on the field, he was as effective as ever. It seems unlikely that 2014 will see a re-do of last season’s frustration, but you can certainly believe that plenty of people will be keeping an eye on Gronkowski’s attempt to get back for Week 1.
Eagles ready to replace Jackson: Now that DeSean Jackson is out of the mix in Philadelphia, the Eagles have to find a way to replace his production. General manager Howie Roseman thinks that can be done by using a combination of players, specifically naming Darren Sproles, Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper and Zach Ertz. In some respects, it’s common sense. Those four players are going to the the core of Philly’s offensive attack this season. But it’s worth questioning whether combined, they can fill in for the 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns Jackson gave the team last season. The upside is that if there’s any offense that can make up that gap, it’s one orchestrated by Chip Kelly.
Mathews happy to have Brown: It was a curious decision when the Chargers signed Donald Brown in free agency after quality seasons by Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead. However Mathews is looking at it as a positive. He believes having Brown in the rotation could help keep him healthy and fresh over the course of the season. Last year was the first time in Mathews’ career that he played a full 16 games, although injuries last in the season slowed him down. Having the talented back on the field is definitely a plus, but having one more mouth to feed in San Diego’s backfield is reason for concern among fantasy owners.
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