Gruden to use ‘sprinkles’ of read-option: During Robert Griffin III’s first two seasons in the NFL, the read-option has been a big part of the Washington arsenal. But new head coach Jay Gruden says that will change in 2014. The read-option won’t completely disappear, but the team plans to use “sprinkles here and there.” A large chunk of RGIII’s fantasy value was based on running the football. While it won’t be taken away, it could be lessened to instances where Griffin freelances. Here’s to hoping the addition of DeSean Jackson to the passing game can make up for it.
Smith to see more reps over Vick: One of the more interesting position battles to watch this offseason will be the quarterback competition for the New York Jets. In the early going, it looks like Geno Smith might have the edge over Michael Vick. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg says Smith will likely see “a few more reps” in offseason workouts. When Vick landed in New York, many thought he’d be anointed the starter. However, Smith started to figure things out by the end of the season. Over the final four weeks, the rookie averaged more than 20 fantasy points per game and ranked fifth among players at his position. Jets fans (and LeSean McCoy) might not like the idea, but Smith starting in Week 1 could be a step in the right direction.
Romo has ‘same zip’: Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo had back surgery late in the 2013 season that caused him to miss the team’s final game. But his recovery seems to be going well, if you believe Jason Witten. Dallas’ veteran tight end says Romo “is throwing good.” That’s encouraging for a quarterback who could be asked to throw it a lot more this season. Now that Scott Linehan is in the fold as offensive coordinator, Dallas’ aerial attack could become a lot more prevalent. Romo should remain a quality low-end QB1 option who can be drafted in the middle rounds.
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