Ball to fight for starting gig?: All offseason the story has been around Montee Ball being the bell-cow in the Denver Broncos backfield, but Ball recently told Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com “I know for a fact they’re not going to hand (the starting job) to me.” Ball also admits that his mentality heading into training camp is that the job is his, which is great. Really, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Teams always promote competition at every position in camp, which Ball was inevitably going to face. But just in case he comes out on the wrong end of that competition — or doesn’t win it as handily as he should — it’s worth grabbing C.J. Anderson late as either a handcuff to Ball, or a potential deep sleeper if the Wisconsin product starts losing touches during the season.
Rice to be ready for season opener: With wide receiver Sidney Rice back to Seattle on a team-friendly contract, the Seahawks fully expect the seven-year veteran to be ready for action when the Green Bay Packers come to town for a rematch of the classic “Fail Mary” game. Rice had been recovering from an ACL injury suffered last season, but was medically cleared for football activities in April. Regardless of his health, Rice is still a low-end wide receiver option in fantasy land, best suited as a WR3 or WR4 role come draft time.
Peterson practicing again: Surprising no one, Adrian Peterson has already begun practicing with the Minnesota Vikings, only three months removed from groin surgery. It’s good to see Peterson’s Wolverine-like healing powers haven’t diminished quite yet. It’s also encouraging for fantasy owners to see this perennial superstar getting back to normal. Peterson remains one of the top targets in fantasy drafts this fall, and should be taken at the top of the first round as he has been pretty much every year since he entered the league.
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