Bridgewater could start Week 1: Teddy Bridgewater was the third quarterback taken in the draft, but he could be the first one to start for his new team in 2014. According to Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, the former Louisville star “will play when we feel like he’s ready.” When the team re-signed Matt Cassel, it was obvious that he would be a seat-warmer to whomever would be the team’s signal-caller of the future. Both Cassel and Bridgewater are on equal footing since both will be learning new offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s offense from scratch. Add this to the growing list of position battles to watch this summer.
Greene underwent knee surgery: When the Titans made Bishop Sankey the first running back drafted late in the second round, it was assumed he’d be part of a platoon with Shonn Greene. But now comes news that Greene underwent knee surgery that is expected to keep him out of organized team activities this summer. That could vault Sankey to the top of the depth chart for the start of the season. The former University of Washington star has the ability to be a Giovani Bernard-type back and should be one of the first rookies off the board in most fantasy leagues.
Bryant could start for Steelers: The Steelers believe they have found the replacement for Plaxico Burress in Martavis Bryant. The 6-foot-4 wideout from Clemson fell to Pittsburgh in the fourth round and is already drawing excitement from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Antonio Brown is locked in as the top receiver while Markus Wheaton is expected to have the inside track to the team’s No. 2 job with Lance Moore lining up in the slot. That means Bryant’s role could be limited to a red zone target. The Steelers might be high on the rookie’s prospects, but fantasy owners should remain a little more measured.
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