Haslam not cutting ties to Gordon: Cleveland fans hadn’t even had 24 hours of happiness celebrating the drafting of Johnny Manziel before the news broke that Josh Gordon could potentially be suspended for an entire season. But Browns owner Jimmy Haslam isn’t fretting over the news of what might be, saying he expects Gordon to be with the team “for a long time to come.” There is much that needs to be played out, but Haslam sounds like a man who isn’t worried about losing his best receiver for an extended period of time. It might also be the reason that Cleveland didn’t pursue a wideout in the draft — to the consternation of many. Until further notice, Gordon should be ranked as one of the top five fantasy receivers available. But it would also be smart to have a contingency plan … just in case.
Bills tried to trade up for Hyde: Earlier this month, the Buffalo Bills swung a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles for running back Bryce Brown. Now comes word that the Bills tried feverishly to trade back into the second round in order to draft Carlos Hyde. They were ultimately unsuccessful with Hyde going to the San Francisco 49ers. However, Buffalo’s recent moves suggest that the team is preparing for a future that doesn’t heavily involve Fred Jackson or C.J. Spiller. The 33-year-old Jackson will be a free agent after this season and seems unlikely to remain in Buffalo. Meanwhile, Spiller has struggled with his consistency and doesn’t seem to be in the team’s plans as a lead back going forward. Plan accordingly in your drafts this season.
Henne the expected 2014 starter: The Jaguars might have spent the No. 3 overall pick on Blake Bortles, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to rush him into their lineup. The hope for general manager Dave Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley is that Chad Henne starts all 16 games this season while Bortles develops from the sidelines. Henne wasn’t great during the season — averaging slightly fewer than 11 points per game — but he did improve late in the season, just missing the top 10 over the final four weeks of the season. It’s not likely that the Michigan man will come off the board in a lot of fantasy drafts, but he could remain an interesting bye week option.
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