Marcas Grant | Tags: Three and out, Benny Cunningham, Carlos Hyde, Cleveland Browns, Daryl Richardson, Earl Bennett, frank gore, Greg Little, Isaiah Pead, Josh Gordon, Marcus Lattimore, Miles Austin, San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams, Tre Mason, Zac Stacy
Lattimore ready for competition: One of the more interesting camp battles to watch this summer will be in the 49ers backfield. While Frank Gore is still the leader of the pack, the additions of Marcus Lattimore and Carlos Hyde in the last two years signals that San Francisco is thinking about the future. The Hyde selection is especially telling, considering Lattimore is trying to recover from a pair of devastating knee injuries with no guarantees that he’ll regain his previous form. However, the former South Carolina star says he’s “had no knee problems” and is looking forward to the competition. San Francisco’s running back situation could be a difficult one to figure out this season — that could be bad news for defensive coordinator and fantasy owners alike.
Rams release Richardson: After drafting Auburn standout Tre Mason, the Rams have cleared some room in their backfield by releasing Daryl Richardson. Before last season, Richardson was expected to challenge for the starting job, but tumbled down the depth chart after struggling mightily. Zac Stacy eventually took over the gig and is expected to hold on to it heading into the 2014 campaign. That leaves Isaiah Pead and Benny Cunningham as the other obstacles to Mason landing as Stacy’s understudy. Considering Pead and Cunningham combined for 282 rushing yards, Mason should have a good shot to win the competition.
Browns add two WRs, cut one: As we await word on Josh Gordon’s future, the Browns are making a few moves to adjust their receiving corps. The team signed veteran free agents Miles Austin and Earl Bennett on Thursday. Cleveland followed it up by reportedly releasing Greg Little on Friday. Currently the Browns have 14 receivers on their roster — but either Miles or the injured Nate Burleson is the best one not name Gordon. Everything Cleveland has done since the announcement of Gordon’s potential suspension suggests the team doesn’t expect the ban to be significant. We shall see.
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