Marcas Grant | Tags: Three and out, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Baltimore Ravens, Bernard Pierce, Charlie Whitehurst, Jake Locker, Ray Rice, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans, Timothy Wright, Zach Mettenberger
Bucs favoring rookie TE: When Tampa Bay selected tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins early in the second round, the construction of the “Tampa Towers” was complete. Now all signs point toward the rookie being the team’s starter in Week 1 of the 2014 season. Lest you think Seferian-Jenkins has completely wrested the job away from last season’s fantasy surprise, Timothy Wright, think again. New Bucs head coach Lovie Smith is still keeping an eye on the incumbent starter. This could all be a smokescreen to help create a competition in camp, but it’s also a reminder that fantasy tight ends are rarely impactful as rookies. Seferian-Jenkins is worth taking a chance on as a second tight end, but be sure to wait before making the pick.
Rice could still face suspension: Ravens running back Ray Rice could avoid court following a charge of third-degree aggravated assault, but that’s no guarantee that he won’t still be disciplined by the NFL. While it’s unlikely that any possible suspension would be a lengthy one, it’s worth understanding that it’s still a possibility. Bernard Pierce seemed poised to grab a bigger role in the offense this season and would be the presumptive starter for Week 1 if Rice can’t fulfill his duties. Regardless of what happens, fantasy owners would be wise to pair the two backs together on their respective rosters.
Locker closer to full return: Titans quarterback Jake Locker was limited when the team met last month for organized team activities. However coach Ken Whisenhunt says the oft-injured quarterback should be cleared for more expanded work in Tennessee’s upcoming OTAs. For now Locker is the favorite to start for the Titans in Week 1, but considering his injury history, keep an eye on the battle between Charlie Whitehurst and Zach Mettenberger for the No. 2 quarterback job.
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