Browns to ‘hodgepodge’ WR corps: The Browns haven’t shown much panic over a possible suspension to Josh Gordon, maybe because they’re already putting a plan in place. General manager Ray Farmer says the team doesn’t need a “mega-guy” like Gordon at the position and instead will try to “hodgepodge it … use a rotation.” It doesn’t seem like an ideal situation for Cleveland and it certainly isn’t one for fantasy owners. The Browns have a slew of receivers on the roster, but none really move the meter — unless you really think Miles Austin or Earl Bennett are primed for huge seasons. I laid my thoughts out on how to handle any potential Gordon suspension in the latest Fantasy Mailbag, but there’s little reason to be excited about any of the guys playing behind him.
Foster likes new role in offense: As he continues his recovery from back surgery last fall, Arian Foster is learning coach Bill O’Brien’s new offense. The early returns? He likes it. The veteran running back is excited about the opportunities the new scheme offers, including a chance to catch more passes out of the backfield. It’s not foreign to Foster, who caught a career-high 66 passes in 2010. It could also signal that the new Houston regime is going to get Foster back to being a workhorse back after former coach Gary Kubiak tried to lighten the load in recent seasons. There’s no doubt that Foster can produce, but can he stay healthy?
Beckham draws high praise: This year’s class of rookie receivers has been praised for its depth, but according to Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman, only one appears ready to jump in right now. That would be Giants wideout Odell Beckham, Jr. According to Gettleman, Beckham was the only rookie who can “run the entire route tree.” It’s a skill that would seem to give the LSU standout a leg up over fellow rookies like Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans. But it might not be enough to change Michael Fabiano’s opinion of drafting rookie wideouts.
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