Jones out of OTAs: The Atlanta Falcons are hopeful that Julio Jones can recover fully from the foot surgery that cost him the bulk of last season. However, the team isn’t quite ready to rush the talented receiver back on the field. It’s not a surprise. After all, we’re just in the first week of June — just about three months away from the start of the regular season. That should be plenty of time for Jones to get himself ready to go. If we get into training camp and the foot is still an issue, then we’ll change our tune. Until then, consider this a case of a team exercising caution.
Jets WR2 job open: When it’s come to the Jets, most of the focus has been on the alleged competition at quarterback. But that’s not the only camp battle going on in Florham Park. There is expected to be a contest to see who will be the team’s No. 2 receiver. The early leader in the competition appears to be Jacoby Ford, though there are a host of players who will also vie for the job. At this point, none of Eric Decker’s potential receiving mates are particularly attractive from a fantasy perspective. However, it’s certainly viable to believe that Gang Green’s group of wideouts will be a lot more productive than it was a season ago.
Cotchery to line up in slot: While the Jets have seen an upgrade in their receiving corps, the Panthers have gone the other direction. Jerricho Cotchery enters the season as Carolina’s most experienced wideout — by a fairly wide margin. It’s also giving him a leg up on the team’s slot receiver job. Sure, he caught 10 touchdowns last season, but it was also the first time he’d even approached double digits in his career. He’ll be 32 at the start of the season and entering his 12th campaign, neither of which inspires confidence in his ability to repeat those numbers. There’s not much to like with Carolina’s group of receivers and fantasy owners might do well to be wary of drafting anyone from this troop.
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