Moreno takes second-team snaps: After leaving Denver for Miami, Knowshon Moreno was destined to suffer a dip in his fantasy draft value. Recent news that last season’s fantasy breakout back isn’t making a good first impression with the Dolphins won’t help. Coach Joe Philbin is reportedly unhappy with Moreno’s conditioning and has had the running back working with the second team while Lamar Miller takes first-team reps. That’s not how things were supposed to go for the guy expected to walk into a starting role in South Florida. This isn’t likely to be the last that’s written about Miami’s running back situation, but Moreno putting himself at an early disadvantage isn’t encouraging.
Rivers praises Green: Antonio Gates isn’t the player he once was, a fact that is painfully obvious to anyone who’s watched even a few minutes of Chargers football recently. To that end, the door could be opening for Ladarius Green to take over the role of San Diego’s top tight end. Right now, Green has the respect of quarterback Philip Rivers, who says “the sky is still the limit” for the third year pass-catcher. While he might not supplant Gates this season, Green should see more snaps (and potentially more targets) in 2014. Green’s value might be greater in dynasty leagues, but he shouldn’t be overlooked as a potential waiver wire option should Gates falter during the season.
Criner impressing at OTAs: Beyond James Jones, there isn’t much depth in the Raiders’ receiving corps — something Juron Criner is trying to take advantage of. Entering his third season, the former University of Arizona standout has been surpassed on the depth chart by the likes of Rod Streater and Andre Holmes. So in what could be a make-or-break year, Criner is opening eyes at Oakland’s offseason workouts. According to reports, he’s looked like the best receiver on the field. Of course, he wouldn’t be the first player to look amazing in OTAs and be unable to carry it over to the regular season. We’ll need to see a little more before we can suggest drafting Criner.
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