Marcas Grant | Tags: Three and out, Allen Robinson, Cecil Shorts, Christine Michael, Jacksonville Jaguars, Justin Blackmon, Khiry Robinson, Mark Ingram, Marqise Lee, Marshawn Lynch, New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks
Bevell talks up Michael: The chorus of voices praising Seahawks running back Christine Michael has grown by one. Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell joined the club Wednesday when he hyped the second-year rusher and said Seattle’s offense would be “running back by committee.” That comes a week after head coach Pete Carroll got the Michael bandwagon going. We’re not quite buying this one. In reality, it’s probably more of an attempt to get Marshawn Lynch to show up for OTAs. In his three full seasons with the Seahawks, Beast Mode has averaged 300 carries, 1,350 yards and 12 touchdowns as the focal point of the offense. With no indication that he’s slowing down and still two years left on his contract, the idea that Seattle would lessen Lynch’s workload feels like a smokescreen. Michael is worth considering, but only for dynasty leagues.
Jags leave door open for Blackmon: While the selections of Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson in the draft suggest that the Jaguars are ready for life without Justin Blackmon, the team reportedly hasn’t completely given up hope that the talented but troubled receiver could return. Jacksonville could be open to welcoming Blackmon back if he is reinstated by the league. Add him to the team’s young receivers and the playmaking Cecil Shorts and the Jags would have a very intriguing group of pass-catchers. But until there is some sort of resolution on Blackmon’s situation, it’s not worth spending anything more than a very late round flier on him.
Ingram motivated by contract: The first three years of Mark Ingram‘s career haven’t gone the way anyone predicted. The Heisman Trophy winner’s best pro season came in 2012 when he rushed for 602 yards and five touchdowns. Now he’s stuck in a crowded backfield with Khiry Robinson threatening to steal carries. However Ingram, who is in the final year of his contract, says he will use his impending free agency as motivation. Motivation is one thing. Carries are another. Ingram will need to find a way to not only beat out his competition but to make himself more valuable in one of the NFL’s more pass-happy offenses. Banking on the former Alabama star to suddenly become fantasy relevant seems like a risky move.
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