Romo, Manning say they can play: Both Tony Romo and Eli Manning are recovering from surgeries, but both have made it known that they would be ready to go if there was a game this week. Romo, who is rehabbing after back surgery, is hoping to be “100 percent on Day 1 of training camp.” Manning, who is working his way back from ankle surgery, is confident in his health. However he admitted that he still needs work on the Giants’ new playbook. Fortunately for them — and fantasy owners — the season is still a few months away, giving them time to get fully healed. That will be key for a pair of players entering transitional seasons. Both will have new offensive coordinators in 2014, offering new possibilities. While Romo’s fortunes are holding steady as a low QB1/high QB2, Manning will need to prove that he’s not still in the midst of a steady decline. Health will likely play a big factor in what happens for each signal-caller this year.
Seahawks not going “committee”: Breathe easy, fantasy enthusiasts … the Seattle Seahawks won’t be going running back-by-committee this season. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell soft-pedaled last week’s statements that started a mild fantasy frenzy. That’s not to say that Christine Michael won’t see more work in 2014. However, it’s more likely to come at the expense of Robert Turbin than Marshawn Lynch. Proceed with ranking Beast Mode among the top five players off the board in your drafts.
Cutler bulking up for 2014: Jay Cutler hasn’t played 16 games in a season since 2009. As such, the Bears quarterback is bulking up to try and make it through a full campaign. Combine that with Chicago’s improved offensive line and it’s encouraging news. While Cutler missed five games last season, his production was solid when he was on the field. With another year in Marc Trestman’s offense — as well as having Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery to throw to, Cutler has potential as a quality QB2 in most formats.
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