Toby Gerhart hopes to be ‘Beast’ of the East

Gerhart wants to emulate ‘Beast Mode': When Gus Bradley left the Seahawks to become the head coach of the Jaguars, he hoped to bring a little of the Seattle mentality to Jacksonville. In that case, count Toby Gerhart as Bradley’s answer to Marshawn Lynch. It’s a role that Gerhart is ready to embrace, telling USA Today that he “wants to be the ‘Beast Mode’ down here for the Jaguars.” Bradley echoed that sentiment by saying the former Stanford star will “get the bulk of the carries.” In a world where featured backs are few and far between, the prospect of Gerhart having a chance to claim 300 rushing attempts is worth considering him as a high-end RB2 in 2014.

Ball preparing for starring role: Montee Ball has been tagged as the man to replace Knowshon Moreno in the Broncos’ backfield and the second-year rusher is preparing for the part. According to reports, Ball has shown marked improvement as a pass-catcher in an effort to stay on the field for all three downs. His next job will be to improve his skills as a pass-protector, which could make Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson fairly irrelevant for fantasy purposes. We’ll see in training camp how much Ball is ready to command Denver’s running back spotlight.

Benjamin to work with Newton: Now that minicamps are finished, some players will scatter until it’s time to reconvene for training camp. Not so with Kelvin Benjamin. The rookie receiver is planning to remain in Charlotte and work with quarterback Cam Newton. It’s an encouraging sign for a young player — especially in a wide receiver group that is short on bona fide playmakers. We’ll certain get a better idea of how that relationship is going once we get into preseason games, but there’s still little reason to rank any Panthers wideouts as more than low-end WR3 options.

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