Dunbar a ‘complete weapon’?: Add another name to the list of NFL June superstars. Cowboys running back Lance Dunbar is being lauded by his coaches for his ability to do a little bit of everything. In the offense of new coordinator Scott Linehan, having a wide range of skills is a big plus. Dallas figures to throw the ball more in 2014, but the team will likely also have an interest in lessening the workload of DeMarco Murray. Murray took steps toward shedding his “injury prone” label in 2013, but it’s hard to envision Dallas giving their lead back more than the career-high 270 touches he had last year. Look for Dunbar to become the best handcuff option for the ‘Boys in 2014.
Jets to use RB committee: Forget all of Chris Johnson’s talk about still being capable of a 2,000-yard season; the Jets don’t seem eager to give him the chance to try. New York’s running backs coach described Johnson as having “some miles on him” and said the team will be “strategic” in how they use him. Translation: expect to see a lot of Chris Ivory and possibly Bilal Powell in Gang Green’s backfield. Mark it down as yet another running back committee and move Johnson down your draft board accordingly.
Haley hypes Steelers WRs: The Steelers wide receiver corps underwent a makeover during the course of free agency and recent drafts. The group that will take the field this season has earned rave reviews from offensive coordinator Todd Haley, who believes it’s the deepest WR corps he’s ever coached. I’m not willing to go that far, but it’s a group that features Antonio Brown and a handful of sleepers — most notably Markus Wheaton. Pittsburgh’s coaches might be excited about what they have, but that doesn’t necessarily translate to fantasy owners.
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