Marcas Grant | Tags: Three and out, Baltimore Ravens, Bernard Pierce, Charlie Whitehurst, Cierre Wood, Detroit Lions, Eric Ebron, Fitzgerald Toussaint, Jake Locker, Justin Forsett, Lorenzo Taliaferro, Ray Rice, Tennessee Titans, Zach Mettenberger
Ravens to use rotation: The Ravens are preparing for a likely Ray Rice suspension from the league by apparently setting up for a running back-by-committee situation. At the head of the pack is Bernard Pierce, but there is a flock of Ravens waiting to pick up the slack behind him. Justin Forsett is probably slated to be Pierce’s backup, but Lorenzo Taliaferro, Cierre Wood and Fitzgerald Toussaint will also get long looks in training camp. Of that committee, Pierce is likely the only one with any sort of fantasy staying power. Once Rice returns from any possible ban, he’ll assume a fair share of the workload and push the other into the background.
Ebron learning multiple positions: Lions rookie tight end Eric Ebron is undergoing a tough initiation to the NFL. The team has the former North Carolina standout learning multiple positions, something Ebron says has been difficult early on. Detroit’s decision to make Ebron a “multiple” player speaks to the changing face of the tight end position, spurred in large part by players like Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski. How quickly Ebron picks it up will determine how quickly he can be a contributor. However, with the poor track record of rookie tight ends in fantasy combined with Ebron’s admitted steep learning curve, he’ll be nothing more than a very late round flier in most leagues.
Mettenberger ‘coming for starting role’: Former LSU star Zach Mettenberger slid all the way down to the sixth round of the draft before the Titans came calling. But Mettenberger isn’t letting that get him down, telling SiriusXM NFL Radio that he’s aiming to be the team’s starter. Right now, this isn’t anything more than the normal bravado necessary to be a professional athlete. Jake Locker — as long as he’s healthy — will be the starter this season. Mettenberger’s biggest challenge could be trying to unseat Charlie Whitehurst as Tennessee’s No. 2 quarterback. Until further notice, the rookie isn’t a fantasy factor.
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