Alex Gelhar | Tags: Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall, Darren Sproles, Dri Archer, Fantasy football, Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount, LeSean McCoy, Mike Evans, Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Foles to “blow it away,” says McCoy: The tape-watching jury might still be out on Nick Foles, but that won’t stop veteran running back LeSean McCoy from pumping up the hype surrounding his quarterback. McCoy told CSN Philly that Foles is already playing lights out in camp, and this will be the year he “blows it away.” As any fan of the NFL knows, this is the time of year where cliches and hyperbole run rampant in the national sports media, so any praise should be taken with a grain of salt. Still, Foles will enter 2014 more comfortable in a system that saw him throw a ludicrous 27-2 TD-INT ratio last year. Even if a few of his lucky bounces go south, Foles still slots in at the backend of the QB1 conversation, yet can likely be had much later in drafts than the usual crop of superstar signal-callers.
Evans overweight: Tampa Bay rookie receiver Mike Evans is reportedly looking to drop a few more pounds before the season starts. Evans admitted he’s a bit out of shape, partially a product of his offseason hamstring injury, but things are looking up. In fact, to help shed the weight, he’s working out with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery in Miami. With his video game-like combination of size and speed, Evans is an intriguing option in fantasy next year. However, as we so often discuss on this site, rookie receivers hardly ever deliver in fantasy. Keenan Allen was the exception last year — not the norm. Also stacked against Evans is that he’s admitted to having an uphill battle over learning his NFL playbook after playing in a relatively simple system at Texas A&M. Preseason could shed more light on Evans’ fantasy potential, but at most he’s a late-round flier.
Archer expects “big role” for Steelers: They say you can’t teach speed, but somewhere in his youth Pittsburgh Steelers rookie Dri Archer sure learned how to run. He was the fastest athlete at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, and it’s his speed that made the Steelers draft him in May. It’s also the reason Archer expects to have a “big role” with the team this season. What that role will include remains to be seen, but as our Around the League writers have speculated, it will primarily be on special teams. Archer is a potential Darren Sproles in the making, but he might need a season or two to get there. He’s not worth a roster spot in standard leagues, as Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount will take the vast majority of the team’s rushing attempts. That being said, Archer is definitely worth drafting in dynasty formats where you can wait for the mental side of his game to catch up to his blazing speed.
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