A late edition of Three and Out is better than no Three and Out, right? Let’s get to it.
Will the Texans shop Andre Johnson?: This is currently on the mind of every Houston Texans player and fan. The disgruntled but supremely-talented Andre Johnson has expressed his interest in moving on from the team, as he has no desire to be a part of another rebuilding project. Our Around the League team postulated where exactly Johnson could land. From a fantasy perspective, the ideal situation would be New England or Carolina, where he’d be paired with a quarterback who could make the most of his skill set. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that this issue will be resolved anytime soon, so as fantasy drafts approach, owners should take a measured approach when looking at Johnson. A good way to figure out where or when to take him would be by joining a mock draft lobby and seeing what the rest of the fantasy world is making of this situation.
Newton to throw with receivers: Even though he’s not yet 100 percent healed from his offseason ankle surgery,Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will be joining his receivers in Charlotte to work on timing and chemistry. This is music to fantasy owners ears, as Newton’s receiving corps has undergone a massive overhaul — no wide receiver on the roster has caught a pass as a Panther. Still, it’s not like this offseason workout is going to turn Newton and his pass catchers into the second-coming of Joe Montana and Jerry Rice. Assuming Newton recovers in time for training camp, his progress with his receivers will be one to watch in preseason to accurately gauge his value as a fantasy quarterback. As for his receivers … draft at your own peril.
Allen’s return like “getting a brand new player”: Both the Indianapolis Colts and numerous football pundits had high hopes for tight end Dwayne Allen last season. Those lofty expectations came crashing back to earth when Allen was sidelined for most of the year with a hip injury that required surgery. Allen very quietly finished 22nd in fantasy points in his rookie season, and looked set to breakout in 2013 under offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton. Allen had become a favorite target of Andrew Luck, and that chemistry should return (hopefully) during training camp. Allen is a sleeper worth following as we approach the season, as the tight end crop is a mixed bag after Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski. Allen could end up being a steal late in drafts if you wait on drafting a tight end.
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