Packers want to play faster: You’ve probably heard this plenty of times by now, but there’s another NFL offense that wants to play fast in 2014. This one is the Green Bay Packers, but the difference is that their plan seems less nebulous than most. Instead of just wanting to run more plays, head coach Mike McCarthy has put a number on things. McCarthy and quarterback Aaron Rodgers have a goal of running 75 plays per game; that’s a notable change from last season’s average of 67 plays per game. It would also equal more plays than those of the 2013 Broncos, who averaged more than 72 plays per contest. It’s a simple equation: more plays means more opportunity to produce. With Rodgers and the cast of characters the Packers boast, it’s hard not to like what such a strategy could mean for the new season.
Eli Manning ‘re-energized’: Last season was a forgettable one for Eli Manning. But the veteran Giants quarterback has a new offensive coordinator and says he feels “re-energized” learning Ben McAdoo’s system. Manning even spent time working out with Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham in Louisiana. None of this is any guarantee that Manning won’t have another disastrous season, but it’s a positive step. Regardless, Eli could struggle to be drafted in plenty of fantasy leagues.
Hoyer ’100 percent healthy’: The Browns will have arguably the most-watched quarterback competition of the fall between Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel. Hoyer was limited during offseason workouts but says now that he’s completely healthy and “ready to go” for training camp. Hoyer will need to be with the rookie Manziel charging for the starting job. Whoever wins the role will likely spend the entire season working without Josh Gordon. Whether it be Hoyer or Manziel, fantasy owners would be wise to wait until the later rounds to draft a Cleveland quarterback.
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