Bernard poised to lead backfield: It’s no secret that the Cincinnati Bengals are set to build their offense around Giovani Bernard, but the belief was that BenJarvus Green-Ellis would take a secondary role in offensive coordinator Hue Jackson’s scheme. That last part might be a little premature. According to Cincinnati.com’s Paul Dehner, Jr., Green-Ellis could find himself competing for a roster spot with Rex Burkhead. Meanwhile, Bernard could be in line for 300 total touches — including 70 receptions. Where once it appeared Green-Ellis was going to be Bernard’s handcuff, the Law Firm instead might need to find a new place to set up his practice.
Floyd feeling ‘confident’: After missing 14 games with a serious neck injury, Malcom Floyd is ready to get back on the field for the Chargers. The veteran wideout says he feels “confident” about returning to play in 2014. That’s encouraging for both the player and his team as San Diego struggled last season to find a receiving complement to Keenan Allen. Floyd won’t be anyone’s fantasy superstar, but he could be a quality fourth or fifth option if he is healthy and productive. More importantly, Floyd could help take some of the pressure off of Allen’s shoulders.
Wallace to return kicks?: In his second season with Miami, Mike Wallace has big expectations for what he can provide on offense. If you believe Wallace, that could also include returning kicks in 2014. Right now, this sounds more like wishful thinking on the receiver’s part than any actual personnel movement by the coaching staff. The prospect of Wallace is a double-edged sword. If you play in a fantasy league that rewards you for return yards, then it’s potentially a good thing. If your league doesn’t compensate you for kick returns, then having Wallace back deep only adds another opportunity for injury. Right now, we’re not sold that this will actually happen.
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