Apr
21

Raiders expected to cut Terrelle Pryor

Raiders, Pryor to part ways: Not that long ago, the Raiders were wondering if Terrelle Pryor could be their quarterback of the future. They’ve apparently found their answer. Oakland has been trying to trade Pryor, but if they can’t find a partner, the team will reportedly cut the athletic quarterback. The former Ohio State star made nine starts in 2013 and threw seven touchdowns but 11 interceptions. Those numbers overshadowed his 576 rushing yards and a general inability to consistently connect with receivers. Whereas Pryor isn’t likely to have much fantasy value, his departure solidifies Matt McGloin as the quarterback who will work behind Matt Schaub in the offense … though neither of that duo is likely to be in much demand, either.

Vikings to stick with Cassel?: Plenty of recent mock drafts have pegged the Minnesota Vikings as drafting a quarterback — either Blake Bortles or Derek Carr — with the eighth overall pick. Not so fast, says Peter King. He reports that the Vikings will go a different direction at No. 8 because of the lack of a sure thing. That assessment of the quarterback class is nothing new, but the idea that Minnesota could ride with Matt Cassel for another season is. Last season, Cassel made six less-than-memorable starts and finished 32nd among fantasy quarterbacks; less than one full point better than fellow Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder. Hopefully the addition of Norv Turner can help stabilize Cassel, but the quarterback’s on-field success will have more of an impact on the value of Cordarrelle Patterson than Cassel himself.

Falcons to de-emphasize TE position: In the wake of Tony Gonzalez’s retirement, the Falcons appear set to turn to Levine Toilolo to fill the position. But don’t expect him to fill Gonzalez’s shoes. The Stanford product has 11 catches for 55 yards as a rookie in 2013 and no one is pegging him to be a future Hall of Famer like the man he’s replacing. However, Atlanta reportedly has no interest in seeking out a tight end in the draft. Instead, the team’s answer could be to put less focus on the tight end in the offense. If you’re hoping to plug in Toilolo and see a healthy amount of targets, you’ll need to rethink your strategy.

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Apr
18

Colts hope Trent Richardson is ‘bell cow’

Offseason big for T-Rich: Much has been written of Trent Richardson’s awful 2013 season. Both Richardson and the Colts are hoping to put that in the past, starting with a strong offseason. Coach Chuck Pagano says the team will likely use a committee approach in the backfield but would also like to find a “bell cow” to lead the way. All signs point toward Richardson getting every opportunity to be that back, but he’ll need to be much better than the back that averaged fewer than three yards per carry last season. The good news is that Richardson will have an entire offseason to get acclimated to Indy’s playbook. Look for the former Alabama star to fall in drafts after last season’s poor showing, but he could have some mid-round value as a third or fourth option.

Texans seeking slot WR: Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien recently told ESPN.com that the team could look for another receiver who could play the slot. That’s a bit of a surprise for a team that still has DeVier Posey and Keshawn Martin on the roster. Although neither player posted eye-popping numbers last season, the expectation at the end of the year was that one of them could take a big step forward in 2014. That progression certainly isn’t off the table, but if Houston is indeed looking for more help at the position, it’s not encouraging.

Meachem re-signs with Saints: No need for Robert Meachem to call the moving trucks after the veteran receiver re-signed with the New Orleans Saints. He will once again be part of a crowded receiving corps that includes Marques ColstonKenny StillsNick Toon and Joe Morgan. It’s nothing new for fantasy owners, who are likely well-acquainted with the headaches associated with having a Saints receiver on their rosters. It’s hard to recommend Meachem as anything more than a waiver wire option.

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Apr
17

LaMichael James, Terrelle Pryor on trading block?

Niners looking to move James: When the 49ers selected LaMichael James in the second round of the 2012 draft, it was hoped that he’d be a speedy addition to the backfield and eventually be the successor to Frank Gore. Instead, James has struggled to earn snaps and has fallen behind Kendall Hunter on the depth chart. Now, with Marcus Lattimore ready to grab a bigger role in the offense, the Niners could trade James. A move to a new location wouldn’t likely do much for the value of the speedy former Oregon star, but it reinforces the idea that Lattimore is a sleeper who could have increasing importance both for the 49ers and fantasy owners in seasons to come.

Raiders trying to deal Pryor: After a short experiment with Terrelle Pryor as their starting quarterback, the Raiders are reportedly ready to move on from the athletic signal-caller. After Oakland signed Matt Schaub, it was a clear signal that Pryor wasn’t going to start for them anytime soon. But this latest news suggests that the former Ohio State star has fallen behind Matt McGloin on the depth chart. It’s not likely that any of the Raiders’ QBs were going to find fantasy homes, but at least we can focus in on the names worth keeping an eye on in the event of a midseason waiver wire run.

Rice returns to Seahawks: Sidney Rice is staying put. The veteran receiver is returning to the Seattle Seahawks where he has spent the past three seasons. At this point in his career, Rice isn’t likely to make a fantasy splash. In fact, he’ll likely find himself well down Seattle’s pecking order — behind Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse — while still playing in an offense that is slanted heavily toward running the football. All of this before we get to the problems Rice has had staying healthy in his career. It would be nice to see him finally have some sustained success to match all of his talent, but it’s not a risk worth reaching for.

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Apr
16

Golden Tate says Lions offense is a better fit

Tate excited about Lions: In need of a quality complement to Calvin Johnson, the Lions signed free agent Golden Tate from the Seattle Seahawks. So far, both sides seem happy with the arrangement. Tate recently told the team’s website that the Lions offense “ is going to fit better for me as a player than Seattle’s did.” That statement could be based simply on the fact that Detroit boasts one of the most pass-laden offenses in the NFL compared to Seattle, which leaned heavily on the run. Tate will also work with offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, who was part of an offense that spread the ball around to multiple receivers when he was with the Saints. There’s little doubt Tate will see a rise in fantasy value this season and could check in as a WR3 in most leagues.

Titans rave over McCluster: After four lackluster seasons in Kansas City, Dexter McCluster has moved on to Tennessee where he is drawing early raves from his new teammates. The jitterbug back has drawn praise for his quickness and elusiveness in the Titans’ early workouts. None of these traits are new, but McCluster failed to put them to any significant use during his time with Kansas City. How the Titans plan to use him is still up for debate. For fantasy owners sake, McCluster has much more value as a running back in PPR formats than as a receiver — which is how Andy Reid primarily used him. Either way, it’s hard to envision McCluster being drafted in many formats.

Palmer not sweating draft: Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer is acknowledging his football mortality. The veteran admitted that he might not have too many seasons left and isn’t worried about the team possibly drafting a quarterback next month. Last season, Palmer experienced a couple of negative career-highs — he was sacked 41 times while throwing 22 interceptions. He’ll turn 35 this season and recognizes his NFL days are numbered. If the Cardinals do draft a young quarterback, it will be interesting to see how snaps could be divided if the Redbirds struggle in 2014.

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Apr
15

Jermichael Finley drawing interest from Dolphins

Finley waiting on MRI: The hopeful return of Jermichael Finley appears to be on track. The tight end will have an MRI soon that will go a long way toward determining his future. In the meantime, a couple of teams are already reportedly showing interest. The Seahawks are believed to be pushing hardest for Finley’s services, but the Dolphins have also reportedly entered the fray. However, Miami team officials are only interested in Finley on a “low risk” contract. That’s probably the same thing the veteran will hear from most teams that approach him about a deal. If Finley is truly healed and can play at his previous level, he might find himself as a low-end TE1 before the season ends.

Rice returns to Seattle?: After being cleared by doctors, Sidney Rice is back on the free-agent market and could return to the Seattle Seahawks. The receiver is rehabbing a torn ACL and is also drawing interest from the Saints and Panthers. Entering his eighth season in the NFL, Rice has struggled to avoid injury. He’s played in more than nine games just once over the past four campaigns. Wherever Rice lands, his history makes him too much of a risk to count on as anything more than a waiver wire option.

Run, run Rudolph: Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph is progressing well from a foot injury that slowed him in 2013. The veteran says he’s been running since mid-February and has had no problems. That’s good news, especially with Norv Turner now running the offense in Minnesota. Turner has traditionally involved his tight ends heavily in his schemes. As long as Rudolph shows no ill effects from the injury, he’ll be a top-10 fantasy tight end in 2014 drafts.

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Apr
14

Buccaneers committee won’t hurt Doug Martin

Martin still lead RB: Despite missing 10 games last season, it doesn’t appear that Doug Martin has lost his place as the Buccaneers No. 1 running back. However, there are concerns that Martin will find himself in a rotation with Bobby Rainey and Mike James in Jeff Tedford’s new offense. Those concerns shouldn’t weigh too heavily on fantasy owners, according to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com. Even though both Rainey and James played well in Martin’s absence last season, the team still believes strongly in the former first-round pick. Knowing that Martin’s backups can perform well when called upon will give Tampa the confidence to lighten some of the starter’s workload. But it’s not likely to be enough of a timeshare to scare away fantasy enthusiasts.

Eli on the decline?: The New York Giants are starting to worry whether they’ve already seen the best of Eli Manning. Most fantasy owners can already answer that question in the affirmative. Last season, Manning threw a league- and career-high 27 interceptions. Look back over the past four seasons and no one has thrown more picks than the Giants quarterback, who has tossed 83 passes to the opposition. At the same time, Manning’s completion percentage has dropped while his passer rating has fallen to an abysmal 69.4. There were only two qualifying quarterbacks worse in that department last season — Geno Smith and Terrelle Pryor. There’s not much to be excited about in 2014 — Manning is now 33 years old and won’t have Hakeem Nicks while learning Ben McAdoo’s new offense. The Big Blue QB will struggle to be a No. 2 option in some fantasy leagues.

Matthews as Miami’s WR3?: The battle to be the Dolphins slot receiver will be one of the camp battles to watch. But it appears that Rishard Matthews currently has the inside track to the job over Brandon Gibson. Matthews came on strong in the second half of the season — most notably his 11/120/2 performance in Week 10 against the Buccaneers. From Week 10 until the end of the season, the Dolphins were looking Matthews’ way a little more often, targeting him more than six times per game. If he can make the vaunted “third-year WR leap”, he might find some fantasy value as a fourth or fifth wideout in some formats.

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Apr
11

Arian Foster says he’ll be ready for OTAs

Foster says he’s ‘feeling good': It’s full speed ahead for Arian Foster after having back surgery last season. The running back dove further into his status recently by saying he’ll be ready to go when the Texans begin their organized team activities on May 27. That’s the good news. The bad (or at least worrisome) news is that Foster has been plagued by surgeries in recent years. He’s also had a pretty heavy workload over the last few seasons. It won’t be surprising to see Houston use Andre Brown in a complementary role in 2014. But as long as Foster’s healthy, he’ll be the lead back and should rank as a low-end RB1 this season.

Roberts hoped to be No. 2 receiver: After signing with Washington in free agency, Andre Roberts hoped he’d be the team’s No. 2 wideout behind Pierre Garcon. Then the team signed DeSean Jackson. So much for that. But that’s not to suggest Roberts can’t be a factor on the field and in fantasy. Under new head coach Jay Gruden, the team is likely to throw the football quite a bit more. And with defenses being forced to focus on both Garcon and Jackson, it could open up a number of targets for Roberts. He might not have gotten his original wish, but things could still work out well for him and fantasy enthusiasts.

Giants to work out Freeman: Still in search of a new team, Josh Freeman will reportedly work out for the New York Giants next week. After once looking like the Buccaneers quarterback of the future, Freeman was unceremoniously dumped by the team before landing with the Vikings. Now on the open market again, he hope to resurrect his future. It’s not likely to be in a starting role, but with the attrition rates of NFL signal-callers, there’s a chance he could see some live snaps this season. Freeman won’t be drafted in many (if any) leagues, but you’ll likely hear his name again before the end of the 2014 season.

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Apr
10

DeAngelo Williams laments Panthers changes

Williams worried about stacked defenses: One of the biggest offseason storylines for the Carolina Panthers has been the shakeup with the team’s wide receivers. Three of the team’s top four pass-catchers from last season — including Steve Smith — are in new locales this season. In their place, the team added Jerricho Cotchery, Tiquan Underwood and Jason Avant. However, running back DeAngelo Williams isn’t sold that those players will solve the Panthers’ woes. In fact, Williams is now concerned that he and Jonathan Stewart could “see eight, nine guys in the box week in and week out”. It’s a valid concern when the ostensible lead wideout is a player who has only topped 1,000 receiving yards once in his career … seven years ago. There are problems in the Panthers offense for sure. Fantasy owners beware.

Bush, Bell to share more touches: There’s a new playcaller in Detroit. And while Joe Lombardi brings with him an Saints offense that’s familiar to Reggie Bush, it will likely mean Bush will lose more opportunities to Joique Bell. While Bush topped the depth chart last season, the duo essentially worked as Nos. 1 and 1a in the context of the offense. As a result, both finished the season among the top 20 scorers at their position. A further division of labor might be good for Detroit’s ability to keep defenses guessing, but it probably won’t work much to the benefit of fantasy owners. If you draft Bush, you will almost be compelled to draft Bell as his handcuff.

Saints, Graham moving slowly: What’s up with Jimmy Graham? That’s the biggest question facing the New Orleans Saints right now. The answer: Not much. General manager Mickey Loomis implied that negotiations with the tight end aren’t progressing much at the moment and might not reach a resolution until much closer to the start of training camp. At this point, there’s not much reason for fantasy owners to worry. Even if Graham isn’t on the field when camps open up, he’ll still be a highly coveted fantasy option when draft time rolls around.

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Apr
09

Arian Foster ready for ‘bigger things’

Foster says surgery wasn’t ‘major': Now that Arian Foster has been medically cleared to return to action, the Texans running back has taken to telling reporters that his back surgery “wasn’t as major as it sounded.” While it doesn’t have quite the ring of “anti-awesome”, it’s potentially good news for the man who was among the best of the fantasy backs for the past several seasons. The only caveat is that back injuries can be tricky things and Foster has had a growing litany of physical issues in the past few years. It’s certainly the reason Houston signed Andre Brown as a replacement for Ben Tate. Look for Foster’s load to lighten in 2014. Wary fantasy owners should target him somewhere early in the second round.

Finley to have MRI soon: Free agent tight end Jermichael Finley is hoping to get one step closer to a return to the field when he has an MRI on his surgically-repaired neck within the next two weeks. The results of the test will have a definite impact on how much interest he draws from teams around the league. If Finley is able to get back on the field, he’ll draw interest as a low-end TE1 in most fantasy circles. But if you’re thinking about drafting him, take care to find a decent backup option as well.

Holmes could sign after draft: Since being released by the Jets, Santonio Holmes has had a tough time finding work. The latest in the veteran’s employment search has him likely signing with a team after the NFL Draft. It’s not a major surprise. There are a number of talented receivers in this year’s draft class, so teams are likely to look there for help before turning to an older player who’s come with increased headaches and decreased production in recent seasons. It will be hard for Holmes to have any significant fantasy value in the upcoming season.

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Apr
08

Steelers look for more from Markus Wheaton

Wheaton to have bigger role: The Steelers had high hopes for Markus Wheaton last season. Injuries and poor performance prevented him from reaching those expectations. This season, coach Mike Tomlin thinks Wheaton is ready to take “a significant step.” Pittsburgh added Darrius Heyward-Bey and Lance Moore through free agency, but it could be Wheaton that gets the first crack at replacing Emmanuel Sanders on the field. The Steelers are still looking for a big wideout — one they could find in the draft — but the second-year speedster from Oregon State has sleeper potential heading into the 2014 season.

Bears seeking RB help: After parting ways with Michael Bush, the Bears are on the hunt for help in their backfield. The team reportedly is taking a look at Javon Ringer and Phillip Tanner as potential backups to Matt Forte. Forte had a brilliant 2013 campaign, finishing as the third-highest scoring fantasy back. But he had a total of 363 touches last season, second-most of his career. There’s no reason to believe Forte won’t again be a bell-cow for Chicago, but with Bush no longer in the picture someone will need to grab the occasional short-yardage or goal-line opportunity. Whoever it is will be a handcuff, but considering Forte’s workload in recent seasons, their value will be limited.

Williams out to prove Bucs wrong: Now that Mike Williams is a Buffalo Bill, he’s out to prove that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a mistake by trading him away. It’s a sentiment we’ve heard plenty of times from plenty of athletes over the years. The extra motivation is encouraging, but actions speak louder than words. Perhaps returning to his hometown will help spur that extra production, but Williams will also have to compete with Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods for targets in an offense that still leans heavily on the running game.

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Apr
07

Dwayne Allen trying to get to ‘110 percent’

Allen getting back to form: Big things were expected of Dwayne Allen last season, but a hip injury stopped things before they could get started. Now the Colts tight end is looking to make up for lost time, saying he’s “almost to 110 percent.” Math notwithstanding, it creates intriguing prospects in Indianapolis. The prospect of Andrew Luck having two dynamic tight ends to throw to — along with Reggie Wayne and Hakeem Nicks on the outside — is a encouraging one for fantasy owners. Although it’s definitely bad news for opposing defenses … and probably Trent Richardson.

Brown to visit Texans: Former Giants running back Andre Brown is scheduled to meet with the Texans today. Brown has been a productive option when he’s been on the field. That last part has been tricky. In the past two seasons, he has played just 18 games combined because of leg injuries. With a crowd forming in New York, a move to Houston would allow Brown to see consistent touches — especially if Bill O’Brien decides to lighten Arian Foster’s workload. Brown might not have quite the appeal of Ben Tate, but he’ll be a solid handcuff if he does sign with the Texans.

Burleson joins Browns: The Browns have added another receiver to its stable, agreed with Nate Burleson on a one-year deal. The veteran is likely to provide leadership in an offense that is short on experience, but don’t expect him to offer much in the way of production. Injuries have limited Burleson to 15 games in the past two seasons and at 32 (he’ll turn 33 in August), it’s fair to say that his best days are behind him.

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Apr
04

Cowboys, Giants added to list of Chris Johnson suitors

Johnson drawing more interest: Now that Chris Johnson has been released by the Titans, more teams are lining up to court the speedy running back. The New York Jets were the first team with a reported interest in Johnson, but now it appears they have competition from their crosstown rivals, the Giants as well as the Cowboys. The two new entries into the CJ race wouldn’t appear to have as much to offer in the way of opportunity. The Giants seem committed to new acquisition Rashad Jennings while the Cowboys seem set to hitch their wagon to DeMarco Murray. While Chris Ivory is the top back in Gang Green’s offense, Johnson is more likely to earn extra touches with the Jets.

Mike Williams traded to Buffalo: The Buffalo Bills have upgraded their wide receiver corps by completing a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for Mike Williams. Williams had a disappointing 2013, being limited to just six games because of injury and eventually running afoul of team management. But at his best, the fifth-year wideout came up just short of 1,000 yards. He now joins a squad that features Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods, forming an intriguing trio. As for the Bucs, they’re now down to Vincent Jackson and not much else. This would seem to signal that the team will pursue a receiver in the draft, but at the moment, the general fantasy value of Tampa’s offense takes a big hit.

Locker the QB in Tennessee, for now: While the Titans are reshaping their running back stable, they are apparently settled on their quarterback for the time being. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt has reiterated his support for Jake Locker, but the team could still take a look at another option in the draft. Locker’s inability to stay healthy has justifiably scared fantasy enthusiasts away from him. That spotty injury history combined with a receiving group that is short on reliable playmakers will be a strike against any Titans quarterback heading into 2014.

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Apr
03

Chris Johnson likely to be released soon

Johnson done in Tennessee: The end is near for Chris Johnson with the Tennessee Titans. That end has been coming for some time now, but it appears to be imminent, according to the running back’s agent. The veteran running back still has some value for both an NFL team and fantasy owners, but he’ll have to find it in the context of a platoon … and not one that plays its home games in Nashville. When the inevitable release comes, the New York Jets are reportedly at the front of the line to apply for Johnson’s services. It’s likely the best case scenario for him, but he will still struggle to rank better than a low-end No. 2 back in most leagues.

Titans to go RB-by-committee: With Johnson out and new offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt in, the Titans are likely to go with a heavier running back rotation. Last season, Johnson split touches with Shonn Greene, but it was apparent that the former was the primary option in the running game. This season, that job will likely fall to Greene with some combination of Jackie Battle and Leon Washington filling in the gaps. The Titans were a middle-of-the-pack rushing outfit in 2013 and there’s no reason to think any of their backs will be an extremely coveted fantasy option in 2014.

Burleson visiting Miami: Nate Burleson is visiting the Dolphins in an effort to extend his playing career. While having been a serviceable receiver during his career, injuries have slowed him in recent seasons. If Burleson does wind up with the ‘Fins, he’ll have a hard time seeing a significant number of targets and would likely provide a steadying veteran presence in a locker room looking to change its culture. Burleson won’t be a fantasy factor in 2014.

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Apr
02

Christine Michael could see more work

GM calls Michael ‘explosive': Last season, Christine Michael didn’t see much attention in the Seahawks offense, running the ball just 18 times for 79 yards. That’s not surprising on a team that employs Marshawn Lynch. But with Lynch approaching 30 (he turns 28 later this month) and having two seasons left on his deal, Seattle could begin preparing for the future. General manager John Schneider recently called Michael one of “our most explosive players”, alongside Percy Harvin – high praise indeed. Don’t look for Michael to see a slew of touches in 2014, but he’s an increasingly attractive handcuff option and could have long term value in dynasty leagues.

Steelers sign Heyward-Bey: Darrius Heyward-Bey has a new home in Pittsburgh. The underachieving speedster has a new deal with the Steelers after a lackluster season with the Colts. Heyward-Bey should compete for the vacant No. 2 receiving job along with Lance Moore and Markus Wheaton, but after five unremarkable seasons in the NFL, there’s little reason for fantasy owners to get their hopes up about Heyward-Bey in his third stop.

Brown to see occasional work: People were understandably confused when Donald Brown signed with the Chargers. How would he be used in a backfield that already had Ryan MathewsDanny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown? That is starting to fall into place. Ronnie Brown is out of the picture and the reported plan for Donald Brown is to have him see 5-10 touches per game. Since Woodhead still needs to get his opportunities, that would suggest the Chargers plan to run the ball a lot in 2014. Considering Mathews’ injury history, it could lead to more chances for Brown if the incumbent starter can’t fulfill his duties for 16 games.

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Apr
01

Dolphins expecting more from Lamar Miller

Miller needs to break tackles: Now that Knowshon Moreno is calling Miami home, there is expected to be a running back battle between him and Lamar Miller, according to head coach Joe Philbin. What does Miller need to do in order to emerge victorious? Break more tackles. That’s a noble idea for a player whose scouting report touted his speed and shiftiness. But will it be enough to overcome his lack of work near the goal-line. In 2013, Daniel Thomas led the Dolphins with 24 carries in the red zone. The good news for Miller is that Thomas could be pushed out of Miami. The bad news is that Moreno led Denver’s running backs with 42 touches inside the 20-yard line and scored eight rushing TDs — tied for sixth among all NFL running backs. The competition will certainly play out in the preseason, but on paper, the deck is stacked against Miller.

Britt joins Rams: Kenny Britt is reunited with Jeff Fisher. The pair worked together in Tennesee and will work together again in St. Louis after the free agent wideout agreed to a deal with the Rams Monday. Britt has been as much of an enigma in fantasy as on the field. A variety of issues have prevented him from approaching the potential that seemed so vast. Now he’ll work in a crowded receiver group that is long on talent, but short on proven ability. Yet with talk about getting the dynamic Tavon Austin more involved, it seems unlikely that a five-year veteran who has constantly underperformed while having his share of off-field issues will grab the top spot in the pecking order.

Broyles gets ‘clean slate': Through his first two seasons, Ryan Broyles has had an issue getting on track — mostly due to injury. The former Oklahoma star has played a total of 16 games in his first two NFL seasons, something that would concern most players in the wake of a head coaching change. But new Lions coach Jim Caldwell says he’s giving Broyles “a clean slate” to prove himself. While that’s encouraging, the team’s recent signing of Golden Tate is not. After three significant leg injuries in three seasons, it’s hard to envision Broyles reaching the potential that seemed so great when he was running pass patterns during his college days in Norman.

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