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Browns insider Terry Pluto believes WR Josh Gordon is a breakout candidate in 2013. We're on board -- assuming he gets improved QB play. Gordon turned in an impressive rookie campaign, especially considering he was a supplemental draft pick that didn't join the squad until mid July. Gordon ended up amassing 805 yards and 5 TDs on 50 catches. His 16.1-yard average was 8th-best among WRs with more than 20 grabs. He looks like a perfect fit in new HC Rob Chudzinski's vertical passing attack. "The game comes outrageously easy for Josh Gordon, as he glides down the field," Pluto observed at OTAs.
Browns WR Josh Gordon expects a full offseason to help him quite a bit heading into his 2nd year in the NFL. “It’s a tremendous difference,” he told the team website. “Having the advantage of knowing the plays and knowing the style of offense coming into it months in advance as opposed to a few weeks of training camp and going right into the preseason, it’s a huge difference. It definitely will transition into the season a lot smoother than it did last year." Gordon enjoyed a terrific rookie year -- 50 catches, 805 yards and 5 TDs -- considering his circumstances. He arrived in Cleveland shortly before training camp via the supplemental draft and coming off a year away from football. He joined an offense run by a rookie QB with no #1 WR. That last factor helped push Gordon up the depth chart quickly. He finished the year somewhat shakily and has been publicly challenged by the new regime. But that signals to us a player the franchise is counting on to help lead its resurgence. Gordon said he and Greg Little have been working out hard in Miami this offseason and seems poised to continue improving. He's not the safest bet for your fantasy team, but the ceiling could be high.
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The Browns' new regime is excited about WR Josh Gordon's potential. But they've made it clear that he still has work to do. "I think Josh has to keep working hard and improving," CEO Joe Banner said recently. "A top-of-the-second-round pick on a wide receiver, you would hope by the second or third year you'd have a big, big impact player. I think he still has improvements [he] could make and there's hope that he can do that." After being selected in the 2nd round of the supplemental draft, Gordon's rookie campaign got off to a good start, with 4 scores in a 3-week span in October. But he hit pay dirt just once in his last 9 games. And he mustered just 73 yards in his final 3 outings. Still, Gordon's final 50-805-5 line was encouraging. He averaged a juicy 16.1 yards per catch. Only 12 players did better than his 6.3 yards-after-catch average. There's plenty of talent here. And we like how Gordon fits into new HC Rob Chudzinski's vertical passing attack. With improved QB play, Gordon could be a weekly starter for your 2013 fantasy squad.
Redskins GM Bruce Allen concedes that it's too early to tell whether QB Robert Griffin (knee) will be ready for training camp. “It’s too early to tell right now," Allen said. "He is doing everything that the doctors want him to do. He’s a great worker. I think that’s why there’s so much optimism that he’ll be ready at the beginning. But it’s really too premature to speculate on where his medical condition is until we give him a physical when training camp starts July 25.” RG3 has been doing "drill work" off to the side in OTAs. The Redskins will open up practice to reporters on Thursday. We should get a little better idea of how far along Griffin is then.
Redskins QB Robert Griffin (knee) resumed throwing in late-April. "Robert is doing extremely well as far as the timetable,'' RG3's dad said. "He's been doing a lot over time, he never stops. He was throwing some prior to the draft. Everything seems to be on cue. Everybody in the organization is targeting that season opener.'' Griffin's dad added that Griffin's rehab is ahead of where it was when he tore his ACL at Baylor back in 2009. "He might be a little ahead of himself in terms of doing what he did then compared to now,'' he said. "He's smarter, stronger, wiser.'' RG3 remains a question mark for Week 1, but it's been so far, so good.
Redskins QB Robert Griffin is now 4 months removed from reconstructive knee surgery. It's still way too early to get a good read on his status for the start of the 2013 season. But we do know that RG3 has yet to encounter a setback. “I’m doing great,” he said. “Knee feels fine. It’s about taking it slow. Each day is a better day.” If he stays setback-free, Griffin will have a realistic shot of taking the field for Week 1. For now, though, he remains a risk/reward pick in early fantasy football drafts.
Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno has yet to be medically cleared after injuring his knee in the playoff loss to the Ravens. He underwent surgery shortly after the season ended. Moreno "seems to be running well" at OTAs, though, according to insider Mike Klis. It sounds like he'll be able to get back on the field soon. Moreno needs all the reps he can get as he battles to keep his roster spot. Denver is expected to roll with Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman as their top 2 RBs. That will leave Moreno and Willis McGahee to battle for the #3 job.
Related Players: Montee Ball, Ronnie Hillman, Willis McGahee
Broncos HC John Fox revealed that RB Knowshon Moreno needed surgery on the knee he injured in the team's playoff loss to the Ravens. The exact nature of the injury is still unclear. But it's the 2nd time Moreno has injured that right knee -- he tore the ACL in 2011 -- so it's a definite concern. We'll keep tabs on his recovery this offseason. Carrying a $3.3 million cap number for 2013, Moreno's roster spot isn't set in stone.
Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno was knocked out of last week's playoff loss with a knee injury. But it's not considered serious, and Moreno doesn't need surgery. It means he'll be a full-go for OTAs and training camp. Moreno stepped up for Denver when RB Willis McGahee went down, but he averaged better than 3.7 yards per carry in just 2 of his 7 starts. Moreno, McGahee, and Ronnie Hillman are all expected back in 2013. We'll keep an eye on what the carry distribution will look like.
Related Players: Ronnie Hillman, Willis McGahee
The Chargers are working 3rd-year WR Vincent Brown back in slowly, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. Brown missed all of last season with a broken left ankle. He says the ankle is back to 100%, and many around the team last December apparently believed he could have returned then. San Diego had no reason to rush him back, though, with no chance at the playoffs. Brown is taking occasional reps with the 2nd and 3rd teams. WRs Robert Meachem and Dan DePalma are working as the primary 2nd-team wideouts. Danario Alexander, Malcom Floyd and slot man Eddie Royal are running with the starters. The whole Chargers' WR situation will be among the more interesting to watch through training camp.
Related Players: Danario Alexander, Eddie Royal, Malcom Floyd
New Chargers HC Mike McCoy has "high hopes" for WR Vincent Brown in 2013. "A great route runner and very disciplined," McCoy added. Brown flashed a few times in his 2011 rookie campaign, with lines of 4-79 and 5-97-1. And he was coming on strong this past summer. But a broken ankle suffered in preseason action cost Brown all of 2012. He should be at 100% for the entire offseason program this year, though, and is plenty capable of pushing for a starting job. Don't be surprised to see Brown sitting aggressively high in our 2013 rankings.
Chargers WR Vincent Brown (ankle) admits that he's unlikely to play this season. “I'll probably be chilling,” he said. “Just keep pushing through rehab, and we'll see.” Brown broke his ankle in mid-August and was hoping to return for the stretch run. But his recovery has taken longer than expected. Brown has yet to begin practicing. He can be dropped in all redraft leagues, but we'd hang on tight in keeper and dynasty formats. Brown showed plenty of promise during his rookie campaign and was having a standout 2012 offseason before going down. We like his odds of winning a starting job for 2013.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that RB LeSean McCoy left today's OTA workout after apparently tweaking a knee. It sure seems like the issue is no big deal, though. McCoy reportedly headed to the sideline where he "stretched ... at one point" before leaving the field. He was later spotted walking around team headquarters -- without a limp -- carrying a plate of food. No reason for concern here.
Related Players: Bryce Brown
New OC Pat Shurmur told CSNPhilly this week: “I think it’s important that you use more than one running back. It’s a long season, and a guy can run out of gas quickly." That will raise RBBC flags around LeSean McCoy for many fantasy owners. Consider us unalarmed. Try to find an OC anywhere in the league today who will not say the exact same thing about the backfield. All that means is the Eagles realize that the 350+ carry back is a dinosaur. Only Arian Foster reached that threshold last year, and he turned in the worst rushing average of his career. Just 2 other RBs reached 320 carries, and only 5 total got to 300. McCoy, meanwhile, has averaged about 16.2 carries over 42 games the past 3 seasons. He finished 16th among PPR backs last year despite missing 4 games and scoring only 2 rushing TDs. There's plenty of room for Bryce Brown to be included without knocking McCoy from top-10 status at the position.
Eagles RB LeSean McCoy (concussion) is active for today's game against the Redskins. He's expected to serve as the lead back, but HC Andy Reid admitted that Shady probably won't see his "normal workload." It makes him a low-end RB2. RB Bryce Brown should be back on fantasy benches.
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Still think waiting on QB can work, but all three champs in my three leagues all went QB first. Interestingly enough, the wait on QB guys wound up with Stafford, Big Ben, and Eli, looked fab, and they were the dormats. The problem with waiting on a QB, if you hit it, you hit it. If you miss it, well then......
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