The New York Post says Chris Ivory is sitting pretty as the Jets' feature back.
Mike Goodson's future is unclear following his ugly drug and weapons arrest, and Joe McKnight is reportedly not a favorite of new GM John Idzik. That leaves only Ivory and Bilal Powell, who has averaged 3.72 YPC through two NFL seasons. The Jets are going to have to lean heavily on the run game with their quarterback situation in shambles. Their offensive line has potential to be a top-10 unit in run-blocking. If healthy, Ivory will have RB1 upside.
Wes Welker admitted that he expects his reception totals to drop significantly in Denver.
Welker averaged a mind-blowing 112.0 catches per season during his six-year stint with the Patriots. That's not going to happen in a Broncos scheme that not only emphasizes its talented outside receivers more so than the slot, but will be more balanced than the offenses in New England. "If I have to catch 112 balls," Welker acknowledged, "that probably means we're in trouble."
CSN Bay Area considers Vernon Davis the "strongest candidate" to pick up the slack in the 49ers' passing game.
Over the final nine games of last season (including playoffs), Davis saw just 31 targets. Michael Crabtree, the apple of Colin Kaepernick's eye, saw 89 passes during that span. Now that Crabtree (Achilles') is out until at least Week 12 -- and possibly longer -- the Niners could build a tight end-heavy passing scheme centered around the freakishly talented Davis. They used a second-round pick on Rice TE Vance McDonald last month.
Coach Jim Harbaugh insists Michael Crabtree's Achilles' tendon tear is not a season-ending injury.
The Niners aren't giving any firm timetable, but the rehab process typically takes at least six months. If Crabtree is back in exactly six months, he'd return for a Monday night game against the Redskins in Week 12. However, he'll almost certainly be eased back in slowly as the Niners target a potential impact in the playoffs. Owners in standard re-draft formats can cross Crabtree off draft boards.
Marshawn Lynch's motion to suppress evidence hearing stemming from his 2012 DUI has been delayed until July 5.
The motion was originally expected to be heard yesterday and a jury trial was scheduled for June 21. Now the entire case has been pushed back and there's no trial date set, making it possible that this bleeds into training camp. It creates a hairy situation for fantasy owners, as Lynch could be facing a suspension from the league if he's found guilty. Robert Turbin and Christine Michael are taking the reps at OTAs this week as Lynch trains on his own.
Yahoo! Sports' Jason Cole reports Hakeem Nicks is unhappy with his contract, which is why he didn't show up to OTAs on Wednesday.
The Giants now have a double dose of financially unhappy receivers in Nicks and restricted free agent Victor Cruz. Coach Tom Coughlin was noticeably irritated that Nicks was a no-show for "voluntary" OTAs, saying that the receiver "should be here." With Cruz seeking $8-10 million annually on a long-term deal, Cole expects Nicks to seek "closer to the range" of $10 million per year and possibly more. Nicks is expected to show up to the facility sometime this week, and we really wouldn't expect a long-term contract worked out before training camp.
Michael Crabtree underwent surgery on his torn Achilles' Wednesday, and is expected to be sidelined a minimum of six months.
The 49ers aren't messing around with their No. 1 receiver. Many have pointed to Terrell Suggs and Da'Quan Bowers' 2012 mid-season returns from spring Achilles' injuries as hope for Crabtree's 2013, but they are pass rushers required to do far less cutting than Crabtree does as a receiver. In a best-case scenario, Crabtree will likely begin the year on PUP with an eye toward returning in the playoffs. It's almost certainly going to be a lost year for a player coming off a breakout campaign.
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