As another round of "voluntary team activities" comes to a close, there's lots of noise about who is stepping up and who will overcome injuries in time for August training camps. In Baltimore,
News is coming out of Baltimore that Flacco is getting a little feisty with the (defensive) help, and becoming a team leader. Sure, it's one of a million fairy tales that come out of OTAs, like the annual myth that Tampa Bay's
The Ravens added some pass-catching firepower this offseason, and Flacco is poised to take a step up.
Flacco put up a respectable 3,613 yards and 21 TDs last year with minimal receiving help and an over-reliance on the rushing game. Now with some legitimate threats, Flacco looks set to take the next step in his growth. Expect Flacco and
Davis earned touches this coming season. While it seems that Cooley will hold onto his starting job, there's no doubt that Davis will cut into Cooley's numbers. Considering Davis' nose for the end zone, that could very well be a deep cut.
Anything can happen with a new coaching staff in Washington, but
Oh Lord, here comes the pain. Reporters got some video of Wes Welker on the practice field this week. The half of Bostonians that didn't have a heart attack after the Lakers' Game 1 beat-down of the Celtics are now clutching their chests and scrounging for aspirin. Fantasy players are right behind you, Beantown.
The question of what to do with Welker in the upcoming draft dwarfs any other single consideration, unless
Not to downplay his skills or determination, but the guy does not walk on water. He will not return and be what he previously was in under a year after blowing an ACL. No way. Of course, it's certainly possible that he can contribute to your roster as a WR3 in time for a playoff run.
The issue is where you take him in the draft. My feeling is that folks will start pulling the trigger on Welker around the seventh or eighth rounds. It's certainly a gamble to take him that high, but if you've got faith in your selections up to that point, it could be worth it. He might give you a fantasy playoff run that results in a championship. Even if he doesn't, mid-round picks have been wasted on guys with far less potential than Welker.
Brandon Jacobs can deny it all he wants, but it's pretty clear that
Whether or not this is enough for Bradshaw to claim the majority of the playing time largely depends on his health. After fighting through injures all season, Bradshaw had foot and ankle surgeries. Word is that he's looking good, but foot surgery on a speedy running back is never a good sign.
There's no doubt there will be a time-share with these two RBs, but neither is looking better than a RB3/flex player at this point. They might perform well in spots, but which spots? Don't count on either one to consistently deliver unless the other one is hurt.