Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones suffered a broken foot on Saturday, and the team’s expectation is that he’ll return to action following Cincy’s Week 4 bye. Jones was pegged as an emerging fantasy contributor this season running as AJ Green’s wingman; now Mohamed Sanu and Dane Sanzenbach can compete for that gig, for at least the first month of the season. Also keep in mind that new OC Hue Jackson wants more emphasis on the running game, and sophomore tight end Tyler Eifert could also factor into the wingman duties as well—especially if the plan sans Jones is more two-TE sets with Eifert and Jermaine Gresham.
The battle to be Arian Foster’s handcuff is getting interesting. On the heels of a no-carry preseason opener, former Giant Andre Brown was cut; so, too, was Dennis Johnson, whose most notable play was whiffing on a pass block that led to a safety. Jonathan Grimes is the current leader, ahead of rookie Alfred Blue, but the Texans just signed Ronnie Brown to make things interesting. Given Foster’s recent injury history, if you’re investing a pick in him you’ll want the handcuff; trouble is, you likely won’t have a definitive answer any time soon.
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The Panthers decision to virtually ignore the wide receiver position this offseason may actually work out for them. First-round pick Kelvin Benjamin, who caught a touchdown in the preseason opener, continues to be the star of training camp. While there are bound to be growing pains, with no Steve Smith standing between Benjamin and WR1 duties Benjamin is rising quickly on cheat sheets in both redraft and dynasty leagues.
Training camp for the defending Super Bowl champions has been… interesting. The latest drama out of Seattle includes more possible off-the-field issues for Marshawn Lynch, who is still waiting for the league to slap him on the wrist from his DUI/reckless driving incident a few years back. Now Lynch may or may not be involved in an alleged assault that occurred over the weekend. While Lynch’s name has been linked to the investigation, no charges have been filed and the team referred to the allegations as “bogus”. Still, it’s yet another off-the-field distraction for a guy the Seahawks seemed fully prepared to move on from during his brief holdout. Paging Christine Michael…
As if the Seahawks needed even more drama, Percy Harvin hobbled off the practice field on Tuesday. He returned about 20 minutes later, but if you needed a reminder of how difficult it will be to bank on 16 games from Harvin you just got your wake-up call.
Running back isn’t the only position where teams are jumping into the way-back machine. The Dolphins just signed Brady Quinn for quarterback depth, while Quinn’s former team, the Browns, brought in Rex Grossman. Now Cleveland has three guys to throw to a receiving corps that as a group is battling a serious case of the dropsies.
Finally, we would have to turn in our media member card if we didn’t mention Johnny Manziel at least once. Manziel and Brian Hoyer are splitting the first-team reps in advance of the Browns’ second preseason game, meaning they’ll be equally prepared once the coaching staff decides on a starter. And if the Browns hold firm to their plan that they will announce the regular season starter prior to the third preseason game… well, let’s just say momentum is on Johnny Football’s side.