New York Giants QB Eli Manning said he has been working hard on learning offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo's system this offseason. 'It's reenergized me,' Manning said. 'I'm trying to speed up the process of getting comfortable in the new system. I don't have 10 years. I have a few months.'
Huddle Up:Eli struggled mightily last season, and all the blame can't be placed on his offensive line. He's learning a new offense that is asking something completely different of him this season--namely, short timing routes--so he bears watching in the preseason to see if he's taking to it. The fantasy fates of Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle, and Odell Beckham Jr. hang in the balance.
The New Orleans Saints are close to a long-term deal with franchise free-agent TE Jimmy Graham that would make Graham the highest-paid tight end in NFL history. The team is optimistic that a deal will get done by the July 15 deadline.
Huddle Up:Graham is appealing the ruling that allowed the Saints to franchise him as a tight end, so if a deal is to be reached expect it to be for more than tight end money. Graham is valuable enough to the Saints that it would make sense to overpay him; if they do, it would alleviate a whole bunch of concern heading into fantasy draft day.
Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate said he expects to catch more passes in 2014 than he did last season because opponents will be focusing on trying to cover WR Calvin Johnson. 'I think if I can stay healthy ... it's going to be fun,' Tate said. 'I have a chance to catch a ton more balls. I'm going to see a lot of single coverage. I'm probably going to see a lot of No. 2 and No. 3 cornerbacks because everyone's going to be on No. 81.'
Huddle Up:The Lions throw more in one game than Tate's former team threw in a month, so even if he's the second option for Matthew Stafford he'll see plenty of balls in Detroit this season.
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller recently said there's a noticeable difference in the team's running game with a year of experience under the new offensive system. At the same time, Spiller admitted there's still work to be done before the season starts.
Huddle Up:It makes sense that if the team is more comfortable with the system they'll be able to run it more efficiently. The Bills ran the ball well last season, so if Spiller can stay on the field maybe he'll finally live up to the fantasy hype that's surrounded him since he was a first-round pick a few years back.
It is believed that San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis is leaning toward not reporting for training camp on time because of his contract situation, according to a source.
Huddle Up:Nothing to get too worked up about yet, though if you're trying to buy low on Davis in a dynasty league you could start planting seeds of worry in the Davis owner. If and when Davis doesn't show up for workouts in August... then you can start to worry. But after paying Colin Kaepernick this offseason it would be shocking if the Niners don't come correct for his most reliable receiver as well.