Jun 17, 2011
The big news Friday morning is that some owners are apparently resisting movements on the labor front, but that should not surprise anyway. Instead, we focus on the happiness of a Jacksonville tight end and the running game in New York.
Lewis looking for more … Jaguar TE Marcedes Lewis emerged as one of the league’s most complete players at the position in 2010, and he was also a very viable fantasy option because of his knack for getting into the endzone. After his strong season, the Jaguars opted to put the franchise tag on Lewis – a move he is not pleased with. Of course, we have no idea if a franchise tag will mean anything until the labor mess is resolved, but Lewis said he wants a long-term deal to stay in Jacksonville and feels he’s put in the work necessary over the last five years to warrant more than just a one-year tag. Lewis caught 58 passes for 700 yards and 10 TDs last season, and the numbers certainly jumped out considering he had a total of 7 TDs in his first four seasons. All the numbers were career bests, and he ranked 7th among TEs with an average of 7.1 FPG in standard leagues. Lewis is a solid all-around players who’s also a willing blocker, and he plays an important role and provides stability for an offense in flux. The Jaguars do still have a huge asset in Maurice Jones-Drew at RB, but the WR corps is extremely unsettled with Mike Sims-Walker likely gone, and inconsistent but serviceable QB David Garrard will face competition from rookie 1st round pick Blaine Gabbert. In addition, HC Jack Del Rio may be coaching for his job, and he said he expects the Jaguars will be active in the free agent market. Locking up Lewis would seem like a logical move – as would throwing money at a #1 WR.
Greene ready for big role … It isn’t exactly breaking news that Shonn Greene is expected to take over as the Jets’ #1 RB, but Greene himself commented on the situation with ESPNNewYork.com on Thursday. HC Rex Ryan has supported Greene as his “bell cow” back, which means Greene will be playing ahead of a future Hall-of-Famer in LaDainian Tomlinson. Greene put up 185/766/2 last year (6.7 FPG), while Tomlinson had 219/914/6 (10.9 FPG) and was much more involved in the passing game. Greene was a disappointing fantasy player, partly because of the lack of TDs, and it would be nice to see him get more involved in the passing game. That may not happen though, as LT will continue playing in a 3rd down role, with Joe McKnight and rookie Bilal Powell competing for some snaps as well. The Jets will surely split carries again in what was the league’s #4 rushing offense last season, but Greene should see a boost in carries as he gets the ball more than the veteran Tomlinson.
- In today’s Kenny Britt Daily, there’s actually some good news for the Titan WR. Three charges against Britt were downgraded Thursday to disorderly personal offenses, although his constant law trouble prompted Hudson County (N.J.) prosecutor Edward DeFazio to say he’s “tired of Kenny Britt.”
- This shouldn’t come as any surprise, but there is a camp of owners resisting recent developments in the movement toward a new labor deal, Adam Schefter reports. This will surely be addressed in next week’s possibly extended owners’ meeting. As we wait, Andrew Brandt gives us the top 10 issues to be resolved in negotiations.
- The Tennessean points out that Seahawk/FA QB Matt Hasselbeck has links with Titan OC Chris Palmer dating back to 1986. The Titans are expected to bring in a veteran QB to hold the job until Jake Locker is ready, although that could still mean the return of Kerry Collins.