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Fantasy News: Special Thursday Edition

Curry wants to go to the Lions

Wake Forest product Aaron Curry is being referred to as
the “safest” pick in the 2009 NFL draft for having an NFL-ready body and good
instincts, but is he the safe pick for the Lions at number 1?

  According to the

Associated Press
Curry himself believes he could be and actually would love to play for the
Lions.

  “To me that’s a beautiful
situation,” Curry said Monday of the prospect of joining the Lions.

  The Lions have started talking contract terms
with potential prospects, but have not named names yet.

  In the mix of possible candidates for that
first overall pick are QB Matthew Stafford, offensive tackles Jason Smith and
Eugene Monroe, and Curry himself.

  Stay
tuned for more on this.

 

Broncos focused on defense for the draft

According to the

Denver Post the Broncos are
focused on fixing their defensive woes in the first round, regardless of their
quarterback situation come draft day.

 
New defensive coordinator Mike Nolan has personally worked out three
defensive prospects in the past week— defensive end Brian Orakpo, linebacker
Brian Cushing, and cornerback Malcolm Jenkins.

 
The Broncos also worked out former

Cincinnati
defensive end Connor Barwin, and

Maryland
cornerback Kevin Barnes.

  The Broncos
also like LSU defensive end Tyson Jackson and may consider

Florida

State’s Everette Brown and

Penn

State’s Aaron Maybin.

  The Broncos select 12th overall.

 

Other Bronco notes:

 
The for sale signs could be popping up in the near future in

Denver;
this after the Broncos signed three free-agent tailbacks: Correll Buckhalter,
JJ Arrington, and Lamont Jordan.

   Among
those who could be packing their bags:

 
Ryan Torain, who seemed to be everyone’s sleeper pick last season; the
only problem was that he couldn’t stay on the field, and missed 15 games due to
various injuries.

  The other two that
could be joining him are Selvin Young and Peyton Hillis.

  Young hasn’t completely lived up to
expectations, and Hillis is a converted fullback, and proved to be a real gem
for the Broncos in the latter half of the ’08 season.

  I would be real surprised if they sent Hillis
packing.

 

Open QB competition in

Minnesota

According to the

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Vikings head coach Brad Childress confirmed Wednesday that there will be an
open competition for the starting quarterback gig within his offense.

  The top candidates— Tarvaris Jackson and
newly acquired Sage Rosenfels, with

Jackson

bound to take the first snap.

  “We are legitimately having a competition.
Someone has to take the first step, the first snap. Tarvaris will probably do
that. It doesn’t mean Sage won’t step up and earn it. I have to create a
situation where both guys can be protected by the offensive line, get the
benefit of play-calling with Adrian Peterson. I have to get them both in all
situations.”

  Clearly the Vikings
would’ve never gone after Rosenfels if they truly believe

Jackson

is still their man.

 
The worst part is that they’ve been after the Texans back-up for the
past two off-seasons.

 

Gonzo to stay in KC, LJ may
not.

Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez had quite a
noteworthy 2008 season.

  At age 32 he
recorded one of his four career 1000 yards seasons, caught 10 touchdown passes,
but most noteworthy, he was a sliver away from being traded.

  One offseason later he’s now being ruled in
the Chiefs 2009 game plans.

  In fact,
according to the

Kansas City Star Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt indicated
on Monday during a break in league meetings that the Chiefs have decided to
hold on to the veteran pro bowl tight end.

 
To the contrary, Hunt and the Chiefs have not yet decided what to do
with their once star running back, Mr. Johnson, but hopes he stays, or so he
said.

 

“It’s still my hope Larry will be
a part of this team next season,” Hunt said. “We all saw the comments he made
at the end of the season and repeated about a month later. Those were
disappointing. Recently, I’ve heard he’s excited about being a Kansas City
Chief again and expects to be in the offseason program and help us be
successful.”

Other Chiefs notes:

  Also according to the

Kansas City Star head coach Todd Haley seems to be pretty high on
potential starting flanker Mark Bradley, a spot that Anquan Boldin occupied
when Haley was offensive coordinator in

Arizona

.

  “I was in

Dallas

when he came out,” he said. “I really thought we
were going to have a shot at him. He has ability.”

  Bradley is expected to have heavy competition
from recently signed veteran Bobby Engram, who became a Seabird outcast when TJ
Housmandzadeh was signed earlier this offseason.

 

Tomlinson to see increase in
carries?

The critiquing
and bashing has been ongoing this off-season when it comes to the former
MVP.

  I’ve heard some say that he’s too
prone to injury, and others say that he’s still a franchise running back.

  Well, according to the

San Diego Union Tribune the 127 of 128 game starter may see an
increase in carries come 2009; at least according to head coach Norv Turner,
who believes Ladainian Tomlinson is still capable of carrying a heavy load.

  “If you talk about being around the great
backs, they’re at their comfort level when they get 22, 23, 25 carries,”
Turner said. “(Tomlinson) had 290 carries last season. I’d expect him to have
more. I’d expect him to be in the 320s. That’s what he does. He can handle it,
and he’ll be prepared to handle it.”

  As
for production?

  “I really believe
that he’ll have one of his better years this year,” Turner said. “I believe he
can be a 1,500-yard rusher and a guy who catches 50 balls.”

  Me too!

 

Shark Attack:

News Rundown

According to the

Associated
Press
Wide receiver David Patten has re-joined the Browns signing a free
agent deal with the team he played with in 2000.

  Patten has spent the last two seasons in

New Orleans

.

 

According to the

Akron Beacon
Journal
Browns head coach Eric Mangini will hold an open competition between
Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson to be the team’s starting quarterback.

  This reeks of Eric Mangini basically saying
very nicely that Derek Anderson will not be the starter for the Browns in 2009,
and thus the keys to the offense will be handed to Mr. Quinn,

Ohio

medicine man.

 
Browns fans may finally get what they barked for late last season.

 


According to the

Associated
Press
Terrell Owens has decided to skip the Bills strength and conditioning
program.

  Instead, he decided to drive
drunk in

Miami

and get away with it with an autograph?

  See the rumor

here (courtesy of

Dirty.com)

According to the

Denver
Post
head coach Josh McDaniels is continuing to maintain that Jay Cutler is
his starting quarterback, and will not be traded as they continue to try and
patch things up before the draft and training camp.

  “He’s our quarterback,” McDaniels said. “And
I’m not calling him just the player. I’ll call him Jay Cutler if you want me
to.”

  McDaniels was seen posing with a
Cutler 1960 throwback jersey at the owners meetings on Tuesday.

 

According to the

St
Louis Post-Dispatch
former Rams receiver Torry Holt will be visiting with
the Jacksonville Jaguars.

  The Jaguars have
cut ties with Jerry Porter and Matt Jones, and have not made an attempt to
re-sign Reggie Williams.

  If Holt signs
he’ll probably be an immediate impact starter on a team desperate for a
receiving threat.

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