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Kenny Britt is no stranger to fines. One of his most comical incidents was when he took to his Instagram to complain about a fine he received for missing a rehab session.

In Britt’s latest charade, he took to twitter to let people know how he felt about his benching in Sunday’s game vs. the Texans, a decision the coaching staff chalked up to his lazy route-running and blocking.

See the tweet below:

 

The twenty-four-year-old Wide Receiver has been nothing but headaches since the Titans selected him 30th overall in the 1st round of the 2009 NFL draft. Britt has undergone knee surgeries on both knees and has been disciplined by the Titans a whopping eight times in just five years of service.

So where does that leave the Titans troubled wideout?

Britt is in the final year of his contract, leaving no doubt that the Titans will let him walk in free agency. But, the team might not even wait that long to pursue avenues to get rid of him. On the heels of his twitter stunt, I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Titans discipline him for next week’s game vs. the Chargers at home. Perhaps they bench him for some combination of the first series through the entire game.

Either way, the Rutgers product could be on the outs sooner, rather than later…

We’ve seen the struggles from the young, inexperienced receivers of the New England Patriots – Louisville+v+Rutgers+-mzxvivsJlkland we’ve also seen the obsession with Rutgers University from Bill Belichick, as further exemplified by this year’s NFL draft.

Just as Britt is no stranger to fines, Belichick and the Patriots are no strangers to acquiring talented, but troubled players. Over the past decade, the Patriots have reached out to big-name players deemed to have “character issues.” While acquisitions like Corey Dillon and Randy Moss couldn’t have worked out any better, Albert Haynesworth and Chad Johnson couldn’t have gone any worse. Only providing late round draft picks for these “troubled” experiments, the Patriots consider it a low-risk, high-reward situation.

Obviously, I recognize the first refutation to the thought of a Britt-Patriots marriage is the off-season incident(s) regarding Aaron Hernandez. While this is a completely sensible defense, it is possible that the Patriots could at least kick the tires on a potential trade for Britt.

Lacking a Wide Receiver with Britt’s 6 foot 3 inch – 215 pound frame, the Patriots penchant for a successful passing game is dependent on inexperienced rookies in the likes of Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins, who have yet to grasp the playbook.

If Belichick’s patience runs out on his rookie wideouts, the solution could be another dip into the Rutgers pool of talent.

 

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Vick Ballard reportedly suffered a “freak” knee injury at Thursday’s practice. The injury is expected to sideline the second-year RB for the rest of the season. The injury comes just a day after the Colts announced their intentions to implement a time share between Ballard and Ahmad Bradshaw in the Indianapolis backfield. Obviously, Ballard’s injury crushes those hopes and boosts Bradshaw’s value going forward, assuming he himself can avoid injury.

The Colts coaching staff was apparently raving about Ballard’s pass-protection from their Week 1 win over the Raiders. However, Bradshaw has excelled in pass-protection throughout his time with the Giants and shouldn’t have any problems manning those duties.

Ahmad Bradshaw is in line for heavy workload, following Vick Ballard's season-ending knee injury.

Ahmad Bradshaw is in line for a heavy workload, following Vick Ballard’s season-ending knee injury.

Look for Bradshaw to shoulder the load this weekend vs. the Dolphins, with Donald Brown getting more involved on 3rd downs and occasionally spelling Bradshaw for a few carries.

Yesterday, Bradshaw’s value plummeted as much as anybody’s, with the announcement the team would establish a 50/50 timeshare moving forward. Not 24 hours later and Bradshaw has firmly grabbed the team’s lead role. Bradshaw will have back-end RB2 and solid flex value moving forward. Let’s just hope his feet can remain healthy enough to make it to the back-end of the season.

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If you believe Russell Wilson or Colin Kaepernick aren’t motivated enough by their pursuit of the Lombardi trophy, then go ahead and put your own fantasy spin on this, but I think I’ll stand pat.

Either way, it’s always interesting when two of the NFL’s brightest stars put a side wager on a game. It just so happens to be even more interesting when eyebrows are at stake. Kaepernick and Wilson shared their bet in a recent take of a Madden 25 commercial.

Both of these QBs have as good a chance as any to be representing the NFC in the Meadowlands on February 2nd in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Watch the bet below:

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Dez-Bryant-cowboys-2013[1]Coming out of Sunday night’s win over the Giants, Dez Bryant was diagnosed with a sprained left foot. This provided fantasy owners with even more panic than his measley line of 4/22/0. Granted, Bryant was the victim of double-teams for a majority of the night.

Bryant’s MRI revealed a mild foot sprain and nothing more, a sigh of relief for owners who most likely acquired his services between picks 10 and 18 in this year’s draft. Despite a matchup with one of the NFL’s best secondaries next week in Kansas City, owners should feel comfortable deploying Dez. No stranger to warding off various injuries when taking the field, Dez will almost certainly improve upon a forgettable opener.

When the Buffalo Bills used the 16th overall selection of April’s draft on E.J. Manuel, they surprised a lot of people. However, after an impressive pre-season, Manuel is poised to make his NFL debut on Sunday vs. the Patriots.

Manuel underwent minor knee surgery on August 18th, to clean out his meniscus, but was able to return to practice last week. The Bills don’t expect health to be an issue come Sunday, and 1st year coach Doug Marrone should implement a heavy dosage of C.J. Spiller to take some of the pressure off Manuel.

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From a fantasy perspective, I wouldn’t necessarily write off Manuel. Is he RG3? No. Is he Russell Wilson? Probably not. However, he’s a quarterback to monitor because of his high ceiling. Coming off a pre-season in which he went 26 for 33 with 199 yards, 2 TDs, and no INTs, Manuel has impressed many with his confidence in the pocket. Compared to backups like Matt Schaub, Alex Smith, Carson Palmer, Jay Cutler, and Josh Freeman, Manuel has the potential to be a fairly effective QB in 1 QB fantasy leagues as he becomes more immersed with the Bills offense.

While this year’s rookie draft class is significantly less impressive than the 2012 class, Manuel has the skill set to surpass those who were skeptical of him warranting a 1st round selection.

In fantasy leagues where you start 2 QBs or have the option to put a QB in the flex, Manuel is well-worth a stash on your bench.