John Brown and Cole Beasley – Buffalo Bills
Going into the offseason, the Buffalo Bills receivers weren’t exactly the biggest threats in the world. Yes, big armed Josh Allen has a good time with speedster Robert Foster, making them both playoff darlings.
However, fantasy and Buffalo Bills GMs would agree that Foster and Zay Jones weren’t enough. Tuesday, the Bills added a pair of wide receivers, signing John Brown and Cole Beasley.
The speed-threat John Brown should be a major addition for Allen. In his career, Brown is averaging 15 yards per catch with the Cardinals and Ravens. Despite playing in a run-first offense for half the season in Baltimore, Brown had 715 yards and five scores a year ago.
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Brown has a legitimate chance to sneak in the WR2 conversation if Allen is able to take advantage of his speed and ability to get separation. He is a serious threat to reach 1,000 yards for the second time in his career if that happens.
Beasley gives Allen a safety net that he did not have a year ago. The career Cowboy had 75 catches just two seasons ago with Tony Romo under center.
His ceiling is set by Allen’s ability to find receivers and not look for the run right away. Some of Beasley’s best plays come when he’s able to work his way back to the quarterback. Beasley is little more than a best ball option at this point.
Latavius Murray– New Orleans Saints
The Mark Ingram era in New Orleans all but appears over when the new league year hits on Wednesday. Murray agreed to a 4-year deal on Tuesday that will make him the change of pace back to Alvin Kamara in the Big Easy.
Murray has more than shown his abilities as a running back in Oakland in Minnesota.
In his final two years in Silver and Black, Murray rushed for over 1,800 yards and 18 touchdowns. Two seasons ago, splitting carries with Jerrick McKinnon in Minnesota, Murray toted the ball for 842 yards and eight scores.
His ability to produce while splitting touches bodes well for him as a Saint. If Murray gets Ingram’s share of the touches, he could be a low-end RB2 as NO is an offense that can sustain two top-end running backs.
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