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Word around camp: Splitting up the starting QB reps


With NFL training camps underway, lots of interesting nuggets are coming out regarding a number of fantasy football players. From first-round picks to deep sleepers, "Word around camp" will track the best quotes from players and coaches throughout each day. We'll do our best to sift through the smoke and see what insight can be lifted as you prepare for your fantasy draft.

On Teddy Bridgewater:

» Mike Zimmer: "Teddy will get some reps with the first team (against Oakland on Friday), yes."

Our analysis: Teddy hasn't been anointed the starter, but his quest to lead the Vikings offense could take a giant leap forward if he performs well under the lights, as Zimmer said both Bridgewater and Matt Cassel will take reps with the first team. Bridgewater doesn't have the fantasy appeal of other recent (Robert Griffin III, Cam Newton) or current (Johnny Manziel) rookie quarterbacks because he isn't much of a runner. He only rushed for 170 yards in his entire collegiate career. Bridgewater is an excellent dynasty target, but only a low-end QB2 or waiver-wire fill-in in redraft leagues.

On the Browns QBs

» Mike Pettine: "They've both made improvement. I think they're both doing a good job of playing to their skill sets. It's obviously very different what they bring to the table. I think Brian is starting to feel very comfortable in the pocket even though it was a heart skip and a beat moment yesterday when he got hit. I think that might be the best thing for him that he felt like, 'Hey, I can take a shot at my knee and still be able to pop up.' He's feeling more confident, and I think we all see what Manziel can do. He can make plays with his feet, but I think he's maybe better than we thought in the pocket as well."

Our analysis: Pettine has announced Hoyer as the starter for the team's preseason opener on Saturday night at Detroit. However, both have a chance to separate from the other if they can put on a show in primetime. Browns players have been impressed with Manziel's professionalism, which is encouraging for fans of Johnny Football. As usual, this battle is far from over. Stay tuned.

On Knowshon Moreno

» Joe Philbin: "Again, we've certainly been very forthcoming with our information this year and we will continue to do so, but it is still too early to tell (if he will play in the first preseason game Friday). This was his first practice out here today, so I don't know if it would be a wise coaching decision to (play a) a guy who really hasn't participated to throw him in a game yet. But I'm not revealing any inside secrets."

Our analysis: Coming into camp overweight, and then landing on the PUP has done Moreno no favors this offseason. He could even be a long-shot to make the team at this point. Lamar Miller is the back to draft from the Dolphins (albeit, not very highly) until he or someone else proves otherwise.

On Cecil Shorts III:

» Jerry Sullivan (wide receivers coach): "I'm looking at last year when he was slowed down a bit. He obviously wasn't good as he was the year before in terms of the whole year. We'll see. I thought in 2012 he became a very good player in the league. I thought last year ... he didn't progress as much as he would (have) wanted to and as much as I wanted him to. This year, hopefully as he comes back and gets going, he'll pick up where he left off in that particular point in his career where he was ascending all the time."

Our analysis: This period of ascent Sullivan is referring to was a five game stretch near the end of the 2012 season where Shorts averaged roughly five catches, 94 yards and a touchdown per game. Shorts is the lead option in the passing attack, with a pair of rookies filling in next to him (Marqise Lee, Allen Robinson). Henne is a serviceable quarterback, and if Shorts is able to hit the ground running in the regular season, he could be a sneakily good WR3 or even WR2 option.

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