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"THIS OFFENSE will be much improved. Before last season Ryan Fitzpatrick was just a deep-ball passer, but the coaches taught him to read defenses a little bit and throw the check-down. He still needs to learn to spread it around a little more. I mean, last season the balls started going to Steve Johnson exclusively.
Johnson's big year surprised us a little. I think he took advantage of Lee Evans getting hurt and became the go-to guy. I expect him to be even better this year.
Evans is a vertical pass receiver, and when the offensive line had trouble protecting last season, he didn't have time to get open deep. ... Roscoe Parrish is a slot receiver, reverse and gadget guy who also got hurt last season. ... David Nelson did very well for them last year. He's not fast, but as a 6' 5" fourth receiver he can hurt a lot of teams matching up against a defense's fourth-best corner. Plus he comes in handy in the red zone.
Tight end David Martin is not a receiving threat.
I expect the offensive line to improve this year, so this team should be better running the ball. Fred Jackson is a great all-around back. He's underrated because the offensive line wasn't very tough last year. I expect him to carry the workload, and I expect C.J. Spiller to be the change-of-pace back.
I think Spiller will be a lot better. Every time he got the ball last season he wanted to take it outside. This year I think he will learn the system a bit and understand that he's not going to score every time he touches the ball, like he did at Clemson."
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