It’s not college football conference realignment talk, but it’s almost as insufferable.
Every May during OTAs and rookie mini camps, fluffy stories hit the internet about this player and that player who look amazing and are poised for big seasons. I’ll give it some credit — the buzz does help generate interest in the upcoming NFL season and gets fantasy owners salivating.
I’ve highlighted 10 players below who have created the most buzz the last few weeks judging by my Twitter feed. Just remember that it’s too early in the summer (yes, it’s summer here in Louisiana) to start drinking the Kool-Aid, people.
Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers: Norv Turner said he’s going to get all the work he can handle this season. I can’t think of an endorsement more foreboding for fantasy owners than one from Turner.
Lestar Jean, WR, Texans: The second-year wide receiver is soaking up all kinds of information from stud Andre Johnson. There is a gigantic hole at No. 2 WR in Houston, so at least there’s a legitimate shot here.
Mohamed Sanu, WR, Bengals: Lots and lots of praise for Sanu this spring as a complement to A.J. Green. Potential possession receiver for the Bengals.
Robert Griffin III, QB, Redskins: Griffin sold more NFL jerseys in May than any other NFL player.
Titus Young, WR, Lions: He of the negative buzz. Young reportedly was kept away from team activities after an altercation with a teammate. It’s seems there is a culture is misbehavior running rampant in Detroit this offseason.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings: Peterson, who tore his ACL late in the 2011 season, is sprinting faster than teammates and starting some cutting. He won’t say that he’ll be ready for the season opener, but it’s obvious that he’s trying.
Juron Criner, WR, Raiders: Denarius Moore broke out for the Raiders last year despite battling injuries most of the season. Now Criner is turning some heads in Oakland. Both Moore and Jacoby Ford are oft-injured, meaning there will be plenty of opportunities for other wide receivers to play.
Reuben Randle, WR, Giants: No. 1 wide receiver Hakeem Nicks broke a bone in his foot and could be out until mid-August. Randle generated some mild buzz during the spring but that will only escalate once training camp starts and he is running with the ones.
Randy Moss, WR, 49ers: He looks like the old Randy Moss according to Vernon Davis. Too bad he has Alex Smith throwing to him.
Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers: LaGarrette Blount went from being angry about the addition of Martin to accepting his role in a time share. If you listen to the buzz about Martin, Blount will be lucky to get a measly 30 percent share this season.
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