| Mike Williams disputes severity of back injury|
"That was some false information being released"
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 23 2017, 7:00 am
|Los Angeles Chargers first-round pick Mike Williams is denying reports that he might need season-ending back surgery. "I'm good. Everything good. The back situation. That was some false information being released," he said. "I don't know who released it but everything is good." (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Williams sat out the off-season program after suffering a herniated disc in his back. Reports last week suggested he might need surgery to correct the problem. How much he participates in training camp will give us a better indication of his true health. He's on the backburner as a potential WR5.
|DeVante Parker builds on spring hype|
WR "blows up" on first day of camp
By: Doug Orth | Jul 22 2017, 5:25 pm
|DeVante Parker, starting his third season, had an outstanding spring that suggested this is going to be a breakout season. And this first practice did nothing to change that hope. Parker caught two passes, including one in the end zone in which he simply posted up a defender, made himself big, and snatched Ryan Tannehill’s pass from 11 yards out.
“I think he was looking to not ease into camp,” Gase said. “When I saw him last night, I could tell he was ready to get after it.” (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: The hype train for Parker this year hasn't even close to hitting a bump. With that said, the third-year receiver has reportedly been doing all the right things during the spring and summer - eating right, getting proper rest, etc. - that he wasn't doing before and focused on developing lower-body strength to avoid the injuries that plagued him in 2015 and 2016. Even in what figures to be a run-oriented offense, Parker is a prime candidate to break out this season.
|Cowboys kicking the tires on RBs|
Ronnie Hilliman, Dernard Robinson in for workouts
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 21 2017, 2:37 pm
|Source: in addition to Denard Robinson, the Cowboys worked out RB Ronnie Hillman on Thursday. (Field Yates on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Cowboys are getting prepared for a Zeke Elliott suspension by bringing in Robinson and Hillman for a workout. If either is signed, they would be nothing more than depth behind Elliott and Darren McFadden.
|Boldin to visit Bills on Monday|
Former Lions WR still looking for a home
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 21 2017, 2:00 pm
|Source: Free-agent WR Anquan Boldin will visit the Buffalo Bills on Monday. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Boldin has kept a low profile this off-season but has expressed his interest to be in the "right situation". Now that training camps are getting ready to start, Boldin is ramping his interest in finding a new home.
|Seth DeValve still generating hype|
Second-year TE poised to break out in 2017?
By: Doug Orth | Jul 20 2017, 7:25 pm
|Seth DeValve caught plenty of folks’ attention throughout the spring and appears poised to have a significant role in Cleveland’s offense. He was hamstrung a bit at this time last year because of a handful of injuries that limited his practice time. He dealt with an injury in season, too, but still came away with a couple of bright moments, including his 25-yard touchdown catch against the Ravens.
“The proof will be obviously when we put the pads on, but he is ahead of where he was a year ago,” TE coach Greg Seamon said. (ClevelandBrowns.com)|
FFToday's Take: For those counting, the team website is jumping on the same wagon HC Hue Jackson, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Akron Beacon-Journal helped start with DeValve's strong showing this spring. Owners in deeper leagues should watch him closely, as Cleveland will need to throw the ball and lacks a plethora of high-end receiving options.
| Keenan Allen flashing pre-injury form|
QB: "Looks as good as he did before he got hurt"
By: Doug Orth | Jul 20 2017, 7:20 pm
|Keenan Allen, who also missed eight games with a lacerated kidney in 2015, was working on the field with the team during OTAs this spring and Rivers said he doesn’t think anyone will notice a difference in the wideout’s play.
“I really think he looks as good as he did before he got hurt,” Rivers said on The Rich Eisen Show. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Owners shouldn't expect to hear anything different from Rivers regarding Allen. Each ACL rehab is its own separate case and Allen theoretically should be in good shape for the season opener considering his ACL tear happened in Week 1 last year. With that said, most ACL patients struggle to gain trust in their knee until the second year, which was the case with Kelvin Benjamin last year. He should be treated as a high-risk, high-reward WR2 in fantasy in 2017.
|Chris Johnson back in Arizona|
CJ2K signs one-year deal
By: Doug Orth | Jul 20 2017, 7:10 pm
|Cardinals are giving 31-year-old RB Chris Johnson a one-year deal. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Johnson was limited to four games in 2016 but led the team in rushing in 2015. With only Kerwynn Williams and Andre Ellington behind David Johnson, the Cardinals were wise to bring back a veteran they were familiar with and capable of handling the load for a game or two should David Johnson get sidelined for any length of time. He won't be the greatest handcuff in the world by any stretch, but he should be considered semi-valuable insurance for any DJ owner.
| Mike Williams not a candidate for surgery?|
Rookie WR's herinated disc "improving"
By: Doug Orth | Jul 20 2017, 7:00 pm
|Surgery was on the table 3-4 weeks ago (for Mike Williams' herinated disc). Two sources with direct knowledge say it is NOT on the table now. Williams is improving. (NFL.com - Ian Rapoport)|
FFToday's Take: The Tyrell Williams bandwagon has hit its first speed bump. Mike Williams sounds like he is destined to open training camp on the active/PUP list, but he may be able to go Week 1 after all. He wasn't necessarily expected to make a huge rookie-year impact anyway, so owners in smaller leagues can probably leave on the waiver wire for now.
|Geronimo Allison suspended one game|
Violating the NFL's substance abuse policy
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 19 2017, 3:45 pm
|Geronimo Allison, the Green Bay Packers' second-year receiver who made a surprising contribution as a rookie, was suspended for the first game of the regular season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, the league announced Wednesday. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Allison is fighting for the Packers No.4 receiving job behind Nelson, Adams and Cobb. He will only come into fantasy relevance if he cracks the top 3 receiving group. He's a late-round flier on the of the best passing offenses in the league.
| Chargers Mike Williams may need back surgery|
Second epidural given for herniated disk
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 19 2017, 3:27 pm
|The Los Angeles Chargers are still hoping to avoid it, but first-round pick Mike Williams might need back surgery on his herniated disk that would end his rookie season, league sources tell ESPN. The team still is hoping that Williams will respond positively to the second epidural but also knows there's a real chance he will not and his rookie year will be over before it begins. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Bad news for the rookie wideout. It sounds like the best case scenario is for him to get back on the practice field at some point during training camp. Even if he does, he's missed so much time it would be a minor miracle for him to contribute in any meaningful fantasy way in 2017. Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin would be the biggest benefactors if Mike Williams were to miss significant time.
|Jags to workout TE Gary Barnidge|
Ex-Brown tight end looking for work
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 19 2017, 1:49 pm
|Former Cleveland Browns tight end Gary Barnidge is scheduled to visit and workout for the Jaguars on July 25, a league source told First Coast News on Wednesday. (First Coast News)|
FFToday's Take: Barnidge was released by the Browns earlier this off-season but hasn't received much interest. The Jags could use tight end help with Marcedes Lewis and Mychal Rivera atop the depth chart. Barnidge blew up in 2015 with a 79-1043-9 line fell back to earth in 2016 with just 612 yards and 2 TDs. The Ravens are also a fit for the veteran's services.
|Talkin' Bears wide receivers|
Wheaton pegged for deep threat role
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 19 2017, 8:00 am
|The Bears intend for Wheaton to be their deep threat, filling a role that was pegged for White before he suffered multiple broken bones in his left leg. Victor Cruz will compete with Kendall Wright for the slot receiver job. (Chicago Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Cameron Meredith missed most of the Spring with a torn ligament in his thumb but the Bears are hoping he will be ready for training camp. Meredith, Kevin White and Markus Wheaton who got $5 million guaranteed from the Bears earlier this off-season are considered locks for the roster. Ultimately, White and Meredith are the only names fantasy owners should give consideration to.
|Mike Glennon to remain starter all season?|
Mitchell Trubisky not expected to push veteran
By: Doug Orth | Jul 17 2017, 6:50 pm
|For those just tuning back in after last year's 3-13 finish - this is not an open quarterback competition. It's not veteran Mike Glennon versus second-overall pick Mitchell Trubisky with coach John Fox dangling the car keys between them. It's Glennon's job on Day 1, and the team plans for the depth chart to remain stacked that way. All season, in fact. Until further notice, Glennon's grip on the job remains strong because he is the only one of the two trained in an NFL offense. (Chicago Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: It's the right approach given how raw Trubisky is, but it remains to be seen if the Bears will have the conviction to stick to it like so few teams before them have. At the very least, Glennon should give this offense - specifically Cameron Meredith and Jordan Howard - a decent shot to match or exceed its production from last season. Glennon is a low-end QB2 for fantasy purposes.
|Danny Woodhead winning over Ravens|
Flacco makes comparison to Ray Rice in the passing game
By: Doug Orth | Jul 17 2017, 6:40 pm
|Danny Woodhead looked as elusive as ever during the Baltimore Ravens' offseason. While the Ravens are excited about what their new weapon can do after the reception, everyone has been more impressed with what Woodhead has done before the catch.
"Really, ever since we lost Ray Rice, we haven't had a type of back that’s quite like how Ray was and quite like how Danny is in the passing game," quarterback Joe Flacco said. "They just have a very good feel for when they're open and how to get open, how to sit in holes, how to find my eyes, and you can already see that." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: From 2009-13, no running back caught more passes than Rice, who averaged 67 receptions a season during that span, and that is considered one of the primary reasons why Baltimore outbid the Broncos and Chargers to secure his services. It should come as no surprise if Woodhead pushes for 70-plus catches given the fact the Ravens lost players like Steve Smith, Dennis Pitta and Kyle Juszczyk in the offseason. Owners could easily make a case Woodhead will be a top-20 PPR back this fall.
|Panthers fire Dave Gettleman|
Carolina GM canned after four seasons
By: Doug Orth | Jul 17 2017, 6:30 pm
|Carolina Panthers owner/founder Jerry Richardson announced Monday that general manager Dave Gettleman has been relieved of his duties. (Panthers.com)|
FFToday's Take: While NFL teams have no problem handing out pink slips, it is extremely unusual for executives to receive them at any point of the year unless it is right after the end of the season. There is speculation the reason Gettleman was let go was because he either wasn't interested or wasn't making any progress on extensions for a pair of Richardson's favorites in Thomas Davis and Greg Olsen.
|Ezekiell Elliott headed for more trouble?|
Allegedly involved in bar disturbance
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 17 2017, 9:30 am
|More information regarding Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s alleged involvement in what Dallas police called a “disturbance” at a bar on Sunday night has begun to filter out. The police said a 30-year-old man told them he had been assaulted, but did not know who did it. TMZ also spoke to someone identified as “Sgt. Williams” from the Dallas police who said that a friend of the alleged victim also identified Elliott as the assailant and a social media post from Sunday night carried the same message with some NSFW language. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Elliott's off-field issues are becoming increasingly worrisome for fantasy owners. The Cowboys running back may already be facing a short suspension for a domestic issue last summer and could face a longer suspension if he's found to be at fault in the skirmish last night.
|Texans' D'Onta Foreman arrested|
Marijuana possession and unlawful weapon charges
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 16 2017, 9:00 am
|Texans rookie running back D'Onta Foreman, the third-round pick from the University of Texas, was arrested early Sunday morning in Austin on possession of marijuana and unlawful weapon charges. "We are aware of the situation involving D'Onta Foreman, and we are gathering more information," the Texans said. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Foreman has been ticketed with the backup role in the Texans running game behind Lamar Miller. More info to come...
|Michael Floyd suspended 4 games|
Violating the NFL's substance abuse policy
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 14 2017, 4:10 pm
|Source: Vikings WR Michael Floyd has been suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season. (Field Yates on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's the Friday NFL news dump. Floyd violated his house arrest by failing alcohol tests which Floyd attributed to drinking kombucha tea. Floyd can return to the team on October 2nd ahead of Week 5 and is eligible to play during the preseason.
|Rams' WR Mike Thomas suspended 4 games|
Performance enhancing substances
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 14 2017, 4:00 pm
|Rams WR Mike Thomas suspended without pay 4 games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances, #NFL announced. (Adam Caplan on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Thomas saw very little playing time in his rookie season catching 3 passes on 17 targets. He's a fantasy afterthought behind Robert Woods, Tavon Austin, Cooper Kupp and Pharoh Cooper.
|Zeke to face 1-2 game suspension?|
NFL investigation is ongoing
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 14 2017, 2:00 pm
|ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that although the investigation is still ongoing, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is bracing for a short suspension stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident in 2016. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Schefter went on to say that there's a growing sense that a 1-2 game suspension may occur in the coming weeks for the Cowboys starting running back. Nothing is official on this situation, but its enough to give fantasy owners drafting in the top three some pause. Darren McFadden is Elliott's backup.
|George Kittle making an impression|
GM John Lynch: "He's exceeded our expectations."
By: Doug Orth | Jul 10 2017, 6:00 pm
|George Kittle could very well be an impact player as a rookie. You keep hearing his name for a reason. The tight end’s play during minicamp earned himself some publicity. GM John Lynch continued to build the excitement around Kittle during a phone interview with KNBR.
“He’s really flashed. He’s got some suddenness to him in his movements. He catches the ball extremely well. George gives us something we don’t have as a playmaker down in the red zone. He is that guy who can win 1-on-1. He can impose his will and out-athlete people. He’s exceeded our expectations,” Lynch said. (49ers.com)|
FFToday's Take: Kittle turned heads at the NFL Combine with a 4.52 40-yard time and was one of the best all-purpose tight ends in the 2017 draft. Although his odds of contributing in fantasy in Year 1 are slim due to the history of rookie tight ends and the talent surrounding him in San Fran, the firth-round pick has a bright future and needs to be owned in dynasty leagues.
|Ebron digging his fit in 2017 offense|
TE "overly excited" about how he will be used
By: Doug Orth | Jul 10 2017, 5:45 pm
|Eric Ebron: The way they are going to go about using me this year has me "overly excited." It's going to be fun for me. (Sirius XM NFL Radio)|
FFToday's Take: This isn't the first time he has spoken out about how much "fun" he is going to have, and he isn't unreasonable to think that. Ebron seems to be the most likely candidate to replace the bulk of the 95 targets - including an eye-popping 22 in the red zone - Anquan Boldin is leaving behind. After disappointing owners in each of his first three seasons, he is a very good candidate to break into the mid-TE1 ranks this season.
|Jeremy Hill still in the RB mix|
The forgotten man in the Bengals backfield will still have a role
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 7 2017, 10:00 am
|I don’t see Jeremy Hill going anywhere in this the last year of his deal after head coach Marvin Lewis’ fiery defense of him during the offseason. Hill is going to be far from invisible, at least at the start of things with Giovani Bernard coming off of ACL surgery and second-rounder Joe Mixon learning the ropes. Hill figures to always be a presence inside the 5. (Bengals.com)|
FFToday's Take: Geoff Hobson from Bengals.com was answering a reader's question in his opinion above. Hobson went on to note that Mixon may start the season as the third-down back given Gio's injury with a lot of split time between Hill and Mixon until one emerges. With Mixon being the superior talent he's the favorite to lead the Bengals' RBs in fantasy points when it's all said and done.
|Jonathan Stewart's role not changing|
Veteran 30-year-old still expected to see bulk of the carries
By: Doug Orth | Jul 6 2017, 5:00 pm
|Christian McCaffrey brings so much to the table. He’s got terrific instincts to run between the tackles, can produce big plays in the screen game, has experience operating out of the wildcat and can even line up at wide receiver spots with his polished route-running and natural pass-catching ability.
Everyone from HC Ron Rivera to RB coach Jim Skipper has insisted that Jonathan Stewart’s role will not change. And Stewart himself has made it clear he’s not at all concerned. The punishing 240-pound runner will continue to see the bulk of the carries. (Panthers.com)|
FFToday's Take: Stewart has become an insane value pick in the ninth (standard) and 10th (PPR) rounds, largely because early drafters seem to believe McCaffrey will be the clear starter right away and do-it-all back for Carolina. While McCaffrey is the future and the centerpiece of the Panthers' new offense, Stewart isn't going to go away after signing an extension in March. Owners should be thrilled to land him as an RB4 as a player capable of 200 carries yet again and 8-10 touchdowns.
|Gillislee likely to fill Blount role|
Expect fantasy frustation with the Pats RB position
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 4 2017, 9:16 am
|The Patriots will still have James White, Dion Lewis, Burkhead and possibly D.J. Foster at running back, so it won't all fall on Mike Gillislee. But Gillislee projects as the most likely running back to fill the void left by Blount, who is now with the Eagles. It's a big opportunity for him. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Mike Reiss is speculating but he covers the Pats on a daily basis and offers great insight into the team. With Gillislee going late in Round 5 of 12-team mocks, fantasy owners are favoring him over James White (12.05) and Rex Burkhead (14.05). With so may RB options, it will be difficult to peg the weekly fantasy value of any Pats running back.
|Eagles "high" on Mack Hollins|
Team impressed by fourth-round WR, former UDFA
By: Doug Orth | Jul 3 2017, 6:10 pm
|Two reasons why Eagles cut Dorial Green-Beckham: Team high on second-year WR Marcus Johnson (really strong offseason) and rookie Mack Hollins. (Adam Caplan on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Hollins and Johnson also play special teams, which gave them an advantage over DGB. The Eagles added Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith to a receiving corps that already had Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor, so Philly was running out of room at a position where teams usually keep only five players. Hollins isn't going to make a big impact as a rookie, but his size (6-4, 221) gives him a chance to occupy the big receiver role in this offense in 2018 should Jeffery leave at the end of the season.
|Eagles part ways with Dorial Green-Beckham|
Agree to terms with QB Dane Evans
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 30 2017, 11:05 am
|Eagles released WR Dorial Green-Beckham. (Jeff McLance on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Eagles ramped up their receiving corps in free agency by adding Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith to the mix. With Nelson Agholor holding down the fourth spot, DGB would have been fighting for a roster spot in camp. He posted 36 catches for 392 yards and 1 TD last season but his catch rate was less than 50% (74 targets).
|Latavius Murray to see bulk of goal-line work?|
Scored nine of his 12 TDs inside the 5 last year
By: Doug Orth | Jun 29 2017, 5:40 pm
|Latavius Murray might not lead the team in carries this year, but even if he is technically a backup, he figures to assume a critical role for the Vikings offense. In 2016, there were 25 occasions when the Vikings ran the ball on third or fourth down within three yards of the first-down marker, according to Pro Football Reference. They converted on only 13 of those plays, averaging a pathetic 1.36 yards per carry.
In 2016, his final season in Oakland, Murray scored a dozen touchdowns, nine from inside the 5-yard line. In those short-yardage situations on third and fourth down, he converted on 13 of 18 tries, averaging 4.9 yards. (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Despite Murray's three-year, $15 million contract, rookie Dalvin Cook is considered the heavy favorite to open the season as the starting running back. While Murray will not have one of the best offensive lines in the league to run behind anymore, he is certainly an upgrade over Matt Asiata in short-yardage and goal-line situations. The former Raider warrants RB5 consideration in most leagues this summer.
|Jonnu Smith draws high praise|
Delanie Walker, Mike Mularkey speak highly of rookie TE
By: Doug Orth | Jun 29 2017, 5:10 pm
|Jonnu Smith could be the greatest tight end in Titans history, says one of the greatest tight ends in Titans history.
“One day he will be better than me … and that’s his ultimate goal. And if he didn’t feel that way, I wouldn’t want him here," Delanie Walker said.
"This young man wants to do (well). It’s really fun to coach him because everything’s important. He looks you dead in the eye; he takes every word in; and he wants to please you. He wants to do right for his teammates," HC Mike Mularkey said. (USA TODAY)|
FFToday's Take: With all the additions Tennessee made at receiver this offseason, it is going to be difficult for the third-round rookie to see the field very much, so he's not much of a redraft consideration barring an injury to Walker. However, he should be squarely on the radar of dynasty owners, as Walker will turn 33 in August and become a free agent after the 2018 season.
|Jamaal Charles "back to normal"|
RB pronounces himself ahead of schedule
By: Doug Orth | Jun 29 2017, 4:55 pm
|In an exclusive interview with Denver7, Jamaal Charles revealed that he sits ahead of schedule in his recovery from left knee surgery:
"I am doing everything. I have been cutting the last couple of days with the guys during the offseason workouts. I feel like the way I am cutting that I am back to the normal me, man. It feels good to be moving around again. I have been knowing this the whole offseason (that the knee was fine). Nobody can take nothing away from me except God when my time is up. I am still 30 years old. I still have a lot of special stuff to do," Charles said. (Denver 7)|
FFToday's Take: Charles has a shot to lead the backfield in carries if he can squeeze one more vintage year out of the body. With only eight games played over his last two seasons in Kansas City, however, the Broncos may feel compelled to use him as a complementary back in order to protect him from himself. If Charles is able to rediscover his pre-2015 injury, he has RB1 upside. The more likely result is he will split carries with C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker - at least early on - in 2017.
|RB Karlos Williams suspended at least one year|
Waived by Steelers earlier this off-season
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 28 2017, 3:21 pm
|Source: former Bills RB Karlos Williams has been suspended for a period of at least one year. (Field Yates on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Williams was cut by the Steelers this off-season and will now be forced to sit out an entire year. Williams has already received a 4-game and 10-game suspension by the league for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.
|Matt Jones fighting for roster spot|
Redskins taking six RBs to training camp
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 28 2017, 10:30 am
|As it stands, the Redskins will carry six backs into training camp next month in Richmond: Kelley, Perine, third-down specialist Chris Thompson, Brown, Matt Jones and Keith Marshall. Jordan wants to see Jones fight to distinguish himself among them. "Matt has played some football and made some plays for us early in his career. So now, it’s about just rekindling what he had before." (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: Jones was benched midway through last season for fumbling issues and didn't take it very well. The Redskins reportedly attempted to trade Jones prior to the draft and Jones missed voluntary workouts this off-season. For now, he's on the outside looking in at Rob Kelley, Samaje Perine and Thompson.
|Cowboys content with McFadden as Zeke's backup|
Alfred Morris on the outside looking in
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 28 2017, 7:00 am
|Activating Darren McFadden after a prolonged layoff and using him ahead of Morris shows that the Cowboys consider McFadden to be the team's No. 2 back. He fills that role heading into this season and only appears in danger of losing it if he's injured. (SportsDay)|
FFToday's Take: It was noteworthy last season when McFadden was immediately thrust into the backup role ahead of Alfred Morris and it appears nothing has changed heading into 2017. McFadden is more adept in the passing game than Morris making him worth a dart throw late in drafts as an upside pick.
|Alshon Jeffery enjoyed best spring since 2013|
Eagles WR coach happy with former, current pupil
By: Doug Orth | Jun 26 2017, 5:10 pm
|Philadelphia Eagles WR coach Mike Groh believes Alshon Jeffery had his best offseason since perhaps 2013, when Jeffery burst onto the scene and set career highs in catches (89) and yards (1,421) while finding the end zone seven times.
"He and I have a history together … and I understand the way that he works and goes about his business. I think the spring that he's had is as good as he's had since maybe 2013. Pleased with where he is physically, mentally I think he is in a good place," Groh said. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Groh was Jeffery's position coach from 2013-15, so this is more than just run-of-the-mill coach-speak. Regardless, staying on the field has long been Jeffery's biggest bugaboo, so if he can stay healthy, he stands a solid chance at matching or topping his career highs. Given his injury history, the ex-Bear should be consider a WR2, albeit one with WR1 upside.
| Zach Miller may not be long for Chicago|
Bears TE could be pushed by ex-Raven Daniel Brown
By: Doug Orth | Jun 26 2017, 5:00 pm
|Don't be surprised if Daniel Brown pushes the 32-year-old Zach Miller for a job. Miller was sidelined during the offseason program making his way back from the broken right foot suffered in the Week 11 last season. Miller's contract has one year remaining with a base salary of $1.5 million and the issue the Bears have to tackle is if they can take a chance knowing Miller's durability issues. Brown caught 16 passes for 124 yards and a touchdown in the final six games. The Bears turned to him quickly after Miller was injured and Brown averaged 43.5 snaps. (Chicago Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Miller had career-highs with 47 receptions for 486 yards in only 10 games last season, but durability has long been an issue for him. The Bears handed out $10 million of guaranteed money to Dion Sims in free agency and drafted "Baby Gronk" Adam Shaheen in the second round of April's draft, leaving likely only roster spot open for a tight end. Even if Miller sticks, he will not play nearly as big of a role in the offense in 2017 and likely done in Chicago after this season.
|Jay Ajayi a good bet to push 1,900 total yards?|
ESPN writer optimistic about Miami RB
By: Doug Orth | Jun 26 2017, 4:40 pm
|Jay Ajayi has more confidence and swagger that he can carry the load. Dolphins head coach Adam Gase said he won't be afraid to give Ajayi 350 carries if needed this season. Ajayi also has worked diligently on catching the football out of the backfield, which to date is his biggest weakness. Ajayi should have a monster year and could put up 1,900 total yards if he stays healthy, according to ESPN's James Walker. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Ajayi has a lot of what owners want from a RB1 - talent, no obvious threat to a heavy workload, solid supporting cast among them - and received plenty of praise this offseason about his improvement in the passing game. If Ajayi can finish with over 40 receptions and maintains the workload he had from Week 6 on last season (20.8 carries per game), Walker may not be far off with his projection. Consider him a solid RB1 and worthy first-round pick in all leagues.
| Cam Newton resumes throwing|
Shoulder surgery on March 30th
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 26 2017, 11:50 am
|"Cool," Cam Newton said when asked how it felt to throw for the first time in nearly six months, "a lot of anticipation. Obviously, it's still not 100 percent, but seeing the ball come out of my hand in a throwing motion was good." "When I say it's not 100 percent, I'm noting the range of motion part," Newton said. "Like if you sleep with your legs hanging off your bed the whole night, you're going to wake up and be super stiff. Or like sitting on your hands, or sitting in an awkward position and finally getting up and moving - that's how I feel." (Panthers.com)|
FFToday's Take: Newton is recovering from March 30th shoulder surgery and thinks he'll be ready to go by training camp in late July. More than likely the Panthers will ease Newton into camp, limiting his reps. For now, there's no concern about his availability for Week 1.
|Zenner, Washington still 3-4 in Lions RBBC|
Caldwell talks backup RBs
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 26 2017, 7:00 am
|Ameer Abdullah, who missed most of last year with a foot injury, is the team's starting running back, and Theo Riddick, who's still recovering from double-wrist surgery, has proven an effective role player. But Zach Zenner and Dwayne Washington both showed promise in limited reps last year. (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: Abudllah and Riddick are the clear front-runners in the Lions running back by committee. Both Zenner and Washington had increased value late last season with Abdullah on the shelf with a foot injury. Zenner showed promise in the passing game and would have sneaky PPR value should Abdullah and/or Riddick miss time in 2017.
|Eric Ebron signs off on Lions' TE depth|
Believes new additions will help him reach his potential
By: Doug Orth | Jun 22 2017, 4:00 pm
|While the Lions operated primarily out of a three-receiver set last fall, they don’t currently have a proven No. 3 receiver on their roster. Eric Ebron said having other options at tight end should help him. Last year, heset career highs with 61 catches for 711 yards, but he also missed three games with injuries and couldn't play to his strengths at times because he often was the only tight end on the field.
“I think it’s going to play a significant role for me to allow me to do the things that I’m best at,” Ebron said. (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: Anquan Boldin played 80 percent of the snaps for Detroit last year, serving as a bit of a de facto tight end with his work in the short passing game and red zone. While third-round pick Kenny Golladay is reportedly having a good offseason, it is probably unrealistic to expect the rookie to fill those shoes. Between the targets Boldin is leaving behind and Ebron's continued improvement, he should be able to crack the 70-catch mark this season if he can stay healthy.
|Chester Rogers making a push for playing time|
No. 3 WR job in Indy "up for grabs"
By: Doug Orth | Jun 22 2017, 3:45 pm
|Anyone who thought Phillip Dorsett and Kamar Aiken would definitely be the third or fourth wideouts for the Colts in 2017 needs to re-think their depth chart. Second-year wide receiver Chester Rogers is a serious contender for wide receiver reps this coming season and has a real shot at the up for grabs playing time behind T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief. (Colts.com)|
FFToday's Take: New GM Chris Ballard, OC Rob Chudzinski and Andrew Luck are all singing the praises of the former undrafted free agent. The new front office in Indy has no ties to Dorsett, so he is in real danger of ending up fifth on the depth chart. Aiken would seem to be the leader in the clubhouse for No. 3 duties, but Rogers appears primed to give him a run for his money. The winner of this competition should possess upside to be at least a WR5 in most leagues.