|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.
|Lacy, Rawls to share early-down workload?|
Full RBBC possible in Seattle
By: Doug Orth | Jun 22 2017, 3:25 pm
|In the opinion of Seattle Times' reporter Bob Condotta, Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls will take a fairly equal share of the (early-down) carries with C.J. Prosise slated largely for a third-down role as well as being worked into the game plan to take advantage of specific matchups from week to week, assuming they each are healthy. (Seattle Times)|
FFToday's Take: All three running backs have proven to be injury-prone and may actually benefit if they are capped at around 150-175 touches. Lacy's current fourth-round ADP is way too high for a player who doesn't have a stranglehold on early-down or third-down work, making him a definite bust candidate at that price. All three backs probably need to be viewed as RB3s.
|Derek Carr gets 5-year extension from Raiders|
Business is done
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 22 2017, 10:09 am
|Now it's done ! From the jump I've wanted to be a Raider 4 life. One step closer to that! Blessed!!! Business done! Let's just play now!!! (Derek Carr on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The new deal carries a $25 million average per season which is nothing more than a headline/talking point. What matters from a contract standpoint is the amount of money guaranteed. On the field, Derek Carr has averaged 3730 yards, 27 TDs and 10 INTs during his three-year career. He finished as the fantasy QB16 last season and the QB14 in 2015.
|Greg Olsen wants a new contract|
Wants to be paid among the top tight ends in the league
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 21 2017, 4:00 pm
|Greg Olsen, 32, made it clear he wants a new deal, but said he isn’t sure what the team’s response will be. "I don’t hesitate to say, if you look back the last four years ... at not only the statistics, but the consistency, the productivity and the durability, all those things, there’s nobody that can match up and has done what I’ve done," Olsen told Schefter.
FFToday's Take: While Olsen's statements of consistency and stats are true, he still has two years left on his deal. He's been a top 5 fantasy tight end the last three years going over the 1000-yd mark each season. Olsen wouldn't rule out a training camp holdout saying “We’ll see how things go over the summer. We’ll see what types of responses we get from the organization,” he added.
|Jets sign WR Marquess Wilson|
As good a shot as any to crack the starting lineup
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 20 2017, 3:06 pm
|The New York Jets are adding a receiver to a stripped-down wideout corps.
The agent for Marquess Wilson tweeted that the 24-year-old receiver joined Gang Green on Tuesday, and the team later confirmed the move. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Wilson spent the majority of last season on the sidelines with a broken foot playing in only three games. He's yet to play more than 10 games in a season during his four-year career but does have an opportunity with the Jets have the worst receiving corps in the league. He'll be waiver wire fodder unless he becomes the top receiving option for Josh McCown.
|Martavis Bryant looking like his old self|
QB sings his praises following offseason workouts
By: Doug Orth | Jun 19 2017, 6:10 pm
|Per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Brian Batko, Ben Roethlisberger believes Martavis Bryant is fitting in well after sitting out the entire 2016 season due to suspension.
"(He's) learning some of the stuff we put in last year he didn’t know about, remembering things that we had in before. He looks like a stud, as usual, so we’re excited for him to be on the field this year and help us out," Roethlisberger said. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: The Steelers are heading into a season where they have a real chance of getting Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, Le'Veon Bell and Bryant on the field at the same time. Given his past, Bryant is a high-risk fantasy investment, but one capable of delivering week-winning weeks in just about any game. He has as much upside as any second receiver in the league and is a WR3 capable of playing at a WR2 level.
|Kelvin Benjamin trimmed down this spring|
WR reportedly weighed nearly 270 pounds at one point
By: Doug Orth | Jun 19 2017, 5:50 pm
|Whatever Kelvin Benjamin tipped the scales at in April - Ron Rivera says it wasn't 280 pounds, although he might have been touching 270 - the fourth-year wideout seemed to get the message Rivera sent publicly after the draft. Benjamin needs to show up to Spartanburg looking like he did the final day of minicamp, when he reached down to pluck a pass a couple inches off the grass and got both feet inbounds. (The Charlotte Observer)|
FFToday's Take: Benjamin is always going to be a big receiver, but his weight fluctuation continues to be an issue. At his best, KB is nearly unstoppable on high-point throws and in the red zone. A slim-and-trim Benjamin is critical for the Panthers as they make their transition from a power-running team to one more reliant on versatile big-play rookies Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel.
|Titans add Eric Decker to receiving corps|
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 18 2017, 7:20 pm
|The Tennessee Titans and former New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker have reached agreement on a one-year deal, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Decker, 30, underwent hip and shoulder surgeries last fall, but he is healthy and had been practicing before his release by the Jets. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Jets have been dumping high priced veterans all off-season and Decker was no exception. Coming off an injury-plagued 2016 season, Decker has been participating in drills and gives the Titans a veteran presence in their receiving corps with a track record of scoring touchdowns. Given the run-first philosophy in Tennessee it's doubtful Decker can post WR1 stats as in did in New York back in 2015 (80-1027-12) but he can hold spotty WR2 value in an offense that should have no trouble moving the football in 2016.
|Michael Floyd tests positive for alcohol|
Vikings: We are aware and looking into the matter
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 16 2017, 11:40 am
|Bad news for Michael Floyd ... the Minnesota Vikings WR tested positive for alcohol during his house arrest this week, TMZ Sports has learned. A rep for the Scottsdale City Court confirms ... Floyd's alcohol monitoring system flagged 5 events during June 11th and 12th. At least three of the events were described to us as "high alcohol tests." (TMZ Sports)|
FFToday's Take: Floyd is currently under house arrest and prohibited from using alcohol. Floyd has reportedly blamed the positive tests on Kombucha tea. The Vikings are looking into the matter. Floyd is due back in court on June 26. He's off the fantasy radar.
|Jeremy Maclin expected to be main slot WR|
Likely to fill Steve Smith role in offense
By: Doug Orth | Jun 15 2017, 11:00 pm
|Jeremy Maclin is expected to be the Ravens' slot receiver because Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman provide speed on the outside and Baltimore lost valuable inside targets Steve Smith Sr., Dennis Pitta and Kamar Aiken this offseason. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Smith's retirement and Pitta's hip injury have freed up a ton of over-the-middle targets for Maclin, who shouldn't have much problem leading the team in receiving if he avoids the injury bug that bit him a season ago. The ex-Kansas City Chief should start with Wallace in two-receiver formations and move inside when Baltimore opts for three-wide sets. Maclin should be a rock-solid fantasy WR3 option in 2017 with WR2 upside.
|Terrance West in line for big workload?|
OC: I'm looking forward to him toting the rock
By: Doug Orth | Jun 15 2017, 5:55 pm
|Ravens senior offensive assistant Greg Roman: "I'm very excited about Terrance West. I'm looking forward to him toting the rock this year." (Baltimore Sun)|
FFToday's Take: To be fair, Roman was only asked about West, not Kenneth Dixon, who will miss the first four games of the season due to a PED suspension. However, ESPN's Jamison Hensley suggested earlier this month West is the "unquestioned starter". Caution is advised, if only because Dixon is the more explosive back and Danny Woodhead is a more complete back who will likely replace West in the red zone. It's hard to imagine West being much more of a fantasy factor this year than he was in 2016.
|Gore the early favorite to remain a workhorse|
Robert Turbin, Marlon Mack could fill specialized roles early on
By: Doug Orth | Jun 15 2017, 5:40 pm
|It's an intriguing mix led by the elder statesman (34-year old Frank Gore), the versatile veteran (Robert Turbin) and the rapid rookie (Marlon Mack). We're expecting Gore to remain the workhorse, if you consider 16-18 carries per game workhorse level. OC Rod Chudzinski could offer an expanded role to Turbin, who would embrace it. Also, Mack could steal some of Gore's carries if he proves himself NFL-ready. (CBS 4 Indy - Mike Chappell)|
FFToday's Take: Turbin has reportedly had "a helluva spring" according to Chudzinski, although it would be a mistake for the journeyman to be used as anything more than a goal-line or change-of-pace option. Mack's explosiveness makes him a unique weapon in this offense and he is a capable receiver to boot. At least for now, the rookie should be considered the handcuff for Gore, who could push for another 260 or so carries if he stays healthy and/or doesn't fall off a cliff physically.
|Zimmer: Dalvin Cook could be "special"|
HC sings the praises of rookie RB
By: Doug Orth | Jun 15 2017, 5:30 pm
|Dalvin Cook has yet to run in pads for the Minnesota Vikings, and it will be some time before coaches begin to establish a pecking order for a backfield that hasn't really needed one for the better part of a decade. But Cook's early work has coach Mike Zimmer believing the Vikings might have a unique player on their hands.
"I think he's got a chance to be special. ... I just think this guy has got a chance to be pretty good. Now, he's got some things he's got to work on, like all young backs, but I've been very impressed with him this spring," Zimmer said.
FFToday's Take: Latavius Murray's offseason ankle surgery is costing him an opportunity to make an early impression, while Jerick McKinnon doesn't seem to be getting much of a chance to compete for a starting spot. With that said, Zimmer's praise is notable because he usually does not engage in hyperbole. Cook regularly flashed playmaking ability at Florida State and should emerge as the lead back at the very least early this season.
| Andrew Luck will sit during minicamp|
Shoulder surgery in January
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 13 2017, 11:23 am
|Andrew Luck's role this week: "Just observe," says coach Chuck Pagano.
"The next step is getting to the point where he can throw." Pagano told reporters that he's unsure if Luck will be available for training camp. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: With no official timetable for his return, Luck's shoulder injury is something we'll be following closely when training camp begins in August. He's expected to be on a pitch count when he does return to the field.
| TE Ben Watson returns to practice|
Coming off Achilles injury
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 13 2017, 10:48 am
|TE Ben Watson returned to practice today after working his way back from a torn Achilles. (Ravens on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Watson tore his Achilles late last August and appears to be on schedule for a return this year. That being said, Watson will likely be brought along slowly during minicamp and training camp. Crocket Gillmore and Nick Boyle are also in the mix to assume the tight end targets left by Dennis Pitta.
|Jets officially release Eric Decker|
Jets couldn't find a trade partner
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 12 2017, 5:22 pm
|After GM Mike Maccagnan announced that Eric Decker’s departure was imminent, the Jets have released the veteran receiver.
"We think very highly of Eric. Our focus right now is seeing our young players, how they do," said Maccagnan earlier this week. "We wish Eric, going forward, a lot of success." (NewYorkJets.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Jets had been exploring trade options for Decker but couldn't work out a deal. The Jets are flushing out the talent pool and rebuilding from the ground floor. Decker is coming off hip and shoulder injuries that limited him to three games last season but he should have interest from the Bills and Eagles who both were rumored to have interest in Jeremy Maclin.
|Crowder to play outside in two-WR sets|
Increased targets likely for Redskins WR
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 12 2017, 4:00 pm
|Jamison Crowder is one reason the Redskins have remained upbeat about their receiving corps, despite the loss of Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson in free agency. Crowder will start, playing on the outside in two-receiver sets and inside when they add a third. He’ll also return punts. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: If Crowder does get the starting nod on the outside this season and kick inside on third-downs he'll likely surpass his 99 targets from a year ago has a great chance to crack the 1000-yard mark in his third year. Crowder finished 30th among PPR wide receivers last season averaging 12.1 FPts/G.
|Ravens land Jeremy Maclin|
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 12 2017, 3:35 pm
|Ravens and WR Jeremy Maclin agree to a two-year deal, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Ravens and Bills were the two teams pursuing Maclin after he was let go from the Chiefs last week. Both teams have holes in their receiving corps especially the Ravens as they lost Steve Smith to retirement. Maclin should be in the starting lineup opposite Mike Wallace with Breshad Perriman rounding out the top three.
|WR Andre Ellington moving back to RB|
Arians wants Ellington to be tougher runner
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 7 2017, 2:15 pm
|Arians: Andre Ellington is back to being a RB. challenge for him is running tougher, not going down as easy. (Kent Somers on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Ellington was declared a wide receiver earlier this off-season but that experiment didn't last long. The Cardinals don't currently have a true backup behind David Johnson although reports suggest the team is still in touch with Chris Johnson. Even so, Ellington's fantasy value remains minimal at this point.
|Eric Decker on the way out of New York|
Jets will trade or release him this week
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 6 2017, 4:54 pm
|And now the Jets are parting ways with WR Eric Decker, sources tell ESPN. Have told WR they either will release or trade him this week. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The free agent wide receiver market has certainly picked up some steam the last couple days. First Jeremy Maclin was released by the Chiefs on Friday and not it appears Decker will be on the move. The Jets will save $5.75 million against the cap. Decker is coming off a torn rotator cuff. His landing spot later this week will determine his fantasy value.
| Rookie WR Mike Williams out until training camp|
Mild disc herniation in back
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 6 2017, 3:07 pm
|Chargers first-round pick, WR Mike Williams, is expected to miss remainder of offseason program with a disc injury in his back, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Bad news for the Chargers rookie wideout who has missed all of the team's off-season workouts with a back injury. It's possible his back could quiet down before camp but this is definitely a red flag for fantasy owners considering investing in the rookie. We should get a better idea of his status once training camp begins in late July.
|Chiefs give WR Jeremy Maclin the boot|
Chiefs save $10 million in cap space
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 2 2017, 8:00 pm
|The move, which came after the Chiefs wrapped up the second week of voluntary workouts, saves the Chiefs $10 million in cap space because Jeremy Maclin was cut after June 1; they had just $3.5 million available before. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Maclin is still just 29 years old and becomes a viable option for any WR-needy team. It's on odd move on the field considering the Chiefs have few veteran weapons at wide receiver. Tyreek Hill, Chris Conley and Albert Wilson make up the top three spots on depth chart.
| Dennis Pitta re-injures hip during OTAs|
Ravens TE suffers another hip injury
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 2 2017, 3:30 pm
|Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta reinjured his hip during Friday's organized team activities and is undergoing tests to determine the severity of the injury, the team announced. Friday's OTAs were not open to reporters. According to the team website, Pitta stretched for a catch, fell to the turf and couldn’t put weight on his leg as he tried to get up. (Baltimore Sun)|
FFToday's Take: Pitta inured his hip twice before and missed the entire 2015 season as a result. He led all tight ends in 2016 with 86 receptions. The Ravens have a number of bodies at tight end but most are dealing with injuries including Ben Watson (Achilles)and Maxx Williams (ACL). Free agent Gary Barnidge could be Ozzie Newsome's radar.
| Cameron Meredith out until training camp|
Ligament damage in thumb
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 1 2017, 8:00 pm
|The Bears will be without Cameron Meredith for the remainder of organized team activities as well as the team’s mandatory mini-camp later this month after the third-year receiver suffered ligament damage in one of his thumbs during Thursday’s practice. (Chicago Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Surgery has not been ruled out as of now. With a recovery time of 6-8 weeks, Meredith is in danger of missing the early portions of training camp. It's a setback for the starting receiver who projects to be the Bears best option in the passing game in 2017.
|Colts sign RB Christine Michael|
Was released by Green Bay on May 1st
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 1 2017, 3:30 pm
|The Indianapolis Colts have signed free-agent running back Christine Michael, the team announced Thursday.
The Packers released Michael on May 1 after the team selected three running backs in the NFL draft. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Michael has flashed ability when on the field but he's been unable find consistent playing time since coming into the league in 2013. Stints in Seattle and Green Bay have ultimately led to his release. Now, the Colts will give him a shot. It's a good landing spot for his fantasy value as veteran Frank Gore is backed up only by rookie Marlon Mack and veteran Robert Turbin.
| Latavius Murray has walking boot removed|
Available at some point during training camp
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 1 2017, 11:39 am
|Vikings running back Latavius Murray is keeping his goals modest as he recovers from ankle surgery. Murray had his walking boot removed Tuesday, 10 weeks following March 22 surgery on his right ankle, and was able to walk around freely Wednesday during an organized team activities session. “The goal is just to try to be available during training camp at some point,” Murray said. “Right now, everything is pointing toward that. I’m just going to trust the process and not rush the process.” (Pioneer Press)|
FFToday's Take: Murray's recovery from ankle surgery seems to be on track but he's going to be playing catchup when he finally gets on the field. Rookie Dalvin Cook and Jerick McKinnon are also expected to be in the running back mix this season. Right now, the rookie has in the inside track to being the RB to own in the Minnesota backfield.
| QB Mark Sanchez suffers knee injury|
Out rest of OTAs and mini-camp
By: Mike Krueger | May 30 2017, 6:00 pm
|Bears QB Mark Sanchez suffered a left knee injury today. Out for the rest of OTAs and mini-camp. Expected back for training camp. (Dan Wiederer on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Raise your hand if you knew Sanchez was on the Bears roster. All three of you can put your hands down. While Sanchez is expected to return for training camp, he's third in the pecking order behind Mike Glennon and rookie Mitchell Trubisky and well off the fantasy radar.
|Matt Jones awaiting trade or release|
No-show for voluntary workouts
By: Mike Krueger | May 30 2017, 3:20 pm
|Running back Matt Jones remained a no-show as the Redskins kicked off their second week of voluntary offseason practices. The third-year pro isn’t expected to attend any of the remaining five voluntary sessions (two more this week, and three next week). (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: Jones was reportedly told by coaches that he's no longer in their plans so the running back is working out on his own while he awaits his release. Rob Kelley and rookie Samaje Perine are candidates for early-down work while Chris Thompson is expected to be the third-down back. Jones is talented enough to hook on with another team and should do so at some point this pre-season.
|Fewer catches for Gurley in 2017?|
Dunbar could be Chris Thompson clone
By: Mike Krueger | May 30 2017, 9:30 am
|The Rams, under a new offensive-minded head coach in Sean McVay, are determined to help Gurley recapture his big-play ability. But they might not count on him to be as much of a factor in the passing game. They have replaced Benny Cunningham, a more traditional backup running back who saw a lot of third-down snaps, with Lance Dunbar, who, when healthy, can be a major pass-catching threat out of the backfield. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: McVay used Chris Thompson as a pass-catching back in Washington so it's not a stretch to think Dunbar could fill a similar role for the Rams. Gurley saw 43 receptions last year but its safe to say he may not reach that total in 2017. Rebounding from a poor fantasy season will come down to repairing a 3.2 yards per carry average.
|Victor Cruz signs one-year deal with Bears|
Chicago revamping receiving corps
By: Mike Krueger | May 25 2017, 2:00 pm
|The Bears’ continued attempts to energize a reshuffling offense continued Thursday when the team agreed to a one-year contract with veteran receiver Victor Cruz. (Chicago Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Cruz missed the majority of 2014 and 2015 with various ailments including a serious knee injury. The Bears are revamping their receiving corps after losing Alshon Jeffery to the Eagles and have a number of options including Cameron Meredith, Kevin White, Josh Bellamy, Kendall Wright, Rueben Randle and Markus Wheaton. It won't be easy for Cruz to make the team.
| Bills concerned with Charles Clay's knee issues|
Participated in the majority of OTAs
By: Mike Krueger | May 25 2017, 11:45 am
|"We are concerned with Charles' knee situation," McDermott told reporters Thursday before the Bills took the field for an OTA workout. "It's something we have to manage moving forward in order to have him on the field for us, which is important moving forward. He's a weapon for us." (Buffalo News)|
FFToday's Take: Charles Clay has been bothered by injuries since 2015 but has only missed four games in the last two years. For his part, Clay participated in the majority during OTAs but he may have his reps limited in mini camp this June. Clay finished 18th among fantasy TEs (standard scoring) in 2016.
|Kaepernick wants to be a Seahawk|
Willing to be Wilson's backup
By: Mike Krueger | May 25 2017, 9:30 am
|Per source, Colin Kaepernick "wants to be a Seahawk" and informed team that he's content backing up Russell Wilson. Mtg went "very well." (Jordan Schultz on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: At this point, Kaepernick would likely sign with any team willing to take a chance on him. The Seahawks could use a veteran backup to Wilson with only Trevone Boykin (off-field issues) in the mix. Austin Davis reportedly met with the team on Wednesday as well.
|Josh Gordon petition for reinstatement denied|
Eligible to try again in fall
By: Mike Krueger | May 11 2017, 5:00 pm
|The NFL has denied Browns WR Josh Gordon's reinstatement petition. He can reapply this fall. (Tom Pelissero on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Along with his agent terminating their relationship roughly two weeks ago per ESPN's Josina Anderson, this denial may be an indication Gordon still isn't getting it. Still only 26, Gordon theoretically has time to make something out of his NFL career, but he hasn't taken a regular-season snap since 2014. This latest setback may be enough for dynasty league owners to finally cut the cord.
|Daryl Washington released|
Reinstated by league in late April
By: Mike Krueger | May 11 2017, 3:00 pm
|Cardinals release LB Daryl Washington. "It is "best to release Daryl and give him the opportunity to continue his career elsewhere," the team said in a statement. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: A 2012 Pro Bowler, Washington hasn't played a regular-season snap since 2013 due to multiple violations of the league's substance-abuse policy. Now 30 years old, Washington may have one shot left to prove he is a changed man. If any team is going to take the plunge, look for it to be a risk-taking team like Dallas or Cincinnati. Washington was one of the best young linebackers in the league before his ban.