|Chargers' backfield "a three-headed monster"|
Mathews coming off career season
By: Doug Orth | Aug 4 2014, 3:55 pm
|Ryan Mathews calls it “the three-headed monster.” It could perhaps also be called unprecedented. In NFL history, only the 2012 Carolina Panthers - after signing Mike Tolbert - could arguably boast three running backs coming off a season as productive as the Mathews-Danny Woodhead-Donald Brown trio. It will be the same thing this year. Mathews (will be) the workhorse, Woodhead the versatile guy who can run and catch, Brown the sort of hybrid of the two.
Said Chargers running backs coach Ollie Wilson: “There is no such thing as a featured back any more.” (San Diego Union-Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: The Chargers figure to enter the season as a run-heavy team, but those plans may have to change based on San Diego's difficult schedule - one that includes the NFC West. Not only should owners remember Mathews is still an injury risk, they should also consider his difficult schedule. Woodhead is going to see the majority of passing-down snaps while Brown should steal a few other carries. In short, Mathews is a poor bet to match last season's production.
| Romo to sit out first preseason game|
Expected to play in game number two and three
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 3 2014, 7:00 am
|Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo missed a third scheduled practice Saturday out of the first eight of training camp. The Cowboys’ plan is that Romo doesn’t play in the first preseason game at San Diego on Thursday or in the last preseason game Aug. 28 against Denver.
The Cowboys want Romo to get some work in the second preseason game against Baltimore on Aug. 16 and get his most work of the preseason in the third game at Miami on Aug. 23. (http://cowboysblog.dallasnews.co)|
FFToday's Take: Romo is coming off back surgery so the Cowboys are limiting his workload. The team insists that Romo is fine and on track to start Week 1. Brandon Weeden will get the start on Thursday against San Diego.
| Knowshon Moreno remains on PUP list|
Still recovering from knee surgery
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 1 2014, 10:00 pm
|With barely a month left until the regular-season opener, the Dolphins’ most accomplished running back sometimes still labors to walk, let alone run. In late June, Knowshon Moreno underwent arthroscopic surgery to clean up his left knee. The original prognosis was he would miss four to five weeks. We’re now well into the sixth week of the rehab, and yet he remains on the Physically Unable to Perform list. (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: Moreno's fantasy stock will take a tumble over the next week while Lamar Miller's will rise. Miller has been running with the first team offense in Moreno's absence. Fantasy owners shouldn't simply write off Moreno as he can be a fantasy asset in Miami's new offense but expecting him to be the starter Week 1 appears to be more unlikely by the minute.
| Crabtree to miss time with unspecified injury|
Hamstring strikes again?
By: Doug Orth | Aug 1 2014, 1:45 pm
|Wide receivers Michael Crabtree and Brandon Lloyd are expected to miss the next week or two because of injuries that are unspecified but believed to be leg related. "Maybe a week, maybe two weeks," Harbaugh said Friday of Crabtree's status, "and same with Brandon Lloyd." (San Jose Mercury News)|
FFToday's Take: Crabtree's injury is speculated to be of the hamstring variety. He has missed an extraordinary amount of training camp time during his career. Harbaugh did say that Crabtree's injury is not related to his previous foot and Achilles injuries.
| Arian Foster back on the sidelines Friday|
“It’s kind of a day-to-day thing. It’s nothing serious"
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 1 2014, 12:15 pm
|Running back Arian Foster, who’s presumably dealing with a strained hamstring - neither he nor the team has yet confirmed that’s his injury - returned to a spectating role Friday after having participated in a full practice Wednesday. He’d already missed two workouts and part of a third earlier this week.
"He’s doing OK," coach Bill O’Brien said. "It’s kind of a day-to-day thing. It’s nothing serious. I would assume - (but) guess you can’t assume anything - he’d be back pretty soon." (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Since we don't have confirmation on what exactly the injury to Foster is, it's hard to analyze the situation from a fantasy perspective. What we do know is Foster has a lot of wear and tear on his tires and missed eight games last season with a back injury. He's coming off the board early in Round 2 as RB8 with a boatload of injury risk.
|Wheaton looking to land starting role|
Addition by subtraction
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 1 2014, 11:45 am
|Last year he (Markus Wheaton) was the fourth receiver on the depth chart behind Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery. Now, with the departure of Sanders (Denver) and Cotchery (Carolina) in free agency he has been elevated to the No. 2 receiver alongside Brown.
FFToday's Take: Wheaton will be competing with Lance Moore and fourth-round pick Martavis Bryant for Antonio Brown's scraps but there is some WR4 value to be had. Last year, the Steelers placed three fantasy receivers inside the top 35 at the position (Brown-7, Cotchery-30, Sanders-35) although attempting to decipher which No.2 wideout to be in your starting lineup will likely be a weekly headache for fantasy owners.
| Jags receiver Allen Robinson out two weeks|
By: Mike Krueger | Aug 1 2014, 10:43 am
|The latest setback involves rookie Allen Robinson and free-agent signee Tandon Doss. Both were injured in Thursday's practice and will miss what the Jaguars describe as "an extended period of time, at least two weeks." (Florida Times Union)|
FFToday's Take: The Jags have had all kinds of issues with their wide receivers this off-season. Justin Blackmon (suspended indefinitely), Ace Sanders (4-game suspension), Cecil Shorts (hamstring), Tandon Doss (ankle) and Robinson (hamstring) are part of a revolving door at the position. Marqise Lee was given the day off from practice on Friday.
| Wayne comeback going off without a hitch|
Returning from late October ACL injury
By: Doug Orth | Jul 31 2014, 6:10 pm
|The Reggie Wayne running routes and effortlessly snatching passes out of the air from Andrew Luck at training camp looks incredibly similar to the Reggie Wayne who did the same thing prior to tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Oct. 20 against Denver.
Colts HC Chuck Pagano has been cautious with Wayne's workload. He's gotten a heavy dose with the Luck-led offense, but there's still a "pitch count" to make certain the knee isn't overly stressed. (Indianapolis Star)|
FFToday's Take: One three players in NFL history - Jerry Rice (three times), Jimmy Smith and Joey Galloway - have gone over 1,000 yards receiving after turning 36, so the odds are working against Wayne. With Luck as his quarterback and players like T.Y. Hilton drawing attention from him, however, he is a strong candidate to be No. 4.
|Lynch to end holdout, report to camp|
Will not receive a new deal
By: Doug Orth | Jul 31 2014, 5:45 pm
|Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch will end his holdout and will report to training camp shortly, league sources said. The holdout has lasted eight days so far.
Lynch will not be receiving the new deal and added money he sought, but Seattle is expected to add some financial concessions to his contract, sources said. (ABC News)|
FFToday's Take: Lynch is in the third year of a four-year, $30 million deal. With Christine Michael and, to a lesser extent Robert Turbin and Spencer Ware, in reserve, Lynch had virtually no leverage and may be coming around to the realization that the Seahawks will likely be moving on from him after this season.
|Hyde draws praise for work ethic, smarts|
Harbaugh compares rookie to Frank Gore
By: Doug Orth | Jul 31 2014, 5:30 pm
|San Francisco HC Jim Harbaugh does not like to make comparisons. He often says someone gets diminished when two players are compared and contrasted. But, in this instance Harbaugh, made an exception. He praised running backs Frank Gore and Carlos Hyde in similar terms. Harbaugh spoke glowingly about Gore’s work ethic and understanding of the game.
“Carlos gets football, understands football,” Harbaugh said, citing Roman. “It’s natural for him to understand the game, similar to Frank Gore. And we're seeing those things, and both are very good signs and bode well for us.” (CSN Bay Area)|
FFToday's Take: This is a big step up for Hyde, whose work ethic was questioned up until last season at Ohio State. The second-round rookie is the frontrunner to win the backup job with Kendall Hunter out for the season and Marcus Lattimore being treated with kid gloves. Gore has been of an ironman since Harbaugh's arrival, but the 31-year-old showed signs of decline last season, so Hyde has a chance at redraft value this year.
| Devonta Freeman flashing in Falcons' camp|
Steven Jackson sidelined by hamstring injury
By: Doug Orth | Jul 31 2014, 5:10 pm
|Devonta Freeman will have plenty of opportunity to prove his value immediately. A left hamstring injury is likely to sideline veteran starter Steven Jackson for the bulk of the preseason, allowing Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers to receive more backfield reps in training camp and exhibition games. Freeman already has shown flashes of his ability to be an every-down back. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Jackson suffered a left hamstring injury - the same one that cost him four games last year - on Tuesday. HC Mike Smith didn't offer much of a timeline, other than that the veteran is expected back for Week 1. At any rate, the Falcons have been thrilled with Freeman thus far and he should be expected to contribute even with a healthy (and aging) Jackson. Freeman only figures to see his fantasy stock rise to high-end RB4 status before the end of the preseason.
| Wilson "needs a miracle" to get back on field|
Giants RB will be examined on Monday
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 31 2014, 10:37 am
|According to multiple sources, the running back, who suffered a "burner" during Tuesday's practice, months after undergoing spinal fusion surgery, is a long shot to return to the field. One person with knowledge of the running back's medical condition told NJ.com that Wilson "needs a miracle." (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: David Wilson will be examined Monday by the doctor who performed his spinal surgery in January. The Giants are preparing for the worst and seem to be hinting that Wilson's career could be in jeopardy. Wilson's fantasy value remains in limbo and he should be avoided in fantasy drafts until his status is confirmed.
| Mike Wallace won't practice until next week|
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 31 2014, 7:15 am
|I'm told Mike Wallace (hamstring) is going to be out at least until next week. He will not participate in scrimmage at Sun Life Saturday. (Armando Salguero via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Wallace missed yesterday's practice session as well as today's. No need to panic unless Wallace doesn't see the field next week as reported.
|Marshall believes Cutler set for big season|
MVP on horizon?
By: Jake Gordon | Jul 30 2014, 6:54 pm
|BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) — Just five days into training camp Wednesday, Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall elevated quarterback Jay Cutler to an elite status usually reserved for Peyton Manning, Drew Brees or Tom Brady.
Marshall first insisted during an interview with NFL Network that Cutler can be the MVP this season, and a few minutes later defended his belief, as well as the Bears quarterback.
Marshall said Cutler is different not only from when the two broke in together in Denver in 2006, but also from last season when they played in coach Marc Trestman's offense for the first time.
FFToday's Take: Jay Cutler's fantasy prospects are high entering the 2014 season. He has never commanded an offense as stocked with talent in the huddle or sideline than the one he will lead this season. Brandon Marshall may just being talking up his good friend and quarterback, but Cutler's arrow is pointed up for owners willing to wait on the position.
|DeMarcus Ware not practicing|
Bruised right leg
By: Jake Gordon | Jul 30 2014, 2:06 pm
|The last time DeMarcus Ware walked into Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday, he walked off with a limp. With rain drizzling on Wednesday, there was no chance that Ware was going to practice, given the cautious approach to his bruised right lower leg. (Denver Post)|
FFToday's Take: It doesn't seem like the injury to Ware is too serious but the former Cowboy is no stranger to injury. The Broncos are being cautious and you should be as well.
| RB David Wilson to sit out a week|
Will have his neck examined on August 4th
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 30 2014, 11:00 am
|David Wilson, according to the Giants, will not practice for the remainder of the week and will receive a follow-up examination on Aug. 4 at the Hospital for Special Surgery, the same place Wilson received extensive testing last night.
Dr. Frank Cammisa, the doctor who performed his fusion surgery, will perform the exam. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Giants are being very cautious with Wilson (neck) as they should be. His fantasy value will be in limbo until we get the results of his tests on August 4th.
|Ebron having issues catching the ball|
Lions TE has a lot on his plate right now according to coach
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 30 2014, 10:45 am
|The biggest knock on Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron through off-season workouts and the first two days of training camp has been an inordinate number of dropped passes that have negated his big-play ability. (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: Head coach Jim Caldwell explained away Ebron's drops as simply a rookie with too much on his plate on that he's "got a lot of things going through his mind right now". The problem is, a case of the dropsies was a red flag for Ebron coming out of college. As Doug Orth pointed out in Ebron's draft profile, Ebron had an 11 percent drop percentage in 2013, highest of all the top prospects at his position. His more of a dynasty prospect that redraft prospect at this point in his career.
| Arian Foster returns to practice|
Texans RB missed two practices
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 30 2014, 10:30 am
|But O’Brien willingly acknowledged Wednesday how important Arian Foster is to the team’s success in 2014.
The star running back resumed action after missing two practices due to injury. “We put him back in there (Wednesday) and he ran some plays, did a good job,” O’Brien said. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: The Texans were very hush-hush about Foster's injury and called it "minor". It's good to see him back on the practice field as he is expected to be a big part of the Texans offense this season.
| Steven Jackson the latest to be hamstrung|
Will be ready for Week 1
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 29 2014, 5:19 pm
|Falcons running back Steven Jackson suffered a right hamstring injury and did not participate in practice on Tuesday. “Steven injured his hamstring yesterday,” Smith said. “We kept him out. We don’t think it’s going to be real significant. He will be ready for the first game.” (Atlanta Journal Constitution)|
FFToday's Take: The fact that Smith mentioned Jackson would be ready for the first game gives the impression that the Falcons running back is going to miss a significant amount of time this preseason. This is not the same hamstring that Jackson injured in Week 2 last season that caused him to miss four games. It's difficult to gauge the seriousness of this injury but this news is sure to have Jackson's ADP trending downward.
| RB David Wilson suffers burner|
Running back taken to hospital for tests
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 29 2014, 4:43 pm
|New York Giants running back David Wilson left Tuesday's practice with what coach Tom Coughlin called a "burner" -- an alarming diagnosis for a player who only last week was cleared to return to the field following neck surgery. "We were all praying that it would not be an issue, that he would be able to come back and go to work," Coughlin said. "But we'll see." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: We'll have to wait for more updates before becoming alarmed by this injury but it's another indication with how much risk comes with taking Wilson in your fantasy drafts this summer. Anything higher than a RB5 is too high a price.
| Randle, Beckham Jr. out with hamstring injuries|
Rookie wideout expected to miss another week
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 29 2014, 3:00 pm
|The hamstring bug is spreading at Giants training camp. Wide receiver Rueben Randle joined the party on Tuesday. Randle, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and tight end Xavier Grimble all missed practice with hamstring injuries. It is not believed that Randle's injury is serious, but Beckham's wasn't supposed to be either. Eight weeks later, Beckham isn't practicing. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Beckham is expected to miss another week of camp with his hamstring injury while it's unclear how much time Randle will miss. Both receivers are expected to be starters in the Giants three receiver offense this season but missing valuable practice time while a new offense is being installed doesn't bode well for their fantasy prospects.
| Foster, Johnson out with "minor" injuries|
Texans missing top two offensive weapons
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 29 2014, 1:00 pm
|It took just three days for injuries to limit the Texans’ offense.
Veteran wide receiver Andre Johnson tweaked his right hamstring Monday during practice, while star running back Arian Foster was held out of action.
Coach Bill O’Brien said both injuries were minor. The team has not revealed what is affecting Foster, who has not spoken with the media since offseason workouts began and again denied an interview request Monday. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: This isn't much of a surprise. Foster has dealt with nagging injuries for the past couple years and its widely known that players missing off-season work tend to find themselves injured during camp at an increased rate. Just how "minor" these injuries are remains to be seen.
| Kelvin Benjamin sidelined with bone bruise|
WR considered day-to-day
By: Doug Orth | Jul 28 2014, 6:05 pm
|Panthers HC Ron Rivera told reporters Monday afternoon that rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin suffered a bone bruise to his left knee. The injury stems from when Benjamin bumped knees with a teammate during practice Sunday.
The rookie's knee is stable and is experiencing swelling, and there is no timetable for Benjamin's return, per Rivera. The No. 28 overall pick in May's draft is expected to return to practice once the swelling subsides, and Rivera expects that to be a matter of days, not weeks. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Beat writer Joe Person tweeted on Monday the rookie is day-to-day. There may not be a player with a higher ceiling and lower floor in fantasy this year; the first-round pick out of Florida State is 6-5 and 240 pounds, but raw with inconsistent hands. As a result, any missed time in camp is cause for some concern. It does sound like Carolina will get him back soon, however, so he should remain on track to be the Panthers' de facto top receiver.
|Lions pleased with Stafford's progress|
QB showed improvement in "every facet"
By: Doug Orth | Jul 28 2014, 5:15 pm
|HC Jim Caldwell had the quarterbacks report last week, so they could be ahead of the learning curve with the new offense. At that time, he told QB Matthew Stafford he was impressed with his understanding of the new offense considering all the new verbiage and increased pace.
“I was impressed when he came back that first of all he did not miss a beat,” Caldwell said. “He’s a very, very smart guy. In every facet when he came back, I could see improvement — footwork, accuracy, timing, command of the offense, all of those things.” (Detroit News)|
FFToday's Take: Stafford may already have one 40-touchdown season under his belt, but it is possible he is primed for a career year in 2014 or 2015 with the additions of WR Golden Tate and rookie TE Eric Ebron. The Lions even possess three very capable receivers out of the backfield in RBs Reggie Bush, Joique Bell and Theo Riddick. With better fundamentals, owners should not hesitate making Stafford one of the top five quarterbacks selected in fantasy drafts.
|Maclin has looked "fantastic" in camp|
Making his way back from 2013 ACL tear
By: Doug Orth | Jul 28 2014, 5:10 pm
|Since his return to practice back in April, WR Jeremy Maclin has professed that he is a "stronger" version of his former self. QB Nick Foles has seconded that, and Eagles HC Chip Kelly has used "fantastic" to describe how Maclin has looked. Maclin said he bases it partly on "gains made in the weight room" but mostly on what he's able to do on the field. "Being able to dig and go track balls down. Being able to plant and come back to balls. Those are the plays I made before I got hurt and those are the plays I'm making now," Maclin said. (Philly.com)|
FFToday's Take: Most owners already have typecast Maclin as an injury-prone receiver, but it is clear the Eagles are counting on him to replace DeSean Jackson - in terms of his position and most of his production. The fifth-year veteran has always been a more complete receiver than Jackson, but also more injury-prone. With more weapons around him than Jackson had last season, expect Maclin to be a top-end fantasy WR3 this year.
|Browns liking the look of rookie RBs|
West and Crowell showing well early
By: Doug Orth | Jul 28 2014, 5:00 pm
|Terrance West has shown up to camp and played his butt off, showed off some real athleticism for a man his size and seems to bring extra energy to every play he's in. No matter what happens with Josh Gordon and the quarterbacks, the Browns are built to play good defense and to keep that defense rested, and this offensive line might be pretty good, too. The team also thinks it has a keeper in undrafted Isaiah Crowell. (Fox Sports)|
FFToday's Take: West has been generating plenty of buzz throughout the offseason and needs to be considered at least the equal of Ben Tate in fantasy at this point as a perfect fit in OC Kyle Shanahan's zone-blocking run scheme. Crowell is arguably the most talented runner of the bunch and a former five-star recruit. West is a steal at his late seventh-round ADP, while Crowell could decide fantasy titles late in the season if both Tate and West go down.
|Rookie RB James White impressive in camp|
Fourth-rounder more than just a receiving back
By: Doug Orth | Jul 28 2014, 4:50 pm
|In the first few days of camp, it’s been clear that rookie RB James White has exceptional skills and moves with the confidence of a veteran. The Patriots obviously have been making an effort to see what White can and can not do, giving him an abundance of reps over other rookies as well as veteran Brandon Bolden. While White was once viewed strictly as a pass receiving back in the mold of Shane Vereen (something Patriots RB coach Ivan Fears told me was off base during minicamp), he is quickly becoming one of the camp’s top phenoms and is the team’s leading rookie. (Boston.com)|
FFToday's Take: As the backup to both Montee Ball and Melvin Gordon at Wisconsin, White didn't generate a lot of hype around draft time despite posting two 1,000-yard rushing seasons. ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss recently predicted White would be on the field for more than 20 percent of the Patriots' offensive snaps this season and it isn't hard to imagine that happening behind fumble-prone Stevan Ridley and injury-prone Vereen.
| LaMichael James out with dislocated elbow|
Expected to miss four weeks
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 27 2014, 8:00 pm
|Running back LaMichael James was carted off the field Sunday after he suffered an injury to his left arm early in practice.
NFL Network reported that James suffered a dislocated elbow and that he is expected to miss a month or so. (San Jose Mercury News)|
FFToday's Take: The 49ers running back corps has taken a beating the last couple days. Kendall Hunter (ACL) will miss the entire season and now it appears James will miss a good chunk of training camp. Frank Gore and rookie Carlos Hyde continue to be the fantasy running backs to own in San Francisco with Marcus Lattimore (knee) being a wildcard. Lattimore remains on the non-football-injury list.
| Trent Richardson dealing with hamstring issue|
Colts' running back not practicing
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 27 2014, 3:10 pm
|The Colts have been using the term “soft-tissue” issue when talking about why running back Trent Richardson has not been practicing in training camp. Richardson has a hamstring issue. Richardson isn’t practicing, but he has been catching passes off the Jugs machine at the conclusion of practices. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: With Vick Ballard (Achilles) out for the season, Ahmad Bradshaw has been running with first team during the early portion of training camp. Richardson's hamstring issue doesn't appear to be serious but it's something to monitor moving forward.
| Kendall Hunter tears ACL, out for the season|
Injured during non-contact drill
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 26 2014, 12:45 pm
|Running back Kendall Hunter tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Friday at practice, the team confirmed Saturday morning. Candidates to fill the 49ers’ No. 2 tailback job are LaMichael James, Carlos Hyde, Jewell Hampton and Marcus Lattimore, who’s on the non-football-injury list but has been doing conditioning drills on a side field in camp. (San Jose Mercury News)|
FFToday's Take: Hunter is a key part to the 49ers offense, able to spell Frank Gore on early downs as well as play on third downs in a receiving role. Hyde will be the favorite to become the No.2 running back but this injury might breathe some life into LaMichael James who had been rumored to be on the outs in San Francisco. Hunter averaged 80.5 touches the last two seasons.
| Kenny Stills leaves practice with quad injury|
Had similar injury two weeks ago
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 25 2014, 10:00 pm
|Wide receiver Kenny Stills pulled up lame on a pass route and had to leave the field. Payton said it was a right quadriceps injury that flared up on the play. Payton said Stills had similar tightness two weeks ago. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)|
FFToday's Take: Still's left Friday's practice and is riding a stationary bike on the field this morning according to a report from Saints' columnist Larry Holder. Still is trying to land the No.2 wide receiver job ahead of rookie Brandin Cooks and Joe Morgan.
| Vick Ballard likely out for the season|
Torn Achilles, MRI pending
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 25 2014, 9:00 pm
|Two days into training camp and the Colts already are dealing with their first major injury.
Running back Vick Ballard, only now returning from season-ending knee surgery last September, suffered what team owner Jim Irsay said is a likely torn left Achilles tendon during a non-contact drill Friday. (Indianapolis Star)|
FFToday's Take: Ballard will have an MRI to confirm the diagnosis but it sounds like he will be lost for the season. He was active for one game in 2013 before suffering an ACL injury. Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw remain the top two options at running back for the Colts. Chris Rainey and Dan Herron are also on the roster.
| Cecil Shorts bothered by nagging injuries|
Pulled from practice due to tightness in hamstring
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 25 2014, 7:00 pm
|Receiver Cecil Shorts was pulled from practice because of tightness in his hamstring. Shorts’ 2013 preseason was derailed by a strained calf and he was limited throughout the off-season program because of a similar injury. And today, he was held out of practice at the end with the hamstring problem. (Florida Times Union)|
FFToday's Take: With Justin Blackmon suspended indefinitely, Ace Sanders serving a four-game suspension and two rookies likely to see significant playing time, the Jaguars will need Shorts on the field more than ever this season. Shorts' injury risk is growing by the day and something fantasy owners should take note of.
| Vick Ballard carted off with ankle injury|
Colts RB injured in non-contact drill
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 25 2014, 3:09 pm
|Indianapolis Colts running back Vick Ballard was carted off the practice field today after what appeared to be a left ankle injury suffered while running a pass pattern. There was no contact involved with the injury. (Indianapolis Star)|
FFToday's Take: Ballard tore his ACL early last season so this is yet another setback for the Colts running back looking to carve out a backup role behind Trent Richardson. We'll have more on the extent of Ballard's injury when details become available.
|Andre Johnson reports to training camp|
WR missed OTAs and minicamp
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 25 2014, 7:10 am
|Andre Johnson has reported for the Texans’ 2014 training camp.
Despite spending the last two months threatening to hold out, Johnson has arrived at NRG Stadium and is expected to begin practicing Saturday morning. Veterans are due to report Friday and are scheduled to begin meeting with the media at 10:30 a.m. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Johnson has been disgruntled at the prospect of going through another rebuilding season in Houston even suggesting he'd like to be traded. He still has low-end WR1 value even with Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB and is bargain priced with an ADP hovering around the back-end of round four as the 18th wide receiver off the board.
|Lynch expected to holdout of training camp|
Seahwaks set to begin camp on Friday
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 24 2014, 7:10 pm
|When the Seahawks begin training camp tomorrow, running back Marshawn Lynch is expected to be absent.
That’s according to former Seahawk Michael Robinson, who is now a commentator on the NFL Network and said on-air moments ago that Lynch will hold out.
“Marshawn Lynch just called me, we just talked,” Robinson said. “He said he will be holding out from training camp this year with the Seahawks.” (Seattle Times)|
FFToday's Take: Lynch has two years left on his deal and is set to make $5 million this season and $5.5 million in 2015. He skipped OTAs but reported to minicamp in June. Given his reasonable salary and the depth of players behind him (Christine Michael & Robert Turbin), it's hard to imagine the Seahawks caving to his demands.
| Gibson, Moreno nearing "full throttle" status|
Veteran WR, RB coming off surgeries
By: Doug Orth | Jul 24 2014, 3:30 pm
|HC Joe Philbin (suggests Miami has) no major injury worries regarding WR Brandon Gibson or RB Knowshon Moreno. "Not full throttle 100% reps yet but won't be too long." (Armando Salguero on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Gibson is recovering from a torn patellar tendon, so he should be considered more week-to-week. The ex-Ram built solid chemistry with QB Ryan Tannehill before going down, but could easily lose third-receiver duties to rookie Jarvis Landry if he struggles in camp. Moreno was given a 4-5 week timeline for an offseason knee scope and appears to be a ways behind Lamar Miller atop the depth chart. Moreno is shaping up to be an unexciting fantasy RB4 this season.
| Jonathan Stewart out 1-2 weeks|
By: Doug Orth | Jul 24 2014, 3:20 pm
|Panthers GM Dave Gettleman said on Thursday that RB Jonathan Stewart injured his hamstring recently and will miss a week or two of camp while he recovers. The team doesn’t feel it is an overly serious injury, so Stewart will remain on the active roster as opposed to being placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Gettleman also announced that G Edmund Kugbila will have back surgery in August and miss the entire season. The 2013 fourth-round pick missed his rookie season because of a knee injury. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Stewart actually enjoyed a surgery-free offseason for the first time in years, so this setback hurts as he attempts to have his first meaningful fantasy season since 2011. He’s played just 15 games over the last two years while dealing with a variety of aches and pains. Kugbila technically won't be missed since he has yet to play a snap, but his loss further weakens what projects to be a below-average offensive line.
|Justin Blackmon arrested on marijuana charges|
Jaguars receiver is currently suspended indefinitely
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 24 2014, 10:21 am
|Suspended Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon was arrested in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday night for possession of marijuana, according to NewsOn6.com in Oklahoma. The Jaguars didn’t expect Blackmon to be eligible to play during the 2014 season - he must file for reinstatement to commissioner Roger Goodell to begin the process of returning to the field. (Florida Times Union)|
FFToday's Take: Blackmon has been MIA since being suspended by the league back in November and this is his third arrest in the last four years. He's off the fantasy radar for 2014 and will have an uphill climb getting back into the league in 2015.
|Ray Rice to be suspended two games|
NFL yet to confirm suspension
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 24 2014, 10:15 am
|NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will hand down a two-game suspension to Ray Rice for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, sources confirmed. The league has not officially announced the suspension.
FFToday's Take: Rice will miss games against division foes Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. Bernard Pierce (shoulder) will likely replace Rice in the starting lineup the first two weeks of the season. It appears that being a first-time offender helped Rice keep his suspension to a minimum. Rice's ADP of RB28, round six, should begin to rise slightly on this news.