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Broncos | Peyton Manning dealing with changes (Mon Jun 29, 05:46 PM)     [jump to this story]

Jets | Brandon Marshall rejuvenated? (Mon Jun 29, 05:24 PM)     [jump to this story]

Eagles | Sam Bradford to be ready for training camp? (Mon Jun 29, 05:16 PM)     [jump to this story]

Saints | C.J. Spiller a good fit in New Orleans? (Sun Jun 28, 08:52 PM)     [jump to this story]

Browns | Too soon to write off Johnny Manziel? (Sun Jun 28, 08:42 PM)     [jump to this story]


  Seahawks | Tyler Lockett draws praise    Mon Jun 29, 10:05 PM

Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett has drawn positive reviews from WR Doug Baldwin, who feels the rookie out of Kansas State is 'going to be an impact player for us right off the bat.'

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  Seahawks | Doug Baldwin wants to play special teams    Mon Jun 29, 10:03 PM

Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin said Monday, June 29, that he wants to contribute more on special teams. 'I want to help out more so on special teams in terms of on kickoff, punt return blocking, Baldwin said.

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  Panthers | Devin Funchess feels he is healthy    Mon Jun 29, 10:02 PM

Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess (toe) cited a toe injury for the reason his numbers were disappointing in his final season at the University of Michigan. 'We never got to see the full Devin Funchess at Michigan because I did play one season at wide receiver, and I was battling through an injury,' Funchess said Monday, June 29. Funchess said his toe injury was a torn ligament with some cracked bones and ruptured cartilage.

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  Chargers | Danny Woodhead looks to be healthy    Mon Jun 29, 10:01 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (ankle) missed 13 games last season due to a broken ankle, but he appeared fast and healthy in offseason work.

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  Buccaneers | Mike Evans feels he was held back    Mon Jun 29, 10:00 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans is expected to play more on an island in 2015 as the 'X' receiver in Tampa Bay's new offense, which is the same role offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter created for Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones during Koetter's time with that organization. He said Monday, June 29, that the QB carousell of Josh McCown and Mike Glennon last year held him back, too, so he is excited about a potential breakout with QB Jameis Winston.

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  Broncos | Peyton Manning dealing with changes    Mon Jun 29, 05:46 PM

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning has been forced to deal with a new head coach, a new offensive coordinator, less practice time and more rest during offseason practices, new offensive linemen, a new starting tight end in TE Owen Daniels and not being able to practice with star WR Demaryius Thomas yet.

Footballguys view: The whole offseason is about change with Manning...and that could lead to better things with the Broncos--but perhaps not for fantasy owners. Manning is going to be running a more balanced system in 2015 with less emphasis on the passing game. Demaryius Thomas could see 100 catches again this year, but expect Emmanuel Sanders (101 catches in 2014) to drop to about 75 catches in 2015. Manning should be a low-end QB1 for fantasy owners this season.

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  Cowboys | Chris Boyd released from IR    Mon Jun 29, 05:29 PM

Dallas Cowboys WR Chris Boyd (undisclosed) was released from the Reserve/Injured list with an injury settlement Monday, June 29.

Footballguys view: Boyd could draw some interest on the open market if he's healthy. Undrafted out of Vanderbilt a year ago, Boyd is 6'4" 210 pounds and knows how to use his size to his advantage on the field. As a true freshman and sophomore, Boyd compiled 81 catches for 1,247 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns at Vandy.


  Jets | Brandon Marshall rejuvenated?    Mon Jun 29, 05:24 PM

New York Jets WR Brandon Marshall has been a positive influence since joining the Jets this offseason. Marshall has shown his athletic ability that has given him success in previous seasons and he has been a good teammate in the locker room as well. Additionally, Marshall has connections with new head coach Todd Bowles, who was part of the Dolphins' coaching staff when Marshall played in Miami.

Footballguys view: Marshall is on yet another team with the expectations of being the top receiver. He should provide Geno Smith with a quality veteran target in 2015, and fantasy owners should consider Marshall around where they always do. He's a WR2 with WR1 upside in certain matchups.

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  Eagles | Sam Bradford to be ready for training camp?    Mon Jun 29, 05:16 PM

Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford (knee) is expected to be in the final phase of his rehabilitation from a torn anterior cruciate ligament once training camp begins. Bradford's second ACL tear in as many seasons will require more time to recover and the Eagles may not have a grasp on how ready he is to play before the regular season begins.

Footballguys view: The Bradford/Foles trade was more than a bit odd. First, they have to pay around $11 million more for Bradford. Second, Bradford isn't healthy (kind of a big deal). Finally, there's a question about his remaining commitment to the game after he reportedly considered retirement after yet another knee injury. Bradford is accurate on short-to-intermediate routes, but his lack of durability has crushed his pro career. We're not certain things all of a sudden turn around now that he's in Philly.

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  Dolphins | Ryan Tannehill showing leadership    Mon Jun 29, 04:48 PM

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill considers himself a big leader in the Dolphins' organization. WR Kenny Stills said Tannehill has put the team on his shoulders and is letting them know that everyone must work hard every day to be successful.

Footballguys view: Tannehill took a big step forward last year, finishing as the 9th-best fantasy quarterback. This offseason, the Dolphins have put better weapons around him with the hopes that he's going to improve even more. Another 4,000 yards passing this year is quite possible, and Tannehill should throw 25-30 touchdowns in 2015. This makes him a low-end QB1 for fantasy owners.

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  Chargers | Keenan Allen losing weight    Mon Jun 29, 04:15 PM

San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen said he's been losing weight in order to play faster this season.

Footballguys view: A lighter and faster Allen is a more dangerous Allen. If healthy, he's got the ability to be one of the best receivers in the game today. His current ADP is WR21 (4.12) in 12-team PPR leagues, and he could easily outperform that draft slot as the Chargers top receiving threat.

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  Jaguars | Paul Posluszny still starting?    Mon Jun 29, 04:07 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars LB Paul Posluszny (pectoral) is still expected to be a three-down player despite coming off a torn pectoral, according to The Florida Times-Union's Ryan O'Halloran.

Footballguys view: Posluszny is a tackling machine when healthy. Even with lack of durability concerns, IDP fantasy players should consider him a top-5 ILB in re-draft leagues. Projecting him for around 100 tackles in 2015 is not out of the question.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson still confident    Mon Jun 29, 02:49 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson still believes he's the best running back in the NFL. This was in response to Peterson being named the 62nd best player on the NFL Network's top 100 players list.

Footballguys view: Peterson should be able to pick up where he left off after missing most of 2014. Fantasy owners should look at him the same as they've always done--he should be a top-5 pick in most every draft out there.

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  Jaguars | Marqise Lee to be No. 3 WR?    Mon Jun 29, 02:27 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marqise Lee is slated to start behind WRs Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns, according to Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times Union.

Footballguys view: Lee was underwhelming as a rookie last year. He'll need to show better consistency as a pro if he's ever going to play up to his potential....but first, he needs to get healthy. Lee suffered a knee injury before OTAs and his status for training camp is up in the air.

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  Cowboys | Darren McFadden healthy, happy where he is    Mon Jun 29, 02:12 PM

Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden said he's excited to be with the Cowboys and feels like he's a rookie again. McFadden also said the injured hamstring that caused him to miss time this offseason is feeling great.

Footballguys view: McFadden should be happy where he is because of that monstrous offensive line in front of him. He's competing for the starting job with Joseph Randle in training camp. If McFadden stays healthy (always an issue), then he'll be able to put up a good fight for that job.

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  Vikings | OC high on Charles Johnson    Mon Jun 29, 01:40 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Charles X. Johnson appears to have everything it takes to produce in the NFL, according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner. 'He's got great work ethic, and he's a big, strong guy. He's a 218-pound receiver that can run. He's got everything you need to be a productive player in this league,' Turner said.

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners should be keeping an eye on Johnson in training camp and the preseason. Turner believes Johnson has completely recovered from the knee surgery he had last offseason. Johnson has been working at split end in three-receiver sets during offseason workouts. His current ADP is WR36 (7.11) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Chargers | Stevie Johnson has chemistry with QB    Mon Jun 29, 01:16 PM

San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson showed good chemistry with QB Philip Rivers during offseason workouts.

Footballguys view: All reports seem to indicate that Johnson is over the moon about his connection with Rivers. With Eddie Royal gone to the Bears, Johnson is set to take over as the team's WR3 behind Keenan Allen and Malcom Floyd. He's a great late-round flier to add as a WR6 for your fantasy squad.

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  Lions | Matthew Stafford to hold workouts    Mon Jun 29, 01:13 PM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford will work out with WR Calvin Johnson and some of the other offensive players in Atlanta before the start of training camp. Stafford said the workouts would help the development of the offense.

Footballguys view: Lots of players around the league hold these types of workouts before training camp begins. We like the leadership shown by Stafford here, and it will be interesting to see if the added chemistry shows up in the regular season. Stafford is a low-end QB1 with upside.

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  Panthers | Big role for Devin Funchess?    Mon Jun 29, 11:28 AM

Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess impressed during offseason workouts and could have a big role in 2015. He played all three receiver positions, and his 6-foot-4 frame could create mismatches.

Footballguys view: The Panthers are hoping that Funchess can develop into a quality starting wide receiver opposite Kelvin Benjamin. The two have similar skill sets, but Benjamin was much further along as a wide receiver when he came out of Florida State last year. Funchess will body catch too many passes, and he lacks the "my ball" mentality that Benjamin has. We're intrigued by him as a developmental player but he'll probably only catch about 40 passes with a few touchdowns in 2015.

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  Seahawks | Russell Wilson wants to stay put?    Mon Jun 29, 12:00 AM

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson said the goal is to remain in Seattle for 'a really, really long time' when asked about his contract situation at the Russell Wilson Passing Academy Saturday, June 27.

Footballguys view: The reports of "Wilson's outta here" have been quite overblown. Do things seem dire right now in contract negotiations? Yeah, a bit--but things change quickly in the NFL. The Seahawks found a franchise-caliber quarterback in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft, and they've been able to build a champion due to his small salary. Now, it's time to pay up...and we still think Seattle finds a way to keep him around with a new long-term contract.

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  Saints | C.J. Spiller a good fit in New Orleans?    Sun Jun 28, 08:52 PM

New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller has a perfect skill-set for head coach Sean Payton's system, which relies on getting the ball to players in space, according Chris Wesseling of NFL.com. Wesseling believes Spiller is significantly more talented than RB Reggie Bush and RB Darren Sproles, who both thrived in Payton's system.

Footballguys view: Spiller is going to be a great fit for the Saints offense. Sure, Mark Ingram will be the banger between the tackles but Spiller will be used effectively as a change-of-pace runner and receiver out of the backfield. There are Saints beat writers who feel that Spiller will get more total yardage than Ingram. His current ADP is RB16 (3.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Browns | Too soon to write off Johnny Manziel?    Sun Jun 28, 08:42 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel just 'needs more time' to develop and learn how to play from the pocket in order to become an effective NFL quarterback, according to Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther.

Footballguys view: Of course it's too soon. Manziel didn't do himself any favors last year as a rookie. However, he's entered rehab (of course exited rehab) and seems to have a better grasp on what it takes to be a good pro. We'll see if he can make a push for the starting job in training camp. If not, Manziel will back up Josh McCown in 2015--and perhaps replace him if (when?) McCown struggles.

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  Raiders | Latavius Murray praised by teammate    Sun Jun 28, 08:26 PM

Oakland Raiders FB Marcel Reece said he doesn't expect a drop off in chemistry as RB Latavius Murray replaces RB Darren McFadden this season because Murray has spent the last couple of years watching film and talking football with Reece.

Footballguys view: We're not expecting a dropoff...McFadden was always too banged up to make much of an impact. Murray can be the lead back for the Raiders, and he has the potential to be a low-end RB2 for fantasy owners. The team has put better weapons around Derek Carr this offseason, and Murray can lead the charge on the ground.

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  Colts | Donte Moncrief could be returner    Sun Jun 28, 01:30 PM

Indianapolis Colts WR Donte Moncrief is a candidate to return kicks this season, according to special teams coach Tom McMahon.

Footballguys view: The Colts wide receivers corps is a bit stacked right now, so getting Moncrief on the field for returns makes a ton of sense. With Andre Johnson and T.Y. Hilton in the lineup, it's possible Moncrief could end up with a lot less targets--especially with rookie Phillip Dorsett thrown in the mix at WR3. So the Colts would naturally try to utilize Moncrief's abilities in other ways. This helps GMs a little bit in leagues that give you points for returns but he's still no more than a WR5.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson working out    Sun Jun 28, 01:29 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has been working out with RB Jerick McKinnon and WR Mike Wallace since offseason workouts ended.

Footballguys view: You like to hear this, especially in the cases of McKinnon and Wallace. Peterson's workout ethic is pretty epic, so hopefully that will rub off on both players. McKinnon is a guy to watch, as there is a chance Peterson may be closing out his time in Minnesota, and McKinnon could be his eventual replacement. For this year, McKinnon is no more than a handcuff for Peterson, perhaps an RB4. Wallace was a bit of a stiff in Miami, but could do well in Minnesota if he applies himself. We see him as a WR3 right now, although his ceiling and floor are both a bit beholden to the development of Teddy Bridgewater. Peterson is, naturally a solid RB1.

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  Colts | Nate Irving ahead of schedule    Sun Jun 28, 09:39 AM

Indianapolis Colts LB Nate Irving (knee) is ahead of schedule in his rehab from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and has a chance to be ready for the start of training camp, according to head coach Chuck Pagano.

Footballguys view: The Colts could use him rotating into the middle of the linebackers, swapping out with Jerrell Freeman when necessary. He just signed a three-year deal, and the team is certainly betting on him helping solidify the run defense.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah just wants to contribute    Sun Jun 28, 09:06 AM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah is just hoping to contribute to the team during his rookie season in 2015. 'Offensively, I feel like I can go in there and I can help out the team, but if that's not my calling for this year, definitely special teams. If that's not my calling this year, I'm going to be the best scout player in the country,' said Abdullah.

Footballguys view: It's a crowded backfield in Detroit. Right now the pecking order is Joique Bell, Theo Riddick and Abdullah, but we wouldn't be shocked if Abdullah had a significant role by the end of the season. Right now, Abdullah is ranked by us at about an RB4 level, while Bell is a low-end RB2 or a solid RB3. Interestingly, both players have an ADP in the sixth round right now, which means people are pulling the trigger on Adbullah very early.

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  Jets | Devin Smith struggling to adjust    Sat Jun 27, 10:48 PM

New York Jets WR Devin Smith struggled to adjust to the multiple spots and routes he had to learn to run during offseason workouts, according to wide receivers coach Karl Dorrell.

Footballguys view: This isn't a huge shock, though the Jets are likely disappointed since they were thinking he might steal targets from Jeremy Kerley. This is why we don't bet on certain rookie wide receivers in fantasy football though - the learning curve is very steep even for the best of them. Right now we see Smith as no better than a WR6 and he's going undrafted according to recent ADP data.

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  Giants | Big contract coming for Eli Manning?    Sat Jun 27, 10:17 PM

New York Giants QB Eli Manning will likely work out a new deal with the team, according to his agent Tom Condon, but it won't come at a discount. 'The quarterbacks always get done,' Condon said. 'And the Giants are not a skittish team. So it's not one of those things where they get nervous or they jump around or anything like that. You know you're going to go in and it's going to get done. I'm sure at the appropriate time it'll happen.'

Footballguys view: We just can't see Manning playing with another team. Of course, we felt the same way about his brother Peyton and look what happened. We have a feeling the two sides find a way to get a deal done.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson eyes record    Sat Jun 27, 09:49 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he believes he is still the best running back in the NFL, and he is aiming for a record-breaking 2,200-yard season in 2015, according to his wife.

Footballguys view: Peterson is pretty much superhuman, and we don't count him out of anything. He wants to beat Emmitt Smith's all-time rushing record? Sure, he could do it. He wants to beat Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards? Yes, of course he could. It would take an incredible effort, but Peterson is the guy that could make it happen.

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  Panthers | Corey Brown expanding his game    Sat Jun 27, 09:42 PM

Carolina Panthers WR Corey Brown has developed into more than just a deep threat, according to TE Greg Olsen. 'Last year at this time, Corey was a guy where we said, 'Wow, he's fast.' This year he is a receiver,' Olsen said. 'The guy can play. He's not just a one-trick pony, a guy who is just going to run deep. He has a lot of natural instinct to him. He has a good feel.'

Footballguys view: The artist formerly known as Philly Brown showed some promise as a receiver in 2014 (36 targets for 21/296/2 receiving). The Panthers won't have a world-class passing attack, but Brown will be in the mix as a backup option.

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  Browns | Former QB praises Johnny Manziel    Sat Jun 27, 09:28 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel is trending in the right direction, former QB Elvis Grbac said. 'It's obviously a learning experience,' Grbac said. 'I think he's going in the right direction. He's on the right path. I think it'll be somewhat of a rude awakening the first couple games of the season and he will have to adjust.'

Footballguys view: Manziel should be a buy-low target for fantasy owners in dynasty leagues. Yes, he's a longshot to ever be what the Browns thought he could be as a first-round pick in 2014. However, running quarterbacks are valuable fantasy assets--and it's too soon to write off Manziel. He'll likely start the season as a backup behind Josh McCown, but he could get a chance to start if McCown struggles.

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  Cowboys | Morris Claiborne ready for camp?    Sat Jun 27, 07:01 PM

Dallas Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne may be ready for the start of training camp. 'I think Claiborne has a real good chance to surprise,' owner Jerry Jones said recently, via the team's official website. Claiborne lost 30-40 pounds this offseason, after having surgery done on both of his knees.

Footballguys view: The Cowboys declined his fifth-year option, but Claiborne is due $2.6 million (fully guaranteed) in the final year of his rookie deal. They'll bring him back cautiously as he returns from this serious injury. Claiborne has been a huge disappointment as a pro, and this is likely his last season with the Cowboys.

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  Seahawks | Russell Wilson wants guaranteed money    Sat Jun 27, 05:49 PM

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson wants a considerable portion of his next contract to be guaranteed.

Footballguys view: We're still optimistic that something will be done, but keep monitoring this situation. The guaranteed money is considered the biggest stumbling block in Wilson's extension talks, as the league's funding rule requires all money of any future payments to be paid into escrow upon signing.

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  Raiders | Chances of a Matt McGloin trade?    Sat Jun 27, 04:49 PM

Bill Williamson, from ESPN.com, speculates that QB Matt McGloin could be traded later this year. If the Raiders are happy with Christian Ponder as the primary backup behind Derek Carr, then perhaps McGloin could be on the trade block.

Footballguys view: If McGloin is put on the trade block, then we'd expect the Houston Texans to show interest. McGloin was Bill O'Brien's quarterback when the two were at Penn State. The Texans have arguably the worst quarterback situation in the league, and McGloin could be seen as an upgrade.

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  49ers | Offense going to be faster    Sat Jun 27, 04:46 PM

Joe Fann, from 49ers.com, notes the 49ers offense is going to use a faster tempo in 2015. "It's definitely a fast tempo. We're trying to get a lot faster than last year as far as getting to the line. ... As far as the system, it's very similar to what we've run in past years. Some of the terminology is a bit different but there's still familiarity with past years." - wide receiver Anquan Boldin on the 49ers new-look, uptempo offense.

Footballguys view: The 49ers played 1009 snaps last year, a mark that ranked 20th in the NFL in 2014. The league average last year was 1,024, and the league high was 1,127 snaps by (not surprisingly) the Philadelphia Eagles. We have serious questions about the 49ers this year...on both sides of the ball. We'll see if QB Colin Kaepernick can perform better as a passer in 2015. His play will feed the energy for the rest of the offense.

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  Chargers | Rookie RB Gordon as good as advertised    Sat Jun 27, 04:44 PM

Eric D. Williams, from ESPN.com, writes that Chargers rookie RB Melvin Gordon has been as good as advertised at minicamp and OTAs. He's expecting Gordon to start as the lead back for the Chargers in 2015.

Footballguys view: Ryan Mathews moved on in free agency, so the Chargers drafted Gordon in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft with the idea that he could be the lead back this season. Gordon reminds us of former Vikings RB Robert Smith because of his speed and ability to eat up chunks of yards in a hurry. Gordon is not a pile-pusher, but he can bounce runs outside to move the chains. We'll likely see Danny Woodhead as the change-of-pace back behind Gordon when the rookie needs a breather.

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  Vikings | Charles Johnson ready to improve    Sat Jun 27, 04:40 PM

Master Tesfatsion, from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, reports that Vikings WR Charles X. Johnson is not satisfied with his newly gained stability. Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner is pleased with Johnson's work this offseason. "CJ has picked up where he left off in December and he's having a good spring," Turner said.

Footballguys view: We love Johnson's mindset here. He's not resting on his laurels, and he's working as if his roster spot is on the line. The Vikings added Mike Wallace via trade this offseason, but Johnson should be the lead receiver because of the chemistry he established with QB Teddy Bridgewater in 2014. Fantasy owners should consider Johnson a WR4 with upside.

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  Cowboys | Dez Bryant's agent meets with 'Boys    Sat Jun 27, 04:25 PM

The agent for Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant met face-to-face with the team for the first time in nearly four months, per sources. Bryant hasn't yet signed his $12.823 million franchise tender, and he has a deadline of July 15 to agree to a long-term deal. After that date Bryant will need to play out the season under the tender and the two sides could discuss an extension after the season.

Footballguys view: Deals get done at deadlines in the NFL. We're about a couple of weeks away from the mid-July deadline for franchise-tagged players to agree to new long-term deals. We'll have a better feeling about Bryant (and Demaryius Thomas) when the deadline is a few days away.

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  Dolphins | Tannehill's deep passes improved    Sat Jun 27, 04:24 PM

Barry Jackson, from the Miami Herald, writes that Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill has been drawing plenty of praise from his teammates this offseason. His improved deep passes have been evident at minicamp and OTAs.

Footballguys view: It's a bit ironic that Tannehill looks better throwing deep passes after deep receiver Mike Wallace is gone. Wallace and Tannehill were rarely on the same page, and that's why the team traded the wide receiver away to the Vikings. Tannehill finished 2014 as the 9th-best fantasy quarterback, and this year he could finish as a top-10 player at his position once again.

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  Raiders | Latavius Murray expects big season    Sat Jun 27, 04:24 PM

Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray has the opportunity to be the team's No. 1 running back in 2015, and it's one he embraces. 'It's a great feeling, but every day I have to go in there knowing I need to get better every day,' Murray explained. 'I need to play like it's a new year. Last season is just last season and the year before that it was the year before that. Every season is a new year for me and it's a year I have to go out and prove something.'

Footballguys view: Murray is a swift runner who is difficult to bring down when he builds a head of steam. He should be looked at as a RB2 (top-25) running back for fantasy owners, but Murray has the upside to be more.

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  Buccaneers | Seferian-Jenkins a sleeper?    Sat Jun 27, 04:20 PM

Scott Smith, from Buccaneers.com, speculates that Buccaneers second-year tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins could be a fantasy sleeper this season. Seferian-Jenkins is completely healthy now and possibly primed for the type of big season the Bucs envisioned when they drafted him high in the second round in 2014.

Footballguys view: Seferian-Jenkins is a huge target who knows how to use his body to box out defenders. This skill set helps him excel as a red-zone threat. Yes, Jameis Winston is a rookie quarterback, but he could lean on his tight end early and often. Fantasy owners need to consider Seferian-Jenkins as a low-end TE2 with TE1 potential.

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  Ravens | WR2 job wide open    Sat Jun 27, 04:15 PM

Garrett Downing, from BaltimoreRavens.com, reports the second wide receiver job for the Ravens is up for grabs in training camp. Marlon Brown, Kamar Aiken and rookie Breshad Perriman have all received first-team reps in minicamp opposite Steve Smith.

Footballguys view: Brown seems to be the frontrunner here, but he'll have to beat out the rest of the group to earn that job. Perriman is an interesting rookie to watch, and he's got better upside than Brown. We think Brown is better suited as a slot receiver.

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  Jets | TE Amaro not standing out    Sat Jun 27, 04:08 PM

Rich Cimini, from ESPN.com, reports that tight end Jace Amaro is not a player who has stood out with special qualities in practice. Cimini predicts that Amaro will get fewer than 60 catches in 2015.

Footballguys view: Amaro is your classic move tight end, but he's not a seam-ripper who flashes on film with incredible athleticism. Chan Gailey's offense should be able to use Amaro in the right way, but fantasy owners should only look at him as a low-end TE2.

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  Jets | Jeremy Kerley to return punts?    Sat Jun 27, 03:00 PM

New York Jets WR Jeremy Kerley is the favorite to be the punt returner for the Jets this season, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN.com.

Footballguys view: Kerley's receptions and receiving yards have dropped each of the last three seasons. With Brandon Marshall added to the passing game this offseason, Kerley's numbers will continue to be low. His main impact should come as a return man.

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  Buccaneers | Jameis Winston staying focused    Sat Jun 27, 02:02 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston is maintaining his focus while eyes stay peeled on him in his rookie offseason. Winston said he's focused on being a quarterback on and off the field. He added that he's also focused on bouncing back from the mistakes he's made, saying he has nothing to prove.

Footballguys view: Winston has an incredible work ethic, and he's going to try to make his mark this season--even through the ups and downs of his rookie year. He's not afraid to throw into coverage, and Winston has incredible weapons around him in Tampa. Fantasy owners won't be drafting Winston in most leagues (low-end QB2 or QB3), but we're excited about watching his development as the season rolls on.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah ready for big role    Fri Jun 26, 09:39 PM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah said he could be a three-down back if needed. 'That's what I've done my whole life,' Abdullah said. 'I haven't done anything else, so I don't see why I wouldn't be confident in my game. I know my teammates trust me in such a short time to do so. I trust myself.'

Footballguys view: Abdullah has the ability to be an impact player--at least as a part-time back at the pro level. He's not a pile-pusher, but Abdullah can make defenders miss in open space and he has the speed to eat up chunks of yards in a hurry. There is a debate about whether or not he can be more than a change-of-pace back in the NFL. The Lions may give him a shot to prove that he can be more of a full-time player than some think. Right now, Abdullah as an ADP of RB31 (6.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Broncos | Cody Latimer likes the offense    Fri Jun 26, 09:14 PM

Denver Broncos WR Cody Latimer said he has made an effort to develop more chemistry with QB Peyton Manning and has dedicated himself to learning head coach Gary Kubiak's playbook. 'It's much easier to catch on. It gives you time to play fast; you don't have to think so much,' Latimer said. 'Not as many adjustments in this offense. Once you know what you're doing out of the huddle, you stick with that. No changing on the run.'

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners should appreciate the high dynasty value of Latimer. He's got the natural talent to be a top-25 receiver in the NFL, but this offense is going to limit his production as the Broncos WR3. Latimer is going to play a larger role than he did last year as a rookie, but he's still behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Re-draft owners should have Latimer on the waiver wire speed dial, or they can take him as a late-round flier.

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  Giants | Victor Cruz continues to make progress    Fri Jun 26, 08:49 PM

New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) will have to participate in a mandatory conditioning drill at the start of training camp and believes he could pass it now. Cruz still has not worked with QB Eli Manning on route running or timing drills.

Footballguys view: We've heard nothing but great things about Cruz this offseason. His recovery seems to be on track, and the team is hopeful he can be ready for the start of the regular season. Expect Cruz to be limited in training camp as they ease him back into action.

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  Bills | Percy Harvin looking to improve    Fri Jun 26, 06:49 PM

Buffalo Bills WR Percy Harvin said he has been working with wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal this offseason in hopes of becoming a more complete wide receiver. 'I feel that it's time for me to put it all together,' Harvin said. 'I feel like I have the coaching staff and support here in Buffalo to get that done. The owners here are unbelievable. Everything here spells success for me. The world has yet to see me explode like I'm about to.'

Footballguys view: Harvin has always had talent, but his production hasn't really matched his potential. We're not expecting him to breakout this season on a run-heavy Bills team. The quarterback situation in Buffalo also doesn't give us much confidence. His current ADP is WR38 (10.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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