Fantasy Football News & Views
Ravens | Joe Flacco worked with WRs last week (Wed Jul 18, 03:34 PM) [jump to this story]
Patriots | Jordan Matthews considered a lock (Wed Jul 18, 09:35 AM) [jump to this story]
Packers | Aaron Jones to emerge as starter? (Wed Jul 18, 12:48 AM) [jump to this story]
Patriots | Three RBs may compete for one spot Wed Jul 18, 09:38 PM
New England Patriots RBs Mike Gillislee, Jeremy Hill and Ralph Webb may compete for one roster spot during training camp.Link to story
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Patriots | Brandon Bolden has chance to make team Wed Jul 18, 09:35 PM
New England Patriots RB Brandon Bolden has a chance to make the final roster if the team keeps five running backs because of his special teams play.Link to story
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Patriots | Rex Burkhead may be top option Wed Jul 18, 09:34 PM
New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead has a good chance to enter the season as the No. 1 option for the team from a traditional running back perspective.Link to story
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Bills | Jason Croom facing uphill battle Wed Jul 18, 09:18 PM
Buffalo Bills TE Jason Croom offers the team an exciting skill set but will need to be a standout performer to have a chance to make the 53-man roster.Link to story
Bills | Logan Thomas not guaranteed job Wed Jul 18, 09:05 PM
Buffalo Bills TE Logan Thomas will need to earn a roster spot during training camp and may receive some competition TE Keith Towbridge for the spot.Link to story
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Colts | Darius Leonard expected to sign soon Wed Jul 18, 09:05 PM
Indianapolis Colts second-round draft choice LB Darius Leonard is expected to sign a contract by the time the rookies report for training camp Sunday, July 22, according to sources.Link to story
Redskins | WAS captain speaks highly of Derrius Guice Wed Jul 18, 08:48 PM
Washington Redskins SS D.J. Swearinger predicted that RB Derrius Guice 'will be a Pro Bowler,' while adding, 'He will be one of the top three rushers in the league this year. For sure. No doubt in my mind about that.'Link to story
Jets | Jermaine Kearse likely not on roster bubble Wed Jul 18, 08:06 PM
New York Jets WR Jermaine Kearse is not on the roster bubble despite speculation that the club may move on from him, according to Brian Costello of the New York Post. Costello also believes Kearse can be a 'major player' in offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates' offense.Link to story
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Packers | Randall Cobb to participate in training camp Wed Jul 18, 06:54 PM
Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb (ankle) confirmed Wednesday, July 18, that he'll be able to take part in training camp -- this despite being spotted in a 'boot cast' in June. However, Cobb said he is not sure if there will be any restrictions until he talks to the training staff.Link to story
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Bills | Josh Allen to start with third-team offense Wed Jul 18, 06:44 PM
Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen is slated to start with the third-team offense when the club begins training camp Thursday, July 26. That's 'the plan as of now, per head coach Sean McDermott,' while QBs AJ McCarron and Nathan Peterman both play with the first-team offense.
|Footballguys view: That's to be expected, not only because Allen is a rookie but because he primarily ran the third-team offense during OTAs and minicamp. Allen is the quarterback of the future, but if he wins the job for Week 1 of the regular season he's not going to be working with a great group of WRs...and the offensive line has been rebuilt...and who in the world knows what's going on in the LeSean McCoy situation. As you can see, we don't like Allen in redraft leagues but still appreciate his skill set in dynasty formats.|
AJ McCarron player page
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Ravens | Joe Flacco worked with WRs last week Wed Jul 18, 03:34 PM
Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco 'got a lot of good work in' with his wide receivers last week, according to WR Willie Snead.
|Footballguys view: Flacco will have a brand new WR corps to throw to in 2018. The team went out in free agency to add Snead, Michael Crabtree and John Brown. It seems to be a make-or-break year for Flacco in 2018 with rookie first-round pick Lamar Jackson developing behind him this year. We'll see if Flacco can establish strong chemistry with his new receiving weapons and lead the Ravens back to the playoffs this year.|
Joe Flacco player page
NFL | Lardarius Webb mulling offers Wed Jul 18, 02:01 PM
Free-agent FS Lardarius Webb (Ravens) wants to continue his NFL career and has received multiple offers that he is considering.
|Footballguys view: There hasn't been much news on Webb since the Ravens released him back in March. He could continue playing, but he won't see as many snaps as he used to be when he was an outside corner. Webb has length and finds his way around the ball, so some team might want him as veteran depth in 2018.|
Lardarius Webb player page
Saints | Daniel Lasco shown the door Wed Jul 18, 01:50 PM
New Orleans Saints RB Daniel Lasco was released Wednesday, July 18, in the wake of the signing of RB Shane Vereen.
|Footballguys view: Lasco was a do-everything back in college at Cal but he never did much to impress with the Saints. The addition of Vereen meant there was no room for Lasco with training camp coming up. We could see a team show interest in Lasco but likely just for a camp body.|
Daniel Lasco player page
Saints | Shane Vereen signs with Saints Wed Jul 18, 11:39 AM
Free-agent RB Shane Vereen (Giants) signed an undisclosed deal with the New Orleans Saints Wednesday, July 18.
|Footballguys view: Vereen is a pass-catching back who gives the Saints (more) veteran depth on their roster. Their RB room is jam packed with talent, so Vereen is no lock for the 53-man roster. Alvin Kamara leads the way with Mark Ingram as a top reserve (when he's back from his four-game suspension). Behind Kamara, Vereen will compete with guys like Terrance West and Jonathan Williams to establish a pecking order.|
Shane Vereen player page
NFL | Darrelle Revis retires Wed Jul 18, 10:52 AM
Free-agent CB Darrelle Revis (Chiefs) announced his retirement from the NFL Wednesday, July 18.
|Footballguys view: We'll see Revis in the Pro Football Hall of Fame someday soon. Revis was a first-round pick of the Jets back in 2007 and he was the definition of a 'shutdown' corner. He defined the position so much that his spot on the field became known as 'Revis Island' and opposing quarterbacks didn't challenge him much. Revis won Super Bowl 49 with the Patriots and should wind up being honored by the Jets in their Ring of Fame after two stints with the team.|
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Patriots | Jordan Matthews considered a lock Wed Jul 18, 09:35 AM
New England Patriots WR Jordan Matthews is considered a lock to make the team, according to beat writer Mike Reiss.
|Footballguys view: Anytime Reiss is hyping a player the way he's doing with Matthews (remember his Wes Welker information years ago?) we always pay close attention. Matthews looked good during OTAs and minicamp this spring, and the Patriots should use him early and often while Julian Edelman is serving his four-game suspension to begin the regular season. Matthews makes for a perfect addition late in your draft. His current ADP is WR59 (13.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Jordan Matthews player page
Patriots | Three WRs on Pats' bubble Wed Jul 18, 09:33 AM
New England Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell, Kenny Britt and Phillip Dorsett are on the bubble to make the team, according to beat writer Mike Reiss.
|Footballguys view: Mitchell is on the bubble because he just can't stay healthy. A fourth-round pick out of Georgia in 2016, Mitchell missed all of the 2017 season due to a knee injury. Even though he's over a year removed from the injury, his status for the start of training camp is unknown. Dorsett is a speed guy who hasn't done much to impress with the Colts or the Patriots. Britt had a 1,000 yard season back in 2016 (with the Rams) but he had a bad 2017, getting picked up by the Patriots near the end of the year and Britt was a healthy scratch for Super Bowl 52.|
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Malcolm Mitchell player page
Packers | Aaron Jones to emerge as starter? Wed Jul 18, 12:48 AM
Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones will end up as the team's starting running back this season in the opinion of USA Today Network Wisconsin's Stu Courtney.
|Footballguys view: Fantasy GMs are cautious when it comes to projecting the starter for the Packers in 2018. Jamaal Williams has the highest ADP of their group (RB36, 7.11) but Jones is close behind him at RB41 (9.01) in 12-team PPR leagues. Behind those two is Ty Montgomery, sitting at RB43 (9.07) as of right now. We'll see this battle shake out during training camp with each back bringing a unique skill set to the competition. Williams is the banger while Montgomery is the better receiver. Jones is arguably the best all-purpose back of the group. Stay tuned.|
Aaron Jones player page
Cardinals | Ricky Seals-Jones reportedly arrested Tue Jul 17, 09:20 PM
Arizona Cardinals TE Ricky Seals-Jones was reportedly arrested over the weekend for assault, disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing.
|Footballguys view: Seals-Jones allegedly sought to use a hotel restroom but was denied entry because he was not a guest. Seals-Jones then reportedly tried to use the restroom inside one of the hotel's restaurants and once he was denied entry again, he is accused of shoving an employee to get by him.|
Panthers | Chris Manhertz to begin camp on PUP list Tue Jul 17, 08:33 PM
Carolina Panthers TE Chris Manhertz (foot) will begin the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list as he continues to recover from summer surgery to repair a Jones fracture in his left foot.Link to story
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Chiefs | KC boasts big-time playmaking ability Tue Jul 17, 08:12 PM
Kansas City Chiefs WRs Sammy Watkins and Tyreek Hill were two of the seven receivers in the league who had at least 500 yards receiving, averaged more than 15 yards per reception and also scored at least seven touchdowns last season.
|Footballguys view: We'll see if Watkins can stay healthy, but he should be a fantastic deep target for gunslinging second-year QB Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs have several pass-catching weapons at their skill positions, so don't expect Watkins to go off in 2018. Instead, consider him a high-end WR3 who should have a WR1 week here and there. Hill is locked into his role and one of the most dangerous playmakers in the NFL. He's a WR2 with WR1 upside on a weekly basis.|
Sammy Watkins player page
Tyreek Hill player page
Bengals | Gaelin Elmore retires Tue Jul 17, 06:18 PM
Cincinnati Bengals DE Gaelin Elmore was placed on the Reserve/Retired list Tuesday, July 17.Link to story
Jets | Devin Smith not claimed Tue Jul 17, 04:33 PM
Free-agent WR Devin Smith (Jets) cleared waivers Tuesday, July 17, and is officially a free agent.
|Footballguys view: Smith has had injury problems dating back to his days in college at Ohio State. It's not a surprise no team decided to take a chance on the 2015 second-round pick. Smith only played in four games back in 2016 and missed all of the 2017 season dealing with a knee injury.|
Devin Smith player page
Rams | Brandin Cooks inks long-term deal Tue Jul 17, 03:13 PM
Los Angeles Rams WR Brandin Cooks signed a five-year contract extension Tuesday, July 17. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: A first-round pick in 2014, Cooks was set to hit the open market before the Rams decided to lock him down with this deal. He's coming off three straight seasons with more than 1,000 yards receiving each year and projecting him for around the same production as to what he had in 2017 with the Patriots (65 catches, 1,082 yards, 7 touchdowns) is fair. He's a WR2 for fantasy owners currently going at WR23 (5.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Brandin Cooks player page
Cowboys | Randy Gregory granted return Tue Jul 17, 03:07 PM
Dallas Cowboys DE Randy Gregory was reinstated from an indefinite suspension Tuesday, July 17, and will join the Cowboys at training camp.
|Footballguys view: A second-round pick in 2015, Gregory has been out of football for well over a year. He's only played two games in 2016 and missed all of last season while suspended. Gregory can get after the passer and could contribute to the Cowboys on a part-time basis in that capacity...granted he stays out of trouble.|
Randy Gregory player page
NFL | Terrell Owens won't give up on comeback Tue Jul 17, 02:37 PM
Free-agent WR Terrell Owens (Seahawks) is 100 percent committed to playing in the NFL or CFL, according to Owens' agent. The 44-year-old Owens activated a 10-day clause Saturday, July 14, that forces the Edmonton Eskimos to offer him a contract or release him. 'He just loves the game and wants to get back to playing, whether it's the CFL or NFL,' his agent said.
|Footballguys view: It's been a minute since Owens played organized football. He last played in the NFL back in 2010 for the Bengals and he did get a cup of coffee with the Seattle Seahawks for about a month (but never played) in 2012. Owens last suited up for the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League in 2011. He's less than a month from being enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame but still thinks he can play. We'll see if the Eskimos share that same belief.|
Terrell Owens player page
Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald will end career in desert Tue Jul 17, 02:15 PM
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald made it clear Tuesday, July 17, that as long as he is playing professional football he will be playing for the Cardinals.
|Footballguys view: Fitzgerald hinted that 2018 would not be his last season, but he did make it clear how much he loves playing for the Cardinals. 'I've built a good life for myself down there. Playing in the same place for 15 years is a true blessing.' Fitzgerald said.|
Larry Fitzgerald player page
Steelers | Le'Veon Bell likely to skip camp again Tue Jul 17, 01:29 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is tentatively expected to skip training camp but be ready for the regular season, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, who also stated Bell potentially missing games over the contract would be 'a shock.'
|Footballguys view: Same as it ever was. Bell held out of training camp and the preseason last year and showed up before the start of the regular season. Rinse/repeat that situation with what's happened again this year with Bell playing on the franchise tender and no long-term contact agreed to. There are rumors about him missing time in the regular season due to being disgruntled, but at this point that doesn't seem to be what people covering the team (like Fowler) believe.|
LeVeon Bell player page
Eagles | Corey Graham likely headed back to Philly Tue Jul 17, 12:37 PM
Free-agent S Corey Graham (Eagles) will 'almost certainly' return to the Philadelphia Eagles at some point this summer, whether it is at the start of training camp or a few weeks into the season, according to Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com.Link to story
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Browns | Tyrod Taylor a change of pace for Cleveland Tue Jul 17, 12:11 PM
Cleveland Browns QB Tyrod Taylor attempted 1,236 passes and threw 16 interceptions in his three seasons with the Buffalo Bills. By comparison, Browns quarterbacks threw 28 interceptions in 574 attempts last season.
|Footballguys view: Taylor is one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the league. He doesn't take a lot of chances with the ball, either running or throwing the ball away in the face of trouble. Taylor is the heavy favorite to open the 2018 regular season as the starter even though the Browns spent the no.1 overall pick on QB Baker Mayfield. They've got a Week 11 bye this year, and that may be around the time that Mayfield takes over if he doesn't win the job outright in training camp.|
Tyrod Taylor player page
Jaguars | Taven Bryan signs rookie deal Tue Jul 17, 11:10 AM
Jacksonville Jaguars DT Taven Bryan signed a four-year, $10.2 million deal Tuesday, July 17. The deal includes a $5.5 million signing bonus and a fifth-year option.
|Footballguys view: The Jaguars first-round pick out of Florida was one of the most disruptive players in the 2018 NFL draft. Bryan only adds to a tremendous defense that can make plays on all three levels. The rookie is country strong and a fierce competitor who hustles to the echo of the echo of the whistle. The Jagaurs are the first defense taken in many current fantasy drafts, going off the board at D1 (9.01) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Falcons | Austin Hooper looking to deliver Tue Jul 17, 11:09 AM
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper said he is working to improve in the red zone. He stayed in Atlanta during the offseason to work with QB Matt Ryan. Head coach Dan Quinn said he's pumped about Hooper's potential in his third season.
|Footballguys view: It takes time for tight ends to transition to the pro game, so this has the potential to be a breakout year for Hooper. We're concerned by his lack of consistency last year as Hooper had plenty of targets (65) but finished as only TE18 in standard scoring leagues. The addition of potential star rookie WR Calvin Ridley could take some targets away from Hooper, especially in the red zone. Projecting him as a low-end TE2 for fantasy in 2018 is fair...despite all the offseason hype that's been written about Hooper.|
Austin Hooper player page
Patriots | Rob Gronkowski expected on time Tue Jul 17, 09:38 AM
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is expected to report to the facility on time by July 25, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Gronkowski wants a new contract, and the two sides have been working on something for a couple of months now. The veteran tight end skipped voluntary workouts this offseason, but he did show up for mandatory minicamp. His status for the start of training camp was never really in question...regardless of his current contract situation.|
Rob Gronkowski player page
Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald could play longer Tue Jul 17, 09:19 AM
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald hinted that he isn't close to retiring. He still feels good, enjoys the competition and loves being around his teammates. He also said he's either playing for the Cardinals or retiring. 'It doesn't really matter about the age, it's about what you put into it and your mindset,' Fitzgerald said. 'Everybody kind of takes numbers and assumes this is when it's supposed to end. As an athlete, fortunately, you write your own script. If you still produce and you play at a high level, you kind of determine how long you want to play. If I can stay at a high level, I still keep destiny in my own hands.'
|Footballguys view: Set to be a free agent in 2019, many expected this to be the final year for Fitzgerald in the pros. However, this is the second time he's talked about perhaps playing longer than one more year. We can't imagine him in anything but a Cardinals jersey so if he likes the future of the team (likely with potential franchise QB Josh Rosen), then Fitzgerald could stick around. He's still a WR2 with WR1 upside for fantasy owners and that's where he's being drafted right now (WR15, 3.09 in 12 team PPR leagues).|
Larry Fitzgerald player page
Lions | Veteran WR says Kenny Golladay can dominate Tue Jul 17, 03:55 AM
Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay has the potential to dominate, according to WR Golden Tate, who also referred to Golladay as a 'WR1 kind of guy.' He added: 'I saw freakish catches, man -- some real freakin' freakish catches. Kenny's still a young guy trying to figure it out, but he's moving at a great pace. If he can just keep the mentality he has coming in, he studies, and just tries to get better every day, I'm telling you, this guy can be dominant.'
|Footballguys view: Golladay flashed potential as a rookie in 2017 even though he was dealing with nagging injuries during that time. He's poised for a breakout year as the third WR for the Lions behind Tate and Marvin Jones. Golladay can take the top off the defense and is a great upside pick late in your draft. Currently he's being selected at WR57 (12.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Kenny Golladay player page
Saints | Cameron Meredith hopeful for training camp Tue Jul 17, 03:32 AM
New Orleans Saints WR Cameron Meredith (knee) said that while he is still recovering from his knee injury and has been limited in team activities thus far, he is hopeful to be given the 'all clear' for training camp. 'On a scale of '1 to 10,' it's almost a 10... I haven't had a setback along the recovery process,' Meredith said of his injury. 'I'm gaining strength day by day, month by month. I'm excited to see how soon I can get back, but the main objective for me is to do as much as I can with the trainers to get ready for the season. My goal is to try and get back to training camp. As long as there aren't any setbacks or anything like that, it shouldn't be a problem.'
|Footballguys view: Meredith missed all of the 2017 season due to a torn ACL and a slight MCL tear that he's been rigorously working to come back from. A restricted free agent earlier this year, the Saints were able to sign him away from the Bears and he could be in for a career year catching passes from Drew Brees for the first time...if he's healthy. Fantasy owners know the talent and love the situation, but this injury brings about some caution when it comes to Meredith's average draft position. He has a current ADP of WR52 (11.11) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Cameron Meredith player page
Chargers | Derek Watt draws high praise Tue Jul 17, 02:40 AM
Los Angeles Chargers RB Derek Watt has earned high praise from running backs coach Alfredo Roberts, who called him 'one of the top fullbacks in the NFL.' Watt is not only considered a 'capable blocker,' but also someone who can be an effective runner in short-yardage situations, as well as be a factor in the passing game that defenses have to take account for.
|Footballguys view: Watt will be tasked with blasting open holes for starting RB Melvin Gordon. He's not producing much as a runner or receiver (14 offensive touches in his career) and only plays a handful of snaps. Watt logged 143 snaps in 2017 and should be in for a similar workload this year.|
Falcons | Julio Jones attends Matt Ryan's passing camp Tue Jul 17, 02:33 AM
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones attended QB Matt Ryan's annual offseason passing camp, per a Snapchat post by WR Calvin Ridley, who was also on hand. The other players that were in attendance included TEs Austin Hooper, Eric Saubert, WRs Justin Hardy, Mohamed Sanu, Marvin Hall, Russell Gage Jr. and Reggie Davis. Jones didn't attend the team's offseason program or mandatory minicamp and it's unknown if he'll be at training camp, which begins on Thursday, July 26.
|Footballguys view: Looking for a correction or 'update' to his contract, Jones has skipped voluntary workouts for the Falcons this offseason and he also stayed away from mandatory minicamp. Ryan's camp is informal and Jones was always expected to show up for the work. With a cap hit of $12.9 million in 2018, we'll see if the Falcons oblige the superstar receiver with a new deal even though he's still got three years remaining on his contract.|
Julio Jones player page
Buccaneers | Jameis Winston showed off his arm in 2017 Mon Jul 16, 10:52 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston threw 53.4 percent of his passes beyond the first down marker in the air per Pro Football Focus, easily the highest such mark in the league.
|Footballguys view: With guys like Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson, it's easy to heave the ball downfield early and often. Winston is suspended the first three games of the year and the Buccaneers will start Ryan Fitzpatrick in his place. Provided that Winston stays out of further trouble, he's got QB2 value for fantasy owners. Winston is going off the board at QB25 (14.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Jameis Winston player page
Browns | Carlos Hyde making tacklers look foolish Mon Jul 16, 10:42 PM
Cleveland Browns RB Carlos Hyde has 114 forced missed tackles over the last three seasons according to Pro Football Focus, tied with Le'Veon Bell for the third-highest total of any running back over that span.
|Footballguys view: Hyde has been close to 1,000 yards rushing each of the last two years. With a new team, Hyde will work to impress his new coaching staff. Hyde's main competition is rookie Nick Chubb (Georgia). A second-round pick in the 2018 NFL draft, Chubb is one of the most instinctive runners to come into the league and he can thrive between the tackles. Hyde and Chubb will compete for the early-down role with the Browns in 2018 while Duke Johnson Jr. continues as the third down/pass-catching back.|
LeVeon Bell player page
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Chargers | Melvin Gordon difficult to bring down Mon Jul 16, 10:36 PM
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon has 116 forced missed tackles over the last three seasons according to Pro Football Focus, the second-highest total of any running back over that span.
|Footballguys view: That's fantastic to note, but he still hasn't averaged more than 4.0 yards per carry in any of his three seasons in the pros. He got close last year (3.9 YPC) and Gordon has a career average of only 3.8 yards per carry. Even with those less-than-stellar numbers, Gordon can produce for fantasy owners...especially in PPR leagues. He's a virtual lock for 300 touches due to the work he can do as a runner or receiver out of the backfield and a top-10 finish in 2018 is fair to project. Gordon has a current ADP of RB7 (1.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Melvin Gordon player page
Giants | Jonathan Stewart hard to tackle Mon Jul 16, 10:19 PM
New York Giants RB Jonathan Stewart has forced 124 missed tackles over the last three seasons according to Pro Football Focus, the most of any running back over that span.
|Footballguys view: Stewart was the man...sometimes...during his time with the Carolina Panthers. This year with his new team, Stewart has been tackled by the bench. We don't see him getting a ton of work as the Giants spent a premium pick on RB Saquon Barkley in the 2018 NFL draft. Barkley is a three-down back and only needs to come off the field for a breather. That doesn't leave a lot of work for the veteran back Stewart in 2018.|
Jonathan Stewart player page
Steelers | James Conner impressed team in spring Mon Jul 16, 08:08 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner was 'very impressive during the spring' and 'really looks like he can be a solid every down running back in this league,' according to Mark Kaboly of The Athletic.
|Footballguys view: Conner is a stout runner who can grind down an opponent as the game goes on. While not a burner, Conner is an efficient runner who doesn't waste a lot of motion with the rock in his hands. He's once again the backup to Le'Veon Bell in 2018 and perhaps could be the future starter for the Steelers if (when?) they move on from Bell (2019?).|
James Conner player page
NFL | Armonty Bryant retires Mon Jul 16, 05:41 PM
Free-agent DE Armonty Bryant (Raiders) announced he is retiring from the NFL due to kidney failure.Link to story
Armonty Bryant player page
Ravens | Five Ravens go to PUP list Mon Jul 16, 05:30 PM
Baltimore Ravens DE Brent Urban (foot), TE Vince Mayle (concussion), CB Jaylen Hill (knee), LB Bam Bradley (knee) and WR Quincy Adeboyejo (leg) were placed on the PUP list Monday, July 16. RB Kenneth Dixon (knee) was able to avoid the PUP list.Link to story
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Jets | Brandon Bryant officially signs Mon Jul 16, 05:18 PM
New York Jets S Brandon Bryant was officially signed to an undisclosed contract Monday, July 16.
|Footballguys view: Bryant is a tremendous athlete, measuring in at 6'0" 219 pounds. He can fly all over the field as a safety, but his play lacks consistently and his skill set right now is that of a special teams player only. We'll see if he can develop further as a defensive player as his pro career goes along.|
Ravens | Marshal Yanda starts on PUP list Mon Jul 16, 04:58 PM
Baltimore Ravens OG Marshal Yanda (ankle) will begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Yanda only made it through two games in 2017 before a broken ankle ended his season. He's not yet ready to practice fully but most feel he should be ready for the start of the regular season.|
Steelers | No deal for Le'Veon Bell Mon Jul 16, 04:00 PM
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell was not signed to a long-term deal prior to the deadline Monday, July 16.
|Footballguys view: The Steelers and Bell were not able to come to an agreement before the 4pm ET deadline on Monday. Now, Bell will play on his $14.5 million franchise tag and is set to become a free agent in 2019. Don't alter projections dramatically for Bell upon this news, even though Bell should stay away for training camp and the preseason like he did last year. He took to Twitter to write "My desire always has been to retire a Steeler...both sides worked extremely hard today to make that happen, but the NFL is a hard business at times...to the fans that had hope, I'm sorry we let you down but trust me, 2018 will be my best season to date."|
LeVeon Bell player page
Rams | Lamarcus Joyner does not receive deal Mon Jul 16, 03:53 PM
Los Angeles Rams S Lamarcus Joyner will not receive a long-term deal before the deadline and will play this season on the franchise tag tender.
|Footballguys view: Joyner enjoyed a breakout season in 2017 when the team moved him to safety on a full-time basis. He's already signed his $11.2 million franchise tender and will not miss any time in training camp or the preseason. With no long-term deal, Joyner is set to be a free agent in 2019.|
Lamarcus Joyner player page
Lions | No deal for Ziggy Ansah Mon Jul 16, 03:52 PM
Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah will not receive a long-term deal before the deadline and will play this season on the franchise tag tender.
|Footballguys view: Ansah will play on the one-year franchise tender worth around $17.1 million in 2018. He had 12 sacks last year but staying healthy has been a concern for the veteran pass rusher as Ansah hasn't played a full season since 2015.|
Ezekiel Ansah player page