Fantasy Football News & Views
Packers | Aaron Rodgers extension not close (Fri Jul 20, 05:02 PM) [jump to this story]
Colts | Andrew luck cleared for training camp (Fri Jul 20, 02:25 PM) [jump to this story]
Patriots | Julian Edelman won't take case to court (Fri Jul 20, 09:13 AM) [jump to this story]
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
Eagles | Darren Sproles won't play as much Mon Jul 16, 03:32 PM
Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles is expected to see the field less as he heads into his final NFL season, primarily due to the emergence of backup RB Corey Clement. Sproles should still be used consistently on special teams, however.
|Footballguys view: This contradicts earlier offseason reports that predicted Sproles would have a large role on the Eagles offense. The potential is there for Sproles to catch 25 or so passes as a change-of-pace back for the Eagles. Keep his name on the waiver wire speed dial in PPR leagues.|
Darren Sproles player page
Eagles | Bigger load for Jay Ajayi? Mon Jul 16, 03:24 PM
Philadelphia Eagles RB Jay Ajayi is expected to see more touches in 2018 as he enters a contract year. In seven games with the Eagles a year ago, Ajayi averaged 10 carries per game.
|Footballguys view: Projecting Ajayi for around 220 carries in 2018 is fair as he's the lead ball-carrier for the Eagles offense. He split time with LeGarrette Blount last year, but with Blount (Lions) moving on the potential for a much larger role is there in 2018. Fantasy owners are taking him off the board at RB21 (4.07) in current 12-team PPR drafts.|
Jay Ajayi player page
Cowboys | Blake Jarwin making early impression Mon Jul 16, 03:15 PM
Dallas Cowboys TE Blake Jarwin was regularly targeted by QB Dak Prescott during organized team activities this offseason, specifically in red-zone scenarios.
|Footballguys view: This offseason there have been several reports about Jarwin making plays...and dynasty owners should take notice as the team looks for their Jason Witten replacement. Prescott praised Jarwin for his ability to get open and Jarwin said he's glad to have already developed some chemistry with Prescott.|
Giants | Sam Beal signs rookie deal Mon Jul 16, 02:41 PM
New York Giants CB Sam Beal signed a four-year deal with the Giants Monday, July 16. Financial terms were not disclosed. The Giants selected Beal in the supplemental draft.
|Footballguys view: It took a third-round pick (surrendered in 2019) for the Giants to get Beal on the roster. Academic reasons caused Beal to leave Western Michigan, and the Giants were one of many teams interested in securing his services. Measuring in at 6'1" 185 pounds, Beal has the length and instincts to make plays on the ball consistently. He'll be behind the curve having missed all offseason workouts, but Beal should be able to compete for a reserve role and he may have a larger impact than most think.|
Redskins | Josh Harvey-Clemons saw time with starters Mon Jul 16, 02:17 PM
Washington Redskins LB Josh Harvey-Clemons received some snaps with the first-team defense during offseason workouts when LB Zach Brown was absent.Link to story
Redskins | Two linebackers should be ready for camp Mon Jul 16, 01:53 PM
Washington Redskins LB Mason Foster and Zach Brown should be ready for the start of training camp after dealing with season-ending injuries last year.
|Footballguys view: A foot injury ended Brown's 2017 season, but he was leading the league in tackles for most of the year before getting shut down. Brown is a tackling machine for Washington and a top-10 ILB for IDP players. Foster missed the majority of 2017 with a torn labrum but was a top-20 linebacker for fantasy owners back in 2016. He's recovering well and we'll see if Foster can regain his form for Washington this season.|
Mason Foster player page
Zach Brown player page
Titans | Luke Stocker on track to be No. 3 TE Mon Jul 16, 01:51 PM
Tennessee Titans TE Luke Stocker likely will enter training camp as the leading candidate for the No. 3 tight end job.
|Footballguys view: Stocker is a big-bodied blocker who only has nine receptions over the last two seasons. The third tight end in Tennessee if not a place of interest for fantasy owners, and Stocker's dynasty stock is next to nothing.|
Luke Stocker player page
Titans | Phillip Supernaw missed workouts Mon Jul 16, 01:51 PM
Tennessee Titans TE Phillip Supernaw (undisclosed) did not participate in any of the offseason workouts because of an undisclosed injury.Link to story
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Jets | Devin Smith let go Mon Jul 16, 01:26 PM
New York Jets WR Devin Smith was released Monday, July 16, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: A second-round pick out of Ohio State in the 2015 NFL draft, Smith was a speedy wide receiver with a history of injury problems. Those issues continued in the NFL, and Smith only played in 14 games during three seasons with the Jets. He missed all of 2017 due to an ACL injury and was not participating in the team's offseason program. Smith will find it difficult to latch on with a new team when healthy.|
Devin Smith player page
Bills | Jordan Mills on track to start Mon Jul 16, 01:06 PM
Buffalo Bills OT Jordan Mills will enter training camp as the leading candidate for the starting right tackle job but is expected to be pushed by OT Marshall Newhouse for the job.Link to story
Bills | Kaelin Clay unlikely to see time on offense Mon Jul 16, 12:50 PM
Buffalo Bills WR Kaelin Clay likely would receive most of his playing time on special teams if he makes the 53-man roster.Link to story
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Bears | Roy Robertson-Harris may push for job Mon Jul 16, 12:40 PM
Chicago Bears DE Roy Robertson-Harris is expected to push DE Jonathan Bullard for one of the starting defensive end jobs during training camp.
|Footballguys view: Undrafted out of UTEP in 2016, Robertson-Harris measures in at a whopping 6'7" 295 pounds. He always had athleticism and quickness but those attributes didn't lead to much production (only 10.5 sacks in four years with the Miners). In 13 games last year for the Bears, Robertson-Harris snared 2.0 sacks playing 211 snaps. We'll see if he can push for more playing time in 2018.|
Bears | Two tight ends to fight for one spot Mon Jul 16, 12:36 PM
Chicago Bears TEs Daniel Brown and Ben Braunecker likely will compete for one roster spot during training camp.Link to story
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Bears | Kevin White likely safe Mon Jul 16, 12:28 PM
Chicago Bears WR Kevin White likely is a safe bet to make the 53-man roster because his $2.69 million salary this season is guaranteed, in the opinion of the Chicago Sun-Times' Patrick Finley.
|Footballguys view: The no.7 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft has seen his pro career knocked off track almost completely due to injury. He's appeared in only five games with the Bears and has only 21 receptions in the NFL. White only played one game in 2017 and is looking to finally stay healthy and produce in 2018. The Bears have revamped their WR corps, but we'll still be monitoring White in dynasty leagues...mostly to see if there's anything to get excited about when he goes to a different team.|
Kevin White player page
Bears | Jordan Howard has been used often Mon Jul 16, 12:19 PM
Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard has rushed the ball 528 times over the last two seasons, which is the fifth-most rushes in the NFL during that span.
|Footballguys view: Howard has been a top-10 fantasy running back during both of his seasons as a pro. That comes from his talent as an efficient and powerful runner, and it comes from his ability to handle a large workload. That's something he's done since his days in college at both UAB and Indiana. Howard should get around 250 carries this year, and this offseason he's been working on his hands to be a better receiver. Fantasy owners are currently taking Howard off the board at RB15 (3.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Jordan Howard player page
Chargers | Justin Jackson on track to make team Mon Jul 16, 12:17 PM
Los Angeles Chargers RB Justin Jackson appears to be the leading candidate for the No. 3 running back job entering training camp.
|Footballguys view: Versatility and consistency are the hallmarks for Jackson's game from his days in college at Northwestern. Jackson rushed for over 1,000 yards in four years of college ball, and he caught 122 passes during that time. Measuring in at 5'11" 190 pounds, Jackson runs larger than his size and has great vision for finding lanes others don't see. He'll compete for a roster spot behind starter Melvin Gordon and change-of-pace back Austin Ekeler. We love Jackson in dynasty leagues.|
Browns | Chris Smith could move around Mon Jul 16, 12:07 PM
Cleveland Browns DE Chris Smith has the ability to play defensive tackle in addition to defensive end, according to defensive line coach Clyde Simmons.
|Footballguys view: Back in March, the Browns signed Smith to a three-year, $14 million contract. Early in his career, Smith was a part-time player for the Jaguars but he got a larger opportunity in 2017 with the Bengals. Smith played 403 snaps in 2017 and notched 3.0 sacks, so the Browns are hoping he can continue to ascend playing all across the line in 2018.|
Packers | Aaron Rodgers wants to play to 40 Mon Jul 16, 11:15 AM
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, 34, said he wants to play until he's 40. 'I'd love to play to 40,' Rodgers said. 'I just think that number means a lot. Obviously, Tom (Brady) is kind of rewriting the book. Brett (Favre) had a good season when he turned 40. My goal is be able to move like I do or close to how I do and still be able to do that at 40 ... just because nobody's been able to do that and still move around the same. Steve Young's career was cut short in his late 30s. John (Elway,) the same - he didn't really move the same as when he was younger. So to be able to move the same way at 38, 39, 40 would be cool. That's my aim.'
|Footballguys view: Great news for the Packers and for fantasy owners (especially dynasty owners) who love starting Rodgers most every week. Rodgers does scramble around a bit more than Brady so that type of style is a bit of a concern, but we should be able to see him play at the expected level for the foreseeable future.|
Aaron Rodgers player page
Bears | Roquan Smith not reporting Mon Jul 16, 08:44 AM
Chicago Bears LB Roquan Smith won't report to camp Monday, July 16, as he is still without a contract.
|Footballguys view: Rookies reported on Monday and Smith, the team's first-round pick in 2018, wasn't there. Veterans report on July 19th, so the Bears have a few days to finally get something done with their talented rookie linebacker.|
Steelers | Le'Veon Bell deal doubtful? Mon Jul 16, 08:24 AM
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell negotiated all weekend, but parties aren't optimistic a long-term deal will get done. It's expected to go down to the wire Monday, July 16.
|Footballguys view: Bell is set to play this year on the franchise tag for the second year in a row. That would put around $14.5 million dollars in his pocket for one year of work. Expect a holdout through training camp if no long-term deal is done.|
LeVeon Bell player page
49ers | George Kittle poised to produce? Sun Jul 15, 11:14 PM
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle should have 'no shortage of opportunities' in head coach Kyle Shanahan's offense, according to Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com, and Wagoner believes Kittle will benefit from having QB Jimmy Garoppolo throwing him the ball for the entire season.
|Footballguys view: A hot sleeper in fantasy circles is Kittle entering the 2018 season, and he's currently going off the board at TE11 (10.03) in 12-team PPR leagues. Kittle snared 43 passes last year as a rookie, and projecting him for around 45 catches in 2018 is fair. The no.20 fantasy tight end (standard-scoring leagues) last year, Kittle will have to score more touchdowns than he did in 2017 (2) if he wants to be more than a TE2 for fantasy owners.|
George Kittle player page
Falcons | Austin Hooper needs consistency Sun Jul 15, 10:11 PM
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper's position coach, Wade Harman, has 'harped' on him about being more consistent this season, according to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com.
|Footballguys view: Hooper saw plenty of targets (65) last year but only had two games with more than 50 yards receiving in 2017. In fact, from Week 11 on Hooper was only good for two or three catches per game even though he was getting around 50 snaps regularly. We'll see if Harman's coaching will improve the consistency Hooper plays with this season.|
Austin Hooper player page
Giants | Drops an issue for Evan Engram Sun Jul 15, 09:55 PM
New York Giants TE Evan Engram's six drops last year were tied for the second most among tight ends.
|Footballguys view: Engram is a dangerous receiving tight end, and perhaps some of his drops can be the result of wanting to do much after the catch before securing the pass. Even with the mistakes, Engram did enough as a rookie in 2017 to finish as a top-5 fantasy tight end. The Giants are getting Odell Beckham Jr. back at the wide receiver position, and they added a talented do-everything back in Saquon Barkley in the 2018 draft. Even with those additional weapons, Engram should be able to post TE1 numbers once again this season. He's currently going off the board at TE6 (6.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Evan Engram player page
Bills | Zach Olstad a longshot to make team Sun Jul 15, 09:46 PM
Buffalo Bills FB Zach Olstad is a longshot to beat out FB Patrick DiMarco and make the 53-man roster, according to Jay Skurski of the Buffalo News, but Skurski believes Olstad could earn a spot on the practice squad.Link to story
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Titans | Jack Conklin lighter Sun Jul 15, 08:17 PM
Tennessee Titans OT Jack Conklin played at 320 pounds in the past but currently weighs 310 pounds and believes the lower weight will allow him to be quicker.Link to story
Titans | Jack Conklin does not want to rush back Sun Jul 15, 08:06 PM
Tennessee Titans OT Jack Conklin (knee) said he has not had any setbacks in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament but wants to wait until he is completely healthy before he returns to the field.
|Footballguys view: It's a good approach for Conklin to have, especially since he tore his ACL in the Divisional Round loss to the Patriots back in January. The team should limit his reps in training camp and the preseason with an eye on having Conklin ready near the start of the regular season.|