Fantasy Football News & Views
NFL | Jalin Marshall receives suspension Wed Jun 19, 06:25 PM
Free-agent WR Jalin Marshall (Raiders) has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the 2019 season.Link to story
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Packers | Michael Roberts waived Wed Jun 19, 05:22 PM
Green Bay Packers TE Michael Roberts (undisclosed) was waived Wednesday, June 19, with a failed physical designation, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Well that didn't last long. The Lions traded away Roberts to the Patriots a week ago, but he was released due to a failed physical designation. The Packers picked him up shortly after that trade was voided, and now Roberts is back on the open market due to another failed physical. Roberts suffered a shoulder injury last December and clearly teams have an issue with his recovery and current health status.|
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Patriots | Josh Gordon working with TB12 Wed Jun 19, 11:46 AM
New England Patriots WR Josh Gordon, who is on the Reserve/Commissioner Suspended list, posted a video of him working out with Patriots QB Tom Brady Wednesday, June 19.
|Footballguys view: Gordon signed his restricted free agent tender back in April even though he's indefinitely suspended by the NFL. Earlier reports indicated there was a chance that Gordon could be reinstated for training camp. Gordon working out with Brady shows that he's preparing for that possibility. If/when Gordon is reinstated, that could potentially be bad news for guys like veteran Demaryius Thomas or rookie N'Keal Harry in terms of the pecking order at wide receiver.|
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Saints | Michael Thomas talks far apart Wed Jun 19, 11:46 AM
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas and the team remain far apart in contract talks, and nothing is imminent. However, both sides are motivated to get a deal done.
|Footballguys view: Deals get done at deadlines, but Thomas has one more year left on his rookie deal. A second-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft, Thomas has a cap hit of $1.6 million in 2019. Whatever agreement the two sides come to will likely make Thomas one of the highest paid receivers in the league. He is in for a huge pay increase in the near future. In fact, we think the Saints get something done before the start of the regular season.|
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Seahawks | Will Dissly the only lock at TE Wed Jun 19, 02:24 AM
Seattle Seahawks TE Will Dissly (knee) is the only lock to make the 53-man roster among its tight ends, in the opinion of the Seattle Times' Bob Condotta, who gives the edge to TEs Nick Vannett and Jacob Hollister for the other two spots.
|Footballguys view: It's funny that Dissly would be considered a lock for the 53-man roster when he hasn't even recovered from the torn patella tendon he suffered in Week 4 last season. Dissly won't be ready for the start of training camp, but reports indicate that he should be ready for Week 1 of the regular season. When healthy, Dissly will be competing for a reserve or (at most) rotational role.|
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Seahawks | C.J. Prosise to be the odd-man out? Wed Jun 19, 02:18 AM
Seattle Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise could be cut in order to keep RBs J.D. McKissic and Travis Homer, in the opinion of the Seattle Times' Bob Condotta, who believes the team may not be able to sneak Homer onto the practice squad and that McKissic's dependability gives him an edge over Prosise.
|Footballguys view: Prosise has failed to produce at the pro level, mostly due to an injury bug that he can't shake. We'd actually be shocked if he stays healthy and makes the 53-man roster. Talent isn't the issue, but Prosise could use a fresh start in his pro career.|
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Texans | DeAndre Hopkins living large inside Tue Jun 18, 09:46 PM
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins averaged 3.11 yards per route run from the slot in 2018, the third-highest average among qualified receivers per Pro Football Focus.
|Footballguys view: It's not news to say that Hopkins is really good. Everybody knows that, and the advanced data (of course) backs that up. Hopkins ran 118 routes from the slot in 2018, he was targeted on 35 of those routes and came up with 32 catches for 411 yards and four touchdowns.|
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Saints | Michael Thomas dominant in the slot Tue Jun 18, 09:38 PM
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas averaged 3.68 yards per route run from the slot in 2018, easily the highest average among qualified receivers per Pro Football Focus.
|Footballguys view: The headline should be just 'Michael Thomas dominant.' It doesn't matter if it's from the slot or the outside, Thomas is one of the best in the game today. Thomas ran 158 routes from the slot in 2018 and was targeted 54 times which led to 46 catches for 577 yards and three touchdowns.|
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Lions | Matthew Stafford played with serious injury Tue Jun 18, 03:57 PM
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (back) played all 16 games in 2018 to run his consecutive-starts streak to 128 despite reportedly finishing the season with broken bones in his back, according to Mike O'Hara of the team's website.'He had a broken back last year. Broken bones in his back. ... It's been reported. I read that. Word gets out in the NFL,' O'Hara said during a recent episode of his weekly podcast with WJR's Ken Brown.
|Footballguys view: There is no denying the numbers went down for Stafford in 2018. Some of this has to do with that injury, and some of this was a lack of weapons in the passing game. They addressed that in the 2019 NFL draft by adding T.J. Hockenson in the first round. We'll see if that helps Stafford have a little bounce back in 2019. The Lions are a run-heavy offense, so don't expect Stafford to put up huge numbers this season.|
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Falcons | Julio Jones nearing long-term extension? Tue Jun 18, 01:54 PM
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones will have a long-term contract extension before training camp arrives, according to 'confident' team sources.
|Footballguys view: Jones is actually signed through the 2020 season but the Falcons aren't likely to make him wait much longer. The veteran superstar wideout attended mandatory minicamp in a good faith move. The team should make him one of the highest paid wide receiver in the league -- again -- with this new deal.|
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Saints | Saints have no timeline for Drew Brees Tue Jun 18, 01:36 PM
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees turned 40 in January, but the team is dealing with the situation on a year-to-year basis. 'I think we look at it in terms of, 'Hey, this year,' you know? And man, he had a great season last year, and we expect a great season this year,' Saints general manager Loomis said recently. 'And so for as long as he wants to play and can play, he's going to have that opportunity.'
|Footballguys view: Thanks to restructured contract that pushes a $10-million-plus cap hit to 2020, Brees will count more than $21 million against the cap that season (whether or not he's on the team), and number will increase if Brees isn't signed to a new deal that will kick some of that hit over future seasons. Saints GM Mickey Loomis says that Brees can be the quarterback of the Saints 'as long as he wants to.'|
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Colts | T.Y. Hilton excelled in slot Tue Jun 18, 12:18 PM
Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton averaged 2.64 receiving yards per route run from the slot in 2018, which ranked fourth among wide receivers who played at least 100 snaps.
|Footballguys view: Hilton's yards-per-reception from the slot in 2018 (19.42 yards) ranked 5th in the NFL. Last season, Hilton ran 133 routes from the slot and was targeted 38 times. From the slot or on the outside, Hilton is a playmaker and it doesn't take advanced data to see that.|
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Buccaneers | Mike Evans restructures Tue Jun 18, 10:44 AM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans restructured his contract Tuesday, June 18, which created $3.2 million in 2019 salary cap space.
|Footballguys view: Back in late March, the Buccaneers made a similar move. Evans is entering the second season of a five-year extension he signed back in 2018.|
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Redskins | Robert Davis likely to begin on PUP Tue Jun 18, 02:08 AM
Washington Redskins WR Robert Davis (knee, leg) is likely to be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list rather than be ready for the start of training camp.
|Footballguys view: Davis was a sixth-round pick out of Georgia State in 2017 and spent most of his rookie season on Washington's practice squad. His 2018 season was lost due to a wrist and LCL injury suffered in early August last year. Davis will be hard pressed to make the 53-man roster with this injury situation still holding him back.|
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Cardinals | T.J. Logan looks strong this offseason Tue Jun 18, 02:03 AM
Arizona Cardinals RB T.J. Logan said Wednesday, June 17 that his lack of impact last season was self-inflicted, and he has been on a mission over the past six months. 'At the end of the season, it clicked for me, like I needed to put more into it,' said Logan. 'This game, you're only going to get out what you put in.' He feels
|Footballguys view: Logan played only 21 snaps on offense last year for the Cardinals. We like his change-of-pace ability, but Logan is only worth monitoring in the deepest of deep dynasty leagues.|
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Cardinals | Chase Edmond optimistic about role Tue Jun 18, 01:56 AM
Arizona Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds expressed confidence Wednesday, June 17 that he will have a regular role in the offseason despite the fact RB David Johnson will be leaned upon heavily as the bellcow back. 'Me and (Dave) are definitely pushing for (two-back looks),' Edmonds said. 'It opens up his dynamic ability and mine as well. Whether it's two-back sets or Dave in the slot, me in the slot, it doesn't really matter.'
|Footballguys view: Edmonds, a fourth-round pick out of Fordham in 2018, is going to see limited snaps with Johnson being featured by the Cardinals. However, that makes him a handcuff option if you have the bench space in 2019. Edmonds can work as a runner or receiver out of the backfield, but his pass-blocking needs work.|
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Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald works in offseason program Tue Jun 18, 01:47 AM
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald has shown up to almost every voluntary workout so far during his 16th NFL offseason. 'I am hoping he enjoys the process and enjoys what the offense turns into and gives him a reason to stick around a few more years,' head coach Kliff Kingsbury said. 'But he practices and he plays like he's trying to make the team, and that's the biggest compliment I can give him. He doesn't need it, and you'd think he's starving out there. It's impressive to watch.'
|Footballguys view: Entering his 16th season, Fitzgerald is still capable of playing at a high level. The Cardinals have tons of talent around Fitzgerald in guys like Chritian Kirk, Hakeem Butler, and Andy Isabella. Their presence should help open things up for Fitzgerald. He's coming off the board at WR40 (9.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Cardinals | Ricky Seals-Jones takes part in workouts Tue Jun 18, 01:32 AM
Arizona Cardinals TE Ricky Seals-Jones (neck) was able to take part in offseason workouts. Seals-Jones and the rest of the tight ends saw plenty of four-receiver sets during minicamp and offseason workouts. However, he wasn't concerned about a lack of targets heading into 2019. 'Regardless of what happens, I'm going to keep trying to trend up,' Seals-Jones said. 'I'm going to get better at what I do, so whatever the outcome is, I'll be happy as long as I know I did my best. We'll see what the numbers look like at the end of the year.'
|Footballguys view: In 15 games last year, Seals-Jones had 70 targets snaring 34 catches for 343 yards and one touchdown. This season, Charles Clay will push Seals-Jones for playing time in 2019. Fantasy GMs in dynasty formats have been waiting for Seals-Jones to truly have a breakout season, something that might happen (finally) under Kliff Kingsbury. Keep Seals-Jones on your waiver speed dial, especially in TE-premium formats.|
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Saints | New Orleans talking with Michael Thomas Mon Jun 17, 06:17 PM
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas has had some contract extension talks with the Saints, according to general manager Mickey Loomis.
|Footballguys view: Thomas is in the final year of his rookie contract and is on the books for only $1.6 million in 2019. We'll see if the Saints can find a way to get him a new deal before he hits the open market (or more precisely is franchise tagged) in 2020. Thomas is likely to be the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL when a new contract is agreed upon.|
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Packers | Michael Roberts finds new home with Green Bay Mon Jun 17, 05:10 PM
Free-agent TE Michael Roberts (Lions) claimed off waivers by the Green Bay Packers on Monday, June 17.
|Footballguys view: A failed physical nixed a trade of Roberts from the Lions to the Patriots last week. The Packers are top heavy at the position with starter Jimmy Graham and athletic rookie Jace Sternberger. We'll see if Roberts can stay healthy and impress as a No. 3 tight end.|
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Rams | Trainer confirms Todd Gurley's arthritic knee Mon Jun 17, 04:07 PM
Updating previous reports. Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) is in fact dealing with arthritis in his knee after months of speculation. Travelle Gaines, who has trained Gurley for three years, suggested 'not one thing has changed' in regards to his client and that 'our routine has worked, he's been strong, he's been in great shape, he's done well.' Gaines went on to say the decision this offseason to have Gurley drop six pounds and trim his body fat from 10 percent to seven was not due to injuries and more to accentuate his speed. The trainer also said 'it's never been told to me' that the Rams plan on decreasing Gurley's workload come Week 1.'Everybody knew when Todd came out of Georgia that there would be some kind of arthritic component to his knee, which is part of every surgery whether it's a shoulder, a knee, an ankle. He's now at the Year 5 mark; all we're doing is managing that. If we can pound him less in the offseason while keeping his weight down, working on his strength, working on his agility in short areas, that's going to give him a better chance to be healthy Weeks 14 through 17 when they really count,' Gaines said.
|Footballguys view: Gaines has been a trainer for some of the best players in the NFL (and the NBA too), so we'll listen to what he has to say about Gurley. The veteran superstar RB has seen his ADP slide in recent weeks as Fantasy GMs are nervous about his knee condition and about the Rams perhaps using more Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson to spell Gurley in 2019. Gurley now is a boom/bust pick for Fantasy GMs in the early second round.|
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Jets | Josh McCown calls it a career Mon Jun 17, 02:01 PM
New York Jets QB Josh McCown announced his retirement via The Players' Tribune on Monday, June 17.
|Footballguys view: McCown had a 17-year football career and now finds his way to the TV studio as an analyst for ESPN. Largely a backup or bridge quarterback during his pro career, McCown was a solid player no matter where he went in 10 different NFL stops (and one year with the Hartford Colonials in the UFL).|
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Jets | Robby Anderson impresses Mon Jun 17, 11:46 AM
New York Jets WR Robby Anderson was deemed a 'very pleasant surprise' by new general manager Joe Douglas. 'He's a tough weapon for defenses to match up with, he can get behind you and he can challenge the defense vertically,' Douglas said. 'That was a very pleasant surprise.'
|Footballguys view: Over the last month of the 2018 season, Anderson performed at a high level. We'll see if he can carry that over to this season. New head coach Adam Gase should have plenty of ways to use Anderson as a favorite target of second-year QB Sam Darnold. Anderson has a current ADP of WR30 (6.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Ravens | Mark Andrews not resting on laurels Mon Jun 17, 10:34 AM
Baltimore Ravens TE Mark Andrews looks bigger, faster and stronger, in the opinion of beat writer Jeff Zrebiec. He made a ton of plays the last couple of weeks, according to Zrebiec.
|Footballguys view: Andrews was the best rookie tight end for the Ravens in 2018. They selected Hayden Hurst in the first round last year but he was banged up and didn't impress in 12 games with only 13 catches as a rookie. Andrews played in 16 games and snared 34 passes for 552 yards and three touchdowns. We should see a TEBC featuring both Andrews and Hurst for Baltimore's run-heavy offense in 2019.|
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Colts | Parris Campbell in mix for No. 3 job Mon Jun 17, 02:26 AM
Indianapolis Colts WR Parris Campbell missed some time in the spring, but he still should be in the mix for the No. 3 receiver job.
|Footballguys view: We love Campbell's playmaking ability on the football field. He is a big play waiting to happen and can take short passes and turn them into long gains because of his speed and quickness. Campbell can toy with defenders after the catch and has goof field vision to find running lanes. He should serve as the No. 3 receiver with T.Y. Hilton and Devin Funchess ahead of him on the depth chart.|
Colts | Devin Funchess struggled in OTAs Mon Jun 17, 01:48 AM
Indianapolis Colts WR Devin Funchess struggled to establish a consistent rapport with QB Jacoby Brissett during organized team activities (OTAs), as starting QB Andrew Luck was held out. Head coach Frank Reich still praised the aptitude and route running of Funchess.
|Footballguys view: Keep an eye on this situation as training camp and preseason roll on later this summer. It's not a good sign that Funchess was struggling in OTAs. The Colts took a flier on Funchess after he had a down season in Carolina. They signed him to a one-year deal earlier this offseason. He gives the Colts much-needed size at the wide receiver position, and Funchess gets an upgrade at quarterback with Andrew Luck. We'll see if he can clean things up in training camp.|
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Lions | Chris Lacy pushing for a spot Sun Jun 16, 11:55 PM
Detroit Lions WR Chris Lacy brings a combination of size and speed to the Detroit receiving corps and could make the 53-man roster as a 'depth receiver,' according to Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com.
|Footballguys view: Lacy came into the league as an undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma State and originally signed with the Patriots. He was sparingly used in college and has to refine his pass-catching skills, but Lacy does have a nice size/speed combination. We'll monitor his progress in super deep dynasty formats.|
Eagles | Marken Michel making noise Sun Jun 16, 11:49 PM
Philadelphia Eagles WR Marken Michel has spent some time with the first-team offense during spring practices and has shown the ability to stretch the field, according to Tim McManus of ESPN.com.
|Footballguys view: Michel is the older brother of Patriots second-year running back Sony Michel, and he's got quite an athletic profile. The Eagles were able to sign Michel after he spent two seasons in the CFL with the Calgary Stampeders. During his college career at UMASS, Michel worked primarily as a wide receiver but did also play some running back and on special teams. Undrafted out of UMASS in 2016, Michel signed with the Vikings but did not make the 53-man roster as a rookie. We'll keep an eye on him in crazy deep dynasty formats.|
Colts | Mo Alie-Cox making strides Sun Jun 16, 11:34 PM
Indianapolis Colts TE Mo Alie-Cox has started to develop as a route runner, according to head coach Frank Reich. 'I have already seen some really key indicators to me,' Reich said. 'I mean, very tangible indicators that he can develop into a very good route runner as well. He is so long and big and they don't want to tackle him.'
|Footballguys view: This offseason has been full of positive reports about Alie-Cox. The former basketball player from Virginia Commonwealth has been running as the first-team tight end in OTAs and minicamp with both Eric Ebron (groin) and Jack Doyle (hip) recovering from injuries. We'll continue to monitor Alie-Cox in dynasty formats.|
Eagles | JJ Arcega-Whiteside the No. 4 option? Sun Jun 16, 08:55 PM
Philadelphia Eagles WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside is the clear No. 4 receiver, according to Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com, and Rosenblatt believes Arcega-Whiteside has 'potentially elite' ability in the red zone.
|Footballguys view: The rookie from Stanford should be in line for that No. 4 job with the Eagles behind Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson and Nelson Agholor. His 'my ball mentalilty' helps Arcega-Whiteside bring down contested passes regularly...making him a great option when space is tight near pay dirt. We'll monitor him closely in dynasty formats and likely throw him in as a cheap boom/bust DFS play from time to time in 2019.|
49ers | Dante Pettis turning heads Sun Jun 16, 08:37 PM
San Francisco 49ers WR Dante Pettis has impressed QB Jimmy Garoppolo and head Kyle Shanahan with his new physique and attention to detail. 'Dante's body is maturing,' Garoppolo said. 'He's coming out of breaks with power, he has speed.''He worked while he was away,' Shanahan said. 'He tried to get bigger. He worked more at his routes and he came here with the idea of 'Hey, I'm not just coming here to get better back in shape, I'm coming here to get better.''
|Footballguys view: Pettis is a dynamic player who can create space with his quickness, route-running and run-after-the-catch ability. While not a speedster, Pettis plays with plenty of guile and can be one of Garoppolo's favorite targets in 2019. If Pettis caught 50-plus catches this season we would not be surprised. Pettis has a current ADP of WR34 (8.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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49ers | Garrett Celek on chopping block? Sun Jun 16, 08:24 PM
San Francisco 49ers TE Garrett Celek (back) 'faces some pretty big odds' to make the 53-man roster, according to Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area.
|Footballguys view: In addition to recovering from back surgery, Celek is still in the concussion protocol from an injury he sustained in Week 17 of the 2018 season. He is supposed to be cleared some time during training camp for the head injury. The back surgery requires a two month recovery, putting Celek's return date at a similar time to his concussion. Maybe being cleared in mid-August puts Celek's future with the team in serious doubt.|
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Eagles | DeSean Jackson embracing leadership role Sun Jun 16, 03:22 PM
Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson has been embracing his role as a veteran and leader this offseason, according to Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com. The 32-year-old was present for all but one session of voluntary organized team activities (OTAs) practices. 'He's done everything we've asked him to do,' receivers coach Carson Walch said. 'He's been great in the meeting room. Some of our young guys sometimes are in awe seeing DeSean Jackson in our building.'
|Footballguys view: Jackson was a fantasy WR1 with Ryan Fitzpatrick last year, but it seems the fantasy community is still underestimating him. He has reportedly already developed excellent chemistry with Wentz and should be drafted a lot earlier than he is lasting right now.|
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Eagles | Philly will take it slow with Miles Sanders Sun Jun 16, 03:05 PM
Philadelphia Eagles rookie RB Miles Sanders will be brought along slowly in training camp, according to head coach Doug Pederson, after missing all of organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp due to a hamstring injury. 'I fully expect him to come in ready, come in healthy, ready to go,' Pederson said. 'We have to get him in the mix early. Definitely have to see exactly where he is mentally from all the mental reps that he took this spring, and slowly work him into the mix and see just how he can help us on game day.'
|Footballguys view: Sanders redraft stock has been hurt by his inability to practice and Jordan Howard's chances for relevance early in the season have gone up in direct proportion. Sanders may matter by the end of the season via injury to another Eagles back, pure talent, or the efficiency of the offense, but Howard might be the better redraft pick right now.|
Saints | Alvin Kamara has more to prove Sun Jun 16, 02:15 PM
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara will be tasked with an expanded role in 2019 with the departure of backfield mate Mark Ingram. 'I'm so anxious to see like, 'What else?'' Kamara said recently. 'You know what I'm saying? What else could I do? Where else could I line up? How else could I be successful? That's the best part of this profession for me. What's the next step you're going to take? 'Ok, he was good last year. How are you going to prove that you are what you are?''
|Footballguys view: Kamara has a shot to be the #1 overall fantasy running back with a larger role this year. He is in a very stable offense and probably has the least risk any of the top four backs.|
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Cardinals | Greatness forecast for Kyler Murray Sun Jun 16, 02:03 PM
Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray will enjoy immediate NFL success in the opinion of teammate David Johnson. 'He's going to be great,' Johnson said Wednesday, June 12 on Sirius XM Radio. 'It's going to be scary for D-linemen. I remember I was just talking to Chandler (Jones), he has to kind of hesitate when he chases [Murray] down. ... People are really underestimating his ability to throw. He can throw dimes and he can throw the ball down the field, he's been throwing it deep to Christian (Kirk), to those guys in the OTAs... these defenses are going to have to definitely practice against a scrambler like him.'
|Footballguys view: Murray has unprecedented fantasy potential with freedom as a runner and passer in a scheme that should keep defenses off balance, especially early in the season. Taking him among the top 10 quarterbacks isn't a reach.|
Rams | Jared Goff contract talks preliminary Sun Jun 16, 12:51 PM
Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff is in line for a new contract, and Rams general manager Les Snead told the Los Angeles Times on Friday, June 14, that the team has had 'preliminary discussions' with Goff's agent, Ryan Tollner, regarding a timeline for talks. Los Angeles Times, Rams G.M. Les Snead said Friday that the Rams have had 'preliminary discussions' with Tollner regarding a timeline for talks regarding Goff's deal.'(It's) nothing heavy,' Snead said of the communications. 'No heavy lifting.'Link to story
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Chargers | Mike Williams foresees expanded role Sun Jun 16, 12:26 PM
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams says he is preparing to take on an expanded role in 2019. 'We lost a big weapon in Tyrell (Williams), (so) a lot of people in the room have to step up,' Williams said Friday, June 14, on the the final day of the team's minicamp. 'I feel like me being the player that I am, I feel like I can do that... I feel like the role is going to change. I feel I'm going to get a lot more opportunities than I did last year. A lot more balls coming my way. I'm looking forward to it.'Link to story
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Browns | Kareem Hunt praised by ex-teammate Sun Jun 16, 12:13 PM
Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt has drawn the praise of former Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce. 'I think so, without a doubt,' Kelce said Saturday, June 15, when asked if he believes the Browns are getting the best version of Hunt. '... I think you guys are getting an unbelievable athlete, somebody who can change the game with one or two carries, one or two touches and really give you a chance to win.'Link to story
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Giants | NYG could carry two QBs on roster Sun Jun 16, 11:16 AM
The New York Giants may decide to carry only two quarterbacks on their 2019 roster if the coaching staff is convinced that QB Daniel Jones would be able to capably fill in for QB Eli Manning when called upon. Previously, it had been believed that Kyle Lauletta and Alex Tanney would be fighting for the No. 3 quarterback spot on the roster but there's a possibility that neither player will make the team. If the Giants opt to keep three QBs, Tanney is believed to have a slight edge over Lauletta.Link to story
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Cardinals | Christian Kirk a quick study Sun Jun 16, 01:10 AM
Arizona Cardinals WR Christian Kirk is displaying a 'good feel' for the offense under new head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
|Footballguys view: Kirk has the highest ceiling of any receiver in what should be an explosive Cardinals offense. He has a chance to catch 100+ passes and become Kyler Murray's favorite in short order. Kirk should be on your short list of mid-round wide receiver targets.|
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Bengals | Jacob Dolegala makes most of chance Sat Jun 15, 09:26 PM
Cincinnati Bengals QB Jacob Dolegala worked with the first-team offense during minicamp Thursday, June 13, completing 12 of his 17 passes during team drills and displaying a 'big arm,' according to Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com.Link to story
Bengals | Cody Core back on the field Sat Jun 15, 09:23 PM
Cincinnati Bengals WR Cody Core (elbow) has been able to participate in minicamp.
|Footballguys view: Core will be battling with Auden Tate, Josh Malone and UDFA Stanley Morgan for a roster spot that could be only a John Ross injury away from playing time. He has mainly been a special teams contributor since being selected in the sixth round in 2016.|
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Redskins | PUP list likely for Bryce Love Sat Jun 15, 06:33 PM
Washington Redskins RB Bryce Love (knee) likely will start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
|Footballguys view: Love fell to the fourth round of the 2019 NFL draft due to concerns that his knee injury could cause him to miss his rookie season. The latest reports out of Washington speculate that Love could be ready in mid-training camp...but that might be overly optimistic. We just hope he gets healthy. Love at full strength could be a dynamic player as a runner and receiver out of the backfield. We'll monitor him in deep dynasty formats.|
Seahawks | Three options for third-down back Sat Jun 15, 01:32 PM
Seattle Seahawks RBs C.J. Prosise, J.D. McKissic and Travis Homer will all be candidates for the third-down back role during training camp. Prosise and Homer did miss some time this offseason because of hamstring injuries.
|Footballguys view: McKissic might be considered the front-runner here. He's the one who hasn't battled the injury bug ...especially the way Prosise has. We'll watch this battle shake itself out in training camp.|
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Chiefs | Patrick Mahomes to focus on footwork Sat Jun 15, 11:28 AM
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes said that he would work on his footwork during the period between minicamp and training camp. He said that he misses many plays because his feet are in the wrong position and he relies too heavily on his arm.
|Footballguys view: Mahomes has the arm strength to make any throw from almost any platform. Falling back on that arm strength is something quarterbacks with big arms do all the time. Mahomes will work on his mechanics to enhance his accuracy. His completion percentage of 66.0 in 2018 ranked 23rd in the league.|
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Colts | Jaydon Mickens tries out for Indy Sat Jun 15, 10:43 AM
Free-agent WR Jaydon Mickens (Jaguars) was on hand for the Indianapolis Colts' mandatory minicamp earlier this week on a tryout basis.Link to story
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49ers | Richie James losing ground Fri Jun 14, 09:57 PM
San Francisco WR Richie James has fallen behind WR Trent Taylor for the starting slot receiver job during spring practices, in the opinion of Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area.
|Footballguys view: That sounds about right. Taylor has had some injury problems during his pro career, and that's kept him from playing a full 16-game season in two years with the 49ers. Now that he's healthy, Taylor seems to be learning from 49ers wide receiver coach Wes Welker. We should see this battle continue into the preseason.|
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49ers | Trent Taylor has found a mentor Fri Jun 14, 09:49 PM
San Francisco 49ers WR Trent Taylor said he has learned a lot by working with wide receivers coach Wes Welker this offseason.
|Footballguys view: We'll see if Taylor can take what he learns from Welker and apply it to the field. The 49ers will use him as their slot receiver once again in 2019. Taylor needs to stay healthy and establish a strong connection with returning QB Jimmy Garoppolo. He's got some dynasty value in deep leagues but Taylor is not getting drafted right now in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Rams | Gerald Everett making strides Fri Jun 14, 09:44 PM
Los Angeles Rams TE Gerald Everett has become a more complete tight end, according to head coach Sean McVay. 'I think the game's slowing down for him,' McVay said this week. 'I think you're just seeing a guy gain confidence, gain experience.'
|Footballguys view: Everett is a talented big-bodied receiving tight end who has flashed during his brief pro career. We'll see if he can be a more consistent part of the Rams high-powered passing game in 2019. Right now, Everett should only be seen by Fantasy GMs as a streaming option and he's currently not getting drafted in most 12-team PPR leagues.|
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