Fantasy Football News & Views
Titans | Justin Hunter fighting for a spot Wed Jun 29, 02:07 AM
Tennessee Titans WR Justin Hunter is entering the fourth and final season of his rookie contract. He has yet to record 30 catches or more than 500 yards receiving in a season, and each of his past two years have been cut short by injury. It's likely he'll be fighting for the No. 5 receiver job with WR Harry Douglas.Link to story
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Titans | Harry Douglas showing leadership Wed Jun 29, 02:06 AM
Tennessee Titans WR Harry Douglas has a long history with head coach Mike Mularkey and offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie from their days together with the Atlanta Falcons. Despite that, a spot on the 53-man final roster is not guaranteed. Despite his leadership during the spring practices, it is believed Douglas will be battling WR Justin Hunter for the fifth receiver spot.Link to story
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NFL | Preston Parker gets three years probation Wed Jun 29, 02:06 AM
Free-agent WR Preston Parker (Giants) received three years of probation after pleading guilty to drug charges Tuesday, June 28. He is hopeful of resuming his NFL career at some point.Link to story
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Chiefs | Young WRs working with Jeremy Maclin Wed Jun 29, 02:05 AM
Kansas City Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin invited WR Chris Conley to work out with him at the team's training facility in the offseason. WR Albert Wilson joined them to lift weights, watch film and work on route concepts four days a week until the team's offseason workout program in mid-April. Conley and Wilson are the team's No. 2 and 3 receivers, and trying to hold off newcomers WR Rod Streater and WR Tyreek Hill.Link to story
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Vikings | Cordarrelle Patterson to work harder Tue Jun 28, 10:24 PM
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson has earned the praise of head coach Mike Zimmer this offseason, as Zimmer has lauded Patterson's work ethic and improved route running. Patterson plans to work out for a week or two in Florida with QB Teddy Bridgewater, and he might go to San Francisco for additional conditioning work.Link to story
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Seahawks | Tarvaris Jackson unlikely to return Tue Jun 28, 10:23 PM
Free-agent QB Tarvaris Jackson (Seahawks) is not expected to re-sign with the Seattle Seahawks after serving as the backup there for the past three years. The team has QBs Trevone Boykin and Jake Heaps on the roster as backups to starting QB Russell Wilson.Link to story
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Seahawks | Trevone Boykin charged with assault Tue Jun 28, 10:22 PM
Seattle Seahawks QB Trevone Boykin was charged with assault this week in connection with an incident Dec. 31 in San Antonio. He was arrested after being thrown out of a car, and then he allegedly struck a police officer, according to multiple reports.Link to story
Giants | Orleans Darkwa playing catch-up Tue Jun 28, 10:21 PM
New York Giants RB Orleans Darkwa (leg) missed the entire spring practice sessions due to a lower leg injury, and that set him back in the pecking order among the team's tailbacks. He is expected to battle RB Andre Williams for the No. 3 job, while RB Bobby Rainey is also in the mix. The team invested a fifth round pick on RB Paul Perkins, so he is expected to make the team, too.Link to story
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Texans | Ryan Griffin provides versatility Tue Jun 28, 08:22 PM
Houston Texans TE Ryan Griffin isn't a one-dimensional tight end, according to tight ends coach John Perry. 'He can be effective in the pass game. He can be effective as a blocker,' Perry said. 'You need to bridge that gap like you're a great blocking tight end and a great receiving tight end, to have a bridge guy helps you as an offense to be more effective.'Link to story
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Seahawks | Doug Baldwin contract details Tue Jun 28, 07:47 PM
Updating a previous report, Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin's four-year extension is worth a total of $46 million, with more than $24 million in guaranteed money, according to a source.Link to story
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Seahawks | Doug Baldwin signs extension Tue Jun 28, 07:28 PM
Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin signed a four-year contract extension through 2020 Tuesday, June 28, according to a source. The deal is worth more than $11 million per year.
|Footballguys view: It's a fair price for Baldwin as he's now paid like a top-level, second-tier receiver. He came through in a big way for the Seahawks last year, and Baldwin has clearly earned the trust of QB Russell Wilson. Fantasy owners should recognize that it will be difficult to duplicate the 14 TDs that made him the 7th-best fantasy WR in 2015. However, he could still put up WR2 numbers and has WR1 upside in certain matchups. His current ADP is WR24 (4.11) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Cardinals | John Brown under the radar Tue Jun 28, 06:09 PM
Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown finished the 2015 season with 1,003 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in 15 games.
|Footballguys view: We don't think he's under the radar, but instead a player that wise fantasy owners are dialed in on. The Cardinals passing attack is the most vertical in the league, and Brown is the player who takes the top off the defense regularly. We see him as a WR3 with every week starters upside as a flex play at least. Brown has a current ADP of WR35 (7.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Seahawks | Jeff Fuller waived/injured Tue Jun 28, 05:47 PM
Seattle Seahawks WR Jeff Fuller (undisclosed) was waived/injured from the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, June 28.
|Footballguys view: Undrafted out of Texas A&M in 2012, Fuller has spent time with the Seahawks, Miami Dolphins and he's played in Canada for the Calgary Stampeders. He signed with Seattle back in February but doesn't even make it to training camp with an undisclosed injury.|
Giants | Andre Williams fighting for spot? Tue Jun 28, 04:35 PM
New York Giants RBs Andre Williams and Orleans Darkwa are likely competing with each other for a roster spot, according to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post.
|Footballguys view: The Giants backfield is a bit of a mess right now. Rashad Jennings should be the starter, but he should split time with Shane Vereen. Rookie Paul Perkins has a bit of Jamaal Charles (Chiefs) to his game and might find his way onto the field as a change-of-pace back. Williams is a two-down back with build-up power and he's not as sure in short-yardage situations as he needs to be. We'll be watching this entire RB corps closely during camp, but Williams is only relevant for dynasty owners at this time.|
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Seahawks | Zac Brooks full go Tue Jun 28, 04:08 PM
Seattle Seahawks RB Zac Brooks (undisclosed) appeared to be full healthy Tuesday, June 28, despite being limited with an undisclosed injury at times this offseason.
|Footballguys view: Brooks is an explosive player who can quickly get to top speed. The seventh-round pick will be in the mix for a reserve spot on the roster and will likely have to contribute on special teams to make the 53-man squad. Brooks is not creative as a runner and his best features come through as a receiver out of the backfield.|
Seahawks | C.J. Prosise needs good camp Tue Jun 28, 03:57 PM
Seattle Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise is going to need to have a really good training camp, according to head coach Pete Carroll. Carroll implied that Prosise has been somewhat of a disappointment this offseason, but he did take note of Prosise's athleticism and skill set.
|Footballguys view: A hip injury has slowed the rookie during OTAs and minicamp. Prosise was the first one of three RBs selected by the Seahawks in the 2016 NFL draft. A converted WR from Notre Dame, Prosise was the starting RB for the Fighting Irish for only one season. He's got smooth athleticism in the open field, but Prosise needs to learn better timing as a runner. Too often in college he would be too patient waiting for blocks to develop, and thus he would not maximize the yardage gained on the ground. We'll see if he can impress in training camp.|
Seahawks | Nick Vannett a pleasant surprise Tue Jun 28, 03:44 PM
Seattle Seahawks rookie TE Nick Vannett has exceeded expectations so far in his first offseason. Head coach Pete Carroll said Vannett is a natural pass-catcher despite being billed as more of a blocking tight end. 'He shows the savvy and instincts that you hope a guy has,' Carroll said, adding that QB Russell Wilson has really clicked with Vannett.
|Footballguys view: Lance Zierlein, from NFL.com, compared Vannett to Zach Ertz (Eagles) in his draft profile of the Ohio State prospect. We like that comparison as Vannett has a great size/athleticism combination. Vannett has a large catch radius and is not afraid to make catches in traffic. The rookie will be competing for a spot on the depth chart behind starter Jimmy Graham. Vannett is a player we're targeting in deep dynasty leagues.|
Cowboys | Ezekiel Elliott could see big workload Tue Jun 28, 03:28 PM
Dallas Cowboys rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott could receive 280 to 300 carries in his rookie season, in the opinion of David Helman of dallascowboys.com.
|Footballguys view: That number should make fantasy owners drool. The rookie RB has the upside to be one of the best in the game, and Elliott should make an immediate (and huge) impact in the NFL. The only RB to get 300 carries last year was Adrian Peterson (Vikings), and the next closest starter was Doug Martin (Buccaneers) at 288 carries. Elliott will be the centerpiece of the Cowboys offense in 2016, and he could easily finish the year as a top-5 fantasy RB. His current ADP is RB6 (2.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Patriots | Danny Amendola feeling good Tue Jun 28, 03:08 PM
New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (ankle, knee) said he feels really good after undergoing two minor procedures this offseason.
|Footballguys view: There's no word on whether or not Amendola will be ready to go by the start of training camp, but this report seems to indicate that he will. He played through about half of last year with a knee problem and was able to snare 65 catches for 648 yards and three touchdowns. Other targets could emerge behind TE Rob Gronkowski and WR Julian Edelman this season, and thus Amendola is mostly just a player for the waiver-wire speed dial for fantasy owners.|
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Titans | Marcus Mariota just wants to win Tue Jun 28, 12:40 PM
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota said he will hand the ball off 40 times if that's what it takes to win. 'That's what's important to me, to (give) us an opportunity to win,' Mariota said. 'Having those two workhorses back there should help us out.'
|Footballguys view: The Titans have an "exotic smashmouth" rushing game led by DeMarco Murray with rookie Derrick Henry too. That facet of their offense should be featured...if the defense can keep the team in games. Mariota's fantasy value will be limited by the nature of the offense, so fantasy owners should look at him as a mid-range QB2. His current ADP is QB16 (11.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Steelers | Le'Veon Bell targets third preseason game Tue Jun 28, 10:07 AM
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) is optimistic to be ready by the third preseason game.
|Footballguys view: Bell may actually be ready to play at that time, but the Steelers may not want to risk anything by playing their superstar back in an exhibition game. If he does play in Week 3 of the preseason, we'd imagine that Bell would play a limited number of snaps. The plan is to have him ready for Week 1 of the regular season. At this time, things seem to be on track.|
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CFL | Everett Golson to Hamilton Tue Jun 28, 07:45 AM
Former Florida State QB Everett Golson has signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. Golson previously tried out with the Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts.
|Footballguys view: Golson could be able to make plays in Canada. He's athletic, can keep plays alive with his feet and Golson has a strong arm. Those are all traits that can pay dividends in the CFL. If he plays well, perhaps Golson will get another shot in the NFL.|
Raiders | Amari Cooper feeling comfortable Mon Jun 27, 11:15 PM
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper has received praise for his performance during the team's offseason program, and he has continued to build rapport with QB Derek Carr. He has appeared confident and comfortable this spring.
|Footballguys view: That's good news for the Raiders (and fantasy owners), but it's bad news for opponents. Cooper has the upside to be the best WR in the game today, and building better chemistry with Carr should only help him perform better in 2016. Last year, Cooper ranked 23rd at the WR position in standard-scoring leagues. This season we won't be surprised to see Cooper finish the year in the top 15. His current ADP is WR12 (2.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Browns | RG3 has been underwhelming so far Mon Jun 27, 11:13 PM
Cleveland Browns QB Robert Griffin III will have to earn the starting job during the offseason, training camp and the preseason. Beat writer Tony Grossi said in a radio interview Monday, June 27, that Griffin has been underwhelming. 'He is learning a new offense. First of all he is healthy, he's very healthy. He looks physically like the old Robert Griffin in that he's moving great, he can zing the ball pretty well, but that's just the first step,' Grossi said.
|Footballguys view: Griffin is trying to revamp his pro career after things fell apart in Washington. He's healthy now, and his athleticism gives him a great advantage. However, he needs to be better as a passer and make plays with his arm under pressure. We'll see if Griffin can beat out Josh McCown for the starting job.|
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Bears | Jeremy Langford dropped passes Mon Jun 27, 04:43 PM
Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford led all running backs in drop rate last season, with eight of 30 catchable targets hitting the ground.
|Footballguys view: Langford is going to have to do better than that if he wants a three-down role with the Bears this season. With Matt Forte (Jets) moving on in free agency, the Bears are looking to Langford as their lead back. However, we should see all-purpose back Ka'Deem Carey mixed in (especially since he's a good receiver) and rookie Jordan Howard may be the best pure runner on the team's roster. It's looking like a three-headed RBBC for the Bears this year, so fantasy owners should consider Langford a RB3 in 2016.|
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49ers | DeAndre Smelter likely to make team Mon Jun 27, 04:25 PM
San Francisco 49ers WR DeAndre Smelter may be behind WR Eric Rogers on the depth chart, but he is still expected to make the final roster, according to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. Smelter is believed to be ahead of rookie WR Aaron Burbridge on the depth chart.
|Footballguys view: A fourth-round pick out of Georgia Tech in 2015, Smelter should be healthier this year as he was still recovering from an ACL he suffered in college last year as a rookie. Like all Georgia Tech WRs, Smelter is big, fast and physical. Let's see if he can be more like Calvin Johnson or Demaryius Thomas and less like Stephen Hill. We like Smelter in dynasty leagues, but re-draft owners should only keep his name on waiver-wire speed dial.|
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Jets | Bryce Petty projected off the team Mon Jun 27, 03:41 PM
New York Jets QB Bryce Petty did not make the 53-man roster projection made by Seth Walder of the New York Daily News.
|Footballguys view: Petty was a huge project when the team picked him up in the draft out of Baylor last year. He lacks the processor to make quick decisions when working from under center. With the team picking up Christian Hackenberg (Penn State) in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft, Petty has become expendable. Geno Smith should start this year, and Hackenberg should be considered the QB of the future.|
Patriots | Nate Washington has struggled Mon Jun 27, 03:14 PM
New England Patriots WR Nate Washington had trouble getting on the same page as QB Tom Brady during organized team activities. He's at risk of missing the final roster if he does not impress at training camp.
|Footballguys view: Washington is a vertical threat for the Patriots...something the team lacks. However, the market for him was ice cold for a good reason. We've seen veteran WRs come to New England only to fade due to a lack of chemistry with Brady. Washington is no lock to make the 53-man roster.|
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Patriots | Several Pats receivers on bubble Mon Jun 27, 03:02 PM
New England Patriots WRs Keshawn Martin, Aaron Dobson, Nate Washington and Chris Harper are all considered to be on the roster bubble by Paul Perillo of patriots.com. Perillo added that the mostly likely scenario is Martin, Dobson and Washington battling for one or two roster spots.
|Footballguys view: Reports indicate that Washington has struggled to get on the same page with QB Tom Brady during the offseason. Dobson had a lot of drops in college at Marshall, and his lack of concentration has continued as a pro. None of these receivers have much (if any) fantasy relevance even if they do make the 53-man roster.|
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Redskins | Vernon Davis could miss final roster Mon Jun 27, 02:22 PM
Washington Redskins TE Vernon Davis may not make the final roster if he does not improve as a pass-catcher and blocker, according to The Washington Post's Mike Jones. Jones currently has Davis penciled in as the No. 4 tight end in Washington.
|Footballguys view: We wouldn't be shocked if Davis fails to make the 53-man roster in Washington. The Broncos traded for him last year, but Davis did next to nothing for the team as they won a Super Bowl. Jordan Reed is the top TE for Washington, and guys like Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen could be more valuable to the team as reserve players at the position. Davis is a name everyone knows, but his game pales in comparison to what it used to be.|
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Redskins | Two Redskins rookies may not make team Mon Jun 27, 02:09 PM
Washington Redskins rookie RB Keith Marshall and rookie QB Nate Sudfeld were left off the 53-man roster projection by Mike Jones of The Washington Post.
|Footballguys view: We'll be watching both rookies closely. Marshall has the ability to be a quality starter if he can only stay healthy. A former star for the Georgia Bulldogs, Marshall suffered a knee injury that set him back for a couple of seasons. He's fast, agile and able to make defenders miss with ease. Sudfeld is a tall pocket passer with a strong arm. If these two rookies don't make the 53-man roster, we think both could stick as practice squad players i 2016.|
Seahawks | Tyler Lockett will have important role Mon Jun 27, 01:26 PM
Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett will be moved around on offense in 2016 and is a central part of the team's offensive plans, according to head coach Pete Carroll. Lockett has spent this offseason working on beating press coverage.
|Footballguys view: Another day, and another positive story about Lockett. The second-year player has the quickness and agility to create his own space with ease. He's a threat to score anytime the ball is in his hands, and Lockett is a player fantasy owners need to add when possible. The Seahawks passing game is likely to be robust once again this year, and Lockett will be a big part of what they do through the air. His current ADP is WR36 (7.11) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Ravens | Mike Wallace not as fast Mon Jun 27, 10:50 AM
Baltimore Ravens WR Mike Wallace said he isn't as fast as he was as the slot receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers four years ago, but he thinks he can still get it done. 'I think I've gotten better, even though (the) numbers don't say so,' Wallace said. 'I think I'll get better this year, and I'll show some people I have a lot up my sleeve.'
|Footballguys view: Wallace's game is all about speed to get by defenders on "go" routes. If he's not as fast, then he may not be as effective. Of course, he hasn't been a fantasy factor for a few years. Mostly, Wallace has disappointed since he left the Steelers. He was a top-10 fantasy WR with the Steelers, since then his highest ranking is 18th in 2014 when he was with the Dolphins. This season, we can only forecast Wallace as a WR6 for fantasy owners.|
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Eagles | Carson Wentz the No. 3 QB? Sun Jun 26, 08:03 PM
Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz might not even dress on game days, and QB Chase Daniel would likely take over as the starter if QB Sam Bradford goes down, according to beat writer Jimmy Kempski.
|Footballguys view: Wentz is coming from the FCS level, so the change in the speed of the game will be even more pronounced, and the team is paying Bradford and Daniel a lot of money this year. The Eagles have no incentive to rush Wentz and would be smart to be patient unless both Bradford and Daniel crater.|
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Jaguars | Julius Thomas dominant in OTAs Sun Jun 26, 07:55 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas has looked unstoppable in OTAs, according to beat writer Hays Carlyon.
|Footballguys view: Thomas had a four game touchdown scoring streak last year, but he also had two of fewer catches in half of his games. While a hand injury got him off to a slow start in 2015, Thomas won't move ahead of Allen Hurns or Allen Robinson in the pecking order. He's still a low TE1 in early drafts, but he is cheap enough to be a solid Plan A.|
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Jets | Nick Folk will have competition Sun Jun 26, 05:06 PM
New York Jets PK Nick Folk will compete with PK Ross Martin for the kicker job during training camp, but the team would save around $2.2 million in salary cap space if Folk is released.
|Footballguys view: Martin was a highly accurate kicker the last two years at Duke, so he can give Folk a run to save the Jets some money. His kickoff leg is not the best, but rule changes should make that less important.|
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Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders not worried about deal Sun Jun 26, 04:54 PM
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders is entering the final year of his contract but is not worried about his contract situation because he believes something will be worked out.
|Footballguys view: Sanders probably won't ever get paid close to the level that he earned during the last two years with Peyton Manning, entering free agency next year as a 30-year old. The Broncos got him at a relatively cheap three-year, 15 million dollar deal that he could eclipse next year, but not significantly.|
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Giants | Sterling Shepard to provide instant impact Sun Jun 26, 04:12 PM
New York Giants rookie WR Sterling Shepard appears to be an 'instant-impact player' and was one of the receivers to impress the team during the spring. WR Darius Powe and WR Roger Lewis - a pair of undrafted rookie free agents from California and Bowling Green, respectively - have also caught the coaching staff's eye as well.
|Footballguys view: Shepard is basically unobstructed for the #2 job with Victor Cruz still struggling to show that he is even healthy enough to make the team. That leaves Dwayne Harris as the only other experienced receiver on the roster, with second-year UDFA Geremy Davis also in the mix. Powe has terrific measureables at 6'3" 220 with 4.49 speed and top-end quickness metrics, and Lewis is a long-striding deep ball receiver who fell out of the draft more on character concerns than talent deficiencies.|
Bills | Sammy Watkins not sure about camp Sun Jun 26, 01:46 PM
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) was noncommittal about his status for training camp. Watkins said if he's not ready for training camp then he'll get ready for the first game of the regular season.
|Footballguys view: Watkins stance is more optimistic than the complete non-committal stance he took recently, but it is still hard to know if we should significantly move him down from the second round ADP he had before offseason foot surgery. The talent to deliver on that ADP is obviously there, but the durability might not be.|
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Texans | Will Fuller agrees to terms Sun Jun 26, 10:58 AM
The Houston Texans have agreed to terms with WR Will Fuller on a four-year, $10.2 million contract, according to a source familiar with the terms of the deal. All first-round contracts include a fifth-year option.
|Footballguys view: Fuller will compete with a reshaped Jaelen Strong to be the complement to DeAndre Hopkins outside with Cecil Shorts in the slot. Fuller's deep speed will give him a boom/bust fantasy profile, but if he can start, Hopkins should draw a lot of attention, freeing up Fuller for one-on-one matchups. As long as he can catch the ball consistently and not revert to body catching, Fuller should be an effective field stretcher.|
Browns | Terrelle Pryor needs to prove himself Sat Jun 25, 11:50 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor has made progress as a receiver, but the coaches want him to produce in contact drills when he is being covered tightly.
|Footballguys view: Pryor made a catch on a deep ball last year that looked natural and he has the size/speed/athleticism combination that can be almost unfair to defensive backs. Deep dynasty leaguers should monitor Pryor's progress because he is at his athletic peak at age 27, and there's plenty of opportunity in the Browns passing game.|
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Browns | Andrew Hawkins bouncing back Sat Jun 25, 11:19 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Andrew Hawkins missed eight games with a concussion and other injuries in 2015, but he has looked good as a slot receiver during offseason workouts.
|Footballguys view: The Browns might have no choice but to lean on Hawkins to the tune of at least 60-70 receptions - that is if he can stay on the field. They have no proven wide receivers beyond Hawkins and Gary Barnidge if you count tight ends. In very deep PPR leagues, he could get on the radar this year.|
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Browns | Robert Griffin III working on mechanics Sat Jun 25, 11:12 PM
Cleveland Browns QB Robert Griffin III is working on planting his back foot before throwing passes, and head coach Hue Jackson said Griffin is doing a good job of checking the ball down.
|Footballguys view: Griffin hasn't stood out in practices so far, so camp and the preseason will be important for him. The Browns paid him like they expect him to win the starting job, but Josh McCown was playing well last year and they would be best served going with him unless Griffin truly wins the job.|
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Rams | Los Angeles hoping for explosive offense Sat Jun 25, 10:38 PM
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley will be the focal point of the offense, offensive coordinator Rob Boras said, but head coach Jeff Fisher said the ball will be spread around a little more to try to generate explosive plays.
|Footballguys view: Gurley is going in the mid-first round, and he has a chance to be the most valuable player in fantasy leagues this year. He should take over a larger role in the passing game, and he is likely to be even more impressive physically now that he is well over one year removed from his ACL tear.|
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Falcons | Austin Hooper making good impression Sat Jun 25, 10:22 PM
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper has impressed offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan with his route-running ability and ball skills. 'He really comes off the ball hard,' Shanahan said. 'He's not the fastest guy in the world, but he's fast enough. He's got good cutting ability, so he can break guys off at the top of his routes.'
|Footballguys view: Jacob Tamme isn't a high bar to overcome, so Hooper could be the rare fantasy-relevant rookie tight end by year's end in a Falcons pass offense that lacks a proven #2 target.|
Redskins | Josh Doctson to open as backup? Sat Jun 25, 08:59 PM
Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson is likely to open the year as the backup to WR DeSean Jackson and WR Pierre Garcon while WR Jamison Crowder works as the starting slot receiver, according to bear writer John Keim.Link to story
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Lions | Calvin Johnson staying retired Sat Jun 25, 08:37 PM
Retired WR Calvin Johnson (Lions) said Saturday, June 25, that he feels good about his decision to retire and is not coming back to the NFL.
|Footballguys view: Johnson might change his tune next year if his body feels better and he gets an itch to play football again, but the Lions would have the first shot at him. He might be worth a roster spot in very deep dynasty leagues, but the chances of him playing again are tiny despite his retiring when he still probably had multiple productive years left.|
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Texans | Stephen Anderson likely to make roster? Sat Jun 25, 03:58 PM
Houston Texans undrafted rookie free agent TE Stephen Anderson is projected to make the final roster.
|Footballguys view: Anderson is a new breed H-back/Move TE type whose main contributions will be in the passing game. He might not be active on game days this year if he makes the roster, but he has more fantasy upside than Ryan Griffin or C.J. Fiedorowicz. He's worth a roster spot in TE premium and very deep dynasty leagues.|
Texans | C.J. Fiedorowicz has improved Sat Jun 25, 02:51 PM
Houston Texans TE C.J. Fiedorowicz has made a lot of progress in the passing game this offseason, according to head coach Bill O'Brien. 'He's more instinctive. He knows the plays better. He's a really, really hard worker,' O'Brien said. 'For him, his true improvement and his true playing will come in training camp when you put the full pads on.' Fiedorowicz (hamstring) was injured earlier this offseason, but he has begun running again and should be good to go by training camp.
|Footballguys view: The Texans wide receiver corps has been reloaded with Will Fuller in the first round this year and Jaelen Strong in the third round last year, so their tight end spot in a low volume pass offense is less attractive than ever. Ryan Griffin is still the better receiving prospect, but Fiedorowicz is the better two-way tight end, and he should lead the team in tight end snaps if he stays healthy.|
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Lions | Zach Zenner fully recovered Sat Jun 25, 02:15 PM
Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner (ribs, lung) has appeared to be fully recovered from his rib and lung injuries last season.
|Footballguys view: Zenner should be considered a slight favorite over Stevan Ridley and seventh-round pick Dwayne Washington for the power runner roster spot. If he wins the job, Zenner will have draftable value as the most likely option on traditional goal line running plays and closer when the Lions have a lead.|
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