Fantasy Football News & Views
Lions | Jay Lee stood out in OTAs Sun Jul 24, 11:50 PM
Detroit Lions WR Jay Lee's size and physicality stood out during offseason workouts, and beat writer Kyle Meinke believes Lee's blocking ability will be a good complement for Detroit's short passing game and rushing attack.Link to story
Lions | Corey Fuller could be cut Sun Jul 24, 11:36 PM
Detroit Lions WR Corey Fuller's (foot) roster prospects are bleak, according to beat writer Kyle Meinke, because of his offseason foot surgery and the emergence WR T.J. Jones.Link to story
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Raiders | Relaxed attitude helping Amari Cooper Sun Jul 24, 11:16 PM
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper has appeared more relaxed this season, and retired WR Jerry Rice said Cooper's attitude will help him avoid the drops that hurt him at times as a rookie.Link to story
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Raiders | Amari Cooper earning Derek Carr's trust Sun Jul 24, 09:03 PM
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper said he has a better idea of where QB Derek Carr wants to go with the football this season, and Carr said he is able to throw the ball to Cooper earlier because he knows where Cooper will be.Link to story
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Browns | Isaiah Crowell to dominate carries? Sun Jul 24, 08:54 PM
Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell could reach 1,000 rushing yards this year, according to beat writer Mary Kay Cabot, and Cabot believes Crowell is going to receive a 'bulk' of the carries this season.Link to story
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Eagles | Sam Bradford likely gone after 2016 Sun Jul 24, 04:05 PM
Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford is 'extremely unlikely' to be with the team after the 2016 season has drawn to a close, according to PhillyVoice writer Jimmy Kempski.
|Footballguys view: We could see Chase Daniel at some point this year if Bradford fails. Having a lame duck quarterback is not good for a team's competitiveness, so this should be considered a rebuilding year for the Eagles. The quarterback position is unlikely to provide very much fantasy value in Philadelphia this year.|
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Eagles | Carson Wentz set for heavy preseason load Sun Jul 24, 04:01 PM
Philadelphia Eagles rookie QB Carson Wentz is expected to see 'a ton' of work in the preseason, according to PhillyVoice writer Jimmy Kempski.
|Footballguys view: Wentz should get a lot of work because he will be exposed to a much faster level of play than he saw at North Dakota State. It will be the best indicator of how ready he is for NFL regular season that the Eagles will get before Week 1. If the Eagles have their way, Wentz will sit all season.|
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Lions | Ameer Abdullah avoids preseason PUP list Sun Jul 24, 03:18 PM
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (shoulder) did not appear on the team's physically unable to perform (PUP) list, suggesting he will be a full-go for training camp following offseason shoulder surgery.
|Footballguys view: This is a good sign for Abdullah, who should have the opportunity to take the lead in the backfield and level off as a boom/bust RB2 in PPR leagues. In any scenario, he'll share with Theo Riddick and a back who is more proficient between the tackles.|
Ameer Abdullah player page
Bengals | Tyler Eifert's rehab on schedule Sun Jul 24, 03:17 PM
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) is reportedly progressing as planned following right ankle surgery on May 27, according to a league source.
|Footballguys view: As planned could easily include missing or being limited for the first two or three games of the season. Eifert's fantasy outlook isn't that different than 3rd-4th pick Jordan Reed - when healthy - but Eifert's recovery timeline has always put being 100% on Week 1 on the edge of the range of possibilities.|
Tyler Eifert player page
Lions | Two Lions placed on PUP list Sun Jul 24, 01:48 PM
Detroit Lions WR Corey Fuller (foot) and TE Brandon Pettigrew (knee) were placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Sunday, July 24.
|Footballguys view: Fuller has the best deep speed in the Lions wide receiver corps, but his foot injury could endanger his roster spot with T.J. Jones coming on and Jeremy Kerley added as a slot receiver/returner. Bubba Caldwell and Andre Roberts were also added in the offseason, so Fuller needs to get back on the field soon to compete with a deep group that has a lot of experience.|
Brandon Pettigrew player page
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Broncos | Third-down role for Devontae Booker? Sun Jul 24, 12:34 PM
Denver Broncos rookie RB Devontae Booker could be put in a third-down role right away thanks to his pass-catching prowess.
|Footballguys view: Booker is an excellent target in the second half of drafts, with upside to be a three-down starter in a run-heavy offense, and the potential to have flex value weekly if the Broncos treat Anderson more like they did in the 2015 regular season, when he topped out at 15 carries as a season high in a game.|
Devontae Booker player page
Broncos | Ronnie Hillman may not make team Sun Jul 24, 12:27 PM
Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman could be in jeopardy of not making the final roster if he can't contribute more on special teams during training camp.
|Footballguys view: Fourth-round pick Devontae Booker looks like the backup to CJ Anderson already, which is great news for those targeting him late in drafts. Anderson has yet to prove that he can make it through a full season as a starter, so Booker could be the back to own by the fantasy playoffs. Anderson and Booker is one of the better handcuff combinations in drafts this year.|
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Eagles | McLeod Bethel-Thompson re-signs Sun Jul 24, 12:12 PM
Philadelphia Eagles QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson re-signed to an undisclosed deal Sunday, July 24, according to a source.Link to story
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Falcons | Several Falcons competing for return job Sun Jul 24, 10:51 AM
Atlanta Falcons WRs Devin Fuller, Aldrick Robinson and Eric Weems and RBs Tevin Coleman and Terron Ward are all under consideration to serve as the team's primary returner on kickoffs and punts if WR Devin Hester (toe) is unable to return to form in 2016.Link to story
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Patriots | Tom Brady can't work with teammates Sun Jul 24, 10:23 AM
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady will be prohibited from engaging in any football-related activities or discussions during the course of his four-game suspension, even if he is away from the team facility, according to NFL vice president of communications Brian McCarthy. The ban also prohibits Brady from attending games and practices as a spectator and receiving game and practice film from club personnel.
|Footballguys view: This would be more worrisome if Brady was suspended for substance abuse issues or otherwise needed to be with the team to foster unity and buy-in. He's still being drafted as a low QB1 who will produce more like an elite QB once he's back in Week 5. If rosters are big enough to accommodate another quarterback without losing too much early season waiver wire flexibility, Brady is a value pick.|
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Ravens | Dennis Pitta cleared to practice Sun Jul 24, 10:11 AM
Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip) has been cleared to participate in the start of training camp.
|Footballguys view: Pitta is attempting an unlikely comeback from two hip fractures, but the Ravens would be happy to welcome back his services on a team with injury issues at wide receiver. If he is good enough to make the team, then Pitta could cost size/speed wide receiver to tight end convert Darren Waller a spot on the 53.|
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Lions | Is Jake Rudock future in Detroit? Sun Jul 24, 01:50 AM
Detroit Lions QB Jake Rudock was drafted in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, and he might be the future backup to QB Matthew Stafford with veteran QB Dan Orlovsky only signed through 2016. If Rudock sees second-team reps in training camp and the preseason, it might signal the team would prefer to keep Rudock and cut Orlovsky.
|Footballguys view: The Patriots went into the season with an undrafted rookie as their backup passer the year after Tom Brady tore his ACL, so it's not unprecedented that a team would trust an unheralded rookie to man the shop if the starter goes down.|
Lions | Last year for Dan Orlovsky? Sun Jul 24, 01:49 AM
Detroit Lions QB Dan Orlovsky remains the backup seeing second-team reps in the spring, but he is only signed through 2016 and does not have a future in Detroit. The team drafted QB Jake Rudock in the sixth round and he looked competent in minicamp.
|Footballguys view: Orlovsky isn't the worst backup in the league, but he's not exactly inspiring confidence, either. The Lions have a quarterback-centric offense, and they would be in bad shape if Matthew Stafford goes down.|
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Jets | Todd Bowles confident in Geno Smith Sun Jul 24, 01:48 AM
New York Jets QB Geno Smith remains in line to start with the contract impasse between the organization and free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. Head coach Todd Bowles said he is confident in Smith as the starter. 'I think Geno can be a good starter, but he's got to prove it in training camp like everybody else,' Bowles said. 'It's not just about the quarterback position. You got to have a team around that position to play ball, but he's been in the system a year. He has a better grasp of it going into training camp and we'll see what he does.'
|Footballguys view: Smith is actually a bold downfield passer, and he could mesh better with the Chan Gailey offense than he has with any of his previous offensive coordinators. If he starts for the Jets this year, it won't be as much of a blow for Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall as some might think.|
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Texans | DeAndre Hopkins drops contract hints Sat Jul 23, 09:47 PM
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins said he is not looking for a 'certain range' for his next contract but wants to be paid what he is worth. General manager Rick Smith said he is hopeful Hopkins will be around for a long time.
|Footballguys view: Hopkins should set the standard for wide receiver pay next year, with Odell Beckham coming up for a new contract in 2018 and likely setting the standard once again. Not that Hopkins needs motivation, but if he looks and produces like he did last year, he'll be the highest paid receiver in the league in 2017.|
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Buccaneers | Tampa Bay claims Jonathan Krause Sat Jul 23, 09:27 PM
Free-agent WR Jonathan Krause (Eagles) was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Saturday, July 23.Link to story
Chiefs | Spencer Ware active in passing game Sat Jul 23, 08:50 PM
Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware caught lots of passes in OTAs, according to beat writer Terez A. Paylor.
|Footballguys view: Ware is going to be part of an RBBC with Charcandrick West if Jamaal Charles goes down this year, and probably the more valuable part of the committee. There's a chance he could get more work in games with Charles than backups to the Hall of Fame level back have gotten in the past, but Ware will only have fantasy relevance this year if Charles misses time.|
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Giants | Optimism around Victor Cruz Sat Jul 23, 08:42 PM
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee, calf) has made good progress in his recovery, and there is optimism he can return to his pre-injury form.
|Footballguys view: Cruz's upside is still capped as the likely #3 receiver behind Odell Beckham Jr. and second-round pick Sterling Shepard, but if he looks anything like his old self in the preseason, he could be worth a late pick in deep leagues. It's more likely that we'll play wait and see with the former fantasy stud and hope to add him on the waiver wire if he pops in early regular season games - that is, if he can stay healthy in camp and the preseason.|
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Lions | Cole Wick could start over Eric Ebron? Sat Jul 23, 06:41 PM
Detroit Lions TE Cole Wick looked 'spectacular' in offseason practices and could be in line to push TE Eric Ebron for a starting job if he can carry over that momentum into training camp, according to Detroit Free Press reporter Carlos Monarrez.
|Footballguys view: Ebron has natural athleticism but has never played up to his potential. There is no question that 2016 is a make-or-break year.|
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Giants | Andre Williams drawing praise from coach Sat Jul 23, 05:30 PM
New York Giants RB Andre Williams is poised for a bounce-back year in the opinion of head coach Ben McAdoo.
|Footballguys view: We doubt that happens. Williams is a large RB but he lacks the power he should have for a player his size. The Giants RB situation is a mess, but starter Rashad Jennings could perform like a RB3 (at least) for fantasy owners.|
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Ravens | Joe Flacco not placed on PUP list Sat Jul 23, 03:56 PM
Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco (knee) was not placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list prior to training camp next week.
|Footballguys view: A good sign for Flacco here. Even though he's not on PUP, we think the Ravens take it easy on Flacco in camp and the preseason.|
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Jets | Devin Smith should start on PUP list Sat Jul 23, 03:50 PM
New York Jets WR Devin Smith (knee) is expected to begin the regular season on the Physically Unable to Perform list. If he does start on the PUP list, he will miss at least the first six weeks of the regular season.Link to story
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Ravens | Ravens players placed on PUP list Sat Jul 23, 03:30 PM
Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith (Achilles'), WR Breshad Perriman (knee) and RB Trent Richardson (knee) were placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Saturday, July 23.Link to story
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Steelers | Le'Veon Bell unlikely to win appeal Sat Jul 23, 02:27 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is unlikely to have a successful appeal for his pending four-game suspension due to the NFL's stringent policies. The results of the appeal are expected before the regular season starts. Additionally, Bell missed several drug tests resulting in the suspension, as opposed to the originally reported one missed test, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Drug tests in the NFL are largely intelligent tests. It goes without saying, missing a drug test was not wise. Bell will see his ADP fall with this news (a third-rounder now--most likely), while backup DeAngelo Williams will rise to around a sixth- or seventh-round pick.|
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NFL | John Kuhn wants to join contender Sat Jul 23, 12:07 PM
Free-agent FB John Kuhn (Packers) said he would like to sign with a Super Bowl contender if he is not able to re-sign with the Green Bay Packers.
|Footballguys view: It's sad that Kuhn isn't with the Packers, but we could see him latch on with another team at some point before the regular season. The fullback is a dying position, so only a small handful of teams would be interested.|
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Saints | No talks between Saints, Drew Brees Sat Jul 23, 11:46 AM
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees said he has not had contract extension talks with the Saints in the past three months.
|Footballguys view: With a $30 million cap hit in 2016, we're surprised something hasn't been done yet to extend Brees and lower that number. Brees said he would like to sign an extension at some point before the start of the regular season.|
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Browns | Duke Johnson to line up at WR Sat Jul 23, 10:56 AM
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson will line up at wide receiver at times during the season because the team likes to find different ways to throw passes to Johnson.
|Footballguys view: We like it! Johnson is the type of player who needs the rock in his hand as much as his body can hold up. He's not a big back, but Johnson is explosive and tough to bring down in the open field. Johnson has a current ADP of RB23 (5.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Browns | Cleveland has plays for Terrelle Pryor Sat Jul 23, 10:45 AM
Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson has drawn up plays to get the ball into WR Terrelle Pryor's hands and allow him to run in the open field.
|Footballguys view: Jackson is one of the most creative offensive-minded coaches in all of the NFL. We like that he has a package for Pryor--a player who has a freakish blend of size and athleticism.|
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NFL | Wes Welker not retired yet Sat Jul 23, 09:57 AM
Free-agent WR Wes Welker (Rams) said he is not retired at this point but is not sure what his next step will be.
|Footballguys view: Welker has a dream of playing again...but we think he's done. Concussion problems have plagued him in recent years, and he needs to think about his long-term health.|
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Giants | Victor Cruz expects to be ready for camp Sat Jul 23, 08:39 AM
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (calf, knee) said he will be ready to participate once training camp begins.
|Footballguys view: We can't wait to see Cruz salsa-dancing in the end zone again someday. However, coming back from his injuries have proven to be difficult. We're hopeful Cruz can regain his form but want to see him in camp/preseason first.|
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Packers | James Starks a red-zone weapon? Sat Jul 23, 01:43 AM
Green Bay Packers RB James Starks' ability on screen passes makes him a weapon in the red zone, running backs coach Ben Sirmans said.
|Footballguys view: Keep this in mind when considering Eddie Lacy for your fantasy team. Starks is a valuable handcuff for Lacy owners, and he's coming off the board late in 12-team PPR league drafts (RB57 13.10). Lacy is currently RB9 in drafts (2.12), but realize that Starks is going to have at least a limited role...and maybe a role larger than some think.|
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Packers | Eddie Lacy must impact passing game Sat Jul 23, 01:31 AM
Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy will be pushed into the passing game, according to running backs coach Ben Sirmans, but Sirmans said Lacy will have to beat man coverage. Last year, RB James Starks played 68 more snaps than Lacy and caught 27 more passes.
|Footballguys view: Lacy had a career-low 187 carries last year as conditioning and stamina problems seemed to hold him back. That's why he did P90X to get into fantastic shape this offseason. The Packers will have an explosive offense, and things should open up even more for the ground game with WR Jordy Nelson returning to full health. Fantasy owners believe in Lacy at this time, and he's getting drafted as RB9 (2.12) in 12-team PPR leagues. He's been a top-10 fantasy back for two of his three years in the league, but last year he fell to 24. We'll see if he can regain his form in 2016.|
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Bills | Kolby Listenbee has impressed Rex Ryan Sat Jul 23, 01:09 AM
Buffalo Bills WR Kolby Listenbee (hernia) has been explosive when on the field but needs to be healthy, head coach Rex Ryan said.
|Footballguys view: A sixth-round pick out of TCU, Listenbee's game is all about winning deep. He's got a decent size/speed combination, but it's his ball-tracking ability that makes him stand out. He's a dynasty prospect we're adding (in deep dynasty leagues) or at least monitoring (in standard dynasty leagues).|
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Texans | Cecil Shorts the best option in slot? Fri Jul 22, 10:00 PM
Houston Texans WR Cecil Shorts is likely to open the year as the starting slot receiver, in the opinion of beat writer Tania Ganguli.
|Footballguys view: Shorts is best served as a slot receiver in the NFL. We'll see rookie Will Fuller and second-year pro Jaelen Strong compete to be the team's No.2 WR opposite DeAndre Hopkins. With new QB Brock Osweiler, we're excited to see what Hopkins can do. Any other target in this passing game is an unknown, making Shorts, Fuller or Strong all late-round fliers or waiver-wire speed dial guys.|
Cecil Shorts player page
Bills | Greg Salas could return punts Fri Jul 22, 09:52 PM
Buffalo Bills WR Greg Salas is being looked at as a potential punt returner in addition to competing for the No. 3 receiver job, head coach Rex Ryan said.Link to story
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NFL | Michael Vick committed to football Fri Jul 22, 09:34 PM
Free-agent QB Michael Vick (Steelers) said Thursday, July 21, he remains optimistic about playing in 2016 and wants to be able to make a contribution to a contender.
|Footballguys view: Vick is no longer the player he used to be...and he hasn't been for quite some time. Nobody has brought him in for a workout this offseason, so Vick's playing days might be done.|
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Cowboys | Darren McFadden eyeing preseason return Fri Jul 22, 09:29 PM
Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden (elbow) will have a scan on his broken elbow Monday, July 25, and he said hopes to return during the preseason.
|Footballguys view: McFadden's status becomes more important with the specter of league discipline now hanging over Ezekiel Elliott related to an alleged domestic violence incident. If McFadden isn't ready for Week 1, or if he has a setback in his conditioning to return to the field, Alfred Morris will be set up to be an early-season sleeper.|
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Vikings | Charles Johnson on track to make team? Fri Jul 22, 09:15 PM
Minnesota Vikings WR Charles Johnson is likely competing with WR Moritz Boehringer for a spot on the roster, according to beat writer Matt Vensel, who also mentioned that Johnson had a strong spring while working mainly with the first-team offense.
|Footballguys view: Johnson created a ton of buzz last offseason, but was banged up and never followed through in the regular season. Boehringer has a ton of size/speed upside, but he has only played as high as semi-pro ball in Germany and is more likely a practice squad candidate.|
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Panthers | Several Carolina WRs fighting for jobs Fri Jul 22, 08:13 PM
Carolina Panthers WRs Corey Brown, Stephen Hill, Brenton Bersin, Kevin Norwood and Damiere Byrd will compete for two roster spots during training camp.
|Footballguys view: Brown has some experience, but he plays a similar role to fellow Ohio State speedster Ted Ginn. Hill has the highest ceiling, but he is coming back from a torn ACL. Byrd has gotten some buzz and the team added Norwood during the season last year, so this is really a wide open competition.|
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Chargers | Travis Benjamin to be returner Fri Jul 22, 07:30 PM
San Diego Chargers WR Travis Benjamin will be the team's punt returner in 2016. Benjamin may not be used as a returner as often if he receives significant snaps at wide receiver.
|Footballguys view: Benjamin can break returns for touchdowns, so it adds a very slight bump in leagues that count return touchdowns and a more significant bump in leagues that count return yards. Benjamin still has a strong upside flex play and bye/injury wide receiver as the deep target replacement for Malcom Floyd.|
Travis Benjamin player page
Redskins | Derek Carrier may go on PUP list Fri Jul 22, 06:46 PM
Washington Redskins TE Derek Carrier (knee) could start the regular season on the Physically Unable to Perform list because of the serious knee injury he suffered last season.Link to story
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Jaguars | Rashad Greene should be slot receiver Fri Jul 22, 05:50 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Rashad Greene is the leading candidate to be the team's top slot receiver in 2016. Greene is also expected to be the primary punt returner.Link to story
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Jaguars | Allen Hurns to move around Fri Jul 22, 05:36 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Hurns will receive playing time as a slot receiver in addition to lining up as an outside receiver, according to wide receivers coach Jerry Sullivan.
|Footballguys view: Hurns will compete with Julius Thomas to be the #2 target behind Allen Robinson, with Marqise Lee and Rashad Greene also getting targets as the #3 and #4 receivers. Hurns will have trouble being a fantasy WR2 this year unless he has a high touchdown rate again and the Jaguars have to run a more wide open offense again because they are a losing team.|
Allen Hurns player page
Raiders | Taiwan Jones likely to keep returner job Fri Jul 22, 05:28 PM
Oakland Raiders RB Taiwan Jones likely will be the main kick returner in 2016 as long as he can stay healthy, according to special teams coordinator Brad Seely.
|Footballguys view: With the addition of DeAndre Washington, Jones will have to contribute on special teams and probably beat out Roy Helu to make the roster because the team also has Marcel Reece and Jamize Olawale as RB/FB tweeners.|
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NFL | John Kuhn waiting to sign Fri Jul 22, 05:14 PM
Free-agent FB John Kuhn (Packers) has been working out this offseason and is waiting for interested teams to call him. Kuhn said he would like to re-sign with the Green Bay Packers but does not know what will happen.Link to story
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