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  Chiefs | Sean McGrath absent    Fri Jul 25, 09:43 AM

Kansas City Chiefs TE Sean McGrath is absent from training camp Friday, July 25, and may be cut.

Footballguys view: ESPN's Adam Teicher has reported that McGrath is considering retirement. McGrath had the most passing yards among the tight ends last year though that amounted to a whopping 26 catches on 40 targets for 302 yards. So, not all that much. We'll watch this, but there really aren't any fantasy viable tight ends on the roster.

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  Lions | Eric Ebron primed for leadership role?    Fri Jul 25, 01:26 AM

Detroit Lions rookie TE Eric Ebron exudes charisma and vocal leadership skills that are commonly found among team captains. He took on a 'front and center' role at the NFL Rookie Symposium, while other Lions rookies stayed out of the spotlight. Ebron wasn't a captain in three years at North Carolina, because head coach Larry Fedora required captains to be senior classmen. 'I don't ever talk about being a leader. I just always do actions,' Ebron said. 'I've never been a vocal person about leadership and about being, 'Hey man, you ought to do this.' We're all grown men. I just always show through actions or whisper, 'Hey, let's go.' That's all I do.'

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  Bengals | Tyler Eifert says he is 100 percent    Thu Jul 24, 11:09 PM

Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (shoulder) said the shoulder injury he had during the offseason workouts has completely healed.

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  Jets | Two expected to report Friday    Thu Jul 24, 09:38 PM

New York Jets TE Jeff Cumberland and DE Jason Babin are expected to report to training camp Friday, July 25.

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Jeff Cumberland player page


  Patriots | Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski work together    Thu Jul 24, 09:18 PM

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady worked with TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) on a side field after practice Thursday, July 24, and they ran a variety of pass routes. Gronkowski did not participate in team drills during practice and will be eased back into practice.

Footballguys view: This is what those guys do. Brady and Gronkowski have an amazing connection, and it will be great to see Gronk back out on the field this year. The Patriots passing game will be more robust with Gronkowski in the game. He's a top-3 fantasy tight end with a current ADP of TE3 (3.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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Rob Gronkowski player page


  Seahawks | Chase Dixon waived    Thu Jul 24, 06:01 PM

The Seattle Seahawks waived TE Chase Dixon Thursday, July 24.


  Vikings | Chase Ford had foot procedure    Thu Jul 24, 02:09 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Chase Ford (foot) had a procedure on his left foot last week for a stress fracture and is expected to miss training camp.

Footballguys view: Ford is a borderline talent in the NFL. Missing training camp won't help him make the final roster.

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  Giants | Larry Donnell listed as starter    Thu Jul 24, 01:25 PM

New York Giants TE Larry Donnell is listed as the team's starting tight end on the first unofficial depth chart of training camp.

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  Patriots | Rob Gronkowski limited    Thu Jul 24, 12:03 PM

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, July 24. He worked for an hour and 15 minutes before watching the rest of the activities. He didn't participate in 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 drills.

Footballguys view: Gronkowski is still going to be eased in, and there's no guarantee that he will play in Week 1 even though he's not on the PUP to start camp. We'll monitor this closely, but if you want Gronk on your team, you'll likely have to take him in the second round - maybe even the early second.

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  Giants | Daniel Fells may have the edge    Thu Jul 24, 09:34 AM

New York Giants TE Daniel Fells has received the first snap in 11-on-11 drills during the team's two days in training camp.

Footballguys view: The Giants tight end situation is a mess, with no proven pass catchers in the bunch. This means more three-wide sets, which could make #12 overall pick Odell Beckham or 2013 late-season star Jerrel Jernigan candidates to see the field a lot this year. "JPP of tight ends" Adrien Robinson is the only name worth watching in this position battle, but the chances that this situation produces a fantasy relevant TE are very low.

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Kellen Davis player page
Adrien Robinson player page


  Colts | Two cleared    Thu Jul 24, 08:32 AM

Indianapolis Colts TE Dwayne Allen (hip) and OG Donald Thomas (quadriceps, biceps) have been cleared to practice.

Footballguys view: Allen's return has generated excitement for the Colts and he should be on your late-round TE list, especially if you don't take a top four option in your draft. Allen has vastly outplayed Coby Fleener so far in their careers, and his run-blocking will keep him on the field in every situation. Don't be surprised if Allen is one of Andrew Luck's top red zone options this year.

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  Panthers | Greg Olsen tired of WR criticism    Thu Jul 24, 01:33 AM

Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen said he is tired of hearing criticism about Carolina's new receiving corps, which is largely made up of journeymen and unproven commodities. Olsen added that the Panthers' offensive identity is not going to change, so controlling the clock through a balanced offense remains important.

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  Cardinals | Troy Niklas participates    Wed Jul 23, 10:15 PM

Arizona Cardinals TE Troy Niklas (hand) has been cleared to participate in training camp, and was working Wednesday, July 23.

Footballguys view: Good news for the Cardinals here. Niklas is a talented rookie tight end, but the position is just not used that much in a Bruce Arians system. This holds the fantasy value for Niklas down.

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  49ers | Garrett Celek placed on PUP list    Wed Jul 23, 06:56 PM

San Francisco 49ers TE Garrett Celek (undisclosed) will start training camp on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list for undisclosed reasons.

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  Giants | Three get first-team reps at tight end    Wed Jul 23, 05:15 PM

New York Giants TE Kellen Davis, TE Adrien Robinson and TE Daniel Fells all received first-team reps in practice Wednesday, July 23. All three rotated into the backfield and played some fullback.

Footballguys view: No, no and no. Just say no when it comes to drafting a Giants tight end. Even in super deep dynasty leagues, we're no longer that thrilled by the likes of Robinson.

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Kellen Davis player page
Adrien Robinson player page


  Bengals | Jermaine Gresham to PUP list    Wed Jul 23, 05:12 PM

Cincinnati Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham (hernia) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, July 23.

Footballguys view: The veteran tight end underwent hernia surgery earlier this offseason. He's not on the fantasy radar because of the presence of Tyler Eifert. Gresham could be back in the near future, but the team will be cautious.

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  Vikings | Sign Michael Higgins    Wed Jul 23, 04:28 PM

The Minnesota Vikings signed TE Michael Higgins (Saints) Wednesday, July 23. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Patriots | Nate Byham contract details    Wed Jul 23, 03:28 PM

Updating a previous report, New England Patriots TE Nate Byham signed a one-year, $645,000 contract that did not include any bonus money.

Footballguys view: Byham played for the Buccaneers over the last two seasons after beginning his career as an undrafted free agent with the 49ers in 2010. He'll compete for a spot on the depth chart behind Rob Gronkowski. His main competition will be Michael Hoomanawanui and D.J. Williams.

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  Bears | Work out two FAs    Wed Jul 23, 02:35 PM

The Chicago Bears worked out free-agent TE Travis Beckum (Seahawks) and C Thomas Austin (Colts) Wednesday, July 23, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Talent has never been a question with Beckum. However, he's struggled to stay healthy during his brief time in the NFL. The Bears might just be updating an emergency list here.

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  Giants | Daniel Fells working with starters    Wed Jul 23, 02:33 PM

New York Giants TE Daniel Fells lined up with the starting offense during team drills Wednesday, July 23.

Footballguys view: This just goes to show you how poor the Giants TE position is. Whether it's Fells, Adrien Robinson, Kellen Davis, Xavier Grimble or Larry Donnell there's very little fantasy value to be had.

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  Jets | Jeff Cumberland excused    Wed Jul 23, 01:21 PM

New York Jets TE Jeff Cumberland has been excused from reporting to training camp Wednesday, July 23, because of a personal issue. He is scheduled to report to camp Thursday, July 24.

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  Bills | Two hospitalized due to cramps    Wed Jul 23, 12:21 PM

Buffalo Bills FB Evan Rodriguez (cramps) and TE Chris Gragg (cramps) were hospitalized because of complications from cramps and were getting hydrated, according to head coach Doug Marrone. Rodriguez has been released from the hospital, while Gragg is still in the hospital.

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Chris Gragg player page


  Ravens | Crockett Gillmore misses practice    Wed Jul 23, 12:11 PM

Baltimore Ravens TE Crockett Gillmore (illness) sat out practice Tuesday, July 22, because of the flu. He is feeling better Wednesday, July 23, and is scheduled to take his conditioning test.

Footballguys view: Gillmore is a talented all-purpose rookie tight end who will compete for a backup spot this year. The team has Dennis Pitta and Owen Daniels in front of him on the depth chart.

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  49ers | Vernon Davis reports    Wed Jul 23, 12:03 PM

San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis has reported to camp Wednesday, July 23, according to an Instagram post from 49ers S C.J. Spillman.

Footballguys view: So much for him holding out. Davis is already the 4th-highest paid tight end in the NFL in terms of annual average salary ($7.35 million). The 49ers were unlikely to get him a new deal, so holding out was fruitless.

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  Patriots | Rob Gronkowski cleared    Wed Jul 23, 08:51 AM

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) has been cleared for contact and will not be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to head coach Bill Belichick.

Footballguys view: Great news for the Patriots (and for fantasy owners) here. Gronkowski is a big part of the passing game, and the way defenses play him opens things up for others catching passes from Tom Brady. Fantasy owners can look to Gronk as a top-3 tight end. His current ADP is TE3 (3.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Bills | Three out, one back    Wed Jul 23, 08:32 AM

Buffalo Bills TE Chris Gragg (cramps), FB Evan Rodriguez (cramps) and CB Brandon E. Smith (leg) were out of practice Wednesday, July 23. OT Seantrel Henderson (hip) returned to action.

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  Buccaneers | Few players may be on bubble    Wed Jul 23, 02:31 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Bobby Rainey, G Carl Nicks and DE Da'Quan Bowers may be fighting for roster spots once training camp begins due to other competition for their jobs. TE Luke Stocker and S Kelcie McCray were also mentioned.

Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. All of the players listed have question marks surrounding their game--either durability or upside/natural ability. We'll see if a guy like Rainey can stick around as a reserve runner with the Bucs.

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  Browns | Backup TE job up for grabs    Wed Jul 23, 01:01 AM

Cleveland Browns TEs Gary Barnidge and Jim Dray will battle for the No. 2 tight end spot during training camp and the preseason.

Footballguys view: The TE2 in Cleveland won't get much work unless Jordan Cameron goes down with an injury. Even if they get more playing time, there's not much fantasy value in either player.

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Jim Dray player page


  Texans | Sign Chris Coyle    Tue Jul 22, 04:31 PM

The Houston Texans signed free-agent TE Chris Coyle. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.

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  Texans | Two waived    Tue Jul 22, 04:28 PM

The Houston Texans waived FB Brad Smelley and DL Tim Jackson.

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  Giants | Two leave early with heat-related issues    Tue Jul 22, 03:49 PM

Updating a previous report, New York Giants TE Xavier Grimble (illness) and OT Brandon Mosley (illness) had "heat-related" issues that caused them to get carted off from practice Tuesday, July 22, according to head coach Tom Coughlin.

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  Broncos | Release Joel Dreessen     Tue Jul 22, 03:41 PM

The Denver Broncos released TE Joel Dreessen with a failed physical designation Tuesday, July 22.

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  Giants | Two leave early with heat-related issues    Tue Jul 22, 03:31 PM

Updating a previous report, New York Giants TE Xavier Grimble (heat exhaustion) and LB Jameel McClain (heat exhaustion) had "heat-related" issues that caused them to get carted off from practice Tuesday, July 22, according to head coach Tom Coughlin.

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  Ravens | Crockett Gillmore not practicing    Tue Jul 22, 03:18 PM

Baltimore Ravens TE Crockett Gillmore (undisclosed) is not participating in practice Tuesday, July 22.

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  Giants | Xavier Grimble carted off    Tue Jul 22, 02:53 PM

New York Giants TE Xavier Grimble (undisclosed) was carted off from practice Tuesday, July 22.

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  Saints | Je'Ron Hamm stood out    Tue Jul 22, 10:43 AM

New Orleans Saints TE Je'Ron Hamm stood out the most of the backup tight ends and fullbacks during organized team activities and minicamps because of his athletic ability and receiving skills.

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  Redskins | Mike Caussin signed    Mon Jul 21, 06:36 PM

The Washington Redskins have signed free-agent TE Mike Caussin (Bills). Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also waived LS Kyle Nelson.

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  49ers | Two TEs will compete for one spot    Mon Jul 21, 01:13 PM

San Francisco 49ers TEs Derek Carrier and Garrett Celek will compete for the No. 3 tight end spot during training camp.

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  Chiefs | Several injuries practice    Mon Jul 21, 01:07 PM

Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (knee), WR Kyle Williams (knee), WR A.J. Jenkins (hamstring) and CB Christopher Owens (hamstring) participated in practice Monday, July 21.

Footballguys view: The team really likes Kelce, and he should be the starter at tight end if healthy this year. Kelce is tough and knows how to use his size in order to "box out" defenders. The Chiefs desperately need weapons in the passing game besides Dwayne Bowe and Jamaal Charles. We'll see if Kelce can be that guy. Keep him as a low-end TE2 with upside or on your waiver wire speed dial this year.

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Travis Kelce player page


  Broncos | Four could go on PUP    Mon Jul 21, 11:43 AM

Denver Broncos LB Von Miller (knee), CB Chris Harris Jr. (knee), DT Kevin Vickerson (hip) and TE Joel Dreessen (knee) could begin the preseason on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Footballguys view: We wouldn't be shocked to see all four of these players go on PUP to begin training camp. The Broncos want Miller and Harris to be ready for the start of regular season. Both are coming back from late-season knee injuries suffered in 2013. Miller seems to be ahead in the recovery process, but expect the team to take it easy on him when he does come back.

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Chris Harris player page


  Bills | Chris Gragg dealing with cramps    Sun Jul 20, 09:23 PM

Updating a previous story, Buffalo Bills TE Chris Gragg (cramps) was dealing with cramps Sunday, July 20, and was looked at by a trainer. He is expected to return to practice tomorrow.

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  Bills | Chris Gragg looked at by trainer    Sun Jul 20, 08:47 PM

Buffalo Bills TE Chris Gragg (undisclosed) was stretched out and looked at by a trainer during training camp Sunday, July 20.

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  Seahawks | Luke Willson likely to see increased time    Sun Jul 20, 04:45 PM

Seattle Seahawks TE Luke Willson will be TE Zach Miller's backup this season, but he's likely to see increased playing time.

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  Patriots | Nate Byham signs    Sun Jul 20, 03:31 AM

The New England Patriots have signed free-agent TE Nate Byham (Buccaneers). Byham will likely compete with TEs Michael Hoomanawanui and D.J. Williams for a chance to back up Rob Gronkowski.

Footballguys view: We can't imagine Byham beating out either of those two. Gronkowski's injury history makes fantasy owners curious about his backup. However, as we saw last year the team changes the way they distribute the football through the air if Gronk is out.

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Michael Hoomanawanui player page
Nate Byham player page


  Rams | Two TEs may compete for one spot    Sat Jul 19, 08:39 PM

St. Louis Rams TEs Justice Cunningham and Alex Bayer may compete for one roster spot during training camp if the team decides to keep four tight ends.

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  Patriots | Rob Gronkowski plans to play the entire season    Sat Jul 19, 10:03 AM

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) said he is planning on playing the whole season in 2014. 'I'm planning on playing the whole season this year,' Gronkowski said.

Footballguys view: That's the plan for everyone, but injuries happen all the time in the NFL. Gronkowski has had problems staying healthy dating back to his days in college at Arizona. If healthy for a full season, Gronkowski is easily a top-3 fantasy tight end.

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  Bengals | Jermaine Gresham could sit early in camp    Fri Jul 18, 09:11 PM

Cincinnati Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham (hernia) could sit out practice early in training camp, because he is recovering from offseason hernia surgery.

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  Patriots | Rob Gronkowski not sure if he will go on PUP list    Fri Jul 18, 08:32 PM

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) said he is not sure if he will begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Footballguys view: It doesn't matter if he's on the PUP or not. The Patriots are going to take it easy on Gronkowski as he comes back from this injury. If healthy, Gronkowski is easily a top-3 fantasy tight end.

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  Redskins | Andre Roberts might benefit from many weapons    Thu Jul 17, 10:46 PM

Washington Redskins WR Andre Roberts has admitted since the signing of WR DeSean Jackson that he might have opted to go elsewhere had he known Jackson would be signed. However, Roberts might be one of the biggest benefactors of having WRs Pierre Garcon and Jackson, as well as TE Jordan Reed, in the offense.

Footballguys view: Roberts will get over it -- eventually. The team wanted to find a more dangerous weapon and clearly Jackson is that guy. Roberts is a better fit inside as a slot receiver anyway. He'll be able to get off the line cleanly and get downfield in a hurry. We're not expecting much from Roberts in terms of fantasy production, but put him on your waiver wire speed dial if he is more involved in the offense than most project right now.

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  NFL | Jermichael Finley to meet with doctor    Thu Jul 17, 02:07 PM

Free-agent TE Jermichael Finley (neck) is scheduled to meet with doctors Thursday, July 17, to review MRI's and discuss the next step in the process. There is nothing imminent between Finley and the Green Bay Packers.

Footballguys view: Finley is trying to prove that he's healthy after a serious neck injury that cut his 2013 season short. If doctors give him the "thumbs up" we should at least a small handful of teams interested in the veteran tight end.

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