Fantasy Football News & Views
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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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 | Nic Jacobs can make team as backup Fri Jul 22, 04:03 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars TE Nic Jacobs appears to have a good chance to make the final roster as the backup to TE Marcedes Lewis.Link to story
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Jaguars | Ben Koyack has chance to make team Fri Jul 22, 04:02 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars TE Ben Koyack has a chance to make the 53-man roster if he is able to show better blocking and receiving skills during training camp.Link to story
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Packers | Richard Rodgers starter over Jared Cook? Thu Jul 21, 07:44 PM
Green Bay Packers TE Richard Rodgers is expected to start over TE Jared Cook, not just in 2016, but for the next few seasons, according to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. An advantage Rodgers has this season is that he is in better shape after weighing up to 272 pounds last year.
|Footballguys view: Rodgers had some big moments last season and those eight touchdowns were no fluke. He and Aaron Rodgers have some solid chemistry going on. The thing is, though, Jordy Nelson is back and Randall Cobb is healthy, so Richard Rodgers is likely to fall in the pecking order, making him a very weak TE2 or a strong TE3.|
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Steelers | Mandel Dixon signs with Steelers Thu Jul 21, 05:19 PM
The Pittsburgh Steelers signed TE Mandel Dixon to an undisclosed deal Thursday, July 21.
|Footballguys view: Dixon isn't likely to be a big part of this offense, so until we see something from him that says otherwise, he's not worth a roster spot.|
Steelers | Matt Spaeth released by Steelers Thu Jul 21, 01:55 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Matt Spaeth (knee) was released with a failed physical designation Thursday, July 21. 'Matt never fully recovered from knee surgery that occurred this past offseason, and he will not be ready to return to football activities at this time,' general manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement released by the team.
|Footballguys view: Disappointing but not shocking and not really impactful for fantasy either since he rarely did much on the field on the occasions he was healthy.|
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Seahawks | Jimmy Graham won't be rushed back Thu Jul 21, 02:50 AM
Seattle Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham (knee) is recovering from a ruptured right patellar tendon which he suffered Nov. 29. He is expected to be back on the field for the start of the regular season, but he won't be rushed back. Through the first 12 weeks last season he was the team's most targeted player.
|Footballguys view: The team doesn't use him effectively anyway. What is it about Seattle that makes it the place good TEs go to be mediocre? At best he is a TE2 and a low end one at that. We're not even sure he will make the start of the season, so a strong BUYER BEWARE is issued here as well.|
Jimmy Graham player page
49ers | Bruce Miller could help out at TE Thu Jul 21, 02:23 AM
San Francisco 49ers FB Bruce Miller is learning the nuances of the tight end position, but he has good hands and can also help out on special teams. He might be used the No. 3 tight end behind TEs Garrett Celek and Vance McDonald.
|Footballguys view: We don't expect much more than blocking from the tight ends, so even adding Miller makes no real difference.|
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Rams | Tyler Higbee might have big chance Wed Jul 20, 10:29 PM
Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee might see plenty of opportunities sooner rather than later, and some in the organization feel he might be the team's best pass-catching tight end on the roster.
|Footballguys view: Higbee is an athletic move TE who can attack the seam of a defense. The rookie can create mismatches on the field, and it will be interesting to see if he can quickly forge a bond with fellow rookie Jared Goff. He's not going to get picked up in re-draft leagues, but he's a dynasty prospect we are intrigued by.|
Tyler Higbee player page
Steelers | Jesse James may see more work in camp Wed Jul 20, 04:52 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Jesse James is expected to receive significant snaps during the early part of training camp because TE Ladarius Green (knee) likely will be eased back into practice.
|Footballguys view: Green has always been a player with production that doesn't match his potential. He's not starting out his Steelers career on a great note with this knee injury. That could open the door for James. A fifth-round pick out of Penn State last year, James is a huge target with a large wingspan. We'll see how James and Green do this year replacing the retired Heath Miller.|
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Jets | Important year for Jace Amaro Wed Jul 20, 02:34 PM
New York Jets TE Jace Amaro is the projected starter for the Jets after he missed all of last year with a shoulder injury. He has worked hard on his blocking and believes he's improved in that area. However, he must earn the trust of offensive coordinator Chan Gailey and head coach Todd Bowles. The Jets tight ends combined for just eight catches on 23 targets in 2015.
|Footballguys view: Amaro seems to be in another make-or-break year. He's physically talented, but that potential has never translated to production in the NFL. We can't imagine he gets more than 30 or so catches this year if he stays healthy. There's just not much there with Amaro.|
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Panthers | Looking for Devin Funchess to step up Wed Jul 20, 01:58 AM
The Carolina Panthers hope WR Devin Funchess can pick up where he left off at the end of the regular season in 2015. If he can secure the starting job opposite WR Kelvin Benjamin, the team would have an impressive three-headed monster with TE Greg Olsen.
|Footballguys view: Funchess could be a great value pick for fantasy owners this year. He's coming off the board at WR57 (12.11) in 12-team PPR leagues, but his potential could be similar to that of Benjamin...and he's going off the board at WR20 (3.09). It will be interesting to see how Funchess continues to grow as a pro WR in 2016.|
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Falcons | Austin Hooper is solid blocker Wed Jul 20, 01:55 AM
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper drew comparison to fellow Stanford alum and current New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener when coming out of college. However, he is viewed as a much better blocker, and the rookie should help spring RB Devonta Freeman in the run game.
|Footballguys view: Hooper could be the TE this offense needs. He's able to make difficult catches over the middle, but Hooper often has to make those type of catches because he doesn't sell his routes well enough. With a little more savvy, Hooper could be quite the weapon for the Kyle Shanahan (TE-friendly) offense.|
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Colts | Indianapolis makes two roster moves Tue Jul 19, 07:36 PM
Free-agent TE Emil Igwenagu (Lions) was signed to an undisclosed deal by the Indianapolis Colts Tuesday, July 19. QB Josh Woodrum was waived in a corresponding move.Link to story
Cowboys | Gavin Escobar should be ready Tue Jul 19, 02:15 PM
Dallas Cowboys TE Gavin Escobar (Achilles') is expected to be ready for the regular season, according to owner Jerry Jones. Escobar underwent surgery last December to repair a torn Achilles' tendon.
|Footballguys view: Achilles' injuries aren't quite as devastating as they used to be. Escobar's dynasty stock is low, and we don't see him turning things around with the Cowboys. Jason Witten is their primary TE, and at this time it seems Escobar is not his heir apparent.|
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Dolphins | MarQueis Gray working on blocking Sun Jul 17, 11:06 PM
Miami Dolphins TE MarQueis Gray said he is focusing on strengthening his upper body in order to enhance his ability as a blocker and compete for a spot on the 53-man roster.
|Footballguys view: Gray is an athletic freak, but he's bounced around to five different teams since coming into the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Minnesota in 2013. We like his natural skill set, but it just seems like he's never going to do enough to stick no matter where he lands.|
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Titans | Two TEs may compete for one spot Sun Jul 17, 05:57 PM
Tennessee Titans TE Phillip Supernaw and Jerome Cunningham likely will compete for one roster spot during training camp.
|Footballguys view: Undrafted out of Ouachita Baptist University in 2012, Supernaw has bounced around to a few teams before landing with the Titans. Cunningham came out of Southern Connecticut State, but he also went undrafted and spent 2013 out of football. Neither one is much more than a prospect for fantasy owners in super deep dynasty leagues to keep track of. We like Cunningham's athleticism and feel he may be the superior player of the two.|
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Dolphins | Mixed review for Thomas Duarte Fri Jul 15, 09:27 PM
Miami Dolphins TE Thomas Duarte has impressed head coach Adam Gase with his skills as a receiver, but Gase said he will have to wait until padded practices in training camp to gauge his skills as a blocker.
|Footballguys view: A super-sized WR, Duarte has drawn comparisons in the scouting community to Jordan Reed (Washington). Fantasy owners certainly need to monitor his progress...especially in the Gase (super TE-friendly) system. He's the Dolphins third-string TE behind starter Jordan Cameron and primary backup Dion Sims.|
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Broncos | Virgil Green could break out Thu Jul 14, 02:03 AM
Denver Broncos TE Virgil Green could become a potent weapon in the offense as his presence and blocking ability wouldn't tip the team's hand in their intended play call. He has 35 receptions for 379 yards and two touchdowns in his five-year career, and the team hopes he can significantly exceed those in 2016.
|Footballguys view: Remember how Julius Thomas was irrelevant for the first few years of his fantasy career and then he finally exploded? Green developed into a great blocker while Thomas was there but now that Thomas is in Jacksonville and Peyton Manning is no longer a factor, Green could be a decent dark horse. Right now he's a TE3 but watch him in camp. He was a much more productive receiver in college and has the upside to be much more.|
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Saints | Coby Fleener could be second option Wed Jul 13, 01:32 PM
New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener could be the second option in the passing game behind WR Brandin Cooks.
|Footballguys view: We'd agree with that statement...on paper. With Ben Watson (Ravens) gone, the Saints need Fleener to be their new version of Jimmy Graham. The opportunity is there for him to be quite the valuable fantasy asset in 2016. Don't be surprised if Fleener finishes the year with career-best numbers.|
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Bengals | Tyler Eifert set to miss games? Sun Jul 10, 07:12 PM
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) is expected to miss the early part of the season, according to director of player personnel Duke Tobin.
|Footballguys view: After his ankle surgery, there was plenty of speculation that Eifert might miss the first couple of regular season games. Tobin's comments cement what some had already thought was the most-possible outcome. We'll know more about Eifert's status as we go through training camp, but fantasy owners should have another option ready. He's missed 19 games in three seasons, and now it looks like he'll miss some more. Eifert's current ADP is TE4 (6.05) in 12-team PPR leagues--and that may fall after this news.|
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Cowboys | Gavin Escobar likely headed to PUP list Sun Jul 10, 09:11 AM
Dallas Cowboys TE Gavin Escobar (Achilles') is expected to begin the season on the PUP list after suffering a torn right Achilles' tendon in Week 15 last year.
|Footballguys view: Dynasty owners shouldn't be holding onto Escobar expecting much to happen with him now or in the future. He may be their second-best TE (by default), but we don't see Escobar as the heir apparent to Jason Witten. If he's on the PUP list to begin the season, Escobar would be forced to miss the first six weeks. After that time, the Cowboys would have three weeks to evaluate him and decide whether or not to shut him down for the year.|
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Giants | Will Tye 'wonderful' during offseason Sat Jul 9, 03:19 PM
New York Giants TE Will Tye 'caught everything' that came in his direction and 'showed remarkable consistency for a second-year player' during organized training activities and minicamps, according to Giants.com's John Schmeelk.
|Footballguys view: The second-year player from Stony Brook turned heads in 2015. In the final eight games of his rookie season, Tye was targeted 50 times for 34 receptions , 387 yards and 3 touchdowns. Pro-rate that over a full season, and Tye could have a TE1 season for fantasy owners. In order to do that, Tye will have to beat out veteran Larry Donnell in training camp for the Giants top TE spot.|
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Jaguars | Neal Sterling moving to TE Thu Jul 7, 01:18 AM
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Neal Sterling will move from wide receiver to tight end this season.
|Footballguys view: His value was already bottom of the barrel and behind Julius Thomas, it's even more low-end. A seventh-round pick out of Monmouth in the 2015 NFL draft, Sterling was always considered a 'tweener prospect by the scouting community. He's only worth monitoring in the deepest of deep dynasty leagues.|
Eagles | Sam Bradford working out with teammates Wed Jul 6, 06:30 PM
Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford is working out with several of his teammates in San Diego leading up to training camp. QBs Chase Daniel and Carson Wentz, RB Darren Sproles, WR Jordan Matthews, Josh Huff, T.J. Graham and Rueben Randle and TE Zach Ertz are among the players participating in the workouts.
|Footballguys view: Bradford is doing what he can to build chemistry in this new offense with this group. We're not overly excited by the Doug Pederson offense in Philadelphia, so Bradford should only be considered a QB3 for fantasy owners. He set to be the starter this year as rookie first-round pick Carson Wentz is likely to get a year of development in 2016. However, if Bradford struggles (not a stretch) then we could see the team turn to the rookie sooner than originally planned.|
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Saints | Jack Tabb waived Wed Jul 6, 10:44 AM
New Orleans Saints TE Jack Tabb was waived Wednesday, July 6.Link to story
Dolphins | Two tight ends competing for spot Sun Jul 3, 03:10 PM
Miami Dolphins TEs Thomas Duarte and Jake Stoneburner will be competing for a spot on the final roster, assuming the Dolphins only keep three tight ends.
|Footballguys view: Stoneburber was an interesting super deep dynasty prospect back when he was with the Green Bay Packers. He's athletic but has yet to play up to his physical potential as a pro. Duarte was a seventh-round pick out of UCLA this year for the Dolphins. The rookie is a converted WR who can be a matchup nightmare if used correctly. There are some in the scouting community who compared Duarte's upside to that of Jordan Reed (Washington)...and that's something that certainly has our attention in deep dynasty leagues. We believe the Dolphins passing attack is going to be great with new head coach Adam Gase, and the TE position is quite important in his system. If Jordan Cameron doesn't perform up to expectations, Duarte has the ability to be more than roster depth.|
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Packers | Richard Rodgers embracing Jared Cook Sat Jul 2, 09:05 PM
Green Bay Packers TE Richard Rodgers said he is working to improve as an all-around player, and he views the addition of TE Jared Cook as an opportunity to learn from a veteran.
|Footballguys view: Rodgers shouldn't be too concerned as Cook is a player who has never played up to his enormous physical potential. Cook is currently recovering from foot surgery he had in June, and the veteran TE may not be ready for the start of training camp. We like the idea of what Cook could bring to this high-powered Packers passing game, but we'd like to see him healthy first.|
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Jets | Jace Amaro a better blocker Sat Jul 2, 02:19 PM
New York Jets TE Jace Amaro has put much effort into making himself a better blocker this offseason, according to tight ends coach Jimmie Johnson. 'You can see that he's put a lot of effort into trying to improve that part of his game,' Johnson said.
|Footballguys view: Amaro is in a make-or-break year for the Jets...but it seems like he's in one of those every year. He's a tease for fantasy owners because he has the natural skill set to produce at a higher level than he has, but Amaro has never played up to his potential. He's at the top of the TE depth chart for the Jets, but we can't trust him as anything more than a low-end TE3 for fantasy owners.|
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Ravens | Darren Waller suspended Fri Jul 1, 05:03 PM
Baltimore Ravens TE Darren Waller has been suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
|Footballguys view: The Ravens are loaded at the TE position. They picked up Ben Watson in free agency to go along with second-year pro Maxx Williams and Crockett Gillmore. Add in a returning Dennis Pitta and you can see how there's no room for Waller on the 53-man roster. The converted WR from Georgia Tech had a couple of suspensions in college, so this is nothing new. He can participate in all of training camp and the preseason, but he'll have to be damn impressive to win a job.|
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Giants | Two expected to fight for Giants' TE job Fri Jul 1, 04:16 PM
New York Giants TE Larry Donnell and TE Will Tye are expected to compete for the starting tight end job during training camp.
|Footballguys view: Donnell is not a slappy, but his injury history and inconsistency may cause him to lose out to Tye. In 2015 over the final eight games of his rookie season, Tye was targeted 50 times for 34 receptions , 387 yards and 3 touchdowns. He could pay off as a TE2 for fantasy owners this year. Right now, neither TE is getting drafted in most leagues. Keep Tye (if he wins the job) on your waiver-wire speed dial.|
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Ravens | Maxx Williams could be stunted Thu Jun 30, 07:21 PM
Baltimore Ravens TE Maxx Williams may not see an ideal amount of targets due to the Ravens' depth at tight end this year. Williams isn't worried, though. He said the tight end group is going to make each other better and 'figure it out' as the season approaches.
|Footballguys view: We'd agree with this assessment. Unless an injury to Ben Watson happens, we don't see Williams getting as much work as he could have. Williams is a fine prospect, and we love his upside in dynasty leagues. However, Watson is the better player now and should be the lead TE for Baltimore in 2016.|
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Ravens | Maxx Williams more comfortable Wed Jun 29, 07:41 PM
Baltimore Ravens TE Maxx Williams said he is more comfortable entering his second season because he knows what to expect each day. Williams said he improved his strength this offseason but is not sure how much weight he gained. He is not sure what his role will be in 2016 because things can change before the start of the season.
|Footballguys view: Williams was our favorite TE in last year's draft class. With experience from 2015, Williams should be better this season. However, the Ravens went out and signed Ben Watson in free agency...plus it looks like Dennis Pitta is going to be able to play again. Don't forget Crockett Gillmore too! As you can see, the Ravens TE situation is a bit messy. We think Watson is the lead TE for them in 2016 as Williams continues to develop his pro game.|
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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.'
|Footballguys view: During his college career at UCONN, Griffin caught over 100 passes and double-digit touchdowns. A sixth-round pick of the Texans in the 2013 NFL draft, Griffin had a career-high 20 receptions last year. The team could lean on him even more this season. Behind him on the depth chart is big-bodied blocker C.J. Fiedorowicz, so Griffin should be the top pass-catcher at the position. However, his fantasy value is quite low and we can only recommend him as a low-end TE4 in 2016.|
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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.|
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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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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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.|
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 | Cole Wick a roster candidate Sat Jun 25, 01:54 PM
Detroit Lions TE Cole Wick too advantage of the first-team repetitions he received this offseason. He'll have a good chance to make the 53-man roster if he continues his progress in training camp.
|Footballguys view: Brandon Pettigrew is likely to open camp on the PUP list after an ACL tear ended his 2015, so Wick might take his roster spot in the meantime. Wick isn't going to get on our fantasy radar, but he'll be a rugged blocker and complement Eric Ebron well.|
Vikings | Kyle Rudolph not lacking confidence Thu Jun 23, 09:56 PM
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph said he feels he is the best all-around tight end in the NFL, and he added that the position is about more than catching passes and running routes.
|Footballguys view: Rudolph has looked sluggish in recent years, and 2015 fifth-round pick Mycole Pruitt should secure a larger role in the passing game this year. The one thing going in his favor is improvements on the offense line that will allow him to run more pass routes. Still, the Vikings pass offense is low volume and not a fertile soil for fantasy development. Even though Rudolph is high on himself, we wouldn't look at him until the end of fantasy drafts, if at all.|
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Vikings | Bridgewater, Kyle Rudolph connecting Tue Jun 21, 08:30 PM
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater said he and TE Kyle Rudolph talk about how they can improve when they're not on the field. Bridgewater also said Rudolph studies the plays from a quarterback's perspective. The young quarterback has learned to trust his tight end more, too, and Bridgewater has counted on Rudolph to come through.
|Footballguys view: As Bridgewater continues to develop as a pro QB, he should be more efficient as a passer. We see Bridgewater as a low-end QB2 in this run-heavy offense. Rudolph is always a key piece in the Vikings passing game but only a TE2 for fantasy owners.|
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Ravens | Dennis Pitta can still contribute Mon Jun 20, 03:46 PM
Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip) has looked good, is moving well and is still capable of being a significant contributor, in the opinion of The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec.
|Footballguys view: We'd like to believe that is possible, but the Ravens are stacked at the position and there may not be a role for Pitta if he's able to make the team. Ben Watson was added in free agency, and he should be the leader at TE in 2016. Second-year pro Maxx Williams will also start to play a larger role this year.|
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Saints | Drew Brees likes Coby Fleener Sat Jun 18, 03:47 PM
New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener has an uncanny ability to separate and get open, according to QB Drew Brees. 'There's always a place to throw the ball where he can get it,' Brees said. Fleener was targeted eight times during 7-on-7 drills and 11-on-11 drills this week -- the same number of targets as WRs Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead.
|Footballguys view: Fantasy owners should love Fleener if he can stay healthy and play up to his potential. With Ben Watson moving on to the Ravens in free agency, the Saints went out to add Fleener. Brees loves to involve the TE in the passing game, and this makes Fleener a low-end TE1 with upside in 2016. His current ADP is TE7 (7.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Buccaneers | Cameron Brate a red zone weapon Fri Jun 17, 12:37 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate emerged as a favorite target of QB Jameis Winston last year, and head coach Dirk Koetter has been impressed with the tight end in the red zone this offseason. Brate caught 23 passes for 288 yards last year and scored three touchdowns when TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins was injured. Brate will battle with Seferian-Jenkins for a starting position in training camp.
|Footballguys view: Brate is a player fantasy owners in deeper leagues need to take note of. Seferian-Jenkins has been banged up as a pro, and Brate has the ability to make plays if he gets a larger role.|
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Patriots | Martellus Bennett fine in backup role Thu Jun 16, 06:26 PM
New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett said he doesn't mind playing second fiddle to TE Rob Gronkowski this year. 'I really don't mind being Robin, you know? So right now it's just working every day and just trying to get better. He's an excellent player, and I'm gonna be able to get a lot of single coverages with him,' Bennett said. He has impressed in organized team activities this offseason as a newcomer with his size and athleticism.
|Footballguys view: There's a fair chance we could see Bennett take over the long absent Aaron Hernandez role. Coach Bill Belichick is always trying to stay one step ahead, so it wouldn't shock us if he went back to that two tight end set. Bennett is working closely with Tom Brady, so we feel good about him in this offense. He's likely to be a solid TE2 this year.|
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Seahawks | Pete Carroll confident in players' return Thu Jun 16, 05:02 PM
Seattle Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham (knee) and RB Thomas Rawls (ankle) should 'absolutely' be ready for Week 1 of the regular season, according to head coach Pete Carroll.
|Footballguys view: Graham has a lot of ability, but he is kept in check by Seattle's offensive scheme and offensive line woes. He has TE1 ability, but is producing TE2 numbers. We don't see it changing right now.|
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Lions | Orson Charles signs Thu Jun 16, 03:59 PM
Free-agent TE Orson Charles (Saints) signed an undisclosed deal with the Detroit Lions Thursday, June 16. DL James DeLoach was waived in a corresponding move.Link to story
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