Fantasy Football News & Views
Rams | Two players waived Fri Jun 24, 08:39 PM
Los Angeles Rams WR J.J. Worton and LB Matthew Wells were waived Friday, June 24.
Titans | Dorial Green-Beckham optimistic Fri Jun 24, 04:20 PM
Tennessee Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham said he is happy with how he performed during offseason workouts and expects to be more productive in 2016 because he is more comfortable.
|Footballguys view: Green-Beckham is currently looking up at fifth-round rookie Tajae Sharpe on the depth chart, but with a good camp and preseason, he should overtake him and start outside opposite Rishard Matthews. The Titans are going to have a low volume pass offense that spreads the ball around, so Green-Beckham's sleeper status is based mostly on his talent and potential, not his situation or role.|
Dorial Green-Beckham player page
Dolphins | Jakeem Grant works in return game Thu Jun 23, 01:24 AM
Miami Dolphins WR Jakeem Grant never returned a punt at Texas Tech, but he has been returning them in offseason practices, and said Wednesday, June 22, that he is quickly getting the hang of it.Link to story
Dolphins | Leonte Carroo to shed weight Thu Jun 23, 01:18 AM
Miami Dolphins WR Leonte Carroo made a favorable impressive on the coaching staff during the team's offseason program. He said Wednesday, June 22, that his first priority is losing weight. 'I'm 217 now, trying to get down to 210,' Carroo said. 'You become faster when you shed some pounds. I don't have any bad weight on me. That's what I was at the combine. Why not be as fast and explosive as I can be?'
|Footballguys view: Carroo is a rugged receiver with speed who could push Kenny Stills for playing time by the end of the season. DeVante Parker has had a history of foot issues, so Carroo could also see more playing time if Parker struggles to stay healthy. Keep him on your rookie redraft waiver wire watch list.|
Saints | Brandon Coleman has stiff competition Wed Jun 22, 11:40 PM
New Orleans Saints WR Brandon Coleman needs a strong training camp and preseason to secure his roster spot, as the team drafted a similar type of receiver in WR Michael Thomas.
|Footballguys view: Another beat writer predicted that Coleman would hold off Thomas and become the third wide receiver, but Thomas had a tremendous spring and riffed with Drew Brees from the word go, so Coleman might be unnecessary. If the Saints let him go, he should get interest from other teams, as Coleman's size/speed combination is hard to find, and "big slot" types are getting more use around the league.|
Brandon Coleman player page
Chiefs | Receiver depth still unsettled Wed Jun 22, 04:43 PM
Kansas City Chiefs WRs Albert Wilson, Chris Conley, Rod Streater, De'Anthony Thomas and Tyreek Hill will all compete for playing time behind WR Jeremy Maclin. Head coach Andy Reid liked what he saw from Wilson and Conley during offseason workouts, though.
|Footballguys view: Travis Kelce is really the #2 receiver for the Chiefs, or perhaps 2B with Jamaal Charles as a 2A. The team could pass more with Justin Houston possibly sidelined for a good part of the season, but any wide receiver other than Maclin would only amount to the fourth option in a somewhat conservative passing game. Conley could be a deep threat and he's an athletic freak, so he's the one to watch in deep dynasty leagues.|
Jeremy Maclin player page
Rod Streater player page
DeAnthony Thomas player page
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Bears | Marquess Wilson could start on PUP list Wed Jun 22, 04:04 PM
Chicago Bears WR Marquess Wilson (foot) is expected to begin the regular season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. Wilson would not be eligible to return until Week 6 if he is placed on the PUP list to start the season. WRs Josh Bellamy and Cameron Meredith were the first two names mentioned by Biggs who could play more if Wilson is sidelined.
|Footballguys view: Bellamy is a core special teamer who could get more playing time with Wilson out. If there's any fantasy overflow to have here, it will more likely fall to tight end Zach Miller or slot receiver Eddie Royal. Seventh round pick Daniel Braverman could buy a temporary roster spot if Wilson starts the year on the PUP.|
Josh Bellamy player page
Marquess Wilson player page
NFL | Davone Bess arrested after standoff Wed Jun 22, 01:15 AM
Free-agent WR Davone Bess (Browns) has been arrested after a standoff with police at his suburban Phoenix home. Police say Bess fled a traffic stop early Monday, June 20. He is being held on one felony count each of endangerment, flight and failure to stop for a police officer.
|Footballguys view: It has been a somewhat quiet offseason on the NFL police blotter, but the troubles for Bess and Joseph Randle have reminded us how turbulent life after football can be for some players.|
Davone Bess player page
Bengals | Brandon LaFell feeling comfortable Wed Jun 22, 01:10 AM
Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell is feeling confident with QB Andy Dalton, and two continue to build rapport. 'I've been working with (Dalton) for a little over two months now so we've got the timing down and it's been showing in practice every day,' LaFell said Tuesday, June 21.
|Footballguys view: LaFell could open the season as key target in the Bengals pass offense if Tyler Eifert isn't ready for Week 1 after offseason ankle surgery. He was a non-factor last year after a leg injury landed him on the PUP to begin the season, but LaFell was a strong producer in 2014 for New England. He might not be worth a draft pick, but keep LaFell on your early season waiver wire speed dial with all of the opportunity in the Bengals passing game.|
Brandon LaFell player page
Lions | Detroit offense tougher for defenses? Tue Jun 21, 08:50 PM
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford believes his offense will be tougher to defend without former WR Calvin Johnson. Stafford said defenses won't know who the Lions will go to on offense, whereas most of the time in previous years Johnson was their go-to guy.
|Footballguys view: Yeah, we'll believe it when we see it. How can you lose a top WR in the game and be BETTER on offense? We'll be skeptical about this, but at least Stafford is showing confidence as he moves forward without Johnson. Golden Tate and Marvin Jones will be the top two wideouts for the Lions in 2016. We see Tate as a low-end WR2 while Jones is more of a low-end WR3 for fantasy owners. The current ADP for Tate is WR22 (4.04) while Jones is at WR41 (9.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Calvin Johnson player page
Matthew Stafford player page
Seahawks | Head coach lauds Tyler Lockett Tue Jun 21, 08:07 PM
Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett is one of the hardest working players ever, according to head coach Pete Carroll. Carroll said Lockett is a starter, much more than just a special teams player.
|Footballguys view: There's no denying it....we love Lockett. His speed, quickness and elusiveness made him a special player in college at Kansas State. We only saw the tip of the iceberg last year during Lockett's rookie season when he snared 51 passes for 664 yards and six touchdowns. Throw in Lockett's electric ability as a return man and you have a valuable fantasy asset. He's a big part of the Seahawks burgeoning passing game, and we see Lockett as an exciting WR3/flex play (with upside) for fantasy owners. There's always been a dash of Antonio Brown (Steelers) to his game, and we may see Lockett emerge as the WR1 for the Seahawks by the end of the 2016 season.|
Tyler Lockett player page
Jets | Brandon Marshall trying to shed weight Tue Jun 21, 04:49 PM
New York Jets WR Brandon Marshall will ideally play at 230 pounds throughout the 2016 season, if head coach Todd Bowles has his way. Marshall said he's played at an average of 234 pounds to 235 pounds the last five seasons.
|Footballguys view: Five pounds shouldn't make that much difference in his play, but perhaps he'll feel better and be able to bounce back after games quicker. The QB situation is looking more and more like it's going to be Geno Smith, but we still think Marshall is a high-end WR2 for fantasy owners. His ADP coincides with that logic, as he's currently WR13 (2.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Brandon Marshall player page
Bears | Alshon Jeffery makes progress on deal Tue Jun 21, 12:38 PM
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery has continued to talk about a long-term contract, and a new deal is possible for the receiver, who received the franchise tag.
|Footballguys view: Jeffery showed faith by signing his franchise tender already. He doesn't have much leverage, but signs now indicate he may get the long-term deal he wants. We imagine his contract will look similar to what both Demaryius Thomas (Broncos) and Dez Bryant (Cowboys) received last year as franchise-tagged star WRs.|
Alshon Jeffery player page
49ers | SF wideout jobs are wide open Tue Jun 21, 01:15 AM
San Francisco 49ers WRs Bruce Ellington, Quinton Patton and Jerome Simpson are in the mix for the starting job opposite WR Torrey Smith. WR Dres Anderson isn't expected to be consistent enough to shoulder the load, but he is also in the battle. WR DeAndrew White has plenty of size, but he is considered closer to the roster bubble than he is to being a regular contributor.
|Footballguys view: This is a spot not many fantasy owners should be looking at. Only those in the deepest of deep leagues should be thinking about a second WR from the 49ers in 2016. Even Smith is a deeper option, sitting at WR54 (11.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Jerome Simpson player page
Quinton Patton player page
Bruce Ellington player page
49ers | Torrey Smith ready for No. 1 role Tue Jun 21, 01:13 AM
San Francisco 49ers WR Torrey Smith inherits the No. 1 spot in the depth chart with WR Anquan Boldin no longer with the organization. It will be the first time in Smith's career that he is the unquestioned go-to guy. Smith wants to be more than just a deep threat and worked to develop a good rapport with QB Blaine Gabbert in the offseason.
|Footballguys view: Gabbert hasn't yet secured the starting job, but he has to be considered the frontrunner as Colin Kaepernick works to come back from three separate offseason surgeries. Smith should only be considered a WR5/WR6 for fantasy owners as this 49ers passing game could be a mess in year one of the Chip Kelly offense. Right now, Smith has an ADP of WR54 (11.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Blaine Gabbert player page
Torrey Smith player page
Bills | Dezmin Lewis turns heads in minicamp Tue Jun 21, 01:10 AM
Buffalo Bills WR Dezmin Lewis impressed during minicamp, and drew the raves from head coach Rex Ryan, who said Lewis 'consistently has done a great job.'
|Footballguys view: A seventh-round pick out of Central Arkansas last year, Lewis is a raw prospect but he has an intriguing size/speed combination. He can win on vertical routes but needs better 'my ball' mentality when going against more physical CBs. We're watching him in super deep dynasty leagues.|
Dezmin Lewis player page
Packers | Jared Abbrederis impressing Mon Jun 20, 04:36 PM
Green Bay Packers WR Jared Abbrederis showed exemplary route-running this offseason, according to head coach Mike McCarthy. McCarthy also praised the receiver's coverage recognition, breaking points and weight loss as high points. 'He plays the position technically and fundamentally at a very high level,' McCarthy added.
|Footballguys view: The Packers are looking for a WR3 behind starters Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. Abbrederis may be separating himself from the rest of the pack including guys like Ty Montgomery, Davante Adams and Jeff Janis. We'll be watching to see how this competition unfolds in training camp.|
Jared Abbrederis player page
Broncos | Demaryius Thomas fell behind last year Mon Jun 20, 04:20 PM
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas said he was thinking too much last season. Thomas missed a good portion of the 2015 offseason program while waiting for a long-term deal and his mother was set to be released from prison. Thomas said it was tough trying to catch up with the new offense after missing so much time and with his off-field life.
|Footballguys view: Thomas was the team's franchise player last year and it took right until the July 15th deadline to get him signed. He's in year two of the Gary Kubiak system, but in this balanced (leaning towards run-heavy) system we see Thomas as a WR2 for fantasy owners.|
Demaryius Thomas player page
Ravens | Michael Campanaro may not make team Mon Jun 20, 03:54 PM
Baltimore Ravens WR Michael Campanaro (calf) is at risk of not making the final roster if he cannot stay on the field during training camp, according to The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec. Campanaro missed most of last season with a back injury and is now dealing with a calf injury.
|Footballguys view: Campanaro was a seventh-round pick in 2014, and he's running out of time to make a positive impression. Back and thigh problems have limited him to just eight games as a pro. With addition like Mike Wallace (free agency) and Keenan Reynolds (draft) this offseason, the Ravens may not have a spot for Campanaro in 2016.|
Mike Campanaro player page
49ers | Two players may miss 49ers' final roster Mon Jun 20, 02:18 PM
San Francisco 49ers WRs DeAndre Smelter and RB Mike Davis were left off the 53-man roster projection, according to ESPN.com's Michael Wagaman.
|Footballguys view: Davis is a player we've been monitoring in dynasty leagues. Carlos Hyde is the starter with the 49ers, and veteran Shaun Draughn should be his primary backup. If Davis wants to make the team, he'll have to prove that he's more valuable than DuJuan Harris or rookie Kelvin Taylor.|
Mike Davis player page
DeAndre Smelter player page
Lions | Andre Roberts will be moved around Mon Jun 20, 01:17 PM
Detroit Lions WR Andre Roberts said he will be used as an outside receiver as well as a slot receiver during the preseason. He may also receive a chance to compete for the punt returner job.
|Footballguys view: The Lions must not have been happy with some of the reserve WRs in place as they signed Roberts recently. He's a speedy veteran who doesn't have much fantasy value--even if he is involved as a return man. We see the Lions peppering WRs Golden Tate and Marvin Jones as much as possible. There's talk about using TE Eric Ebron more as a receiver and RB Theo Riddick could catch 60 or so passes. That doesn't leave a lot for Roberts (or any other receiver).|
Andre Roberts player page
Lions | Two will compete for Lions' No. 3 WR job Mon Jun 20, 01:15 PM
Detroit Lions WRs Jeremy Kerley (undisclosed) and T.J. Jones are expected to compete for the No. 3 receiver job during training camp even though Kerley missed some offseason workouts because of an undisclosed injury.
|Footballguys view: No matter who wins this competition, we're not expecting much from either in fantasy value. A sixth-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft, Jones is known for his smooth athleticism after the catch.|
Jeremy Kerley player page
T.J. Jones player page
Bills | Sammy Watkins rehabbing with team Mon Jun 20, 11:32 AM
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) will remain in Buffalo, N.Y., most of the summer to remain close to the medical staff to ensure he stays on track to return for training camp.Link to story
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Bills | Sammy Watkins could be back for camp Sun Jun 19, 08:44 PM
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) expects to be ready when training camp begins July 30, but he said will be cautious when he returns to the field.
|Footballguys view: More good news surrounding Watkins here. We have a feeling the Bills will be cautious with Watkins during camp and the preseason so the injury is not aggravated. At this early juncture, all signs point to Watkins being ready by Week 1 of the regular season. Now, if he could only stay healthy for a full season.|
Sammy Watkins player page
Broncos | Cody Latimer playing faster Sun Jun 19, 02:40 PM
Denver Broncos WR Cody Latimer is starting to play faster, according to head coach Gary Kubiak. Latimer said he's ready for a big step in 2016. 'I just have a lot of confidence right now, I'm just ready to play,' Latimer said. 'I feel like it's time to make an impact.' Latimer added that he has a good grip on what the Broncos are doing offensively and what his role is.
|Footballguys view: Even if Latimer starts to play up to his potential, we don't see much fantasy relevance for him in the run-heavy Kubiak system. The Broncos moved up in the second round of the talent-rich WR class of 2014, but Latimer had bad chemistry with Peyton Manning and has only eight catches in his two-year pro career. He's competing with Bennie Fowler for the WR3 job behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.|
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Vikings | Second-team reps for Laquon Treadwell Sat Jun 18, 08:19 PM
Minnesota Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell performed well with the second-team offense during spring workouts, and beat writer Matt Vensel believes Treadwell will be a starter in Week 1.
|Footballguys view: It's only a matter of time. Treadwell can win at the point of the catch, and he's incredibly athletic with the ball in his hands. We believe that he'll start several games (if not the entire season) for the Vikings in 2016.|
Vikings | Charles Johnson working with starters Sat Jun 18, 08:14 PM
Minnesota Vikings WR Charles Johnson received most of his reps as the split end with the first-team offense during spring workouts.
|Footballguys view: Last year was supposed to be Johnson's breakout season after showing flashes as a rookie in 2014. The breakout didn't happen, and Johnson only snared nine passes for 127 yards and zero touchdowns in 11 games. He's had a great offseason to this point, so don't paint him as a bust just yet.|
Charles Johnson player page
Colts | Donte Moncrief running routes Sat Jun 18, 01:35 PM
Indianapolis Colts WR Donte Moncrief (toe) began running routes earlier this week for the first time since his toe surgery earlier this offseason.
|Footballguys view: Moncrief played with turf toe over the last month (or so) of the 2015 season. He's out of his walking boot and could have a breakout season for the Colts in 2016. Moncrief is a favorite target of QB Andrew Luck, and with Luck healthy we're expecting big things from the Colts passing game. His current ADP is WR35 (7.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Donte Moncrief player page
Texans | Cecil Shorts pay cut update Sat Jun 18, 01:18 PM
Updating a previous report, Houston Texans WR Cecil Shorts still has a $15,625 per game active roster bonus up to $250,000. Shorts' $100,000 workout de-escalator was removed from his original deal, however. His new cap figure stands at $2.371 million, down from $3.421 million.Link to story
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Texans | Cecil Shorts takes pay cut Sat Jun 18, 12:50 PM
Houston Texans WR Cecil Shorts has agreed to a $1 million pay cut. He was scheduled to make a base salary of $2.7 million in 2016 but will now receive a $1.2 million base salary and $500,000 roster bonus.
|Footballguys view: Shorts likely had to do this to insure his roster spot. The Texans added two WRs in the 2016 NFL draft and they've got second-year pro Jaelen Strong impressing this offseason. Shorts is currently WR2 on the depth chart opposite DeAndre Hopkins, but his hold on that job is tenuous.|
Cecil Shorts player page
Saints | Michael Thomas impressive during workouts Fri Jun 17, 04:35 PM
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas made several impressive catches during offseason workouts and was willing to talk with QB Drew Brees after plays in order to learn things.
|Footballguys view: Thomas is big, fast and physical. The second-round pick from Ohio State has natural hands and does a good job of winning at the point of the catch. Thomas could beat out Brandon Coleman for the team's WR3 job behind Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead.|
Jets | Kyle Williams signs with Jets Fri Jun 17, 02:31 PM
Free-agent WR Kyle S. Williams (Broncos) signed with the New York Jets on an undisclosed deal Friday, June 17. The Jets waived WR Quenton Bundrage.
|Footballguys view: Williams struggles to stay healthy, and he's primarily just a return man...if he can make the team.|
Kyle Williams player page
Lions | Corey Washington cut Fri Jun 17, 02:08 PM
Detroit Lions WR Corey Washington (undisclosed) was waived from the Reserve/Injured list.Link to story
Corey Washington player page
Raiders | Oakland exploring options in return game Thu Jun 16, 11:16 PM
Oakland Raiders CB T.J. Carrie is currently the frontrunner to return punts and RB Taiwan Jones is the favorite to return kickoffs, special teams coordinator Brad Seely said, but WR Joe Hansley, RB DeAndre Washington and WR Jaydon Mickens have also been receiving reps.
|Footballguys view: Jones should be able to get the job done. However, we want to see Washington touch the ball as much as possible. He could push Latavius Murray for touches as a RB, but Washington has the electric skill set to be a good returner as well.|
Taiwan Jones player page
Travis Carrie player page
Jaguars | Rashad Greene starting in slot Thu Jun 16, 10:18 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Rashad Greene has seen a majority of his reps as the first-team slot receiver, and he said he and QB Blake Bortles are becoming more comfortable working with each other.
|Footballguys view: Greene is a fine receiver when healthy. He has the quickness to get open on underneath routes, and he's got a fearless nature when going over the middle. Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns and TE Julius Thomas will get all of the fantasy love so Greene is mainly just a dynasty prospect.|
Blake Bortles player page
Rashad Greene player page
Bengals | Brandon LaFell picking up offense Thu Jun 16, 10:01 PM
Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell has picked up the offense quickly, QB Andy Dalton said, and LaFell said he is ready to take advantage if defenses double team WR A.J. Green.
|Footballguys view: We're not buying the LaFell hype. He's a player who has dropped way too many passes dating all the way back to his college career at LSU. LaFell is not consistent, and we're not sure he's going to be the answer opposite Green. Watch to see if rookie Tyler Boyd emerges in the Bengals passing game.|
Brandon LaFell player page
A.J. Green player page
Andy Dalton player page
Patriots | D.J. Foster tweaked hamstring Thu Jun 16, 09:43 PM
New England Patriots WR D.J. Foster (hamstring) had limited opportunities at the end of minicamp after tweaking his hamstring.
|Footballguys view: Foster could work his way up the depth chart...if he can stay healthy. The rookie from Arizona State can play RB or WR, and there's a chance he could develop as a Julian Edelman-like prospect for the team. That's why Foster is a player we'll be monitoring closely in our dynasty leagues.|
Lions | Jim Caldwell quiet about Anquan Boldin Thu Jun 16, 09:18 PM
Free-agent WR Anquan Boldin's (49ers) visit with the Detroit Lions wasn't discussed by head coach Jim Caldwell, who declined to answer all questions related to Boldin Thursday, June 16.
|Footballguys view: That bad, huh? The Lions are looking for more WR help, and that's why they signed Andre Roberts last week. No word on whether or not Boldin is an option.|
Anquan Boldin player page
Ravens | Steve Smith won't play much Thu Jun 16, 07:33 PM
Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith (Achilles') probably won't play much in the preseason, if at all, according to head coach John Harbaugh.
|Footballguys view: As we've said before, this is expected. They don't want to risk a guy who is a big part of their offense in the most meaningless part of the season. Smith should be a solid WR4 this year, but we don't expect the eye-popping numbers he was putting up last season.|
Steve Smith player page
Seahawks | Doug Baldwin contract being negotiated Thu Jun 16, 07:23 PM
Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin's possible contract extension is being worked on by both sides, according to head coach Pete Carroll. Carroll said the goal is to get him locked up for a long time.
|Footballguys view: Baldwin had a tremendous second half to last season, but Seattle's offense still skews towards the run, which limits his upside a little. Without Marshawn Lynch in the backfield, things might shift a little but we aren't sure yet. Baldwin should produce regardless, and we see him as a solid WR3 with upside this year.|
Doug Baldwin player page
Bengals | James Wright to be ready for camp? Thu Jun 16, 06:41 PM
Cincinnati Bengals WR James Wright (knee) participated in individual drills for the first time Wednesday, June 15, after undergoing micro fracture knee surgery this offseason. Wright said he felt explosive and he thinks he'll be ready for training camp, but it's not certain at this point.
|Footballguys view: We still think he's a long shot to make the team, forget making an impact but we're still pulling for him.|
James Wright player page
Chiefs | Four roster moves made by Kansas City Thu Jun 16, 06:06 PM
Kansas City Chiefs CB Bryce Cheek was waived Thursday, June 16. WR Kenny Cook (undisclosed) was waived/injured. Free-agents WR Seantavius Jones (Eagles) and SS Akeem Davis (Colts) were subsequently signed.Seantavius Jones player page
Bills | Rex Ryan praises Dezmin Lewis Thu Jun 16, 02:41 PM
Buffalo Bills WR Dezmin Lewis caught the eye of head coach Rex Ryan during offseason workouts.
|Footballguys view: A raw player with natural skills, Lewis needs to improve all aspects of his game before he can become a factor. It's good Ryan was impressed but we're not adding Lewis to our rosters.|
Dezmin Lewis player page
Redskins | Jamison Crowder has impressed Thu Jun 16, 02:41 PM
Washington Redskins WR Jamison Crowder has excited the coaching staff in offseason practices. Crowder thought he wore down late last year, but he has looked decisive and explosive in his routes in practice this year. Washington will be reluctant to sit Crowder based on how he looked this spring, even when WR Josh Doctson (Achilles') is back. Crowder must show that he can shake defensive backs in press coverage, though.
|Footballguys view: Crowder was mediocre last year despite catching a team rookie record 59 receptions. But then again, you don't ask all that much from fourth round receivers. With Josh Doctson a first round selection this year, we're not sure how much Crowder will have to do. We wouldn't draft him this year.|
Jamison Crowder player page
Titans | Tajae Sharpe to open camp as starter? Thu Jun 16, 02:08 PM
Tennessee Titans WR Tajae Sharpe has impressed head coach Mike Mularkey, and Sharpe is expected to begin training camp as a starting wide receiver.
|Footballguys view: It's going to be quite the battle between Dorial Green-Beckham and Sharpe. It's possible they both end up starting along with Rishard Matthews, since Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter have disappointed overall and Harry Douglas is over the hill. Rookies have steep learning curve, so Sharpe may falter when the fur starts flying for real. Right now we aren't throwing him on our rosters, but he has the chance to be a solid WR5 with upside. We just need to see more.|
Titans | Dorial Green-Beckham still a project Thu Jun 16, 01:47 PM
Tennessee Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham remains somewhat of a project at the NFL level after he was thrown out of Missouri in college and went to Oklahoma but didn't play in 2014. Wide receivers coach Bob Bratkowski thinks the time off hurt Green-Beckham's game and caused him to develop at a slower pace. Green-Beckham was picked by the former Titans regime under general manager Ruston Webster, and new general manager Jon Robinson has said before that he's not particularly interested in projects. For now, Bratkowski said things are trending in the right direction for Green-Beckham.
|Footballguys view: Reports have rookie Tajae Sharpe playing ahead of Green-Beckham right now, so it will be an interesting battle between he and Sharpe. Right now we feel Green-Beckham will win out, and should end up as a decent WR5 to start, but right now it seems like it's anyone's game. It's also possible both Sharpe and Green-Beckham could vault the underwhelming Harry Douglas, Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter.|
Dorial Green-Beckham player page
Texans | Jaelen Strong a changed man Thu Jun 16, 01:45 PM
Houston Texans WR Jaelen Strong made an effort to slim down this offseason and change his diet. He also did a lot of running to drop 30 pounds. He also made a conscious effort to surround himself with better people after he was arrested in the offseason for marijuana. 'I definitely cut a lot of people out,' Strong said. 'A lot of people don't really need to know what's always going on with me. You've got to do what's best for yourself. And right now, I'm in the best shape I could be.' Head coach Bill O'Brien has already called Strong 'one of the most improved players on our football team.'
|Footballguys view: Strong disappointed the coaching staff and with Will Fuller and Braxton Miller getting drafted, Strong has to put out his best effort. We still see Fuller and DeAndre Hopkins will get most of the snaps so even if he is doing well Strong isn't likely worth a roster spot this year and his ADP of WR93 tells us that others feel the same way right now.|
Jaelen Strong player page
Giants | Victor Cruz doing drills again Thu Jun 16, 11:46 AM
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee, calf) is doing individual drills for the third straight day Thursday, June 16.
|Footballguys view: This is three days in a row, which we take as a great sign he might see the field this year. We're not sure what he has left in the tank, though, or how age and the injury might have impacted his skills. He's a depth guy right now, but given that he is also WR70 in recent drafts, he could have tremendous value if he plays well.|
Victor Cruz player page
Redskins | Josh Doctson absent from practice Thu Jun 16, 01:36 AM
Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson (tooth, Achilles') was absent from minicamp practice Wednesday, June 15, as he was having a tooth pulled, according to head coach Jay Gruden.
|Footballguys view: He should be ready for training camp, though he might want to lay off the Abba Zabbas and brush more frequently. Doctson has a lot of catching up to do, and while we believe he could have a role here, it's unclear what that will be. He has to find targets behind Desean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and Jordan Reed. Right now he is no better than a WR5 or WR6.|
Texans | Jaelen Strong turning heads Wed Jun 15, 10:49 PM
Houston Texans WR Jaelen Strong has been impressive during organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp, impressing with seemingly more scoring plays than anyone. He managed three touchdowns on just 14 receptions last season.
|Footballguys view: There were rumors around the Draft that Strong had frustrated the coaching staff with his struggles in 2015, so he has a lot to lose, especially after the team took on rookies Will Fuller and Braxton Miller. Strong has reportedly changed his attitude with regards to dealing with criticism from the coaches as well. We'll see how this plays out, but he's likely no better than the third option behind DeAndre Hopkins and Fuller, and therefore not worth more than a deep roster spot.|
Jaelen Strong player page