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Cowboys kicking the tires on RBs
Ronnie Hilliman, Dernard Robinson in for workouts
Source: in addition to Denard Robinson, the Cowboys worked out RB Ronnie Hillman on Thursday. (Field Yates on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: The Cowboys are getting prepared for a Zeke Elliott suspension by bringing in Robinson and Hillman for a workout. If either is signed, they would be nothing more than depth behind Elliott and Darren McFadden.
Boldin to visit Bills on Monday
Former Lions WR still looking for a home
Source: Free-agent WR Anquan Boldin will visit the Buffalo Bills on Monday. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: Boldin has kept a low profile this off-season but has expressed his interest to be in the "right situation". Now that training camps are getting ready to start, Boldin is ramping his interest in finding a new home.
Seth DeValve still generating hype
Second-year TE poised to break out in 2017?
Seth DeValve caught plenty of folks’ attention throughout the spring and appears poised to have a significant role in Cleveland’s offense. He was hamstrung a bit at this time last year because of a handful of injuries that limited his practice time. He dealt with an injury in season, too, but still came away with a couple of bright moments, including his 25-yard touchdown catch against the Ravens.
“The proof will be obviously when we put the pads on, but he is ahead of where he was a year ago,” TE coach Greg Seamon said. (ClevelandBrowns.com)
FF Today's Take: For those counting, the team website is jumping on the same wagon HC Hue Jackson, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Akron Beacon-Journal helped start with DeValve's strong showing this spring. Owners in deeper leagues should watch him closely, as Cleveland will need to throw the ball and lacks a plethora of high-end receiving options.
Keenan Allen flashing pre-injury form
QB: "Looks as good as he did before he got hurt"
Keenan Allen, who also missed eight games with a lacerated kidney in 2015, was working on the field with the team during OTAs this spring and Rivers said he doesn’t think anyone will notice a difference in the wideout’s play.
“I really think he looks as good as he did before he got hurt,” Rivers said on The Rich Eisen Show. (Pro Football Talk)
FF Today's Take: Owners shouldn't expect to hear anything different from Rivers regarding Allen. Each ACL rehab is its own separate case and Allen theoretically should be in good shape for the season opener considering his ACL tear happened in Week 1 last year. With that said, most ACL patients struggle to gain trust in their knee until the second year, which was the case with Kelvin Benjamin last year. He should be treated as a high-risk, high-reward WR2 in fantasy in 2017.
Chris Johnson back in Arizona
CJ2K signs one-year deal
Cardinals are giving 31-year-old RB Chris Johnson a one-year deal. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: Johnson was limited to four games in 2016 but led the team in rushing in 2015. With only Kerwynn Williams and Andre Ellington behind David Johnson, the Cardinals were wise to bring back a veteran they were familiar with and capable of handling the load for a game or two should David Johnson get sidelined for any length of time. He won't be the greatest handcuff in the world by any stretch, but he should be considered semi-valuable insurance for any DJ owner.
Mike Williams not a candidate for surgery?
Rookie WR's herinated disc "improving"
Surgery was on the table 3-4 weeks ago (for Mike Williams' herinated disc). Two sources with direct knowledge say it is NOT on the table now. Williams is improving. (NFL.com - Ian Rapoport)
FF Today's Take: The Tyrell Williams bandwagon has hit its first speed bump. Mike Williams sounds like he is destined to open training camp on the active/PUP list, but he may be able to go Week 1 after all. He wasn't necessarily expected to make a huge rookie-year impact anyway, so owners in smaller leagues can probably leave on the waiver wire for now.
Geronimo Allison suspended one game
Violating the NFL's substance abuse policy
Geronimo Allison, the Green Bay Packers' second-year receiver who made a surprising contribution as a rookie, was suspended for the first game of the regular season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, the league announced Wednesday. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: Allison is fighting for the Packers No.4 receiving job behind Nelson, Adams and Cobb. He will only come into fantasy relevance if he cracks the top 3 receiving group. He's a late-round flier on the of the best passing offenses in the league.
Chargers Mike Williams may need back surgery
Second epidural given for herniated disk
The Los Angeles Chargers are still hoping to avoid it, but first-round pick Mike Williams might need back surgery on his herniated disk that would end his rookie season, league sources tell ESPN. The team still is hoping that Williams will respond positively to the second epidural but also knows there's a real chance he will not and his rookie year will be over before it begins. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: Bad news for the rookie wideout. It sounds like the best case scenario is for him to get back on the practice field at some point during training camp. Even if he does, he's missed so much time it would be a minor miracle for him to contribute in any meaningful fantasy way in 2017. Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin would be the biggest benefactors if Mike Williams were to miss significant time.
Jags to workout TE Gary Barnidge
Ex-Brown tight end looking for work
Former Cleveland Browns tight end Gary Barnidge is scheduled to visit and workout for the Jaguars on July 25, a league source told First Coast News on Wednesday. (First Coast News)
FF Today's Take: Barnidge was released by the Browns earlier this off-season but hasn't received much interest. The Jags could use tight end help with Marcedes Lewis and Mychal Rivera atop the depth chart. Barnidge blew up in 2015 with a 79-1043-9 line fell back to earth in 2016 with just 612 yards and 2 TDs. The Ravens are also a fit for the veteran's services.
Talkin' Bears wide receivers
Wheaton pegged for deep threat role
The Bears intend for Wheaton to be their deep threat, filling a role that was pegged for White before he suffered multiple broken bones in his left leg. Victor Cruz will compete with Kendall Wright for the slot receiver job. (Chicago Tribune)
FF Today's Take: Cameron Meredith missed most of the Spring with a torn ligament in his thumb but the Bears are hoping he will be ready for training camp. Meredith, Kevin White and Markus Wheaton who got $5 million guaranteed from the Bears earlier this off-season are considered locks for the roster. Ultimately, White and Meredith are the only names fantasy owners should give consideration to.
Mike Glennon to remain starter all season?
Mitchell Trubisky not expected to push veteran
For those just tuning back in after last year's 3-13 finish - this is not an open quarterback competition. It's not veteran Mike Glennon versus second-overall pick Mitchell Trubisky with coach John Fox dangling the car keys between them. It's Glennon's job on Day 1, and the team plans for the depth chart to remain stacked that way. All season, in fact. Until further notice, Glennon's grip on the job remains strong because he is the only one of the two trained in an NFL offense. (Chicago Tribune)
FF Today's Take: It's the right approach given how raw Trubisky is, but it remains to be seen if the Bears will have the conviction to stick to it like so few teams before them have. At the very least, Glennon should give this offense - specifically Cameron Meredith and Jordan Howard - a decent shot to match or exceed its production from last season. Glennon is a low-end QB2 for fantasy purposes.
Danny Woodhead winning over Ravens
Flacco makes comparison to Ray Rice in the passing game
Danny Woodhead looked as elusive as ever during the Baltimore Ravens' offseason. While the Ravens are excited about what their new weapon can do after the reception, everyone has been more impressed with what Woodhead has done before the catch.
"Really, ever since we lost Ray Rice, we haven't had a type of back that’s quite like how Ray was and quite like how Danny is in the passing game," quarterback Joe Flacco said. "They just have a very good feel for when they're open and how to get open, how to sit in holes, how to find my eyes, and you can already see that." (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: From 2009-13, no running back caught more passes than Rice, who averaged 67 receptions a season during that span, and that is considered one of the primary reasons why Baltimore outbid the Broncos and Chargers to secure his services. It should come as no surprise if Woodhead pushes for 70-plus catches given the fact the Ravens lost players like Steve Smith, Dennis Pitta and Kyle Juszczyk in the offseason. Owners could easily make a case Woodhead will be a top-20 PPR back this fall.
Panthers fire Dave Gettleman
Carolina GM canned after four seasons
Carolina Panthers owner/founder Jerry Richardson announced Monday that general manager Dave Gettleman has been relieved of his duties. (Panthers.com)
FF Today's Take: While NFL teams have no problem handing out pink slips, it is extremely unusual for executives to receive them at any point of the year unless it is right after the end of the season. There is speculation the reason Gettleman was let go was because he either wasn't interested or wasn't making any progress on extensions for a pair of Richardson's favorites in Thomas Davis and Greg Olsen.
Ezekiell Elliott headed for more trouble?
Allegedly involved in bar disturbance
More information regarding Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s alleged involvement in what Dallas police called a “disturbance” at a bar on Sunday night has begun to filter out. The police said a 30-year-old man told them he had been assaulted, but did not know who did it. TMZ also spoke to someone identified as “Sgt. Williams” from the Dallas police who said that a friend of the alleged victim also identified Elliott as the assailant and a social media post from Sunday night carried the same message with some NSFW language. (Pro Football Talk)
FF Today's Take: Elliott's off-field issues are becoming increasingly worrisome for fantasy owners. The Cowboys running back may already be facing a short suspension for a domestic issue last summer and could face a longer suspension if he's found to be at fault in the skirmish last night.
Texans' D'Onta Foreman arrested
Marijuana possession and unlawful weapon charges
Texans rookie running back D'Onta Foreman, the third-round pick from the University of Texas, was arrested early Sunday morning in Austin on possession of marijuana and unlawful weapon charges. "We are aware of the situation involving D'Onta Foreman, and we are gathering more information," the Texans said. (Houston Chronicle)
FF Today's Take: Foreman has been ticketed with the backup role in the Texans running game behind Lamar Miller. More info to come...
Michael Floyd suspended 4 games
Violating the NFL's substance abuse policy
Source: Vikings WR Michael Floyd has been suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season. (Field Yates on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: It's the Friday NFL news dump. Floyd violated his house arrest by failing alcohol tests which Floyd attributed to drinking kombucha tea. Floyd can return to the team on October 2nd ahead of Week 5 and is eligible to play during the preseason.
Rams' WR Mike Thomas suspended 4 games
Zeke to face 1-2 game suspension?
NFL investigation is ongoing
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that although the investigation is still ongoing, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is bracing for a short suspension stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident in 2016. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: Schefter went on to say that there's a growing sense that a 1-2 game suspension may occur in the coming weeks for the Cowboys starting running back. Nothing is official on this situation, but its enough to give fantasy owners drafting in the top three some pause. Darren McFadden is Elliott's backup.
George Kittle making an impression
GM John Lynch: "He's exceeded our expectations."
George Kittle could very well be an impact player as a rookie. You keep hearing his name for a reason. The tight end’s play during minicamp earned himself some publicity. GM John Lynch continued to build the excitement around Kittle during a phone interview with KNBR.
“He’s really flashed. He’s got some suddenness to him in his movements. He catches the ball extremely well. George gives us something we don’t have as a playmaker down in the red zone. He is that guy who can win 1-on-1. He can impose his will and out-athlete people. He’s exceeded our expectations,” Lynch said. (49ers.com)
FF Today's Take: Kittle turned heads at the NFL Combine with a 4.52 40-yard time and was one of the best all-purpose tight ends in the 2017 draft. Although his odds of contributing in fantasy in Year 1 are slim due to the history of rookie tight ends and the talent surrounding him in San Fran, the firth-round pick has a bright future and needs to be owned in dynasty leagues.
Ebron digging his fit in 2017 offense
TE "overly excited" about how he will be used
Eric Ebron: The way they are going to go about using me this year has me "overly excited." It's going to be fun for me. (Sirius XM NFL Radio)
FF Today's Take: This isn't the first time he has spoken out about how much "fun" he is going to have, and he isn't unreasonable to think that. Ebron seems to be the most likely candidate to replace the bulk of the 95 targets - including an eye-popping 22 in the red zone - Anquan Boldin is leaving behind. After disappointing owners in each of his first three seasons, he is a very good candidate to break into the mid-TE1 ranks this season.