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1.Derrius Guice downplays injury (FantasyPros) Derrius Guice who injured his hamstring while rehabbing, downplayed the injury and stated there's "no reason" for concern. Analysis: Guice reportedly was on track for the start of training camp before the injury news developed. Guice tweeted out Friday night, "I don't listen to the noise, I know what's going on with me." It is entirely possible that Guice could be back for training camp. Amid health concerns, Guice faces tough competition for playing time in a backfield that also has Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson. We will know more on Guice's availability as training camp draws closer.3 hours
2.Braxton Berrios could secure roster spot (FantasyPros) Braxton Berrios who was stashed on injured reserve as a rookie, has looked good at spring practices in hopes to landing a roster spot as part of the Patriots receiving corps. Analysis: Berrios, a sixth round pick in 2018, is in good health after spending his entire rookie season on the injured reserve. He will need his strong May and June to carry over into training camp, if he hopes to land a roster spot with the team. His odds will largely remain on the health of Demaryius Thomas and the suspension status of Josh Gordon. According to Reiss, Berrios would be in a Danny Amendola-type role as a slot receiver while also working as... (More)4 hours
3.Free agent RB Alex Collins breaks his le... (Rotoworld) Free agent RB Alex Collins broke his leg. Analysis: Collins has been training in hopes of a new deal, which now seems unlikely in the very near future. In addition to the injury, Collins is facing three charges stemming from an arrest in March, which could lead to a lengthy suspension from the NFL. Collins will have to be patient, but he is still only 24 years old and only two years removed from a 973-yard season.5 hours
4.David Johnson to see lot of action as receiver (FFToday) It’s been a long time since David Johnson’s dynamic 2016 season and push for a 1,000-1,000 rushing/receiving year ended with a scary knee injury in Los Angeles. His 2017 season was lost to a wrist injury, his 2018 lost to a struggling offense and a struggle knowing how to use his talents. Johnson should fit perfectly into the new Cardinals’ offense, mainly because Johnson remains the team’s best offensive weapon (especially at this point in Murray’s development). The Cards are still going to run the ball and Johnson will be the bellcow. But his recei... (More)6 hours
5.Ezekiel Elliott threatening to skip camp (FFToday) Chargers running back Melvin Gordon isn’t being coy about his intent to hold out until he gets a new deal. Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott apparently is, at least for now. Per a league source, Elliott has privately said that he will hold out of training camp unless he gets a new contract. Analysis: Yahoo's Charles Robinson reports Zeke hasn't made a decision about whether to hold out of camp yet or not, but he definitely wants an extension "in the works." Elliott has two years left on his rookie deal and is actually making a smart play considering he will probably ... (More)6 hours
6.Martavis Bryant: Applies for reinstatement (RotoWire) Bryant (knee, suspension) formally applied for reinstatement Monday, Dan Graziano of ESPN.com reports. Analysis: Bryant announced his intent to apply for reinstatement earlier this offseason, and has now officially begun the process. The 27-year-old has reportedly worked with both the NFL and NFLPA in addressing his off the field issues. The former Pittsburgh and Oakland wideout received an indefinite suspension in mid-December of the 2018 season after violating the terms of his April 2017 conditional reinstatement. Less than two weeks before the suspension, Bryant had suffered a season-ending PCL injury. He ended the 2018 season with... (More)6 hours
7.Martavis Bryant applies for reinstatemen... (Rotoworld) Suspender free agent WR Martavis Bryant has applied for reinstatement. Analysis: According to ESPN's Dan Graziano, Bryant has been working with the NFL and the Players Association on steps he needs to take to address his mental health issues, with therapists and ADHD treatments. Bryant has been trying to come to an agreement with the league for proper treatment for his mental health. Still 27, Bryant could yet again get another chance.7 hours
8.Jadeveon Clowney: Not signing extension (RotoWire) Clowney didn't sign an extension before Monday's deadline and isn't expected to report to training camp, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Analysis: Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle reports that the 26-year-old is expected to rejoin the Texans before Week 1, but only after he sits out most or all of training camp. Clowney's unsigned $15.9 million franchise tender is a nice bargain for the team if it's compared to the deals signed by fellow pass rushers Demarcus Lawrence (Cowboys), Frank Clark (Chiefs) and Trey Flowers (Lions) during the offseason. After struggling with injuries early in his career, Clowney missed just one game the p... (More)8 hours
9.Raiders add Cooper amid Icognito suspens... (Rotoworld) Raiders signed OL Jonathan Cooper. Analysis: Cooper was released by the Niners last September before landing with Washington as a late-season addition. Recovering from a torn biceps procedure in the offseason, Cooper is merely much-needed depth following OG Richie Cognito’s two-game suspension.9 hours
10.Antonio Callaway: Earns Mayfield's praise (RotoWire) Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield said Callaway looked sharp during the offseason program, Andrew Gribble of the team's official website reports. "We have been very happy with how [Callaway] came back from the offseason ready to go," Mayfield said. "Just how quick he is and you can tell he has been working on his craft." Analysis: Callaway averaged 5.2 yards on 45 targets in eight games with Hue Jackson and Todd Haley running the show last season, followed by 10.3 yards on 34 targets in eight games under Freddie Kitchens, who now serves as head coach. The trade of volume for efficiency worked great from the Browns' perspective, but fa... (More)9 hours
11.Grady Jarrett: Signs extension before deadline (RotoWire) Jarrett is signing a four-year, $68 million contract, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Analysis: Jarrett and the Falcons appear to have reached an agreement just an hour or two before Monday's 4 p.m. ET deadline for franchise-tagged players. The 26-year-old defensive tackle averaged 51.7 tackles (27.3 solo) and 4.3 sacks over the past three seasons, including a career-high six sacks in 2018. The $17 million average annual average on his contract ranks third among defensive tackles, behind the Rams' Aaron Donald and the Eagles' Fletcher Cox.9 hours
12.Texans, DE Clowney fail to make deadline... (Rotoworld) Texans and Jadeveon Clowney did not reach a long-term deal before Monday’s deadline. Analysis: As expected, Houston’s failure to reach an agreement with Clowney will ultimately result in the 26-year-old holding out for a majority of training camp and inevitably playing out what could be his final year with the team on a franchise tag. It’s hardly surprising the two sides failed to meet in the middle given Clowney’s extensive injury history. He’s looking to build off the nine sacks and 16 TFLs he compiled just last year.9 hours
13.Falcons 'turning attention' to Deion Jon... (Rotoworld) ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Falcons will have "face-to-face" talks with contract-year MLB Deion Jones' agent on Wednesday. Analysis: NFL.com's Ian Rapoport hinted Julio Jones would be the Falcons' priority after locking up Grady Jarrett on Monday, but Schefter offers compelling evidence that it is actually Deion. It makes sense, as Deion is headed into an actual contract year, while Julio has two seasons remaining. There's a strong chance both players are taken care of before Week 1.10 hours
14.Phillip Lindsay: Ready to go (RotoWire) Lindsay (right wrist) feels good to go in advance of training camp, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports. "In my mind I'm ready," Lindsay noted Monday. "I'm 100 percent." Analysis: The running back did, however, acknowledge that Denver's coaches and training staff will determine the amount of reps he takes once camp opens up Thursday. The 24-year-old joined the Broncos last season as an undrafted free agent, but the 5-foot-8, 190-pounder emerged as the team's lead back in 2018, en route to logging 192 carries for 1,037 yards and nine rushing TDs to go along with 35 catches for 241 yards and a receiving score. Lindsay heads into the comin... (More)11 hours
15.Alex Smith: Sheds external fixator (RotoWire) Smith recently had the external fixator removed from his broken leg, NFL.com's Kevin Patra reports. Analysis: Nearly eight months after he suffered his devastating injury, Smith finally is able to shed the device that allowed his leg to heal properly. He won't be ready for football in 2019, but he's been clear about his desire to eventually resume playing. Meanwhile, Washington is set to host a three-way quarterback battle between Case Keenum, Dwayne Haskins and Colt McCoy (leg).11 hours
16.Julio Jones extension could 'take a whil... (Rotoworld) NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports a Julio Jones extension is the Falcons' "most pressing priority," but that it could "take a while." Analysis: The Grady Jarrett deck was going to be cleared either way on Monday, and it was in the form of a new four-year deal. For his part, Jones — who is signed through 2020 — has said he will not hold out. The Falcons are a team that likes to get out in front on extensions. Jones seems likely to get one before Week 1.11 hours
17.Falcons reach 4-year, $68M deal with Jar... (Rotoworld) Falcons signed DT Grady Jarrett to a four-year, $68 million contract. Analysis: Jarrett had been franchise tagged. The sides just beat Monday's 4PM ET deadline for a long-term contract. Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Jarrett is now the third-highest paid interior defensive lineman in the league. The No. 137 overall pick of the 2015 draft, Jarrett has never posted gaudy sack totals, but consistently generates interior disruption. He earned monster marks from Pro Football Focus each of the past two years. 2019 will be his age-26 campaign.11 hours
18.Kamrin Moore: Suspended pending further investigation (RotoWire) The Giants have suspended Moore, who was arrested this past weekend, pending further investigation. Analysis: Per a statement released by the team, the safety's arrest, which occurred in Linden, New Jersey, was for an alleged domestic violence-related incident. Moore, who was selected by New Orleans in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft, was subsequently claimed on waivers by the Giants last September.11 hours
19.Yahoo confirms Elliott holdout possibili... (Rotoworld) Yahoo's Charles Robinson confirms Ezekiel Elliott is considering holding out of Cowboys training camp. Analysis: Per Robinson, the sides have been talking for over a month. Robinson believes Elliott will nix a holdout, even absent a new deal, if he believes the 'Boys are "making a serious push to get an extension worked." The Cowboys are scheduled to report in 12 days. Typically, players' leverage is at a peak heading into the final year of their contracts, but Elliott's camp could be sensing that is no longer true for running backs, who each season take a beating that inexorab... (More)11 hours
20.Blood clot forced Clint Boling to retire (Rotoworld) Ex-Bengals OG Clint Boling says his retirement is due to the discovery of a blood clot in his right leg following last season. Analysis: Boling said if not for the clot, he would have returned for 2019. Boling's retirement has left the Bengals ruinously thin on the left side of their offensive line.11 hours
21.DJ's receiving skills 'back to the foref... (Rotoworld) AzCardinals.com's Darren Urban expects David Johnson's receiving skills to "come back to the forefront" under new coach Kliff Kingsbury. Analysis: This is a widely-held belief all across the industry, but it is still nice to hear it coming from a canny team observer like Urban. In addition to more creative usage, Johnson should also benefit from improved quarterback play and more raw plays. Now going on 28, Johnson is trying to bounce-back to high-end RB1 status after a pair of lost seasons.11 hours
22.Isabella 'sure thing' for initial opport... (Rotoworld) AzCardinals.com believes second-round WR Andy Isabella "seems a sure thing to have an initial chance." Analysis: The highest-drafted of the Cardinals' three rookie wideouts, No. 62 overall pick Isabella can play both inside and out. 5-foot-9 Isabella led the nation in receiving yards (1,698) and yards per route run (4.15) as a 2018 senior at UMass. Although he is quite slight, Isabella also boasts 4.31 speed. A highly-intriguing dynasty league prospect, Isabella is also a wild card for 2019 re-draft value.12 hours
23.Zay Jones: Gearing up for training camp (RotoWire) Jones (undisclosed) should be ready for the start of training camp Nate Mendelson of the Bills' official website reports. Analysis: Jones, Cole Beasley (abdomen) and Robert Foster (foot) all missed June minicamp, temporarily leaving John Brown unquestioned as the top receiving threat. It remains to be seen how the Bills divide snaps between the four wide receivers, with each boasting a reasonable case for consistent playing time. Jones led the team in targets, catches, receiving yards and touchdowns last season, but his averages of 11.6 yards per catch and 6.4 per target were far from impressive. Even his late-season TD outburst left ... (More)12 hours
24.Phillip Lindsay (wrist) says he's 100 pe... (Rotoworld) Phillip Lindsay (wrist) said he will be "100 percent" for the start of Broncos training camp on Thursday. Analysis: "In my mind I'm ready," Lindsay said. The sophomore back did allow that he could be eased in slowly. Speaking early last month, coach Vic Fangio said he expected Lindsay to be ready. Lindsay is atop the depth chart, but he could face a stronger challenge from fellow sophomore Royce Freeman than he did as a rookie.12 hours
25.Robert Foster: Expected back for camp (RotoWire) Foster (foot) should be a full go for the start of training camp, Nate Mendelson of the Bills' official website reports. Analysis: Foster missed part of June minicamp with a foot injury, but competition for snaps is his larger concern after the Bills signed John Brown and Cole Beasley (abdomen) during the offseason. With Zay Jones (undisclosed) also still around, the team has four wide receivers that can make a decent case for regular playing time.12 hours
26.Ezekiel Elliott could holdout without new contract (FantasyPros) Ezekiel Elliott has reportedly told those close to him that he plans a holdout this NFL season if not given a new contract. Analysis: The unexpected news comes from Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio. It's unclear if Zeke's desire to hold out stems from Melvin Gordon's recent holdout announcement or the fact that the Cowboys have pushed his contract talks to the back burner while focusing on DeMarcus Lawrence, Dak Prescott, and Amari Cooper. The situation is one to monitor closely, but Elliott hasn't made any public plans to sit out yet. He's still worth a top-3 pick in all formats until further notice.12 hours
27.Report: Ezekiel Elliott planning camp ho... (Rotoworld) Profootballtalk reports that Ezekiel Elliott has "privately said that he will hold out of training camp unless he gets a new contract." Analysis: Unlike Melvin Gordon, Elliott has been publicly silent on his contract situation. Gordon, of course, is headed into an actual contract year. Elliott still has two seasons remaining on his rookie deal. He has also been dealing with the fallout from another off-the-field issue, his May altercation with a security guard in Las Vegas. If Elliott is serious, it would be an intelligent gambit in an increasingly-unforgiving running back mark... (More)12 hours
28.Ronald Jones adds 13 pounds of muscle this off-season (FantasyPros) Ronald Jones has added 13 pounds of muscle this off-season. Analysis: Jones played at 208 pounds last year and is now up to 221 as training camp approaches. Typically running backs perform better when they lose weight over the off-season but Jones was so bad in his rookie season that it's good to see him committed to a workout program. He has a chance to lead the Bucs in rushing this year but remains a high-risk fantasy pick.12 hours
29.S Kam Moore charged with domestic violen... (Rotoworld) Giants S Kamrin Moore has been charged with third-degree aggravated assault for allegedly "punching a woman and knocking her unconscious after stepping on her neck in a domestic violence incident." Analysis: The incident happened outside of Moore's New Jersey home last Thursday evening. He is alleged to have "placed his foot" on the woman’s neck and "punched her in the face with a closed fist and causing her to lose consciousness." A 2018 sixth-round pick of the Saints, Moore made two rookie appearances for the Giants. This will end his NFL career.12 hours
30.Robbie Gould, 49ers sign two-year contract (FantasyPros) The 49ers and Robbie Gould have agreed to a two-year, $10.5 million contract. Analysis: Gould and the Niners beat the deadline for players on the franchise tag to sign. The two-year deal is fully guaranteed and could wind up being four years if San Francisco picks up the option. He'll certainly be a worthwhile fantasy option once again this year.12 hours
31.Ezekiel Elliott reportedly the 'target of extortion' (FantasyPros) The attorneys of Ezekiel Elliott released a statement saying their client has been the "target of extortion". Analysis: The full statement can be viewed in the attached link. The bottom line here is that Elliott has already met with Roger Goodell and has been cleared of any violations for his off-season incident in Las Vegas. Fantasy players can feel safe drafting him with a first-round pick this year.12 hours
32.Alex Smith sheds brace on right leg (Rotoworld) Alex Smith has stopped wearing the "external fixator" on his surgically-repaired right leg. Analysis: "Although it’s not over, today is a big milestone," Smith's wife said in a social media post. "We are shedding the weight Alex has been carrying (literally and figuratively). It’s one step closer to the goal." Smith has previously said the fixator would "save my leg, save my bone, allow me to heal and walk again." If 35-year-old Smith does play football again — a major "if" — it will not be for the Redskins, who used the No. 15 overall... (More)12 hours
33.Dak Prescott: Discussing new contract (RotoWire) Prescott and the Cowboys exchanged initial extension offers before the end of the team's offseason program, Jori Epstein of USA Today reports. Analysis: Prescott and Amari Cooper are entering contract seasons, while Ezekiel Elliott is under team control through 2020 thanks to the fifth-year option for first-round picks. The young quarterback said it's viable for each player to rank near the top of his position in contract value, noting how the NFL salary cap consistently has risen in recent years (six straight seasons with an increase of at least $10 million). Prescott is correct in his belief, but that doesn't mean it will be an easy... (More)13 hours
34.Bengals OG Clint Boling announces retire... (Rotoworld) Bengals OG Clint Boling retired after eight seasons in the NFL. Analysis: Only 30, Boling cited "medical" concerns as the reason for his retirement. "This is not an easy decision, but it is the right one for me, my wife Kelly and our two young girls." A fourth-round pick in 2011, Boling has been a fixture at left guard for the Bengals since his sophomore season. With first-rounder Jonah Williams out for the season and Boling retired, the Bengals have a big hole at left guard.13 hours
35.Derrick Morgan: Announces retirement (RotoWire) Morgan is retiring from football, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports. Analysis: A 2010 first-round pick, Morgan played each of his nine NFL seasons with Tennessee, notching 306 tackles (208 solo) and 44.5 sacks in 118 games. He had at least 4.5 sacks every year from 2012 to 2017, averaging 6.7 per season during that stretch. With fellow outside linebacker Brian Orakpo also retiring, the Titans are counting on Cameron Wake, Harold Landry and Kamalei Correa to provide a pass rush off the edge for an otherwise stellar defense.14 hours
36.Robbie Gould: Ends standoff with four-year deal (RotoWire) Gould is signing a four-year, $19 million contract with the 49ers, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports. Analysis: The deal includes two years and $10.5 million fully guaranteed, replacing the franchise tag that Gould refused to sign. He apparently backed off with his trade request once the 49ers offered him a contract that ranks second to only Justin Tucker's among NFL kickers. The 36-year-old made 72 of 75 field-goal attempts (96 percent) and 55 of 59 extra-point tries (93.2 percent) the past two seasons in San Francisco, finishing top 10 in kicker fantasy scoring both years.15 hours
37.NFL, NFLPA taking 'baby steps' toward ne... (Rotoworld) NBC Sports' Peter King reports the NFL and the NFLPA have taken "baby steps" toward a new collective bargaining agreement. Analysis: There have already been three negotiating sessions for the agreement which does not end until after the 2020 season, and a fourth is scheduled as the NFL pushes to get something done this year. That does not mean, however, that a deal is close. According to King, the players want a bigger piece of the revenue pie to get a deal done early, and the proposed 18-game season is a non-starter. There is still a long way to go in this saga.15 hours
38.'Now some hope' Jarrett, Falcons reach d... (Rotoworld) ESPN's Adam Schefter reports there is "now some hope" the Falcons and franchise-tagged DT Grady Jarrett will reach a deal before the 4 pm ET deadline. Analysis: Earlier Monday, Schefter reported the two sides were unlikely to reach a deal. Things tend to get done on deadline day, however, and it sounds like some progress has been made in negotiations. Jarrett is currently scheduled to earn $15.2 million on his one-year tender.16 hours
39.Derrick Morgan retires after nine season... (Rotoworld) Ex-Titans OLB Derrick Morgan announced his retirement after nine seasons in the NFL. Analysis: Morgan wrote he entered 2018, his contract year, assuming it would be his last in the NFL, and now he has made it official. The No. 16 overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft, Morgan spent all nine of his seasons with the Titans. He retires with 44.5 career sacks including a nine-sack campaign back in 2016.17 hours
40.Falcons, Grady Jarrett unlikely to reach... (Rotoworld) ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Falcons and franchise-tagged DT Grady Jarrett are unlikely to reach a long-term agreement.18 hours
41.49ers, Robbie Gould agree to long-term d... (Rotoworld) 49ers signed K Robbie Gould. Analysis: Gould was scheduled to make almost $5 million under the franchise tag, so it is safe to assume the average value of this deal is somewhere near there. Seemingly looking to return to Chicago, Gould was not happy with the tag and even demanded a trade in the spring, but the 49ers never wavered about keeping him around and surprisingly got him to agree to a long-term contract on deadline day. Gould has connected on 96 percent of his field goal attempts since joining the 49ers in 2017.18 hours
42.Kizer sees himself as a future Super Bow... (Rotoworld) DeShone Kizer said, "I don't see myself as Aaron Rodgers' backup for the final era of his career. I see myself as a future Super Bowl MVP." Analysis: Having goals is a great thing. Having confidence is also a great thing. But Kizer's short-term goal should be to absorb as much of Aaron Rodger's knowledge as possible before trying to compete for a starting job elsewhere. That, of course, is no guarantee. Through two seasons, Kizer has thrown 11 touchdowns to 24 interceptions. A big 2019 preseason would go a long way for Kizer to reach his goals, but Kizer is a career backup unti... (More)1 day
43.Mayfield impressed with WR Antonio Calla... (Rotoworld) Baker Mayfield has been impressed with WR Antonio Callaway this offseason. Analysis: Mayfield said, "We have been very pleasantly and very happy with how he came back from the offseason ready to go. Just how quick he is and you can tell he has been working on his craft." The Browns are excited to get Callaway against CB3s this season with Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry receiving most of the attention, but targets will be slim for the second-year receiver. Callaway will be a low-end, boom-or-bust fantasy asset as a deep threat for Mayfield.1 day
44.Dynasty | Ronald Jones bulks up (Dynasty League Football) Tampa running back Ronald Jones has added 13 pounds of muscle in the off-season and is now 221 lbs. Analysis: He's up 13 pounds from his 2018 listed weight. Jones had a dismal rookie season and DLF's RB39 rushed for 44 yards and one touchdown on 23 attempts while chiming in with seven receptions for an additional 33 yards. The added weight should help but won't fix the deer-in-headlights indecision that plagued him on nearly every carry. Hopefully an additional year of training camp and a back-to-basics approach will unleash th... (More)1 day
45.Dynasty | Melvin Gordon not backing down (Dynasty League Football) Melvin Gordon is serious about being paid or traded and says "you can't just replace a great back". Analysis: Working in Gordon's favor, unlike Le'Veon Bell in Pittsburgh, is that the Chargers don't have the depth chart to easily replace him. It certainly appears as there is no bluff in Gordon's words and that he's prepared to sit as long as needed to in order to address the issue. Still under contract, however, he will have to appear shortly after the conclusion of week 10 to get credit for the contract y... (More)1 day
46.Tua, Herbert are favorites for 2020 1st ... (Rotoworld) Oregon QB Justin Herbert has the second-best odds of being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Analysis: The betting markets currently give Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa a 66.7% chance of being selected with the first pick, while Herbert sits at 20%. Tagovailoa and Herbert are the consensus top-two draft-eligible quarterbacks entering the college season with Georgia QB Jake Fromm coming in at No. 3. Other names to know with first-pick consideration are Ohio State DE Chase Young and Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy.1 day
47.Deon Yelder: Dealing with hamstring injury (RotoWire) Yelder missed OTAs and June minicamp with a hamstring injury, Brooke Pryor of The Kansas City Star reports. Analysis: The injury comes at an inopportune time for the 24-year-old, who can compete for the No. 2 tight end spot behind Travis Kelce now that Demetrius Harris is in Cleveland. Yelder's competition comes in the form of John Lovett, whose versatility is very appealing to the Chiefs' staff. Yelder caught on with Kansas City as an undrafted rookie last season and only saw eight snaps -- just one of those on offense -- over three games. At Western Kentucky, Yelder found some success in his senior season, racking up 52 receptions f... (More)1 day
48.Avery Williamson: Shifting to weak side (RotoWire) Williamson will shift to weak-side linebacker this season, Brian Costello of The New York Post reports. Analysis: The move follows the addition of inside linebacker C.J. Mosley, who likely will take over the play-calling on defense. Williamson was on the field for 100 percent of defensive snaps in 15 of 16 games last season en route to racking up 120 total tackles, three sacks, six pass breakups, one interception and two forced fumbles. Williamson is locked in as a starter, but he may face competition for playing time on passing downs.1 day
49.Jordan Phillips: Tops depth chart, for now (RotoWire) Phillips is currently listed atop the depth chart at one of the defensive tackle spots, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports. Analysis: It's only a matter of time before No. 9 overall pick Ed Oliver takes over the role, but for now the energetic Phillips -- who posted 12 tackles and no sacks in 12 games for Buffalo after being dumped by Miami last season -- will keep the seat warm. At least this shows Phillips should have a chance to start should anything happen to Oliver or if the rookie's slow to adjust to the pro game, but make no mistake -- the Bills don't plan to have Oliver watch and learn from the bench.1 day
50.Melvin Gordon: Still working toward extension (RotoWire) Gordon said Saturday he still hopes to work things out with the Chargers, Jeff Miller of The Los Angeles Times reports. "Like, that's the team who blessed me with an opportunity," Gordon said. "But it's an opportunity right now where I know I need to take advantage of it. You know, I want to get paid. That's just kind of what it is. Hopefully I end up a Charger." Analysis: Despite his generally favorable view of the team, Gordon's recent threat of a holdout or trade demand suggests he and the Chargers remain far apart on financial details of a contract extension. Although it helps Gordon's case that the team is well stocked for anothe... (More)1 day
51.Braxton Berrios: Making bid for roster spot (RotoWire) Berrios looked good at spring practices, putting himself in advantageous position to secure a roster spot, ESPN.com's Mike Reiss reports. Analysis: The 2018 sixth-round pick returned for the Patriots' offseason program in good health after spending his entire rookie season on injured reserve with an undisclosed issue. The team lacks sure things at wide receiver beyond Julian Edelman, but there's enough depth that Berrios could still miss out on a roster spot if his strong work from May and June doesn't carry over to July and August. His odds largely depend on the health of Demaryius Thomas (Achilles) and the suspension status of Josh ... (More)1 day
52.Beat reporter expects Berrios to make ro... (Rotoworld) ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss expects Braxton Berrios to make the team out of training camp. Analysis: Berrios was stashed on injured reserve as a rookie, but now that he's healthy, the sophomore pass-catcher is hoping to land a spot in a wide-open Patriots receiving corps. Training camp doesn't open for another nine days, but Berrios has already been at the New England's facility for some time now. Reiss envisions Berrios filling a Danny Amendola-type role as a slot receiver while also working as a return specialist. The Patriots have plenty of questions to answer at receiver behind... (More)1 day
53.Ronald Jones said he put on 13 lbs of mu... (Rotoworld) Ronald Jones put on 13 pounds of muscle this offseason. Analysis: Jones is now up to 221 pounds after playing at 208 last season. "I’ve put on a lot of pounds of muscle," said the 2018 second-rounder. "I’ve been training with my guy, eating four or five meals a day, protein shakes right after workouts. I’m bigger." Jones has reportedly been a standout this offseason and should have a good chance to unseat career plodder Peyton Barber as the Bucs' lead back. However, fantasy owners may want to pump the brakes a bit coming off a disastrous rookie season that included... (More)1 day
54.Gordon: 'You can't just replace a great ... (Rotoworld) In reference to his contract standoff with the Chargers, Melvin Gordon said, "You can’t just replace a great back." Analysis: To illustrate his point, Gordon pointed out how the Cowboys were a "completely different team" when Ezekiel Elliott was suspended in 2017. Gordon went on to call running back the next-most important position behind quarterback and feels he and other top ball-carriers "should get paid as such." The 2015 first-rounder has threatened to hold out into the regular season if his contract demands aren't met, though Gordon has also said he h... (More)1 day
55.Carroll: It's 'great' to see Prosise hea... (Rotoworld) Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said it's been "great" to see C.J. Prosise healthy this offseason. Analysis: Prosise showed promise as a rookie in 2016, particularly as a receiver, but injuries have cost him most of his career to this point. He's logged just 10 appearances over his last two seasons while battling abdominal, ankle and hip injuries. "To add him into the competition is really nice," said Carroll. "We’re fired up about C.J. being back." Assuming he makes the team out of camp, the contract-year ball-carrier will merely be fighting for scraps behind ... (More)1 day
56.Caldwell steps away to address health is... (Rotoworld) Dolphins assistant/QBs coach Jim Caldwell is taking a leave of absence to address health concerns. Analysis: "I will be stepping back due to some medical complications that require my full attention," said the former Colts and Lions head coach, who joined Brian Flores' staff in Miami this offseason after spending last year out of the league. "I want to thank Stephen Ross, Chris Grier, Coach Flores and the rest of the organization for the support they have given me and my family." Caldwell will still help the Dolphins as a consultant, but most of his on-field responsibilities will be absorbed by assistant QBs coac... (More)1 day
57.Guice not concerned over hamstring injur... (Rotoworld) Derrius Guice downplayed his recent hamstring injury, stating there's "no reason" for concern. Analysis: This was in response to a Twitter user, who noted many were "freaking out" over his recent setback. Guice added, "I don't listen to the noise. I know what's going on with me." The injury occurred weeks ago and it's entirely possible that the second-year back will be up and running by the time training camp starts later this month. That being said, Guice's current mid-round ADP is a tough ask coming off last year's ACL tear, especially with Adrian Peterson... (More)1 day
58.Zeke's attorney believes RB is being ext... (Rotoworld) Ezekiel Elliott's attorneys released a statement claiming the former has been the "target of extortion." Analysis: "Over the course of the past several weeks, Mr. Elliott has been the target of extortion," the statement reads. "Kyle Johnson's filing of a criminal complaint against Mr. Elliott in connection with the Las Vegas incident is the latest attempt to do so." The full release can be viewed in the link below. Elliott has already been cleared of any violations stemming from the incident, so any further action from his legal team is simply considered leg... (More)2 days
59.Malik McDowell: Suspended two games (RotoWire) McDowell (concussion) has been suspended for the first two games of the 2019 NFL season, Liz Matthews of USA Today reports. The suspension is believed to be related to McDowell's arrests for unrelated incidents in the past year. Analysis: McDowell was released by the Seahawks in May after failing to play a single snap with the team that originally drafted him, ultimately missing the entire 2018 campaign after suffering a serious head injury stemming from an ATV accident. McDowell's agent Drew Rosenhaus "is confident" he'll play again in 2019, but facing a two-game suspension it's unclear which team will opt to bring the defensive line... (More)2 days
60.Dynasty | Derrius Guice tweaks hamstring (Dynasty League Football) Derrius Guice tweaked his hamstring weeks ago and is in for a "light workload" after camp opens on July 25th. Analysis: Already rehabbing from a torn ACL that ended his rookie campaign, he's down again and is questionable for the open of camp. The Redskins were already going to take a cautious approach with the sophomore runner and this will undoubtedly lock in a reduced workload. It's a full depth chart with Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson, Samaje Perine and, rookie, Bryce Love so there will be little need to risk further in... (More)2 days
61.DeMarcus Lawrence (shoulder) aiming for ... (Rotoworld) Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence (shoulder) said his priority is to be ready for Week 1. Analysis: "My main thing is to be ready by Week One," Lawrence said. "The mobility and my strength is coming back naturally. I’m working every day. I’m able to do things. I’m just still limited." Currently 12 weeks into a 4-6 month timetable, it makes sense for Lawrence to aim for the first regular season game rather than rush back for preseason reps. He's fully expected to start training camp on the physically unable to perform list with hopes of avoiding any reserve/PUP time.2 days
62.Gordon wants to work things out with Cha... (Rotoworld) Melvin Gordon said he wants "to end up with the Chargers." Analysis: "I want to end up with the Chargers," Gordon said. "That's my home. That's the team that blessed me with an opportunity, and I can't forget that. But like I said, I know I'm in an opportunity right now where I know I have to take advantage of it, and I want to get paid." The 26-year-old has threatened holding out and demanding a trade if Los Angeles doesn't meet his demands as he approaches the fifth and final year of his rookie contract. The sides still have a few weeks to negotiate before... (More)2 days
63.Broncos DL Billy Winn ready for training... (Rotoworld) Broncos DL Billy Winn (knee) is on track for training camp. Analysis: Winn hasn't appeared in a game since 2016 after major knee surgery. The Broncos were confident enough in his health to take a flyer on him and he should be cleared for the start of camp. Winn is far from a roster lock, but he's in the mix for a run-stopping role.2 days
64.Chad Williams likely to be cut (Rotoworld) The Arizona Republic expects the Cardinals to move on from Chad Williams. Analysis: Williams became expendable after Arizona drafted a trio of receivers. In a new regime, he's unlikely to make it past final cuts. Williams has good size and is still only 24, so it's possible he could fetch a late-round pick. Williams may be auditioning for other teams this preseason.2 days
65.Juan Thornhill (calf) on track for camp (Rotoworld) Chiefs rookie FS Juan Thornhill (calf) is expected to be ready for training camp. Analysis: Thornhill was sidelined at minicamp with his calf injury. The missed reps are a setback, but it shouldn't impact his camp status. Assuming he stays healthy, Thornhill should be a Week 1 starter opposite Tyrann Mathieu.2 days
66.Aaron Lynch: Participating in offseason program (RotoWire) Lynch (elbow) participated in June minicamp, Larry Mayer of the Bears' official site reports. Analysis: Lynch re-signed with Chicago on April 1 after missing the final three games of 2018 due to a sprained right elbow. The injury seems to be a thing in the past, as the 26-year-old's participation over the offseason bodes well. Lynch seems poised for a rotational role behind Leonard Floyd this season.3 days
67.Geno Atkins: Expected to be ready for camp (RotoWire) Atkins (undisclosed) is making progress in his recovery and is expected to be ready for training camp, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports. Analysis: Atkins has appeared in 16 games in each of the last five seasons. It's unsure exactly how serious this undisclosed issue is, but it was at least severe enough to keep the 31-year-old out of the Pro Bowl in late January.3 days
68.Darian Thompson: Returns healthy (RotoWire) Thompson (groin) participated in June minicamp, Bryan Broaddus of the Cowboys' official site reports. Analysis: Thompson signed a one-year deal with Dallas in March after appearing in 10 games for the club in 2018. The 25-year-old could see an increased role with the Cowboys after a full offseason of learning the program. Thompson had a solid performance with the Giants in 2017, amassing 75 tackles (61 solo), six pass breakups and an interception over 16 games.3 days
69.Dynasty | Chris Herndon suspended four games (Dynasty League Football) Chris Herndon has been suspended by the NFL for four games due to violating the NFL's policy on substances of abuse. Analysis: Herndon pled guilty to a DUI in January of 2019, so this suspension should not come as much of a surprise to the fantasy community. It's possible Herndon appeals the length of the suspension, but fantasy managers should plan for the worst. The Jets drafted Trevon Wesco in the fourth round this year, but it will be difficult to trust any tight end on the jets roster during Herndon's absence. Chris will stil... (More)3 days
70.Nate Sudfeld locked into roster spot (Rotoworld) The Newark Star Ledger considers Nate Sudfeld a roster lock. Analysis: This isn't a surprise, though Sudfeld is coming off a rough showing at OTAs. The Eagles have only Cody Kessler and fifth-rounder Clayton Thorson behind him, so he's there's not much danger in losing the backup job. It's possible the Eagles keep three quarterbacks if Sudfeld's struggles carry into the preseason.3 days
71.Mo Alie-Cox likely to see handful of sna... (Rotoworld) 107.5 The Fan's Kevin Bowen expects Colts TE Mo Alie-Cox to see 20 snaps per game this season. Analysis: Alie-Cox was one of the stars of Indy's offseason program. He held his own in nine rookie appearances (one start), but doesn't have a clear path to snaps behind Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle. Alie-Cox has the talent to play his way into the No. 2 role — something that could happen in training camp. He's worth a Dynasty stash.3 days
72.Chris Herndon: Appealing four-game suspension (RotoWire) Herndon will appeal his four-game suspension, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports. Analysis: Reports earlier this summer suggested the tight end likely would face a two-game suspension after pleading guilty to a DWI charge from last summer. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the league decided on four games instead of two because a woman at the scene of the car accident claimed bodily harm caused by the crash. Herndon presumably hopes to have the length of his suspension reduced to two or three games.3 days
73.NFL hands McDowell two-game suspension (Rotoworld) NFL suspended free agent DL Malik McDowell two games. Analysis: McDowell was charged with simple assault of a police officer, operating under the influence, obstructing justice and driving with a suspended license following a February arrest in Lathrup Village, Michigan. A second-round pick of the Seahawks in 2017, McDowell never saw the field during his time in Seattle, missing his rookie year due to injuries suffered in an ATV accident. Being suspended on top of his current legal issues won't help the 23-year-old's NFL prospects.3 days
74.Derrius Guice: Injures hamstring (RotoWire) Guice (knee) injured his hamstring and now appears questionable for training camp, Erin Hawksworth of 106.7 The Fan reports. Analysis: Any player in the first season back from a major knee/leg/foot injury faces heightened risk of other lower-body issues. Guice reportedly was on track for the start of training camp before this new development, though he was limited to individual drills and a rehab program throughout OTAs and minicamp. In addition to the health concerns, Guice faces tough competition for playing time in a backfield that also has Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson on hand. Running backs coach Randy Jordan said in June th... (More)3 days
75.Richie Incognito hit with two-game suspe... (Rotoworld) NFL suspended Raiders OG Richie Incognito two games for violating the league's personal conduct policy.3 days
76.Derrius Guice recovering from hamstring ... (Rotoworld) 106.7 The Fan's Erin Hawksworth reports Derrius Guice (knee) suffered a hamstring injury while rehabbing and is questionable for the beginning of training camp. Analysis: Guice was already questionable for the start of camp as he completes his recovery from a torn ACL. The Fan's Craig Hoffman adds important context, saying the injury "happened a few weeks ago." The severity is unclear. Even if minor, Guice can ill afford any complications as he tries to get back to full health, especially after offseason reports had him behind in his rehab. Guice's 2019 fantasy upside comes att... (More)3 days
77.Chris Herndon: Suspended four games (RotoWire) Herndon has been suspended for the first four games of the 2019 regular season, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports. Analysis: Herndon was charged with DWI last summer and pleaded guilty in January. He'll be eligible to participate in training camp and preseason before missing the first four games of the regular season. With the Jets on bye Week 4, the 23-year-old tight end won't be able to play until Week 6 against the Cowboys (Oct. 13). Eric Tomlinson, Daniel Brown and Trevon Wesco are the other tight ends on New York's roster.3 days
78.Owners pushing for 18-game regular seaso... (Rotoworld) According to Andrew Beaton of the Wall Street Journal, NFL owners have proposed an 18-game regular season with a caveat that no player would be allowed to compete in more than 16 games. Analysis: The NFLPA has been reluctant to extend the regular season due to injury concerns, but putting a cap on how many games a player can suit up for would be an interesting compromise. Per Beaton, extending the regular season by two games could increase league revenue by $2.5 billion while potentially adding $15 million to each team's salary cap. Choosing when to sit players would also add an interesting layer to coaching decisions. It's unclear ... (More)3 days
79.Derrius Guice tweaks hamstring, may miss training camp (FantasyPros) Derrius Guice has tweaked his hamstring and may miss the Redskins' training camp. Analysis: It's bad news for Guice, who missed all of 2018 with a torn ACL as a rookie and was coming along according to schedule in his rehab. An explosive talent coming out of LSU, Guice has yet to play a snap in the NFL and is in danger of missing even more time in 2019. Even if he's ready to go for the start of the season, he's a risky fantasy proposition.3 days
80.Buccaneers 'excited' about Perriman addi... (Rotoworld) According to Pewter Report's Mark Cook, of the Buccaneers' offseason signings, many in the organization are "most excited about" Breshad Perriman. Analysis: After flaming out in Baltimore, Perriman redeemed himself somewhat by contributing 16 grabs for 340 yards and two touchdowns over a 10-game stint with Cleveland last year. Perriman's speed is obviously an asset, though the UCF alum has shown suspect hands since arriving in the league as a first-round pick in 2015. While he won't match DeSean Jackson's production as a deep threat, Perriman has a good chance to establish hims... (More)3 days
81.Chris Herndon slapped with four-game suspension (FantasyPros) Chris Herndon has been suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Analysis: The suspension stems from a driving while intoxicated charge from June, 2018 which Herndon plead guilty to last January. The suspension for this type of incident is usually two games, but it can be up to four with the presence of aggravating circumstances. He had a promising rookie season, finishing with 502 yards and four TDs and was expected to take another step forward in his second year. The other TEs on the roster are Eric Tomlinson, Daniel Brown, and 2019 4th-Round rookie Trevon Wesco. It's uncl... (More)3 days
82.Chris Herndon suspended four games for D... (Rotoworld) NFL suspended Jets TE Chris Herndon four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Analysis: Herndon knew a suspension was coming following his DUI arrest last June, though four games is probably a longer ban than he was anticipating (previous reports suggested it would only be a two-game suspension). The Jets have an early bye (Week 4), so Herndon won't be eligible to return until Week 6 against Dallas. Daniel Brown and Trevon Wesco are candidates to fill in at tight end during Herndon's absence, though neither will carry much fantasy weight.3 days
83.Jets' TE Chris Herndon suspended 4 games (FFToday) Jets TE Chris Herndon has been suspended four games for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, stemming from a drunk driving arrest. Analysis: We've been speculating that Herndon would get a 2-game suspension but the four-gamer will put a damper on his fantasy outlook for 2019. The Jets have a bye in Week 4, meaning Herndon won't see the field until Week 6. Eric Tomlinson and Daniel Brown are expected to be the main tight end options while Herndon sits on the sidelines.3 days
84.Bosa trending toward training camp retur... (Rotoworld) 49ers first-round DE Nick Bosa (hamstring) posted photos from a recent workout on his Instagram account. Analysis: Bosa was mostly a spectator during OTAs while working back from a hamstring injury, but appears to be on the mend. The second overall pick has said all along he'd be ready for the start of training camp later this month and it looks like he's on track to do just that. Bosa's older brother Joey (pictured in one of the workout photos posted to Instagram) took home Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2016 and Nick should have an excellent chance to follow in his footsteps.3 days
85.Pat Peterson wants to be a Cardinals lif... (Rotoworld) Patrick Peterson said he would "love to be a Cardinal for life." Analysis: Peterson seemed disgruntled at times last year and even asked for a trade at one point, but clearly the veteran, who is currently facing a six-game PED suspension, has had a change of heart. "I love Arizona," said the eight-time Pro Bowler. "I'm in a very happy place with the team." Peterson didn't seem to be an enormous fan of Steve Wilks' zone coverage scheme but should be in better hands with new defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, who specializes in the secondary.3 days
86.Rolando McClain: Hoping for NFL return (RotoWire) McClain (suspension) wants to return to the NFL, Matt Zenitz of AL.com reports. Analysis: The No. 8 overall pick from the 2010 NFL Draft last played football in 2015 and was suspended indefinitely in December 2016 for repeated violations of the league's substance abuse policy. McClain will celebrate his 30th birthday this upcoming weekend, so he may have lost a step even if his off-field issues have been sorted out. He's been in contact with the NFL Players Association, starting the process toward reinstatement.3 days
87.Greg Stroman: Batting for depth job (RotoWire) Stroman likely will compete with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a few other players for a depth role, Andrew Breitfelder of the team's official website reports. Analysis: Stroman started three games and played 386 defensive snaps as a rookie last season, filling in for Quinton Dunbar (shin) late in the year. With Dunbar expected to return healthy alongside Josh Norman and Fabian Moreau, the 2018 seventh-round pick may be left to compete for the No. 4 cornerback job.3 days
88.Fabian Moreau: Shows improvement during offseason (RotoWire) Coach Jay Gruden mentioned Moreau as one of Washington's most improved players during the offseason program, Andrew Breitfelder of the team's official website reports. Analysis: Moreau spent most of his time in the slot last season, piling up 58 tackles (37 solo), five passes defended, three forced fumbles and an interception on 839 defensive snaps in 16 games. He occupied an every-down role toward the end of the season, but he'll likely slide back to the nickel job with Quinton Dunbar (shin) expected to return healthy for training camp. Josh Norman remains the safest bet for IDP production among Washington cornerbacks, though he's ne... (More)3 days
89.Rolando McClain, 30, wants to return to ... (Rotoworld) AL.com’s Matt Zenitz reports suspended LB Rolando McClain wants to return to the NFL. Analysis: McClain turns 30 on Sunday and hasn’t played a down in the NFL since 2015. He was suspended indefinitely in 2016 and hopes to be reinstated in the near future in order to latch on with a team this summer. The former No. 8 overall pick also had hip surgery in 2016 and feels healthy and rested. On-field play really wasn’t McClain’s issue; it was the off-field nonsense. The odds are likely stacked against him.3 days
90.Gehrig Dieter: Well positioned for roster spot (RotoWire) Dieter has a good chance to stick on the 53-man roster, offering value on both offense and special teams, according to Brooke Pryor of The Kansas City Star. Analysis: A possible suspension for Tyreek Hill further helps Dieter's case, and it doesn't hurt that he's close friends with quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The Alabama product spent most of 2017 and 2018 on Kansas City's practice squad, eventually landing on the active roster last November after Sammy Watkins injured his foot. Dieter logged just 32 offensive snaps and one reception in four regular-season games, but he also played 46 snaps on special teams, showing enough to remain ... (More)3 days
91.Matt Judon: Discussing extension (RotoWire) Judon said his agents have opened extension talks with the Ravens, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports. Analysis: Judon played all 32 games (including 20 starts) the past two seasons, averaging 52.5 tackles, 19.5 quarterback hits and 7.5 sacks on 732.5 snaps. He may be headed for an even larger workload in the final season of his rookie contract, after Baltimore lost fellow outside linebackers Terrell Suggs (Cardinals) and Za'Darius Smith (Packers) during the offseason. In light of the recent deals handed out to pass rushers, Judon likely is angling for a contract in the range of $14-18 million per season.3 days
92.Cameron Artis-Payne: Facing backup competition (RotoWire) Artis-Payne faces competition for backup work from Jordan Scarlett, Elijah Hood (knee), Elijah Holyfield and Reggie Bonnafon, Brendan Marks of The Charlotte Observer reports. Analysis: The Panthers have talked about reducing Christian McCaffrey's workload, but a lack of investment in their backfield points toward another season full of lofty snap counts. Artis-Payne is the only other Carolina tailback with an NFL carry to his name, while Scarlett has the advantage of being a recent draft pick (2019 fifth-round pick). There's no runaway favorite to earn the No. 2 job, and it's still possible the Panthers bring in a veteran to improve t... (More)3 days
93.Duke Johnson could land in Tampa Bay (FantasyPros) Duke Johnson signed Thursday with agent Drew Rosenhaus, hoping his new representative can facilitate a trade. The Buccaneers are rumored to be a possible destination. Analysis: Johnson switched agents in hoping to get a deal done quicker, as he clearly wants out of Cleveland. He previously stated his desire to play elsewhere is motivated by the fact the Browns tried to originally deal him back in February. He's entering the first of his three-year, $15.6 million dollar contract, including a $5 million dollars in bonuses the Browns have already paid for. The Buccaneers are rumored to be a top suitor, as they are one of the few te... (More)3 days
94.Andy Reid endorses Damien Williams (FFToday) Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams has "taken the challenge" and "earned the right to be (the full-time starter) for the year," according to head coach Andy Reid. Analysis: Reid did qualify his statement by saying "you take it one game at a time" and "it's a matter of production" in regards to whether he stays in that role. Based on his late-season play, there's little question he is capable. The question is ability to handle the workload; he hasn't handled more than 210 touches in a season since his junior college days. Reid's track record for getting fantasy production ... (More)4 days
95.Ex-GF seeking child support from Tyreek ... (Rotoworld) Tyreek Hill's ex-fiancee Crystal Espinal has filed a petition saying he is the father of her recently-born twins, and that she is seeking full custody. Analysis: Espinal is trying to establish "supervised parenting time for (Hill) and child support." It's just the latest development in the pair's ongoing saga of legal issues. Espinal's friend released audio in April that seemed to implicate Hill in the physical abuse of the duo's son, though a longer recording released earlier this week actually had Hill denying the charges, as well as the 2014 allegation that he abused Espinal... (More)4 days
96.'Extremely doubtful' DL McDowell plays a... (Rotoworld) The Athletic's Michael-Shawn Dugar considers it "extremely doubtful" free agent DL Malik McDowell will ever gain medical clearance to resume his career. Analysis: "He’s trying to catch on with somebody," were the words of McDowell's attorney, who has advised his client not to speak with the media. That's because McDowell is facing felony charges in a pair of recent legal issues. Although he just turned 23, McDowell seems to have thrown up too many obstacles on his way toward appearing on the NFL gridiron. 4 days
97.Justin Reid: Returns healthy (RotoWire) Reid (wrist) participated in Houston's offseason program, Drew Dougherty of the team's official website reports. Analysis: Reid suffered a rib injury during a playoff loss to the Colts and had wrist surgery shortly thereafter. He seems to be back at full strength, now locked in as a starting safety after he had 88 tackles (70 solo), 10 passes defensed and three interceptions in 16 games (12 starts) during his rookie season. Reid will line up next to Tashaun Gipson, who averaged just 53 tackles (43.7 solo) as a 16-game starter in Jacksonville each of the past three seasons.4 days
98.Duke Johnson: Signs with Drew Rosenhaus (RotoWire) Johnson signed Thursday with agent Drew Rosenhaus, hoping his new representative can facilitate a trade, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Analysis: Johnson separated from his old representation earlier this week, apparently frustrated to still be on the Cleveland roster months after he first asked for a trade. He said the desire to play elsewhere is motivated by his knowledge that the Browns tried to trade him back in February when they signed Kareem Hunt (suspension). Unsatisfied with the offers, Cleveland then pivoted to keeping Johnson around, with potential to reopen trade negotiations later. Rosenhaus reportedly helped facilitate t... (More)4 days
99.Troy Apke: Pushing for defensive snaps (RotoWire) Apke appears next in line behind Montae Nicholson for the starting job at free safety, Ethan Cadeaux of NBC Sports Washington reports. Analysis: A 2018 fourth-round pick, Apke is a premier athlete (4.34 40) who lacks experience playing safety after starting out as a wide receiver during his time at Penn State. A hamstring injury limited him to two appearances last season, with each of his 22 snaps coming on special teams. Apke and Deshazor Everett likely will compete for the third safety role, which could lead to some playing time in nickel and dime packages.4 days
100.Montae Nicholson: Primed for starting spot (RotoWire) Nicholson will get first crack at the starting free safety role, Ethan Cadeaux of NBC Sports Washington reports. Analysis: Nicholson lost his starting job midway through last season when Washington acquired HaHa Clinton-Dix in a trade with the Packers. Nicholson then struggled with injuries and an off-field incident during the second half of the season, but he isn't expected to face a suspension after charges stemming from his December arrest were dropped. A poor showing during training camp and the preseason could allow Troy Apke or Deshazor Everett to push for the starting job. For IDP purposes, strong safety Landon Collins is the f... (More)4 days

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