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  • Brandon Aiyuk Has Been The Star Of Training Camp

    San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk has been the most impressive player at training camp according to his teammates. Jimmie Ward says the third-year wideout is "having the best camp out of everyone on the team." The former Arizona State star had an outstanding rookie season followed up by a mediocre sophomore year where he struggled at times. Now, the 24-year-old looks like he has taken that next step to be a go-to target for the Trey Lance-led offense. Lance has been working with Aiyuk all offseason, and the two have developed a great rapport during their training sessions. There are a lot of mouths to feed in this run-heavy San Francisco offense, as Deebo Samuel and George Kittle will command significant target volume. However, Aiyuk is still well worth a late-round pick. He was the WR20 in fantasy points per game from Week 9 onwards last year after starting the season in the dog house. So, he has shown he can produce WR2 numbers despite a crowded pass-catching group. If Samuel or Kittle were to miss any time, his fantasy value would skyrocket.

    Aug 4 · Source via 49ers Brandon Aiyuk
  • Tua Tagovailoa Connecting On Deep Passes

    Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has put his arm on display at training camp. The former Alabama collegiate star has connected on several deep passes with his speedy wideout duo of Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. Tagovailoa's arm strength was a question heading into the season, but his performance so far at practice is alleviating any concerns of him getting the ball to Miami's two deep-threat receivers. With an upgraded coaching staff, offensive line, and supporting cast, the third-year quarterback has a much better fantasy outlook going into the 2022 season. He figures to be best-valued as a QB2 option to start out, but the 24-year-old can be considered a breakout candidate with a shot at putting up low-end QB1 numbers for fantasy managers.

    Aug 4 · Source via Dolphins Tua Tagovailoa
  • Colts Add D.J. Montgomery

    Free-agent wide receiver D.J. Montgomery agreed to a deal with the Colts on Wednesday. The 25-year-old began his career with the Browns in 2019 after going undrafted, although he spent his rookie year on injured reserve due to a hamstring injury. He then landed in New York with the Jets, spending time on the practice squad and appearing in three games for the club in 2021, catching three of his six targets for 36 yards. It's unknown what the future has in store for Montgomery. However, even if he's on the 53-man roster come Week 1 and beyond, his presence likely won't benefit fantasy managers in any format.

    Aug 3 · Source via Colts D.J. Montgomery
  • Commanders Waive Drew White

    The Commanders waived linebacker Drew White (knee) on Wednesday. He will revert to injured reserve after clearing waivers. The rookie out of Notre Dame tore his ACL during training camp on Tuesday, ending his inaugural season before it potentially began. Despite his efficient collegiate career, White wasn't a lock to make the Week 1 roster. He was also far from being relevant to IDP participants, so the injury won't mean much from a fantasy standpoint.

    Aug 3 · Source via Commanders
  • Christian Watson Won't Be Rushed Back

    Green Bay Packers wide receiver Christian Watson (knee) doesn't have a return date. However, while general manager Brian Gutekunst reported that he isn't "overly concerned" with the rookie missing time during training camp, the team won't rush him back either. After totaling 43 catches for 801 yards and seven touchdowns throughout his final year at North Dakota State, Watson now resides on the PUP list. As a result, there's a good chance he won't make an immediate impact in 2022-23, although there is still plenty of dynasty attractiveness and late-season redraft appeal, assuming he gets healthy enough to take the field.

    Aug 3 · Source via Packers Christian Watson
  • Donald Parham Jr. Standing Out At Training Camp

    Los Angeles Chargers tight end Donald Parham Jr. is reportedly "having a great camp." The 24-year-old went undrafted in 2019 and has spent time with Detroit, Washington, and the XFL's Dallas Renegades. However, after inking a deal with L.A. during the 2020 offseason, he has compiled 30 catches for 349 yards and six touchdowns across 27 games. Nonetheless, there's a chance Parham could surpass Gerald Everett on the depth chart this season and benefit from the Chargers' high-powered offensive attack. Managers should keep him in mind toward the end of fantasy drafts heading into September, especially those who play it week-by-week when choosing a starting tight end throughout the year.

    Aug 3 · Source via Chargers Donald Parham
  • Isiah Pacheco A Name To Watch

    Kansas City Chiefs rookie running back Isiah Pacheco has been classified as a "player to watch" by senior NFL reporter Albert Breer. The speedy RB has been "lighting up" training camp and has Kareem Hunt traits, but with a gear Hunt didn't have. After spending four years at Rutgers, the 23-year-old was selected in the seventh round of the 2022 NFL draft. He compiled 2,442 yards and 18 touchdowns off 563 carries during that time. Assuming he makes the active roster, he's expected to spend some time with the special teams unit this year. It's obvious he can handle a heavy workload based on his collegiate career. With Clyde Edwards-Helaire also known for his inability to remain healthy, there's a chance Pacheco could surpass Ronald Jones, Jerick McKinnonand Derrick Gore on the depth chart and receive some meaningful touches out of the backfield this season. But for now, he's just a "player to watch."

    Aug 3 · Source via Chiefs Isiah Pacheco
  • Jeremy Ruckert Added Back To Active Roster

    New York Jets tight end Jeremy Ruckert (foot) was removed from the PUP list on Wednesday. The former Buckeye was selected in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft after amassing 54 catches for 615 yards and four touchdowns at the collegiate level. While it's good to see Ruckert on the field for training camp, he will compete against C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Conklin for looks from Zach Wilson this season. However, he will likely remain behind them on the depth chart, so his value in redraft formats is minimal. Yet, the 21-year-old is at least worth a late dynasty pick for those with room on their roster.

    Aug 3 · Source via Jets Jeremy Ruckert
  • Richard Rodgers Removed From PUP List

    Philadelphia Eagles tight end Richard Rodgers (undisclosed) was activated from the PUP list on Wednesday. The 30-year-old has bounced around the league since being drafted in 2014, accumulating 147 catches for 1,529 yards and 15 touchdowns during that span, including making eight end zone trips in 2015 with the Packers. With Dallas Goedert maintaining a firm grasp on the top spot on the depth chart, he will compete with Jack Stoll, Grant Calcaterra, Noah Togiai, and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside for snaps this season. Nevertheless, although Rodgers likely won't see much interest in fantasy drafts heading into Week 1, there's a slight chance he could earn some work if Goedert misses time in 2022-23.

    Aug 3 · Source via Eagles Richard Rodgers
  • Tevin Coleman Activated From Non-Football Injury List

    New York Jets running back Tevin Coleman (illness) was activated from the non-football injury list on Wednesday. The veteran was expected to be the team's No. 1 option out of the backfield last season. However, he played only 11 games and finished with a miserable 305 yards off 84 attempts. With the Jets taking Iowa State's Breece Hall in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft, Coleman will primarily battle Michael Carter for the backup spot, although the latter appears to have the edge. Ty Johnson (hamstring) and La'Mical Perine will also be hunting for snaps this year, so Coleman's fantasy stock may arguably be at the lowest point of his career.

    Aug 3 · Source via Jets Tevin Coleman
  • 49ers WR/TE Jordan Matthews Tears ACL

    Jordan Matthews‘ quest to change positions took a major hit this week. The 49ers wideout-turned-tight end tore his ACL during practice on Monday, reports Can Inman of the San Jose Mercury (on Twitter). The veteran will be placed on injured reserve. Matthews announced his plan to switch to tight end last offseason, and he added […]

    Aug 3 · Pro Football Rumors 49ers Jordan Matthews
  • Jeremy McNichols Placed On Injured Reserve

    Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jeremy McNichols (shoulder) has been placed on the injured reserve. The 26-year-old has bounced around the league over the last five seasons. He saw a limited role with the Tennessee Titans over the last two years. Sadly, McNichols won't suit up in 2022 due to a shoulder injury. In a corresponding move, the Steelers have signed running back Master Teague III. It's unlikely Teague will see enough snaps to warrant rostering in any formats. Fantasy managers can ignore Teague until further notice.

    Aug 3 · Source via Steelers Jeremy McNichols
  • Anthony Barr Signs With Cowboys

    The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to a deal with linebacker Anthony Barr. The four-time Pro Bowl linebacker was surprisingly unsigned up to this point. To be fair, injuries have limited Barr during each of the last two seasons. Despite that, Barr finished with 72 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and five passes defended in 11 games with the Vikings last season. The former first round pick might not be an every down back in Dallas. However, he still has plenty left in the tank, so this should be a solid upgrade to the Cowboys defense.

    Aug 3 · Source via Cowboys Anthony Barr
  • Skyy Moore Returns To Practice Wednesday

    Kansas City Chiefs rookie wide receiver Skyy Moore (hip) returned to training camp practice on Wednesday after injuring his hip on Tuesday. Kansas City drafted Moore in the second round of this year's draft in order to help make up for the loss of All-Pro Tyreek Hill, who is now in Miami. In his final season at Western Michigan, Moore had 95 catches for 1,292 yards and 10 touchdowns. The 21-year-old is an intriguing talent when paired with quarterback Patrick Mahomes, but he'll have to fight for snaps alongside JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Mecole Hardman and Josh Gordon. Depending on how the WR rotation shakes out entering the regular season, Moore could be worth a late-round dart throw in deeper fantasy leagues.

    Aug 3 · Source via Chiefs Skyy Moore
  • Van Jefferson Has Realistic Chance To Return For Week 1

    Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Van Jefferson (knee) has a realistic chance to be ready to return for Week 1 after a successful surgery. The 26-year-old recently underwent surgery and it reportedly went great. He's not expected to need much time in order to get back up to speed. Jefferson isn't a lock to play in Week 1, but he certainly seems to be doing well. It's worth noting that this was a minor procedure, so Jefferson won't have a long rehab process ahead of him. Ben Skowronek and Tutu Atwell are candidates to see more snaps until Jefferson returns to the field. Fantasy managers should consider Jefferson a late-round option on draft day.

    Aug 3 · Source via Rams Van Jefferson
  • NFL Appealing Deshaun Watson's Six-Game Suspension

    The NFL is appealing for an indefinite suspension for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson that would be a minimum of one year, according to sources. The NFL's appeal will also include a monetary fine, which is even more significant given the structure of Watson's contract. Disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson gave Watson a six-game suspension on Monday after the investigation into 20-plus accusations of sexual misconduct from Watson. There's now a possibility that the NFL Players Association could file a federal lawsuit, depending on how commissioner Roger Goodell or an appointed designee handles the appeal, which would allow Watson to continue playing until it's heard in federal court.

    Aug 3 · Source via Browns Deshaun Watson
  • Noah Brown Has An Opportunity

    Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Noah Brown is the only receiver on the team not named CeeDee Lamb to have caught a pass in a regular season game after James Washington (foot) suffered a broken foot in practice on Monday. He's the oldest of the remaining receivers on Dallas' roster as they look to replace Washington and Michael Gallup (knee) to begin the season, and he's looking good this summer. Brown has lost weight, has the ability to line up all over the field and is a key contributor on special teams. The 26-year-old has struggled with injuries, but if healthy, he could have a big early season role alongside Lamb and rookie Jalen Tolbert. Rookie Dennis Houston has caught the eye of Lamb in camp as well. Tolbert is the favorite to start opposite Lamb in Week 1 against the Buccaneers.

    Aug 3 · Source via Cowboys Noah Brown
  • Marquise Brown Arrested For Criminal Speeding

    Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Marquise Brown was arrested on Wednesday morning on criminal-speeding charges. Brown was not present with the team for Wednesday's practice, but he's also been working his way back from a hamstring injury that put him on the Non-Football Injury list to begin training camp. Hollywood was activated from the NFI list on Tuesday, and the team was hoping that he could return by the weekend. It's unclear if Brown's arrest for criminal speeding will lead to a suspension from the league, but it's definitely not great news as he looks to put his best foot forward with his new organization. In 2021 with the Ravens, the 25-year-old had a career-high 1,008 yards and six touchdowns, and he's expected to be Arizona's No. 1 receiver until DeAndre Hopkins finishes his six-game suspension.

    Aug 3 · Source via Cardinals Marquise Brown
  • Amari Cooper Returns To Practice Wednesday

    Cleveland Browns wide receiver Amari Cooper (ankle) returned to training camp practice on Wednesday and is taking part in individual drills. Cooper didn't participate in practice on Tuesday after tweaking his ankle on Monday. It's good news that he's already back, as the Browns' thin receiving corps is already without rookie David Bell (foot) and Anthony Schwartz (knee) in camp. Cooper will be the team's unquestioned No. 1 receiver in his first year in Cleveland, but he won't have quarterback Deshaun Watson throwing him passes until Week 7, which will put a dent in his fantasy upside early on. Fantasy managers should consider drafting the 28-year-old as a low-end WR2 this year.

    Aug 3 · Source via Browns Amari Cooper
  • Tom Brady Won't Play In First Preseason Game

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles said that quarterback Tom Brady and many other starters will not play in the team's first preseason game next Saturday, Aug. 13, against the Miami Dolphins. This shouldn't come as a huge surprise to anyone as the Bucs look to keep the future Hall of Famer healthy for the start of the 2022 regular season. With Brady watching on the sidelines, backup Blaine Gabbert will likely get the start next weekend. The 45-year-old living legend led the NFL in completions (485), attempts (719), passing yards (5,316), touchdowns (43) and yards per game (312.7) in his second year in Tampa, and although he's not a high-end QB1 target, he'll certainly be in the QB1 mix yet again in 2022, even without trusty sidekick Rob Gronkowski.

    Aug 3 · Source via Buccaneers Tom Brady
  • Derek Stingley Looking Good In Training Camp

    Houston Texans rookie cornerback Derek Stingley (foot) has looked good early in training camp while coming off a Lisfranc injury that ended his final year in college early. Stingley was a first-team All-SEC selection in 2020 out of LSU, and despite concerns about his foot, Houston took him third overall in this year's draft. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is expecting the 21-year-old to start right away for the Texans in his rookie season. In three games before his injury in 2021, Stingley had eight tackles (3.5 for loss) and a forced fumble. Stingley obviously has an extremely high ceiling at the next level, and the Texans are hoping he'll help turn around what has been an awful secondary in recent seasons immediately.

    Aug 3 · Source via Texans Derek Stingley
  • Tyrann Mathieu Rejoins Team At Training Camp

    New Orleans Saints safety Tyrann Mathieu (personal) rejoined the team at training camp on Tuesday after missing the last week for a personal family matter, according to a source. Even with Mathieu away, the Saints secondary has been perhaps the best group in camp, and now they have one of the best players back on the field. The Honey Badger is a three-time Pro Bowler and first-team All-Pro and finished last year with 76 tackles (60 solo), one sack, three interceptions (one for a touchdown), six passes defensed and three fumble recoveries in 16 regular season games. With him in the fold in the Saints secondary in 2022, the New Orleans defense/special teams on the back end should be much improved.

    Aug 3 · Source via Saints Tyrann Mathieu
  • Isiah Pacheco To Begin As Primary Kickoff Returner

    Kansas City Chiefs rookie running back Isiah Pacheco will start the preseason as the team's primary kickoff returner. "We'll see if he can handle it," special teams coordinator Dave Toub said. "In a few games, we'll be able to know right away. He's promising. He's a big guy: 215 (pounds) running a 4.37 (40-yard dash at the league's scouting combine). That's kind of scary back there if we can get that thing going." If the seventh-rounder can handle the duties, he should be able to secure a roster spot heading into his first NFL season. On offense, the 23-year-old's speed could earn him a role alongside Ronald Jones and Jerick McKinnon, but for now, Pacheco is off the fantasy radar in most leagues.

    Aug 3 · Source via Chiefs Isiah Pacheco
  • Kylen Granson, Jelani Woods Have Been Inconsistent

    Indianapolis Colts tight ends Kylen Granson and Jelani Woods need to stack more consistent days together at training camp. Granson had too many drops in the spring and hasn't done much so far in training camp. Woods, who is a rookie, is coming on a little slower than the team would like and has looked lost at times. Veteran Mo Alie-Cox (knee) returned to practice on Tuesday after tweaking his knee last week. Behind him, the Colts have a lot of question marks at the position. Alie-Cox has mostly been used as a blocker and sometimes a red-zone threat in his career, but he should see more chances to catch passes in 2022 with Jack Doyle entering retirement. Still, at best, Alie-Cox will be a low-end, touchdown-dependent TE2 in fantasy.

    Aug 3 · Source via Colts Kylen Granson Jelani Woods
  • Alec Pierce Proving He Belongs

    Indianapolis Colts rookie wide receiver Alec Pierce had a pair of touchdowns in training camp practice on Tuesday despite being blanketed by All-Pro cornerback Stephon Gilmore in coverage. It's still early this summer, but The Athletic's Zak Keefer thinks Pierce belongs. The rookie out of Cincinnati has impressed the moment he arrived, flashing athleticism and smooth ball skills, and it will only help him in the long run that he's working quite often against Gilmore, a former Defensive Player of the Year. The 22-year-old probably shouldn't be on the radar in standard-sized leagues just yet, especially in a run-heavy Colts offense, but fantasy managers should circle him in rookie-only drafts.

    Aug 3 · Source via Colts Alec Pierce
  • Justice Hill Building Momentum

    Baltimore Ravens running back Justice Hill, a third-year running back trying to secure a job in training camp, has quietly built momentum. He is looking quick and is showing no signs of the Achilles tear that kept him off the field all of last season. Hill has also caught some passes out of the backfield, showcasing his athleticism. It's worth noting with both J.K. Dobbins (knee) and Gus Edwards (knee) trying to return from torn ACLs that kept them out in 2021. Edwards is behind Dobbins and may not be ready for the start of the regular season, which could give Hill an opportunity, especially if Dobbins is limited. Hill isn't a player that you need to be drafting in standard-sized leagues, but he's a name to keep an eye on in this backfield early on.

    Aug 3 · Source via Ravens Justice Hill
  • No Clear Timetable For James White

    There remains no clear timetable for New England Patriots running back James White (hip) to return after undergoing hip surgery, according to a source. It's possible that he remains on the Physically Unable to Perform list to start the regular season, but the team still has several more weeks to evaluate his recovery and decide if he's ready to practice before the end of the preseason. If White starts the season on the PUP, he'd be forced to miss at least four games. The 30-year-old continues to fall on draft boards the longer he remains out, while at the same time Rhamondre Stevenson's fantasy stock continues to rise as a change-of-pace option alongside Damien Harris. Harris is the best fantasy bet, but rookie Pierre Strong Jr. could also be involved, making this backfield more frustrating from a fantasy standpoint.

    Aug 3 · Source via Patriots James White
  • Mitch Trubisky Hasn't Looked Sharp

    Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky hasn't looked very sharp so far in training camp practices. He came into Tuesday's practice having missed on 12 consecutive repetitions in the team's Seven Shots drill. Trubisky wasn't able to convert in four reps, extending his skid to 16 straight non-scoring plays in the drill. For the duration of training camp, he's gone 3-for-20. It hasn't all been his fault, but he's off to a rough start. The 27-year-old continues to get the first-team reps over Mason Rudolph and first-round rookie Kenny Pickett, and this is still Trubisky's job to lose heading into Week 1. Pickett has been hindered by his lack of patience. He's a one-read-and-go QB right now. If Trubisky continues to struggle, there's a real chance that Rudolph could pass him up and earn the starting job to open the season.

    Aug 3 · Source via Steelers Mitchell Trubisky
  • David Montgomery Could Play Special Teams In 2022

    Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery has embraced the potential of playing on special teams this year. Montgomery remains the team's lead back, but he's also in the final year of his contract, and special teams work is new to him. "Wherever they need me, I'm going to be ready to be there," Montgomery said. "I've never played special teams before. But I'm always down and excited to learn so I can be better." It remains to be seen if he'll actually see work as a returner on special teams during the regular season, but if he does, it might be bad news for his fantasy upside as a running back. We're skeptical that the 25-year-old will be involved heavily on special teams, but he's still somewhat of a shaky RB2 after Khalil Herbert looked really good filling in for him when he was injured in 2021.

    Aug 3 · Source via Bears David Montgomery
  • Jimmy Garoppolo Practicing Without Restrictions

    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) has been cleared to practice in training camp without restrictions after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery that has prevented him from being traded. Because the Niners still plan to trade him, they are having him work out separately from the team during camp. "Jimmy's doing a really good job," general manager John Lynch said. "Kind of building his stamina in the throwing program that was prescribed all along and working out really strongly and aggressively, but yeah that situation is kind of where we've described it before." As of now, nothing seems imminent for Jimmy G as far as a trade, and it might not happen until deeper into training camp.

    Aug 3 · Source via 49ers Jimmy Garoppolo
  • Cowboys Not Looking To Add Veteran WR

    James Washington‘s Jones fracture will force him to miss a portion of the regular season, with October likely looming as his earliest return window. Michael Gallup will also not be ready for Week 1. This certainly looks like it will create an uphill battle for the Cowboys, who began this offseason’s wideout trade rush by […]

    Aug 3 · Pro Football Rumors Cowboys Cole Beasley Odell Beckham Jr. Will Fuller Emmanuel Sanders Willie Snead
  • Isaiah Spiller Running With The Second- And Third-Team Offense

    Los Angeles Chargers rookie running back Isaiah Spiller was drafted 123rd overall in this year's draft, in large part because of a poor performance at the combine. Despite his lower draft capital, he still finds himself in a fantastic position, competing for the backup role in an electrifying offense. Spiller was reportedly playing with the second-team and third-team offense, which is not surprising for a rookie this early in camp behind Austin Ekeler. Spiller will not be handed the backup role but will have every chance to earn it. If he is able to establish himself as the No. 2 option, he will become a valuable insurance back for Ekeler that fantasy managers would be wise to target.

    Aug 3 · Source via Chargers Austin Ekeler Isaiah Spiller
  • Alexander Mattison Suffers Finger Injury

    Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison (finger) has been an overqualified backup, consistently producing big games when called upon. Mattison has become an annual must-draft player as an insurance back with elite upside when Dalvin Cook misses time due to injury. Mattison reportedly left practice Tuesday with a finger injury, remaining on the sidelines after that. While little is known about the extent of the injury, it will be important to monitor. Hopefully, Mattison returns to the field soon and resumes his role as an immensely talented backup with massive upside.

    Aug 3 · Source via Vikings Alexander Mattison
  • Dalvin Cooks Suffers Hand Injury

    Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (hand) has been incredibly productive throughout his career, limited only by injuries. Cook has never played an entire season, missing at least two games in each of his four years as a starter. Cook reportedly left practice Tuesday with a hand injury. He came back in for one play before sitting out the remainder of the practice. It is too early to speculate on the severity of the injury, but hopefully Cook can get healthy soon and remain healthy throughout the 2022 season, en route to another top-five finish at his position.

    Aug 3 · Source via Vikings Dalvin Cook
  • With Chris Carson gone, can Rashaad Penny 'take off' as Seahawks' RB1?

    The light came on for Penny at the end of the last season, putting him in position to be the premier back the Seahawks thought he could be.

    Aug 3 · ESPN Seahawks Chris Carson Rashaad Penny
  • Titans WR Robert Woods, CB Caleb Farley push each other in ACL recoveries

    The two have been tag-teaming their rehabs from knee injuries that cut their 2021 seasons short.

    Aug 3 · ESPN Titans Caleb Farley Robert Woods
  • Quintez Cephus To Miss Time In Camp

    Detroit Lions wide receiver Quintez Cephus (leg) suffered an apparent leg injury in practice Tuesday, creating questions about the status of his health. Head coach Dan Campbell commented on the injury, stating that Cephus "will be down for we feel like a short period of time, but I think he's going to be OK." The ominous nature of his comment leaves fantasy managers in a difficult place. Further adding to this concern is his fall on the depth chart due to the acquisition of veteran D.J. Chark and rookie Jameson Williams, both of whom project to be ahead of him once healthy. Cephus is a player to stay away from in your draft, at least until we know more about his injury.

    Aug 3 · Source via Lions Quintez Cephus
  • Nico Collins To Be Big-Time Playmaker

    Houston Texans wide receiver Nico Collins was taken 89th overall last year and is showing he may have been worth an even higher pick than that. Collins, much like the rest of the offense, struggled during the early part of the season in 2021 but finished stronger, producing 31 receptions for 407 yards and one touchdown in his final 12 games. Collins has been making highlight-reel catches in camp, prompting head coach Lovie Smith to say, "Nico Collins is an excellent football player. We expect him to make plays like that." While veteran receiver Brandin Cooks will certainly lead the charge in this offense, Collins is not far behind. He is primed to take on a big role in an improved offense, making him an ideal draft target as a low-cost option who will offer weekly production for your team.

    Aug 3 · Source via Texans Nico Collins Brandin Cooks
  • Brevin Jordan Flashing In Camp

    Houston Texans sophomore tight end Brevin Jordan took some time to develop in his rookie year but became more involved in the second half of the season. Jordan had 20 catches for 178 yards and three touchdowns during the nine games he played in and is already making some noise in camp, showcasing his athleticism and touchdown prowess. At 6-foot-3 and 245 pounds, Jordan has the size to be a lethal red-zone threat for an offense that desperately needs offensive playmakers. After veteran wide receiver Brandin Cooks and fellow sophomore Nico Collins, there is a real void in the depth chart for Jordan to take advantage of this season. Most tight ends take a significant leap in Year 2 and you can expect Jordan to do the same, making him an intriguing late-round target who possesses top-12 upside at his position.

    Aug 3 · Source via Texans Brevin Jordan
  • Ravens Agree With Rookie David Ojabo

    The Baltimore Ravens agreed to terms with Michigan rookie outside linebacker David Ojabo (Achilles) on his four-year rookie deal on Tuesday, ending his training camp holdout. The Ravens weren't exactly in a rush to sign Ojabo, who tore his Achilles at a pro-day workout earlier this year. Baltimore expects the second-rounder to return at some point this season, but that could be a stretch. The 22-year-old played under Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald in college, so he should fit in with the team's defensive scheme when he's healthy. If not for his Achilles injury earlier this year, Ojabo would've likely come off the board in the first round of the draft.

    Aug 2 · Source via Ravens David Ojabo
  • Mekhi Becton Slowly Progressing

    New York Jets offensive tackle Mekhi Becton isn't handling the heat well in training camp practices, but the Jets should be happy with their right tackle's progression, especially considering where he was in the spring and at the start of training camp. If Becton can stay healthy and George Fant eventually returns to full strength, the Jets offensive line should be in good shape. "He's getting better every day, he's getting more confident every day and I'm really pleased with his progression," head coach Robert Saleh said. The 23-year-old former first-rounder had a solid rookie year in 2020 and started 14 games, but he played in just one contest in 2021 before tearing his MCL.

    Aug 2 · Source via Jets
  • Carl Lawson Emerging For The Jets

    New York Jets defensive end Carl Lawson was given $45 million last year to be a dominant pass-rusher, but instead he missed the entire season due to injuries. However, he appears to be emerging after six training camp practices this summer. The team's deep defensive end group has looked good so far in training camp, but none more than Lawson. "He's a freak. I'm excited for him. He does all the right things," quarterback Zach Wilson said. "He hangs out in the backfield with us a little too much." The 27-year-old will start on the defensive line this year for Gang Green, but he's unlikely to be a force in IDP leagues. Lawson had 8.5 sacks for the Cincinnati Bengals in his rookie season in 2017, but he posted just 11.5 sacks combined the following three seasons, and he's never had more than 18 solo tackles in a single season.

    Aug 2 · Source via Jets Carl Lawson
  • Chester Rogers Signs With Texans

    Free-agent wide receiver Chester Rogers has agreed to a one-year deal with the Houston Texans. The 28-year-old visited with Houston on Monday, so apparently that went very well. This is a nice depth signing, but this won't mean too much in terms of fantasy football. Last season, Rogers finished with 30 receptions, 301 receiving yards, and one touchdown in 16 games (two starts) with the Tennessee Titans. Rogers is decent depth and a possible option as a punt returner. However, the Texans have plenty of options ahead of Rogers on the depth chart. It's hard to imagine Rogers having weekly value in Houston while the team is healthy.

    Aug 2 · Source via Texans Chester Rogers
  • Elijah Moore Could Emerge As No. 1 Option

    New York Jets wide receiver Elijah Moore has established himself as a No. 1 option, according to Zack Rosenblatt of The Athletic. The former second round pick has shown flashes of being a star early in his career.. Last season, Moore finished with 43 receptions, 538 receiving yards, and five touchdowns in 11 games (six starts) with the Jets. Those are fairly solid numbers considering he was stuck with some of the worst quarterbacks in the league. The hope is that Moore will take another take forward in 2022. Although, he might have to fight with Corey Davis and Garrett Wilson for targets in New York. Despite that, Moore is looking like the best fantasy option out of the three in redraft leagues.

    Aug 2 · Source via Jets Elijah Moore
  • D.J. Humphries Gets Three-Year Extension

    Arizona Cardinals offensive tackle D.J. Humphries has received a three-year extension from the organization. The 28-year-old was heading into the final year of his contract, but that changed quickly. Now, Humphries will remain with the Cardinals after signing a three-year deal worth $66.8 million. The former first round pick has been a reliable option at left tackle over the last three seasons. Before that, Humphries dealt with injury issues, but has seemingly put those behind him. He appears committed to finishing his career with the Cardinals.

    Aug 2 · Source via Cardinals
  • Diontae Johnson, Steelers Not Close On Extension

    Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson is unlikely to sign an extension anytime soon. In fact, Gerry Dulac reports that Johnson and the Steelers are far apart on a new deal. At this point, it seems highly unlikely that Johnson gets an extension before Week 1. GM Omar Khan mentioned that he wants to get Johnson under contract, but it's not surprising to see Johnson holding out until he can get top dollar. Last season, Johnson finished with 107 receptions, 1,161 receiving yards, and eight touchdowns through 16 games with Pittsburgh. The expectation is that Johnson will continue playing at an elite level in 2022, but he might not be in Pittsburgh long term.

    Aug 2 · Source via Steelers Diontae Johnson
  • Smoke Monday Suffers Potentially Serious Injury

    New Orleans Saints rookie safety Smoke Monday (knee) suffered what is believed to be a significant knee injury on Tuesday at training camp, according to sources. The undrafted free agent out of Auburn had drawn praise from teammate Tyrann Mathieu for his ability and study habits. Monday finished the 2021 season with 45 tackles, six passes defensed and one interception to earn second-team All-SEC accolades. The young defensive back plays with endless amounts of energy and stands out in zone coverage. He'll need to improve his coverage techniques when guarding a receiver one-on-one, but his work ethic isn't in question. It remains to be seen if Monday's knee injury will keep him out for all of his rookie season.

    Aug 2 · Source via Saints Tyrann Mathieu
  • No Urgency To Add WR After James Washington's Injury

    Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on Tuesday that "there is no urgency to get a veteran receiver" in the wake of wide receiver James Washington's (foot) injury. Washington broke his foot in training camp practice on Monday and will miss six to 10 weeks as a result. Michael Gallup (knee) is recovering from surgery for a torn ACL earlier this year, and he won't be ready by Week 1, so the Cowboys receiver group is extremely thin heading into the regular season. CeeDee Lamb will be the top option, with rookie Jalen Tolbert now firmly in line for WR2 duties to open the year. Tight end Dallas Schultz should also see all the targets he can handle in the passing attack. Washington should now be avoided in standard-sized leagues, while Tolbert could quickly become a late-round darling.

    Aug 2 · Source via Cowboys James Washington
  • Jordan Poyer To Miss A Few Weeks

    Buffalo Bills All-Pro safety Jordan Poyer (elbow) suffered a hyperextended elbow in training camp practice on Tuesday and will miss what one source described as "a few weeks." Poyer is expected to return for the start of the regular season. It's not great news for one of the standouts of Buffalo's defense, but the good news is the 31-year-old may not have to miss any regular season games. It wouldn't be a surprise if Poyer gets off to a slow start early in the season as he works his way back from injury. In 16 regular season games in 2021, he had 93 tackles (66 solo), eight tackles for loss, three QB hits, three sacks, five interceptions and nine passes defensed to finish as a top-15 fantasy defensive back in IDP leagues.

    Aug 2 · Source via Bills Jordan Poyer
  • Chris Herndon Expected To Sign With Saints

    Free-agent tight end Chris Herndon is expected to sign with the New Orleans Saints, according to a source. The former New York Jet played last year with the Minnesota Vikings, catching just four of his seven targets for 40 yards and one touchdown in 16 games (five starts). The former first-rounder had his best season in his first year in the NFL with the Jets, when he hauled in 39 of his 56 targets for 502 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games (12 starts). Since then, he's accumulated only 36 catches (54 targets) for 334 yards and four touchdowns in three seasons. If he indeed signs in New Orleans, the 26-year-old will join a crowded tight end room that includes Adam Trautman, Taysom Hill, Juwan Johnson and Nick Vannett.

    Aug 2 · Source via Saints Chris Herndon
  • Cam Akers, Darrell Henderson Jr. Splitting Reps Evenly

    Los Angeles Rams running backs Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson Jr., the team's two most veteran running backs, have been splitting first-team snaps pretty evenly so far in training camp. So far, both of them look explosive and healthy, and they're are also clearly going to be a factor in the passing game. "I look at it as we've got two starting backs," head coach Sean McVay said. "Those guys are great complements (to) one another, but I see them as both starting-caliber players." Henderson has suffered a variety of injuries the last few years, and Akers returned late last year from an Achilles tear. Akers looks to have bulked up in a positive way, which should make him a more dangerous runner. Akers should be the primary back, but at his current ADP as an RB2, he'll be a bit risky if Henderson stays healthy and steals valuable touches from him.

    Aug 2 · Source via Rams Darrell Henderson Cam Akers
  • Deebo Samuel Not Concerned About Rushing Role

    San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel said his "wide back" role as a running back in 2021 was not a factor in his offseason discontent with the team when he requested a trade. He also said he's will to do "whatever it takes" to win moving forward after recently signing a three-year, $71.55 million extension to remain in San Francisco. Samuel finished last year as the WR2 in fantasy with 77 receptions, 1,405 yards, a league-leading 18.2 yards per catch and six touchdowns, adding 59 carries for 365 rushing yards and eight touchdowns in 16 regular season games. The Niners backfield was pretty beat up last year, so it's possible they won't need to use Samuel as much in a rushing role in 2022, but fantasy managers certainly weren't complaining. Either way, the 26-year-old will be a surefire top-10 fantasy pass-catcher this year.

    Aug 2 · Source via 49ers Deebo Samuel
  • Tim Patrick Suffers Season-Ending ACL Injury

    An MRI exam confirmed on Tuesday that Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick (knee) suffered a season-ending torn ACL in training camp practice. It's the third straight year the Broncos have lost a star receiver to a season-ending ACL injury, joining Courtland Sutton in 2020 and KJ Hamler last year. Running back Damarea Crockett also went down in practice on Tuesday with an apparent knee injury, and the team fears it's also significant. With Patrick now out for all of 2020, Hamler, who was just activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list on Monday, will have a prime opportunity to serve as the No. 3 for quarterback Russell Wilson behind Sutton and Jerry Jeudy. Hamler, who could break out as a deep threat for Wilson, should start slowly rising up draft boards.

    Aug 2 · Source via Broncos Tim Patrick
  • Dolphins Release DT Adam Butler

    Signed in the wake of the Patriots poaching Davon Godchaux, Adam Butler is no longer with the Dolphins. The former Patriot received his walking papers Tuesday. A failed physical designation came with the release. The Dolphins signed Butler to a two-year, $7.5MM deal in 2021. With no money being guaranteed in Year 2, the team […]

    Aug 2 · Pro Football Rumors Dolphins Adam Butler
  • Steelers CB Cameron Sutton Expects To Test Free Agency In 2023

    The Steelers gave Cameron Sutton a two-year, $9MM deal to retain him in 2021, but the veteran cornerback is not expected to sign an extension ahead of the 2023 league year. No negotiations between Sutton and the Steelers have taken place, according to the sixth-year defender (via The Athletic’s Mark Kaboly, on Twitter). Sutton said […]

    Aug 2 · Pro Football Rumors Steelers Cameron Sutton
  • Michael Carter Dealing With Minor Ankle Injury

    New York Jets running back Michael Carter (ankle) is dealing with a minor ankle injury, which is why he was held out of training camp practice on Tuesday. Carter enters the 2022 season as the backfield leader after he led the team in rushing in his rookie season with 639 yards and four touchdowns on 147 attempts. He also caught 36 of his 55 targets for 325 yards through the air. Second-rounder Breece Hall projects to overtake Carter in the Jets backfield at some point this year, however, so Carter is being ranked as an RB3/flex in fantasy drafts, while Hall has RB2 upside in his rookie season. Carter is probably a better depth addition for fantasy managers in PPR leagues.

    Aug 2 · Source via Jets Michael Carter
  • James Robinson Making Daily Progress

    Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson (Achilles) is making daily progress from his Achilles injury that he suffered last December, and he started this week by taking the practice field for a few repetitions to run some routes with the offense on Monday. Robinson is still limited, but he looks to be progressing nicely in terms of being ready for the regular season. Last week, head coach Doug Pederson said he felt a return in mid-August could be an estimation for Robinson to be 100%. Pederson also said in the spring that the 23-year-old remains the starter, although Travis Etienne Jr. will see plenty of work out of the backfield as a pass-catcher. Etienne is the sexier fantasy pick, especially in PPR leagues, and has been impressive so far, but fantasy managers shouldn't forget about Robinson as an RB3/4 for depth in standard-scoring leagues.

    Aug 2 · Source via Jaguars James Robinson
  • Amari Cooper Dealing With Ankle Injury

    Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said that wide receiver Amari Cooper (ankle) will not practice on Tuesday but he'll be back on the practice field soon at training camp. Cooper tweaked his ankle in practice on Monday. It doesn't sound like the 28-year-old's injury is very serious, so fantasy managers shouldn't have any concerns about drafting him. However, the Browns wideouts are extremely banged up in training camp, with David Bell (foot) and Anthony Schwartz (knee) also sidelined. Cooper will be the team's unquestioned No. 1 wideout in his first year in Cleveland, and although quarterback Deshaun Watson is suspended for the first six games of the season, Cooper will be a low-end WR2 in fantasy drafts this fall.

    Aug 2 · Source via Browns Amari Cooper
  • Steelers "Want" Extension For Diontae Johnson

    Pittsburgh Steelers new general manager Omar Khan said that the team would like to sign wide receiver Diontae Johnson to an extension, but the current market is making things complicated. "We want Diontae and we are excited to have Diontae a part of this team. We hope he is going to be a Steeler for a long time," Khan said. The Steelers just signed kicker Chris Boswell to a four-year, $20 million extension, which ties him with Ravens kicker Justin Tucker as the highest-paid kicker in the league. Minkah Fitzpatrick is also the highest-paid safety, and T.J. Watt is the highest-paid linebacker in the NFL. But historically, the Steelers haven't paid receivers on multi-year deals pas their first contract, with the exceptions being Hines Ward and Antonio Brown. The market value for receivers has blown up this offseason, and it's unclear if the Steelers are comfortable giving Johnson what he thinks he's worth after his first 1,000-yard season in 2021.

    Aug 2 · Source via Steelers Diontae Johnson
  • Kyler Murray Could Return By End Of The Week

    Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said that quarterback Kyler Murray (illness) is "feeling better" and is hoping to have his quarterback back at practice in training camp by the end of the week. Murray has been Zooming into meetings after testing positive for COVID-19. The 24-year-old also dealt with a minor right wrist injury in practice late last week, but he appears to be fine. In the meantime, veteran Colt McCoy will handle first-team duties in practices. Murray had a disappointing end to last year in a blowout loss to the division-rival Los Angeles Rams, but he finally got a monster contract extension recently and is poised to re-enter the QB1 ranks in fantasy in 2022.

    Aug 2 · Source via Cardinals Kyler Murray
  • Irv Smith Jr. Undergoes Thumb Surgery

    Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell said that tight end Irv Smith Jr. (thumb) underwent surgery on his thumb on Tuesday, but he's expected to return for the start of the regular season. Smith missed the end of training camp practice on Monday with an undisclosed injury, and it looks like it was related to his thumb injury. While it's good news that the 23-year-old should be ready for Week 1, he's going to lose valuable repetitions with quarterback Kirk Cousins as he attempts to hold down the team's top pass-catching duties at the position. A meniscus injury kept Smith out for all of the 2021 season, but he still has plenty of fantasy upside in an offense that will throw the ball often. Smith had 30 catches for 365 yards and five touchdowns in 13 games (seven starts) in 2020, and he should be considered a TE2 with upside going into the 2022 season.

    Aug 2 · Source via Vikings Irv Smith Jr.
  • Tim Patrick Carted Off With Injury Tuesday

    Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick (knee) was carted off the field at training camp practice on Tuesday with an undisclosed injury. DNVR Sports' Zac Stevens is reporting that Patrick suffered a possible knee injury. The 28-year-old wideout wasn't putting weight on his right leg as he was taken to the locker room. He is one of the more underrated receivers in the NFL and is stuck in a crowded receiver room in Denver, but he's an important piece to Denver's offense, when healthy. Patrick finished the last two years with 700-plus receiving yards and 11 total touchdowns in 31 games. If he's forced to miss significant time, it will open the door for KJ Hamler (knee), who just came off the Physically Unable to Perform list on Monday, to see extra playing time with new quarterback Russell Wilson.

    Aug 2 · Source via Broncos Tim Patrick
  • Jordan Poyer Suffers Elbow Injury

    Buffalo Bills safety Jordan Poyer (elbow) left the field at training camp practice on Tuesday with an elbow injury that will require an MRI exam. We'll have more information once the results of Poyer's MRI exam become available. Fellow safety Micah Hyde (hip) is also injured in camp, and the 31-year-old Poyer is perhaps even more important to the Bills secondary. He was named a first-team All-Pro in 2021, when he had 93 tackles (66 solo), eight tackles for loss, three QB hits, three sacks, a career-high-tying five interceptions and nine passes defensed in 16 regular season games. Hyde's injury doesn't appear to be very serious, but losing Poyer for an extended period of time would be bad news. Poyer finished last year as the No. 13 defensive back in IDP formats.

    Aug 2 · Source via Bills Micah Hyde Jordan Poyer
  • Jamal Adams Returns To Practice

    Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams (hand) returned to training camp practice on Monday after missing the last two practices. He wore a cast over the left hand that he re-injured at the end of the team's first camp practice. Adams didn't appear to be limited in practice on Monday, and any surgery that he has on his left hand likely won't be until after the 2022 season. The 26-year-old All-Pro safety played with a cast on his hand for part of last season and finished with 87 tackles (56 solo), four tackles for loss, two interceptions and five passes defensed in 12 games. It was also the first year in his five NFL seasons that he didn't record a sack. Although Adams will have to play through his hand injury this year, he's still in the conversation to be the first defensive back off the board in IDP leagues.

    Aug 2 · Source via Seahawks Jamal Adams
  • Skyy Moore Injured Tuesday

    Kansas City Chiefs rookie wide receiver Skyy Moore (hip) left training camp practice early on Tuesday with a hip injury. The severity of the injury is unknown, but Moore was limping noticeably before coming off the field. The second-rounder dealt with a hamstring injury during the offseason program, but he entered training camp 100 percent healthy. The 21-year-old entered camp looking to make an impact in a receiver room attempting to make up for the loss of All-Pro Tyreek Hill. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Mecole Hardman will see more work in camp if Moore is forced to miss time. If Moore's injury forces him to miss significant time this summer, it will be good news for Josh Gordon's involvement early in the season.

    Aug 2 · Source via Chiefs Skyy Moore
  • Matthew Stafford Still Dealing With Elbow Pain

    Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay said on Monday that quarterback Matthew Stafford (elbow) is still dealing with elbow discomfort, so the team has scaled back his workload in training camp. Stafford was held out of spring workouts due to an elbow issue, and the Rams continue to manage how much work he gets in the ramp-up to the 2022 regular season. His elbow required an anti-inflammatory shot at one point in the offseason, and the Rams are trying to prevent the discomfort from becoming a bigger concern. Stafford has played through a myriad of injuries in his career, but the Rams see no point in pushing him too hard now while compromising his health during the season. The 34-year-old Super Bowl champion should be fine for Week 1, but this is certainly worth watching. In fantasy, he'll be a low-end QB1.

    Aug 2 · Source via Rams Matthew Stafford
  • Stephen Ross Suspended, Dolphins Lose Draft Picks

    The NFL is docking the Miami Dolphins two draft picks and suspending owner Stephen Ross as a result of the league's tampering allegation. According to PFF's Ari Meirov, the Dolphins will forfeit a first-round pick in next year's draft and a third-round selection in the 2024 NFL draft. Ross will be suspended through Oct. 17 of this year after the league wrapped up their investigation. This is a serious matter, as losing draft picks, let alone a first-rounder, could set this franchise back in the upcoming draft.

    Aug 2 · Source via Dolphins
  • Cardinals Activate Marquise Brown From NFI List

    The Arizona Cardinals activated wide receiver Marquise Brown (hamstring) from the Non-Football Injury list on Tuesday. Brown began training camp on the sidelines last week due to a hamstring injury he suffered in private workouts. But his injury was never serious and the Cardinals didn't expect him to miss too much practice time in training camp. Now that he's back, Brown can continue to develop chemistry with quarterback Kyler Murray, who he played with in college as he prepares to be Arizona's No. 1 wideout with DeAndre Hopkins suspended for the first six games of the season. Brown had his first 1,000-yard season last year in Baltimore and will be a low-end WR2 target for fantasy managers heading into his first year in Arizona.

    Aug 2 · Source via Cardinals Marquise Brown
  • Latest On Dolphins WR Preston Williams

    The Dolphins have been one of the most aggressive teams this offseason with respect to offensive additions. Their receiving corps has been augmented both via trade and free agency, leaving one of their incumbent wideouts unhappy with his projected role.  Preston Williams took to Twitter last night to state that he “just want[s] [an] opportunity” (link). […]

    Aug 2 · Pro Football Rumors Dolphins Preston Williams
  • Fantasy football: Will Cooper Kupp repeat as top WR in fantasy?

    Tristan H. Cockcroft examines the biggest threats to unseat Cooper Kupp as WR1 in fantasy this season.

    Aug 2 · ESPN Rams Cooper Kupp
  • Texans Work Out WRs Willie Snead, Chester Rogers

    The Texans could be eyeing an addition or two in their receiver room. Houston is working out free agents Willie Snead and Chester Rogers, per Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network. Kurt Benkert was the quarterback throwing to the two receivers, Wilson adds (on Twitter). The team is not planning to sign Benkert at this time, Mike Garafolo […]

    Aug 2 · Pro Football Rumors Texans Chester Rogers Willie Snead
  • Travis Etienne Jr. Misses Practice With Illness

    Jacksonville Jaguars running back Travis Etienne Jr. (illness) was not at practice on Tuesday due to an illness. The 23-year-old has already been ruled out of Thursday's Hall of Fame game against the Las Vegas Raiders, however, he would have been held out of action regardless. In his absence, John Shipley reports that rookie running back Snoop Conner has been getting some time with the first-team offense in team drills. There have been reports that James Robinson (Achilles) is still viewed as the team's lead back, but there is still enough to go around for Etienne to produce solid RB2 numbers for fantasy managers this season. The former Clemson collegiate star figures to be the primary pass-catching back, which gives him more appeal in PPR formats than his backfield mate.

    Aug 2 · Source via Jaguars Travis Etienne
  • Quintez Cephus Leaves Practice With Leg Injury

    Detroit Lions wide receiver Quintez Cephus (leg) suffered an injury to his left leg in Tuesday's practice and was spotted heading to the locker room putting no pressure on it. Cephus, who suffered a broken collarbone during the 2021 season, was making a good impression through the first week of camp, so this is a tough break for him as he looked to stand out in the Lions' new revamped receiver room. The 24-year-old has shown some flashes during his time in Detroit, as he put up 15 receptions for 204 yards and two touchdowns in just five games last season. However, he'll have to compete with Amon-Ra St. Brown, DJ Chark, Jameson Williams, and T.J. Hockenson for targets in a Jared Goff-led offense. Fantasy managers can leave Cephus on the waiver wire for now.

    Aug 2 · Source via Lions Quintez Cephus
  • Treylon Burks Making A Good Impression

    Tennessee Titans wide receiver Treylon Burks is making some noise at Titans training camp and has left a good impression on his new quarterback, Ryan Tannehill. The veteran said "he's just continued to show up. I am excited about the progress he has made." Burks has shown his ability to go up and grab 50-50 balls throughout the first week of camp and has alleviated any concerns over his conditioning this offseason. The rookie has a realistic chance to establish himself as the team's No.1 option in the passing game, as Robert Woods is his main competition for targets. After being drafted to replace former Titan A.J. Brown, Burks could find himself as a borderline WR3 option early in the season. However, fantasy managers should be cautious with their expectations for the former Arkansas collegiate star in the Titans' run-heavy approach.

    Aug 2 · Source via Titans Treylon Burks
  • Trevor Lawrence, Travis Etienne Jr. Won't Play Thursday

    Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence will not play in Thursday's Hall of Fame game against the Las Vegas Raiders, per head coach Doug Pederson. Jake Luton will get the start while C.J. Beathard (groin) will also be among the team's inactives. Travis Etienne Jr. won't suit up either, as the team will take a cautious approach with last year's first-round pick who missed his rookie season with a foot injury. As James Robinson (Achilles) still recovers from a torn Achilles he suffered late last season, Snoop Conner will likely see the most action out of the backfield in the team's first preseason game.

    Aug 2 · Source via Jaguars Travis Etienne Trevor Lawrence
  • Austin Hooper Putting In Work With Ryan Tannehill

    Tennessee Titans tight end Austin Hooper made it his personal mission to develop chemistry with quarterback Ryan Tannehill since joining the team. The two have put in extra work during downtime in practice and they are in constant communication after repetitions during team and 7-on-7 periods. Tannehill has complimented Hooper's savvy route-running ability and quickness that helps him get open. With receiver A.J. Brown now in Philadelphia, there will be extra targets to go around in the offense in 2022. Since Tannehill took over as the starter in Week 6 of 2019, 24% of his targets have gone to tight ends, and he's thrown 25 of his 76 touchdowns to TEs. Hooper was a big disappointment in two seasons with the Browns after back-to-back Pro Bowl seasons in Atlanta in 2018 and 2019, but he could rebound in his first year in Tennessee as a TE2 with upside.

    Aug 2 · Source via Titans Ryan Tannehill Austin Hooper
  • Rashaad Penny To Be Clear-Cut No. 1 RB

    Chris Carson's retirement means that Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny will enter the 2022 season as the team's clear-cut No. 1 option for the first time in his career. But the "as-long-as-he-stays-healthy" qualifier might apply to him more than any player in the NFL given that he's missed 30 of a possible 69 games in his career due to injury (playoffs included). Penny has also carried the ball 20-plus times in a game just twice in his career. The Seahawks will manage his snaps and give some work to rookie Kenneth Walker III, but the second-rounder will also have to prove to the coaching staff that he's ready. Penny has plenty of potential but also a low floor because of his injury history. The 26-year-old was one of the best RBs in the league down the stretch in 2021, but his extensive injury history makes him more of an RB3 target with upside in drafts.

    Aug 2 · Source via Seahawks Rashaad Penny
  • Tyrion Davis-Price, Jeff Wilson Jr. Could Be Involved Early

    San Francisco 49ers running back Elijah Mitchell will get the first crack at keeping his starting job after setting the franchise record for rushing yards by a rookie in 2021. But the team drafted Tyrion Davis-Price in the third round, re-signed Jeff Wilson Jr. and still has JaMycal Hasty and Trey Sermon in the mix. Ideally, Davis-Price will offer short-yardage and goal-line help with Mitchell handling the bulk of the work. But there are injury concerns with Mitchell, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see Davis-Price and Wilson involved early in the season, even if Mitchell remains the starter. Another thing to consider: The Niners have had a different leading rusher in each of head coach Kyle Shanahan's five seasons with the team. As such, Mitchell should be targeted as more of a low-end RB2 in fantasy drafts.

    Aug 2 · Source via 49ers Jeff Wilson
  • Diontae Johnson "Holding In" During Training Camp

    Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson still figures to be the top receiver on the team in 2022, but he's going to be catching passes from a new quarterback after Ben Roethlisberger's retirement. Johnson is also missing time early in training camp while "holding in" while looking for a new contract, giving rookies George Pickens and Calvin Austin III more opportunities to build chemistry with quarterbacks Mitch Trubisky and Mason Rudolph. The 26-year-old Johnson may not see the lion's share of the targets like he did last year when he set career-highs with 107 receptions, 1,161 yards and eight touchdowns in 16 games. Johnson will be targeted as a high-end WR2 in fantasy drafts, but he could be a bit of a bust given the team's new QB situation.

    Aug 2 · Source via Steelers Diontae Johnson
  • Miles Sanders Could Have A Monster Year

    Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders is the projected starter, with Kenneth Gainwell and Boston Scott slated for playing time as well in 2022. Sanders is in a contract year and will be running behind one of the best offensive lines in the league, so the opportunity is there for him to have a monster season. However, injuries have kept Sanders from reaching his full potential so far in his career after he finished last year with 754 rushing yards and zero touchdowns in 12 games. Ideally, the Eagles would like Sanders to take the lead role and run with it. But if he gets injured or isn't performing at a high level, Gainwell could move into more of a featured role. Despite working with the second-team offense in training camp the other day, Sanders remains the No. 1 back, and he could be a bargain in fantasy drafts as a low-end RB2/high-end RB3.

    Aug 2 · Source via Eagles Miles Sanders
  • Breece Hall Expected To Overtake Michael Carter

    New York Jets running back Michael Carter is the incumbent after leading the team in rushing as a rookie in 2021, but the sense is that rookie Breece Hall will overtake him at some point this year. Carter ran for 639 rushing yards and 4.3 yards per carry, but he's on the smaller side and doesn't have breakaway speed. Hall, on the other hand, is bigger, faster and a better receiver than Carter. The Jets have high hopes for Hall, although there will likely be early growing pains as he learns to transition away from his ultra-patient running style. Given the expectation that Hall will eventually become the primary backfield threat for the Jets in 2022, he should be targeted as a low-end RB2, with Carter being more of an RB3/4 or handcuff in fantasy drafts.

    Aug 2 · Source via Jets Michael Carter Breece Hall
  • Kadarius Toney Has The Highest Ceiling Of Giants WRs

    New York Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney is probably the best bet for fantasy production among the team's wideouts this year. Toney is young and explosive and has been on the field this summer after battling injuries in 2021. He was targeted on 29.8% of his routes run in his rookie season, the eighth-highest total in the NFL. Even though the Giants have a new coaching staff this year, the desire to get Toney the ball has not changed. Questions continue to surround Kenny Golladay and Sterling Shepard, which only gives Toney more value. Fantasy managers have avoided players on the Giants in recent seasons, but Toney is worth a late-round flier as a WR4/flex this year with quarterback Daniel Jones healthy.

    Aug 1 · Source via Giants Kadarius Toney
  • Michael Thomas Expected To Be Saints' WR1

    ESPN's Mike Triplett expects New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) to be the team's WR1, but his fantasy ceiling is a trickier question since we don't know how long it will take him to return to peak physical form after missing all of the 2021 season due to his ankle injury. Thomas' return to training camp practice on Day 1 was a step in the right direction, but he will also be splitting time alongside Jarvis Landry and first-round rookie Chris Olave. He'll also be playing with a different style of quarterback in Jameis Winston, who might not pepper him with targets the same way Drew Brees and Teddy Bridgewater did. The 29-year-old shouldn't be expected to return to being the best receiver in the game like he was before his injury in 2020, but he can be a solid WR3 in fantasy at a discounted price.

    Aug 1 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • James Robinson Still Viewed As Top Back

    Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson said in the spring that the team still views running back James Robinson (Achilles) as the top back, and the team didn't place him on the Physically Unable to Perform list to begin training camp. However, Travis Etienne Jr. will be heavily involved in the passing game and has lined up out wide and in the slot multiple times in practices. Offensive coordinator Press Taylor said he can see Etienne being used similar to the way the Eagles used Brian Westbrook years ago. ESPN's Michael DiRocco guesses that Robinson will have more carries than Etienne, but Etienne could have a slight lead in total touches by season's end. Etienne has gotten all the hype so far in practices and is the higher-ceiling back for sure in PPR formats, but don't sleep on Robinson as an RB3/flex type in standard-scoring leagues.

    Aug 1 · Source via Jaguars James Robinson
  • Brandin Cooks Should Remain Productive

    Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks should remain impactful in fantasy despite working with unproven quarterback Davis Mills for a second straight season. In his career, the quarterback hasn't really mattered for Cooks, whether it's been Jared Goff, Tom Brady, Deshaun Watson, Mills, Drew Brees or Tyrod Taylor. He has finished with 1,000 yards or more in six of his eight NFL seasons. The Texans' receiving weapons aren't deep, and Cooks is the only proven threat, which screams double-digit targets per game in 2022. The 28-year-old was given a two-year contract extension in April and although he may not have a sky-high ceiling, he shouldn't be overlooked as a solid WR2 in fantasy just because he plays for the Texans.

    Aug 1 · Source via Texans Brandin Cooks
  • Browns Activate OT Jack Conklin, Shuffle Receivers

    After missing ten games last season with two separate injuries, Browns offensive tackle Jack Conklin has been activated from the physically unable to perform list, according to Nate Ulrich of USA Today. Conklin’s return to the field ensures that Cleveland will field all but one starting offensive linemen from last season.  Conklin had two separate […]

    Aug 1 · Pro Football Rumors Browns Isaiah Weston
  • Chester Rogers To Visit Texans

    Free-agent wide receiver Chester Rogers is scheduled to visit with the Houston Texans on Monday night. The 28-year-old has reportedly been drawing interest from multiple organizations this offseason. Last season, Rogers finished with 30 receptions, 301 receiving yards, and one touchdown in 16 games (one start) with the Tennessee Titans. He's a decent slot receiver and a possible option as a punt returner. He should land with an NFL team before the beginning of the season. It's unlikely that Rogers would have weekly value, but we'll wait and see where he signs.

    Aug 1 · Source via Texans Chester Rogers
  • Preston Williams Frustrated With Current Role

    Miami Dolphins wide receiver Preston Williams has expressed frustration with his current role on the team. He recently went on social media to say that he just wants an opportunity. The 25-year-old signed a one-year deal with Miami over the offseason. The expectation was that Williams would have at least a part-time role on the team. However, Williams will now he buried on the depth chart with the Dolphins making major upgrades at wideout this offseason. They've brought in Tyreek Hill, Cedrick Wilson, and Erik Ezukanma with a fourth round pick. Also, the Dolphins have Trent Sherfield and Mohamed Sanu as depth. At this point, it wouldn't be shocking to see the Dolphins decide to trade Williams. He's not expected to have much fantasy value until he can get out of Miami.

    Aug 1 · Source via Dolphins Preston Williams
  • James Washington Could Miss Two Months

    Dallas Cowboys wide receiver James Washington (foot) has been diagnosed with a broken foot. The organization believes that Washington will miss 6-10 weeks of action. The expectation is that Washington will open the season on the injured reserve. This is bad timing for the Cowboys with Michael Gallup (knee) unlikely to be ready by Week 1. That means, CeeDee Lamb, Noah Brown, and Michael Tolbert should see significant playing time. Tolbert is certainly someone fantasy managers should keep their eye with the Cowboys short on options at wideout.

    Aug 1 · Source via Cowboys James Washington
  • Pete Carroll Tests Positive For COVID-19

    Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday. He's experiencing mild symptoms while at home. Carroll will remain at home and is in communication with his coaching staff with the plan to participate in meetings virtually until he returns to the team's facilities at training camp. Carroll is the NFL's oldest head coach at age 70, but he is fully vaccinated and is expected to make a return in five days. It's unclear who will run Seattle's practices in Carroll's absence.

    Aug 1 · Source via Seahawks
  • Dane Belton Suffers Broken Collarbone

    New York Giants rookie safety Dane Belton (collarbone) has suffered a broken collarbone and will be sidelined an extended period of time, according to sources. It's a tough break for the fourth-rounder, as he had been making a strong impression in training camp. There remains hope that he can be ready for the start of the regular season, but The Bergen Record's Art Stapleton is reporting that Belton will miss six to eight weeks. The 21-year-old should return at some point this season, but he'll miss valuable repetitions in training camp and the preseason leading up to his first NFL campaign.

    Aug 1 · Source via Giants Dane Belton
  • Teven Jenkins Drawing Trade Interest

    The Chicago Bears have received calls and have held trade talks centered around offensive tackle Teven Jenkins, according to sources. The former second-round pick is drawing trade interest during training camp based on his potential. Jenkins got a late start to his rookie season in 2021 due to an injury, and he wound up playing in only six games, starting two at left tackle. The Bears have been working the 24-year-old in as a second-team right tackle so far in training camp, so it would make sense to move him if they can get a late-round draft pick in return.

    Aug 1 · Source via Bears
  • Will Fuller Being Monitored By Teams

    Veteran free-agent wide receiver Will Fuller is being monitored by multiple NFL teams, according to league sources, but he is regarded as more likely to join a club later in the preseason. Fuller, who played in just two games due to a finger injury with the Miami Dolphins last year, won't have any fantasy appeal unless he lands in a situation where he'll have a legitimate chance to start, which is unlikely. The 28-year-old has been an injury-prone, boom/bust deep threat in his time in the NFL. The former first-round pick of the Houston Texans in 2016 has never played in a full season and finished with 53 catches for 879 yards and a career-high eight touchdowns in his final season in Houston in 2020.

    Aug 1 · Source via Will Fuller
  • Steelers Give Chris Boswell A Four-Year Extension

    The Pittsburgh Steelers gave kicker Chris Boswell a new four-year, $20 million contract extension that includes $12.5 million guaranteed on Monday, according to his agent, Jeff Nalley. The four-year extension ties Boswell with Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker as the highest-paid kickers in NFL history. The 31-year-old kicker is one of the most reliable kickers in the game, but he won't enter the 2022 season as a must-draft player at his position due to the team's situation at quarterback in the wake of Ben Roethlisberger's retirement. He finished the 2021 season as the No. 7 fantasy kicker while making 36 of his 40 field-goal attempts and 27 of his 29 extra points in 17 games. Boswell has made at least 84 percent of his field-goal tries in six of his seven seasons.

    Aug 1 · Source via Steelers Chris Boswell
  • Lions Sign Justin Jackson Monday

    The Detroit Lions signed free-agent running back Justin Jackson to an undisclosed deal on Monday. In his fourth NFL season in 2021, Jackson finished with a career-high 68 carries for 364 yards (5.4 yards per carry) and two touchdowns and added 22 catches for 178 yards on 25 targets in 14 games (two starts) for the Los Angeles Chargers behind bell-cow back Austin Ekeler. The 26-year-old will have to learn a completely new offense with training camp having already started last week, but he'll provide the Lions with valuable depth behind D'Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams. Jackson is unlikely to have much fantasy value in 2022 unless Swift and Williams miss time with injuries.

    Aug 1 · Source via Lions Justin Jackson
  • Van Jefferson To Miss A Few Weeks

    Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay said that wide receiver Van Jefferson (knee) will miss "a few weeks" since he needs to undergo knee surgery. Apparently, Jefferson was advised to have surgery after meeting with a specialist on Monday regarding a lingering knee issue. He already had a minor procedure on the same knee earlier this offseason, so this isn't a great sign. With Jefferson missing training camp time over the next few weeks, it'll give Ben Skowronek and Tutu Atwell a chance to stand out in the receiver corps behind Cooper Kupp and Allen Robinson II. Jefferson finished his second NFL season with 50 catches on 89 targets for 802 yards and six touchdowns in 17 regular season games, and he'll be worth a late-round flier in deeper leagues for WR depth if he's ready to go for the start of the regular season.

    Aug 1 · Source via Rams Van Jefferson
  • Najee Harris Receives Medical Attention For Foot

    Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris (foot) received medical attention on the sidelines on his left foot during training camp practice on Monday. The severity of his injury is unknown at this time, but expect the Steelers to update his condition later on Monday night or Tuesday morning. The 24-year-old led the NFL in touches by a wide margin in his rookie season in 2021 and finished with 307 carries for 1,200 yards and seven touchdowns, adding 74 receptions for 467 yards and three more TDs to make him the RB4 in fantasy scoring. Pittsburgh is expected to lighten his load somewhat in his second season, but if healthy, he should remain a high-end RB1 target in the early rounds of drafts. If Harris is forced to miss time in camp, Benny Snell Jr., Anthony McFarland Jr. and Jeremy McNichols will see more work.

    Aug 1 · Source via Steelers Najee Harris
  • Cowboys Fear James Washington Suffered A Jones Fracture

    The Dallas Cowboys are concerned that wide receiver James Washington (foot) suffered a Jones fracture in his foot during training camp practice on Monday, according to a source. Washington had to be carted off the field and is undergoing additional testing. The 26-year-old came down hard on his foot, was slow to get up and then wasn't putting any weight on the foot as he attempted to hop off the field. It's bad news for Dallas' wideout depth with Michael Gallup (knee) unlikely to be ready for Week 1. CeeDee Lamb will be the unquestioned No. 1 receiver with Amari Cooper now in Cleveland, while rookie Jalen Tolbert now has a crystal-clear path to No. 2 duties, at least to open up the 2022 season. In standard-sized leagues, fantasy managers can probably avoid Washington in upcoming drafts.

    Aug 1 · Source via Cowboys James Washington
  • Deebo Samuel Has Incentives For Rushing Milestones

    In case the San Francisco 49ers continue to use wide receiver Deebo Samuel as a running back this year, he has incentives in his new contract that could pay him an extra $1.95 million over the life of the contract for rushing yards and rushing touchdowns, according to sources. Samuel and the Niners agreed on a three-year, $71.55 million contract extension on Sunday, and he'll be eased back into training camp practices after holding out to begin camp. The 26-year-old finished last year as the WR2 in fantasy, mainly because of his 59 rushing attempts for an extra 365 yards and eight touchdowns, but he also secured 77 of his 120 targets for 1,405 yards and six TDs through the air. Even if Samuel isn't used quite as much out of the backfield in 2022, he'll be firmly in the mix as a top-10 fantasy receiver.

    Aug 1 · Source via 49ers Deebo Samuel
  • Alvin Kamara's Court Hearing Delayed

    A court hearing for a battery case involving New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara, Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Chris Lammons and two other defendants has been pushed back at least two more months, according to multiple reports. It's the third time the hearing has been pushed back this year. Kamara is facing a misdemeanor charge of conspiracy to commit battery and a felony charge of battery resulting in substantial bodily harm. He could face a suspension under the NFL's personal-conduct policy, but there is no timetable for any potential discipline. The 27-year-old has made the Pro Bowl each of the last five seasons and had 1,337 yards from scrimmage and nine touchdowns in 13 games in 2021. With a potential suspension looming later in 2022, Kamara has become more of a high-end RB2 target in fantasy.

    Aug 1 · Source via Saints Alvin Kamara
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