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  • Gronkowski's outlook 'optimistic/not certain'
    NFL Network's Albert Breer considers Rob Gronkowski's (knee) outlook for Week 1 "optimistic, but not certain."

    Advice: Breer says "everything is still on course," with Gronkowski, but he will not play in Friday night's regular season dress rehearsal, and likely will sit out the preseason finale, as well. Gronkowski drafters should strongly consider using a late-round pick on Heath Miller to hedge their bets. Miller looked terrific last night, and is incredibly undervalued at his 13th-round ADP. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:36 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.87 (40th)
  • Dolphins give up on 2012 3rd-rounder Egnew
    Dolphins waived TE Michael Egnew.

    Advice: One of ex-GM Jeff Ireland's seemingly countless misfires, Egnew was exposed as a product of Mizzou's spread offense quickly after the Dolphins made him a top-80 pick in the 2012 draft. It's particularly telling that the new Dolphins regime saw more potential in Arthur Lynch, Gator Hoskins, and Brett Brackett. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:53 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.19 (2487th)
  • NFL fines Jimmy Graham $30,000 for 'dunking'
    NFL fined Saints TE Jimmy Graham $30,000 for dunking footballs over the goal posts.

    Advice: Graham did this twice in Week 2 of preseason, which upset coach Sean Payton and obviously drew the ire of league brass. Graham has stated publicly he won't be dunking footballs over the goal posts anymore going forward. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:42 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.66 (23rd)
  • Pack TE Bostick has 'slight fibula fracture'
    Packers TE Brandon Bostick (leg) has been diagnosed with "slight fibula fracture," and could return as early as Week 2.

    Advice: However, Bostick could "be out even longer." He suffered the injury in last Saturday's preseason game. Rookie Richard Rodgers will begin the season as the Packers' "move" tight end, but Bostick could supplant him upon his return. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:37 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.62 (1922nd)
  • Heath Miller has 5/53/1 night versus Eagles
    Heath Miller secured 5-of-6 targets for 53 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason game.

    Advice: Playing well into the second half with the rest of the Steelers' starters, Miller secured a laser 27-yard strike from Ben Roethlisberger for the first-team offense's only score. Back to moving like he did before his knee surgery, Miller finishes the preseason with eight catches for 62 yards and a score. Generally going in the TE14-18 range, Miller could prove to be a late-round steal. He still has low-end TE1 upside. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:09 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.00 (119th)
  • Zach Ertz goes 2/24 versus Steelers Thursday
    Zach Ertz caught 2-of-2 targets for 24 yards in Thursday's preseason game.

    Advice: Brent Celek stole Ertz's thunder with two highlight-reel grabs, but according to Pro Football Focus' Nathan Jahnke, Ertz was on the field for 31 of Philadelphia's first 49 snaps. Ertz spent ample time in the slot. Celek could occasionally cramp Ertz's style, but we still think Ertz is an intriguing back-end TE1. He has eight catches for 110 yards and a touchdown through three preseason games. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:46 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.90 (125th)
  • Brent Celek has two-catch night vs. Steelers
    Brent Celek caught two passes for 41 yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Steelers.

    Advice: Both of Celek's catches were tough-handed grabs down the seam. Although Celek appeared to be cramping Zach Ertz's style, Ertz played as many, if not more, snaps. Celek remains an extremely reliable pair of hands in the middle of the field, but is just a mid-range TE2 for fantasy purposes. He's a more valuable player on the actual gridiron. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:40 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.86 (237th)
  • Patriots waive two players
    Patriots waived TE D.J. Williams and DT Marcus Forston.

    Advice: Williams had been sidelined for over two weeks with a leg injury. We suppose his release could be a vote of confidence in Rob Gronkowski's health, but Williams was always a roster long-shot. One month shy of his 26th birthday, Williams hasn't caught a pass since 2012. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:04 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.20 (2476th)
  • Owen Daniels still out with 'leg soreness'
    Ravens TE Owen Daniels remains sidelined indefinitely with "leg soreness."

    Advice: Daniels has now been sidelined a week, and will miss Saturday's regular-season dress rehearsal. The Ravens initially insisted Daniels was just "resting," but there's something else at play. ESPN's Jamison Hensley reported earlier this month that Daniels had "no burst getting off the line," and was having trouble "getting separation in training camp." It's quite possible Daniels isn't over the broken leg that wrecked his 2013. He's no threat to Dennis Pitta's target totals. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:35 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.37 (272nd)
  • Greg Olsen to play on Friday vs. Patriots
    Greg Olsen (calf) is expected to play in Friday's preseason game against the Patriots.

    Advice: Olsen sat out last week's game as a precaution. The low-upside back-end TE1 will likely stay out there as long as Cam Newton does Friday night. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:19 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.54 (83rd)
  • Larry Donnell favored to start Week 1 at TE
    Larry Donnell remains the favorite to start at tight end Week 1.

    Advice: It speaks to the Giants' state of the position. A former UDFA out of Grambling, Donnell can't run and has three career catches. Expect him to rotate with Daniel Fells, Kellen Davis and Adrien Robinson. It's a fantasy black hole. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:27 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.99 (232nd)
  • Bucs playing far more 12 than last year
    The Bucs have used "12" personnel on 32 percent of their preseason snaps, well above the NFL average of 21 percent.

    Advice: Last year, the Bucs used two-tight end sets less than 10 percent of the time, according to Football Outsiders. The Lovie Smith regime has come in and made the position a priority, drafting Austin Seferian-Jenkins 38th overall and signing Brandon Myers. At 6'5/262 with unique leaping ability, ASJ has a real shot to emerge as the No. 3 target for Josh McCown -- especially in the red zone. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:26 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.57 (1923rd)
  • Packers UDFA TE Lyerla unclaimed on waivers
    Packers undrafted TE Colt Lyerla (knee) passed through waivers unclaimed and is now on injured reserve.

    Advice: Lyerla injured his knee earlier in training camp and was waived/injured Tuesday. He's an intriguing talent who could have drawn some looks on waivers. Considering he wasn't signed as a priority undrafted free agent, it's not a surprise he wasn't scooped up by another team. Lyerla will "redshirt" as a rookie. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:05 pm
    Injured Reserve
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1852nd)
  • Texans rookie TE C.J. Fiedorowicz impressing
    ESPN Texans reporter Tania Ganguli observes third-round TE C.J. Fiedorowicz "can do everything."

    Advice: "Zero problems catching the ball," Ganguli added. The Texans and Broncos are holding joint practices this week, and Fiedorowicz continues to line up as the starting in-line tight end while getting red-zone work. He's an NFL-ready blocker and drew loose Rob Gronkowski comps coming out of Iowa. Coach Bill O'Brien plans to feature his tight ends. Fiedorowicz might be a waiver-wire favorite at some point. He's not yet worth drafting in standard-sized leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:32 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.78 (245th)
  • Colt Lyerla could be moved to fullback?
    Packers TEs coach Jerry Fontenot believes TE Colt Lyerla (knee, injured reserve) could eventually be moved to fullback.

    Advice: Fontenot believes the move would "certainly (seem) to fit his wheelhouse." It's bizarre to hear of a 6-foot-4 tight end with 4.61 speed potentially being moved to fullback, but it's a moot point for 2014, as Lyerla will miss the entire season. There's a chance Lyerla will be riding the pine for another team, as he's been exposed to waivers after being waived/injured on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:47 pm
    Injured Reserve
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1852nd)
  • Gonzalez: Despite temptation, I'm retired
    Although he admits there will be "temptation" to return, Tony Gonzalez insists he's retired.

    Advice: Gonzalez acknowledges he's already been contacted about a comeback. "The temptation would be there, but I don't know what the gain would be,'' Gonzalez said. "I've always wanted a ring. ... But I'd be a mercenary to come in and get a Super Bowl ring, play with a team for, what, six, seven weeks?" Settling in nicely to his new role as a pundit for CBS Sports, Gonzalez has predicted the Broncos will go undefeated this season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:30 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1845th)
  • Packers waive/injure UDFA TE Colt Lyerla
    Packers waived/injured TE Colt Lyerla.

    Advice: He'll revert to injured reserve if he clears waivers. It's far from a guarantee, as Lyerla is one of this season's highest-upside undrafted free agents. Standing in at 6-foot-4, 247 pounds with 4.61 wheels, Lyerla is a potential mismatch. He only went undrafted because of (admittedly serious) character concerns. Recovering from a torn PCL and MCL, Lyerla is staring at "at least" six weeks of rehab, and likely more. He'd have a fighting chance at a roster spot next year if the Pack can get him through waivers and on I.R. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:08 pm
    Injured Reserve
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1852nd)
  • Gronkowski: I'm planning to play all 16 games
    Rob Gronkowski (knee) says he plans to play all 16 games.

    Advice: Speaking after returning to 11-on-11 drills on Monday, Gronk said he's experienced no setbacks in his recovery from his torn ACL and MCL. Although playing all 16 games might be Gronk's plan, there's no guarantee it's the Patriots'. Coach Bill Belichick won't tip his hand before Week 1. The body of evidence suggests Gronk will be ready to go for the opener, but it's not something fantasy owners can take for granted. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:05 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.87 (40th)
  • Rob Gronkowski graduates to 11-on-11 drills
    Rob Gronkowski (knee) participated in 11-on-11 drills for the first time in training camp on Monday.

    Advice: Per reporter Mike Reiss, there was a "lot of balls thrown his way." It's another huge step in the right direction for Gronk, though he should still be considered questionable for Week 1. He's not going to see preseason action, while the ever-coy Pats are unlikely to make any grand declarations about his early-season availability. Fantasy owners will just have to continue reading the tea leaves. Right now, they're cautiously optimistic. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:55 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.87 (40th)
  • Fendi Onobun done for 2014 w/ torn quad
    Jaguars TE Fendi Onobun has diagnosed with a torn quad, and is out for the season.

    Advice: Onobun was signed only 10 days ago. He'll likely be released with an injury settlement as opposed to being stashed on injured reserve. Onobun has long been a practice superstar, but hasn't translated it to games. His last regular-season appearance came in 2011. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:35 pm
    Injured Reserve
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1833rd)
  • Brandon Bostick out a 'couple of week's
    Packers TE Brandon Bostick has been diagnosed with a lower-leg injury, and will be sidelined a "couple of weeks."

    Advice: The Pack initially claimed that Bostick had escaped Saturday's preseason game with only a bruise, but he's now questionable for Week 1. Third-round rookie Richard Rodgers is the heavy favorite to open the year with "Move" duties. Bostick has no re-draft value. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:49 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.62 (1922nd)
  • Charles Clay back at Dolphins practice Monday
    Charles Clay (knee) returned to Dolphins practice Monday.

    Advice: Clay went down two weeks ago, and missed each of the Dolphins' first two preseason games. He should be considered no better than 50-50 for this week's regular-season dress rehearsal as he rounds back into practice form. Clay is a borderline TE1, and would ideally be part of a committee for your fantasy team. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:20 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.95 (121st)
  • Lovie not happy with where Tim Wright is
    Coach Lovie Smith said Tim Wright "hasn't played as well as he should be playing."

    Advice: Wright has struggled with drops in the pass game and blocking in the run game. It's a surefire way to get buried on the depth chart. Right now, he's behind Chris Owusu for the slot job, and both Austin Seferian-Jenkins/Brandon Myers at tight end. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:50 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.67 (255th)
  • Rodgers taking control of starting TE gig
    ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky says third-round TE Richard Rodgers "may have quietly taken control of the starting job."

    Advice: Rodgers has started each of the Packers' preseason games, and played the entire opening series on Saturday night as Aaron Rodgers went no-huddle. He continued running with the first-team offense on Monday. However, he has just one catch for 10 yards on 30 snaps. The underwhelming Cal product is going to be buried on the target totem pole even if he is the "starter." Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:33 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.60 (202nd)
  • Chiefs TE Kelce erupts for 2nd preseason TD
    Travis Kelce secured 4-of-4 targets for 63 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs' second preseason game Sunday night.

    Advice: Kelce mixed in with the first-team offense in two-tight end sets, but opened the game behind Anthony Fasano. Ultimately playing with both the first and second teams, Kelce's night was quiet until Aaron Murray found him for a 43-yard touchdown on a seam route, at the end of which Kelce physically dominated a Panthers defensive back en route to the end zone. Through two preseason games, Kelce has reeled in 6-of-7 targets for 136 yards (22.7 YPR) and two touchdowns. He remains a high-ceiling TE2 target in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:48 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.97 (150th)
  • Greg Olsen inactive for preseason game
    Greg Olsen (calf) is inactive for the Panthers' second preseason game Sunday night.

    Advice: The injury is believed to be minor, but has caused Olsen to miss a few practices and now this exhibition. Look for Brandon Williams to get a ton of run against the Chiefs. Williams starred in the Panthers' preseason opener. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:37 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.54 (83rd)
  • Julius Thomas shines in preseason game
    Julius Thomas caught 3-of-3 targets for 35 yards and a touchdown in the Broncos' second preseason game Sunday.

    Advice: Thomas beat 49ers S Craig Dahl for a 17-yard touchdown on a post route early in the second quarter. As the No. 2 option in Peyton Manning's offense behind only Demaryius Thomas, Julius is a value pick at his mid-third-round ADP. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:21 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.07 (70th)
  • Packers believe Brandon Bostick has bruise
    The Packers believe TE Brandon Bostick's leg injury is a bruise.

    Advice: He's day to day. Bostick tweeted he's "good" after Saturday night's injury scare. He remains in the hunt for Green Bay's "move" tight end position, battling rookie Richard Rodgers. Andrew Quarless is the Packers' in-line tight end. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:06 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.62 (1922nd)
  • Brandon Bostick tweets he's good after scare
    Packers TE Brandon Bostick tweeted late Saturday "no worries, I'm good" after exiting Green Bay's second preseason game with a lower-leg injury.

    Advice: Coach Mike McCarthy should have an update soon, but it appears Bostick avoided a serious injury. It's good news because Bostick has struggled with myriad injuries to this point in his career. Bostick secured his lone target for nine yards in Saturday's exhibition clash with the Rams. He sounds day to day. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:03 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.62 (1922nd)
  • Richard Rodgers starting preseason games
    Rookie TE Richard Rodgers has started each of Green Bay's first two preseason games.

    Advice: He's been an infrequent target for Aaron Rodgers, however, managing one catch for ten yards on three passing-game looks. Nothing about Rodgers' college resume suggested he'd be a big-time NFL player. If Brandon Bostick can stay healthy, we suspect he'll overtake Rodgers as Green Bay's top "move" tight end. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:01 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.60 (202nd)
  • Jace Amaro goes 2-24 in preseason game
    Jets rookie TE Jace Amaro logged two catches for 24 yards in New York's second preseason game.

    Advice: He posted a 2-18 line in the Jets' exhibition opener. Afterwards, hyperbolic coach Rex Ryan stated, "He kind of reminded me of (Mike) Ditka." Amaro took a step forward Saturday night, avoiding the drops that have plagued him throughout OTAs and camp. He's still not on the re-draft radar, but has a good chance to help New York's offense this season as a possession target underneath. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:19 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.45 (265th)
  • Charles Clay insists he'll be ready Week 1
    Charles Clay (knee) insisted that he'll be ready for Week 1.

    Advice: Clay injured his knee in the Dolphins' intra-squad scrimmage a couple weeks ago. He's missed Miami's first two preseason games and is considered week-to-week. Clay is currently on the TE1/2 border as our No. 13 fantasy tight end. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:49 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.95 (121st)
  • Rudolph shreds Cards for 4-89-1 in exhibition
    Kyle Rudolph caught 4-of-5 targets for 89 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' second preseason game Saturday night.

    Advice: His highlight-reel play was a 51-yard touchdown sprint delivered by Matt Cassel. As noted by NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah, Rudolph is showing an extra gear this year after shedding weight in the offseason. Ladarius Green, Zach Ertz, and Travis Kelce are all generating a ton of fantasy buzz, but Rudolph is just as likely a breakout candidate as any of them under TE-friendly Norv Turner. Rudolph, in fact, is a month younger than Kelce. The Notre Dame alum remains a value pick at his late-eighth-round Average Draft Position. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:25 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.74 (130th)
  • Eifert inactive for second preseason game
    Bengals TE Tyler Eifert is inactive for Saturday night's preseason game.

    Advice: Eifert's shoulder injury is no longer an issue, but the Bengals don't want to risk him suffering a setback. QB Jason Campbell (elbow) has also been ruled out. Campbell could return to practice next week. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:45 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.48 (171st)
  • Brandon Bostick injures leg on Saturday
    Brandon Bostick exited Saturday's preseason game against the Rams with a lower leg injury and will not return.

    Advice: Bostick entered on the second series with the first-team offense, but played behind Richard Rodgers for the second consecutive week. Bostick reeled in his lone target for nine yards. The Packers should provide an update after the game. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:21 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.62 (1922nd)
  • Payton 'very upset' over Graham penalties
    Saints coach Sean Payton said he was upset with Jimmy Graham's two 15-yard unsportsmanlike-conduct penalties for dunking over the goal posts in Friday's preseason game.

    Advice: Graham and Payton got into an argument after the second penalty. "Yes, I was. I'm very upset," said Payton. "Would you be upset? I was, particularly." Dunking on the goal posts is Graham's signature move, but has been a generic touchdown celebration for years. It's surprisingly poor form by Graham to be showing up the NFL's offseason rule change. Graham should end his protest in Week 1. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:56 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.66 (23rd)
  • Foles compares Ertz to ex-teammate Gronkowski
    Nick Foles compared Zach Ertz to Rob Gronkowski for Ertz's ability to "stretch the defense," "make tough catches," and "thrive on athleticism."

    Advice: Keep in mind Gronk was Foles' tight end at the University of Arizona. Ertz ran a faster forty (4.67) than Gronk (4.68) at their Pro Days, and also had a better vertical (35 1/2") than Gronk (33 1/2), although Gronk is just over an inch taller and nine pounds heavier. Still, Foles sees them as comparable athletes and the measurables agree. All signs point to a breakout year for Ertz. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:36 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.90 (125th)
  • Ladarius Green doesn't pass block once
    Ladarius Green played on eight of Philip Rivers' nine snaps in Friday night's preseason game against the Seahawks.

    Advice: For the second week in a row, Green's usage was really encouraging. He played just about every first-team snap even though Antonio Gates was active, lined up in the slot three times and was not asked to pass block at all. Green finished with two catches for 20 yards on two targets (both after Rivers left the game), but that's not the point. When the 6'6/240 freak with 4.4 wheels gets used on every down and as a receiver, good things are going to happen. Green brings tremendous upside at the top of the TE2 ranks. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:18 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.66 (132nd)
  • Jimmy Graham keeps scoring, keeps dunking
    Jimmy Graham caught five passes for 48 yards and two touchdowns in the Saints' second preseason game Friday night.

    Advice: Graham drew penalties after each score for dunking over the goal posts, a fact of which coach Sean Payton was none too pleased. The dunks are Graham's way of protesting an offseason rule change that outlawed celebrations that used the football as a "prop," though he will likely end the protest once the regular season begins. Graham has seven catches for 65 yards and two TDs this preseason. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:09 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.66 (23rd)
  • Zach Ertz continues red-hot August vs. Pats
    Zach Ertz caught two passes for 26 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles' second preseason game Friday night.

    Advice: He worked exclusively with the ones after getting most of his catches with the twos in the preseason opener. Through two exhibition games, Ertz has six grabs for 86 yards and a TD on seven targets. On Friday night, Ertz outmuscled Patriots S Pat Chung at the goal line on his second-quarter score, barreling into the end zone. Ertz has a chance to be a red-zone monster if the Eagles commit to increasing his snaps. (They most certainly should.) Particularly if Jeremy Maclin (knee) can't stay on the field, Ertz could also emerge as the favorite for receptions in Philly. He's robbery at his current late-ninth-round ADP. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:38 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.90 (125th)
  • Packers considering options with UDFA Lyerla
    Packers UDFA TE Colt Lyerla will not require surgery for the torn MCL and PCL in his right knee.

    Advice: Lyerla will miss "multiple weeks," and is out for the remainder of camp. It's possible Lyerla could return this season if he avoids I.R., though he doesn't project as more than Green Bay's No. 4 tight end. The Packers could try stashing Lyerla on the practice squad and letting him rehab. A developmental move tight end with 4.61 speed, Lyerla should draw interest if exposed to waivers. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:19 pm
    Injured Reserve
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1852nd)
  • Amaro dropping passes 'as if it's required'
    The New York Post reports second-round TE Jace Amaro dropped passes in training camp "as if it was a job requirement."

    Advice: We knew Amaro was struggling badly with drops, but this really puts it into perspective. Between Amaro and Stephen Hill -- who reportedly makes a highlight reel catch and follows it up with three drops -- botched passes have been plentiful in Jets camp. Amaro is only a Dynasty stash at this point. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:24 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.45 (265th)
  • Gronk has 'decent but not terrible limp'
    Watching Patriots practice, The MMQB's Greg Bedard observed Rob Gronkowski (knee) "favoring his right knee," and running with a "decent but not terrible limp."

    Advice: The former Pats beat writer believes Gronk is "far from a lock" to suit up for Week 1. After a sunny summer of updates, the Gronk news has grown a bit more pessimistic this week, but ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday there's still "optimism" around his Week 1 status. This being the Pats, things will surely come down to the wire. It's possible we won't know Gronk's status until the opening day inactives are announced. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:19 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.87 (40th)
  • Zach Ertz shines in joint Pats practices
    According to CSN Philly, Zach Ertz stood out in this week's joint practices with the Patriots.

    Advice: The Pats agreed. "He's a great player," were the words of RE Chandler Jones. "He's very athletic. He's faster than I thought." S Devin McCourty said Ertz "understands how to get open against good defenses." All signs are pointing toward an Ertz breakout this season. Particularly if Jeremy Maclin (knee) can't stay on the field, Ertz could be primed to leap into elite TE1 heights. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:30 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.90 (125th)
  • Michael Egnew remains 'largely invisible'
    Dolphins TE Michael Egnew has been "largely invisible" since returning from a concussion earlier this month.

    Advice: Assessing his tight-end group on Thursday, coach Joe Philbin "withheld praise" for the 2012 third-rounder. It's increasingly unlikely that Egnew cracks the 53. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:32 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.19 (2487th)
  • Philbin vague on Charles Clay's status
    Dolphins coach Joe Philbin was vague when asked about Charles Clay's (knee) status on Thursday.

    Advice: Quizzed on Clay's Week 1 status, Philbin claimed he's day to day, but hinted that he's more week to week. "The longer you're out, the more of a period of getting acclimated back into football. I'd love to have him out here as soon as possible." For now, there's no real reason to fret about Clay's status for the opener, but it's a strike against his TE1 case. Clay is Rotoworld's No. 13 tight end. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:08 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.95 (121st)
  • Colt Lyerla dealing with severe knee injury
    Packers UDFA TE Colt Lyerla has a torn MCL and PCL in his right knee.

    Advice: The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel believes Lyerla could be headed to injured reserve or waived/injured. Despite his big name, Lyerla has little Dynasty value. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:16 am
    Injured Reserve
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1852nd)
  • Packers could use committee approach at TE
    The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel says "don't be surprised to see the Packers use a bevy of tight ends in more specified roles this season," hinting at a possible committee approach.

    Advice: The Packers have seven tight ends in camp, and outside of injured UDFA TE Colt Lyerla (knee), all are competing for a role. Brandon Bostick is having his strongest camp to date and is being referred to by some as "Jermichael Finley Light" due to his speed and athleticism. Third-round rookie Richard Rodgers has drawn praise from Aaron Rodgers for his consistency. Andrew Quarless and Ryan Taylor are blocking specialists. We like Bostick the most of the bunch, and the coaches want to increase his role. He's merely a late-round flier. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:15 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.62 (1922nd)
  • Eifert to get slot work with Marvin out?
    Second-year TE Tyler Eifert is a candidate for more slot work with Marvin Jones (foot) sidelined.

    Advice: Jones isn't expected back until Week 5 at the earliest. The Bengals will shove limited Mohamed Sanu into the No. 2 receiver role, but we're more interested in seeing expanded opportunities for Eifert. His shoulder is healed and he's reportedly flashing improved route-running at camp. Beat man Paul Dehner projects 700 yards and 5-7 TDs for Eifert as part of a second-year breakout. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:17 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.48 (171st)
  • Schefter: Optimism on Gronk for opener
    ESPN's Adam Schefter says there's still "optimism" on Rob Gronkowski's status for Week 1.

    Advice: Schefter confirms that Gronkowski still hasn't been cleared for contact and it would be surprising to see him play in a preseason game. Given the secretive nature of the Patriots, more information than this is going to be hard to come by. All we know is that Gronk hasn't had any setbacks since sustaining an ACL and MCL tear eight months ago, and he's graduated to 7-on-7 work while wearing a red non-contact jersey. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:46 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.87 (40th)
  • Report: Gronkowski questionable for Week 1
    According to a source with knowledge of the situation, Rob Gronkowski (ACL, MCL surgery) is "50-50" for Week 1.

    Advice: Optimism for Gronk's Week 1 availability swelled after he avoided active/PUP, but he's yet to be cleared for contact or participate in team drills. He is still just over seven months removed from going under the knife, meaning he'd be on a Peterson-esque timeline for the start of the season. The fact that Gronk avoided the PUP list means the Patriots are confident he'll be available sometime in the first six games, but his Week 1 status can't be taken for granted. This being the Pats, substantive updates might be hard to come by between now and September 7, when Gronk and Co. kick things off with a trip to Miami. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:33 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.87 (40th)
  • Packers TE Bostick sees uptick in 1st-tm reps
    Brandon Bostick saw increased reps with the starting offense in Monday's practice.

    Advice: Bostick is the most dynamic playmaker in the Packers' tight end group, and beat writer Rob Demovsky believes Bostick might be a "ready-made" replacement for Jermichael Finley. Bostick played behind Andrew Quarless and rookie Richard Rodgers in the preseason opener. Coach Mike McCarthy said the three will continue to rotate. Things are far from settled at tight end in Green Bay, but it's hard to ignore the athleticism Bostick brings to the position. Bostick, 25, ran 4.59 with a 36-inch vertical and 10-foot-1 broad jump at his 2012 Pro Day. Those are very good numbers for a 6-foot-3, 250-pound tight end. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:04 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.62 (1922nd)
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