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  • G-Men hoping to push the tempo on offense
    The Giants' offense "wants to go fast" this season.

    Advice: Receiver Jerrel Jernigan says the G-Men are "pushing for 70 or more plays per game." That's a number only two teams, the Broncos and Patriots, reached last season. The Giants averaged just 61.75, good for sixth-to-last in the league. "I'm still waiting for them to call up a huddle in practice," DE Mathias Kiwanuka said Thursday. "The intention of this offense is to cause chaos." The more plays, the better for Eli Manning and his intriguing receiver corps in fantasy.
    Today, 7:08 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.16 (38th)
  • Jags want to fix Bortles' mechanics
    The Jaguars are hoping to fix No. 3 overall pick Blake Bortles' lower-body mechanics during his redshirt rookie year.

    Advice: Per NFL Network's Albert Breer, the Jags believe Bortles was too much of an "arm thrower" at UCF, which aligns with the draftnik community's belief that his arm strength was not particularly impressive. He'll generate better torque if Jaguars coaches can get Bortles to improve his lower-body technique. Stopgap Chad Henne will open the season on a comfortably long leash.
    Today, 6:18 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.01 (2499th)
  • Pettine suggests Manziel could be package QB
    Browns coach Mike Pettine said the team will consider using Johnny Manziel as a package player during his rookie year.

    Advice: Unless Pettine is bluffing, he's serious about Brian Hoyer as Cleveland's Week 1 starter. "That's how Colin Kaepernick got his start in the NFL, as a package quarterback," Pettine noted. "On the other side of the ball, I've seen that give defenses some trouble." Kaepernick gashed Pettine's Jets defense for 50 yards and a touchdown on five runs as a backup during the 2012 season.
    Today, 5:29 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    17.04 (24th)
  • 'So much emphasis' on Eli throwing quicker's Ian Rapoport reports there's "so much emphasis" on getting Eli Manning to get rid of the ball quicker this season.

    Advice: Per Rapoport, new OC Ben McAdoo is committed to "simplifying things," and that Manning has been a "willing student." It's the Philip Rivers approach to rejuvenation for an offense that had grown stagnant the past two seasons. A quick-hitting, timing-based attack could do wonders for Manning as he throws to a receiver corps with serious YAC ability.
    Today, 4:54 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.16 (38th)
  • Cassel officially atop Vikings' depth chart
    Speaking Thursday, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer confirmed Matt Cassel is the team's No. 1 quarterback heading into camp.

    Advice: That's been the expectation all along. No. 32 pick Teddy Bridgewater should give Cassel a run for his money, but the Vikes appear content to go into Week 1 with the veteran under center. However, we fully expect Bridgewater to make starts this season, likely early.
    Today, 10:45 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.12 (2510th)
  • Cam Newton fully cleared for training camp
    Cam Newton (ankle surgery) has been fully cleared for training camp.

    Advice: Newton did 7-on-7 work during OTAs, planting with his right foot and looking near 100 percent. He's not expected to be too limited during camp. The procedure was designed to tighten some ligaments in his ankle, alleviating some pain and giving him more power off cuts. Newton, who has played in all 16 games in each of his three NFL seasons, is not an injury risk.
    Today, 9:47 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    19.18 (13th)
  • Michael Vick gets just four first-team reps
    Michael Vick got just four first-team reps on the first day of Jets camp, compared to 13 for Geno Smith.

    Advice: As expected, the starting job is clearly Smith's to lose. "I think that's already been addressed as far as who the starter is. There's no more speculation about that," Vick said Wednesday.
    Today, 9:27 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.23 (2501st)
  • Tony Romo to be a full participant
    Tony Romo (back surgery) is expected to be a full participant as training camp opens.

    Advice: Romo has sustained no setbacks as he comes off a December procedure designed to relieve pressure on a herniated disc. "He has had no issues," coach Jason Garrett said. "No obstacles holding him back." Romo is getting ready for what could be his best statistical season under the guidance of passing-game guru Scott Linehan.
    Today, 7:58 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    19.54 (12th)
  • Josh McCown enters camp 'entrenched'
    Josh McCown enters training camp "entrenched" as the starting quarterback.

    Advice: The new Bucs regime backtracked on their disdain for Mike Glennon, but that doesn't mean the second-year man will have a chance to win the starting gig. McCown was hand-picked by Lovie Smith to come in and emulate the basketball on grass passing game he had so much success with in Chicago last season. "I'm excited because you know where you stand going into camp so it's definitely a little bit of a departure from different years," McCown said.
    Today, 6:13 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    15.93 (39th)
  • Jets QB job is Geno Smith's to lose
    The New York Daily News reiterates that the Jets' quarterback job is Geno Smith's to lose.

    Advice: The Jets are calling it a competition between Smith and Michael Vick, but that's a case of semantics. The Daily News says the battle is really between "Good Geno and Bad Geno," with Vick an "innocent bystander." Smith is expected to get roughly 75 percent of the first-team reps as camp opens. "If he doesn't screw up in July and August, the job will belong to him," writes beat man Manish Mehta.
    Today, 6:02 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    17.47 (22nd)
  • Gruden won't be calling designed runs for RG3
    Coach Jay Gruden said designed runs for Robert Griffin III might be "few and far between" this season.

    Advice: Gruden will utilize Griffin's unique legs on designed rollouts and other plays to get him outside, but he isn't a fan of the Shanahans' read-option. However, RG3 will have the green light to scramble whenever he deems it necessary. It's a fine strategy for Griffin's fantasy value, as his passing efficiency should increase thanks to improved weaponry and Gruden's scheme. Andy Dalton ended up as fantasy's No. 5 quarterback last season while running for just 183 yards.
    Today, 5:34 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    20.08 (9th)
  • Palmer to enter camp as Bears No. 2 QB
    Coach Marc Trestman confirmed Jordan Palmer will enter camp as the Bears' No. 2 quarterback.

    Advice: The Bears' backup quarterback position is more notable than other backup QB jobs because of Chicago's weaponry, Jay Cutler's injury history, and Trestman's history of maximizing signal-caller play. Palmer will open camp as the No. 2, but will be pushed hard by Jimmy Clausen. The loser of that battle will likely lose his roster spot, with rookie David Fales sticking around as the No. 3.
    Yesterday, 7:34 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.06 (2498th)
  • Browns want Manziel to be more dedicated
    Browns coach Mike Pettine suggested Johnny Manziel will have to improve his "dedication" to be a serious competitor to start.

    Advice: Browns camp hasn't even begun, but all signs point to the coaching staff favoring Brian Hoyer. "I think he knows that in order for him to compete well, he's going to have to probably be more dedicated than ever," Pettine said of Manziel. Pettine confirmed to ESPN Cleveland that Hoyer will "be with the ones" when full-squad practices begin Saturday. "I think at this point, right now, it's more Johnny versus the playbook than it is (Johnny) versus Brian."
    Yesterday, 5:10 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    17.04 (24th)
  • Free agent Kyle Orton wants to keep playing
    Free agent QB Kyle Orton doesn't plan to retire and wants to play this season.

    Advice: Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones says Orton was going to report to training camp. Apparently the Cowboys didn't want him there, and wanted him to retire, so they cut him. Brandon Weeden is Tony Romo's backup. Orton will try to find a job as a clipboard holder likely at some point near the end of summer.
    Yesterday, 3:33 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2564th)
  • Eli Manning had NFL's highest pass distance
    Eli Manning had the highest average pass distance among NFL quarterbacks in 2013, at 9.49 yards from the line of scrimmage.

    Advice: Combine ex-OC Kevin Gilbride's vertical scheme with the Giants' injury-ravaged, swinging-gate offensive line, and the result was Eli's career-worst season, with career highs in picks (27) and sacks taken (39). New OC Ben McAdoo is installing a shortened, quicker-hitting attack in an effort to rejuvenate Eli. The Giants likely hope Manning can have a Riversian bounce-back year.
    Tuesday, 8:52 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.16 (38th)
  • Bengals owner offers Dalton endorsement
    Bengals owner/GM Mike Brown believes walk-year QB Andy Dalton will be the team's quarterback for the "immediate future."

    Advice: Brown also endorsed a Colin Kaepernick-style "pay as you go" type contract for Dalton's deal, and admitted the franchise tag is a possibility for 2015. All in all, it's not a very strong endorsement, definitely not the kind you'd hear from an owner talking about someone he considered a franchise quarterback.
    Tuesday, 5:50 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    17.56 (23rd)
  • Bills holding competition for No. 2 QB job
    Thad Lewis and Jeff Tuel are competing for the Bills' No. 2 quarterback job.

    Advice: With E.J. Manuel coming off three knee surgeries and proving to be rather injury-prone as a rookie, it's a battle worth monitoring from afar. Lewis entered the spring as the heavy favorite, but Tuel impressed during OTAs and "earned himself some more reps." The two have been splitting second-team work the first couple days of training camp. Lewis was far better than UDFA Tuel in 2013.
    Tuesday, 10:39 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.07 (2496th)
  • Chase Daniel, Tyler Bray competing for 1 spot
    The Kansas City Star suggests Chiefs backup QBs Chase Daniel and Tyler Bray are competing for one roster spot.

    Advice: According to beat writer Terez Paylor, rookie Aaron Murray is "likely a lock" behind starter Alex Smith. Daniel is due a $2.35 million base salary and could be one-and-done in Kansas City after signing a three-year, $10 million contract last offseason. Bray has a rocket arm and prototypical size, but will have to take the next step in his development as a sophomore to unseat Daniel as the No. 2.
    Tuesday, 6:25 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.10 (2494th)
  • Browns will name QB by 3rd preseason game
    Coach Mike Pettine said he'll name his starting quarterback by the third preseason game.

    Advice: "I don't know if I'll set a date and kind of paint ourselves into a date, but it will be sooner than the third preseason game," Pettine said. The competition between Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer kicks off this week. The Akron Beacon-Journal recently predicted Hoyer will hold off Manziel, but Johnny Football brings the most to the table and should win the job as long as he performs and keeps his head on straight this summer. JFF has QB1 upside.
    Tuesday, 5:52 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    17.04 (24th)
  • Cassel seen as 'heavy favorite' to start
    USA Today's Tom Pelissero considers Matt Cassel the "heavy favorite" to start at quarterback for the Vikings.

    Advice: Pelissero is a former longtime Vikings beat reporter, so his opinion is notable. Teddy Bridgewater was mixed in with the first-team offense this spring, but is pretty clearly behind Cassel. Tape gurus Greg Cosell and Ron Jaworski have both stated Cassel is a better fit for Norv Turner's offense than Bridgewater. Turner pushes the ball vertically, which is Bridgewater's weakness.
    Monday, 10:08 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.12 (2510th)
  • Giants not talking extension with Eli
    Co-owner John Mara told the New York Post the Giants have had no contract extension talks with Eli Manning.

    Advice: Manning, 33, is currently signed through 2015 at base salaries of $15.15 million this year, and $17 million next year. ESPN's Dan Graziano reported in April that the Giants are concerned Eli has entered his decline phase after leading the NFL in interceptions (27) last season. "We haven't even really discussed that yet," Mara said of a new deal. "We'll discuss that at the appropriate time. Obviously it's our hope that he finish his career as a Giant."
    Sunday, 10:16 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.16 (38th)
  • Redskins offense to resemble Mike Shanahan's
    Robert Griffin III said the Redskins' offense under Jay Gruden will resemble Mike Shanahan's.

    Advice: "Having two years experience running a pro-level offense, West Coast type, this is very similar," Griffin said. "All the concepts translate over. The reads are similar. It's just about the philosophy of the coach." Washington projects to be more pass-heavy under Gruden, but run-game system is expected to be similar. The major difference is that Griffin will see fewer designed runs. The scheme continuity adds to Griffin's bounce-back appeal. Griffin is currently a value pick at his late sixth-round ADP.
    Saturday, 7:58 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    20.08 (9th)