The Shiva Bowl (ID# 206824)
  • Crabtree not seen as lock to start Week 1
    CSN Bay Area's Scott Bair suggests Michael Crabtree is not a lock to start in Week 1.

    Advice: A reclamation signing by the Raiders, Crabtree inked a Hakeem Nicksonian one-year, $3 million deal this offseason. Bair suggests Crabtree could be pushed in training camp by Rod Streater, who led Oakland in receiving in 2013 before missing most of 2014 to injury. Crabtree is an unlikely 2015 fantasy contributor. 28 minutes ago
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.60 (170th)
  • Campanaro participating fully
    Ravens WR Michael Campanaro (quad) was a full participant for the start of training camp.

    Advice: Campanaro suffered a "slight quad tear" during May OTAs. A nifty but diminutive slot prospect, Campanaro will spend the summer battling for sub-package receiver snaps behind Steve Smith Sr. and likely starter Breshad Perriman. 32 minutes ago
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.77 (2498th)
  • ARZ to kick tires on Hughes as inside runner
    Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he wants to take a look at FB Robert Hughes as an inside runner.

    Advice: Andre Ellington and rookie David Johnson both excel in space. Meanwhile, Hughes is short on talent but long on size and toughness at 5'11/235. He's hung around the fringe of NFL rosters for five years as a RB/FB tweener. Ultimately, we expect Johnson to get the first crack at goal-line work even if it doesn't fit his skill set. Today, 6:00 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.19 (2524th)
  • Agholor: Sam Bradford looks healthy
    Nelson Agholor said Sam Bradford (ACL) was "moving great" when the two worked out together last week.

    Advice: has already reported that Bradford is expected to be a full go when Eagles camp opens on Sunday. "To me, he looks great, he looks healthy," Agholor said. Eagles quarterbacks have thrown 59 touchdown passes in two seasons under Chip Kelly. Today, 5:52 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    32.35 (29th)
  • Kelvin Benjamin ready to go for camp
    Kelvin Benjamin says his hamstrings are 100 percent as Panthers camp opens.

    Advice: Benjamin grabbed offseason headlines by being a few pounds overweight and slightly tweaking both of his hamstrings. It was never a real concern. Benjamin's physically imposing frame is in good shape heading into his second NFL season. Today, 5:21 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    14.04 (80th)
  • LeGarrette Blount failed conditioning test
    The Boston Globe hears LeGarrette Blount did not pass his conditioning test Wednesday.

    Advice: Players had to run 20 sprints of 50 yards in under eight seconds each. Blount only did 12, so he was placed on active/NFI. He'll be activated as soon as he passes the test. Today, 5:08 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1981st)
  • Aaron Rodgers fully over his calf injury
    The Packers will not limit Aaron Rodgers' reps during training camp.

    Advice: Rodgers turns 32 in December and is coming off a nasty calf pull that took him a few offseason months to recover from. He's 100 percent now though, and the Packers won't coddle him at all. Rodgers has played in at least 15 games in six of his seven seasons as the starter. Today, 4:57 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    39.95 (1st)
  • Jarius Wright playing slot role for Vikings
    Jarius Wright is penned in as the Vikings' slot receiver.

    Advice: Charles Johnson and Mike Wallace will monopolize outside snaps, leaving Wright to move inside as Greg Jennings' replacement. That's no problem for the 5'10/190 Wright, who caught eight passes for 130 yards on 85 routes run out of the slot last year. He's slippery and quick after the catch. Today, 4:40 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.75 (2352nd)
  • Taliaferro looked 'very strong' in spring
    Ravens RB Lorenzo Taliaferro reportedly looked "very strong" during OTAs.

    Advice: Taliaferro is the heavy favorite to win the early-down backup job behind Justin Forsett. Fourth-round rookie Buck Allen projects as the backup on passing downs. Taliaferro flashed at times as a rookie, averaging 4.29 YPC on 68 rushes and turning four of those into touchdowns. He's dropped eight pounds and has four percent less body fat than he did as a rookie. Today, 4:31 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.25 (250th)
  • Raiders' flyer on T-Rich 'not going so well'
    The San Francisco Chronicle passes along "whispers" that the Raiders' reclamation flyer on Trent Richardson is "not going so well."

    Advice: Beat writer Vic Tafur doesn't elaborate beyond that. In early July, OL coach Mike Tice stated T-Rich shed weight this offseason, helping some of his old quickness to return. More-objective observers of Raiders practice must not have seen much from Richardson in the way of positives. Owed only $600,000 in guaranteed money on his two-year, $3.85 million deal, Richardson would be easy to cut. Yesterday, 10:00 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.19 (2503rd)
  • Jerry Rice compares Amari Cooper to Tim Brown
    Jerry Rice compared Raiders first-round pick Amari Cooper to Tim Brown.

    Advice: Rice played with Brown late in his career, and watched Cooper practice during spring workouts. "Very much like Tim Brown," is how Rice described Cooper. "Very explosive, got speed to burn." It's high praise from the G.O.A.T., who still has a good handle on the game. Brown was a nine-time Pro Bowler who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame early next month. Yesterday, 9:56 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    15.66 (75th)
  • LeGarrette Blount placed on active/NFI
    Patriots placed RB LeGarrette Blount on the active/NFI list.

    Advice: Blount was a full participant in offseason workouts, but must have suffered an injury after minicamp. It's possible he's dealing with a day-to-day situation. Brandon Bolden and Jonas Gray will see more reps while Blount is sidelined. Yesterday, 3:08 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1981st)
  • Roddy White needing repeated knee draining
    Roddy White had his knee drained prior to June minicamp and expects the knee to be drained again during the 2015 season.

    Advice: Knee drainings are generally routine, non-surgical procedures, but may be concerning for White coming off back-to-back injury-plagued seasons. White actually hinted doctors told him to have surgery, but he is going to play through the knee "irritation" instead. "It's not a concern to me because it's just like a little irritation," said White. "My cartilage in my knee is not smooth. It's kind of rippled. You can elect to have surgery, but I just decided not to because I'm not a surgery guy. I just don't want to do it." White turns 34 this November. Yesterday, 2:29 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    14.27 (95th)
  • Kevin White (shin) opens Bears camp on PUP
    Bears placed WR Kevin White (shin) on active/PUP.

    Advice: White has been battling the shin issue for a while now, as he also sat out all of minicamp. It doesn't sound overly serious, but White is missing important time with the offense. The Bears want him to get his conditioning up before sending him in to compete with Marquess Wilson and Eddie Royal for snaps. Yesterday, 12:17 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.67 (150th)
  • Saints writer throws 'cold water' on Josh Hill
    ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett threw "cold water" on Josh Hill's "fantasy buzz" Wednesday, saying Hill won't be playing the old "Jimmy Graham role."

    Advice: Coach Sean Payton has professed his love for Hill numerous times this offseason, but Triplett believes that's because Hill is simply a good football player with the ability to run, catch, block and contribute on special teams. He notes that before Graham was a Saint, Payton didn't feature the tight end as much. Triplett mentioned Jeremy Shockey's 48-569-3 receiving line in 2009 as "realistic" for Hill. The truth is much of Hill's past success came because he was left wide open. Yesterday, 9:23 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.70 (138th)
  • Garoppolo compares to Trent Green
    After watching Jimmy Garoppolo's 2014 snaps, NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah compared the second-year signal caller to Trent Green.

    Advice: Jeremiah was impressed by Garoppolo's "quick feet," quickness through progressions, and ability to "extend plays." Garoppolo impressed last preseason and is slated to start the Patriots' first four games with Tom Brady on suspension. Brady is continuing to fight the ban, however. Garoppolo would make for an intriguing QB1 streamer in Week 1 against the defense-deficient Steelers. Yesterday, 8:47 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    32.48 (31st)
  • Garoppolo showed better command this spring
    Jimmy Garoppolo reportedly showed far better command of the offense this offseason.

    Advice: Garoppolo was still trying to get his head around the offense as a second-round rookie a year ago. He still looked good in the preseason, going 46-of-72 (58.2%) for 618 yards (7.82 YPA) with five TDs, one INT and a 99.0 passer rating. With Tom Brady's suspension looming, Garoppolo got a bunch of first-team reps in the spring. We expect him to hit the ground running if Brady misses any time. Tuesday, 7:55 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    32.48 (31st)
  • Eagles did ACL study before Bradford trade
    The Eagles did an independent study on the likelihood of ACL re-injuries prior to acquiring Sam Bradford.

    Advice: The research concluded that football players have a 10-12 percent chance of re-injury. That gave the Eagles enough confidence to trade away their starting quarterback and a second-round pick for the right to pay Bradford $13 million this season. Chip Kelly pointed to Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning as quarterbacks who have rebounded from serious injuries. Bradford is available in the 11th round of fantasy drafts because he's "injury prone," an idea Kelly does not believe in. "Everybody in the NFL is 100 percent injury prone," he said. Monday, 6:35 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    32.35 (29th)
  • Kelvin Benjamin back at playing weight
    Kelvin Benjamin is down to his playing weight.

    Advice: Benjamin is back in the 245-pound range after reporting to OTAs overweight. His conditioning remains a non-issue. Benjamin missed time with hamstring injuries this offseason, but will be fully cleared for the start of camp. Friday, 5:07 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    14.04 (80th)
  • Kelvin Benjamin (hamstring) to be a full go
    Coach Ron Rivera expects Kelvin Benjamin (hamstrings) to be a full go when training camp opens next week.

    Advice: Benjamin tweaked both of his hamstrings during OTAs, but neither issue was ever serious. We're more concerned with Benjamin's volume taking a hit in Year 2 than any injuries. He ranked sixth in the NFL in targets as a rookie. Thursday, 7:48 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    14.04 (80th)
  • Report: Sam Bradford should be ready for camp
    A source tells Sam Bradford (ACL) should be ready to go when Eagles training camp opens Aug. 2.

    Advice: Bradford didn't participate in full-team drills this spring, sending media and fans into a tizzy. They failed to consider that perhaps the Eagles were just playing it safe with a guy that tore his left ACL for the second time in the 2014 preseason.'s source says Bradford is now "looking great" and is expected to participate in 11-on-11s right at the start of camp. He's a great risk/reward pick in Round 11 as the leader of an offense that will put crooked numbers on the board no matter who is under center. Thursday, 5:54 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    32.35 (29th)
  • Sam Bradford to play out final year of deal
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports contract-year QB Sam Bradford plans to play out the final year of his deal.

    Advice: It's a smart move by Bradford, whose value is probably as low as it's been as he comes off back-to-back ACL surgeries. He also played in one of the league's worst offenses in St. Louis and now gets to play under quarterback-friendly Chip Kelly. It's an opportunity for him to not only rehab his stock, but also maximize it. With a solid, healthy season, Bradford could command an Andy Dalton deal. Monday, 4:17 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    32.35 (29th)
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