MAC Confrence (ID# 235849)
  • Christine Michael may be on bubble in Seattle
    ESPN Seahawks reporter Terry Blount believes Christine Michael is on the roster bubble.

    Advice: Blount suggests Michael could lose his roster spot to impressive UDFA Thomas Rawls, a physical runner who caught the coaching staff's attention at spring practices. The 62nd overall pick in the 2013 draft, Michael has special physical attributes and a 4.88 career YPC average, but has earned just 52 carries through two seasons and has never seemed to earn the coaches' trust. Still only 24 years old, Michael would certainly generate interest on waivers. The Seahawks might be able to get a late-round pick for him if he's made available for trade. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:06 am
    Sun 10:00 am @ StL
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.05 (2467th)
  • Jamison Crowder a threat to Andre Roberts?
    CSN Washington's Rich Tandler believes rookie Jamison Crowder could eventually overtake Andre Roberts as the team's primary slot receiver.

    Advice: It's just one beat writer's opinion but the drop-prone Roberts will definitely be on notice after a lackluster 2014 showing (36 catches, 453 yards). Even if Crowder isn't a factor on offense, the 22-year-old should carve a niche for himself in the return game. He's a near-lock to make the Redskins' 53-man roster. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:42 am
    Sun 10:00 am vs Mia
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.18 (2494th)
  • Johnson could benefit from Gates' suspension
    Antonio Gates' suspension could open up snaps for Stevie Johnson in the slot.

    Advice: The Chargers' two biggest slot threats last season were Eddie Royal and Gates. Royal signed with the Bears this offseason and Gates is serving a four-game PED suspension. Johnson had a tough time carving a role for himself behind Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis in San Francisco, but volume shouldn't be an issue in San Diego. Danny Woodhead and Ladarius Green will also see work in the slot. Raymond Summerlin covered this subject in greater detail in his article, Fantasy Fallout: Gates Banned, which you can find on the Rotoworld NFL page. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:25 am
    Sun 1:05 pm vs Det
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.49 (167th)
  • Andre Williams expected to get goal-line carries
    Andre Williams is expected to be the Giants goal-line back.

    Advice: Williams mostly struggled in his jump from the ACC last year, but was effective in the red-zone with six touchdowns. After a nondescript OTAs, Williams will open training camp behind Rashad Jennings. The Giants want to use a three-man committee of Jennings, Williams, and pass-back Shane Vereen. An annual health risk, Jennings is coming off knee/ankle injuries and entering his age-30 season. Williams averaged 20 carries over the final month of 2014. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:41 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.39 (2039th)
  • Browns taking wait-and-see approach with Gordon
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Browns are "taking a wait-and-see approach" with suspended WR Josh Gordon.

    Advice: The Browns have Gordon under team control if he gets reinstated next year, but are open to trading him after consecutive suspensions and a team-imposed ban. Gordon dealt with conditioning and playbook issues in five appearances last season, averaging 60 YPG. Cleveland’s front-office/coaching staff isn't counting on Gordon returning to his 2013 form. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:39 pm
    Out
    Sun 10:00 am @ NYJ
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2098th)
  • Matthews may struggle to find playing time
    Seahawks.com's John Boyle believes it will be a "tough challenge" for WR Chris Matthews to climb the depth chart.

    Advice: Despite his Super Bowl heroics, Matthews is still clearly behind Jimmy Graham, Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin on the target totem pole, and he could find himself behind rookie Tyler Lockett as well. At 6-foot-5, Matthews could be a good fit for the outside receiver role occupied by Kearse, but he will need a very strong training camp to earn a significant role early in the season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:59 am
    Sun 10:00 am @ StL
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.84 (1916th)
  • Andrew Quarless arrrested for gun offense
    Packers TE Andrew Quarless was arrested in Miami Saturday morning after allegedly firing a gun twice during an altercation.

    Advice: Quarless tried to flee the scene and hide the gun in a plant, but he was arrested and charged with discharging a firearm in public, a first-degree misdemeanor with penalties of up to one year in jail in Florida. No matter what happens in the legal system, Quarless is likely to face a significant suspension from the NFL. Nothing more than a mediocre talent, Quarless' days with the Packers could be finished. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:34 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.96 (237th)
  • Report: Cowboys and Dez Bryant nearing deal
    CBS Dallas-Fort Worth's Mike Fisher reports the Cowboys could announce a long-term deal with Dez Bryant as early as Monday.

    Advice: "The two sides having moved to such a negotiating comfort level," Fisher said, "that there is discussion about announcing a done deal following the July 4 weekend." Rumors of an imminent deal between Bryant and the Cowboys have been swirling for days, but we have yet to hear anything official from either camp. The two sides have until July 15 to hash out a long-term deal. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:46 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.50 (38th)
  • Michael Campanaro on track for camp
    Ravens WR Michael Campanaro (quad) is expected to be ready for training camp.

    Advice: Campanaro has been sidelined with a torn quad since the start of OTAs. He’ll enter camp no higher than the No. 5 receiver. Campanaro is the favorite to replace Jacoby Jones on punt returns. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 5:14 pm
    Out
    Sun 1:25 pm @ Den
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.32 (2487th)
  • Brandin Cooks 'playing faster' in Saints offense
    The Saints expect Brandin Cooks to play faster this season.

    Advice: "He’s in his second year with a lot more knowledge of what we’re doing," Coach Sean Payton said. "That allows [him] to play faster. He’s progressed well." The Saints are expected to throw less as they move to a run-balanced offense, but Cooks projects for high-volume targets as Drew Brees’s top option. Cooks is the No. 16 wideout in our early 2015 rankings. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:57 pm
    Sun 1:05 pm @ Ari
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.64 (72nd)
  • Cowboys believe Dez holdout threat is a bluff
    Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports the Cowboys believe unsigned franchise player Dez Bryant is bluffing about holding out and missing games.

    Advice: The two sides met Friday, and Cole reports "no progress" was made. Cole went as far as to say the Cowboys believe Bryant is having money problems and wouldn't be able to afford missing paychecks. Dallas isn't budging off the long-term offer it already made to Bryant and will either tell him to sign the deal or play out the season on the one-year, $12.82 million franchise tender. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:06 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.50 (38th)
  • Ladarius Green set for big September chance
    Ladarius Green will replace suspended Antonio Gates for the first four games of the season.

    Advice: It took a PEDs suspension, but Green has finally been freed. Despite seeing just 53 targets and playing on roughly a third of the offensive snaps over the last two seasons, he's produced 36 catches for 602 yards and three touchdowns. Ladarius' 2.67 yards per route run in 2013 ranked second in the NFL (behind only Rob Gronkowski) and his 1.85 in 2014 ranked seventh. An imposing athlete at 6'6/240 with 4.44 speed, Green is a mismatch at all levels. He'll be worth starting in fantasy leagues for the first four weeks before fading back behind Gates. Stevie Johnson also gets a nice boost. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:44 am
    Sun 1:05 pm vs Det
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.53 (82nd)
  • Teammates speak well of Rishard Matthews
    The Miami Herald reports some Dolphins players believe WR Rishard Matthews would "thrive if he had a larger role."

    Advice: Matthews tried to force a trade earlier this offseason, but it doesn't appear to have hurt his standing amongst his teammates. Matthews has always offered promise in the slot, but is a redundant talent on a team with Jarvis Landry and Greg Jennings. Coming off a 12-catch season, Matthews will be no higher than No. 5 on the depth chart if DeVante Parker (foot surgery) is ready for Week 1. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:27 pm
    Sun 10:00 am @ Was
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.44 (2541st)
  • Stunner: Antonio Gates handed 4-game PED ban
    NFL suspended Chargers TE Antonio Gates four games for violating the league's PED policy.

    Advice: This one is a shocker. Headed into his 13th NFL campaign, Gates has always been a model NFL citizen, both on- and off-the-field. In a statement, Gates said he never "knowingly" ingested a banned substance. While possibly true, it's the oldest PED excuse in the book. Now 35, Gates has been thus far ageless as Philip Rivers' go-to target, but his absence will free up a massive amount of looks for Keenan Allen and Stevie Johnson, and give Ladarius Green the opportunity he's deserved for some time now. Missing such a huge chunk of the fantasy season right off the bat, it's hard to sell Gates as a TE1. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:58 pm
    Sun 1:05 pm vs Det
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1804th)
  • Josh Morgan making a case for himself with NO
    Saints WR Josh Morgan rivaled Ben Watson for the most total catches during spring practices.

    Advice: Take that with a grain of salt, as receivers always shine in the padless, non-contact practices. But Morgan has put himself in the mix behind Marques Colston. After catching just 30 total passes the previous two seasons with the Redskins and Bears, veteran Morgan has a chance to carve out a role in New Orleans thanks to his blocking prowess and short-to-intermediate catching ability. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:42 am
    Sun 1:05 pm @ Ari
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2145th)
  • Amari Cooper draws praise from Derek Carr
    Raiders first-round WR Amari Cooper drew praise from Derek Carr for his route running.

    Advice: "He [Cooper] is ridiculous in and out of his breaks," Carr said. "His style of play is perfect for this league. He's good at making fast-twitch movements. I think the sky’s the limit for him." As the No. 1 option in Oakland’s offense, Cooper is set up for early success. Cooper projects for 80-plus catches as a rookie. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:24 pm
    Sun 1:25 pm vs Cin
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.93 (75th)
  • Redskins WR Ryan Grant could see expanded role
    Coach Jay Gruden said WR Ryan Grant could see more playing time this season.

    Advice: "Ryan Grant, he’s awesome, man. He really is. He runs every route exactly like you tell him to," Gruden said. "He doesn’t make any mental mistakes. Plays like a 10-year veteran." The Redskins limited Grant to 187 rookie-year snaps, but have been talking up his development. Grant is Washington’s No. 4 receiver behind Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, and Andre Roberts. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:15 pm
    Sun 10:00 am vs Mia
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.39 (2548th)
  • Jared Abbrederis' roster spot in jeopardy
    ESPN Packers writer Rob Demovsky believes second-year WR Jared Abbrederis' roster spot could be in jeopardy.

    Advice: The Packers are a tough squad to crack year in and year out, and Abbrederis missed his entire rookie year with a torn ACL. Fellow second-year WR Jeff Janis is "way ahead of Abbrederis at this point." Abbrederis will need to prove he's healthy and hope the Packers keep six receivers on the final 53-man roster. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:35 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2288th)
  • Odell Backham offered baseball contract
    The Rockland Boulders of the Can-Am professional baseball league have offered Odell Beckham a contract.

    Advice: It's the deadest part of the NFL calendar, in case you couldn't tell. A video surfaced of Beckham throwing a softball 80-some odd miles an hour, and the Boulders came calling. "We think that getting experience pitching to professional hitters will give [Beckham] the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson," said Boulders GM Shawn Reilly. The Boulders want Beckham to report to spring training next May. Good one, Boulders. Good joke. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:00 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    15.44 (34th)
  • James Wright sat out most of spring practices
    Bengals WR James Wright sat out most of team drills during the spring.

    Advice: Beat writer Geoff Hobson failed to mention what the reasoning was, but we're assuming Wright underwent some sort of offseason surgery. Wright caught five balls for 91 yards as a rookie and was a fixture on special teams. The Bengals are high on the sophomore. He's the front-runner for No. 4 receiver duties. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:07 pm
    Sun 1:25 pm @ Oak
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.15 (2581st)
  • Pryor says he's competing as 'slash' player
    Terrelle Pryor says he's competing for a roster spot as a "slash" player.

    Advice: "I'm going to give this slash-player deal a chance," Pryor said last week. "I just want to play football. I'm a playmaker, and I believe if I can touch the ball, I can go to the house, especially if I have space." A "slash" player is typically a quarterback who gets touches elsewhere on the field. The Browns have made it clear they signed Pryor as a wideout, and not a signal caller. Pryor would undoubtedly be used in gadget packages if he cracked the 53-man roster, but his odds live and die on his ability to adjust to receiver. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:46 pm
    Sun 10:00 am @ NYJ
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2300th)
  • Trey Burton the long-term No. 2 TE in PHL
    Trey Burton is expected to be groomed into the Eagles' future No. 2 tight end.

    Advice: Burton, an undrafted project out of Florida last year, is a plus special teamer for now. Eventually, the Eagles hope he can play that role and back up Zach Ertz. Burton played some wideout at the University of Florida. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:33 am
    Mon 4:10 pm @ Atl
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.20 (2457th)
  • Zach Ertz expected to make a leap in snaps
    CSN Philly's Geoff Mosher expects Zach Ertz to make a "sizable jump in snaps" this season.

    Advice: Ertz played 40.5 percent of the snaps as a rookie in 2013 and only progressed to 50.3 percent last year. Too often he was watching from the sideline as superior blocker Brent Celek held the edge in Chip Kelly's scheme. Celek returns for his ninth season in Philly, but Ertz is expected to surpass him on the back of improvement in the blocking department. We know the Eagles need him on the field as a receiver now that Jeremy Maclin is gone -- especially in red zone. Ertz will break out if he gets roughly 75 percent of the snaps. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:14 am
    Mon 4:10 pm @ Atl
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.40 (84th)
  • Charles Johnson spent time w/ 'footwork king'
    Charles Johnson trained with Rischad Whitfield, the "Footwork King," this offseason.

    Advice: We know Johnson has ideal size (6'2/225) and speed (4.4) for an NFL wideout. Refining his route-running ability under Whitfield, who has Antonio Brown and DeAndre Hopkins as clients, will only help him take the next step. Johnson operated as the every-down X throughout the entire offseason program. "He's got everything you need to be a productive player in this league," said OC Norv Turner. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:41 am
    Mon 7:20 pm @ SF
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.44 (145th)
  • Joique Bell: I'm going to go over 1,200 yards
    Joique Bell said he's "going to rush for over 1,200 yards."

    Advice: Bell isn't worried at all about his Achilles' and knee ailments, or the arrival of exciting rookie Ameer Abdullah. "My first year here I rushed for a few hundred (yards)," he said. "Second year, close to (700). Then last year, almost 900. So this next year, I'm just going to jump the gun and say 1,200. That's the minimum." We'd bet the under on Bell's projection as he comes off his second straight sub-4.0 YPC season. Abdullah is a major threat. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:21 am
    Out
    Sun 1:05 pm @ SD
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.61 (79th)
  • Pettine: New TE Rob Housler is 'the ideal F'
    Coach Mike Pettine referred to TE Rob Housler as "the ideal 'F.'"

    Advice: The "F" position refers to the move tight end spot, a player that is often detached from the line. That's where Housler, a 6'5/248 specimen with 4.55 speed and a 37-inch vertical, wins. Don't be surprised if he breaks his previous career-high of 45 catches, set in 2012. Housler's current ADP is undrafted in standard-sized leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:14 am
    Sun 10:00 am @ NYJ
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.65 (193rd)
  • Johnson developing good rapport with Rivers
    ESPN Chargers reporter Eric Williams singled out Stevie Johnson as a player who "developed a good rapport" with Philip Rivers during offseason work.

    Advice: Johnson is quietly set up nicely in San Diego. He'll be an upgrade in the old Eddie Royal slot role and will also back up 34-year-old (in September) Malcom Floyd. Royal was able to catch 109 passes for 1,409 yards with 15 touchdowns over the last two seasons. Williams calls Johnson the "X-factor" in the Chargers' wideout group. Rotoworld.com
    Jun 29, 5:18 am
    Sun 1:05 pm vs Det
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.49 (167th)
  • Report: Cowboys met with Dez Bryant's agent
    The Cowboys met with unsigned franchise player Dez Bryant's agent last week.

    Advice: With the deadline to sign franchise-tagged players less than three weeks away, the Cowboys are reopening talks with Bryant. It doesn't necessarily mean that a deal will get done. Bryant is threatening to miss regular-season games if he doesn't get a long-term contract. The Cowboys have until July 15 to extend him. Rotoworld.com
    Jun 27, 3:37 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.50 (38th)
  • Crowder expected to be primary return man
    CSN Washington's Rich Tandler said "it will be a surprise" if rookie WR Jamison Crowder is not the Redskins' primary return man Week 1.

    Advice: Crowder had four punt return touchdowns and averaged 13.4 yards a punt return at Duke. Crowder's history as a kick returner is less stellar, but he should be given every opportunity to win that job as well. Washington was in the bottom half of the league in both kick and punt return average last season. Rotoworld.com
    Jun 27, 7:00 am
    Sun 10:00 am vs Mia
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.18 (2494th)
  • Norv: Johnson picked up where he left off
    OC Norv Turner said Charles Johnson "picked up where he left off in December" and had "a good spring."

    Advice: Johnson posted 14 catches for 235 yards and one touchdown in four December games last season. Now he's getting a full offseason under his belt as the every-down X in an ascending offense. Johnson, now up to 225 pounds at 6-foot-2 with 4.4 speed, remains one of our favorite mid-round breakout candidates. Rotoworld.com
    Jun 25, 7:17 am
    Mon 7:20 pm @ SF
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.44 (145th)
  • Browns have been in contact with Josh Gordon
    A Browns official has corresponded with suspended WR Josh Gordon this offseason.

    Advice: The Browns haven't completely given up on Gordon yet. Although his rookie contract was set to expire after this season, his suspensions have tolled the contract meaning he's still under team control at least through 2016. Gordon is eligible to apply for reinstatement in February. Rotoworld.com
    Jun 25, 5:39 am
    Out
    Sun 10:00 am @ NYJ
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2098th)
  • Dez Bryant does photo shoot for Wk 1 game
    Unsigned franchise player Dez Bryant participated in a Sunday Night Football photo shoot for the Week 1 game against the Giants.

    Advice: Publicly, Bryant is threatening to sit out this game if he doesn't get a long-term contract. No one is taking his threats seriously. Dez was in Dallas for minicamp, Jerry Jones has said there's "no doubt" his star wideout will be there and now Bryant is doing promotional work for the season opener. His one-year franchise tender is worth $12.82 million. Rotoworld.com
    Jun 25, 5:28 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.50 (38th)
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