MAC Confrence (ID# 235849)
  • Chargers high on Ladarius Green
    Chargers OC Frank Reich says he would be "shocked" if TE Ladarius Green "didn't have his most productive year."

    Advice: Green will get every opportunity to earn an increased role in training camp and the first four games of the season, when Antonio Gates will be serving a month-long suspension. It's worth noting Reich made this statement before Gates' ban was announced. Still only 25 years old, Green should be on the TE1 radar in the first four games. His role thereafter is up in the air. Today, 5:58 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.09 (93rd)
  • Cardinals place Troy Niklas on active/PUP
    Cardinals placed TE Troy Niklas (ankle, hamstring) on active/PUP.

    Advice: Niklas is a reserve/PUP candidate after undergoing June ankle surgery. He was listed on the Cardinals' active/PUP list with a hamstring injury, however. Niklas was a non-factor as a rookie, primarily due to injuries, appearing in only seven games. We don't have high hopes for him in Dynasty leagues. Today, 2:43 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.48 (209th)
  • Jordan Reed (knee) full-go for Redskins camp
    Jordan Reed (knee) has been fully cleared for the start of training camp.

    Advice: The Redskins held Reed out of OTAs and minicamp following a clean-up on his knee. Coming off a zero-touchdown season, it will be interesting to see whether the Redskins make Reed fight to keep his first-string job. They re-signed Niles Paul to a three-year, $6 million contract in the offseson. The current front office and coaching staff did not bring Reed to Washington. Today, 2:05 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.59 (165th)
  • Jermaine Gresham opens camp on active/PUP
    Cardinals placed TE Jermaine Gresham (back) on the active/PUP list.

    Advice: Gresham just signed last week, but is still recovering from offseason back surgery. He projects to start at Y-tight end when healthy. The Cardinals also placed TE Troy Niklas on active/NFI. Today, 1:52 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.41 (266th)
  • Chiefs place Demetrius Harris on active/PUP
    Chiefs placed TE Demetrius Harris (foot) on active/PUP.

    Advice: Harris may be a candidate for reserve/PUP following two foot surgeries over the last eight months. When healthy, the converted basketball player will compete for the No. 2 tight end role behind Travis Kelce in Kansas City. Today, 9:58 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.12 (2318th)
  • Andrew Quarless reports to camp on time
    Packers TE Andrew Quarless reported to training camp on time following his early-July arrest for allegedly firing a gun twice in Miami.

    Advice: Coach Mike McCarthy had a "long conversation" with Quarless, and admitted both sides were "disappointed" in Quarless' actions. Still, the Packers appear to have no intention of cutting Quarless, who remains on track to start at in-line tight end while Richard Rodgers operates as the lightly-used flex player. Today, 9:54 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1851st)
  • 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. Today, 9:23 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.48 (138th)
  • Jets to use second-year TE Amaro at H-back
    The Jets will use second-year TE Jace Amaro as an H-back.

    Advice: Jeff Cumberland projects to fill in as the traditional inline tight end. Amaro has the athleticism to move around the formation and make plays with the ball in his hands. But he'll need to show in camp that he's corrected his drops issue that plagued him as a rookie. If so, Amaro has a chance to catch 50-60 passes in OC Chan Gailey's spread. Amaro hurt his back at OTAs and missed minicamp. Today, 6:04 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.44 (169th)
  • Maxx Williams started slow at spring practice
    Ravens second-round pick Maxx Williams "didn't get off to the fastest start" at spring practices.

    Advice: Williams admitted to struggling to digest OC Marc Trestman's playbook, and the Baltimore Sun is projecting Crockett Gillmore as the Ravens' Week 1 starter at tight end. The Sun writes the Ravens "might need to temper expectations" for Williams in his first year. Fantasy owners should heed this advice. Yesterday, 4:54 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.85 (159th)
  • Saints TE Kevin Brock
    Saints signed TE Kevin Brock, formerly of the Bengals.

    Advice: 29-year-old Brock is a blocking tight end with some special teams value. He was apparently the Saints' fallback option after whiffing on Jermaine Gresham. Monday, 2:06 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.23 (2464th)
  • Martellus headed for last season in Chicago?
    ESPN's Jeff Dickerson believes this could be Martellus Bennett's final season in Chicago.

    Advice: Bennett led all tight ends with 90 catches last season, but is unhappy with his contract. He's promised to report for training camp, but is headed into his age-28 season. He's due an eminently reasonable $5.085 million in 2016, but the Bears may decide to move on if they don't believe Bennett is worthy of an extension. Bennett's unique personality hasn't always endeared him to coaching staffs the way it does fans. Monday, 10:26 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.54 (73rd)
  • Jags' offense will feature plenty of '12'
    The Jaguars' offense will feature several two-tight end formations.

    Advice: OC Greg Olson has no intention of putting Julius Thomas in a three-point stance and asking him to hold the edge. That's Marcedes Lewis' job. Olson will instead play to Thomas' strengths, splitting him off the formation to supplement an inexperienced wideout group. Still, Thomas' seventh-round ADP is steep for a player who's put up most of his career stats via red-zone looks from Peyton Manning. Monday, 4:24 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.06 (124th)
  • Larry Donnell out of his walking boot
    Larry Donnell has shed his walking boot after dealing with Achilles' tendinitis this spring.

    Advice: He's resumed training in Alabama and is expected to be a full-go when the Giants open training camp this week. Per beat writer Jordan Raanan, Donnell's Achilles' injury stems from college, which may be concerning in that it has never gone away. In his first year as an NFL starter, Donnell ranked as the fantasy TE12, catching six touchdown passes but finishing the season slow. Sunday, 1:31 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.47 (109th)
  • Anthony Denham coming off 'great offseason'
    Texans second-year TE Anthony Denham reportedly "had a great offseason."

    Advice: Denham was called up from the practice squad last December but never appeared in a game. Denham's strong offseason could land him on the 53-man roster, but he won't be an impact player. The Texans could use a difference maker at tight end. Houston tight ends combined for just 32 catches last year. Sunday, 8:46 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1912th)
  • Raiders TE Clive Walford expected to start
    ESPN Raiders reporter Bill Williamson expects rookie Clive Walford to win the starting tight end job.

    Advice: Walford reportedly outplayed Mychal Rivera in OTAs. He has a chance for heavy snaps as a rookie, but will be mostly asked to block as the inline starter. Walford isn't on the re-draft fantasy radar. Saturday, 3:46 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.03 (236th)
  • Cardinals add Jermaine Gresham on one-year deal
    Cardinals signed TE Jermaine Gresham to a one-year contract.

    Advice: Gresham, 27, is coming off a plodding 62-460-5 season in Cincinnati, averaging a putrid 7.4 yards per catch. Gresham received interest from the Packers and Chicago prior to signing in Arizona, and had a standing offer from the Saints. The Cardinals project to start Gresham at Y-tight end, but he's unlikely to make an impact under Bruce Arians. Gresham is still recovering from offseason back surgery and remains questionable for the start of training camp. Friday, 4:15 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.41 (266th)
  • Report: Bears interested in Jermaine Gresham
    The Chicago Tribune reports the Bears have "discussed the possibility" of signing free agent Jermaine Gresham.

    Advice: Interest is heating up in Gresham, who visited the Packers and Cardinals this past week. The Saints are also known to have interest in the 27-year-old "Y" tight end. The Bears are currently rail thin at tight end behind Martellus Bennett, who reported to minicamp after skipping OTAs over a contract dispute. Gresham would give Chicago flexibility to play more two-tight end sets. Friday, 11:04 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.41 (266th)
  • Jermaine Gresham making visit to Packers
    Free agent TE Jermaine Gresham is visiting the Packers.

    Advice: Gresham's trip to Green Bay comes two days after he visited the Cardinals. He'd provide versatile depth behind the underwhelming duo of Andrew Quarless and Richard Rodgers. Signing Gresham could also make Quarless expendable following his early-July arrest on gun charges. When and where Gresham signs depends on the status of his surgically-repaired back. Gresham is best utilized as a blocker at this stage of his career, but is also a competent pass catcher. Thursday, 6:27 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.41 (266th)
  • Gresham visiting Cardinals on Tuesday
    Free agent Jermaine Gresham's visit to the Cardinals will take place on Tuesday.

    Advice: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Raiders and Saints have also maintained interest in Gresham after flirting with him earlier this offseason. RapSheet notes that Gresham's physical with teams will be "important," as he is recovering from back surgery. Gresham turned 27 years old last month. Jul 20, 11:51 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.41 (266th)
  • Saints will use 'committee' to replace Graham
    ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett expects the team to utilize a "committee" approach to replacing Jimmy Graham.

    Advice: Triplett continues to throw cold water on the notion of a breakout season for Josh Hill, which may be supported by the Saints' standing contract offer to Jermaine Gresham. Beyond Brandin Cooks and C.J. Spiller, Triplett foresees Drew Brees "spread(ing) it around to the open man," and perhaps leaning on Marques Colston to play the biggest role in replacing Graham's red-zone presence. 25-year-old Hill is an upside TE2 pick, but not a bankable TE1. Jul 19, 9:21 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.48 (138th)
  • Cardinals host free agent TE Jermaine Gresham
    The Cardinals will host free agent TE Jermaine Gresham this week.

    Advice: Gresham's blocking ability would fit well in Arizona, but he shouldn't sign with Bruce Arians' team if he expects to catch many passes. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Gresham already has a contract offer on the table from the Saints, and "has other visits planned the next two weeks." Most NFL officials are currently on vacation. The transaction wire should begin to pick up late this week. Jul 19, 8:15 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.41 (266th)
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