MAC Confrence (ID# 235849)
  • 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.
    Today, 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.
    Today, 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.
    Today, 8:35 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2289th)
  • 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.
    Today, 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.
    Yesterday, 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.
    Yesterday, 1:46 pm
    Sun 10:00 am @ NYJ
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2302nd)
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 9:33 am
    Mon 4:10 pm @ Atl
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.20 (2460th)
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 9:14 am
    Mon 4:10 pm @ Atl
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.31 (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.
    Yesterday, 7:41 am
    Mon 7:20 pm @ SF
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.44 (144th)
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 6:21 am
    Sun 1:05 pm @ SD
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.61 (80th)
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 6:14 am
    Sun 10:00 am @ NYJ
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.65 (193rd)
  • Marshawn Lynch says he thought about retiring
    Marshawn Lynch told Conan O'Brien he considered retiring before the Seahawks gave him a new contract that includes $12M in 2015 earnings.

    Advice: We actually believe the eccentric Lynch, who turned 29 in April. But when the Seahawks "put 12 in front of you for a year, you start to think, maybe I could do this again," he said. The highlight of Lynch's Conan appearance was when he discussed his trademarked end-zone dive move. "I done got in a lot of trouble for grabbing my ding-ding."
    Yesterday, 5:42 am
    Sun 10:00 am @ StL
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    22.77 (18th)
  • Clay Harbor missed most of OTAs
    Jaguars TE Clay Harbor missed most of OTAs due to a calf injury.

    Advice: Injuries have often plagued the athletic yet underperforming Harbor. He'll compete to be Julius Thomas' backup at training camp.
    Monday, 5:47 am
    Sun 10:00 am vs Car
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.37 (2441st)
  • 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.
    Monday, 5:18 am
    Sun 1:05 pm vs Det
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.58 (204th)
  • McFadden: Hamstring is doing great
    Darren McFadden said his hamstring is "doing great."

    Advice: The oft-injured McFadden missed most of OTAs with a slight pull but was able to return for the June minicamp. He'll enter training camp healthy but with serious questions about how much effectiveness he has left. McFadden has failed to reach 3.5 YPC in each of his last three seasons.
    Monday, 5:01 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.15 (131st)
  • 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.
    Thursday, 7:17 am
    Mon 7:20 pm @ SF
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.44 (144th)
  • Five percent chance Pryor makes Browns?
    ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi gives waivers acquisition Terrelle Pryor a five percent chance of making the Browns' 53-man roster.

    Advice: Pryor is a freak athlete, but making the transition from quarterback to wide receiver at the age of 26. Cleveland's abysmal receiver corps is working in Pryor's favor, but there's a chance he simply bombs at his new position. Pryor will be a fascinating case in training camp and the preseason.
    Tuesday, 5:20 pm
    Sun 10:00 am @ NYJ
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2302nd)
  • Browns claim WR Terrelle Pryor off waivers
    Browns claimed WR Terrelle Pryor off waivers from the Bengals.

    Advice: Pryor is a worthy flyer for Cleveland, which currently can lay claim to the poorest wide receiver depth chart in football. Pryor, 26, dabbled at wideout at Ohio State and has embraced a full-on position switch in an effort to extend his career. Pryor is huge (6'5/232) with low-4.4 timed speed coming out of college. With Vince Mayle, Brian Hartline, Andrew Hawkins, and Taylor Gabriel as his primary competition behind Dwayne Bowe, we wouldn't totally rule out the possibility Pryor earns meaningful wide receiver snaps for the Browns this year.
    Jun 22, 1:19 pm
    Sun 10:00 am @ NYJ
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2302nd)
  • Terrelle Pryor confirms move to wide receiver
    Free agent Terrelle Pryor confirms he's switched positions to wide receiver.

    Advice: "Going to miss quarterback, but I will make a great wide receiver," Pryor tweeted. "Already working." There were exclamation points for emphasis. It's a smart move for Pryor, albeit one he's making out of necessity. Pryor has used up all his chances at quarterback. A towering 6-foot-5, 232 pounds, Pryor is unlikely to still run in the low 4.4s like he did coming out of Ohio State, but remains an impressive athlete for his size. Someone should take a flier before camp.
    Jun 22, 10:50 am
    Sun 10:00 am @ NYJ
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2302nd)
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