Pros vs Joes (ID# 239620)
  • 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
    Yesterday, 3:24 pm
    Sun 1:25 pm vs Cin
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    14.27 (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
    Yesterday, 2:15 pm
    Sun 10:00 am vs Mia
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.55 (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
    Yesterday, 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:00 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    19.82 (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
    0.22 (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 (2302nd)
  • 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
    10.31 (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. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:21 am
    Out
    Sun 1:05 pm @ SD
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.70 (80th)
  • 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." Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:42 am
    Sun 10:00 am @ StL
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    15.90 (18th)
  • Keenan Allen says he's slimming down for 2015
    Keenan Allen has been losing weight in an effort to "play faster."

    Advice: It's just the latest indication that Allen has gotten more serious about his preparation following a down sophomore campaign. Allen's weight wasn't an obvious issue in 2014, but he certainly wasn't shaking loose from defenders the way he did as a rookie. A target monster with sure hands and excellent route-running chops, Allen is a prime bounce-back candidate for 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:03 pm
    Sun 1:05 pm vs Det
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    15.68 (70th)
  • Funchess blames down 2014 on toe injury
    Rookie Panthers WR Devin Funchess blames his disappointing junior season at Michigan on a toe injury.

    Advice: "We never got to see the full Devin Funchess at Michigan because I did play one season at wide receiver, and I was battling through an injury," Funchess said. "I think up here in the NFL I can make some damage." At 6-foot-4, 232 pounds, Funchess certainly has the size to be an NFL difference maker, but has questionable speed. He ran 4.70 at the Combine before improving at his Pro Day. As a Wolverine, Funchess didn't always fight for the ball in the air, and disappointed after the catch. He'll be a wild card opposite second-year pro Kelvin Benjamin. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:56 am
    Sun 10:00 am @ Jax
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.10 (199th)
  • Funchess expected to play big role
    ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton "really expect(s)" Devin Funchess to "play a big role."

    Advice: Funchess worked at X, Z and slot during OTAs -- and he "looked good doing it." The second-round rookie will be playing a ton of snaps opposite Kelvin Benjamin beginning in Week 1. The question is if Funchess will be able to capitalize on his unique size and athleticism after disappointing badly at Michigan last year. He's a risky bet anywhere before the 14th round or so. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:03 am
    Sun 10:00 am @ Jax
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.10 (199th)
  • Doug Baldwin wants to block on special teams
    Doug Baldwin said he wants to contribute as a blocker on special teams.

    Advice: Rookie Tyler Lockett will be the Seahawks' primary return man on both punts and kickoffs. Baldwin, ever the glue guy, still wants to contribute. "Just helping my team in any way I can to help us get to another Super Bowl," he said. Baldwin remains a low-ceiling PPR option as a slot receiver who projects for 60-70 catches. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:08 am
    Sun 10:00 am @ StL
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.67 (146th)
  • Evans says QBs stopped him from doing more
    Mike Evans suggested quarterback play kept him from doing even more as a rookie.

    Advice: Evans caught 68 balls for 1,051 yards and 12 touchdowns with Josh McCown and Mike Glennon as his quarterbacks. "The quarterback would just look me off, and then I'd be dead," Evans said. "And I didn't understand, because I always think I'm open. Just throw that thing up." Now Evans has an upgrade in Jameis Winston, the Julio Jones "X" role in Dirk Koetter's offense and is still sharply ascending at age 22 (in August). The ceiling here is sky high. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:39 am
    Sun 1:25 pm vs Ten
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    15.34 (60th)
  • Rashad Greene to be Jags' top slot WR?
    The Florida Times Union projects Rashad Greene as the Jags' top slot receiver.

    Advice: The 5'11/182 Greene won't be asked to win on the outside. The refined route runner will work the middle of the field in new OC Greg Olson's scheme, but won't see much volume. Greene is behind Allen Robinson, Julius Thomas, Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee on the target totem pole. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:54 am
    Sun 10:00 am vs Car
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.54 (2437th)
  • Marqise Lee to start camp behind Allen Hurns
    The Florida Times Union projects Marqise Lee as the Jags' No. 3 wideout entering camp, behind Allen Hurns.

    Advice: Lee's rookie year started with a nagging hamstring issue and ended with some disappointing on-field performances. Then he missed most of the offseason program due to a knee issue. Lee will have ground to make up if he's going to beat out Hurns for the right to line up opposite rising stud Allen Robinson in two-wide sets. We want more upside in our late-round fliers. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:50 am
    Out
    Sun 10:00 am vs Car
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.73 (228th)
  • Denard Robinson to start certain possessions
    Denard Robinson is expected to sub in for T.J. Yeldon "to begin certain possessions."

    Advice: Yeldon has already been named the starter and three-down back. But the Jags aren't going to give him Le'Veon Bell/DeMarco Murray treatment, meaning Robinson and Toby Gerhart will have roles. Robinson projects for 4-7 touches per game plus kick return work out of the gate. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:40 am
    Sun 10:00 am vs Car
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.48 (1777th)
  • Danny Woodhead was 'fast and healthy'
    Danny Woodhead appeared "fast and healthy" during OTAs and minicamp.

    Advice: Per ESPN's Eric Williams, Melvin Gordon "proved a better pass catcher than expected, and he will be used in the passing game." But make no mistake -- Woodhead is the team's primary third-down, two-minute and possibly even red-zone back. He's just one year removed from a 76-catch, eight-touchdown season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:30 am
    Sun 1:05 pm vs Det
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.98 (168th)
  • 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
    Monday, 5:18 am
    Sun 1:05 pm vs Det
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.93 (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. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:01 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.04 (131st)
  • Dontrelle Inman 'looking good' to make roster
    ESPN Chargers reporter Eric Williams said WR Dontrelle Inman's roster chances are "looking good."

    Advice: Following a solid two-game run to close out the season, Inman headed into the offseason in a good position to earn a significant role. The arrival of Stevie Johnson scuttled those plans, but Inman has the talent to stick on the roster at his meager $510,000 base salary. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:58 pm
    Sun 1:05 pm vs Det
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.23 (2510th)
  • Artis-Payne would take lead if Stewart hurt
    ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton believes rookie RB Cameron Artis-Payne would take over lead duties if Jonathan Stewart went down.

    Advice: Artis-Payne is still behind Fozzy Whittaker and possibly Darrin Reaves on the depth chart, but of the three he is the most well equipped to handle an early-down role. Though Artis-Payne lacks high-end talent, he is the likely handcuff to an extremely injury-prone running back. He is a sneaky flier late in drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:58 pm
    Sun 10:00 am @ Jax
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.76 (2410th)
  • Ryan Williams on wrong side of roster bubble
    The Dallas Morning News' Jon Machota does not expect RB Ryan Williams to make the Cowboys' final roster.

    Advice: Machota is the third Dallas beat reporter to predict Williams will not make the final 53. Limited by persistent knee swelling during the offseason program, Williams has to stay healthy in training camp to have any shot at climbing the depth chart. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:51 am
    Out
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.36 (2546th)
  • Alex Smith impressed by Maclin's football IQ
    Alex Smith said he's been impressed with Jeremy Maclin's football IQ and his knowledge of the team's playbook.

    Advice: "[Maclin] knows it, hasn’t skipped a beat as far as stepping in," said Smith. "And really, we’ve been able to do a lot more this offseason than you normally would with a new guy because of that. It’s really kind of a credit to him for getting in mentally and being ready." Maclin played four seasons under Andy Reid in Philadelphia so his encyclopedic knowledge of the playbook shouldn't come as a surprise. Smith won't stretch the field with Maclin like Nick Foles did in Philly, but the 27-year-old still projects as a serviceable WR2/3 in most formats. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:17 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.68 (87th)
  • Jaguars still searching for a go-to receiver
    The Jaguars haven't had a 1,000-yard receiver since 2005.

    Advice: That ties them with Oakland for the longest stretch between 1,000-yard seasons since free agency began in 1993. Certainly Jacksonville hasn't had much luck with receivers but it's a two-way street. Quarterback Blake Bortles will have to play better in 2015 if the Jaguars want to buck that trend. Allen Robinson has drawn rave reviews this offseason and is locked in as Jacksonville's top receiver. If he can stay healthy (last year he couldn't), 1,000 yards could be within his grasp. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:43 am
    Sun 10:00 am vs Car
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.18 (94th)
  • Jeremy Kerley expected to return punts
    ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini expects WR Jeremy Kerley to return punts this season.

    Advice: Kerley will likely lose snaps to rookie WR Devin Smith on offense, but his special teams ability should make his spot on the game-day roster secure. Kerley has a 9.8 punt return average with three touchdowns in his career, but he averaged just eight yards a return last season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:23 am
    Sun 10:00 am vs Cle
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.91 (1776th)
  • 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
    Thursday, 7:17 am
    Mon 7:20 pm @ SF
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.31 (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. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:20 pm
    Sun 10:00 am @ NYJ
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2302nd)
  • More fuel added to the Allen Robinson fire
    ESPN Jaguars reporter Mike DiRocco says Allen Robinson was the team's "most impressive offensive player" during OTAs and had "numerous wow catches."

    Advice: It's similar to what the Associated Press reported from Jags minicamp last week. Robinson has earned the title of No. 1 wideout with his play, starting with last year's injury-shortened yet impressive rookie campaign and continuing on once healed from a broken foot. If Blake Bortles can even take a small step forward in Year 2, Robinson will be a steal in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:27 am
    Sun 10:00 am vs Car
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.18 (94th)
  • Ryan Williams won't make Cowboys roster?
    ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer projects Ryan Williams to be left off the Cowboys' 53-man roster.

    Advice: Williams experienced recurring knee swelling at OTAs and minicamp, and will enter training camp squarely on the bubble. Owner Jerry Jones has hinted the Cowboys will only keep three tailbacks on their final roster. Archer projects those three backs to be Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden, and Lance Dunbar. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:56 pm
    Out
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.36 (2546th)
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 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. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:50 am
    Sun 10:00 am @ NYJ
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2302nd)
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