Gold Rush IV Freight Train (ID# 38877)
  • 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.
    Today, 6:06 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    22.86 (38th)
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 10:27 pm
    Sun 10:00 am @ Was
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.70 (2541st)
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 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.
    Wednesday, 3:24 pm
    Sun 1:25 pm vs Cin
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    15.86 (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.
    Wednesday, 2:15 pm
    Sun 10:00 am vs Mia
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.61 (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.
    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.
    Wednesday, 7:00 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    26.02 (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.
    Tuesday, 6:07 pm
    Sun 1:25 pm @ Oak
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.24 (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.
    Tuesday, 1:46 pm
    Sun 10:00 am @ NYJ
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2300th)
  • 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.
    Tuesday, 7:41 am
    Mon 7:20 pm @ SF
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.37 (145th)
  • 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.
    Monday, 2:03 pm
    Sun 1:05 pm vs Det
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    18.55 (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.
    Monday, 11:56 am
    Sun 10:00 am @ Jax
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.49 (200th)
  • 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.
    Monday, 8:03 am
    Sun 10:00 am @ Jax
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.49 (200th)
  • 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.
    Monday, 7:08 am
    Sun 10:00 am @ StL
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.63 (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.
    Monday, 6:39 am
    Sun 1:25 pm vs Ten
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    19.92 (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.
    Monday, 5:54 am
    Sun 10:00 am vs Car
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.76 (2444th)
  • 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.
    Monday, 5:50 am
    Sun 10:00 am vs Car
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.33 (227th)
  • 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
    10.08 (167th)
  • 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.
    Sunday, 2:58 pm
    Sun 1:05 pm vs Det
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.38 (2510th)
  • 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.
    Sunday, 9:17 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    15.25 (88th)
  • 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.
    Sunday, 7:43 am
    Sun 10:00 am vs Car
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    14.27 (94th)
  • Corey Brown added weight in offseason
    Panthers WR Corey Brown expects to play this season at 185 pounds.

    Advice: He played at 180 last year. The Panthers want Brown to get better at his intermediate route running. Brown is competing with Ted Ginn serve as Carolina's situational deep threat behind Kelvin Benjamin, Devin Funchess, and Jerricho Cotchery.
    Saturday, 4:16 pm
    Sun 10:00 am @ Jax
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.22 (2465th)
  • 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.
    Saturday, 3:37 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    22.86 (38th)
  • UDFA DeAndrew White had 'standout offseason'
    49ers UDFA DeAndrew White had a "standout" offseason.

    Advice: White was one of the highlights of OTAs/minicamp. The 49ers like the combination of speed and route running he's shown while working with the second team. White earned sporadic playing time at Alabama after tearing his ACL as a sophomore, but ran 4.44 at the Combine and is a former top high school recruit. White needs to prove his value on special teams to avoid the practice squad.
    Saturday, 2:49 pm
    Mon 7:20 pm vs Min
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2062nd)
  • Marlon Brown earns some first-team reps
    Marlon Brown, Kamar Aiken and rookie Breshad Perriman all saw snaps as the No. 2 receiver during minicamp.

    Advice: Perriman is expected to win the job, but both Aiken and Brown should have an important role in the offense. Brown's role could come in the red zone, where he was surprisingly not targeted once last season after converting seven of 14 red-zone looks in 2013.
    Saturday, 8:44 am
    Sun 1:25 pm @ Den
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.39 (2456th)
  • 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.
    Saturday, 7:23 am
    Sun 10:00 am vs Cle
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.71 (1775th)
  • 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.
    Saturday, 7:00 am
    Sun 10:00 am vs Mia
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.87 (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.
    Thursday, 7:17 am
    Mon 7:20 pm @ SF
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.37 (145th)
  • 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.
    Thursday, 5:28 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    22.86 (38th)
  • 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 (2300th)
  • 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.
    Tuesday, 8:27 am
    Sun 10:00 am vs Car
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    14.27 (94th)
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