Gold Rush IV Freight Train (ID# 38877)
  • Joseph Fauria (ankle) not taking part in OTAs
    Joseph Fauria (ankle) won't participate in OTAs.

    Advice: Fauria has been battling the ankle since September, but opted against surgery. He's expected to be ready for camp, though nothing can be guaranteed with him. After a lackluster season with a new coaching staff, Fauria could be fighting for a roster spot this summer. He's no higher than No. 3 on the depth chart.
    Today, 4:38 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.86 (1888th)
  • Cardinals plan to run more no-huddle offense
    Cardinals coach Bruce Arians plans to use more no-huddle offense this season.

    Advice: "We can play real fast now," said Arians, who didn't use no-huddle beyond two-minute drills last season. The no-huddle offense can be effective in the NFL from a "rhythm" standpoint, while also preventing the defense from making substitutions. In Andre Ellington and rookie David Johnson, the Cards have two versatile backs capable of excelling in the no-huddle. More plays from scrimmage could also be a boon to Carson Palmer's fantasy stats.
    Today, 12:54 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    36.54 (35th)
  • Dorial Green-Beckham signs rookie contract
    Titans signed second-round WR Dorial Green-Beckham to a four-year contract.

    Advice: The No. 37 overall pick, DGB arrives in the NFL boasting 4.49 speed to go along with his imposing 6-foot-5, 237-pound frame. Off-the-field issues have kept him out of games since 2013, however, while he remains raw as a route runner. Green-Beckham didn't always play up to his size at Mizzou. He's an upside prospect for a team remaking its offense, but one with considerable downside, as well.
    Today, 12:00 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.27 (173rd)
  • Cowboys: We'll let DMC prove he's not bust
    Cowboys RBs coach Gary Brown says the team is giving Darren McFadden an opportunity to prove he isn't "the bust that people are talking about."

    Advice: "I like what I see," Brown said. "He (has) tremendous burst, tremendous speed. I can’t wait to see him in pads." We don't doubt that DMC still looks good in pad-less practices, but his on-field film has been in a years-long downward spiral. The odds are against McFadden being a meaningful contributor this season.
    Today, 11:24 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    19.28 (124th)
  • Texans have no timeline to name starting QB
    Texans coach Bill O'Brien doesn't have a timeline for naming his starting quarterback.

    Advice: In one of the least-impressive QB competitions in recent memory, Ryan Mallett is "battling" Brian Hoyer. Days shy of his 27th birthday, Mallett has only 79 career attempts. Hoyer was the worst quarterback in football down the stretch last season. O'Brien will try to hide whomever wins his competition. Our money is on Mallett.
    Today, 11:12 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    32.59 (53rd)
  • Donnell dealing with Achilles' tendinitis
    Larry Donnell is dealing with Achilles' tendinitis in his left foot.

    Advice: There was concern when Donnell was spotted in a walking boot Monday, but the Giants are nonplussed. Per coach Tom Coughlin, it's something Donnell has dealt with since college. Perhaps he'll miss some more practices over the next two months, but he should be ready to rock for training camp.
    Today, 10:47 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.56 (102nd)
  • Odell Beckham dealing with sore hamstring
    Odell Beckham is dealing with a sore hamstring in OTAs.

    Advice: It's eyebrow raising because of how much time Beckham's right hamstring cost him in 2014, but this week's issue is with his left. The G-Men have deemed OBJ's absence "precautionary," and there's no reason to doubt that. Provided he stays healthy, Beckham will challenge for No. 1 overall receiver status this season.
    Today, 10:25 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    27.09 (28th)
  • Kendall Hunter ready to compete
    Coach Jim Tomsula said Kendall Hunter (ACL) is "moving around great" during OTAs.

    Advice: By all accounts coming out of San Francisco, Hunter is back to 100 percent and looking quick. He'll add to a quietly crowded backfield that also includes Carlos Hyde, Reggie Bush and rookie Mike Davis. Hunter projects as a solid backup to passing back Bush, who is 30 years old and coming off an injury-plagued 2014.
    Today, 9:29 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.44 (2468th)
  • Larry Donnell in a walking boot Monday
    Larry Donnell was spotted with his left foot in a walking boot Monday.

    Advice: It's a new injury for Donnell, who was watching OTAs from the sideline. We'll have more details once coach Tom Coughlin addresses the media. For now, there's no reason to believe Donnell is battling a serious issue.
    Today, 9:19 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.56 (102nd)
  • Quinn: Freeman, Coleman 'absolutely' battling
    Coach Dan Quinn confirmed Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman are "absolutely battling for" the starting running back job.

    Advice: Freeman opened with the first-stringers at OTAs as the one with a year of NFL experience under his belt. But he'll face heavy pressure from Coleman as the summer moves along and into training camp, where the rookie is expected to eventually move to the front of a committee. The progress of both Coleman and Freeman in Kyle Shanahan's scheme will be worth monitoring on a daily basis come August.
    Today, 8:56 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    26.10 (63rd)
  • Seantavius Jones ahead of Brandon Coleman
    Saints second-year WR Seantavius Jones appears to be ahead of Brandon Coleman on the depth chart at OTAs.

    Advice: Prepare yourself for plenty of Jones and Coleman blurbs on Rotoworld over the next few months. They are competing for playing time with Nick Toon behind Brandin Cooks and Marques Colston. 6-foot-3 and 208 pounds, Jones ran 4.53 with impressive vertical (38 1/2") and broad (10'5") jumps before going undrafted in 2014. He's worth monitoring in a fairly wide-open Saints receiver corps.
    Today, 8:26 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2084th)
  • Jordan Reed (knee surgery) on shelf yet again
    Jordan Reed recently underwent a "procedure" on his knee.

    Advice: Coach Jay Gruden said Reed will be ready for training camp, meaning the "procedure" was likely a scope or clean-out of some kind. But it's another setback for a player who is among the most injury-prone in the entire NFL. Reed has missed 12 games through two seasons, causing him to lose his grip on the starting tight end job. Niles Paul will head to camp as the frontrunner for the gig.
    Today, 7:48 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.46 (135th)
  • Panthers close to extension with Cam Newton
    The Panthers are closing in on a contract extension with Cam Newton.

    Advice: The deal, which could be done as soon as Monday afternoon, is expected to keep Newton in Carolina through the 2020 season. It will likely be announced as something similar to the six-year, $95 million Ryan Tannehill contract -- but will contain more guaranteed money at signing. Newton has gone 30-31-1 in four years since the Panthers took him No. 1 overall, winning the NFC South twice.
    Today, 6:52 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    37.21 (15th)
  • Robert Turbin may not play during preseason
    Robert Turbin (hip surgery) is not expected to see much action in preseason games.

    Advice: Turbin has three years as Seattle's No. 2 on his resume and won't be asked to prove anything. He remains the heavy favorite to enter the season as Marshawn Lynch's direct backup, ahead of Christine Michael. The hip surgery is not expected to impact Turbin's Week 1 status.
    Today, 5:44 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.99 (2277th)
  • Steve Smith says Carter reminds of Cobb
    Steve Smith compared Ravens UDFA WR DeAndre Carter to Randall Cobb.

    Advice: Carter, coming out of FCS Sacramento State, goes 5'9/185 with 4.44 speed and a 38 1/2-inch vertical. Cobb's Combine numbers were 5'10/191, 4.46 and 33 1/2-inch vertical. Carter has been turning heads during OTAs and has a reasonable shot to stick as a fifth receiver and return man. The Ravens have very little depth behind Smith and Breshad Perriman.
    Today, 5:25 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2067th)
  • Whisenhunt puts Justin Hunter on alert
    When asked about Justin Hunter, coach Ken Whisenhunt said, "At some point, you either get it or you won't be in this league anymore. That's the natural order of the NFL."

    Advice: The Titans continue to try to wake Hunter up from his career-long doldrums. Last year, they outfitted him in a practice jersey that said JAG (just a guy) on the back -- even though he's 6-foot-4 with 4.4 speed and serious leaping ability. That didn't work and we doubt Whiz's comments will light a fire under Hunter either. After performing as one of the league's worst wideouts last year, Hunter will enter camp behind rookie Dorial Green-Beckham, Kendall Wright and Harry Douglas.
    Today, 5:14 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.22 (1757th)
  • Larry Donnell worked on blocking in offseason
    Larry Donnell focused on improving his blocking technique over the offseason.

    Advice: Donnell came out of nowhere last season to solidify the Giants' tight end spot, flashing signs of dominance as a pass catcher in the red zone. But his blocking -- 63rd out of 67 qualifying TEs at PFF -- was a big weakness, leading to decreased playing time down the stretch. Donnell spent all offseason working on his hand placement in hopes of earning more snaps and being an every-down contributor.
    Friday, 9:08 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.56 (102nd)
  • Joseph Randle getting majority of 1st-tm reps
    Joseph Randle has received a majority of first-team reps at this week's OTAs.

    Advice: Randle, the incumbent, has his nose in front of this battle. Darren McFadden did get some reps with the starters on Wednesday, but Randle got more when Tony Romo was taking snaps. Although some have tried to prop up McFadden as a feature back candidate, his tape shows he's not capable of that and the Cowboys have hinted at using him as a "home-run hitting backup." We haven't heard of Ryan Williams or Lance Dunbar getting any first-team reps yet.
    Thursday, 5:39 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    19.28 (124th)
  • Green-Beckham aims to lose 12 pounds
    Dorial Green-Beckham wants to play at 225 pounds this season.

    Advice: He wants to shed 12 pounds off his current 237-pound frame. By getting leaner, Green-Beckham is hoping to improve his speed on the outside. The 22-year-old already ran a solid 4.49 40 at the Combine this winter. Green-Beckham, Hakeem Nicks, Justin Hunter, and Harry Douglas will vie for snaps behind Kendall Wright in the first year of Tennessee's Marcus Mariota experiment.
    Wednesday, 11:49 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.27 (173rd)
  • Redskins concerned about Jordan Reed (knee)
    Per ESPN 980 Washington, "several people in the organization" have voiced concerns about Redskins TE Jordan Reed's (knee) health.

    Advice: Reed was present for the start of OTAs on Tuesday, but wasn't taking part and instead having his knee checked out by the training staff. Beat reporter Chris Russell believes it's "something to be concerned about." Reed has been highly injury-prone recently, and it appears he's starting 2015 on the trainer's table.
    Tuesday, 5:42 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.46 (135th)
  • Dorial Green-Beckham dealing hamstring issue
    Dorial Green-Beckham has been dealing with a hamstring injury.

    Advice: Green-Beckham strained his hamstring in rookie minicamp, and aggravated the injury on Tuesday. It's obviously not a major concern, but a reminder that DGB hasn't played live football in well over a year. Green-Beckham has considerable upside, but is also considerably raw.
    Tuesday, 12:49 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.27 (173rd)
  • Jordan Reed dealing with knee issue in OTAs
    Redskins TE Jordan Reed is "getting checked for soreness" in his knee.

    Advice: It appears the injury-prone tight end is undergoing tests. Reed dealt with knee issues his rookie offseason, but has primarily been sidelined by hamstring issues. It's extremely unwelcome news that Reed is already at less than 100 percent.
    Tuesday, 10:41 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.46 (135th)
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