Gold Rush IV Freight Train (ID# 38877)
  • Whaley: Our quarterbacks are on equal footing
    During an appearance on The Jim Rome Show, Bills GM Doug Whaley said the team's quarterbacks are on "equal footing."

    Advice: That doesn't do much to clear up Buffalo's foggy quarterback situation. E.J. Manuel and Matt Cassel are the frontrunners with Tyrod Taylor as a long-shot dark horse. Coach Rex Ryan has already said the offense will live and die by LeSean McCoy, so whoever wins the job will be little more than a game manager. Obviously, this is a situation fantasy owners will want to avoid.
    Today, 5:49 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.20 (2570th)
  • A.J. McCarron recovered from shoulder issue
    A.J. McCarron is fully recovered from the shoulder issue that sidelined him during his rookie season.

    Advice: McCarron spent all but two games on NFI with shoulder soreness. The Bengals have cleared him for the start of OTAs. McCarron is the favorite to back up Andy Dalton, with Josh Johnson and Terrelle Pryor also in the mix.
    Yesterday, 2:32 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.17 (2576th)
  • Marvin Jones (foot, ankle) ready for OTAs
    Marvin Jones (foot, ankle) has been cleared for OTAs.

    Advice: Jones has an inside track on the starting X-receiver job, but needs to prove he’s fully over his injuries after missing all of 2014. The Bengals are hoping a healthy Jones can provide a big-play threat opposite A.J. Green.
    Yesterday, 1:15 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.61 (184th)
  • Duke Johnson could be used on kick returns
    The Browns could use third-round RB Duke Johnson on kick returns.

    Advice: Johnson was a standout kick returner at Miami, averaging 30.7 yards and scoring two touchdowns. He could be an upgrade over Travis Benjamin, who averaged a career-worst 20.5 on kick returns last year. Johnson's offensive role will likely be limited to passing downs behind Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell.
    Yesterday, 12:39 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.50 (235th)
  • Marcedes Lewis will fill blocking role
    Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis will primarily be a blocker this season.

    Advice: With Julius Thomas in town and Clay Harbor putting together a good offseason, Lewis will be relegated to an in-line role. He will need several injuries to have any fantasy value this season.
    Yesterday, 10:40 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.83 (1901st)
  • James White the favorite for third-down role
    NESN's Doug Kyed believes second-year RB James White is the favorite to replace Shane Vereen as the passing-down back.

    Advice: After a hype-filled preseason, White only managed 31 offensive snaps last season and spent most of the year inactive. Viewed as a plus pass catcher and blocker coming out of Wisconsin, White has the ability to beat out Travaris Cadet and Dion Lewis for the Patriots' third-down role, but he will have to show more explosion and playmaking ability this preseason to win the job.
    Yesterday, 10:13 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.10 (224th)
  • Dres Anderson practicing without knee brace
    49ers rookie WR Dres Anderson is practicing without a knee brace after tearing his MCL last October.

    Advice: A potential mid-round pick before the injury, Anderson's health concerns caused him to fall all the way out of the draft. A tall receiver with good straight-line speed, Anderson struggled with drops in college and lacks the short-area quickness to consistently create separation underneath. He will likely top out as a situational deep threat in the NFL.
    Yesterday, 9:44 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2117th)
  • Maxx Williams to play 'major role' as rookie
    CSN Baltimore's Clifton Brown believes TE Maxx Williams will play a "major role as a rookie."

    Advice: The Ravens jumped the Steelers in the second round to land Williams, and are expected to give him every opportunity to become a big factor. The problem is the transition from college tight end to NFL tight end is one of the most difficult. Tight ends very rarely play significant snaps their first year and are even less likely to be fantasy relevant as rookies. Williams has the hands and receiving ability to be an early contributor, but he will need a strong offseason to prove he is ready.
    Yesterday, 8:33 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.53 (143rd)
  • Buzz continues on Redskins rookie Matt Jones
    CSN Washington's Tarik El-Bashir believes rookie RB Matt Jones will have "a bigger role in 2015 than some are anticipating."

    Advice: El-Bashir concedes Alfred Morris is the starter but believes Jones will earn snaps as a third-down back. El-Bashir's colleague Rich Tandler agrees, saying Jones "will spend a lot of time catching passes and doing what he can to master pass protection" this offseason. Morris should be the early-down thumper, but he offers almost nothing in the passing game. If Jones is a quick study in pass protection, he should beat out Silas Redd and Chris Thompson for third-down duties.
    Yesterday, 7:45 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.44 (2279th)
  • Lamar Miller will remain on a pitchcount
    ESPN Dolphins reporter James Walker does not expect Lamar Miller's usage to change this season.

    Advice: Despite having zero talent behind him on the depth chart, the Dolphins have consistently limited Miller's workload. He has been given more than 20 carries only once in his three-year career, and he has seen more than 15 carries only eight times. With rookie Jay Ajayi now in town, it is unlikely Miller suddenly transforms into a 250-carry back.
    Yesterday, 7:32 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    27.18 (59th)
  • Bills giving Tyrod Taylor legit shot to start
    Bills GM Doug Whaley confirmed QB Tyrod Taylor will get first-team reps during offseason practices.

    Advice: "The way they’re structuring practices everyone is getting a run with the ones," said GM Doug Whaley. "So it’s a fair shake. In this system that we’re trying to figure out who is going to be the number one. It’s all about competition. That’s why everybody involved is excited about it." Matt Cassel is the favorite to win the starting job with E.J. Manuel his most likely competition, but it is telling Buffalo is giving reps to a career backup like Taylor. With the quarterback position in disarray, the Bills should lean heavily on LeSean McCoy and the running game.
    Yesterday, 6:47 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2378th)
  • Tampa Bay coaches 'very high' on Charles Sims
    ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas says the Tampa Bay coaching staff is "very high" on second-year RB Charles Sims.

    Advice: Despite being outplayed by Doug Martin last season, Sims has been consistently touted as the favorite for the starting job in Tampa Bay. As the narrative goes, Sims was hand-picked by the current regime, and the coaching staff is down on Martin. That all may be true, but Sims looked overmatched between the tackles while averaging just 2.8 YPC on 66 carries last season. With his ADP steadily climbing, Sims has the look of a player that could become highly overvalued by August.
    Yesterday, 6:37 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    22.51 (86th)
  • Freeman and Coleman will get 'equal reps'
    ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure believes Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman will see "equal reps" in a two-back system.

    Advice: It is unlikely Coleman and Freeman finish the season in a perfect timeshare, but it make sense for Atlanta to let their two young backs duke it out in training camp and early in the season. As the hand-picked back of the current regime, Coleman should be seen as the favorite to win the lion's share of the work, but his questionable fit in OC Kyle Shanahan's scheme could make his transition to the NFL difficult. A more natural fit in a zone-blocking scheme, Freeman could earn a bigger role than anticipated in training camp, especially if Coleman struggles.
    Yesterday, 6:16 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.93 (140th)
  • Quinton Patton making strides in third offseason
    Quinton Patton believes he's playing with more confidence this offseason.

    Advice: "Totally different," Patton said. "I'm not going to say it's my time, but I'm coming." Patton spent several weeks training with Colin Kaepernick in Arizona and has reportedly stood out during OTAs. With Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith locked in on the outside, Patton, Bruce Ellington, and Jerome Simpson are competing for the 49ers’ No. 3 receiver job.
    Friday, 5:02 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.46 (2389th)
  • James Wilder to be tried at fullback?
    The Bengals' website passes along "talk" that second-year RB James Wilder Jr. could be tried at fullback this offseason.

    Advice: Wilder stands 6-foot-3, 232. He doesn't have much of a chance to earn tailback snaps at Cincinnati, so lead blocking could be a means of Wilder making the final 53. He spent all of last season on the Bengals' practice squad.
    Friday, 11:22 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1939th)
  • Bills OC insists E.J. Manuel's spot is safe
    Bills OC Greg Roman insists E.J. Manuel's roster spot is secure.

    Advice: "I mean, he's busting his hump every day and doing a very good job," Roman said. "There's a lot of clay to mold there as well, so whatever people are talking about, I don't know where that's coming from." We're not surprised Roman is sticking up for his player, but it's not exactly a secret that the Bills haven't been thrilled with Manuel's progress. We ultimately expect him to keep his roster spot, but his odds of winning the Bills' starting job are no better than 50 percent, and likely worse.
    Tuesday, 12:54 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.20 (2570th)
  • Report: Bills could wash hands of E.J. Manuel
    Sources tell WKBW Buffalo that the Bills are willing to cut E.J. Manuel if he doesn't show serious progress this summer.

    Advice: Some will be surprised the Bills are thinking about giving up on a first-round quarterback just two years into his career. Those people haven't seen Manuel play. Although he'll be given a chance to battle Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor for the starting job, we've seen nothing to suggest Manuel will come close to winning it -- especially since he has no ties to the new Rex Ryan regime. Assuming Manuel does end up on the chopping block in August, it's possible the Eagles will be willing to take a flier. Chip Kelly recruited Manuel while at Oregon and has since stated he'd like a chance to coach the Florida State flop. The Bills would clear roughly $2.8M in cap space by trading Manuel.
    May 18, 6:58 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.20 (2570th)
  • Skins open to Alfred Morris-Matt Jones RBBC?
    Coach Jay Gruden wouldn’t rule out third-round RB Matt Jones cutting into Alfred Morris’ workload.

    Advice: "We'll see," Gruden said. "That's what training camp is for. We've been very impressed." Jones' running ability is difficult to evaluate on college tape because Florida's Jeff Driskel-led offense was so putrid, but the rookie offers good receiving skills for a power back and can hold up in pass protection. Jones could be an option to replace Morris on third downs over Silas Redd and Chris Thompson. The Redskins seem open to using a committee backfield after investing a top-100 pick into Jones.
    May 16, 4:10 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.44 (2279th)
  • E.J. Manuel could open season as starter
    The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci believes E.J. Manuel has a realistic chance to open the season as the Bills' starting quarterback.

    Advice: Carucci says new coach Rex Ryan and OC Greg Roman are legitimately "open minded" about so-far-failed 2013 first-rounder Manuel, whose main competition is journeyman Matt Cassel. If he doesn't win the job over Cassel and Tyrod Taylor, Carucci believes the Bills will place Manuel on the trade block this summer.
    May 15, 12:33 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.20 (2570th)
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