Gold Rush IV Freight Train (ID# 38877)
  • Brandin Cooks 'playing faster' in Saints offense
    The Saints expect Brandin Cooks to play faster this season.

    Advice: "He’s in his second year with a lot more knowledge of what we’re doing," Coach Sean Payton said. "That allows [him] to play faster. He’s progressed well." The Saints are expected to throw less as they move to a run-balanced offense, but Cooks projects for high-volume targets as Drew Brees’s top option. Cooks is the No. 16 wideout in our early 2015 rankings.
    Today, 1:57 pm
    Sun 1:05 pm @ Ari
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    17.80 (72nd)
  • 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)
  • Ladarius Green set for big September chance
    Ladarius Green will replace suspended Antonio Gates for the first four games of the season.

    Advice: It took a PEDs suspension, but Green has finally been freed. Despite seeing just 53 targets and playing on roughly a third of the offensive snaps over the last two seasons, he's produced 36 catches for 602 yards and three touchdowns. Ladarius' 2.67 yards per route run in 2013 ranked second in the NFL (behind only Rob Gronkowski) and his 1.85 in 2014 ranked seventh. An imposing athlete at 6'6/240 with 4.44 speed, Green is a mismatch at all levels. He'll be worth starting in fantasy leagues for the first four weeks before fading back behind Gates. Stevie Johnson also gets a nice boost.
    Today, 4:44 am
    Sun 1:05 pm vs Det
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.87 (82nd)
  • Russell Wilson alludes to baseball career
    Russell Wilson said he'd "definitely consider" resuming his baseball career were he traded to the Seattle Mariners.

    Advice: Wilson's MLB rights are currently owned by the Texas Rangers. It's the second time in four months that Wilson has refused to close the door on his baseball career, but it's almost certainly just a negotiating ploy as he angles to become the NFL's highest-paid player. Going on 27, Wilson was good enough to play in the minor leagues, but has never been considered a high-end prospect. He's not going to be the next Deion Sanders or Bo Jackson.
    Yesterday, 10:33 pm
    Sun 10:00 am @ StL
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    38.86 (8th)
  • 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)
  • Offset language holding up Mariota's contract
    Profootballtalk confirms offset language is the hold up with Marcus Mariota's rookie contract.

    Advice: This week's absurd "surfing clause" rumors have been put to rest. The Titans want to prevent Mariota from "double dipping" in the event he is released before the conclusion of his rookie contract, while Mariota is wisely avoiding caving. No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston agreed to offset language, but this should be a fight Mariota wins if he sticks to his guns. The Titans can't afford to let Mariota miss any time in camp. No. 3 overall pick Dante Fowler's deal does not include offset language.
    Yesterday, 7:43 pm
    Sun 1:25 pm @ TB
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    36.08 (27th)
  • Jags GM: Bortles had 'dead arm' as rookie
    Jaguars GM David Caldwell says Blake Bortles suffered from "dead arm" as a rookie.

    Advice: Bortles spent time late in the season on the injury report with a shoulder issue, and Caldwell says it gave way to a "dead arm" phase, a la a pitcher in baseball. It's not something you typically hear about in football, but we suppose it could happen to a rookie. By nearly every account — including Caldwell's — Bortles has improved his mechanics this offseason. A dual-threat who even the Jags admitted needed a "redshirt" year before taking over for an ineffective Chad Henne, Bortles has the ability to take a big step forward in 2015.
    Yesterday, 3:27 pm
    Sun 10:00 am vs Car
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    34.76 (37th)
  • Stunner: Antonio Gates handed 4-game PED ban
    NFL suspended Chargers TE Antonio Gates four games for violating the league's PED policy.

    Advice: This one is a shocker. Headed into his 13th NFL campaign, Gates has always been a model NFL citizen, both on- and off-the-field. In a statement, Gates said he never "knowingly" ingested a banned substance. While possibly true, it's the oldest PED excuse in the book. Now 35, Gates has been thus far ageless as Philip Rivers' go-to target, but his absence will free up a massive amount of looks for Keenan Allen and Stevie Johnson, and give Ladarius Green the opportunity he's deserved for some time now. Missing such a huge chunk of the fantasy season right off the bat, it's hard to sell Gates as a TE1.
    Yesterday, 12:58 pm
    Sun 1:05 pm vs Det
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1804th)
  • 'No truth at all' to Mariota surfing rumors
    ESPN's Paul Kuharsky reports there's "no truth at all" to rumors that an anti-surfing clause is the hold up in Marcus Mariota's rookie contract.

    Advice: With NFL "news" at its lowest ebb of the year, this is a "report" that's been making the rounds this week. Although teams often move to protect themselves against potentially-dangerous activities like surfing, we highly doubt this is the kink in the sides' prospective agreement. It's almost certainly a squabble over offset language.
    Yesterday, 11:02 am
    Sun 1:25 pm @ TB
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    36.08 (27th)
  • 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)
  • Tyrod Taylor hanging in QB battle
    The Buffalo News believes it's "really possible" the Bills name Tyrod Taylor their starting quarterback.

    Advice: Taylor, Matt Cassel and E.J. Manuel split reps evenly throughout the offseason program, with Cassel performing the poorest. It's not that far-fetched to suggest Taylor could beat out Manuel and his 58.6 career completion percentage. Rex Ryan appears most enthusiastic about Taylor, the quarterback he "hand picked." Taylor has never started an NFL game, spending the last four years as Joe Flacco's backup.
    Tuesday, 6:44 am
    Sun 10:00 am vs Ind
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2407th)
  • 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.
    Tuesday, 6:21 am
    Sun 1:05 pm @ SD
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    23.60 (79th)
  • Russell Wilson casually mentions $25M figure
    In an interview with ESPN, Russell Wilson mentioned $25 million as an annual salary figure.

    Advice: Wilson continues to engage in subtle yet public negotiations with the Seahawks as he heads into the final year of his rookie contract. "No matter how much I’m getting paid, whether it’s $25 million or $1.5 million. I’ll be ready to go," he said. The $1.5 million number is what he's set to make this season and $25 million would be $3 million more than current NFL leader Aaron Rodgers' $22 million annual average. After the interview aired, Wilson's agent Mark Rodgers wrote the following on Twitter: "I wish he had said $40 million. Then this would be really interesting. #patience #relax #no_deadline."
    Tuesday, 4:56 am
    Sun 10:00 am @ StL
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    38.86 (8th)
  • Russell Wilson hopes to remain in Seattle
    In an interview at his annual passing academy, Russell Wilson said he wants to be with the Seahawks a "really, really long time."

    Advice: While that may be true, Wilson also reportedly wants to become the highest-paid player in the league. To this point, the Seahawks have seemed hesitant to match the request, though that could certainly change as a potential future without a top-five quarterback comes into sharper focus. Wilson is scheduled to make $1.542 million in the final year of his rookie deal.
    Sunday, 1:22 pm
    Sun 10:00 am @ StL
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    38.86 (8th)
  • 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)
  • PFT predicts Wilson won't be a Seahawk in '16
    PFT's Mike Florio's "current prediction" is that contract-year QB Russell Wilson won't be with the Seahawks in 2016.

    Advice: Bold. It's only a prediction, but Florio is in the know and has plenty of sources. The two sides do seem to be pretty far apart on Wilson's value. The Seahawks are offering Wilson a deal in the Cam Newton range, while Wilson wants to be the league's highest-paid player. Florio thinks the Seahawks will use the non-exclusive franchise tag on Wilson and another team signs him to an offer sheet the Seahawks are unwilling to match. When push comes to shove, it's hard to see the Seahawks truly letting their franchise quarterback walk out the door.
    Friday, 9:26 am
    Sun 10:00 am @ StL
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    38.86 (8th)
  • Report: Wilson wants to be top-paid player
    Sources tell Bleacher Report's Jason Cole that contract-year QB Russell Wilson is looking to become the highest-paid player in the NFL.

    Advice: It's not a surprise. In the prime of his career, Wilson is coming off back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, as well as by far his best season. It would be more noteworthy if he was starting negotiations below the "highest-paid" threshold. Going by average-annual value, Aaron Rodgers is the league's top-paid player. His five-year, $110 million deal is worth $22 million per season.
    Thursday, 1:22 pm
    Sun 10:00 am @ StL
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    38.86 (8th)
  • 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)
  • Titans to use Mariota like Russell Wilson
    Coach Ken Whisenhunt suggested the Titans will use Marcus Mariota similarly to Russell Wilson.

    Advice: "The league does a good job trying to protect quarterbacks, but any time a quarterback takes off with the ball there's a risk," Whisenhunt said. "There will be (designed) opportunities, but there will also be a lot of opportunities, just like with Russell Wilson, when the play breaks down and he runs with the ball and extends the play." With 4.52 wheels, the Titans would be silly not to use Mariota on designed runs. There's QB2 appeal here with low-end QB1 upside.
    Wednesday, 7:19 am
    Sun 1:25 pm @ TB
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    36.08 (27th)
  • Mariota likely haggling over offset language
    FOX Sports' Alex Marvez believes unsigned No. 2 overall pick Marcus Mariota is likely haggling with the Titans over offset language.

    Advice: With the terms of all rookie contracts locked into a slotted, assigned value under the most-recent CBA, offset language is essentially the lone negotiable point that remains. Teams insist on offset language with first-rounders and their guaranteed contracts so they can't "double dip" in the event of their release. As in, collect their originally-scheduled salary as well as extra money from their new club. We fully expect Mariota to sign before camp.
    Tuesday, 2:59 pm
    Sun 1:25 pm @ TB
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    36.08 (27th)
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