Player Notes

  • Patterson works out with 'Hell's trainer'
    Cordarrelle Patterson stepped up his fitness this offseason.

    Advice: Patterson spent four weeks in February working out with a fitness expert known as "Hell's trainer." His training included sprinting up stairs, running on the beach with a weighted vest and pullups on a jungle gym. The third-year wideout is already calling the upcoming 2015 campaign a "make or break" year. He'll have to carve a new role for himself after being passed on the depth chart by former Dolphin Mike Wallace.
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  • Buccaneers to go up-tempo under Dirk Koetter
    The Buccaneers are expected to run an up-tempo offense under new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.

    Advice: Starting tackle Demar Dotson said Koetter "loves to get the ball up field" and is partial to going no-huddle. That checks out as Atlanta's offense finished sixth in the league in pace last season under Koetter. Ironically, Marcus Mariota probably would have been a better fit for this style of offense having run an up-tempo system at Oregon. But the Bucs passed on him, leaving them with Winston, a player with strong football instincts but mediocre athleticism. Though he lost nearly 20 pounds leading up to the Combine, Winston has struggled with his fitness at times. This new offense will certainly put that to the test.
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  • Jeff Janis seen as Packers No. 4 receiver
    The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel considers Jeff Janis the Packers' No. 4 receiver.

    Advice: Janis' breakout potential took a hit when the Packers re-signed Randall Cobb, relegating Davante Adams to third-receiver duties and Janis to No. 4. Still, the paper slots him ahead of Jared Abbrederis and third-round pick Ty Montgomery. With Jordy Nelson coming off hip surgery, we wouldn't totally rule out Janis making some 2015 noise if he keeps the fourth-receiver job into Week 1.
    Yesterday, 8:01 pm
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  • Jermaine Kearse finally signs his RFA tender
    Seahawks re-signed restricted free agent WR Jermaine Kearse to a one-year, $2.356 million contract.

    Advice: About time. Kearse was slapped with the second-round tender in March and was one of the last RFAs to sign his deal. He wasn't going anywhere at the cost of a second-round pick. Kearse will fill the deep-threat role again in 2015.
    Yesterday, 7:54 pm
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  • Skins drop out of running for Pierre Thomas
    The Redskins have dropped out of the hunt for free agent Pierre Thomas.

    Advice: The Skins seem to envision third-round pick Matt Jones as their new third-down back behind Alfred Morris. They also have Silas Reed, a good pass blocker whom the coaching staff apparently likes. Washington showed interest in Thomas in early April. The 30-year-old should be available for the vet minimum.
    Yesterday, 3:31 pm
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  • Cosell higher on Yeldon than Melvin Gordon
    Based on his own tape study, NFL Films' Greg Cosell believes Jaguars second-round pick T.J. Yeldon "is a laterally quicker and more explosive inside runner than Melvin Gordon."

    Advice: Cosell also praised Yeldon's fondness for "attack(ing) downhill with conviction" and an "ability to work effectively between the tackles." The Jaguars fired OC Jedd Fisch because he asked too much of Blake Bortles as a rookie. Under new OC Greg Olson, the Jags intend to be a ball-control team with a solid defense and high-volume run game featuring three-down back Yeldon.
    Yesterday, 3:12 pm
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  • Dolphins waive three players
    Dolphins waived K Zach Hocker, CB T.J. Heath and CB Lowell Rose.

    Advice: The Redskins made Hocker the No. 228 overall pick of last year's draft, but he lost a camp battle to Kai Forbath.
    Yesterday, 2:54 pm
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  • Chiefs release Pryor after 42 days with team
    Chiefs waived QB Terrelle Pryor.

    Advice: The Chiefs didn't draft a signal caller, but decided their quarterback room was too full. Alex Smith, Chase Daniel, Aaron Murray and Tyler Bray now comprise Andy Reid's top four. Pryor's stay with the team lasted all of 42 days. Pryor is less than two years removed from starting nine games for the Raiders, but like Tim Tebow, his lack of passing skills is shutting doors faster than they can open.
    Yesterday, 1:08 pm
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  • Cardinals to look into Jermaine Gresham
    Yahoo's Charles Robinson would "expect" the Cardinals to look into free agent Jermaine Gresham following John Carlson's retirement.

    Advice: That's "once (Gresham's) medicals check out." Gresham is recovering from March back surgery. It's unclear if Robinson is just spitballing, or passing along informed speculation. The top of the Cardinals' tight end depth chart is shaky, with former basketball player Darren Fells joining 2014 second-rounder Troy Niklas. Niklas' rookie year was marred by ankle issues.
    Yesterday, 12:22 pm
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  • Cardinals 'counting' on Troy Niklas breakout
    Cardinals in-house reporter Darren Urban says the team was already "counting" on a breakout from second-year TE Troy Niklas before John Carlson's surprise retirement on Tuesday.

    Advice: Coming off an injury-ruined rookie year, the 2014 second-rounder finds himself atop the depth chart alongside Darren Fells. Carlson's retirement does little for Niklas' fantasy stock, as he's a heavy-footed possession receiver in the Anthony Fasano mold. Bruce Arians' tight ends aren't counted on to make plays with the football.
    Yesterday, 11:12 am
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  • John Carlson retiring after seven-year career
    Cardinals TE John Carlson is retiring after seven years in the NFL.

    Advice: One week shy of his 31st birthday, Carlson had one year left on his contract. "After much thought and consideration, my wife Danielle and I know that this is best decision for us," Carlson said in a statement. He did not elaborate on his reasoning, but Carlson has a long and scary history of concussions. It was undoubtedly a factor in hanging up his cleats. Carlson retires with 210 catches for 2,256 yards and 15 touchdowns. He posted a 33/350/1 receiving line last season. The Cardinals have a crater at tight end.
    Yesterday, 10:44 am
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  • Cowboys didn't take Ajayi off their board
    The Cowboys did not remove Jay Ajayi from their draft board, and ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer believes they would have drafted Ajayi had he gotten past the Dolphins at No. 149 overall.

    Advice: The Cowboys were next on the clock at No. 163 overall, where they drafted Purdue DE Ryan Russell. They selected Minnesota ILB Damien Wilson in the fourth round (127), ahead of Ajayi. Regardless, Archer writes that "Ajayi was one of their targets" in the draft, and "might have been an option for the Cowboys in the fifth round if they weren't beaten to the punch" by the Dolphins.
    Yesterday, 10:14 am
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  • LeGarrette Blount's role appears safe
    LeGarrette Blount has scored 16 touchdowns in his last 18 games as a Patriot (including playoffs).

    Advice: Blount does his best work for Bill Belichick, who didn't use any of his 11 draft picks on a running back even though Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen have moved on. Blount appears locked into big back duties, meaning he'll be very fantasy relevant when we can safely project the Patriots to have a lead or when we know they'll attack a defense via the run (see recent Colts matchups). Jonas Gray and Brandon Bolden are Blount's backups right now.
    Yesterday, 7:09 am
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  • Kiper: Maxx could be Rookie of Year
    ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. believes second-round TE Maxx Williams could be the Offensive Rookie of the Year.

    Advice: "He could be everything that Dennis Pitta was when he was healthy," Kiper said. It's silly to suggest Rookie of the Year honors as first-year tight ends almost always struggle and Maxx won't see a ton of volume -- Pitta's best season was 61-669-7. But Kiper's point on the highly athletic and skilled Williams as a nice fit for Joe Flacco and the Marc Trestman scheme is well taken. He'll be a low-end TE2 candidate if Pitta (hip) can't return.
    Yesterday, 7:00 am
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  • Joe Flacco a winner after draft
    ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley considers Joe Flacco a winner following the draft.

    Advice: The Ravens gave Flacco a much-needed vertical weapon in first-round speedster Breshad Perriman, who shouldn't have a problem replacing Torrey Smith. In the second round, Ozzie Newsome traded up to snag the class' best tight end in Maxx Williams. These additions along with the arrival of pass-happy OC Marc Trestman give Flacco serious 4,000-yard upside for the first time in his career.
    Yesterday, 6:46 am
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  • Justin Forsett emerges from draft as winner
    Justin Forsett's grip on the starting job got stronger following the draft.

    Advice: The Ravens waited until round four to take a running back, settling for USC's Buck Allen. He profiles as a strict backup on early downs and a pass-protection/third-down specialist. Draft weekend couldn't have gone much better for owners of Forsett stock, as he'll project for 16-19 touches per game once again.
    Yesterday, 6:40 am
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  • Tevin Coleman projected as Falcons '1A' back
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution projects Tevin Coleman as 1A on the depth chart and Devonta Freeman as 1B.

    Advice: Coleman, the third-round rookie out of Indiana, brings superior physical skills to the table. The diminutive Freeman will remain in the mix as a change-of-pace option and potential third-down back. Homerun hitter Antone Smith also figures to get some chances. But as long as Coleman keeps his nose in front of this committee, he'll have serious upside thanks in large part to the presence of run-game guru Kyle Shanahan.
    Yesterday, 6:21 am
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  • David Johnson the favorite for red-zone work
    ESPN Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss says third-round RB David Johnson has a good shot at red-zone work.

    Advice: Johnson doesn't play as big as his 6'1/224 frame would suggest, but he's still a better option in short yardage than featherweight Andre Ellington. Johnson is also far more talented than Stepfan Taylor and Kerwynn Williams. So even though Ellington is fully expected to retain his starting gig and remain a focal point of the offense, Johnson will have value as a backup to an injury-prone player and a candidate for both inside running and goal-line work.
    Yesterday, 5:52 am
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  • Titans adapting offense for Marcus Mariota
    Titans GM Ruston Webster said the coaching staff began tailoring their offense to fit Marcus Mariota's strengths a while ago.

    Advice: This should be obvious, but coach Ken Whisenhunt has earned a reputation as a vanilla schemer that forces his offense on players. That won't fly with Mariota and Whiz appears to know it. "Our coaches have been working on a plan for quite some time now for Marcus," Webster said. "Really to adapting our offense to his skill set." If Whisenhunt uses Mariota correctly, he'll easily get on the QB2 map thanks to the rushing stats that will inevitably come.
    Yesterday, 5:41 am
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  • Steelers not worried about Coats' drops
    Steelers GM Kevin Colbert insisted third-round WR Sammie Coates has good hands.

    Advice: The tape says otherwise as Coates dropped 8-of-75 targets for Auburn in 2014 and showed poor ball skills. "What I will tell you is, they didn’t play him every down," Steelers WRs coach Richard Mann said. "What happens is he disappears. A lot of times, in my opinion, players have a tendency to lose concentration simply because they weren’t involved and then you bring them back in the heat of the battle." Coates will start his NFL career battling Markus Wheaton for the No. 3 job. The Steelers are willing to roll the dice thanks to unique physical talent.
    Yesterday, 5:23 am
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