Player Notes

  • Pack: No 'long-term' Ty Montgomery concerns
    The Packers have no "long-term concerns" about WR Ty Montgomery's surgically-repaired ankle.

    Advice: Montgomery has yet to be cleared to practice, and was coy when asked if he would be ready for training camp. Montgomery has had an unusually arduous recovery from a high-ankle sprain, aggravating it before ultimately requiring surgery. A gadget player who will likely need his touches manufactured, Montgomery won't be a fantasy factor behind Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb this season. Today, 9:09 pm
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  • Hue Jackson praises Duke Johnson
    Browns coach Hue Jackson believes Duke Johnson "does so many different things that gives your offense a boost."

    Advice: Jackson also said Johnson has "suddenness and quickness and he can go catch the ball with anybody." ESPN's Pat McManamon believes the Browns could be grooming Johnson as an every-down back. Johnson was cast as a Gio Bernard type as a rookie, but was a three-down player in college. For now, Isaiah Crowell is the Browns' primary early-down thumper. Today, 3:20 pm
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  • DeVante Parker could see snaps in the slot
    The Dolphins could use DeVante Parker to try to create mismatches in the slot this season.

    Advice: Jarvis Landry is locked in as the primary slot man, but the Dolphins want to get Parker some snaps inside. "I'm expecting him to be a heck of a football player, a guy that other teams fear, because he can make big plays down the field, inside," Ryan Tannehill said. "He's a big-bodied guy. He's a guy we're going to want to use in the red zone, on third downs and to stretch the field as well." Parker's main job will be to make big plays on the boundary, but creative coach Adam Gase won't leave him stationary. Parker comes with a ton of upside as a WR3. Today, 3:08 pm
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  • Tannehill will have more play-calling freedom
    Dolphins coach Adam Gase confirms Ryan Tannehill will have more freedom at the line of scrimmage this season.

    Advice: Infamously, Tannehill wasn't allowed to audible in Bill Lazor's offense. "In this offense, you're not really locked in on what the play call is," Gase said. "For (Tannehill) to have the ability to know what to get to — that kind of flexibility — being able to do that as a quarterback is very valuable." Gase went on to say Tannehill's intelligence is "off the charts." Coming off a season where he revived Jay Cutler's career, Gase has the capability to put Tannehill's in motion. Today, 2:50 pm
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  • Carroll: Lynch hasn't asked to play this year
    Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says "retired" RB Marshawn Lynch hasn't contacted him about playing in 2016.

    Advice: Lynch's "retirement" seems to be written more in air quotes every day, but for now, he's sitting out the 2016 season. Perhaps Lynch will try to parachute in on the year during training camp, avoiding the rigors some veterans come to detest. Today, 2:18 pm
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  • Seahawks still hope Graham ready for Week 1
    Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says the "hope remains" that Jimmy Graham (patellar tendon) is ready for Week 1.

    Advice: Speaking Thursday, Russell Wilson said Graham is "healing really fast," and will be "back sooner than people think." Wilson's quotes are per ESPN's Sheil Kapadia. The Seahawks have maintained a sense of vagueness with Graham's timeline all offseason, but there seems to be some genuine optimism he avoids the reserve/PUP list. Nevertheless, Graham should be considered a late-round injury question mark for fantasy purposes until further notice. Today, 2:13 pm
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  • Seattle still eyeing Week 1 for Rawls, Graham
    Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says the "hope" remains that Thomas Rawls (ankle) is ready for Week 1.

    Advice: The same is true for Jimmy Graham (patellar tendon). The Seahawks haven't really offered anything new on Rawls in recent months, but it remains notable that they can't guarantee his Week 1 status. Rawls offers mammoth upside as a potential workhorse in a run-heavy offense, but his health is a major question mark. Third-rounder C.J. Prosise and Christine Michael are the next men up. Today, 2:02 pm
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  • Lions waive/injure Tim Wright
    Lions waived/injured TE Tim Wright.

    Advice: For now, Wright's injury is undisclosed. He should pass through waivers unclaimed and revert to injured reserve. Provided his injury isn't a season-ender, Wright will likely eventually be cut loose with an injury settlement. Wright caught just nine passes in nine games in 2015. Today, 1:53 pm
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  • Cowboys not interested in trading DMC or Alf
    Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones says the team isn't interested in trading Darren McFadden or Alfred Morris.

    Advice: "We got calls during the draft asking to trade for a couple of our running backs, and we just don’t have that interest," Jones said. There's little urgency for the Cowboys to unload McFadden or Morris right now, but that could change if Ezekiel Elliott tears up camp and the preseason, as is likely. DMC offers passing-game insurance behind rehabbing Lance Dunbar (ACL) that Morris has never provided. If either player were to be traded, it would be for a conditional late-rounder. Today, 1:48 pm
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  • Michael Campanaro dealing with calf injury
    Ravens WR Michael Campanaro has been sidelined with a calf injury.

    Advice: Campanaro has been on the shelf for a "couple of weeks." Coach John Harbaugh said "there will be a time when he gets past this." A 2014 seventh-rounder, Campanaro has been extremely injury prone, appearing in just eight games because of back and thigh injuries. He'll probably be on the outside looking in of Baltimore's crowded receiver corps. Today, 12:01 pm
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  • Trent Richardson has hamstring injury
    Trent Richardson has been sitting out OTAs with a hamstring injury.

    Advice: It's probably not a serious issue, but any missed time undermines Richardson's long-shot 53-man roster bid. Richardson could be an early camp cut if he's not 100 percent. Today, 11:52 am
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  • C.J. Spiller fully participating in OTAs
    C.J. Spiller has been a full participant in the Saints' offseason program.

    Advice: Spiller was supposedly slowed by a knee issue for all of 2015. "Supposedly" because coach Sean Payton — who, admittedly, has never been a paragon of honesty — proclaimed him 100 percent healthy in Week 4. You have to choose which narrative to believe in this instance. Spiller's disastrous 2015 numbers aren't up for debate. He touched the ball only 70 times all season, averaging a pathetic 3.1 yards per carry and anemic 7.0 yards per catch. Going on 29, Spiller still offers theoretical upside, but he's nothing more than a late-round lottery ticket in deeper leagues for fantasy purposes. Today, 10:50 am
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  • Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) at practice Thursday
    Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) participated in OTAs on Thursday.

    Advice: This was Benjamin's first organized practice since tearing the ACL in his left knee last August. He will likely be eased through the offseason program, but Benjamin should be 100 percent for training camp. Even with his target share likely to decline after a stellar rookie campaign, Benjamin has the touchdown upside to remain in the WR2 conversation. Today, 9:53 am
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  • Abdullah rehabbing January shoulder surgery
    Ameer Abdullah underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder in January.

    Advice: Abdullah originally suffered the injury in December, but he was able to play through it over the final two weeks. He is expected to miss the rest of the offseason program, but he should be ready for training camp. Even though his Week 1 status is not in doubt, this is a poor development for a player trying to establish himself as the clear lead back in Detroit. Theo Riddick, Stevan Ridley and Zach Zenner will pick up extra practice reps while Abdullah is sidelined. Today, 9:18 am
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  • Knile Davis says he did not ask for a trade
    Chiefs RB Knile Davis said he did not request to be traded this offseason.

    Advice: It was reported Davis requested a trade after Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West landed long-term extensions, but he denies those reports. Either way, it is clear the Chiefs are interested in moving their No. 4 back, and Davis seems open to the idea of a fresh start. "At this point, I can pretty much do it all. I just haven’t had the opportunity to show it," Davis said. "But one day I will get the opportunity to show what I can do and I’m looking forward to that day." Davis has fumbled eight times on 260 career carries including the playoffs and owns a career 3.41 yards-per-carry average. Opportunity is not the issue. Today, 8:32 am
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  • Eric Ebron shed 10 pounds this offseason
    Third-year TE Eric Ebron lost 10 pounds this offseason.

    Advice: Ebron was listed at 255 pounds last season. Getting in better shape certainly will not hurt as he attempts to carve out a bigger role following the retirement of Calvin Johnson. Ebron posted a 47-537-5 line in 14 games as a sophomore. Today, 8:24 am
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  • Davante Adams moving on from last season
    Davante Adams said he is moving on from his disappointing sophomore campaign.

    Advice: Injuries played a role in Adams' poor play last year, but he was still ineffective when healthy. "Obviously, the season I had last year, I wasn’t proud of it," Adams said. "You can’t control some things. I hurt my ankle, I hurt my knee; I can’t do anything about that. What I can do is bounce back from it." Once the clear No. 3 behind Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, Adams could be fighting for a roster spot this offseason. Today, 7:52 am
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  • Arian Foster: 'I probably need another month'
    Free agent RB Arian Foster (Achilles') said he is about a month away from full health.

    Advice: Foster tore his Achilles' at the end of October. "I probably need another month to get where I am, the person everyone is use to seeing," Foster said. "I can definitely play but I need another month to be where I want to be and be at that Pro Bowl level." Close to full health, Foster should be comfortable signing with a new team in the next month. The Dolphins have been the strongest link so far, but the Redskins would make sense as well. Today, 6:48 am
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  • Wes Welker still deciding if he wants to play
    Free agent WR Wes Welker said he is still deciding if he wants to continue his career.

    Advice: "I’m weighing my options and really trying to figure out where to go with life next," Welker said. "There are some days I wake up and I’m like ‘OK, I’m done.’ And other days I wake up and I’m like, ‘Oh, maybe one more year.’" Considering he had to wait until November to land a job last season, this decision may ultimately be made for him. The former All-Pro caught 13 passes in 8 games for the Rams last year. Today, 6:37 am
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  • Browns plan to be a 'run-oriented' team
    RBs coach Kirby Wilson said the Browns will be a "run-oriented football team."

    Advice: "Everything starts with the run game, our offensive line and our backs," Wilson continued. "As coach told us, we are going to be a physically dominant, running football team." Hue Jackson-led offenses have not finished worse than 7th in rushing attempts since he took over as offensive coordinator for Oakland in 2010. With the quarterback situation in flux, there is no reason to change that formula this year. Even in a timeshare, Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson should see plenty of work. Today, 6:25 am
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