Player Notes

  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:33 pm
    Sun 10:00 am @ StL
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    38th
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:27 pm
    Sun 10:00 am @ Was
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    2259th
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:43 pm
    Sun 1:25 pm @ TB
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    173rd
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:27 pm
    Sun 10:00 am vs Car
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    1993rd
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:58 pm
    Sun 1:05 pm vs Det
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    90th
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:42 am
    Sun 1:05 pm @ Ari
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    2417th
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:24 pm
    Sun 1:25 pm vs Cin
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    70th
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:15 pm
    Sun 10:00 am vs Mia
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    2464th
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:35 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    2255th
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:00 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    9th
  • James Wright sat out most of spring practices
    Bengals WR James Wright sat out most of team drills during the spring.

    Advice: Beat writer Geoff Hobson failed to mention what the reasoning was, but we're assuming Wright underwent some sort of offseason surgery. Wright caught five balls for 91 yards as a rookie and was a fixture on special teams. The Bengals are high on the sophomore. He's the front-runner for No. 4 receiver duties. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:07 pm
    Sun 1:25 pm @ Oak
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    2466th
  • Pryor says he's competing as 'slash' player
    Terrelle Pryor says he's competing for a roster spot as a "slash" player.

    Advice: "I'm going to give this slash-player deal a chance," Pryor said last week. "I just want to play football. I'm a playmaker, and I believe if I can touch the ball, I can go to the house, especially if I have space." A "slash" player is typically a quarterback who gets touches elsewhere on the field. The Browns have made it clear they signed Pryor as a wideout, and not a signal caller. Pryor would undoubtedly be used in gadget packages if he cracked the 53-man roster, but his odds live and die on his ability to adjust to receiver. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:46 pm
    Sun 10:00 am @ NYJ
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    2369th
  • Trey Burton the long-term No. 2 TE in PHL
    Trey Burton is expected to be groomed into the Eagles' future No. 2 tight end.

    Advice: Burton, an undrafted project out of Florida last year, is a plus special teamer for now. Eventually, the Eagles hope he can play that role and back up Zach Ertz. Burton played some wideout at the University of Florida. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:33 am
    Mon 4:10 pm @ Atl
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    2412th
  • Zach Ertz expected to make a leap in snaps
    CSN Philly's Geoff Mosher expects Zach Ertz to make a "sizable jump in snaps" this season.

    Advice: Ertz played 40.5 percent of the snaps as a rookie in 2013 and only progressed to 50.3 percent last year. Too often he was watching from the sideline as superior blocker Brent Celek held the edge in Chip Kelly's scheme. Celek returns for his ninth season in Philly, but Ertz is expected to surpass him on the back of improvement in the blocking department. We know the Eagles need him on the field as a receiver now that Jeremy Maclin is gone -- especially in red zone. Ertz will break out if he gets roughly 75 percent of the snaps. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:14 am
    Mon 4:10 pm @ Atl
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    83rd
  • Charles Johnson spent time w/ 'footwork king'
    Charles Johnson trained with Rischad Whitfield, the "Footwork King," this offseason.

    Advice: We know Johnson has ideal size (6'2/225) and speed (4.4) for an NFL wideout. Refining his route-running ability under Whitfield, who has Antonio Brown and DeAndre Hopkins as clients, will only help him take the next step. Johnson operated as the every-down X throughout the entire offseason program. "He's got everything you need to be a productive player in this league," said OC Norv Turner. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:41 am
    Mon 7:20 pm @ SF
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    85th
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:44 am
    Sun 10:00 am vs Ind
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    2604th
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:21 am
    Out
    Sun 1:05 pm @ SD
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    63rd
  • Pettine: New TE Rob Housler is 'the ideal F'
    Coach Mike Pettine referred to TE Rob Housler as "the ideal 'F.'"

    Advice: The "F" position refers to the move tight end spot, a player that is often detached from the line. That's where Housler, a 6'5/248 specimen with 4.55 speed and a 37-inch vertical, wins. Don't be surprised if he breaks his previous career-high of 45 catches, set in 2012. Housler's current ADP is undrafted in standard-sized leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:14 am
    Sun 10:00 am @ NYJ
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    1999th
  • Marshawn Lynch says he thought about retiring
    Marshawn Lynch told Conan O'Brien he considered retiring before the Seahawks gave him a new contract that includes $12M in 2015 earnings.

    Advice: We actually believe the eccentric Lynch, who turned 29 in April. But when the Seahawks "put 12 in front of you for a year, you start to think, maybe I could do this again," he said. The highlight of Lynch's Conan appearance was when he discussed his trademarked end-zone dive move. "I done got in a lot of trouble for grabbing my ding-ding." Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:42 am
    Sun 10:00 am @ StL
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    4th
  • Jaws goes to bat for Geno Smith
    ESPN's Ron Jaworski said he "like(s) the future of the Jets with Geno Smith at quarterback."

    Advice: Geno has been the butt of jokes through two seasons, but he's played in a QB-unfriendly system with guys like Jeremy Kerley and Jeff Cumberland as primary targets. We saw a flicker of hope over last season's final four games as he completed 65.1 percent of his throws with a 6:2 TD-to-INT ration en route to a 105.3 passer rating. Now Smith has excellent weapons (Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Jace Amaro, Devin Smith) to fit the Chan Gailey spread scheme that's similar to the one Geno excelled in at West Virginia. We're not ruling out a big step forward. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:14 am
    Sun 10:00 am vs Cle
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    178th
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