Player Notes

  • Adrian Peterson wants guaranteed $ in 2016
    According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Adrian Peterson's beef with the Vikings is now that he wants guaranteed money in 2016.

    Advice: Peterson doesn't have any guaranteed money in his current deal. He wants the team to guarantee a chunk -- or perhaps all ($14.75 million) -- of his 2016 salary, when Peterson will be 31 years old. After paying Peterson his entire salary to play just one game in 2014, it wouldn't be surprising if the Vikings were a bit resistant to making him this commitment. Either way, it's now clear that this has become a money issue, and is therefore a very solvable problem.
    Yesterday, 6:46 pm
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  • With Demaryius away, Latimer gets 1st-tm reps
    Cody Latimer is soaking up first-team reps at Broncos OTAs as unsigned franchise player Demaryius Thomas stays away from workouts.

    Advice: "There's going to have to be some young receivers (who) really step up, and Cody's one of those guys," coach Gary Kubiak said. "I think it's a very competitive situation right now. But, yes, it's an important month for Cody." The 56th overall pick in last May's draft, Latimer runs 4.44 at 6-foot-3, 215 and has a 39-inch vertical. He projects as Denver's No. 3 receiver this year.
    Yesterday, 6:21 pm
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  • Eagles holding Bradford out of team drills
    The Eagles are holding Sam Bradford (ACL surgeries) out of team drills at OTAs.

    Advice: He's being "limited" early in the offseason, as expected, while Mark Sanchez is running the first-team group. Coach Chip Kelly is expected to provide an update on Bradford's recovery on Thursday. During last month's draft, Kelly stated Bradford's rehab was "on schedule." Bradford threw during individual drills in early May, but was curiously absent from practices the following week.
    Yesterday, 5:27 pm
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  • Joseph Randle criticizes DeMarco Murray
    Joseph Randle criticized outgoing Cowboys workhorse back DeMarco Murray on Wednesday, suggesting Murray left too many yards on the field in 2014.

    Advice: Murray led the NFL in yards after contact and ranked second to only Marshawn Lynch in missed tackles forced, per PFF's grades. Underwear burglar Randle seems to believe he can do a better job. "I got to sit back and watch a lot," Randle said, "and I felt like there was a lot of meat left on the bone." Randle is competing with Darren McFadden and Ryan Williams to replace Murray.
    Yesterday, 5:00 pm
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  • Broncos rookie TE Heuerman has ACL surgery
    Broncos rookie TE Jeff Heuerman underwent left ACL surgery on Wednesday.

    Advice: A third-round pick, Heuerman will spend all of 2015 on I.R. He should make a full recovery for next year's offseason program.
    Yesterday, 4:05 pm
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  • Victor Cruz (knee) still on track for Week 1
    Victor Cruz (knee) said he’s still on track for Week 1.

    Advice: Cruz has been setback-free to this point in his rehab. He’s progressed to running routes and expects to be ready for training camp, though he remains a candidate to start out on active/PUP. Cruz said he was 75 percent healthy earlier this month.
    Yesterday, 1:23 pm
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  • Ryan Fitzpatrick takes part in OTAs
    Ryan Fitzpatrick (leg) is participating at Jets OTAs.

    Advice: Fitzpatrick fractured his tibia last Week 15. He's now healthy enough to push Geno Smith. Although the Jets are standing behind Geno as the favorite to start in Week 1, Fitzpatrick is familiar with OC Chan Gailey's Pistol Spread offense, and could at very least put Geno on a short leash with a solid August.
    Yesterday, 1:11 pm
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  • Bowles: Geno, Fitzpatrick will compete
    Coach Todd Bowles made it clear on Wednesday that the Jets will indeed hold a quarterback competition in training camp.

    Advice: One week after OC Chan Gailey threw support behind Geno Smith, Bowles scaled back the anointment, stating there will be an "open competition," but that the quarterback job is Geno's "to lose." For now, the plan is to give Smith the majority of first-team reps in training camp. Ryan Fitzpatrick could still make it a battle by outplaying Smith in preseason games.
    Yesterday, 1:09 pm
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  • Michael Campanaro hurts his quad at OTAs
    Ravens WR Michael Campanaro injured his quadriceps at practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Ravens are still trying to determine how severe it is. Campanaro is a leading candidate to return kicks this season and could see a bigger role on offense following the departures of Torrey Smith and Owen Daniels. The 24-year-old reeled in seven of his nine targets as a rookie in 2014.
    Yesterday, 12:56 pm
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  • Titans want Bishop Sankey to bulk up
    Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt believes Bishop Sankey adding weight will help him in pass protection and as a finisher of runs.

    Advice: The Titans want Sankey at 215-220 pounds this year, after he played at 209 as a rookie and averaged 3.74 yards per carry. "I just feel like as far as having some thump in the A-gap when he has protection or being able to get extra yards on a carry, I think that can help him," Whisenhunt explained. In our experience, weight gains at running back rarely improve performance.
    Yesterday, 12:55 pm
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  • Lions plan to use 'all' 3 running backs
    According to the Lions' website, the team plans to use "all" three of their running backs in a 2015 committee.

    Advice: Coach Jim Caldwell noted that Joique Bell, Ameer Abdullah, and Theo Riddick all have different skill sets. "In this day and age, you generally don’t have just one guy at that position because it requires teamwork," Caldwell said. "It requires more than one or two, so there’s a role for all of those guys. The thing about it, we don’t have two guys the same for the most part. They all have a little different sort of strength and we can utilize that." Abdullah offers the best all-around skill set, and should have a chance to emerge as the "lead" back by midyear or sooner.
    Yesterday, 12:43 pm
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  • Kellen Moore ahead of Dan Orlovsky at OTAs
    Kellen Moore took first-team snaps ahead of Dan Orlovsky at Wednesday's OTAs.

    Advice: Both are competing for backup reps behind starter Matthew Stafford. Moore completed 10 of his 12 passes while Orlovsky was 8-of-11. Moore is six years younger than Orlovsky and was given more guaranteed money this offseason. Neither one played a snap last season.
    Yesterday, 12:16 pm
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  • Green-Beckham aims to lose 12 pounds
    Dorial Green-Beckham wants to play at 225 pounds this season.

    Advice: He wants to shed 12 pounds off his current 237-pound frame. By getting leaner, Green-Beckham is hoping to improve his speed on the outside. The 22-year-old already ran a solid 4.49 40 at the Combine this winter. Green-Beckham, Hakeem Nicks, Justin Hunter, and Harry Douglas will vie for snaps behind Kendall Wright in the first year of Tennessee's Marcus Mariota experiment.
    Yesterday, 11:49 am
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  • Colts get first-round WR Dorsett's deal done
    Colts signed No. 29 overall pick WR Phillip Dorsett to a four-year contract.

    Advice: As is the case with all first-rounders, Dorsett's deal comes with a fifth-year team option. Out of the gate, Dorsett will compete with Donte Moncrief, Duron Carter, and possibly Vincent Brown for No. 3 receiver duties. The speed demon should be a factor right off the bat as the Colts' return man.
    Yesterday, 10:40 am
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  • Joique Bell sitting out Lions OTAs
    Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') is sitting out Lions OTAs.

    Advice: Bell had both his knee and Achilles' surgically repaired following last season. He enters 2015 with red flags concerning injuries, ineffectiveness after averaging under 3.9 YPC the past two seasons, and role following the addition of Ameer Abdullah. Joique also turns 29 before the season. Per Fantasy Football Calculator, Bell's current ADP is in the middle of round four.
    Yesterday, 10:13 am
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  • Henry Josey signs with CFL's Argonauts
    Former Eagles, Jaguars, and Vikings RB Henry Josey signed with the CFL's Toronto Argonauts.

    Advice: After tearing up last preseason with the Eagles to the tune of 6.6 YPC, Josey was part of final cuts and has since had stints with the Jaguars and Vikings, though he's never appeared in a regular-season game. Small at 5'8/194, Josey will take his 4.43 wheels to the pass-happy CFL. He caught 175 passes at Mizzou.
    Yesterday, 9:51 am
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  • Matt Forte present for start of Bears' OTAs
    Matt Forte reported for the start of Bears OTAs on Wednesday.

    Advice: Forte had already said he had no plans of holding out, even though he would prefer a new contract. While Forte is expected to see far fewer looks as a pass catcher under new OC Adam Gase, he's still expected to be a true workhorse.
    Yesterday, 9:40 am
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  • T.J. Yeldon signs rookie contract
    Jaguars signed second-round RB T.J. Yeldon to a four-year contract.

    Advice: Yeldon, the 36th overall pick and third running back off the board in the 2015 draft, is expected to operate as the Jaguars' feature back. There's plenty of RB2 appeal here as the Jaguars try to commit more to their running game. The only concern here is if the Jaguars can get Yeldon enough scoring opportunities.
    Yesterday, 9:07 am
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  • Update: Marvin Jones not cleared for OTAs
    Updating a previous item, Marvin Jones (hamstring) has not been cleared for Bengals OTAs.

    Advice: It was reported last week that Jones got the green light for the start of OTAs. But Jones ended up tweaking his hamstring and couldn't pass a physical. The good news is that it isn't an issue with his foot or ankle. Jones expects to be out there in the next few days. He'll likely start opposite A.J. Green this season.
    Yesterday, 7:20 am
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  • Alf Morris feels refreshed heading into 2015
    Alfred Morris said he feels more refreshed heading into this season because he didn't lift weights as much as he had in previous offseasons.

    Advice: Morris averaged a career-low 4.05 YPC last season. "The last couple offseasons I'd wear myself out," he said. "I decided what's best is to rest a lot more. I feel a lot better. I feel recovered." Morris will lose passing-down work to third-round RB Matt Jones, but should remain the bellcow in the Redskins' backfield on early downs like he's been in the past. There's still RB1/2 value here.
    Yesterday, 5:53 am
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