Player Notes

  • Doctson expected to be utilized in red zone
    CSN Mid-Atlantic expects first-rounder Josh Doctson to flirt with six touchdowns as a rookie.

    Advice: Beat writers Rich Tandler and Tarik El-Bashit both predicted around a "half dozen" touchdowns for Doctson in year one. Tandler doesn't believe Doctson will be much of a factor outside of the red zone, however, predicting he catches fewer than 35 passes. Reality is Doctson will probably need an injury if he's going to play regular snaps. 2017 figures to be Doctson's big leap. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:05 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    122nd
  • Tarvaris Jackson says he has no money
    Free agent QB Tarvaris Jackson requested a public defender in his domestic assault case because he said he has no money.

    Advice: A public defender is normally free of charge, but can cost up to $100. Jackson has earned over $12 million in his 10-year playing career. He says all of it is gone except for his car that's valued around $100K. NFL players blowing their money and being forced to hang around for a paycheck is far too common. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:34 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    2623rd
  • Trestman wants to run the ball more in 2016
    Ravens OC Marc Trestman said he wants to run the ball more this season.

    Advice: "We're always looking at ourselves as a team that should be able to run the ball first," Trestman said. Only the Lions passed the ball more than the Ravens last season, and Trestman's offenses in Chicago from 2013-2014 were also bottom-10 in rushing play percentage. Trestman may say he wants to run the ball, but history suggests his 2016 Ravens offense will again be pass-happy. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:58 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    107th
  • Ravens.com not expecting big Williams numbers
    Ravens.com admits the team's crowded tight end corps will "limit the number of times (Maxx Williams) sees the ball come his way."

    Advice: One of the youngest players in the league last season, Williams struggled through an uneven year. Williams remains a high-upside stash in Dynasty leagues, but the presence of Ben Watson, Crockett Gillmore and perhaps even Dennis Pitta makes him an unlikely 2016 re-draft contributor. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:57 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    1800th
  • Danny Woodhead suffered ankle injury
    Danny Woodhead suffered an ankle injury in minicamp, but will be ready for training camp.

    Advice: It's only notable because Woodhead missed the majority of 2014 with a severe ankle/foot issue. It's unclear if the injury is to the same leg. Provided he stays healthy, Woodhead will be an RB2 in PPR leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:47 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    89th
  • DHB to remain 'fairly high' on depth chart
    ESPN's Jeremy Fowler expects Darrius Heyward-Bey to remain "fairly high" on the depth chart this season.

    Advice: Heyward-Bey's clear-out speed — he reportedly clocked 25 miles per hour this spring — has made him a surprising Steelers mainstay, though he has only 24 catches over his past 32 games. Even if DHB gets some routes, he's well behind Antonio Brown, Le'Veon Bell, Markus Wheaton, Sammie Coates and Ladarius Green on the targets totem pole. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:41 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    2351st
  • Trevone Boykin avoids jail time with plea
    Seahawks UDFA QB Trevone Boykin has avoided jail time in his assault case.

    Advice: As part of a plea deal, Boykin pled no contest to a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest. He's been fined $1,500, and sentenced to one year probation. The Seahawks have insisted Boykin is a legitimate candidate to back up Russell Wilson. Right now, his only "competition" is 2015 UDFA Jake Heaps. It's possible, if not likely, a veteran is either signed or acquired. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:52 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    2542nd
  • Browns part ways with Connor Shaw
    Browns waived QB Connor Shaw.

    Advice: A 2014 undrafted free agent, Shaw had more name recognition than he probably should have because of the Browns' sorry quarterback situation. He spent all of 2015 on injured reserve with a thumb injury. Shaw was an extremely tough player at the University of South Carolina, but lacks the tools to extend his NFL career much further. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:49 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    2568th
  • Melvin Gordon expected to be 100 percent
    Melvin Gordon (microfracture surgery) is expected to be 100 percent healthy for training camp.

    Advice: For as serious as his operation was, Gordon's recovery appears to have gone as smoothly as possible. Speaking earlier this month, coach Mike McCoy said "you would have never known he was injured." Gordon struggled mightily as a rookie, but the Chargers will give him every opportunity to rebound. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:13 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    79th
  • Irsay: Josh Ferguson could be 'special'
    Colts owner Jim Irsay said undrafted rookie RB Josh Ferguson has "a chance to be special."

    Advice: The Colts reportedly considered Ferguson as early as the fourth round of April's draft, and he "made a distinct impression" during the offseason program. Indy does not have much of anything behind 33-year-old starter Frank Gore, so it is not crazy to think Ferguson carves out a role this year. The 5-foot-10, 198-pound back ran a 4.48 forty with a 10-foot broad jump at the Combine. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:35 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    2319th
  • Brock Osweiler 'like a student' this spring
    Texans WR Cecil Shorts said new QB Brock Osweiler has been "like a student" this offseason.

    Advice: "Very professional," Shorts continued. "I can see what he learned from 18 [Peyton Manning]." In a deep look at his first offseason with the Texans (linked below), Osweiler said he is excited for the "challenge" of learning a new offense and integrating himself with a new organization. If comments from his coaches and teammates are to be believed, he appears to be doing well on both fronts. Houston should remain a run-first attack, but Osweiler could potentially add an important edge in the passing game. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:24 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    154th
  • Stevan Ridley sat out most of offseason work
    Lions RB Stevan Ridley (undisclosed) missed most of the offseason program.

    Advice: Following a 2014 ACL tear, Ridley struggled to regain full health with the Jets last season, managing just 90 yards on 36 carries. The fact that he is not 100 percent healthy this spring certainly sends up red flags, but it is not clear if this absence is even related to his knee. If healthy, Ridley will compete with Zach Zenner for the big-back role. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:22 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    2388th
  • Zach Zenner says he is '100 percent'
    Lions RB Zach Zenner said he is "100 percent" recovered from the chest injury which ended his rookie year.

    Advice: Zenner suffered multiple broken ribs and a partially collapsed lung in Week 6. He was cleared in January and was a full participant in the offseason program. Zenner will compete for the big-back role in training camp with free-agent addition Stevan Ridley, who missed most of the spring with an undisclosed injury. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:15 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    2442nd
  • Schefter: Cousins deal 'too difficult to do'
    ESPN's Adam Schefter does not believe the Redskins and franchise-tagged QB Kirk Cousins will reach a long-term deal before the July 15 deadline.

    Advice: Schefter thinks it will be "too difficult" to find the right value. "I think there would be teams willing to pay him if he were on the open market today more than Washington feels like it needs to pay him," Schefter said. "I think a team like the Cleveland Browns would’ve given him $20 million a year, maybe more." Already set to earn $19.95 million guaranteed this season, there is little reason for Cousins to take less than $20 million per year on a new deal, and the Redskins might want to see another season before shelling out that kind of cash. These deals tend to get done on deadline day, but it is certainly possible Cousins plays out the season under the tag. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:06 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    101st
  • Bengals could use more two-back formations
    Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson believes Cincinnati could use more two-back sets with Tyler Eifert's (ankle) availability in question.

    Advice: With Marvin Jones and Mohamad Sanu leaving in free agency and Eifert hurt, the Bengals are desperate for receiving weapons. Free-agent addition Brandon LaFell and second-rounder Tyler Boyd will be asked to fill some of that void, but a bigger role for Giovani Bernard in the passing game should be part of the answer as well. He and Jeremy Hill could find themselves on the field together often this season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:44 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    83rd
  • Hue Jackson 'all in' on Robert Griffin III
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot believes the "odds are very, very high" Robert Griffin III opens the season as the Browns' starting quarterback.

    Advice: Cabot added coach Hue Jackson is "all in" on Griffin and is "riding him hard" during practice. Despite what has reportedly been a lackluster spring for Griffin, it sounds like the coaching staff is still squarely in his corner. It would be surprising if he is not the starter Week 1. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:28 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    2534th
  • Campanaro (calf) is ready for training camp
    Ravens WR Michael Campanaro (calf) is expected to be ready for training camp.

    Advice: Staying healthy will be the trick for Campanaro considering he has played in just eight games since being selected in the seventh round of the 2014 Draft. "It’s been a little rough, but I’m not the first guy and I won’t be the last guy that had injuries early in their career," he said. In a deep receiver group, Campanaro will find himself in a dogfight for one of the final spots in camp. He has to stay healthy to have a shot. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:47 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    1991st
  • Darkwa missed most of OTAs with leg injury
    Orleans Darkwa missed OTAs with a leg injury.

    Advice: The injury won't keep him out of training camp, but is a setback to his roster chances. Darkwa and Andre Williams are competing for one spot. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:42 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    2448th
  • ASJ's attitude could keep him off the field
    Roy Cummings of Today's Pigskin believes Austin Seferian-Jenkins' attitude "has the potential to cost him his job."

    Advice: "Seferian-Jenkins is a $10 million talent with a ten-cent head," Cummings wrote. "In just two seasons with the Buccaneers, he’s proved he has the uncanny ability to turn a molehill of a mistake into a mushroom cloud of trouble." The third-year tight end was kicked out of spring practice three weeks ago, and it wasn't the first time he's butted heads with his coaches. ASJ probably isn't in danger of being cut, but the Bucs would probably entertain trade offers for him. Coach Dirk Koetter has said Cameron Brate is in the mix to start ahead of Seferian-Jenkins. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:58 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    146th
  • Texans talk up TE Ryan Griffin
    Texans TEs coach John Perry recently talked up Ryan Griffin.

    Advice: "Ryan gives us ability in a lot of respects," Perry said. "He's not just one-dimensional. He can be effective in the pass game. He can be effective as a blocker." Griffin has loads of ability at 6'6/254, but hasn't been able to get on the field or stay on it through three seasons. He missed half of last year with a sprained MCL but still set career-highs across the board with a 20-251-2 line. Houston rivaled the Jets for the league's worst tight-end situation last season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:11 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    274th
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