Player Notes

  • Spiller to lead Saints backfield in touches?
    The Baton Rouge Advocate's Nick Underhill predicts C.J. Spiller will handle more touches than Mark Ingram this year.

    Advice: Underhill guesses Ingram could handle 185 rushing attempts to 140 for Spiller, and the latter is sure to be used far more frequently in the passing game. "With the baseline set, I expect Spiller to end up with more touches," writes Underhill. Underhill continues on Spiller, "I expect him to do big things" in Sean Payton's offense. While we'd still bet on Ingram leading the backfield in usage, we can't rule out Spiller earning a sizable workload depending on health and performance, and playing a huge role as a receiver. Spiller has legitimate RB1 upside in PPR leagues.
    11 minutes ago
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  • Yeldon candidate to be Jags every-down back
    Jaguars OC Greg Olson reiterated that rookie T.J. Yeldon has a realistic chance to be an "every-down" back as a rookie.

    Advice: "Alabama runs a Pro-Style offense and we were able to see him do things protection-wise and route running-wise and blocking that will translate to this level of football," Olson explained. "[Playing every down] would be asking a lot of any player. I wouldn’t put it past him. He’s another real self-starter and hard worker." The Florida Times Union guesses Toby Gerhart will siphon some third-down work, but Yeldon is on track to be a true feature back in Jacksonville.
    41 minutes ago
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  • B.J. Daniels converted to receiver
    B.J. Daniels is working "primarily" as a receiver for the Seahawks.

    Advice: From the second he was picked by the 49ers in 2013, it was apparent Daniels would never be an NFL quarterback. He'll try to win his long-shot bid for a spot on the Seahawks' 53-man roster as a wideout and special teamer.
    Today, 2:22 pm
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  • Panthers sign Cam to 5-year, $104M extension
    Panthers signed QB Cam Newton to a five-year, $103.8 million contract extension.

    Advice: The deal includes $60 million guaranteed, and $67.6 million over the first three years. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, that's a record for a three-year period. They're massive numbers, but we'll see how "guaranteed" Newton's $60 million truly is. Either way, it's a huge vote of confidence in a quarterback who hasn't always been the most consistent. Like the Panthers, however, we still believe in Newton's dual-threat upside. He's arguably the league's most-unique threat at quarterback, and has overseen back-to-back division winners. Newton has taken a ton of hits through four NFL seasons, but is still only 26. The Panthers were right to lock him up.
    Today, 1:33 pm
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  • Rex Burkhead seeing snaps at receiver
    Bengals RB Rex Burkhead has been spending time at receiver in OTAs.

    Advice: A 5-foot-10, 215-pound bowling ball, Burkhead spent time in the slot in Cincinnati's Wild Card loss. "(If) you have a talented player on your team, you see if you can find a way to get him involved," OC Hue Jackson said. "(Burkhead) can do a little bit of everything. ... He's one of the better players on our team so we will see what we can do with him." Jackson sounds determined to get Burkhead more involved after he touched the ball only 16 times last season, but barring injury to those ahead of him, he's not a threat for more than 30-40 touches.
    Today, 1:30 pm
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  • Bruce Miller ordered to undergo counseling
    49ers FB Bruce Miller has pled no contest to misdemeanor disturbing the peace, and been sentenced to court-ordered counseling.

    Advice: Miller will attend a 16-week domestic-violence counseling course. It's unclear if he's still facing league discipline after his original charges of spousal abuse were lowered. Miller had been sitting out voluntary OTAs as he awaited a resolution.
    Today, 1:24 pm
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  • Aldrick Robinson dealing with sprained knee
    Ravens WR Aldrick Robinson has a sprained knee.

    Advice: If it's anything more than a week-to-week affair, Robinson can kiss his shot at a spot on the 53-man roster goodbye. Now 26, Robinson was cut by the Redskins last December.
    Today, 1:00 pm
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  • Derek Carr (hand) throwing on the side
    Derek Carr (hand) has resumed throwing on the side.

    Advice: Carr remains out of individual drills, but throwing on the side is an important step. Carr's hand has created consternation this spring, but all signs point toward him being ready for training camp.
    Today, 11:31 am
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  • Mike Evans back at Bucs OTAs
    Mike Evans (hamstring) has resumed practicing.

    Advice: Evans' "tweak" was never a concern. He's a WR1 for 2015.
    Today, 11:09 am
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  • Green-Beckham (hamstring) still sidelined
    Dorial Green-Beckham (hamstring) remains sidelined from Titans OTAs.

    Advice: The No. 40 overall pick has been on the shelf since rookie minicamp. He's supposedly nearing a return, but the Titans have little reason to push DGB and risk a setback. Green-Beckham has unique physical skills, but hasn't played a live game in well over a year. With the Titans breaking in a rookie quarterback, DGB will be hard pressed to make a 2015 impact.
    Today, 10:58 am
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  • Marvin Jones doing 11-on-11 work
    Marvin Jones (hamstring) participated in 11-on-11 work Tuesday.

    Advice: It was just a minor tweak. The real story is that Jones is fully over the foot/ankle issue that ruined his 2014 campaign. He's expected to immediately slide back in opposite A.J. Green, pushing Mohamed Sanu into his natural slot role.
    Today, 9:29 am
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  • Phillip Supernaw signs on with Titans
    Titans signed TE Phillip Supernaw and waived DT Lucas Vincent.

    Advice: Supernaw has played for the Texans, Chiefs and Ravens since breaking into the league as a UDFA in 2012 out of Ouachita Baptist. He's a poor bet to stick with Anthony Fasano and Taylor Thompson already behind Delanie Walker.
    Today, 8:10 am
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  • F-Jax: Bills want McCoy at 300-plus carries
    Fred Jackson said the Bills want LeSean McCoy "to get 300-plus carries next year."

    Advice: The Bills aren't tip-toeing around their running back situation with fake claims about competition. Even the players know McCoy is going to be shouldering a large percentage of the load as a true feature back. As the Bills try to hide their ugly quarterback situation, Rex Ryan will be grounding-n-pounding Shady. Running backs coach Anthony Lynn has already said he wants to slash Jackson's snaps in half.
    Today, 7:58 am
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  • Shane Vereen very active at OTAs
    ESPN Giants reporter Dan Graziano gets the idea Shane Vereen "might be more important than initially thought."

    Advice: Vereen's main role will be as a third-down back, catching passes and helping protect Eli Manning. But Rashad Jennings is 30 years old and couldn't stay healthy last year, and Andre Williams was brutally ineffective. It's very possible Vereen, who is getting plenty of inside reps at OTAs, will earn more playing time as the year moves along. That will especially be true if the Giants use as much no-huddle as they did last year.
    Today, 7:31 am
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  • Philbin likes way Cameron is fitting in
    Coach Joe Philbin said he "really like(s) the ways (Jordan Cameron) has fit into the offense so far."

    Advice: Over the last two seasons, Charles Clay averaged 4.2 catches for 45.4 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. When healthy, the highly athletic Cameron provides an upgrade on Clay in terms of both size and speed. He's a nice fit for intermediate-throwing Ryan Tannehill and provides a nice ceiling at an eighth-round ADP.
    Today, 7:00 am
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  • Quarter of Ertz's targets were uncatchable
    24.7 percent of throws to Zach Ertz last season were uncatchable, according to Football Outsiders.

    Advice: That was the seventh-highest uncatchable rate among tight ends. Ertz still finished with 58-702-3 as fantasy's No. 14 tight end, but it could have been so much more as he consistently ran free. The arrival of accurate Sam Bradford along with Ertz's expected snap-count leap gives him serious 2015 upside.
    Today, 6:48 am
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  • Wes Welker says he is healthy, wants to play
    Free agent Wes Welker said he's healthy and wants to keep playing.

    Advice: Welker is 34 years old, a major health risk thanks to his concussion history and was ineffective when he played for the Broncos last season. Interest has been and will be very scant, but he sounds desperate. Welker even said he'd be willing to play for the Patriots, the team that essentially chose Danny Amendola over him in 2013 free agency. That's an unlikely landing spot with Amendola and Julian Edelman manning the inside receiver positions.
    Today, 6:16 am
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  • Jaron Brown looking fine at OTAs
    Cardinals WR Jaron Brown (shoulder) is participating without issue at OTAs.

    Advice: Brown avoided surgery on the fractured shoulder blade he sustained in the Wild Card loss to the Panthers. He'll battle for the No. 4 wideout job at training camp.
    Today, 5:27 am
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  • Odell Beckham downplays hammy issue
    Odell Beckham downplayed his hamstring issue.

    Advice: Beckham's left hamstring is sore, but it's nothing compared to the right hamstring issue that temporarily crippled him a year ago. He said it's just "typical" soreness and added that if he had to practice right now he could.
    Today, 5:22 am
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  • Caleb Sturgis may not be ready for camp
    Dolphins K Caleb Sturgis (quad) may not be ready for training camp.

    Advice: NFL kickers need to stay healthy and make kicks or they'll be replaced. Sturgis has done neither, previously battling a groin issue and missing 16-of-71 field goals through two NFL seasons. Andrew Franks is currently the only other kicker on the Dolphins' roster, but they're expected to add a veteran shortly.
    Today, 5:17 am
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