Player Notes

  • Rivera: Kelvin in 'pretty doggone good form'
    Speaking Thursday, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) was in "pretty doggone good form."

    Advice: Rivera stopped just short of declaring Benjamin all the way back to top form. "Kelvin's retention as far what we're doing, he handled that really well by the way he ran the routes and attacked the football," Rivera said of Benjamin's year on the sideline. "There will be a lot of good things for us to see on tape." Benjamin seems like an obvious overdraft candidate coming off a ridiculously inefficient rookie year followed by a torn ACL, but his WR18 price tag isn't absurd. Someone has to score touchdowns in the Panthers' high-octane offense. WR2 is not out of reach for the third-year pro. Today, 6:51 pm
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  • Vernon Davis behind Niles Paul
    Vernon Davis has opened training camp behind Niles Paul on the depth chart.

    Advice: It's not a surprise. Paul is a favorite of coach Jay Gruden's staff even after missing all of 2015 with an ankle injury, and Davis' play fell off a cliff last season. Were Jordan Reed to get hurt, Paul would probably end up the more prudent add in fantasy leagues. Today, 6:18 pm
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  • Vikes offering Nick Foles a chance to start?
    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities' Patrick Reusse is "hearing" free agent Nick Foles has been promised a chance to compete for the starting job if he signs with the Vikings.

    Advice: Yeah, no. Even if that's something that's being whispered to Foles' agent behind the scenes, it has no practical bearing on reality. Teddy Bridgewater isn't exactly an upper-echelon starter, but he's well established as being better than Foles. Few things generate more fanciful scenarios than backup-quality quarterbacks. Today, 5:03 pm
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  • 'Unmistakably clear' Colts adopting 3-WR base
    The Indianapolis Star calls is "unmistakably clear" that the Colts' "go-to lineup will feature three wide receivers."

    Advice: The Colts have been two-tight end heavy for the majority of the Andrew Luck era, but with Coby Fleener departed for New Orleans and Phillip Dorsett waiting in the wings, going three-wide is a no-brainer. Dorsett figures to be boom or bust behind T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief, but WR4 value is a real possibility. Today, 3:52 pm
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  • Arians: RB workload will be 'game to game'
    Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says he intends to determine his backfield touches "game to game."

    Advice: "That'll go game to game," Arians claimed when asked how often David Johnson would be getting the ball. "If he's hot, he's staying in there. But there's no script right now." They're alarming comments on their face, but almost certainly just coachspeak. The Cardinals' website considers Johnson a shoo-in bell cow. Perhaps a "hot" Chris Johnson or Andre Ellington could occasionally steal a series, but we're confident in David's ability to dominate touches to the degree that he'll be an elite RB1. Today, 2:57 pm
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  • Broncos sign TE John Phillips
    Broncos signed TE John Phillips.

    Advice: The Broncos don't have much depth at tight end, so Phillips might actually make the team. A blocker, Phillips has made at least 15 appearances each of the past five seasons. Today, 2:52 pm
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  • Lions' website expects major Ebron increase
    The Lions' official website expects Eric Ebron to "see a huge uptick in the number of balls thrown his way this year."

    Advice: Its noteworthy as longtime in-house reporter Tim Twentyman is still saying so following the addition of Anquan Boldin. Ebron was targeted a modest 69 times last season. He needs a jump into the 90-100 range to be a legitimate TE1. Today, 2:39 pm
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  • Cards could use John Brown on punt returns
    The Cardinals may use John Brown on punt returns this season.

    Advice: It's most notable from a "please don't get hurt" standpoint. Brown was an electric returner at small-school Pittsburg State, and could undoubtedly make a difference in the big leagues. This would add to his value in return-yardage leagues. Today, 2:35 pm
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  • Julian Edelman running routes on side field
    Julian Edelman (foot surgeries) is already running routes off to the side at Patriots camp.

    Advice: The Pats are being predictably vague with their No. 1 receiver's status, but he certainly appears on track for Week 1. Edelman might sit out the entire preseason, but can be targeted as an upside WR2 in fantasy drafts. Today, 2:32 pm
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  • Ladarius Green (ankle) opens camp on PUP list
    Steelers placed TE Ladarius Green (ankle surgery) on the active/PUP list.

    Advice: There isn't a lot known about Green's status. He underwent an operation in January, the severity of which is unclear, and missed all of the offseason program. We'd expect he will be cleared soon, but that's just a guess until we get more information. Green will be a high-TD-upside TE1 if his health cooperates. Today, 2:02 pm
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  • Jimmy Graham out for start of training camp
    Jimmy Graham (patellar tendon) won't be ready for the start of camp.

    Advice: The Seahawks have been adamant that Graham will be ready for Week 1, but we'd consider him a candidate for the reserve/PUP list until proven otherwise. Graham can't be trusted as more than a flier TE2 in fantasy drafts. Today, 1:44 pm
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  • Rawls won't be ready for opening day of camp
    Thomas Rawls (ankle) won't practice on the first day of training camp, but the Seahawks remain undecided on the active/PUP list.

    Advice: Rawls had previously insisted he'd be full-go for the start of camp. Either way, coach Pete Carroll maintains Rawls will be ready for Week 1. It's concerning Rawls still isn't 100 percent after going down last December, but it's been the belief all along that he will be ready for the opener. Barring a setback, Rawls can be drafted as an upside RB2. Today, 1:40 pm
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  • Falcons want RB Coleman to catch more passes
    The Falcons want to get second-year RB Tevin Coleman more involved as a pass catcher this season.

    Advice: At least once a week, the Falcons talk about getting last year's third-rounder more touches. "They’re finding more ways to get the backs out there and get them the ball," Coleman said. "So it’s going to be exciting for us to be back there and get the ball more than just running." Catching the ball is one of Devonta Freeman's fantasy firewalls after he notched 73 receptions last season, but Coleman had decent hands in college. The Falcons seem deadly serious about having more of a committee this season, but Freeman's red zone and third-down work still have him on the RB1/2 borderline. Today, 1:21 pm
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  • Chris Thompson full-go for training camp
    Chris Thompson (shoulder surgery) is 100 percent for training camp.

    Advice: For now, Thompson is the Redskins' third-down back, but coach Jay Gruden has admitted the team could add a veteran to the mix. If things proceed as expected, Thompson will have gasping RB3/4 appeal in PPR, but nothing in standard. Today, 12:37 pm
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  • Sanders: We are going back and forth
    Contract-year WR Emmanuel Sanders says the sides are "going back and forth" in talks.

    Advice: "I don't want to break the bank, but I want a fair deal," he said. "Fair deal" disclaimer or not, it's an indication Sanders might take a bit of a discount to remain in Denver. Sanders has been extremely productive the past two years, but his value is a bit hard to peg as a smallish No. 2 receiver who turns 30 next March. Today, 11:33 am
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  • Lorenzo Taliaferro opens camp on active/PUP
    Updating a previous item, Ravens placed RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (foot) on active/PUP.

    Advice: Taliaferro dealt with a foot injury during the offseason, but he was expected to be ready for camp. The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec reports the foot did not respond to treatment as well as the training staff hoped. A fixture on the injury report through two years, Taliaferro is not a lock for the final roster. Today, 9:46 am
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  • Browns will name QB by 1st preseason game
    Coach Hue Jackson expects to name his starting quarterback before the first preseason game.

    Advice: Spoiler Alert: It will be Robert Griffin III, who is expected to get the vast majority of first-team reps despite reportedly being outplayed by Josh McCown during the offseason program. With Griffin seemingly locked in as the starter, the Browns could look to trade McCown during camp. Today, 9:28 am
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  • Hue does not believe post represents Crowell
    Browns coach Hue Jackson does not believe Isaiah Crowell's disturbing Instagram post represents who he is as a person.

    Advice: "I truly believe that this is not who Isaiah Crowell is," Jackson said. All indications are the Browns plan to give Crowell every opportunity to earn back their trust. Despite this thoughtless incident, Crowell still has a great shot to earn the starting job. Today, 9:15 am
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  • GM: Alshon 'knows he has to stay healthy'
    Bears GM Ryan Pace said Alshon Jeffery "knows he has to stay healthy."

    Advice: The Bears refused to pay Jeffery elite receiver money this offseason at least in part because of injury and conditioning concerns. He could put most of those questions to bed by producing a healthy and effective season. Still only 26, the smart money is on Jeffery landing a big-money deal next spring. Today, 7:45 am
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  • Gruden: Redskins may bring in a veteran back
    Redskins coach Jay Gruden said the team would consider bringing in a veteran running back.

    Advice: Gruden talked up the depth they already have, saying Chris Thompson "looked good" during the offseason and the team is "excited" about rookie Keith Marshall, but he acknowledged they could look to the free-agent market. Matt Jones is currently locked in as the starter, and now that Arian Foster has signed with the Dolphins, there are not any free agents of note who could come in and challenge his spot. Jones is shaping up as a workload RB2. Today, 5:34 am
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