Player Notes

  • Roy Helu (hip) ready for training camp
    CSN’s Jimmy Durkin confirms Roy Helu (hip) will be ready for training camp.

    Advice: Helu missed OTAs after offseason surgery. He should be cleared for the start of camp, but his roster spot’s in danger. DeAndre Washington saw reps with the first team this spring and projects to open as the No. 2 back. Yesterday, 4:20 pm
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  • Conley favorite to open camp opposite Maclin?
    Chris Conley got first-team reps opposite Jeremy Maclin at minicamp.

    Advice: Albert Wilson also rotated in. Kansas City didn’t do much to upgrade opposite Maclin this offseason, adding Rod Streater and fifth-rounder Tyreek Hill. Conley’s the favorite to start, but has limited deep-threat upside with Alex Smith. The Chiefs should remain one of the league's most run-heavy teams. Yesterday, 3:08 pm
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  • Jakeem Grant favorite for return duties
    Sixth-round pick Jakeem Grant is the favorite for Miami’s punt return job.

    Advice: Grant was a kick-returner only in college. Playing him at both return spots should get him more touches. Grant saw time in the slot at OTAs, but doesn’t project for an offensive role. Yesterday, 1:17 pm
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  • Tyler Ervin (quad) on track for training camp
    Texans fourth-round RB Tyler Ervin (quad) should be ready for training camp.

    Advice: Ervin was sidelined for the late stages of OTAs/minicamp, but his status isn’t a concern. Alfred Blue is the favorite to back up Lamar Miller after last year’s strong finish. Ervin’s missed reps are a setback, but he has potential to open the season in the No. 2 role. Yesterday, 12:29 pm
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  • Brandon LaFell picking up offense quickly
    Brandon LaFell says he’s acclimated to the Bengals’ offense.

    Advice: LaFell was targeted behind only A.J. Green this spring with Tyler Eifert sidelined. The Bengals are limiting rookie Tyler Boyd to the slot, so there’s some early-season value to his role if Eifert isn’t ready for Week 1. LaFell was a drop-heavy disaster in 2015, but should see a lot of single coverage. Yesterday, 11:49 am
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  • Fiedorowicz has has improved in passing game
    Texans coach Bill O'Brien said TE C.J. Fiedorowicz has improved in the passing game.

    Advice: "I think one of the things that you’ve seen him do during this offseason program is get better in the passing game," O'Brien said. "He’s more instinctive. He knows the plays better. He’s a really, really hard worker." A 2014 third-rounder, Fiedorowicz has just 21 career catches in 31 games. Even if he has shown improvement in the passing game, he is not going to be a fantasy option this season. Yesterday, 10:44 am
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  • Redskins 'loved how Crowder looked' in spring
    ESPN's John Keim reports the Redskins "loved how [Jamison] Crowder looked" in the offseason program.

    Advice: Keim thinks the sophomore will continue to have a role in three-wide sets despite the presence of first-round pick Josh Doctson. That will likely be true early, especially with Doctson missing time with Achilles' and foot injuries, but Crowder is at best the No. 4 passing-game option either way. A low point-per-target player with limited touchdown upside, Crowder does not need to be drafted in standard leagues. Yesterday, 9:00 am
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  • Andre Caldwell showed well in spring
    Lions WR Andre Caldwell reportedly showed well during the offseason program.

    Advice: Signed to a one-year deal in May, the eight-year veteran earned praise for his showing both on offense and special teams during minicamp. He will compete with fellow veterans Andre Roberts and Corey Fuller as well as undrafted rookies Jay Lee and Quinshad Davis for the No. 5 role. Yesterday, 8:32 am
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  • Donald Brown needs a strong training camp?'s Andy Hart believes RB Donald Brown needs a strong training camp to stick on the roster.

    Advice: Brown reportedly worked mostly with the passing backs during the offseason, meaning he will likely have to beat out 2014 fourth-rounder James White for a roster spot behind Dion Lewis. That seems unlikely after White came on strong down the stretch last season, but New England did guarantee almost a third of Brown's $965,000 contract. With LeGarrette Blount's (hip) health in question, it is possible both White and Brown stick around. Yesterday, 8:09 am
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  • Jets RB Zac Stacy on the roster bubble
    Jets RB Zac Stacy (ankle) is on the roster bubble.

    Advice: Saying he is on the bubble is actually being kind. If Khiry Robinson (broken leg) is able to come back healthy, there is little chance Stacy sticks on the final 53. Stacy missed the entire offseason program recovering from a broken ankle which landed him on injured reserve last November. He should be ready for training camp. Yesterday, 7:01 am
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  • Tarvaris Jackson released on $2,500 bond
    Free agent QB Tarvaris Jackson was released from jail on a $2,500 bond.

    Advice: Jackson is accused of pulling a loaded gun on his wife and threating to kill her. He has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Jackson was viewed as Seattle's backup plan at quarterback if UDFA rookie Trevone Boykin could not cement himself in the No. 2 role, but this incident likely ended that discussion. Yesterday, 6:44 am
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  • RG3 has been coachable in offseason program
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Terry Pluto reports Robert Griffin III has been "coachable" this spring.

    Advice: Pluto reports Griffin has at times battled impatience about the speed of his development, but he has been willing to work with the coaching staff. That is good considering the lackluster reports about his performance coming out of minicamp and coach Hue Jackson's assertion that Griffin is still "mastering the quarterback position." Griffin has undeniable upside, but his range of outcomes is as wide as any quarterback in the league this season. Yesterday, 6:34 am
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  • Browns want Rashard Higgins to gain weight
    Browns want fifth-round WR Rashard Higgins to gain weight.

    Advice: Higgins is an excellent route runner, but he is rail-thin at 6-foot-1, 198 pounds and lacks the explosive traits to win with athleticism. If he is going to reach his ceiling as a possession receiver, he needs to get stronger. Higgins is likely competing with fellow rookie Jordan Payton and former QB Terrelle Pryor for the No. 3 job. Yesterday, 6:28 am
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  • Jonathan Williams 'steady' at Bills OTAs
    Sal Capaccio of WGR 550 Buffalo said fifth-round RB Jonathan Williams "looked very steady" during OTAs.

    Advice: Rookies often have a tough time adjusting to the speed of the NFL but Capaccio said Williams never looked "out of place" at OTAs. It might be hard for Williams to carve a role for himself with LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams ahead of him on the depth chart. Head coach Rex Ryan also praised the performances of Mike Gillislee and James Wilder during OTAs. Running back is going to be a position to watch at Bills camp this summer. Friday, 4:08 pm
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  • Wendell Williams impressing at Texans OTAs
    Texans WRs coach Sean Ryan was pleased with undrafted rookie Wendell Williams' performance at OTAs.

    Advice: "I was happy," said Ryan. "There was a learning curve for him, but he's another guy who's really dedicated to learning and making some strides. The speed, you can't teach that." Williams was a track star in college and timed an official 4.32 forty leading up to the draft. The 25-year-old is hoping to make the team as a gadget player in the mold of Tavon Austin or Percy Harvin. He scored 15 touchdowns in his senior year at University of the Cumberlands, logging eight receiving touchdowns, three rushing scores and four return touchdowns (three kickoffs, one punt return). Friday, 1:25 pm
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  • Stafford and Caldwell impressed by T.J. Jones
    Matthew Stafford believes WR T.J. Jones could be in for a breakout season.

    Advice: After playing limited snaps as a rookie, Jones should play a much bigger role in year two as the Lions look to replace top wideout Calvin Johnson. Jones came on strong late last season, logging eight targets against the Rams in Week 14 and later scoring his first touchdown against the 49ers in Week 16. Head coach Jim Caldwell praised Jones for his versatility. "He can catch screens for you. He can take off and go when he gets a seam," said Caldwell. "We really expect him to come forward and be a little bit more of a prominent threat." Jones isn't on the fantasy radar yet but he's trending in the right direction. Friday, 10:48 am
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  • Mortiz Bohringer headed for practice squad?
    ESPN Vikings reporter Ben Goessling believes sixth-round WR Moritz Bohringer will start his career on the practice squad.

    Advice: Bohringer has admitted he is struggling with the "mental" part of the NFL game after playing four years in Germany, and he reportedly struggled with drops during OTAs and minicamp. The problem is the Vikings would risk losing Bohringer and his tremendous physical upside if they try to stash him on the practice squad. He is unlikely to make a 2016 impact, but it would not be surprising if he stuck around as a healthy scratch all season. Friday, 9:14 am
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  • Shaun Suisham announces retirement from NFL
    Free agent K Shaun Suisham announced his retirement from the NFL after 11 seasons.

    Advice: "Unfortunately, the injury I sustained in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game last preseason was catastrophic and has proven to be critical to continuing my career," Suisham said in a statement. Suisham was released with a failed physical tag by the Steelers on Friday. He finishes his career with an 84.1-percent conversion rate on 251 career field goal attempts. Friday, 8:36 am
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  • Nelson Agholor's case sent to D.A.'s office
    The results of the investigation into sexual assault allegations against Nelson Agholor have been sent to Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams.

    Advice: Williams' office will decide whether or not to bring criminal charges. Both investigators and the D.A.'s office have remained tight-lipped about the case, but Agholor's attorney has strongly denied his client did anything wrong. Williams usually announces his decisions in high-profile cases via a press conference, but it is still unclear when the decision will be handed down. Friday, 8:17 am
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  • Talks between Cousins, Skins 'going nowhere'
    MMQB's Albert Breer reports contract negotiations between the Redskins and franchise-tagged QB Kirk Cousins are "going nowhere."

    Advice: Breer reports both sides expect Cousins to play out 2016 under the terms of the franchise tag, which would pay him $19.95 million. Likely thinking he will be in an even better negotiating position this time next year, Cousins has little reason to accept a cut-rate deal before the July 15 deadline, and Washington likely wants to see him do it again before they shell out franchise-quarterback money. No matter how grim it looks in June, these deals usually get done at the deadline, but it would not be surprising if Cousins played out the season under the tag. Friday, 6:05 am
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