Player Notes

  • Beat writer predicts Tye will start at tight end
    Giants beat reporter Jordan Raanan of NJ Advance Media considers Will Tye the favorite to start at tight end in 2016.

    Advice: Tye shined in Larry Donnell's absence last year, logging 42 catches for 464 yards and three touchdowns. With Donnell still recovering from a neck injury, Tye should have the inside track to start Week 1. In addition to Tye and Donnell, the Giants also have Matt LaCosse, who Ranaan considers the team's the best all-around tight end, and sixth-round pick Jerell Adams as depth options. Sunday, 9:45 am
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  • Rudolph excited to work with Shurmur
    Kyle Rudolph is excited to work with new TEs coach Pat Shurmur.

    Advice: Shurmur joined the Vikings following a three-year stint as the Eagles' offensive coordinator. "He has been doing it for a long time and he adds a lot of credibility and a different perspective on offense to our staff," said Rudolph. "He has had a lot of success with tight ends." Durability has been an issue for Rudolph, but he'll be healthy for OTAs after appearing in all 16 games last season. Rudolph has never topped 500 yards in a season and probably won't as long as Adrian Peterson is leading the offense. Sunday, 8:35 am
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  • Bills want to get Charles Clay more targets
    The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci reports the Bills want to get Charles Clay more targets this season.

    Advice: The coaching staff reportedly identified numerous plays in which Clay was open but not targeted last season, and their goal is to prevent that from happening this year. Clay had a couple big-target games, but he was too often left out of the gameplan. It does not sound like that will happen this season. With Sammy Watkins' health always a question mark, Clay could be in for a big role. Saturday, 10:54 am
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  • Colts could use fewer two-tight-end sets's Kevin Bowen speculates Indianapolis could use fewer two-tight-end sets this season.

    Advice: Bowen speculates the Colts could be comfortable with Dwayne Allen and Jack Doyle as their only experienced tight ends because they plan to use fewer big sets. With Coby Fleener now in New Orleans and a lot invested in a young trio of receivers, it would make sense for the Colts to spread it out more moving forward, but that does not mean Allen will disappear from the offense. A three-down tight end, Allen should thrive in an expanded role this season. Saturday, 10:07 am
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  • Cowboys ink Rico Gathers to four-year deal
    Cowboys signed No. 217 overall pick TE Rico Gathers to a four-year contract.

    Advice: At Baylor, Gathers was a First Team All-Big 12 selection in basketball. He hasn't played football since middle school but his size and athleticism intrigued the Cowboys enough to spend a late-round flier on him. The Cowboys have now signed six of their nine draft picks. Friday, 10:31 am
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  • Olsen plans to play for 'number of years'
    Greg Olsen plans to keep playing for a "good number of years."

    Advice: "The reality is I’m not 25 anymore," said the 31-year-old Olsen. "But I’m also going to make it hard for these young guys to take time away from me. I don’t anticipate slowing down anytime soon. I anticipate playing for a good number of years remaining." Operating as the Panthers' de facto No. 1 receiver, Olsen has set new career yardage highs each of the past two years. It's realistic to expect at least 2-3 more strong seasons. Thursday, 10:40 am
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  • Steelers bring back TE David Johnson
    Steelers signed TE David Johnson.

    Advice: The blocker spent the first four years of his career in Pittsburgh before heading to San Diego in 2014. Johnson will have a hard time claiming a roster spot behind Ladarius Green, Matt Spaeth and Jesse James. Tuesday, 1:05 pm
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  • Broncos' tight end spot an open competition?
    The Denver Post's Cameron Wolfe said the Broncos' tight end job is an open competition.

    Advice: GM John Elway and coach Gary Kubiak have made it pretty clear they expect sophomore TE Jeff Heuerman to step into the starting job, but it is possible he falters after missing his entire rookie year with a torn ACL. Perennial offseason-hype star Virgil Green could earn a bigger role, and Garrett Graham will be involved in the competition as well. It is unlikely anyone in the trio develops into a consistent fantasy contributor this year. Tuesday, 8:56 am
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  • Seferian-Jenkins could lose his starting job?
    Bucs OC Dirk Koetter suggested Austin Seferian-Jenkins is in a fight to win a starting job over Cameron Brate.

    Advice: A former UDFA out of Harvard, Brate posted a 23-288-3 receiving line in 14 games last season. Seferian-Jenkins has struggled to stay healthy, missing seven games as a 2014 rookie and nine more last year. "Jameis (Winston) and Cam(eron Brate), they really connected last year," Koetter said. "They had a real good feel for each other in the red zone and on seam routes and just all over the field really. And Cam, well, he really made the most of his opportunities." The job will belong to Seferian-Jenkins if he stays healthy. The Bucs cut Brate four days after Week 1 last season, only to re-sign him after ASJ went down. Still, this could be a make-or-break year for Seferian-Jenkins in Tampa. Monday, 8:34 pm
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  • McCoy won't 'hesitate' to play Hunter Henry
    Chargers coach Mike McCoy said he will not "hesitate" to play second-round TE Hunter Henry this season.

    Advice: "He’s going to be one of those guys that will get in there early and start playing," McCoy said. "He’s going to make some mistakes ... but as you saw in practice, he’s a very talented player." Rookie tight ends rarely make an impact, but the Chargers will give Henry every chance to carve out a role behind Antonio Gates, who turns 36 in June. Even so, it is unlikely Henry becomes a consistent fantasy contributor without an injury to Gates. Monday, 10:26 am
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  • Broncos expecting more from Virgil Green
    9 News Denver's Mike Klis reports the Broncos are expecting more from TE Virgil Green this season.

    Advice: It is deja vu all over again. A veteran of the offseason puff piece, Green has managed just 35 career catches in 72 appearances. Despite the sorry state of the tight end depth chart, it is unlikely Green suddenly turns into an offensive force. Sophomore Jeff Heuerman is the best bet to emerge as a fantasy viable tight end in Denver, but he is no better than a late-round flier. Monday, 9:48 am
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  • Jared Cook was Packers' best offseason add?
    ESPN's Rob Demovsky believes Jared Cook was the Packers' best offseason addition.

    Advice: "Cook has the potential to give the Packers a legitimate down-the-field tight end for the first time since Jermichael Finley," Demovsky writes. Coach Mike McCarthy spoke openly about his desire to acquire a "big man" to run down the seams this offseason, and the front office acquiesced by signing Cook. Despite disappointing at every turn throughout his career, Cook may finally be in a position to return consistent fantasy value. He is an interesting late-round flier. Monday, 8:35 am
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