• Joe Mixon unlikely to have every-down role
    Bengals coach Zac Taylor said Joe Mixon will share third-down snaps this season.

    Advice: "Having Joe Mixon on the field makes us better. At the same time, you don’t need him on the field for 75 snaps a game." The Bengals moved on from Giovani Bernard but liked Samaje Perine enough to give him a two-year, $3.3 million contract this offseason. Splitting pass-down snaps wouldn't be much of a downgrade for Mixon, who still projects as a workhorse coming off last year's mid-foot sprain.  NBCSportsEDGE.com 50 minutes ago
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    15.41 (60th)
  • Cam Newton on track for Patriots minicamp
    ESPN's Mike Reiss reports it "wouldn't be a surprise" if Cam Newton returned for the Patriots' three-day minicamp.

    Advice: Newton got in some limited reps at OTAs last week. Coach Bill Belichick confirmed his hand injury isn't serious, and he's on track to be cleared for mandatory minicamp. Jarrett Stidham saw the majority of first-team reps over Mac Jones while Newton was sidelined. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 8:45 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    18.70 (29th)
  • Mahomes peppering Byron Pringle with targets
    The Athletic's Nate Taylor reports WR Byron Pringle was the "teammate who [Patrick] Mahomes targeted the most" in the Chiefs' minicamp.

    Advice: Fantasy managers remain eager for a third viable fantasy option to emerge in the absurdly productive Kansas City passing attack, and so far, it appears Pringle has an edge on Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson. Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said in April that the team is "extremely high" on Pringle, a fourth-year wideout with just 33 targets and 25 receptions through two seasons in KC. Sammy Watkins moving on to Baltimore opens up 55 targets in the Chiefs' offense. Pringle looks like a defendable last-round pick in best ball leagues.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 2:29 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (847th)
  • Zimmer: Irv Smith's role won't grow in 2021
    Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said TE Irv Smith would not have a bigger role in the team's offense this season. 

    Advice: Zimmer's comments should turn the head of anyone targeting Smith, 23, as a later-round fantasy breakout in 2021. "Honestly, I don’t think it’s any bigger role for him whatsoever," Zimmer said of Smith. "I think it’s a bigger role for Tyler Conklin. He’s kind of emerged as a guy that’s moving upward and with those two guys, we have a lot of weapons there. Irv always has been able to do what he’s been able to do whether Kyle was here or not. We’re excited about these two young tight ends that we have." Sports Illustrated's Will Ragatz said Conklin will be a regular part of the team's passing attack in 2021, mostly in two tight end sets. Ragatz, while high on Smith's athleticism and playmaking ability, said he would "pump the brakes a bit on the expectations that he'll blow up and have a 2016 Rudolph-esque season with 700 or 800 receiving yards." The presence of Conklin in Minnesota's offense, Ragatz said, could suppress Smith's 2021 numbers, even with Kyle Rudolph departed to New York. In games Rudolph missed at the end of 2020, Conklin drew three more targets than Smith, had as many catches, and 15 fewer yards. Conklin, a 2018 fifth-round pick out of Central Michigan, played one fewer snap than Smith during Rudolph's absence. Ragatz said Conklin has displayed good report with Kirk Cousins in offseason practices. Conklin should be drafted in tight end premium formats, though he and Smith could cannibalize each other's target share.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 1:23 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.58 (120th)
  • Jaguars coaches 'buzzing' over Laviska Shenault
    1010 XL's Hays Carlyon reports Jacksonville coaches are "buzzing" over WR Laviska Shenault. 

    Advice: Carlyon is the latest Jaguars beat reporter to transmit Laviska hype to the masses. Sports Illustrated's John Shipley this week said Shenault "staked a claim as the Jaguars' best skill player during OTAs -- he has been that impressive." The second-year receiver "looked explosive and dynamic as a route runner" during Jacksonville practices, making impressive contested catches, Shipley said. Shenault in 2020 was first on the team in receptions (58), third in receiving yards (600, and third in targets (79). He added 91 rushing yards on 18 attempts. Undoubtedly a plus athlete, it's still tough to tell where Shenault's volume is going to come from in 2021, with Travis Etienne and DJ Chark likely ahead of Shenault in the Jags' pass-catching pecking order.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 12:18 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.74 (101st)
  • Packers CEO: Aaron Rodgers 'a complicated fella'
    Packers CEO Mark Murphy invoked the team's late general manager Ted Thompson in saying Aaron Rodgers is a "complicated fella."

    Advice: Murphy, speaking at an event at Lambeau Field, said Thompson -- who died in January -- considered Rodgers a "complicated" person. While it's not an inaccurate statement about the moody franchise quarterback, Murphy's comment is probably not helpful as the team tries desperately to lure back Rodgers for the 2021 season. This is Murphy's second recent cringeworthy remark about Rodgers; last week he said the QB's holdout has "divided" Green Bay's fan base. If Rodgers -- a no-show at this month's Packers minicamp -- doesn't come back for training camp, fantasy players should assume the Packers will begin the season with Jordan Love or Blake Bortles under center. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 11:45 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    19.51 (21st)
  • HOU's offensive plan for 2021: Establish the run
    Texans offensive coordinator Tim Kelly said he has to do "a better job calling more runs" in 2021.

    Advice: Kelly and head coach David Culley bemoaned the Texans finishing 31st in rush attempts and rushing yards last season, saying it would be an emphasis this season to establish the run whenever possible. That could prove difficult when Houston finds itself down multiple scores in the second half of nearly every game. "Going back and looking at it, I've got to do a good job calling more runs and letting our backs and our line get into a rhythm and get into a groove as far as how that game's being played out up front," Kelly said. "Each year you go into the offseason looking at different schematic ways and personnel ways that you can improve, and we feel like we've done that." Ostensibly led by David Johnson, Houston's backfield is crowded. Phillip Lindsay, Mark Ingram, and Rex Burkhead are likely to see work at some point in 2021. Becoming a target hog is the only path any Texans running back has to every-week fantasy viability. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 11:22 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.21 (142nd)
  • Quintez Cephus likely to have big 2021 role?
    In-house Lions beat writer Tim Twentyman reports the team's quarterbacks were "looking Quintez Cephus' way early and often throughout practice" in minicamp. 

    Advice: Cephus is a 23-year-old second-year fifth-rounder. Per Twentyman, Cephus "looks to have really expanded the route tree in year two," and is "starting to have a really good feel for some of the little nuances that help receivers gain separation from defenders." Twentyman believes Cephus has "a real shot to carve out a significant receiving role this year." Likely to get the first crack in the slot in the post-Danny Amendola era, Cephus probably won't make much of a fantasy impact, but he could affect fourth-rounder Amon-Ra St. Brown's status. It is St. Brown whom Cephus figures to battle for snaps.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 11:22 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.22 (185th)
  • Dak: Zeke is in the best shape of his life
    Dak Prescott believes Ezekiel Elliott is in the best shape of his life.

    Advice: "Best shape of his life" is more of a baseball trope, but it is encouraging to hear after Elliott spent much of 2020 playing through injury. “He’s in the best shape of his life. Looking fast," Prescott said of his running back. "Everybody’s seen the clips of him working out independently with his RBs coach. His cuts, just how explosive he is. Excited to have a full year with him again and getting him healthy throughout the whole season.” Regardless of how good of shape Elliott is in, the more important developments are the return of Prescott and what should be improved health along the offensive line. There is zero indication the Cowboys are planning anything other than Elliott's typical bell-cow workload. He's in the driver's seat to finish in the top five at running back.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 11:16 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    15.04 (72nd)
  • Twentyman: Swift, Goff 'building a nice rapport'
    In-house Lions beat writer Tim Twentyman reports D'Andre Swift and Jared Goff are "building a nice rapport, especially on option routes."

    Advice: Per Twentyman, "Swift's ability to catch the football in space, put his foot in the ground, make one cut and then get to full speed in a couple steps stood out this week." We would hope Swift is looking good in padless practices, while we wouldn't expect someone employed by the team to report something negative. It is nevertheless important to remember the sky isn't falling in Swift-land after a spring's worth of panic over Jamaal Williams' role. This is going to be a two-man backfield, but play-maker Swift is still oozing upside in what will be a run-based offense.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 11:02 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    15.36 (63rd)
  • Lions beat expects Hock to lead in all receiving
    In-house Lions reporter Tim Twentyman "wouldn't be the least bit surprised" if T.J. Hockenson leads the team in "targets, catches, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns this season."

    Advice: Although it may not have felt this way to fantasy managers, Hockenson took a big step forward as a sophomore and is by far the best returning option on the roster. Joining for 2021 were free agents Tyrell Williams and Breshad Perriman alongside draft pick Amon-Ra St. Brown. Twentyman reports Hockenson and Jared Goff have already developed excellent chemistry in the red zone. Even with the steep quarterback downgrade in an offense that is going to be based on the run, Hockenson offers top-five upside at tight end.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:51 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    14.38 (82nd)
  • Saleh on Moore's attributes: 'Off the charts'
    Jets coach Robert Saleh has been extremely impressed with second-round WR Elijah Moore's spring. 

    Advice: “His work ethic is off the charts,” Saleh said this week. “His mindset is off the charts. We’re excited to continue working with him so we can see him get better.” Saleh also praised Moore's versatility. “One of the things that’s really been great for him, not that it’s been a surprise, but to see it actually happen, what makes those guys difficult to defend is he can line up as the Z, F or X (receiver). He can line up wherever you want, and he’s going to execute it at a very high level.” Moore impressed the media and coaching staff in equal measure this spring. It's becoming clear his summer ADP will be on an exponential slope.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 7:41 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.46 (178th)
  • Russell Wilson expects more uptempo offense
    Russell Wilson expects new OC Shane Waldron's system to be more up-tempo. 

    Advice: “Obviously, the tempo part of it is something that is real,” Wilson said, before also talking about how the Seahawks plan to stretch the field more. “We have some nuances across the board that really challenge the defense, using the whole field and really expanding the offense. Just using everybody as much as possible, in all different formations and different looks and different tempos.” Espousing balanced offense, Waldron wants more quick passes, featuring "shorter and more horizontal (routes) than DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett have been running in Seattle for years," in the words of reporter Gregg Bell. For his part, Wilson is on board with all of it. More tempo and more quick passes would be a boon for Wilson both in real life and fantasy.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 7:32 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    21.93 (9th)
  • Eagles bring back veteran TE Richard Rodgers
    Eagles re-signed TE Richard Rodgers.

    Advice: It will be Rodgers' fourth year with the Eagles after he totaled 24/345/2 across 14 games as Zach Ertz's and Dallas Goedert's injury replacement off the bench last season. The 29-year-old veteran is potentially in line for an uptick in snaps since Ertz is undoubtedly on his way out prior to training camp. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 11:47 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (869th)
  • Falcons 'envision Gage playing multiple spots'
    Falcons coach Arthur Smith said he envisions WR Russell Gage "playing multiple spots."

    Advice: “[Gage] has done a nice job in the slot, but we’ll move Russ all over the place and then we got to make a decision as we get closer to the season, all right, we’re giving him a shot here,” Smith explained. “He’s done well. He’s grown his game. Done this with a lot of players and everybody’s on a different timeline." Gage didn't do much with his additional opportunity last year, averaging 6.5 targets and 11 fantasy points in the seven games Julio Jones was absent for. If anything, this news at least guarantees the former stay glued to the field across from Calvin Ridley whether Gage is in the slot or along the boundary. He remains an opportunity-based WR5 for Best-Ball leagues. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 11:30 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.57 (176th)
  • Toney working 'exclusively' with 2nd team offense
    The Athletic's Dan Duggan reports rookie WR Kadarius Toney worked "exclusively" with the Giants' second-team offense during minicamp. 

    Advice: Toney didn't show up to the team's voluntary workouts because he had not yet signed his rookie contract. Duggan described the move as "bizarre since rookies regularly participate in the offseason program before signing their contracts because they sign waivers that protect them in case of injury." Toney, Duggan said, signed his waiver. The rookie -- who played 17 games as a receiver at Florida -- didn't get any reps with Daniel Jones this spring. It's an "inauspicious" start for Toney, as Duggan said. While his "quickness and agility stand out" at New York practices, Toney has had to leave practices early several times with cleat issues and minor leg injuries. Giants beat writers regularly report on Toney slipping and falling during practice sessions. The team's first-round pick is way behind the proverbial eight ball, and his springtime absence could delay any kind of breakout Toney could have in the Giants' poor passing offense. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 7:11 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.43 (155th)
  • Falcons HC sees Gage playing 'multiple spots'
    Falcons head coach Arthur Smith said he "envisions" WR Russell Gage playing "multiple spots" in 2021. 

    Advice: Gage, slated to be a beneficiary of Julio Jones departing to the Titans, functioned as the team's slot wideout in 2020, seeing 71 of his 108 targets from the slot. Only five receivers saw more slot targets than Gage in 2020. “Russ has worked a lot in the slot, but like with all of our skill players, it’s our job to as coaches to push down with these guys and see what they can handle,” Smith said. “Russell has done a nice job in the slot, but we’ve moved Russell all over the place. Then we’ve got to make decisions as we get closer to the season. … We envision Russ playing multiple spots.” Gage should be third in the Falcons' pass-catching pecking order, behind Calvin Ridley and Kyle Pitts. He'll be an intriguing later-round pick in PPR formats this summer. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 6:42 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.57 (176th)
  • Falcons 'force feeding' Kyle Pitts at minicamp
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's D. Orlando Ledbetter reports the Falcons are "force feeding" rookie TE Kyle Pitts at the team's minicamp.

    Advice: With Julio Jones traded away to Tennessee, Atlanta head coach Arthur Smith and the team's coaching staff is reportedly peppering the No. 4 overall draft pick with passes during mandatory minicamp. That might not come as a shock considering Calvin Ridley is sidelined after undergoing foot surgery. The Athletic's Jeff Schultz reported this week that "Pitts didn’t look like a tight end" during Atlanta's practices. "He looked like a new car that Smith wanted to take for a test ride," Schultz said, adding Matt Ryan threw to Pitts more than any other pass catcher during team drills. The Falcons now have 213 targets vacated from last season, the fourth most in the NFL. Pitts clearly has a path to monster target volume if the team uses him more as a receiver than a traditional tight end. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 6:00 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    11.80 (117th)
  • Lions beat: T.J. Hockenson in for a 'big season'
    The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett said T.J. Hockenson is "headed for a big season." 

    Advice: Birkett is the latest Detroit beat writer to highlight Hockenson as an emergent star in the Lions offense. Detroit coaches have also been bullish on the third-year tight end, who was fourth among tight ends last year with 67 receptions and third in receiving yards (723). Lions tight end coach Ben Johnson said in May that the "sky's the limit" for Hockenson in 2021. Hockenson, 23, the longest-tenured offensive skill position player in Detroit's offense, will likely absorb many of the targets vacated by the departure of Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay. The fifth tight end off the draft board, Hockenson could thrive on volume alone in 2021. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 5:38 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    14.38 (82nd)
  • Davante Adams will report without a new contract
    Speaking Wednesday, Davante Adams said he will report to training camp regardless of his contract situation.

    Advice: Adams is entering the last year of his deal coming off a scorched earth campaign of 113-1374-18, operating as the engine of the passing offense that earned Aaron Rodgers MVP honors. However the Packers likely want to see how the Rodgers situation unfolds before committing to Adams who, despite being arguably the best wide receiver in football, turns 29 in December. The good news for fantasy managers is that Adams’ contract won’t create any further uncertainty on top of the small detail of who will be throwing him passes.   NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 4:57 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    17.94 (36th)
  • Cards want to manufacture touches for WR Moore
    Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury plans to manufacture touches for second-round WR Rondale Moore

    Advice: "He's very good in the open field, making the first guy miss," Kingsbury said of the No. 49 overall pick. "He has a knack at some of those plays, so, yeah, he's going to be a guy that's going to be fun to try to draw stuff up for, and see how many times we can get it to him." Kingsbury specifically mentioned jet sweeps. Manufactured touches are probably the best rookie bet for a 5-foot-7 wideout who was limited by injury to 73 touches over his final two years at Purdue. 71 percent of Moore's college yards came after the catch, with 78 percent of his receptions occurring within 10 yards of the line scrimmage.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 4:14 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.94 (168th)
  • Kyler Murray wants to run less in 2021
    Kyler Murray wants to run less in 2021. 

    Advice: "Honestly, the way I see it is, my legs should be a luxury," Murray said. "And it kind of wasn't like that last year. It was me having to run for us in a sense. Once my shoulder was banged up and I wasn't trying to put myself out there and take those hits, we hit a lull. Honestly, I think it was a lesson for us. We can't be one-dimensional. We've got be better in all aspects of the game." Murray is correct that the Cardinals' offense went into a tailspin following his injury issues. It is more debatable if his legs can become a luxury. They might have to remain a necessity considering the way they unlocked Kliff Kingsbury's attack last season. Fantasy managers shouldn't worry about it too much. Especially as he remains in his early 20s, Murray essentially has no choice but to keep running as he hunts for big plays and tries to keep defenses off-balance.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 4:07 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    24.13 (3rd)
  • 'So far, so good' with Michael Thomas' ankle
    Saints coach Sean Payton said it's been "so far, so good" with Michael Thomas' ankle this offseason.

    Advice: Thomas' ankle limited him to seven games last season. It is unclear if he ever actually underwent surgery, which was reported as "likely" in late January. “We still monitor it, pay attention to it, scan it, and all those things," Payton said of his star wideout's foot. "He’s getting treatment and doing the things necessary. So, so far, so good.” In addition to his health, Thomas has the even bigger question of who he will be catching passes from in 2021. He still sports top-three upside at receiver, but the downside is more palpable than it has been in recent years.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 3:35 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    17.40 (43rd)
  • Kyle Rudolph (foot surgery) likely ready for camp
    Kyle Rudolph (foot surgery) is expected to be ready for training camp. 

    Advice: Rudolph got in some light minicamp reps this week, so he should be 100 percent for camp late next month. Although he should see some red zone looks, there are not going to be enough targets to go around in this offense for Rudolph to generate anything more than touchdown-based TE2 streaming value in fantasy.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 3:08 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.65 (320th)
  • Russell Wilson says he never requested trade
    Speaking Thursday, Russell Wilson said he never requested a trade.

    Advice: Wilson acknowledged the list of preferred trade destinations his agent gave to ESPN, but said they were merely a roadmap for if he ended up getting traded. We are splitting hairs here, but Wilson was not traded and is now claiming he wants to finish his career in Seattle. "I love this city, I love this place, I love everything about it," Wilson said. "For me, personally, I hope I play my whole career here. That's my mission, that's my goal." This relationship seems to grow a little more fraught with each passing year, but for now, it's back on track.   NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 2:56 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    21.93 (9th)
  • Christian McCaffrey’s role to remain unchanged
    Panthers OC Joe Brady told reporters Thursday that his mindset is unchanged on Christian McCaffrey’s role in the offense despite an injury plagued 2020.

    Advice: Music to fantasy managers’ ears. McCaffrey saw an absurd 97 percent snap rate in Week 1 of 2020, his only fully healthy game of the season. Upon returning from an ankle injury in Week 9, he had a ridiculous 23 percent target share, despite playing only 71 percent of snaps. Playing under the offensive coordinator that propelled Clyde Edwards-Helaire to a first round selection in the NFL draft, and with well-rounded backup Mike Davis out of town, McCaffrey could be an absolute force in PPR leagues. McCaffrey looks locked in as 2021’s 1.01 in all formats. NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 1:20 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    22.65 (5th)
  • Sternberger earns two-game substance abuse ban
    NFL suspended Packers TE Jace Sternberger two games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. 

    Advice: Sternberger will miss games against the Saints and Lions before being eligible to return against the 49ers. It's another blow for a 2019 third-rounder who was easily hurdled on the depth chart by Robert Tonyan last season. Sternberger did catch the first 12 passes of his career last year, but it's difficult to see him making a meaningful Dynasty league move during what will be his age-25 campaign.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 1:07 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (886th)
  • Kyler Murray 'continues to talk' about baseball
    According to AZCardinals.com's Darren Urban, Kyler Murray "continues to talk about playing baseball at some point." 

    Advice: In Urban's words, Murray "knows he can't, he acknowledges the Cardinals certainly aren't thinking that way, but he says with a smile — he doesn't want to close the door." Murray himself acknowledged the dream isn't fully dead. "I'm not trying to start anything, I'm just talking," Murray said Thursday. This certainly doesn't appear to be anything on the immediate horizon, but it's worth remembering Murray was no ordinary baseball prospect. He was the No. 9 overall pick of the 2018 draft. That itch will probably never fully go away. It's also extremely unlikely to be scratched. Murray is already up in years for someone with zero minor league at-bats, and the demands of being a franchise quarterback are simply too great.   NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 12:26 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    24.13 (3rd)
  • Eagles RB coach downplays idea of every-down back
    Eagles RBs coach Jamel Singleton downplayed the idea of an “every-down” running back.

    Advice: “It all depends on your room,” Singleton said. "You need a first- and second-down runner with that really elite ability. You need a guy that can pass protect on third down and be short yardage. You need a back that can run routes and you can put him out in empty. It’s really a combination of that. I think the days of, ‘he’s an every-down back,’ that’s a little skewed these days because of the speed, because of the contact.” Sanders averaged 18.3 touches in Jalen Hurts' three full starts to close the year but that workload seems to have left the building with the previous coaching staff. Sanders' current ADP as the RB19 for Best-Ball leagues should arguably be lower with ensuing upticks for Boston Scott and fifth-rounder Kenny Gainwell at the back-end of drafts. NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 8:13 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.16 (94th)
  • Belichick on Newton (hand): He'll be alright
    Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Cam Newton (hand) is "getting better."

    Advice: "I think he’ll be all right," Belichick mentioned. Newton is still expected to miss the rest of New England's OTAs and three-day minicamp as his hand heals. Newton's participation at the start of training camp remains up in the air. NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 6:55 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    18.70 (29th)
  • Cardinals sign second-round WR Rondale Moore
    Cardinals signed second-round WR Rondale Moore to a four-year contract.

    Advice: Moore (5'7"/181) set the nation ablaze as an 18-year-old freshman at Purdue, hauling in 114 catches for 1,258 yards and 12 scores with 37 broken tackles to boot. Injuries limited him to only seven games the past two years, but he still left the Boilermakers with a career 8.9 catches per game and mild experience as a punt (6.9 average) and kick returner (18.5). While most NFL corners will tower over him, Moore, who recorded the highest SPARQ rating in the country during his recruitment process, will be stronger and more athletic than all — hence how 71% of his collegiate receiving yardage occurred after the catch. His career outlook still boils down to whether or not he's used correctly, as 78% of his receptions came within 10 yards of the line scrimmage. He'll likely open his rookie year as the Cardinals' No. 4 receiver behind DeAndre Hopkins, A.J. Green, and Christian Kirk, though Moore could push underwhelming Kirk for snaps and targets. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 12:33 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.94 (168th)
  • Elijah Moore standing out in OTAs
    The Athletic's Connor Hughes noted Jets WR Elijah Moore has "been the most impressive player at OTAs and it’s not really close."

    Advice: Moore (5'9/178), the Jets' second-round pick this year, has played inside and outside receiver during his brief time in OTAs. Hughes also noted that Moore has been uncoverable near the goal line which is doubly impressive given his lack of size. If the Jets decide to keep Jamison Crowder, Moore will likely open the year competing with Denzel Mims for reps on the outside. Mims, who has worked with the second-team offense so far, already looks to be falling behind Moore. Don't be surprised to see Moore's fantasy stock skyrocket if he continues to impress throughout the summer.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 5:49 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.46 (178th)
  • Holdout official: Rodgers a no-show at minicamp
    NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports Aaron Rodgers didn't show up for the Packers' first day of mandatory minicamp. 

    Advice: The 2020 NFL MVP is now an official holdout. Pelissero described the team's minicamp as a "symbolic checkpoint" in Rodgers' refusal to return to Green Bay for his 17th season. The team can fine Rodgers up to $93,000 for missing all three days of minicamp. Rodgers forfeited a half million dollar bonus when he was a no-show at Green Bay's voluntary OTAs. The Packers would be required to fine Rodgers $50,000 for every day of training camp he misses and could claw back millions in bonus money from their franchise player if he remains resolute. Jordan Love is expected to operate as the team's No. 1 QB during this week's minicamp. Any indication that Rodgers won't attend Packers training camp should send Davante Adams and Aaron Jones down draft boards.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 7:14 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    19.51 (21st)
  • Report: 'No change' on Rodgers, will be a holdout
    NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports there's been "no change" regarding Aaron Rodgers' status, and he doesn't plan to report to mandatory minicamp Tuesday.

    Advice: It means Rodgers is officially starting his holdout, as he can be fined over $93K for missing the three-day minicamp. The Packers can waive the fine if they choose, but Rodgers has already forfeited a $500K workout bonus by missing OTAs this spring. The Packers have shown zero indication they will trade the reigning MVP. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 3:45 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    19.51 (21st)
  • King: Rodgers 'solid' on never returning to GB
    NBC Sports' Peter King said "would bet Rodgers, today, is solid on never playing for the Packers again."

    Advice: King proposed a scenario in which the Packers sit down with Rodgers and his agent and agree to trade the QB after the 2021 season. This, King said, would allow the Packers to better transition to life after Rodgers, Green Bay's starter since 2008. King said he doubts Rodgers "wants a bridge-burning exit from Green Bay" -- one in which ill-prepared second-year QB Jordan Love struggles for a team that has made two straight NFC title games. Agreeing on one final year in Green Bay would mean the team won't pursue Rodgers' 2021 $6.8 million roster bonus if he boycotts offseason team activities. "The Packers need to extend an olive branch for a situation—whether they acknowledge the reality of it—that could turn into a football and fan disaster in 2021," King said. "This is that olive branch. It’s a face-saving thing for both sides." NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 6:25 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    19.51 (21st)
  • Cam Newton (hand) likely to miss rest of offseason
    The Athletic's Jeff Howe confirms Cam Newton (hand) is expected to miss practice time.

    Advice: Newton will likely be sidelined the final four OTA practices and the Patriots' three-day minicamp. That gives Mac Jones a chance to rep with the starters and potentially pick up ground. Newton, who's dealt with shoulder issues the last couple seasons in addition to his latest injury, expects to be 100 percent for July's training camp. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 6:39 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    18.70 (29th)
  • Cam Newton (hand) has 'slight' bone bruise
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Cam Newton suffered a "slight bone bruise" during Friday's OTAs.

    Advice: The injury is "not considered major at all." Newton injured his throwing hand on a teammates' helmet during 11-on-11 drills. He'll likely be shut down or limited for the remainder of OTAs as a precaution, but Newton should be 100 percent for the start of training camp. Newton's absence opens up first-team reps for Mac Jones and Jarrett Stidham. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 4:34 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    18.70 (29th)
  • Cam Newton hurts right hand in OTA practice
    The Athletic's Jeff Howe reports Cam Newton injured his right hand during the Patriots' Friday OTAs and did not return to practice. 

    Advice: Newton reportedly hit his throwing hand on another player's helmet during 11-on-11 drills. The Athletic's Jeff Howe said Newton "kept checking for swelling near the knuckle on the base of his right index finger" after suffering the injury. "He threw one pass during the next period then went to the trainers," Howe said. Mac Jones and Jarrett Stidham then rotated reps with the No. 1 offense. An extended absence for Newton could position Jones to compete for the Week 1 starting job as the Patriots head into training camp in July. The team's pass catchers figure to benefit from an offense quarterbacked by Jones. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 9:53 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    18.70 (29th)
  • Anthony Lynn: Lions will 'ride the hot hand' at RB
    Lions OC Anthony Lynn said he's going to "ride the hot hand at running back" on gameday. 

    Advice: "If you go in the game and you’re ballin’, you’re gonna stay in there," Lynn said. It's another knock against D'Andre Swift's outlook as the sophomore hasn't had a single piece of news favor him this offseason; even Lynn's "three-down back" comment from February can be thrown out since he said that before Jamaal Williams was signed in free agency. With Todd Gurley inevitably inking as the team's No. 3 back in the coming weeks, Swift, Best-Ball's RB16-20 dependent on the site, obviously has multiple hills to climb to reach his (or any) ceiling. NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 9:07 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    15.36 (63rd)
  • Giants agree to deal with first-round WR Toney
    Giants signed first-round WR Kadarius Toney to a four-year, $13,719,508 contract.

    Advice: A converted dual-threat quarterback who was responsible for 120 total touchdowns during his prep career, Toney (5'11/193) was listed as an “athlete” on Florida's depth chart and only began learning the wide receiver position over his last 18 games at Florida. While he remains unpolished, he's perpetually one catch away from breaking a defense and proved as much at the Gators' pro day with sterling numbers in the 40-yard dash (4.37), broad jump (11'4) and vertical leap (39.5"). Toney sported a 96th percentile burst score. With experience as Florida's featured punt and kick returner in 2020, Toney will find ways onto the field for the Giants. Early reports out of minicamp suggest he'll "be used in multiple roles." NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 7:41 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.43 (155th)
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