• Martellus Bennett trying to connect with ARod
    Martellus Bennett says he's made a concerted effort to connect with Aaron Rodgers off the field and during OTA practices.

    Advice: In addition to sending text messages to Rodgers, Bennett is picking his brain on the practice field. "I’m always talking to him on the field, too, trying to see what he wants," Bennett said. "(I’ll say), ‘Hey, how did that look?’ or he’ll give me the thumbs up. Or if I’m in another group, I always look back at him, ‘Hey, is that what you want? Is there something different you want on this?’" Rodgers is a known stickler for details. Bennett will offer a high TD ceiling in a Packers offense which has averaged 36.3 passing scores per season over the past three years. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:03 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10 (117th)
  • 63.5% of Everett's yards came after the catch
    According to ProFootballFocus, 63.5 percent of Gerald Everett's receiving yards in college came after the catch.

    Advice: Everett also led all college tight ends in missed tackles forced during his final two seasons at South Alabama. PFF has compared Everett's skill set to Antonio Gates, while the Rams see him playing a Jordan Reed-type role. It's still going to be a big adjustment for Everett moving from the relatively low-stakes Sun Belt Conference to the bright lights of the NFL. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:26 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3 (308th)
  • Austin Seferian-Jenkins down 25 pounds
    Suspended Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins dropped 25 pounds this offseason.

    Advice: After his weight reached the 280s last season, ASJ is down to 260. His offseason regimen included hot pilates and working out up to three times a day with a Las Vegas fitness expert. ASJ's career bottomed out last year after his September DUI arrest and subsequent release from Tampa Bay, but it looks like he's recommitted heading into his contract year. He'll begin the season serving a two-game ban. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:10 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0 (1024th)
  • Rob Gronkowski (back) a 'full-go' at OTAs
    The Boston Herald's Karen Guregian reports Rob Gronkowski (back) was a "full-go" during OTAs.

    Advice: Guregian notes Gronk was allowed to do everything despite it raining, suggesting the Patriots are very comfortable with his recovery. That is not a surprise considering the team allowed him to participate in a WWE event earlier this offseason and recently restructured his deal. Injuries will always be a concern, but Gronkowski remains the top overall fantasy tight end. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:48 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12 (88th)
  • Thomas working on chemistry with Tannehill
    The Miami Herald reports Ryan Tannehill’s timing with Julius Thomas "remains a work in progress."

    Advice: It’s a non-concern this early in the offseason. Thomas is healthy after dealing with injuries the last two years and projects for a high volume red-zone role. Dolphins OC Clyde Christensen thinks Thomas can push for 10-plus touchdowns. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:40 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8 (189th)
  • Fleener needed year to learn Saints' offense
    Coby Fleener expects to be "more effective" now that he's had a year to learn the Saints' offense.

    Advice: Fleener wasn't a complete flop last year -- he still managed 50 catches for 631 yards and three touchdowns as the non-PPR TE12 in fantasy -- but he certainly didn't live up to expectations after inking a five-year, $36 million contract. The 28-year-old faced a steep learning curve in his first year with the Saints. "I think anytime you’re trying to learn a new offense, trying to learn a language, trying to learn something of that nature, going through it under pressure, going through it for a year really helps," he said. Fleener belongs on the TE1/2 borderline. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:06 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7 (228th)
  • Evan Engram lining up 'everywhere' at OTAs
    Giants first-round TE Evan Engram has been lining up "everywhere" at OTAs.

    Advice: According to beat man Dan Duggan, Engram played traditional in-line tight end, in the slot, out wide, and even some H-back. While OC Mike Sullivan has said Engram will be taught to play as an in-line tight end, the Giants' best bet to maximize Engram's skill set is to use him to create mismatches against smaller cornerbacks and slower linebackers. We doubt Engram provides much from a fantasy standpoint as a rookie, but he has some Jordan Reed to his game. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:45 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8 (206th)
  • Maxx Williams recovering from rare operation
    Ravens TE Maxx Williams is recovering from a knee surgery "no other football player has had," but is expected to be ready for training camp.

    Advice: That was the extent of coach John Harbaugh's update. Williams went down with a knee injury last Week 4, finishing the year on injured reserve with little in the way of update. The ailment was initially described as a "cartilage issue." The No. 55 overall pick of the 2015 draft, Williams was a playmaker in college, but has been an NFL bust so far. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:41 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1 (350th)
  • Gronk cleared to be on the practice field
    Rob Gronkowski (back) has been cleared to be on the field at practice.

    Advice: Gronk's recovery has been progressing well, and he was on the field with the Patriots for the first time today. Gronk might be limited throughout the offseason program, but this is good news as he gets "ready to roll" into the rest of the preseason. Gronk's injury history is well documented, but the Patriots have shown confidence in him by restructuring his contract this week. Gronkowski should be fully ready for the Patriots' opener. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:46 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12 (88th)
  • Bills 'concerned' about Charles Clay's knee
    Coach Sean McDermott said the Bills are "concerned with Charles (Clay's) knee situation."

    Advice: Clay was signed as a highly paid restricted free agent in 2015, but has had "chronic" knee trouble since. Coach McDermott said they will be cautious with Clay moving forward, and will continue to manage his reps. Battling his knee problems last year, Clay missed several practices and was listed as questionable for most games. The injury will be something to monitor this offseason. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:33 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9 (132nd)
  • Rob Gronkowski agrees to restructured deal
    Rob Gronkowski has agreed to a restructured contract.

    Advice: Underpaid at $5.25 million, Gronk has cut a deal full of incentive-laden raises. At the highest level, Gronk's salary will more than double to $10.75 million if he plays 90 percent of the Patriots' snaps, catches 80 passes, goes for 1,200 yards or makes the All-Pro team. It's a compromise that gives Gronk a shot at a much-larger payday, but only if he's able to stay on the field and produce. It's unique for Gronk because he does not have to give anything up in exchange for the incentives. It does not appear to alter the final two years of Gronk's contract, which are currently set to pay him $8 million and $9 million, respectively. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:47 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12 (88th)
  • Report: Rams will feature TEs in passing game
    NFL Network's Steve Wyche reports the Rams plan to run a "tight-end-centric passing game."

    Advice: It is not a surprising report considering Washington targeted a tight end on 26 percent (seventh-highest) of their attempts last season under Rams coach Sean McVay. Along with last year's fourth-rounder Tyler Higbee, second-round pick Gerald Everett gives the Rams two potentially dynamic weapons at tight end. Without much talent at receiver, it makes sense for the Rams to feature them if they are ready to step up. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:44 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3 (308th)
  • First-round TE O.J. Howard signs rookie deal
    Bucs signed first-round TE O.J. Howard to a four-year contract.

    Advice: As with all first-rounders, Howard's deal includes a team option for a fifth year. Howard is a rare talent at tight end who matches a video-game body and athleticism with dominant blocking ability. Rookie tight ends rarely contribute in fantasy, but Howard's skill set at least gives him a chance. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:50 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8 (167th)
  • Vance McDonald may not make final roster?
    The San Francisco Chronicle's Eric Branch writes "it wouldn’t be a surprise" if 49ers TE Vance McDonald does not make the final roster.

    Advice: The 49ers openly attempted to trade McDonald during the draft, but cutting him for nothing is another story, one which would cost the 49ers cap space this year or leave dead money in 2018 depending on how the move is designated. It is still unclear why outgoing-GM Trent Baalke was allowed to give McDonald a five-year, $35-million extension last December, and it looks like the 49ers will have to eat some money to reverse that poor decision. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:59 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7 (226th)
  • Grimble's snaps doubled without Ladarius
    Steelers TE Xavier Grimble's snaps more than doubled without Ladarius Green in the lineup last season.

    Advice: Grimble's snaps jumped from 6.3 to 14.2 per game without Green, and he was playing 19.9 snaps a game before injuring his ribs. Following the decision to cut Green this week, the Steelers are again left with questions at tight end. Jesse James is the favorite to take over the starting role as he did last season, but Grimble is a more like-for-like replacement who showed well on limited targets last year. Grimble will be a name to watch during camp. Rotoworld.com May 20, 8:49 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1 (418th)
  • Gerald Everett sees Jordan Reed-type role
    Rams second-round TE Gerald Everett expects to fill a Jordan Reed-type role.

    Advice: New Rams coach Sean McVay was Reed's offensive coordinator the last three years and his position coach before that, while Everett looks the part of an athletic mismatch in the middle of the field. Rookie tight ends always struggle to contribute, but Everett has no proven talent ahead of him on the depth chart and the Rams need weapons in the passing game. He could surprise this season. Rotoworld.com May 20, 8:06 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3 (308th)
  • Broncos are 'very high on what Derby can do'
    Broncos.com's Andrew Mason said the organization is "very high on what (TE A.J) Derby can do."

    Advice: The Broncos took a shot on Michigan's Jake Butt in the fifth-round of this year's draft, but the rookie will be out until at least August recovering from a torn ACL. Even when Butt returns, Mason notes he is a different tight end that Derby, who is more of a glorified slot receiver than an in-line option. Considering how much the Chargers utilized tight ends under new OC Mike McCoy, there should be room for both even when Butt is healthy and ready to contribute. Rotoworld.com May 20, 6:39 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5 (281st)
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