• Giants owner: Eli has 'lot of years left'
    Speaking in a Thursday radio interview, Giants co-owner John Mara said Eli Manning has "a lot of years left in him."

    Advice: It's the exact opposite of what Mara and most Giants brass were saying earlier this offseason. In March, Mara said he was open to drafting Manning's successor. The G-Men ended up settling on third-round question mark Davis Webb. Headed into his age-36 campaign, Manning simply wasn't good enough in 2016. Coach Ben McAdoo said as much in March. The G-Men need a rebound. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:14 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.09 (23rd)
     
  • Wheaton likely to beat out Cruz, Wright?
    The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs thinks Markus Wheaton "has a better chance to start" than Victor Cruz or Kendall Wright.

    Advice: Cameron Meredith and Kevin White are likely locked in atop the depth chart, but the No. 3 job is up for grabs. Wheaton was paid like a starter with $6 million guaranteed on his two-year deal, but he is coming off an injury-ruined season and has never been particularly consistent. Wright might be the best player of the three at this point, but he struggled to stay in the good graces of multiple coaching staffs in Tennessee and profiles more as a slot option, where Meredith excelled last season. Cruz may simply be done. No matter who wins the job in camp, this is not a spot to target in fantasy. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:20 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.14 (200th)
     
  • Sammie Coates (groin) is 'getting there'
    Sammie Coates (groin surgery) said his health is "getting there."

    Advice: Coates underwent groin surgery after the season. It sounds like he is not completely back to full health, but he was able to participate in the offseason program. "I'm starting to get back my speed," Coates said. "That's what this process is for, to get your body back so you can compete during camp." With Martavis Bryant back, Coates will need to show well in camp to even earn a roster spot. Being healthy would be a good start. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:12 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.18 (368th)
     
  • Carr's deal contains $40M fully guaranteed
    USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports Derek Carr's five-year, $125 million extension contains $40 million fully guaranteed.

    Advice: According to Pelissero, the deal includes $70 million in total guarantees. Those numbers put Carr below Andrew Luck, but he did edge out Luck in average annual value. More interestingly, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the deal "features a delayed cash flow" which will both help the Raiders re-sign players like Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper and allow Carr to earn more money after the Raiders move to Nevada, which has no state income tax. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:48 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    17.23 (17th)
     
  • Eddie Lacy, Thomas Rawls to split carries?
    The Seattle Times' Bob Condotta said his "best guess" is Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls will "take a fairly equal share of the basedown carries."

    Advice: Condotta prefaced his prediction by saying performance will dictate the carry split, but his guess is still notable after the Seahawks paid Lacy like a starting running back in March. Rawls has earned praise for his offseason work, however, while Lacy has been sidelined recovering from an ankle injury. With weight, health, and now workload concerns, Lacy is one of the riskiest early-round picks this year, but his upside could be worth it. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:21 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.71 (94th)
     
  • Chester Rogers has 'real shot' at No. 3 job?
    Colts.com's Kevin Bowen wrote WR Chester Rogers has a "real shot" to earn the No. 3 job.

    Advice: A second-year UDFA out of Grambling State, Rogers earned praise from all corners for his offseason work, with GM Chris Ballard saying he was "outstanding" and OC Rob Chudzinski calling him "a guy that you love." With a wide open depth chart behind T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief, it is not crazy to think Rogers pushes Kamar Aiken or failed first-rounder Phillip Dorsett in camp, although Aiken remains the favorite for the job. Rogers hauled in 19 passes for 273 yards as a rookie. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:01 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.38 (507th)
     
  • Tajae Sharpe could lose spot on Titans roster
    The Nashville Tennessean speculates Tajae Sharpe (foot surgery) may have a "tenuous grasp on a roster spot" entering training camp.

    Advice: Sharpe is expected to be ready for camp, but coach Mike Mularkey said he could have a "hard time" if he is not able to stay in shape. "Obviously he’s not going to run right now, but he’s got to do something to stay in shape," Mularkey said. "You’ve got to be ready to go. No matter what your injury is, there’s something you can do, cardio-wise, to train." After earning a starting job last year, Mularkey's comments suggest Sharpe could be competing for a roster spot this time around. Even if he sticks in Nashville, Sharpe is not going to be fantasy relevant behind Eric Decker, Corey Davis, and Rishard Matthews. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:50 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.76 (301st)
     
  • Hue: Ricardo Louis 'has really improved'
    Browns coach Hue Jackson said sophomore WR Ricardo Louis "has really improved."

    Advice: The second of four wide receivers the Browns drafted last year, Louis made some noise while first-rounder Corey Coleman was sidelined, but he finished with just 18 catches for 205 yards as a rookie. That total could grow if he is able to win the No. 3 job in camp, but he will still be locked behind Coleman and Kenny Britt if everyone stays healthy. Still, this praise plus Louis' plan to train with Brandon Marshall this summer are all good signs for his future. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:41 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.59 (418th)
     
  • Done Deal: Carr lands 5-year, $125M extension
    Raiders signed Derek Carr to a five-year, $125-million extension through 2022.

    Advice: Ian Rapoport was first with the news, but Carr confirmed it himself on Twitter, saying he always wanted to be a "Raider 4 life." The $25-million average makes Carr the highest-paid player in NFL history, but the structure of the deal could be interesting with the Raiders moving to Nevada, which does not have a state income tax, and the current CBA set to expire during the course of the deal. Either way, Carr's future with the Raiders is now secure. With this deal wrapped up, Matthew Stafford and Kirk Cousins could be the next dominos to fall. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:12 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    17.23 (17th)
     
  • Ravens to use more three-wide sets in 2017?
    The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec believes the Ravens will use more three-wide sets this season.

    Advice: According to Zrebiec, Baltimore used three receivers on 58 percent of their plays last year. With Dennis Pitta no longer around and Jeremy Maclin in the fold, that number is likely to rise this season, which is good news for likely No. 3 Breshad Perriman. Still, Perriman's breakout potential took a big hit when Maclin signed, and he is no better than a late-round flier. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:50 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.92 (86th)
     
  • Team reporter 'cannot imagine' a Bell holdout
    Steelers.com's Bob Labriola wrote he "cannot imagine a realistic scenario" in which franchise-tagged Le'Veon Bell holds out into the season.

    Advice: Bell has yet to sign his franchise tender, but when he does he will be owed $12.1 million, almost $6 million more than any other running back will receive in base salary this year. Even if he does not get the long-term deal he wants before the July 17 deadline, Bell is unlikely to leave that kind of money on the table. While some contract certainty would be nice, Bell is still safe to select with one the top two picks in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:18 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    15.53 (25th)
     
  • Grimble could 'make a run' at starting job
    Steelers.com's Bob Labriola believes TE Xavier Grimble could "make a run" at the starting job.

    Advice: Labriola wrote Grimble "has flashed the ability to be special" but struggles with consistency. Grimble is a more dynamic receiving weapon than presumed starter Jesse James, who has averaged 8.4 yards on 47 career receptions. If he proves more reliable in camp, it would not be surprising to see Grimble push James for the starting job. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:08 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.46 (427th)
     
  • Ebron believes new TEs will help him thrive
    Eric Ebron believes the Lions' offseason additions at tight end will allow him to "do the things that I’m best at."

    Advice: The Lions added two block-first tight ends in the offseason, signing Darren Fells in free agency and selecting Michael Roberts in the fourth round. Those two should allow Ebron to play more of a receiving role, something he believes will be "significant." After seeing 85 targets in 13 games last year, Ebron has a real path to 100 this season, and Anquan Boldin's departure leaves 22 red-zone targets up for grabs. If healthy, Ebron could finally be ready for a breakout. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:23 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.73 (221st)
     
  • George Kittle looks like early roster lock
    The Sacramento Bee considers fifth-round TE George Kittle the likeliest tight end to make the 49ers' roster.

    Advice: In other words, all of the other 49ers tight ends are on the bubble with 3-4 roster spots open. Trent Baalke draft picks Blake Bell and Vance McDonald are in especially big danger of getting cut. Kittle gobbled up first-team reps at minicamp, and beat writers think he's a legitimate candidate to start. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:56 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.32 (434th)
     
  • Derek Carr's extension a five-year deal
    CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports Derek Carr's extension is a five-year contract.

    Advice: Carr is expected to land $25 million annually. He'll make $69 million over the first three years. The Raiders are still working out the language, but are expected to finalize a deal soon. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:36 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    17.23 (17th)
     
  • Report: OAK, Carr finalizing mega extension
    ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Raiders and contract-year QB Derek Carr are finalizing a long-term contract extension.

    Advice: Schefter reports the two sides are still working on the language, but the new deal could make Carr the league's highest-paid quarterback in terms of annual average. At $24.6 million per year, Andrew Luck currently holds that title, but Carr's deal is said to be close to $25 million per. Once he sets that bar, Matthew Stafford and Kirk Cousins will then be pushing to top that number. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:45 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    17.23 (17th)
     
  • Gurley, Rams OL trying to get on same page
    Rams LG Rodger Saffold said the offensive line and Todd Gurley were more on the same page at OTAs and minicamp.

    Advice: RT Jamon Brown said after the season that Gurley and the line "have to get back on the same page." ESPN's K.C. Joyner's tape review saw Gurley leave way too many yards on the field, even when he did get good blocking up front. Saffold suggested Gurley was diagnosing the play at different speeds than the offensive line, sometimes being too quick into his runs. Under new coach Sean McVay, they're trying to fix those problems. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:25 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.22 (41st)
     
  • Greg Olsen won't rule out holding out of camp
    Appearing on Adam Schefter's Know Them From Adam podcast, Greg Olsen wouldn't rule out holding out of training camp in hopes of a new contract.

    Advice: Olsen has two years left on his deal at base salaries of $6.5 million. In annual average, he makes less than Charles Clay. Olsen has proven he's one of the league's best tight ends and most reliable, having not missed a game since 2007. When asked directly by Schefter if he'd skip the start of camp, Olsen said it's "too early" to say. He turned 32 in March and said he thinks he can play another 5-6 seasons. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:46 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.30 (107th)
     
  • Greg Olsen thinks he can play 5-6 more years
    Greg Olsen thinks he can play another 5-6 more seasons. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:35 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.30 (107th)
     
  • Ricardo Louis impressing at spring practices
    Browns second-year WR Ricardo Louis will train with Brandon Marshall this summer.

    Advice: A Miami native, Louis also hopes to link up with Andre Johnson and Antonio Brown over the six-week break. Louis played just 316 snaps as a rookie and was phased out of the offense almost completely once Corey Coleman was back healthy, but he hopes to win a top-three job at camp this year. Beat writers have mentioned Louis several times as someone who looks a lot better in Year 2. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:03 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.59 (418th)
     
  • Haley: PIT discussing right workload for Bell
    Steelers OC Todd Haley said there have been "discussions" about the right workload for Le'Veon Bell (groin surgery).

    Advice: Bell has played in just 18 games the last two years because of suspensions and injuries, but Haley thinks those absences are due to "oddball" things. "He’s a guy who gets stronger every game. He does not want to come out of the game. He’s a year older," Haley said. "We’ve got to make sure we cover all of that, which we will do as a staff." A transcendent talent who is about to get paid like one, it will be difficult for the Steelers to justify taking Bell off the field very often, but the 336 touches he saw in just 12 games last season are excessive. With at least a respectable backup in third-rounder James Conner, the Steelers take some touches off Bell's plate per game. Even so, he remains one of the top-two players in all of fantasy. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:47 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    15.53 (25th)
     
  • Rams hope to 'marry' running & passing games
    Rams OC Matt LaFleur said his goal is to "marry" the running and passing games this season.

    Advice: The best way to accomplish this would be to feed Todd Gurley targets and keep him on the field in passing situations, like the Cardinals do with David Johnson, the Steelers with Le'Veon Bell, and the Chargers with Melvin Gordon. "We want to have a strong marriage with our running game and our passing game so that a defense can't just tee off on a guy," said LaFleur. "The idea is to have a balanced attack and keep a defense guessing." Defenses can "tee off" on Gurley when he's used primarily on early downs, which telegraphs to opponents that run plays are coming. Gurley was an outstanding receiver at Georgia and has dropped just 3-of-84 career targets in the pros. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:59 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    12.22 (41st)
     
  • Underpaid TE Olsen wants raise from Panthers
    Two league sources tell the Charlotte Observer that Greg Olsen wants a raise from the Panthers.

    Advice: A top-five player at his position ever since he arrived in Carolina, Olsen wants to be paid "commensurate with the NFL's top tight ends." In annual average, Olsen is presently paid less than Charles Clay and Zach Ertz. He ranks 12th among tight ends in guaranteed money and is due base salaries of $6.5 million in each of the next two years. Olsen is attending minicamp, and there are no indications he plans to hold out. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:14 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.30 (107th)
     
  • Niners rookie TE Kittle getting 1st-team reps
    49ers fifth-round TE George Kittle is getting first-team reps at minicamp.

    Advice: Vance McDonald appears to be on the outs in San Francisco, while Garrett Celek and Logan Paulsen are mostly blockers. Kittle played "exclusively" with the starters on the first day of minicamp and "for long stretches was (Brian) Hoyer's go-to guy." A superb athlete with 4.52 speed at 6-foot-4, 247, Kittle has a realistic chance to earn a significant rookie-year role. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:46 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.32 (434th)
     
  • Flacco: Perriman more confident this season
    Joe Flacco says Breshad Perriman seems more confident in year three.

    Advice: "Listen, you can just see the confidence in his eyes," said Flacco. Perriman reportedly lit up OTAs, but the Ravens still signed Jeremy Maclin. Perriman now projects as Baltimore's third receiver behind Maclin and Mike Wallace, although they are believed to be in continued pursuit of free agent Eric Decker. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:50 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.92 (86th)
     
  • Le'Veon Bell not spotted at Steelers minicamp
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports franchise-tagged RB Le'Veon Bell "has not been spotted at minicamp."

    Advice: Bell has not signed his franchise tender, so he is not obligated to attend. The running back also did not show for OTAs, although he did meet with team doctors regarding his recovery from groin surgery. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette speculated a long-term deal between Bell and the Steelers "may not get done," both because of the value of the franchise tender ($12.12 million) and Bell's injury and suspension history. The two sides have until July 15 to work something out. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:42 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    15.53 (25th)
     
  • Bell, PIT 'may not' work out long-term deal
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette reports a long-term deal between franchise-tagged RB Le'Veon Bell and the Steelers "may not get done."

    Advice: The two sides have until July 15 to work something out. Bouchette notes the value of the franchise tag ($12.12 million) along with Bell's injury and suspension history make working out a long-term deal difficult. Bell will likely be looking for the value of this year's tag and next year's tag ($14.5 million) guaranteed, which is a full $8 million more than LeSesan McCoy was guaranteed on his last deal. Bell could also see $12 million as the starting point for the AAV of his next deal, which is $4 million more than McCoy's contract. Bell may be worth those numbers, but the changing nature of the running back market makes his negotiations extremely tricky. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:36 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    15.53 (25th)
     
  • WR Chester Rogers shines at Colts OTAs
    The Herald Bulletin's George Bremer singled out second-year UDFA WR Chester Rogers as one of five standouts at Colts OTAs.

    Advice: The 23-year-old out of Grambling State made the team last summer and contributed 19 catches for 273 scoreless yards. The Colts' receiver depth chart is wide open behind starters T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief. Kamar Aiken figures to have the lead for No. 3 duties, while Phillip Dorsett and Rogers compete for the No. 4 gig. Rogers has had "consistent performances" at practice and is always "exactly where he's supposed to be." Dorsett keeps tumbling down. Rotoworld.com Jun 12, 5:42 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.38 (507th)
     
  • Seahawks' Eddie Lacy hits June weight target
    Eddie Lacy has met his June weight target, coming in under 250 pounds.

    Advice: Monday was the second of seven weigh-ins. Lacy nets $55,000 every time he hits the target. The Seahawks want Lacy to be at 245 for the regular season. Lacy appears to be taking his conditioning as seriously as ever. Rotoworld.com Jun 12, 10:20 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    8.71 (94th)
     
  • Rapoport: 'A surprise' if Le'Veon at minicamp
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said it "would be a little bit of a surprise" if Le'Veon Bell (groin surgery) attends minicamp.

    Advice: Rapoport does not seem to be reporting as much as connecting the dots with Bell, saying players who have not signed their franchise tenders "rarely show up for offseason events." Even if he attends, Bell will not be able to work with the team as he recovers from offseason groin surgery. The two sides have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal. Rotoworld.com Jun 12, 6:46 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    15.53 (25th)
     
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