Player Notes

  • Miles Sanders says he 'needs more opportunities'
    Appearing on NBC Sports Philly's Takeoff with John Clark podcast, Miles Sanders said, "I need more opportunities" when asked what he needs to get better at this season.

    Advice: "Um, well, being consistent, more consistent," Sanders said, but it sounded like he was holding back before eventually saying he wanted more touches. Clark asked Sanders if he wants to be "used more," and Sanders answered, "I would love to." Sanders was right at the top of the league last season in yards per carry, averaging a robust 5.5 yards per rush, but he somehow failed to score a touchdown despite seeing 20 red-zone carries, including 10 inside the 10-yard line and five inside the five. Jalen Hurts and Jordan Howard just had better touchdown luck, scoring a combined 12 touchdowns on the ground inside 10 yards. Howard remains unsigned, so perhaps Sanders will get more chances that he wants, but he admitted this offense isn't necessarily one that's going to rely on one running back. Sanders is currently being drafted as a high-end RB3 in fantasy. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 12:18 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    92nd
  • Kareem Hunt (calf, ankle) declares himself healthy
    Contract-year RB Kareem Hunt declared himself 100% healthy after missing nine games with calf and ankle injuries last season.

    Advice: Hunt missed Weeks 7-11 on injured reserve with a strained calf and then injured his ankle in Week 14, ending his year. The soon-to-be 27-year-old is now looking for an extension from the Browns, but it doesn't sound like Cleveland is in much of a rush to get one done after Hunt's injury-riddled year coupled with Nick Chubb already signed through 2024 and possibly D'Ernest Johnson a cheaper alternative to Hunt moving forward. There's a chance Hunt's snaps are dialed back some in order to get Johnson on the field more. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 11:15 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    100th
  • Robinson could take goal-line, short-yardage role?
    The Athletic's Ben Standig writes that Brian Robinson could be an answer for Washington in goal-line or short-yardage situations.

    Advice: "Often the rookie gets eased into such scenarios, but [Antonio] Gibson’s penchant for fumbles combined with Robinson’s ball security and interior running could flip this toward the Alabama alum." That's exactly what every Antonio Gibson manager was hoping to hear, we're sure. Gibson remains a high-risk lead back, while Robinson could potentially be part of an early committee in Washington.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 2:34 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    289th
  • Commanders extend McLaurin for 3 years, $71 mil
    Commanders signed WR Terry McLaurin to a three-year, $71 million contract extension. 

    Advice: The deal reportedly includes a $28 million signing bonus. There was never much reason to be concerned about McLaurin's fantasy stock this season -- if you can deliver with Taylor Heinicke, you can deliver with anybody -- but it's good that he'll see actual training camp reps with Carson Wentz. It's also some much-needed good publicity for a franchise that is currently drowning in bad news. McLaurin will enter the season on the WR2 radar, and all eyes turn to DK Metcalf as the last major wideout holdout situation in the NFL.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 12:01 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    69th
  • Beat: Freiermuth's numbers to go up without Ebron
    The Athletic's Mark Kaboly writes of Pat Freiermuth's season-high receiving yardage of 58 in 2021: "With Eric Ebron gone, that number will go up."

    Advice: "[Freiermuth] will be a top-10 tight end in the NFL, or maybe higher, at the end of the season," Kaboly notes. Ebron had just 84 receiving yards last year, so it's not like he was the primary culprit holding Freiermuth back from a bigger role. But it is possible that he takes a second-year leap and overtakes Chase Claypool as the No. 2 fantasy target on Pittsburgh's radar. He also is the main red zone threat for the Steelers as he had 20 targets and seven scores despite playing only 62% of the snaps. Diontae Johnson led the team with 21 red zone targets, but in 91% of the snaps.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 10:21 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    170th

NFL Roster Changes

Injury Reports

PlayerInjuryStatusView Team Depth Chart
Calvin Ridley Atl - WRPersonalSUSPAtl
DeAndre Hopkins Ari - WRDisciplinarySUSPAri
Tyler Higbee LAR - TEKnee - MCLQLAR