Player Notes

  • Rookie TE Granson 'justifying' Reich's 'love'
    NFL Network's Albert Breer said rookie TE Kylen Granson has "justified Frank Reich's pre-draft love." 

    Advice: The accidental Madonna reference (look it up, zoomers) is the latest hype for the fourth round rookie tight end out of SMU. Granson has reportedly made a "strong impression" at Colts camp and seems primed for some pass-catching duties this season. How much is anyone's guess. Colts tight ends in 2020 saw 120 targets, with the now-departed Trey Burton leading the group with 47. Granson will compete for targets with Mo Alie-Cox and Jack Doyle. At SMU, Granson played 50 percent of his snaps from the slot in two years with the Mustangs, averaging 16.1 yards per catch and finishing second in school history among tight ends in both receptions (78) and receiving yards (1,257). He only has fantasy value in deeper formats that artificially inflate tight end scoring.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 6:37 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    436th
  • Dolphins place Mike Gesicki on reserve/COVID list
    Dolphins placed TEs Mike Gesicki, Adam Shaheen and Cethan Carter on the reserve/COVID-19 list. 

    Advice: It's likely that all three make the list as close contacts of George Godsey, the team's co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach. Godsey tested positive for COVID-19 and was sent home a few hours before the three tight ends were placed on the list. Third-round rookie Hunter Long could be the next man up at tight end for now. The Boston College product led all FBS tight ends in targets (88) and receptions (57) last season. He'll see plenty of reps for a few days in training camp but Gesicki will return to his starting job in short order. NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 2:00 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    174th
  • Titans add blocking TE Luke Stocker
    Titans signed TE Luke Stocker.

    Advice: Stocker returns to Tennessee after spending the past two seasons in Atlanta. The in-line tight end made 13 starts on a 45% snap rate last year and has 91 starts over 10 seasons. Stocker is a potential threat to breakout candidate Anthony Firkser’s chances for an every-down role. NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 7:25 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    526th
  • Lions T.J. Hockenson 'best offensive skill player'
    MLive's Kyle Meinke wrote that T.J. Hockenson has been the Lions "best offensive skill player" in camp.

    Advice: Hockenson's target competition is weak. Breshad Perriman is on his seventh team since 2017. Tyrell Williams had his only 1,000 yard season back in 2016. The next two wide receivers on the depth chart, Quintez Cephus and Amon-Ra St. Brown, are both day three selections. "Best offensive skill player" was always going to come down to Hockenson or D'Andre Swift. Still, Meinke joins a chorus of Lions beat reporters who see a big season ahead for the third year player. Hockenson will see quite a bit more defensive attention than the typical tight end, but if he's up to that challenge, he could feast on underneath throws. Jared Goff's average depth of attempt was the fourth shallowest last season, ahead of only Alex Smith, Drew Brees and Nick Mullens. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 12:16 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    89th
  • Noah Fant's role in Denver offense is 'evolving'
    The Athletic's Nick Kosmider reported that Noah Fant's role in Denver's offense is "evolving" to include a wider variety of routes.

    Advice: On Friday, Fant lined up from multiple spots in the formation and saw a varied array of routes, including a screen pass and an out route, on which he made deep sideline catch. As a rookie, Fant saw 18% of his snaps from the slot and 73% of his snaps as an inline tight end. Last year, in his first year in Pat Shurmur’s offense, his slot snaps declined to 11% and his inline snaps increased to 85%. There's plenty of room for Fant to be used more creatively. Given a crowded wide receiver room and uncertain quarterback play, an increase in slot and wide snaps would be a welcome boost to Fant's fantasy value.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 10:57 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    123rd

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