Player Notes

  • Seth DeValve Browns' most improved player?
    Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon-Journal said it's "not farfetched to believe" second-year TE Seth DeValve could be the Browns' most improved player in 2017.

    Advice: Ulrich said DeValve was putting on "clinics" during OTAs and looks like he could emerge as a "go-to target for whichever Browns quarterback wins the starting job." "Most of his development in the offseason was that he put on a little weight, he is noticeably stronger, he is faster and he is healthier," said TEs coach Greg Seamon. "He continues to work hard technically." DeValve should see more snaps this year with Gary Barnidge gone, but he'll still face competition from first-round rookie David Njoku. Yesterday, 12:19 pm
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  • Derek Carr wants to keep Raiders core intact
    Derek Carr said he structured his deal so the Raiders would have flexibility to sign other players.

    Advice: Specifically, Carr wants the Raiders to keep their young core intact. "I told (my agent), if we can structure it in a way to help the Raiders get the other guys, give them an opportunity to come in, that that would be really important to me too," said Carr. "I just wanted to get mine done and, like we talked about, make sure the team had the flexibility to make sure my friends stay around." Carr's deal is backloaded, which should give the Raiders enough cap room to pursue contract extensions with RG Gabe Jackson and reigning Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack. Yesterday, 11:59 am
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  • Wolfe leaves Fowler off roster projection
    Cameron Wolfe of the Denver Post left Bennie Fowler off his projection for the Broncos' 53-man roster.

    Advice: He also left off Marlon Brown. Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Carlos Henderson and Isaiah McKenzie are all locks, leaving four players—Fowler, Brown, Cody Latimer and Jordan Taylor—to battle for the last two spots at wide receiver. Wolfe believes Latimer will make the team because of his special teams prowess while Taylor's size gives him the edge over Fowler and Brown. Yesterday, 11:26 am
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  • Chad Kelly expected to take red-shirt year
    Cameron Wolfe of the Denver Post left seventh-round QB Chad Kelly (wrist) off his projection for the Broncos' 53-man roster.

    Advice: Wolfe expects Kelly to spend the year on injured reserve. It makes sense for Kelly to use 2017 as a red-shirt year while working his way back from wrist and knee surgeries. Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch will battle for the starting job. Yesterday, 11:08 am
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  • O'Brien says Watson isn't ready to start
    Texans coach Bill O'Brien praised first-round QB Deshaun Watson's poise but admitted "he's not nearly where he needs to be to be a full-time starter."

    Advice: "Every practice isn't perfect," said O'Brien. "He knows he needs to get a lot better. And he did get better every day during the spring." O'Brien noted that "you don't see him make the same mistake twice," so Watson is obviously taking his development seriously. Tom Savage remains the favorite to start Week 1, but it's likely we'll see Watson make starts by the end of the year. Yesterday, 10:34 am
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  • Jay Gruden gushes about third-year WR Crowder
    Coach Jay Gruden gushed about Jamison Crowder, saying "he's an excellent, dynamic player and continues to prove every day why we like him so much."

    Advice: "He can run just about anything you ask him to run," Gruden said. "He gets himself open because he’s got a great feel. He’s got quickness in and out of his breaks. He plays a lot longer than his size. He has got really long arms. He goes up and gets balls. Sometime he plays bigger than a taller receiver because he uses his height [and] he’s got great jumping ability." This isn't the first time Gruden has talked up Crowder this offseason. Crowder is fully expected to be an every-down player in two- and three-wide sets and has a legitimate chance to challenge the league lead in catches this season. Yesterday, 8:25 am
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  • Matt Forte to be Jets' 'offensive workhorse'?
    NJ Advance Media's Connor Hughes expects Matt Forte to be the Jets' "offensive workhorse" this season.

    Advice: Color us skeptical. Most talk around the team this offseason has been hinting at a changing of the guard at running back for the rebuilding Jets, with Bilal Powell becoming the 1A as Forte takes a back seat as the 1B. Hughes doesn't believe that to be the case and expects Powell to be the "complement" to Forte. Nothing is settled in this backfield. It's a situation to monitor closely this summer. Yesterday, 7:21 am
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  • Jets RBs coach talks up rookie McGuire
    Jets RBs coach Stump Mitchell has been very impressed with sixth-round RB Elijah McGuire.

    Advice: "I like everything (about him)," Mitchell said. "He's got great hands. As a third-down back or simply a back, he can catch the ball extremely well. He has good vision, and a good ability to make cuts. I like him. He's a student of the game." McGuire is the heavy favorite to open as the Jets' No. 3 back. Yesterday, 7:18 am
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  • Beat writer projects 70-980-7 line for Parker
    ESPN Dolphins reporter James Walker projected DeVante Parker to catch 70 passes for 980 yards and seven touchdowns this season.

    Advice: All would be new career bests, and literally everyone around the Dolphins is expecting a big year out of Parker. The entire Dolphins' offense may be the most talked up of the offseason. One, or some, of these guys simply aren't going to live up to expectations. Walker projects Jarvis Landry at 90-1,110-5, with Kenny Stills taking the biggest hit to his 2016 stats. Parker has immense upside, but the hype is getting a bit out of control from some media. He remains a fantasy WR3/4. Yesterday, 6:18 am
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  • 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. Thursday, 10:14 am
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  • 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. Thursday, 9:20 am
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  • 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. Thursday, 9:12 am
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  • 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. Thursday, 8:21 am
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  • Chester Rogers has 'real shot' at No. 3 job?'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. Thursday, 8:01 am
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  • 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. Thursday, 7:50 am
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  • 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. Thursday, 7:41 am
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  • 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. Thursday, 6:50 am
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  • Team reporter 'cannot imagine' a Bell holdout'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. Thursday, 6:18 am
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  • Grimble could 'make a run' at starting job'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. Thursday, 6:08 am
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  • 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. Thursday, 5:23 am
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