Player Notes

  • Breer: Mac has merited 'real competition' with Cam
    Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer reports Mac Jones "has done enough in the spring to merit a real competition with Cam Newton in the summer."

    Advice: Breer said Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has never used May and June practices to determine Week 1 starters, but rather to clean up fundamentals and improve conditioning. "The real test, to me, was always going to be in training camp, and more specifically when the pads go on," Breer said. "If Jones is out there with the first offensive-line group then, even if it’s just a percentage of those snaps, then I’d say we know something is afoot." Last week, The Athletic's Jeff Howe reported Jones was the team's best QB during minicamp. Though Belichick has taken every opportunity to heap praise on Newton this offseason, there seems to be a real chance Jones is under center for New England's opener against Miami, making Patriots pass catchers and running backs far more appealing in fantasy football. 9 minutes ago
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  • With absences, Alex Collins leading SEA backfield
    ESPN's Brady Henderson reports RB Alex Collins is "appeared to receive the most reps of any Seattle running back" in offseason practices with Chris Carson, Travis Homer, and Rashaad Penny absent. 

    Advice: Penny is still recovering from knee surgery, Homer is struggling with a calf issue, and Carson missed minicamp due to personal matters. Collins, 27 in August, appeared in three games for Seattle in 2020, turning 18 carries into 77 yards and two touchdowns. Once a workhorse for the Ravens, Collins profiles as the likeliest primary rusher if Carson and Penny miss time in 2021. Homer is more of a pass-catching specialist when healthy. Collins could be a much sought-after waiver wire add for RB-needy teams this season if he makes the Seahawks final roster. 50 minutes ago
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  • TE Noah Gray to see 'significant' playing time?
    ESPN's Adam Teicher said "it's easy to see" how rookie TE Noah Gray "could get a significant amount of playing time" in 2021. 

    Advice: Teicher expects Gray -- a fifth rounder out of Duke -- to play in Kansas City's multiple tight end sets. The rookie could, per Teicher, see extended playing time if the Chiefs rest Travis Kelce during parts of the NFL's new 17-game season. Patrick Mahomes dropped back 96 times last season in multiple tight end sets, throwing for 899 yards and nine touchdowns with zero picks while taking just one sack. Gray, Duke's all-time leading tight end, has stood out in KC's offseason practices as a potential weapon in the team's already-explosive passing attack. He looks like a decent late-round flier in tight end premium formats this summer. Today, 8:32 am
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  • DeShone Kizer pushing for backup QB role in TEN
    ESPN's Turron Davenport reports QB DeShone Kizer has a chance to win the Titans' No. 2 QB spot. 

    Advice: Davenport hinted Kizer has the edge on QB Logan Woodside because his "skill set is very similar to Ryan Tannehill's in that he can make most of the throws and is adept at making plays on the move." Kizer, who served as Tennessee's "quarantine QB" in 2020, has 11 touchdowns and 22 interceptions since entering the league with Cleveland in 2017. He comes with some rushing upside; in 2017, he rushed 77 times for 419 yards and five scores in 15 games for the Browns. Kizer, of course, would be a disaster for Titans pass catchers if Tannehill were to miss time in 2021. Today, 7:53 am
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  • Watkins Ravens' 'best' receiver at minicamp
    ESPN's Jamison Hensley reports Sammy Watkins "was the Ravens' best receiver at minicamp."

    Advice: Hensley said Watkins impressed throughout minicamp, reeling in contested catches and burning Pro Bowl CB Marlon Humphrey for a long touchdown. The veteran receiver, Hensley added, has shown chemistry with Lamar Jackson this offseason. "I'm not going to lie to you; it is fun," Jackson said of Watkins. "A big receiver, nice target, fast guy. Sammy is going to make our job a lot easier." Watkins could be an overlooked late-round fantasy pick this summer as drafters eye rookie WR Rashod Bateman and Marquise Brown. None of the team's wideouts will offer much in the way of consistent fantasy production in the Ravens' run-heavy attack. Baltimore receivers in 2020 hauled in 137 catches -- the lowest total in the league by a wide margin. Today, 7:43 am
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  • Fields to see 'a lot' of preseason playing time
    Sports Illustrated's  Albert Breer reports the Bears will give rookie QB Justin Fields "a lot" of playing time in the preseason.

    Advice: "So if he’s going to start a move toward getting on the game field in the fall," Breer said of the 11th pick in the 2021 draft, "I’d think it’ll start with how he plays there." Chicago head coach Matt Nagy has been steadfast in insisting Andy Dalton will start the season for the Bears, leaving an ever-vanishing path for Fields to overtake the veteran this summer. Fields, meanwhile, is reportedly working on basics like getting the team in and out of the huddle during the Bears' offseason practices. A lightning fast rushing threat and deep ball specialist, Fields is set to become a preseason DFS staple this August. Today, 7:01 am
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  • Hyde could be workhorse if RB injuries strike
    Sports Illustrated's John Shipley reports Carlos Hyde could "see a legitimately high volume of carries" if James Robinson misses time in 2021. 

    Advice: Shipley concedes "Hyde's value to the Jaguars will likely come from his leadership and veteran presence in the running back room," adding that the veteran -- who played for Urban Meyer at Ohio State -- would likely be the primary ball carrier should Robinson struggle with injuries in 2021. Shipley expects Robinson, the undrafted free agent who went for 1,414 total yards as a rookie, to function as the lead back while rookie RB Travis Etienne will function as Meyer's "slash" weapon, mostly used as a pass catcher. Though Hyde shouldn't be drafted in 12-team leagues this summer, he would become a top waiver add should injuries strike Jacksonville's backfield. Today, 5:21 am
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  • WR Kendall Hinton 'impressing' Broncos coaches
    NFL Network's James Palmer reports WR Kendall Hinton is "impressing coaches" in offseason practices. 

    Advice: Hinton famously started at quarterback for Denver last year after the team's QB room went into COVID protocol, leaving the team without a signal caller. Hinton, who played quarterback at Wake Forest before converting to wideout, completed one pass for 13 yards in the Broncos' loss to New Orleans. Broncos head coach Vic Fangio named Hinton, 24, when asked which players stood out during minicamp, and Palmer believes Hinton -- who had over 1,000 yards on 73 catches in his final collegiate season -- is "in the hunt" for a roster spot. He'd surely be buried on the team's depth chart if he makes final cuts this summer. Today, 5:06 am
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  • Cole Beasley could retire over COVID-19 protocols
    Bills WR Cole Beasley said COVID-19 protocols may force him into retirement

    Advice: "I'd rather take my chances with Covid and build up immunity. Exercise and do what I think is necessary to be a healthy individual. That is MY CHOICE based on MY experiences and what I think is best," Beasley posted on Twitter. "If I'm forced into retirement, so be it." Beasley has been one of the NFL's most outspoken players on vaccination. It has potential to become a distraction for the Bills if Beasley and other anti-vax players continue to push back. Beasley, who participated in minicamp, will need to comply with COVID protocols throughout 2021. The slot receiver would forfeit his $4.7 million salary if he decides to retire. Yesterday, 6:56 am
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  • Travis Homer sidelined with calf injury
    Seahawks RB Travis Homer missed minicamp with a calf injury.

    Advice: Homer and Rashaad Penny (knee surgery) are both sidelined until training camp. It's a step in the wrong direction for Homer, who's competing with DeeJay Dallas for the No. 3 role. The missed time gives Dallas the early edge for a roster spot. Saturday, 9:15 am
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  • Eagles rookie TE Jack Stoll likely to make roster?
    Eagles rookie TE Jack Stoll has a "pretty strong shot" at a roster spot.

    Advice: The Eagles signed Richard Rodgers this offseason, but don't have much else behind Dallas Goedert. Stoll, an undrafted free agent from Nebraska, could open the year as the No. 3 tight end if the Eagles trade Zach Ertz. Tyree Jackson, Hakeem Butler, Jason Croom, and Caleb Wilson are also competing for roster spots. Saturday, 8:06 am
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  • Fulgham likely to open camp in three-wide sets
    The Newark Star-Ledger's Mike Kaye expects Travis Fulgham to open training camp in three-wide sets.

    Advice: Fulgham will play the X or Z spot, with Jalen Reagor likely moving to the slot. After bursting onto the scene with 435 yards and four touchdowns in his first five games last year, Fulgham faded down the stretch, catching nine passes over the final eight weeks. Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Fulgham's "work habits" were an issue, and the 2019 sixth-rounder won't be given anything after his late season benching. Greg Ward, John Hightower, and JJ Arcega-Whiteside will push Fulgham in camp. Saturday, 7:32 am
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  • Isaiah Hodgins (shoulder) fully cleared for camp
    Bills WR Isaiah Hodgins (shoulder) was a full participant at minicamp.

    Advice: Hodgins missed his rookie year to shoulder surgery. With Buffalo adding Emmanuel Sanders and sixth-rounder Marquez Stevenson this offseason, he's competing for one of the final roster spots. Hodgins would give the Bills a depth receiver and special teamer if he makes final cuts. Saturday, 7:20 am
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  • Blake Proehl in the mix for No. 3 role?
    Vikings coach Mike Zimmer mentioned Blake Proehl as a candidate for the No. 3 receiver role.

    Advice: An undrafted free agent, Proehl is competing with Chad Beebe, KJ Osborn, Olabisi Johnson and fifth-rounder Ihmir Smith-Marsette. The Vikings rarely feature their third receiver, but that could change with Kyle Rudolph gone. Proehl, who had a 47/577/4 line in nine games for ECU last year, would have late round Dynasty value if he finds his way into three-wide sets. Saturday, 6:54 am
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  • Vikings TE Tyler Conklin in line for expanded role
    Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said TE Tyler Conklin "emerged as a guy that's moving upward."

    Advice: Zimmer expects a "bigger role" for Conklin this season. The Vikings moved on from Kyle Rudolph, leaving Conklin to pick up his snaps behind Irv Smith. That should lead to significant playing time, as Minnesota ran 12 personnel on 43.5% of plays last year. Conklin flashed late in 2020 with both Rudolph and Smith sidelined. The 2018 fifth-rounder doesn't have standalone value but is a hedge for Smith drafters. Saturday, 6:37 am
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  • Patrick Mahomes says he's close to 100 percent
    Patrick Mahomes (toe surgery) said he was able to "do the things that I needed" at OTAs.

    Advice: "I don’t see any problems moving forward," Mahomes said at the final practice of minicamp. "Obviously, I’ll have to continue with the rehab, continue to work on those things. But I feel like I had a good OTAs." Coach Andy Reid confirmed Mahomes was "full-go" during offseason workouts. Mahomes is only four months removed from surgery but continues to progress ahead of schedule. The Chiefs expect Mahomes to be 100 percent for the start of training camp. Friday, 5:02 pm
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  • Nick Chubb 'in talks' with Browns about extension
    Nick Chubb said his agent has been in talks with the Browns about an extension.

    Advice: Chubb's supporting cast and coach Kevin Stefanski's run-heavy offense are "among the reasons he prefers to stay in Cleveland." Even with missing four games to an MCL sprain, Chubb still ran for over 1,000 yards last year and had a career-high 12 touchdowns. The Browns, who gave Kareem Hunt a two-year contract in September, may look to extend Chubb before training camp. The two-time Pro Bowler is likely looking for a deal in the range of the $12 million APY Aaron Jones got from the Packers this offseason. Friday, 4:07 pm
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  • Jaguars sign former first-rounder Laquon Treadwell
    Jaguars signed WR Laquon Treadwell.

    Advice: The former first-rounder most recently stabbed 6/49/2 on seven targets across five appearances with the Falcons last year. He's obviously nothing more than a depth signing for the Jaguars, whose receiver room remains log jammed with DJ Chark, Laviska Shenault, Marvin Jones, and even Travis Etienne. Friday, 9:10 am
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  • Jags beat believes Robinson will lead RBs in snaps
    Jaguar Reports' John Shipley believes James Robinson will lead Jacksonville's backfield in snaps.

    Advice: "Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell has shown a past tendency to give more of his offense's rushing focus to backs with skill sets similar Robinson in the past," Shipley writes. "Robinson should be expected to be the hammer of the offense, a role that is still supremely important." While that's not an ideal role compared to last year, Robinson could still provide value between the 20s and in goal-line scenarios over first-rounder Travis Etienne, who Shipley believes "the Jaguars have bigger and more expansive plans for." It's possible the former slips so far in drafts that he becomes a tremendous option as an RB2 in zero-RB builds. Friday, 9:02 am
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  • Penny Hart impresses in minicamp
    Pete Carroll said WR Penny Hart “had a spectacular couple of weeks’’ in OTAs and minicamp.

    Advice: Hart, a second-year UDFA from Georgia State, is primarily a special teams player for the Seahawks. He notched one reception on 62 offensive snaps while bouncing between the practice squad and active roster last year. However, with David Moore walking in free agency and second-round rookie D'Wayne Eskridge being held out of practice with a toe injury, there are first-team reps up for grab in Seattle. The Seattle Times' Bob Condotta noted that Hart made a handful of impressive catches in minicamp including a one-handed snag on a touchdown pass from Russell Wilson. Hart has a slim but realistic path to becoming the third receiver in Seattle. He's a player worth monitoring once training camp gets underway. Thursday, 6:48 pm
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