Player Notes

  • Pats settle Antonio Brown, Hernandez grievances
    ESPN's Field Yates reports the Patriots have reached settlements in their Antonio Brown and Aaron Hernandez grievances. 

    Advice: The settlements recoup the Pats $4 million in salary cap space from Brown and $2.55 million from Hernandez. They have now shot up from under $500,000 in space to $7.794 million. Slowly but surely, Brown is clearing the deck of various legal issues. Yesterday, 9:39 am
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  • Dolphins have not discussed extension with Breida
    The Dolphins have not engaged in contract extension negotiations with RB Matt Breida, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

    Advice: Jackson cites the uncertainty of the salary cap in 2021 as the reason why, and that other Dolphins entering the final year of their contract have also not been approached. The Dolphins spent very little at the running back position this offseason, sending a fifth-round pick for Breida, who is set to make $3.25 million, and signed Jordan Howard to a two-year contract that likely will only last one season. It is the cheapest backfield to acquire in fantasy drafts, yet seems destined for a split workload all season long. Thursday, 5:45 pm
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  • Jaguars WR Laviska Shenault signs rookie contract
    Jaguars signed second-round WR Laviska Shenault to a four-year contract.

    Advice: Head coach Doug Marrone claims Shenault will play numerous positions: wide receiver, tight end, wildcat quarterback and see manufactured touches out of the backfield. It is the type of statement that looks good on paper, but often fails to fulfill its promise. Shenault is at his best with the ball in his hands and was frequently able to show off that skillset at Colorado, as 75% of his catches were made less than 10 yards downfield last season. D.J. Chark remains a great bet to lead the team in targets, but Shenault could offer a secondary spark on a handful of touches per game. Thursday, 1:44 pm
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  • Lamical Perine officially signs rookie contract
    Jets signed fourth-round RB Lamical Perine to a four-year contract. 

    Advice: Perine (5'11/216) led Florida in rushing his final three seasons despite never reaching 140 carries. While he tested as an average Joe across the board at Indy's Combine, PFF charted Perine with just one drop on 55 targets in 2019, which were inexplicably 14 more than his previous three years combined. Those proven receiving chops combined with Perine's burning desire to pass-block could land him a third-down role ahead of Josh Adams or Trenton Cannon. Unfortunately, he'll only be serviceable for fantasy if he can cut into Le'Veon Bell's role on third down. Considering coach Adam Gase's clear antipathy for Bell, it's not outside the realm of possibility. Thursday, 11:44 am
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  • Rapsheet: Mostert wants to be more in line with TC
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Raheem Mostert wants his salary brought more in line with Tevin Coleman's. 

    Advice: Mostert is currently set to make $3 million with Coleman due $4.55 million. Mostert was the far more effective player during the 49ers' Super Bowl run and believes he is due a raise after agreeing to his current deal when he was still a core special teamer. He's not wrong, but the 27-year-old probably isn't going to find a receptive audience in a front office that knows backs are replaceable in Shanahan's system. Thursday, 6:31 am
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  • Eagles sign WR Quez Watkins to rookie deal
    Eagles signed sixth-round WR Quez Watkins to a four-year contract.

    Advice: Watkins was the final addition to the Eagles receiver group this offseason who offers a vertical playmaking skillset, joining Jalen Reagor, Marquise Goodwin and others. Watkins recorded 13 receptions of 20-plus yards last season, good for 17th among FBS receivers, and averaged a ridiculous 18.6 yards per reception. It will be difficult for him to find an early-season role, and Watkins could wind up on the practice squad. Wednesday, 11:35 am
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  • Henry, Titans do not appear close to an extension
    The Titans are open to signing a new deal with franchise-tagged RB Derrick Henry prior to the July 15 deadline, but "no extension is on the verge of happening," according to Titans Insider Terry McCormick.

    Advice: As of now, Henry will be playing on the $10.278 million franchise tag after rushing for over 1,500 yards and 16 touchdowns last season. McCormick reports Titans GM Jon Robinson and Cap Specialist Vin Marino continue to discuss long-term possibilities with Henry. The Titan's top back has already signed his tender, so he will be on the field in 2020 if an extension is agreed to or not. Wednesday, 9:53 am
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  • Jalen Hurd to fill 'big slot' role for 49ers
    49ers WR Jalen Hurd is expected to play the "big slot" role this season.

    Advice: Per beat writer David Lombardi, the 49ers strive for "position-less" football, and Hurd might be the prime example. The former Vols running back could handle a couple carries per game, catch passes over the middle of the field, or use his 6-foot-4 inch frame to block on the edge - likely busting common personnel groupings defenses match-up against. If Hurd is the "big slot," that makes Trent Taylor the "small slot." Both are coming off injuries that forced them to miss the entire 2019 season. Wednesday, 6:43 am
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  • Eagles sound unlikely to release DeSean Jackson
    NBC Sports Philadelphia's John Clark reports DeSean Jackson has apologized to Eagles GM Howie Roseman and owner Jeffrey Lurie for his anti-Semitic posts, and that both Eagles principals have told Jackson he needs to be "active to promote equality."

    Advice: In other words, he is not getting released. Jackson has also reportedly spoken with Rabbi Doniel Grodnitzky of Chabad Young Philly to help Jackson "educate himself." Frankly, Jackson's excuses are absurd. He is a 33-year-old man who literally thought he was quoting Adolf Hitler. Either way, he seems genuinely remorseful and will be getting a second chance. Tuesday, 3:02 pm
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  • Pats restructure final year of Burkhead's contract
    ESPN's Field Yates reports the Patriots restructured Rex Burkhead's contract.

    Advice: Burkhead was a likely cap casualty until this transaction, which drops his base salary from $2.5 million to $1.05 million and includes a $550,000 signing bonus in 2020, the final year of his deal. This move also creates $981,250 in cap space for the Patriots, which had roughly $260,000 in space prior to reworking Burkhead's contract. Much like last year, the 30-year-old is expected to play behind Sony Michel, James White, and Damien Harris barring an injury atop the depth chart. Tuesday, 6:49 am
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  • Report: David Njoku remains 'big part' of Browns
    NFL reporter Josina Anderson reports David Njoku remains a "big part" of the Browns' plans for 2020.

    Advice: But Anderson does note Njoku has long "wanted out" of Cleveland. The former 29th overall pick in the 2017 draft took a major year-two leap in 2018 to post a 56-639-4 line, but he ended up breaking his thumb last Week 1, missed 12 games, and was targeted just 10 times across four appearances en route to a pitiful 5-41-1 season. He was also benched at times. A true freak athlete -- in a good way -- Njoku has all the potential in the world at 6'4/246. The Browns have already signaled Njoku isn't in their long-term plans with the signing of Austin Hooper and draft selection of Harrison Bryant. Everyone should be rooting for Njoku to be dealt. Monday, 7:51 am
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  • Chiefs RBs coach expects 'big jump' for Williams
    Chiefs RBs coach Deland McCullough expects a "big jump" from Damien Williams this season. 

    Advice: “Just listening to the way Damien spoke about himself and the things we’re doing and the things he’s going to do to improve, I think his maturation in this offense is going to be a big jump this year," was McCullough's full quote. All the focus has been on Clyde Edwards-Helaire since he came off the board on Night 1 of the draft, but it is very much up for debate if the diminutive LSU product is readymade for an early-down role in the NFL. CEH is a dynamite pass catcher, but Williams also excels in that area. Coach Andy Reid was comfortable with a committee in 2019. Especially in the context of the coronavirus-shortened offseason, it should not be surprising if Reid heads that direction again. CEH's ADP is a leap of faith. Sunday, 12:54 pm
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  • D'Andre Swift officially signs rookie contract
    Lions signed second-round RB D'Andre Swift to a four-year contract. 

    Advice: Swift (5’8"/212) averaged 7.8 yards per touch behind Nick Chubb and Sony Michel as a true freshman at Georgia before clearing 1,000 yards rushing and seven scores each of the past two years as starter. Swift’s combination of vision, patience and 63rd-percentile Adjusted SPARQ athleticism made him an efficient runner, averaging 6.6 yards per carry on 440 career totes. 20 percent of Swift’s 196 senior carries gained at least 10 yards, the best mark in this year’s draft class. A rugged runner with elite acceleration, Swift is also excellent at reading the first level of the defense. He is the fantasy pick over Kerryon Johnson, checking in as an upside FLEX with an easy path to every-week RB2 status. Saturday, 1:56 pm
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  • Gabriel Davis could be 'plug-and-play weapon'
    The Bills' official website believes fourth-round WR Gabriel Davis could be a "plug-and-play weapon." 

    Advice: The 6-foot-2 UCF product provides some badly-needed size for the Bills' receiver corps. Although he is not the most polished route runner, Davis' immediate impact could come in the form of plays down the field and targets in the red zone. A 21-year-old rookie, Davis is an intriguing Dynasty league prospect. Saturday, 8:11 am
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  • Bills want Moss to play similar role to Gore
    The Bills' official website confirms the team wants third-round RB Zack Moss to "play a role similar to Frank Gore's." 

    Advice: The Bills want Moss to be a powerful change-of-pace complement to Devin Singletary. Like Gore, Moss can also catch passes, so his presence on the field won't be a "tell" the way it is with some power backs. It is unclear if the Bills view Singletary as a true every-down talent. Especially once bye weeks arrive, Moss could provide some standalone re-draft value as an RB4. Saturday, 8:07 am
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  • Diggs worked out with Allen earlier in offseason
    The Bills' official website reports Stefon Diggs worked out with Josh Allen earlier this offseason. 

    Advice: It is just something to file away headed into training camp. Diggs and Allen will be a shotgun wedding of sorts after getting zero official offseason practices to start establishing their chemistry, but informal workouts are much better than nothing. Barring massive strides in the accuracy department, Allen could make life difficult for Diggs down the field. Saturday, 8:02 am
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  • Trent Taylor to place third on Niners in catches?
    The Athletic's Matt Barrows considers Trent Taylor the favorite to place third on the 49ers in receptions behind George Kittle and Deebo Samuel.

    Advice: That's if Samuel is healthy. Taylor missed all of 2019 with the same injury Samuel has now, a Jones fracture. Taylor suffered multiple setbacks, ultimately undergoing five surgeries. NBC Sports Bay Area reported in April the Niners were still expecting "big things" from the 26-year-old slot man. Taylor caught 43 balls in 2017 and 26 in 2018. Considering Taylor's health woes and the Niners' crowded, if unsettled, receiver group, 40 is probably a realistic over/under. Wednesday, 7:46 pm
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  • George Kittle to end up at $13 million per season?
    The Athletic's Matt Barrows reports George Kittle's extension could end up in the range of $13 million per season. 

    Advice: Barrows' report is via "someone in the know." That would make Kittle the highest-paid tight end by a comfortable margin — amongst players on multi-year deals, Austin Hooper is the current leader at $10.5 million per season — but perhaps isn't the bank-breaking number some might expect. Kittle's extension has arrived at an awkward time, as the league is staring at potential revenue shortfalls in a fanless season. That would lower the 2021 salary cap. NFL Network's Mike Silver reported in May the sides were "far apart." Kittle's agent has talked up his ability as a blocker and leader in addition to pass catching. It's safe to say Kittle isn't in the market for a hometown discount. Wednesday, 7:29 pm
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  • Deebo Samuel has 'classic' Jones fracture
    The Athletic's Matt Barrows reports Deebo Samuel (foot) is dealing with a "classic" Jones fracture.

    Advice: Barrows reports the timeline is more in the 10-12 week range than the 12-16 that was initially reported. That could be the difference between beginning the season on the reserve/PUP list or not. Barrows does believe the team might exercise extreme caution with Samuel after Trent Taylor's recovery from a Jones fracture went awry last year. So far, Samuel has been sidelined for two weeks. Wednesday, 7:21 pm
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  • 49ers have discussed Kendrick Bourne extension
    The Athletic's Matt Barrows reports the 49ers have discussed an extension for contract-year WR Kendrick Bourne. 

    Advice: Going on 25, Bourne will be playing on his restricted free agent tender this season. Bourne has proven to be invaluable depth for the 49ers' undermanned receiver corps over the past few seasons, though he committed some high-profile mistakes in 2019. Bourne has taken on greater 2020 importance in the wake of Deebo Samuel's foot injury. Any extension would be team-friendly, as Bourne will not be a hot commodity in next spring's free agent market. Wednesday, 6:49 pm
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