Player Notes

  • Brandon Aiyuk likely to be top outside receiver
    The Athletic's Matt Barrows expects No. 25 overall pick Brandon Aiyuk to be the 49ers' "best outside-the-hashes target."

    Advice: Connecting dots, Barrows expects Aiyuk to "essentially (take) over for Emmanuel Sanders." Like most of the 49ers' pass catchers, Aiyuk is a YAC threat, but he also has the speed and catch radius to do damage on the outside. He was excellent on go routes in the PAC-12. The 49ers' passing-game distribution is a bit of a black box in the COVID year, but Aiyuk is well worth a late-round flier in 12-team leagues. Yesterday, 5:56 pm
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  • Packers add Malik Turner to barren receiver corps
    Packers signed WR Malik Turner, formerly of the Seahawks. 

    Advice: Turner is a warm veteran body for one of the league's most barren receiver corps after Devin Funchess opted out of the season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Headed into his age-24 campaign, 2018 UDFA Turner caught 15 passes for 245 yards (16.3 YPC) and a touchdown last season but was most remembered for a critical Divisional Round drop against the Packers he is now signing with. He would not be facing great 53-man roster odds most places, but the Packers' receiver group is not most places. Yesterday, 5:46 pm
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  • A.J. Brown struggled with conditioning in 2019
    Titans WR A.J. Brown said he's improved his conditioning after being fatigued in the fourth quarter of some games during his rookie season.

    Advice: Watching game film of his rookie campaign, Brown said he noticed signs of fatigue that affected his play. "I have to be well-conditioned, and that's what we preach with the Titans. It's a key thing with Coach (Mike) Vrabel. … Looking back at some film, I left some plays out there because I was a little tired. I want to be all-around complete," Brown told reporters. "I am definitely in a better place (physically), and I'm in a better shape mentally as well." Brown, who led the NFL in yards per target and was second in yards per catch, is going in the fourth round of 12-team leagues. Tennessee's run-centric offensive philosophy will likely keep Brown from rising up draft boards this month. Yesterday, 6:06 am
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  • OC expects 'a great bounce-back year' from T.Y.
    Colts OC Nick Sirianni expects "a great bounce-back year" from T.Y. Hilton.

    Advice: Hilton battled soft tissue injuries in 2019, and he never was able to pull things together with Jacoby Brissett as his quarterback. Hilton claims that his hamstring will be fully ready to go in a "couple days" and that there's no reason to believe he'll be slowed down during the 2020 regular season. His offensive coordinate is equally as bullish. "He’s definitely still the main piece of this offense. T.Y. Hilton is who this pass offense runs through … things will be schemed to get him the football. I know he’s worked hard on his body and worked hard through the offseason. He’s our guy ... If he stays healthy, the sky is the limit, again, for him." Hilton needs to stay healthy to pay off his borderline WR2/3 average draft position, but he could return to every-week WR2 status if things break his way. Hilton is the WR23 in Rotoworld's premium staff rankings. Monday, 4:44 pm
    Non-Football Injury (Active)
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  • Andy Isabella 'more confident' in his 2nd season's Mike Gurecki and Craig Grailou report Andy Isabella is "more confident" in his second NFL season.

    Advice: Every second-year pro should be more confident, but Isabella did struggle catching the ball with his hands throughout his rookie experience so it's a notable nugget. Those issues led to a disappointing year were he only caught nine passes despite little standing in his way on the receiver depth chart. In 2020, Isabella remains the favorite for the fourth receiver spot, one that actually could be of some value given coach Kliff Kingsbury's usage of four-receiver sets. Isabella remains off the radar in most fantasy leagues, but he's a worthwhile flier in deep leagues as someone who is at least athletic and attached to a quality offense. Expect Hakeem Butler to compete with Isabella this training camp. Monday, 3:07 pm
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  • Packers claim Travis Fulgham off waivers from DET
    Packers claimed WR Travis Fulgham off waivers from Lions.

    Advice: The No. 184 overall pick for the Lions last year, Fulgham didn't see a single target in three appearances. He'll compete to make Green Bay's 53-man roster in camp. Monday, 2:36 pm
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  • Lazard the clear WR2 in Green Bay
    Allen Lazard is the "overwhelming favorite to be the No. 2 receiver opposite Davante Adams," according to Sports Illustrated's Bill Huber. 

    Advice: With the Packers' mind-boggling decision not to upgrade its wide receiver group this offseason, Lazard is in line for decent volume in the Green Bay offense. Lazard is going in the 13th round of 12-team drafts. Probably he won't be startable outside 14-and-16-team leagues, with his upside likely linked to an extended Adams absence. The Aaron Rodgers-Lazard combo was productive in 2019, as Rodgers posted his highest adjusted yards per attempt (10.39) when throwing to Lazard. Monday, 6:45 am
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  • Cowboys remove two players from COVID-19 list
    Cowboys activated CB Saivion Smith and WR Jon'Vea Johnson from the team's reserve/COVID-19 list.

    Advice: Johnson received buzz last summer during Cowboys training camp as an undrafted free agent. He averaged 11.6 yards per target as a deep threat at Toledo, and was widely expected to make the team before a preseason shoulder injury ended his season. Dallas signed Smith, a former Alabama cornerback who has never played an NFL snap, in April. The team also waived Kendrick Rogers, an undrafted rookie WR from Texas A&M. Sunday, 10:04 am
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  • A.J. Green focused on staying healthy
    A.J. Green spent the offseason training to avoid the injuries he's dealt with the last two years.

    Advice: "We did more stuff in testing those ankles, learning how to land better," Green said. "Just little things like that I didn't do in previous years." Healthy and playing on the franchise tag, Green is set up for a rebound season. He should easily lead the Bengals in targets, but he's on the wrong side of 30 with a rookie quarterback and remains one of the bigger injury risks. Sports Injury Predictor gives Green a 93 percent chance of missing games. Sunday, 9:20 am
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  • Chester Rogers signs one-year deal with Miami
    Dolphins signed WR Chester Rogers to a one-year contract.

    Advice: The deal comes after Rogers worked out for Miami last week. With Allen Hurns and Albert Wilson both opted out, Rogers adds depth with a chance for a top-three role. Rogers fractured his kneecap in December but was healthy enough to pass a physical. He'll compete with Jakeem Grant, Ricardo Louis, and Isaiah Ford for slot snaps in training camp. Sunday, 6:30 am
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  • Browns WR Jarvis Landry comes off the PUP list
    Browns activated WR Jarvis Landry (hip) from the active/PUP list.

    Advice: The reports on Landry's recovery from hip surgery have been positive all offseason. Landry's status for Week 1 has been in some doubt but coming off the PUP list this early is a good sign. He led the Browns with 83 catches and 1,174 yards in 2019. Landry's presence in the slot will be crucial to Baker Mayfield's improvement in his third season. Saturday, 1:36 pm
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  • Miami brings back WR Ricardo Louis amid opt-outs
    Dolphins signed WR Ricardo Louis.

    Advice: Miami cut Louis in July but Allen Hurns and Albert Wilson have opted out of the season since his departure. Louis signed with the Dolphins in 2018 but missed both of his two seasons with the team due to injuries. Jakeem Grant's experience in Miami makes him the best option to be the third receiver. Louis will contend with the likes of Isaiah Ford and Mack Hollins to start the year as Miami's fourth option. Saturday, 12:47 pm
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  • Rams yet to open extension talks with Cooper Kupp
    The Rams have yet to open extension talks with contract-year WR Cooper Kupp.

    Advice: “We haven’t had any conversations so far,” Kupp said in a videoconference. “I love it here. I don’t want to go anywhere. In terms of all the contract stuff, I’m letting that be handled by my agent and staying out of it." The Rams have the second lowest cap space in the league and there haven't been many extensions given out with the uncertainty of the season. They should still get something done with Kupp, who's coming off career highs entering the final year of his rookie deal. The Rams also need to extend contract-year CB Jalen Ramsey. Saturday, 8:33 am
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  • Willie Snead drops weight in offseason
    Ravens WR Willie Snead dropped seven pounds this offseason.

    Advice: Snead said he “feels faster” after reporting to training camp. He’s still likely to do a lot of blocking in a run-heavy offense, but playing at a lower weight isn’t a bad thing. Snead should stay around last year’s 46 targets. Saturday, 6:32 am
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  • Jakeem Grant could step into No. 3 role
    The Palm Beach Post reports Jakeem Grant could step into the No. 3 receiver role.

    Advice: Grant is the next up after Allen Hurns and Albert Wilson opted out. He missed the final five games last year with a high ankle sprain and is rarely healthy. Grant will compete with Isaiah Ford in the slot. Whoever wins out is unlikely to see many targets behind Preston Williams, DeVante Parker, and Mike Gesicki. Friday, 4:37 pm
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  • Cooks not concerned with concussion history
    Brandin Cooks said he has "zero" concern about his concussion history.

    Advice: Cooks has five known concussions, with three coming the past two seasons. He's only missed two games since 2015 despite that, and the Texans don't have plans to restrict his snaps. Cooks could have a harder time getting cleared if he suffers another concussion — putting him at risk for a multi-week absence — but he's going to open the year in a near every-down role. Cooks should top last year's 42/583/2 line if he plays all 16 games. Friday, 3:49 pm
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  • Raiders WR Bryan Edwards could start Week 1
    USA Today’s Marcus Mosher reports rookie Bryan Edwards could start at X receiver.

    Advice: Edwards is full-go at training camp after missing the pre-draft process.  Raiders OC Greg Olson suggested he’s already passed Hunter Renfrow for a top-three role, and playing the X spot could put him ahead of Henry Ruggs or Tyrell Williams in two wide sets. The Raiders have made it clear they have plans for Edwards now that he’s healthy. The SEC all-timer is looking like a good bet to start Week 1. Friday, 2:30 pm
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  • Kenny Stills opens training camp on NFI list
    Texans placed WR Kenny Stills on the active/NFI list.

    Advice: Stills likely couldn't pass his physical after reporting to training camp. It's a bad sign for his conditioning in a contract year. Owed a non-guaranteed $7 million behind Will Fuller, Brandin Cooks, and Randall Cobb, Stills isn't a final roster lock. Friday, 2:04 pm
    Non-Football Injury (Active)
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  • Steelers remove James Washington from COVID list
    Steelers activated WR James Washington from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

    Advice: Washington was on the team's COVID list for less than a week. He's still expected to compete with rookie Chase Claypool (and, to a lesser extent, Diontae Johnson) as the No. 4 receiver. The 24-year-old remains a sneaky Best-Ball selection after he averaged a team-high 84.4 air yards per game as Pittsburgh's unanimous downfield threat last year. Friday, 7:31 am
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  • Corey Davis (toe) underwent offseason toe surgery
    Titans insider Paul Kuharsky reports Corey Davis (active/PUP) had offseason toe surgery.

    Advice: Having said that, Davis is still reportedly "on course" for the regular season. It's an injury Davis apparently played through last year before finally going under the knife this offseason. Davis isn't an option in most recreational fantasy leagues but this does explain his decline across the board. He's worth hanging onto in dynasty if only for his inevitable change of scenery in 2021 after having his fifth-year team option declined over the summer. Friday, 6:13 am
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