Player Notes

  • Chargers switching to 'simpler' zone scheme
    New Chargers coach Anthony Lynn is implementing more of a zone running scheme.

    Advice: All teams utilize both, but the Chargers were more of a man-blocking unit last season. Lynn is bringing with him a new scheme which he thinks will help Melvin Gordon get to the "next level" after averaging 3.9 yards per carry last season, and Gordon's backup is happy with the change. "We’ve got some new run concepts, and a scheme that’s a little simpler," Branden Oliver said. "We’ve got a guy like Philip (Rivers) who puts us in the position to win games, so we’re gonna see some special things." Behind a revamped offensive line, the sky is the limit for Gordon this season. 51 minutes ago
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  • Beat writer lists Kenny Golladay as starter
    ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein listed third-round WR Kenny Golladay as a starter in his pre-camp roster projection.

    Advice: The Lions are likely to use two-tight-end sets more often this season after signing Darren Fells, but when they go three-wide, Golladay is the best bet to get the call. The rookie will have to hold off Jared Abbrederis, T.J. Jones, and Jace Billingsley for the job. Today, 6:55 am
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  • Tannehill moving well despite knee brace
    ESPN Dolphins reporter James Walker wrote Ryan Tannehill moved well during offseason practices despite a brace on his left knee.

    Advice: Tannehill did not require surgery after partially tearing his ACL late last season, but he will be forced to wear a brace. That brace could be a concern for a player who has averaged over 200 yards rushing a season throughout his career, but the Dolphins have consistently said the quarterback "looks normal." Relegated to an Alex Smith-esque game manager role last season, Tannehill is only a factor in two quarterback leagues. Today, 6:33 am
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  • Tyler Eifert expected to be ready for camp
    Cincinnati Enquirer's Jim Owczarski reports "all indications" are Tyler Eifert (back surgery) will be ready for camp.

    Advice: Eifert waffled on his availability for camp during the spring and did not participate in the offseason program, so it seems unlikely he is a full-go on the first day of camp. Still, his recovery this offseason appears to be going much better than it did last year, and it will be a surprise if he is not participating fully early in camp. Health will always be a concern, but Eifert has scored 18 touchdowns in just 21 games the last two seasons. That upside makes him a clear TE1. Today, 6:17 am
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  • Keenan Allen 'looked quick and explosive'
    ESPN Chargers reporter Eric Williams wrote Keenan Allen (knee) "looked quick and explosive" during the offseason program.

    Advice: It is an opinion shared by Philip Rivers, who said the receiver "looks as good as he did before he got hurt" and was running at "full speed" during OTAs. It is not surprising Allen is already back to 100 percent considering he tore his ACL in Week 1, but staying healthy has been the real concern, with Allen playing just nine games the last two seasons. Even if he stays on the field, Allen is returning to a much more crowded depth chart even if No. 7 overall pick Mike Williams (back) is forced to miss the season. Allen is a reasonable pick at his current WR20 ADP, but that will not remain the case if his name value forces him up draft boards. Today, 5:49 am
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  • Cardale Jones saw 'limited reps' in offseason
    ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak reports Cardale Jones saw "limited reps" during the offseason program.

    Advice: Despite coach Sean McDermott claiming Jones is "absolutely in the mix" at quarterback, Rodak sees the lack of snaps as a sign the fourth-round sophomore is on his way out the door. With great size and arm strength, Jones may be able to fetch a conditional late-round pick as a developmental dart throw. Today, 5:40 am
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  • Latavius Murray says 'health is really good'
    Latavius Murray (ankle) says his "health is really good."

    Advice: Murray sat out the entire offseason program recovering from ankle surgery, but it sounds like he will be able to get back on the field early in camp. "Progress is coming along," Murray said. "I still have to get with coach and the training staff to see what they’re going to have me do." With second-rounder Dalvin Cook likely to earn the starting job, Murray will need a strong camp to earn a fantasy-relevant role. Today, 5:34 am
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  • Teddy Bridgewater likely to open camp on PUP
    Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Teddy Bridgewater (knee) is likely to begin camp on the active/PUP list.

    Advice: This is so unsurprising it barely qualifies as news, but any update on Bridgewater's recovery is worth a note. Even if he lands on the PUP list to start camp, Bridgewater will be able to come off the list at any time, although it remains possible if not likely he opens the season on the reserve/PUP list, which would cost him at least six games. Bridgewater looks like he will return to the field at some point this year, but he still has a long way to go in his recovery. Yesterday, 3:37 pm
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  • Larry Fitzgerald skirts retirement questions
    Larry Fitzgerald did not reveal his retirement plans while speaking with reporters on Sunday.

    Advice: Fitzgerald said the "only reason" he is still playing is to chase a ring, suggesting if the Cardinals surprise with a run this year it likely would be his last. Outside of that, however, Fitzgerald did not offer much in the way of a timeline. "I don’t know what the future holds," Fitzgerald said. "I feel good right now. When that changes, I’ll let you know." Notably, Fitzgerald's contract runs out after this season, but it sounds like his future will remain a mystery until at least January. Yesterday, 2:25 pm
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  • DeAndre Hopkins will report on time to camp
    ESPN's Adam Schefter reports walk-year WR DeAndre Hopkins will report on time to camp.

    Advice: Hopkins staged a one-day holdout at the start of last year's camp to protest a lack of contract talks, but the situation looks like it is a little better this year. Hopkins said in June he loves playing for the Texans, and GM Rick Smith said in March the team is "intent" on signing Hopkins to an extension. Of course, he still does not have a new deal as he enters the final year of his rookie contract, so the positive words have yet to turn into action. Perhaps that will change during camp. Yesterday, 2:05 pm
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  • Ryan Mathews (neck) still not cleared
    Ryan Mathews (neck) has yet to be medically cleared.

    Advice: Mathews underwent neck surgery after the season and has been excused from camp while he recovers. The Eagles want to wait until he is able to pass a physical to release him, which would allow them to avoid an injury settlement, but the Philadelphia Daily News' Les Bowen reports he will not be cleared for at least another couple weeks. Yesterday, 12:07 pm
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  • Jerry: 'Absolutely nothing' to Zeke DV claims
    Jerry Jones said he has seen "absolutely nothing" to substantiate domestic violence allegations against Ezekiel Elliott.

    Advice: Earlier in the same press conference, Jerry also said the Cowboys have no tolerance for off-field issues, so this maybe should be taken with a grain of salt. For his part, Jason Garrett said he had a productive conversation with Elliott about his behavior away from the team. Whether the allegations are true or not, it seems like Zeke is headed for at least a short suspension. Yesterday, 11:51 am
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  • Carey left off Dickerson's 53-man projection
    ESPN's Jeff Dickerson left Ka'Deem Carey off his projection for the Bears' 53-man roster.

    Advice: Dickerson had the Bears taking four running backs with Jeremy Langford claiming the final spot over Carey. Ex-Ram Benny Cunningham also has a leg up on Carey due to his expertise on special teams. A fourth-round pick out of Arizona in 2014, Carey has never topped 200 rushing yards in a season. Cunningham, Langford and rookie Tarik Cohen are slated to back up bell cow Jordan Howard. Yesterday, 9:16 am
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  • Lacy still projected as Seahawks' starter
    ESPN's Sheil Kapadia projects Eddie Lacy as the Seahawks' starting running back.

    Advice: He won't be handed the job—he'll face stiff competition from Thomas Rawls—but if Lacy's surgically-repaired ankle doesn't stand in his way, he should be the favorite for early-down work this season. Lacy must also be diligent with his conditioning after struggling with weight gain in recent years. Even if Lacy does everything he's supposed to, Rawls and passing-down specialist C.J. Prosise should still occupy important roles in the Seahawks' ground attack. Yesterday, 8:24 am
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  • Browns view Duke Johnson as slot receiver?
    According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Duke Johnson is the "leading candidate" to replace Andrew Hawkins as the Browns' primary slot receiver.

    Advice: Johnson was surprisingly profiled in Cabot's preview of the team's wide receivers. The 23-year-old has emerged as one of the more polished receiving backs in football, topping 500 yards receiving in each of his two seasons. Cabot believes he has a "good chance" of taking over the Hawkins role and it stands to reason that his receiving output would increase under those conditions. Johnson hasn't been used much in the running game anyway, logging a mere 177 carries since arriving as a third-round pick in 2015. Yesterday, 7:47 am
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  • John Brown bulks up to 185 pounds
    John Brown has bulked up to 185 pounds this offseason.

    Advice: He's added 12 pounds of muscle since last season. Brown has clearly put an emphasis on strength training, though luckily it hasn't come at the expense of his patented speed. "I'll never lose that," he promised. ESPN Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss said the new, bulkier Brown has the look of a "game-changing receiver," which is exactly what he was before complications from his sickle-cell condition derailed his season in 2016. Currently being drafted as a WR4 in fantasy, Brown has the chance to be an immense bargain. Yesterday, 6:48 am
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  • Kelley still projected to start over Perine
    ESPN's John Keim projects Rob Kelley to open the year as the Redskins' starting running back.

    Advice: Keim gave Kelley only a tepid endorsement in his lineup projections, expecting him to hold the job "for now" while confirming that fourth-round rookie Samaje Perine could overtake him at any point. Fat Rob showed promise at times last season after replacing Matt Jones as the starter, but seemed to wear down as the year went on while offering next to nothing in the passing game. Fantasy owners have been treating Kelley as an RB3/4 in early drafts. Yesterday, 6:38 am
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  • Crowder to play both outside and the slot
    ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim projects Jamison Crowder to start opposite Terrelle Pryor in two-wide sets.

    Advice: As expected. Crowder will line up outside when the Redskins employ two-receiver sets and will shift to the slot when they go three-wide with Josh Doctson. In other words, Crowder will be all over the field and should have a chance to assert himself as Kirk Cousins' go-to target, if he wasn't already. A PPR monster, triple-digit catches is well within Crowder's reach. Yesterday, 6:25 am
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  • Eric Ebron a 'prime' breakout candidate
    ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein considers Eric Ebron a "prime candidate for a breakout year."

    Advice: That's assuming he stays healthy, which is always a big if with Ebron. The fourth-year tight end tallied a career-high 711 receiving yards in 2016, which ranked eighth among tight ends. One way to keep Ebron fresh would be to limit his exposure on run downs, which the Lions can accomplish by giving those snaps to blocking tight end Darren Fells. With Anquan Boldin gone, Ebron can also expect a much bigger role in the red zone this year. At the moment, he's being drafted as a borderline TE1 in most fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 6:11 am
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  • Devin Funchess projected to start in 2017
    ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton projects Devin Funchess to start opposite Kelvin Benjamin this season.

    Advice: Starting Funchess should be a no-brainer for Carolina after losing Ted Ginn to the Saints in free agency. After Ginn out-snapped him 690-493 last season, the 2015 second-round pick can expect a much bigger workload in 2017. The fantasy community hasn't shown Funchess much love this summer—his ADP is in the 200s—but he's an acceptable late-round flyer and could offer some upside as a cheap DFS option in favorable matchups. Yesterday, 5:58 am
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