Player Notes

  • Cecil Shorts won't play football in 2017
    Free agent WR Cecil Shorts (knee) admitted he will not play football in 2017.

    Advice: Shorts tore his right ACL, MCL, and PCL and dislocated his knee last winter. His goal is to resume playing in 2018. Shorts turns 30 this December. 25 minutes ago
    Week 1 Projected Rank
  • Jets waive/injured WR Devin Smith
    Jets waived/injured WR Devin Smith.

    Advice: Smith tore his ACL in late April and will spend all of his third NFL season on injured reserve. The 37th overall pick in the 2015 draft, Smith will enter 2018 having appeared in just 14-of-48 possible games. If it makes Jets fans feel any better, Smith was taken just ahead of fellow receiver disappointments Dorial Green-Beckham (No. 40) and Devin Funchess (No. 41). 35 minutes ago
    Week 1 Projected Rank
  • Steelers to use more four-receiver packages?
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette suggests the Steelers could play more four-receiver offense this season.

    Advice: Assuming conditionally-reinstated Martavis Bryant is all systems go, the Steelers will have Bryant, Antonio Brown, Eli Rogers, and second-rounder JuJu Smith-Schuster available at wideout. Losing Ladarius Green removed a weapon from Pittsburgh's offense, and more four-wide packages could be one way to compensate. Last year's Steelers went four wide on just 1 percent of their plays. For comparison, the Jets led the NFL in four-wide sets at 33 percent. 47 minutes ago
    Week 1 Projected Rank
  • Reggie Bush wants to continue playing career
    Free agent Reggie Bush hopes to continue his playing career.

    Advice: Bush, 32, finished the 2016 season in Buffalo with -3 yards on 12 carries. "That's my plan," Bush said of continuing to play. "Going into year 12, I still feel like I have a lot left to prove, a lot left to give this game before I'm done." Bush insisted he's "spoken to a few teams, yes." Bush has not broken 300 rushing yards or 4.0 yards per carry since the 2013 season. Today, 1:11 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
  • Broncos plan to employ running back committee
    New coach Vance Joseph said the Broncos plan to use a running back committee this season.

    Advice: "You need two or three guys that can carry the load. It is no longer a one-guy position," Joseph said. "I’m excited to have Jamaal (Charles), C.J. (Anderson), (Devontae Booker), even De’Angelo (Henderson) in the mix. It’s going to be competitive, and that’s the way it should be." Anderson is the favorite for touches, but his usage will depend on Charles' health and whether Booker shows any year-two progress. Anderson currently makes sense as a sixth- to seventh-round pick in re-draft leagues, while the rest of Denver's backs are late-round fliers. Today, 1:03 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
  • Jags place WR Walters on injured reserve
    Jaguars placed WR Bryan Walters on injured reserve.

    Advice: A backup slot receiver and special teamer, Walters suffered a foot injury in the offseason program. He will likely be released with an injury settlement. Today, 12:51 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
  • Carr confident extension will be done by camp
    Contract-year QB Derek Carr is confident an extension will be in place by training camp.

    Advice: NFL Network's Mike Silver reported last week that Carr had "grown frustrated" with the "slow pace" of talks. "These things take time," Carr said. "The Raiders know I want to be here; this is my family, and I know they want me to be their quarterback." Carr is upping the public pressure, both through leaks and direct statements. Quarterback talks are never easy, but Carr will likely have a new deal before Week 1. Today, 11:37 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
  • Lions expecting 'featured' role for Abdullah
    The Lions' website believes the team is planning a "featured role" for Ameer Abdullah (foot) in 2017.

    Advice: The Lions admitted as much with their offseason moves, somewhat surprisingly skipping over running back in the draft and free agency. Still recovering from a torn ligament in his foot, Abdullah expects to be "full go" soon. "I'm just going to work my tail off and be the best back I can in the situations I'll be given this year," Abdullah said. "I'm really attacking things with a more focused mindset." Abdullah's home run ability has never been in doubt, but he won't catch passes with Theo Riddick in tow, and has just two career rushing touchdowns. There's still quite a bit of projection required with the 24-year-old (in June) back. Today, 10:25 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
  • Coaches think DeVante Parker can 'dominate'
    "Multiple sources" told the Miami Herald that DeVante Parker "has been so impressive this offseason" that Dolphins coaches are now hopeful he can "finally develop" into a "dominant threat."

    Advice: Dolphins OC Clyde Christensen has said the same publicly. Per the Herald's Armando Salguero, during the offseason program Parker has "come to understand that staying healthy is key to his success," which means "eating right," no longer skipping meals, and taking the team nutritionist's advice. Parker is also showing up on time after tardiness was a recurring early-career theme. In the past, Parker didn't always get enough sleep or work hard in practice. He is apparently doing those things now. If Parker has indeed matured, he has the god-given ability to take a third-year fantasy leap. Today, 10:21 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
  • First-round TE O.J. Howard signs rookie deal
    Bucs signed first-round TE O.J. Howard to a four-year contract.

    Advice: As with all first-rounders, Howard's deal includes a team option for a fifth year. Howard is a rare talent at tight end who matches a video-game body and athleticism with dominant blocking ability. Rookie tight ends rarely contribute in fantasy, but Howard's skill set at least gives him a chance. Today, 9:50 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
  • Report: NFL still reviewing Zeke allegations
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the NFL is still reviewing assault allegations against Ezekiel Elliott.

    Advice: Elliott was accused by then-girlfriend Tiffany Thompson of assault last July. The incident was investigated by the Columbus (OH) city prosecutor, but no charges were filed. It is unclear why the NFL's investigation has taken so long to complete. While the lingering investigation is troublesome, it still seems unlikely Elliott faces a suspension. Today, 9:36 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
  • Bernard expected to see limited work at OTAs
    ESPN Bengals reporter Katherine Terrell reports Giovani Bernard (ACL) is expected to get in limited work during OTAs.

    Advice: It is surprising considering he is just six months removed from tearing his ACL, but the definition of limited work could simply be individual drills run at less than full speed. That said, Bernard's recovery appears to be on schedule if not ahead, and there is a good chance he is ready to go by Week 1. Bernard will have to compete with second-round pick Joe Mixon for passing-down work. Today, 9:21 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
  • Vance McDonald may not make final roster?
    The San Francisco Chronicle's Eric Branch writes "it wouldn’t be a surprise" if 49ers TE Vance McDonald does not make the final roster.

    Advice: The 49ers openly attempted to trade McDonald during the draft, but cutting him for nothing is another story, one which would cost the 49ers cap space this year or leave dead money in 2018 depending on how the move is designated. It is still unclear why outgoing-GM Trent Baalke was allowed to give McDonald a five-year, $35-million extension last December, and it looks like the 49ers will have to eat some money to reverse that poor decision. Today, 8:59 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
  • Cooper Kupp 'star' of rookie mini-camp
    The Los Angeles Daily News' Rich Hammond reports third-round WR Cooper Kupp "was the star of this month’s Rams rookie mini-camp."

    Advice: Kupp has made a habit of showing well on the practice field -- he buoyed his draft stock by dominating during Senior Bowl practices. While athletically limited, Kupp did break the all-division college record for career receiving yards (6,464), and the Rams do not have much talent at receiver. He has a path to early targets. Today, 8:38 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
  • Josh Dobbs signs his four-year, rookie deal
    Steelers signed fourth-round QB Josh Dobbs to a four-year contract.

    Advice: Dobbs made 35 starts for Tennessee, finishing with a 23-12 record, 61.5% completion rate, 53:29 TD-to-INT ratio, and 7.1 yards-per-attempt average. Despite that success, Dobbs has issues with mechanics, accuracy, and decision making. He is something of a project, but he should get ample time to develop behind Ben Roethlisberger and possesses the tools to become a starter. Today, 8:26 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
  • Gruden: Josh Doctson a full-go for OTAs
    Redskins coach Jay Gruden said sophomore WR Josh Doctson (Achilles') will be a full-go for OTAs.

    Advice: Just last month Gruden said Doctson would be moved slowly through OTAs, so this is a promising development. It is not a surprise, however, considering CSN Mid-Atlantic's JP Finlay recently reported Doctson "has looked quick and healthy this offseason." Even with Terrelle Pryor in the fold, Doctson has an opportunity to earn a big role this year if he can stay healthy. Today, 7:31 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
  • Chargers plan to use Benjamin on punts
    ESPN's Eric Williams reports the Chargers will look to use Travis Benjamin as a punt returner.

    Advice: Benjamin returned nine punts last year with limited success, but he was slowed by a knee injury which ultimately required surgery after the season. He has been a successful returner in the past, and the Chargers need to find new ways to utilize him considering their suddenly crowded receiver corps. Even with the added return value, Benjamin does not project as a usable fantasy option in standard leagues at this point. Today, 7:21 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
  • Deadline 'driving point' in Cousins talks
    Redskins president Bruce Allen said the July 15 deadline for a long-term deal is "the driving point" in negotiations with franchise-tagged QB Kirk Cousins.

    Advice: Allen said the team has maintained "constant dialogue" with Cousins' camp and he is "still optimistic" something will get done. That optimism seems unsupported by the facts on the ground, but Allen is right that deadlines drive action. Perhaps the Redskins and Cousins will surprise us this summer. Today, 6:52 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
  • Keenan Reynolds recognizes big opportunity
    Ravens sophomore WR Keenan Reynolds recognizes "the opportunity is there" for him to make the final roster.

    Advice: Baltimore is extremely thin behind Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman, who are the only two receivers on the roster who recorded more than 10 catches last season. It is still possible the Ravens add someone between now and training camp, but Reynolds is currently set to compete with the likes of Michael Campanaro and Chris Moore for a big role. Reynolds is also in the mix at returner, which only helps his roster chances. Today, 6:11 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
  • Dorsett says he will be 'new and improved'
    Phillip Dorsett said he will be "a new and improved guy" this season.

    Advice: "I took my body to another level this offseason," Dorsett added. A first-round pick in 2015, Dorsett missed a chunk of his rookie year after breaking his leg and failed to step up with Donte Moncrief sidelined last season. With a new front office in town and Kamar Aiken joining the team in free agency, it is now or never for the third-year player. Today, 6:01 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
Internet Explorer 8 is no longer supported by Yahoo Fantasy. Please download a supported browser.