Player Notes

  • Report: Texans wouldn't return Cutler's calls
    According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, free agent Jay Cutler had interest in playing for the Texans but the team wouldn't return his calls.

    Advice: The ex-Bears quarterback has heard crickets since hitting the open market. Cutler had a visit lined up with the Jets about a month ago, but that meeting was cancelled after Gang Green signed Browns castoff Josh McCown to a one-year deal. Houston would have been an interesting landing spot for Cutler but instead the Texans addressed their quarterback need by trading up to draft Deshaun Watson with the No. 12 pick. The 34-year-old recently said he has no plans to retire but maybe he'll reconsider if teams keep giving him the cold shoulder. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:18 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    1820th
  • 49ers acquire RB Kapri Bibbs from Broncos
    49ers acquired RB Kapri Bibbs and a fifth-round pick from the Broncos for a fourth-round pick in 2018.

    Advice: Bibbs tallied 129 yards on 29 carries last year while filling a change-of-pace role behind C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker. In San Francisco, he'll serve as backfield depth behind injury-prone starter Carlos Hyde. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:27 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    1823rd
  • Pats acquire TE James O'Shaughnessy
    Patriots acquired TE James O'Shaughnessy and the No. 216 pick from the Chiefs for the No. 183 pick.

    Advice: O'Shaughnessy totaled two catches for -1 yard over 112 snaps as Kansas City's third-string tight end in 2016. He'll give New England some depth behind Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:55 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    1872nd
  • Texans do not think Foreman needs surgery
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Texans do not believe third-round RB D'Onta Foreman (foot) needs surgery.

    Advice: Foreman did not run at the Combine because of a stress fracture in his foot, but he was able to post a 4.45 forty at his Pro Day. Rapoport reports the Texans "found no progressions in the injury" during medical rechecks and the running back "doesn’t feel it." The 2016 Doak Walker award winner will spell Lamar Miller this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:18 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    -th
  • Shanahan: Hoyer 'is our starting quarterback'
    49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Brian Hoyer "is our starting quarterback."

    Advice: San Francisco traded up to select Iowa's C.J. Beathard in the third round Friday night, but Shanahan expects the rookie to "develop" behind Hoyer this season. Hoyer is a reasonable stop-gap, but neither he nor Beathard looks like the long-term answer. The 49ers should take their big swing next offseason. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:13 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    238th
  • Report: 4 teams were willing to take Mixon
    In an anonymous survey of all 32 teams before the draft, just four said they would consider drafting Joe Mixon.

    Advice: Yet, as ESPN's Adam Schefter noted, "it only takes one." Despite trading back in round two, the questionable-character-tolerant Bengals still got their guy at No. 48. It was never a secret that Cincinnati wanted Mixon before the draft. Mixon now becomes the Bengals' best running back by a significant margin. He should have an opportunity to assert himself as Cincinnati's every-down back. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:46 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    -th
  • Pats pick up Brandin Cooks' fifth-year option
    Patriots exercised WR Brandin Cooks' fifth-year team option for 2018.

    Advice: The move is an absolute no-brainer after New England traded a first-round pick and some change to land Cooks in March. The receiver is now under contract for the next two years, but the Patriots could look to sign him to an extension next offseason. Patriots owner Bob Kraft compared Cooks' potential impact to that of Randy Moss, so it is safe to say the organization is high on him. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:45 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    30th
  • Licht 'happy with' Doug Martin's 'trajectory'
    Bucs GM Jason Licht said he is "happy with" Doug Martin's (suspended) "trajectory" this offseason.

    Advice: "I’ve said that before but it’s the truth," Licht continued. "He has the right mindset right now and he looks good physically." NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Martin has been "the most impressive player thus far" in the Bucs' offseason program, and Tampa Bay has bypassed the running back position to this point in the draft. That does not mean they will avoid the position entirely on Day 3, but it is looking more and more likely Martin will remain in Tampa Bay this season. Martin will serve the final three games of his suspension Weeks 1-3. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:12 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    131st
  • Pace does not see Shaheen as a project
    Bears GM Ryan Pace does not believe second-round TE Adam Shaheen is a project.

    Advice: "Adam’s projected to play early," Pace added. Shaheen certainly has the size (6'7/278) and athleticism to play in the league, but he is making a big jump from Division II Ashland to the NFL. While he may not be a "project," almost all tight ends suffer growing pains their first year in the league, and those issues could be magnified by the large jump in competition. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:07 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    -th
  • Hue: Kizer will have 'opportunity to compete'
    Browns coach Hue Jackson said second-round QB DeShone Kizer will have an "opportunity to compete" for the starting job along with every other quarterback on the roster.

    Advice: The coach has said almost the exact same thing all offseason. "Let's let these guys get here and learn our offense," Jackson said, "and go out on the field and let's see how it all turns out." For now, that means Kizer will compete with Cody Kessler, Kevin Hogan, and Brock Osweiler for the starting job, although the latter's future with the organization remains murky. Kizer might have the most upside of any quarterback in this year's class, but he needs some polish. It will not be surprising if Kessler opens the season as the starter. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:02 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    -th
  • Report: BUF 'unlikely' to use Watkins' option
    The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci reports the Bills are "unlikely" to pick up Sammy Watkins' fifth-year option.

    Advice: Reports of the Bills waffling on the decision have been circulating for a couple weeks, but it never seemed like a real choice considering Watkins' talent, how much Buffalo paid to get him, and their lack of options at receiver. Clearly, that assumption was incorrect. According to Carucci, the Bills "aren't comfortable" using the option while Watkins is still recovering from foot surgery. The deadline for a final decision is May 3. Buffalo added WR Zay Jones in the second round Friday night, but they need receiver help regardless of Watkins' health and contract situation. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:16 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    32nd
  • Steelers keep Pitt RB James Conner home
    Steelers selected Pitt RB James Conner with the No. 105 overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

    Advice: Connor (6’2/233) took college football by storm as a 2014 sophomore, earning ACC Player of the Year with 26 rushing TDs only to tear his right MCL one game into his junior season. Conner was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma later that year, yet remarkably returned to post a 216-1,092-16 (5.06 YPC) rushing line in 2016 and set a career high with 21 receptions. While a great story, Connor’s post-cancer tape was that of a plodding grinder, lacking burst and winning purely on straight-line force. Conner’s likeliest NFL projection is an early-down thumper with short-yardage and clock-killing value like a poor man’s LeGarrette Blount. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:32 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    -th
  • 49ers move up to grab Iowa QB C.J. Beathard
    49ers traded up with the Vikings to select Iowa QB C.J. Beathard with the No. 104 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

    Advice: The 49ers entered this draft looking for their quarterback of the future, and this pick is not going to change that. Beathard (6’2/219) made 28 starts in the Hawkeyes’ pro-style, play-action offense, compiling a 21-7 record but completing just 58.1% of his passes with a 7.0 yards-per-attempt average and 40:19 TD-to-INT ratio. He slumped to 56.5% completions and 6.4 YPA as a senior. The nephew of longtime GM Bobby Beathard, C.J. projects as a career backup with inconsistent touch, poor pocket presence, and molasses-slow mechanics which led to 58 sacks over his final two years. His ceiling is likely in the T.J. Yates range. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:30 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    -th
  • Lions draft Golladay with No. 96 pick
    Lions selected Northern Illinois WR Kenny Golladay with the No. 96 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

    Advice: Golladay (6’4/218) spent two seasons at NIU after transferring from North Dakota, compiling a 160-2,285-18 (14.3 YPR) receiving line and earning first-team All-MAC from the conference’s coaches as a senior. PFF College charted Golladay with just five career drops among 165 catchable targets. Golladay held his own at the Combine, running 4.5-flat with adequate vertical (35 ˝") and broad (10’0") jumps. While Golladay needs to get stronger and improve his route technique, he is an intriguing H/W/S prospect with sure hands and developmental upside. Even for a team that needs receiving help in Detroit, Golladay is more multi-year project than year-one contributor. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:04 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    -th
  • Chiefs trade up for underrated RB Kareem Hunt
    Chiefs traded up to select Toledo RB Kareem Hunt with the No. 86 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

    Advice: Hunt (5’11/216) graduated as the Rockets’ all-time leading rusher, posting a career line of 782-4,945-44 (6.32 YPC) with 73 receptions, including 41 grabs as a senior. Hunt earned Most Outstanding Player at January’s Senior Bowl, only to struggle at the Combine with a sluggish forty (4.62) and broad jump (9’11"). Rookie Scouting Portfolio’s Matt Waldman has compared Hunt to a Chester Taylor, Joique Bell-level No. 2 back or capable spot starter. While his athleticism doesn’t stand out, PFF College charted Hunt with the second-most missed tackles forced (98) in the nation in 2016, and Hunt fumbled just once on 856 college touches. We are big fans of Hunt and believe he'll give Spencer Ware a serious run for the Chiefs' starting job in camp. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:40 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    -th
  • Giants take quarterback flier on Davis Webb
    Giants selected Cal QB Davis Webb with the No. 87 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

    Advice: Beginning to plan for a post-Eli Manning future, the Giants are taking a flier on a player some people considered a first-round dark horse. Webb (6’5/229) transferred to Cal after he was beaten out by Patrick Mahomes at Texas Tech, playing one year for the Bears and going 5-7 with a 61.6% completion rate, 6.9 YPA, and 37:12 TD-to-INT ratio. Webb is an above-average athlete with 79th-percentile SPARQ results, although he presented little to no scrambling threat in college. Compared to Nick Foles by Rookie Scouting Portfolio’s Matt Waldman, Webb struggled with ball location and showed erratic pocket presence on tape. Webb "looks the part" but probably starter-caliber passing skills and does not extend plays. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:40 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    -th
  • Bucs add yet another weapon in Chris Godwin
    Bucs selected Penn State WR Chris Godwin with the No. 84 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

    Advice: After adding DeSean Jackson in free agency and O.J. Howard in the first round, the Bucs nab yet another weapon for Jameis Winston with their third pick of the draft. Godwin (6’1/209) turned pro after three years as a Nittany Lion, finishing with a 154-2,421-18 (15.4 YPR) career receiving line. He only earned honorable mention All-Big Ten in 2016. Godwin’s stock soared Indy, recording a top-four SPARQ score among wideouts with a 4.42 forty and explosive 10-foot-6 broad jump. Godwin topped 1,100 yards at age 19 and scored 11 TDs last season as a 20-year-old. While he is still learning to use his speed and has room to improve after the catch, Godwin impressed with acrobatic plays on tape and stood out in Matt Harmon’s Reception Perception as this draft’s premier contested-catch receiver. Godwin is among the highest-ceiling prospects in a weak 2017 wideout class. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:32 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    -th
  • Broncos nab Carlos Henderson at No. 82
    Broncos selected Louisiana Tech WR Carlos Henderson with the No. 82 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

    Advice: Henderson (5’11/199) turned pro following a breakout redshirt junior campaign, tallying an 82-1,535-19 (18.7 YPR) receiving line after failing to hit 800 yards in each of his first two seasons. Henderson returned kicks throughout college, scoring three times and finishing No. 2 in the nation with a 32.2-yard average in 2016. The top post-catch receiver in this year’s draft, PFF College charted Henderson with a nation-best 48 missed tackles forced last season. C-USA scouts told Draft Analyst’s Tony Pauline that Henderson was "impossible to cover." With 4.46 jets and an explosive broad jump (10’11"), Henderson profiles as a dynamic slot-flanker with field-flipping special teams value. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:26 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    -th
  • Jets select WR ArDarius Stewart at No. 79
    Jets selected Alabama WR ArDarius Stewart with the No. 79 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

    Advice: Stewart (5’11/204) turned pro as a redshirt junior after compiling a career 129-1,713-12 (13.3 YPR) receiving line as a two-year starter and three-year contributor in Tuscaloosa. An above-par athlete with 4.49 speed and a solid 10-foot-4 broad jump, Stewart looks like a cross between Golden Tate and Pierre Garcon on college film with powerful shiftiness and impressive run-after-catch skills. Stewart dealt with horrific QB play at Alabama – particularly in 2016 – and became a player the Crimson Tide coaching staff proactively manufactured touches. Also a physical blocker with special teams experience, Stewart has a chance to develop into a plus No. 3 or lower-end No. 2 NFL receiver. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:16 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    -th
  • Texans say Tom Savage remains starting QB
    Coach Bill O'Brien said Tom Savage is "our starter," even after the Texans traded up to take Deshaun Watson at No. 12 overall.

    Advice: Longtime beat writer John McClain also feels Watson won't be starting "anytime soon" due to the difficulty of O'Brien's system. "As a rookie quarterback it's a big jump," O’Brien said. "Tom is our starter and Deshaun will come in and he's going to work hard and we're going to teach him and feed him a lot of information and he'll work at it." Savage will likely open the summer atop the depth chart and possibly get the nod in Week 1, but his leash is going to be very short. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:23 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    251st
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