Player Notes

  • McKinnon gets top RB reps at Vikings OTAs
    Jerick McKinnon opened Vikings OTAs handling "most of the first-team reps" in the running back corps.

    Advice: It's not a surprise since Latavius Murray (ankle) is on the shelf and Dalvin Cook is a rookie. With that said, McKinnon has no Rotoworld blurbs since January 1, and his outlook has changed dramatically in the past few months. McKinnon offers scheme experience and receiving skills, but Cook is a far superior inside runner, and Murray is making nearly $4 million this year. McKinnon is in danger of slipping to third string on the depth chart. Yesterday, 10:05 pm
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  • Arians optimistic about Jaron Brown progress
    Cardinals coach Bruce Arians indicated he is optimistic about WR Jaron Brown's (ACL) health.

    Advice: Brown was poised to assert himself into a bigger 2016 role before tearing his ACL late last October. The Cardinals liked him enough to sign Brown to a one-year extension less than a month later, ensuring he spent another year with the club. "We’re keeping him out of team drills because I don’t want to see him cut, but he’s running routes full speed," Arians said. "He looks great. Actually, his computer numbers are faster than they’ve ever been." Yesterday, 9:31 pm
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  • Laquon Treadwell runs with first-team offense
    Laquon Treadwell has run with the first-team offense at Vikings OTAs.

    Advice: The 23rd overall pick in last year's draft, Treadwell managed one reception during his rookie campaign. The Vikings are just trying to build his confidence by running him in three-receiver sets with Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, but perhaps it'll work. A GIF circulated Wednesday of Treadwell beating Xavier Rhodes for a long catch from Sam Bradford in OTAs. The Vikings signed Michael Floyd as a fallback option should Treadwell not make a sophomore leap. Yesterday, 8:50 pm
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  • Cowboys don't fear sophomore slump for Dak
    Cowboys QBs coach Wade Wilson insisted Dak Prescott is in no danger of experiencing a sophomore slump.

    Advice: It is part of Wilson's job description to build Prescott up, keep in mind. "Nothing is too big for that kid," said Wilson, a former longtime NFL QB himself. "He’s improved strength-wise, flexibility-wise, speed-wise, quickness-wise, so he’s not resting on anything that went on last year." Prescott said he's taking on a more vocal leadership role after "just being quiet and trying to fit my way in" as a rookie. Prescott will again be a high-upside late-round quarterback target. Yesterday, 6:29 pm
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  • Branden Oliver all systems go for Bolts OTAs
    Philip Rivers indicated Branden Oliver (Achilles') has looked as good as new at Chargers OTAs.

    Advice: Oliver is coming off a brutal injury, but he suffered it last August and will be over a full year removed for Week 1. "It’s been great (having him back)," Rivers. "Gosh, we had really such high expectations for him going into last year. ... He looks good. He looks explosive. I know it’s early, but I think he really is a great complement to Melvin (Gordon). Their styles are different, but similar. (We) have two backs who can run all the same plays." Oliver is a handcuff to remember entering the 2017 fantasy season. Yesterday, 6:20 pm
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  • Spencer Ware expected to 'return as starter'
    The Kansas City Star expects Spencer Ware to return as the Chiefs' starting running back.

    Advice: ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher previously projected rookie Kareem Hunt as the team's likely leader in 2017 rushing attempts and running back catches. Ware has averaged 4.63 yards per carry and 11.6 yards per reception over the past two seasons, however, and the Chiefs shouldn't be in any hurry to pull Ware off the field. This will be a camp battle to monitor closely. Yesterday, 5:27 pm
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  • Gase: RB Ajayi could handle up to 350 carries
    Dolphins coach Adam Gase suggested Jay Ajayi could see as many as 350 carries this season.

    Advice: This assumes his health cooperates, of course, and that the Dolphins lead on the scoreboard enough to feed Ajayi the nearly 22 carries per week required to approach 350 attempts. Regardless, it's clear the Dolphins' offense is now built around Ajayi and not on Ryan Tannehill's arm. "I'm ready for it," Ajayi said when asked about his feature back usage. "I prepare myself every season to take a huge workload and be able to carry the team, and I think I'm ready for that." Ajayi is one of the highest-upside running back picks in the second round. Yesterday, 4:43 pm
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  • Cowboys say Elliott does not have concussion
    Cowboys RBs coach Gary Brown insisted Wednesday that Ezekiel Elliott does not have a concussion.

    Advice: Elliott is sitting out OTAs after suffering a head injury in a Sunday night car accident. The Cowboys claim he merely took a "hit to the head," and isn't concussed, experiencing only "neck stiffness" and "body stiffness." Zeke is reportedly being held out of practice as a "precaution." Elliott is expected to resume practicing next Tuesday. Strangely, Zeke has been involved in two automobile accidents already this year. Yesterday, 4:22 pm
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  • Brock Osweiler says he expects to start
    Brock Osweiler says he expects to be the Browns' starter.

    Advice: "My expectation is always to start," Osweiler said. "But once again that's not my decision. I want to play and I want to help this team win, but I know there's a lot of work that needs to go into that." Osweiler has been working with the second-team offense at OTAs, but rotated in with the starters. The Browns quarterback competition should carry deep into training camp. Yesterday, 3:11 pm
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  • 'No assurances' Luck will be ready for camp
    The Indianapolis Star reports "there are no assurances" Andrew Luck (shoulder) will be ready for the start of training camp.

    Advice: Owner Jim Irsay hinted at this back in March. Luck hasn't had any setbacks, but the Colts are committed to not rushing him back from January surgery. Even if Luck misses some camp time, there's no concern over his status for Week 1. Yesterday, 1:34 pm
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  • Seahawks not expected to immediately sign QB
    The Seattle Times' Bob Condotta reports the Seahawks aren't expected to immediately sign free agent Colin Kaepernick or any other quarterback.

    Advice: Kaepernick and Austin Davis are the two known passers visiting the team on Wednesday. It sounds like a mere look-see on the Seahawks' end for the time being, but it's a step in the right direction for Kaepernick. The Seahawks would probably like to have a backup QB in place in time for June minicamp. Yesterday, 11:43 am
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  • Bills sign fifth-round QB Nathan Peterman
    Bills signed fifth-round QB Nathan Peterman to a four-year contract.

    Advice: Peterman is considered more pro-ready than a typical fifth-round QB, and is battling with veteran T.J. Yates and Cardale Jones for the backup job behind Tyrod Taylor. Peterman should win a spot on the 53-man roster, and could be an option if the Bills move on from Taylor in the future. Yesterday, 10:52 am
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  • Patriots do deal with slot man Andrew Hawkins
    Patriots signed WR Andrew Hawkins to a one-year contract.

    Advice: Hawkins says he left money on the table in order to win a championship with the Patriots. Hawkins played a minor role with Cleveland over the last three years, and only finished with 33 catches in 2016. A slot man-only, the 31-year-old has his work cut out to make the Patriots' 53-man roster. Hawkins would likely have to outplay Danny Amendola in training camp to do so. Yesterday, 10:13 am
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  • Goff and Woods getting 'timing down early'
    ESPN Rams reporter Alden Gonzalez believes WR Robert Woods is "perhaps the best bet to lead the 2017 Rams in catches".

    Advice: The Rams signed Woods to be Jared Goff's primary target after letting Kenny Britt walk. Woods is spending extra time with Goff before OTAs, working on routes and timing and studying fil. The WR64 in MFL ADP, Woods is a solid flier at the back end of drafts. He should see 100-plus targets as the Rams' default WR1. Yesterday, 8:58 am
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  • Bills sign WR Rod Streater
    Bills signed WR Rod Streater.

    Advice: Streater has been close to a non-factor since his 60-catch 2013 season with the Raiders, bouncing between the Chiefs and 49ers last year. The Bills desperately need depth at receiver with both Sammy Watkins (foot) and Zay Jones (knee) injured. Streater will compete for a spot at the bottom of the roster. Yesterday, 7:22 am
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  • Forte hopes OC uses more favorable rotation
    Matt Forte said he hopes new Jets OC John Morton uses a more favorable rotation in the backfield this season.

    Advice: Forte called out ex-OC Chan Gailey's "odd" rotation last season, saying he wasn't sure why Gailey pulled him off the field on third downs. Forte has long been one of the better pass catchers out of the backfield and wants Morton to give him that opportunity. At 31, Forte knows he's on his last legs and realizes Bilal Powell is going to have a role, but he hopes they'll rotate series, not downs. Yesterday, 6:32 am
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  • Rookie Mike Williams (back) in doubt for OTAs
    Chargers first-round WR Mike Williams is not participating in OTAs after injuring his back in the first practice of rookie minicamp.

    Advice: Coach Anthony Lynn is "hopeful" Williams will return next week, but it's not a given he'll be ready before June minicamp. Williams has been sidelined for a couple weeks now due to what the team is calling "tightness" in his back. In a deep receiver depth chart, Williams is missing crucial developmental time. He's no lock to open the year as a starter. Yesterday, 6:22 am
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  • RB Matt Jones not reporting to Redskins OTAs
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports RB Matt Jones will not report for Redskins OTAs.

    Advice: Jones has nothing to gain by reporting for the voluntary workouts. He already knows he's out of the team's plans after being a healthy scratch much of last year and then seeing the team draft Samaje Perine to go with Rob Kelley, Chris Thompson, and Mack Brown. Jones likely hopes to get released or traded soon and will sit out the OTA sessions to prevent himself from some sort of injury. Yesterday, 6:16 am
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  • Eagles coaches mad Wentz worked with QB gurus
    The Philadelphia Inquirer's Marcus Hayes reports Eagles coaches were "not thrilled" Carson Wentz sought outside help with his mechanics over the winter.

    Advice: Only NFL coaches would be mad about a player trying to better himself. Coaches aren't allowed offseason contact with players, so Wentz hired 3DQB gurus Adam Dedeaux and Tom House. Coach Doug Pederson "sneered" when asked about it at the Eagles' first OTA. Wentz is now hesitant to return to 3DQB this summer. Yesterday, 5:55 am
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  • Green-Beckham with 'bad start' to OTAs
    According to Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski, Dorial Green-Beckham has gotten off to a "bad start" at OTAs.

    Advice: We're just now getting into practices, so it's still very early, but DGB needs to be putting his best foot forward at all times. All the other receivers were showing well, except Green-Beckham, who had a drop, badly mistimed a 50-50 jump ball, and was screamed at by WRs coach Mike Groh for running routes with his head down. DGB ran with the second-team offense and is fighting for a spot. Yesterday, 5:45 am
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