Player Notes

  • 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. Today, 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. Today, 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. Today, 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. Today, 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. Today, 7:47 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. Today, 6:38 am
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  • D'Onta Foreman tests negative for marijuana
    Texans rookie RB D'Onta Foreman tested negative for marijuana.

    Advice: Foreman was arrested for marijuana possession and unlawful carrying of a weapon in Austin last Sunday. His attorney has been trying to clear his name since, though this doesn't change much in his legal situation. Foreman has been trending in the wrong direction after reporting to rookie camp out of shape. He'll enter training camp behind Lamar Miller and Alfred Blue. Friday, 1:52 pm
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  • Ronnie Hillman worked out for Dallas Thursday
    Free agent Ronnie Hillman worked out for the Cowboys on Thursday.

    Advice: He was joined by ex-Jaguars running back Denard Robinson. The Cowboys are looking to stock their backfield in case of an Ezekiel Elliott suspension, which has now become a foregone conclusion. Hillman bounced around the league last season, making stops in San Diego and Minnesota after being dropped by Denver at the end of training camp. Hillman would give Dallas some backfield depth behind Elliott and Darren McFadden. Friday, 11:57 am
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  • Cowboys work out FA Denard Robinson on Friday
    Free agent RB Denard Robinson worked out for the Cowboys on Friday.

    Advice: Dallas appears set atop their running back depth chart with Ezekiel Elliott, Darren McFadden, and Alfred Morris, but an Elliott suspension could be coming down the chute. Robinson is a "name" player who has shown little game at the pro level. The Cowboys could simply be doing due diligence here. Robinson turns 27 in September. Friday, 10:03 am
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  • Saints not expected to keep Travaris Cadet
    Travaris Cadet isn't expected to make the Saints' 53-man roster.

    Advice: After setting a career high with 40 catches last season, Cadet is on the outside looking in following the additions of Adrian Peterson and rookie Alvin Kamara. Daniel Lasco is considered the favorite for No. 4 duties. The Saints reportedly have been shopping Cadet for trade, but teams may simply just wait until he's released. Friday, 6:59 am
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  • Cardinals bring back CJ2K with one-year deal
    Cardinals re-signed RB Chris Johnson to a one-year contract.

    Advice: The deal includes $200,000 in guaranteed money with a base salary of $1 million. It's the best possible outcome for the former 2,000-yard rusher, who turns 32 in September. Johnson has found a nice niche as a Bruce Arians reserve, but was limited to four games by a groin injury last season. His explosion is long gone, but Johnson can still follow blocks and go station to station. The Cardinals' official website expects him to remain the No. 2 behind David Johnson. A committee would emerge were DJ to go down with injury, limiting Johnson's appeal as a handcuff. Thursday, 12:17 pm
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  • Jamaal Williams will open camp as No. 2
    Packers RBs coach Ben Sirmans said fourth-round RB Jamaal Williams will open camp as the No. 2 running back.

    Advice: With former receiver Ty Montgomery atop the depth chart, the No. 2 job in Green Bay could end up being a valuable fantasy asset. Williams will get the nod entering camp, but Sirmans made it clear everyone will get their shot. "The biggest thing is just competition," Sirmans said. "With so many different guys, somebody is going to have to rise to the top." Aside from Williams, fifth-rounder Aaron Jones is the best bet to earn the No. 2 job. Thursday, 7:40 am
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  • Le'Veon not planning regular-season holdout
    ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports Le'Veon Bell "plans to play a full 16-game season."

    Advice: Meaning he does not plan to holdout into the regular season. According to NFL Network's Ike Taylor, there is a "strong possibility" he will skip at least part of training camp, something he is able to do without fine because he has yet to sign his franchise tender. On the contract front, Bell said he turned down an offer for reportedly "over" $12 million per year because he wants to be paid like a running back and a No. 2 receiver, a number Taylor thinks is around $15 million. That is probably not going to happen anytime soon considering the Steelers can franchise him again next year for around $14.5 million, but Bell should completely reshape the running back market when he signs a long-term deal. Thursday, 5:43 am
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  • Devonate Booker admits he hit rookie wall
    Devontae Booker admitted he hit a bit of a rookie wall mentally and physically late last season.

    Advice: "You learn it's different than college, a lot different," Booker said. "In college you're winding down when things really get going [in the NFL]. You see good teams and good players start strong, finish strong." Booker feels "more ready" after a full offseason of working out and plans to push for carries in Denver. C.J. Anderson is coming off a knee injury, Jamaal Charles hasn't been healthy in two years, and De'Angelo Henderson is a sixth-round rookie. Booker is worth a flier late in fantasy drafts in an offense that figures to run the ball plenty. Wednesday, 8:39 am
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  • Vikes STs coordinator wants to use Cook at KR
    Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer is campaigning coach Mike Zimmer to allow him to use rookie Dalvin Cook on kick returns.

    Advice: One of the best STs coaches in the league, Priefer admitted he's not holding his breath that Zimmer will allow it. Cook is in the mix, if not the favorite, to be the Vikings' No. 1 running back, which would surely mean he won't be on returns. Minnesota is looking for a replacement for Pro Bowl returner Cordarrelle Patterson. Rookie WR Rodney Adams is considered the lead man for the job. Tuesday, 6:17 pm
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  • Langford (ankle surgery) struggling w/rehab
    The Chicago Tribune's Dan Wiederer reports Jeremy Langford has struggled with his recovery from offseason ankle surgery.

    Advice: A high-ankle sprain in Week 3 torpedoed Langford's 2016, and the injury required surgery after the season. His rehab is apparently going slowly, and Wiederer questions how early in camp he will be able to get on the field. With Benny Cunningham and fourth-rounder Tarik Cohen added to complement clear starter Jordan Howard, Langford may need a strong camp just to keep his job, so he needs to get healthy as soon as possible. Tuesday, 8:35 am
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  • Jordan Howard worked on speed in offseason
    Jordan Howard worked on his speed during the offseason.

    Advice: Howard had seven runs of 25 yards or longer, but his longest rushing touchdown was just nine yards -- he did score from 21 yards out as a receiver. Working on his speed could help him turn more of those long runs into touchdowns. "It's training," coach John Fox said. "When you get to that (quality), it's more about track speed than football speed." The engine for Chicago's offense, Howard has a real shot to lead the league in rushing. Tuesday, 8:28 am
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  • Flacco: Woodhead best receiving RB since Rice
    Joe Flacco said Danny Woodhead is the best receiving back the Ravens have had since Ray Rice.

    Advice: "Really, ever since we lost Ray Rice, we haven't had a type of back that’s quite like how Ray was and quite like how Danny is in the passing game," Flacco said. "They just have a very good feel for when they're open and how to get open, how to sit in holes, how to find my eyes, and you can already see that." Woodhead should have a big role in the passing game after the Ravens lost both Dennis Pitta and Kyle Juszczyk this offseason, and these comments suggest Flacco will be happy to target him early and often. Also a threat in the red zone, Woodhead is being undervalued in both PPR and standard formats. Monday, 7:29 am
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  • David Johnson hoping for 30 touches a game
    David Johnson reiterated on Sirius XM NFL Radio that he wants to handle 30 touches a game this season.

    Advice: "I feel like there’s room for me to definitely carry more," Johnson said. "I think the biggest thing is me learning and getting better and improving. So I feel like I can definitely get that 30 touches, not all rushing obviously." Johnson added that he's "100 percent" healed from Week 17's MCL injury, which did not require surgery. Last season, Johnson handled 24.3 touches per game in Weeks 1-16. While averaging 30 touches probably isn't realistic, there is no question Johnson will remain a top-three workhorse back along with Le'Veon Bell and Zeke Elliott. Sunday, 12:52 pm
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  • Birkett sets Abdullah's over/under at 850 yds
    Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press set Ameer Abdullah's over/under for rushing yards at 850.

    Advice: Birkett also set Abdullah's O/U for receiving yards at 450. Both of those would constitute new career highs by several hundred yards. The 24-year-old has a long history of injuries and a fumbling problem that dates back to Nebraska. Despite those shortcomings, the Lions did not address running back in the draft and will give Abdullah every opportunity to assert himself as the lead back. Abdullah is being drafted as an RB3 in most formats. Sunday, 8:36 am
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