Player Notes

  • 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." 56 minutes ago
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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. Today, 8:50 pm
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  • Bears WR White 'working to align his stride'
    According to the Chicago Tribune, Bears third-year WR Kevin White has spent the last several months "working to align his stride" when running.

    Advice: White missed his rookie season with a fractured left tibia, then missed all but four games of his sophomore campaign with a "fibular spiral fracture" and "severe ankle ligament damage" in the same leg. Per the Tribune's Rich Campbell, the Bears simply "don't know" whether White will regain his explosiveness. White is nothing more than a late-round flier in 2017 fantasy drafts. Today, 7:58 pm
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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. Today, 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. Today, 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. Today, 7:22 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. Today, 6:22 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. Today, 5:45 am
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  • Maclin: 2016 was not up to my standards
    Jeremy Maclin admits his 2016 "wasn’t up to my standards."

    Advice: "I just … I didn’t play as well as I could have," Maclin said, admitting the obvious. "And by not playing well, I feel like I let my team down. And that’s the most important part of it." Maclin was slowed by a groin injury for much of the season. Still only 29, there's no reason Maclin can't physically bounce back, though Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill will be major stumbling blocks on the way to a 1,000-yard campaign. Maclin is best treated as a WR4/5 in fantasy. Yesterday, 4:37 pm
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  • Amara Darboh officially signs rookie deal
    Seahawks signed third-round WR Amara Darboh to a four-year contract.

    Advice: Productive at Michigan, Darboh is old for a prospect (23), and doesn't play as fast as his 4.45 speed. He can be a body catcher. It's also a crowded receiver corps in Seattle. Darboh's game was greater than the sum of its parts in the Big Ten, but it could be a while before he makes an NFL impact. Yesterday, 2:52 pm
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  • Ex-teammate Richardson takes jab at Marshall
    Speaking Tuesday, Jets DL Sheldon Richardson said "there are 15 reasons why" the Jets locker room is "easier" this season.

    Advice: Richardson was clearly referencing ex-Jets teammate Brandon Marshall, who wears No. 15. Both Richardson and Marshall have had issues with teammates since they joined the NFL, though it's Marshall who has now worn out his welcome with four different teams. The lack of direction and leadership in the Jets organization probably didn't help Richardson and Marshall's relationship. Yesterday, 10:30 am
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  • Fun returns: NFL loosens celebration rules
    The NFL has relaxed its celebration rules, permitting group celebrations, the use of the ball as a prop, and celebrations on the ground.

    Advice: Personal fouls for having fun are going the way of the dinosaur. The change is long overdue. Even baseball, the vanguard of tradition and unwritten rules, has never restricted celebrations. The NFL was positively 19th century in what it allowed after dramatic touchdowns and game-changing plays. Expect 2017 to be the year of the celebration GIF. Yesterday, 10:09 am
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  • Martavis says he added 10 pounds of muscle
    Martavis Bryant says he added 10 pounds of muscle during his suspension.

    Advice: Bryant said he last played at 215 pounds, but he is up to 225. May is the time of year for weight updates, but this one carries more ... weight ... because it shows Bryant worked diligently while away from the team. As well as the added mass, Bryant said the suspension and birth of his son have helped make him a different person, and he has "put the right people" around himself to succeed. Yesterday, 9:31 am
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  • Decker (hip, shoulder) on the field at OTAs
    Eric Decker (hip, shoulder) is participating in OTAs.

    Advice: He is sporting a non-contact jersey, but he did participate in team drills. Even getting on the field is a great sign considering some speculated Decker would not be ready for training camp following offseason surgeries to his hip and shoulder. As Decker himself said earlier this month, he should be fully ready for training camp. Yesterday, 7:44 am
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  • Larry Fitzgerald to address post-2017 at camp
    Larry Fitzgerald will address his post-2017 career plans at training camp.

    Advice: Once he addresses it, he won't discuss the matter again, Fitzgerald said. This would seem to hint that 2017 is Fitzgerald's final season, but we'll find out for certain come July. Fitzgerald turns 34 this summer and is certainly headed to the Hall of Fame once his playing days are through. Monday, 7:35 pm
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  • 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). Monday, 1:59 pm
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  • 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. Monday, 1:47 pm
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  • 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. Monday, 12:51 pm
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  • 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. Monday, 10:21 am
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  • 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. Monday, 7:31 am
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