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Jordy Nelson


1 hour ago

Nelson on the field for start of camp

Packers WR Jordy Nelson (hip) was on the field and practicing on the 1st day of training camp Thursday.  He missed the majority of the offseason after undergoing hip surgery, but he returned to individual drills in June minicamp and appears at or close to 100% now.  Unless he suffers a setback in August, consider the hip a non-issue.  Nelson is fairly priced at his current 2.06 ADP.

Michael Crabtree


2 hours ago

Crabtree not a lock for a starting job

Raiders insider Scott Bair suggests that WR Michael Crabtree could lose a spot in the starting lineup to WR Rod Streater in training camp.  Crabtree's name is bigger than his game at this point.  Numerous injuries have sapped his explosion, resulting in a 10.3 yards-per-catch average last season.  Bair does call Crab the "clear favorite" to win the battle but adds, "don't sleep on Streater."  Limited by a fractured foot to just 3 games last year, Streater is now 100% healthy.  And he posted a 60-888-4 line back in 2013.  We'll keep an eye on this battle, but neither guy is likely to emerge as more than a spot starter for your fantasy squad.

LeGarrette Blount


3 hours ago

Blount fails conditioning test

The Patriots on Wednesday placed RB LeGarrette Blount on the non-football injury list after he failed the team's conditioning test. Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reports that every player had to complete a 50-yard sprint 20 times, each within 8 seconds, and that Blount could only handle 12. This seems like a slight conditioning issue for the big back and one likely to resolve quickly. Don't knock him down your draft board at all. Of course, any practice time he misses will leave opportunities on the field for the other RBs competing for various roles at Patriots camp. It'll be an interesting backfield to watch throughout August -- especially with Blount suspended for Week 1.

Jordan Reed


3 hours ago

Reed ready for the start of camp

Redskins TE Jordan Reed (knee) has been medically cleared for the start of training camp.  He missed most of the offseason after undergoing left knee surgery.  Durability remains a major issue for a guy who's missed 12 games over the past 2 seasons with hamstring, quad, knee and head injuries.  But Reed remains in the thick of his prime at 25 years old and has averaged 4.8 catches and 48.2 yards per game over his first 2 NFL seasons.  Reed has a shot to post TE1 numbers whenever he's on the field this year.  That makes him a sweet value at his 13th-round ADP.

Jarius Wright


3 hours ago

Wright opens camp as slot receiver

Vikings WR Jarius Wright will open training camp as the team's slot receiver.  “The best things that Jarius did were when he was in the slot,” HC Mike Zimmer said. “We keep working him outside, but we know he has big value for us in the slot as well.”  Wright ran just 23.5% of his routes from the slot last season but hauled in 8 of 10 targets for 130 yards.  He's been incredibly efficient no matter where he's lined up over the past 3 years, posting a 63.8% catch rate and 14.8 yards per reception.  Still, Wright will be tough to trust in fantasy lineups as the 3rd or 4th pass-catching option in an offense that will funnel through RB Adrian Peterson.  The other takeaway here is that WR Cordarrelle Patterson is sitting 4th on the depth chart.  He won't be a fantasy factor as long as he's in that role.

Jermaine Gresham


14 hours ago

Cards stick Gresham on PUP

The Cardinals placed TE Jermaine Gresham on the PUP Wednesday, a day after signing the free agent. Gresham had back surgery in March. He can come off the list whenever he's ready, though staying on into the regular season would cost at least 6 games. TE Troy Niklas also landed on the active/non-football injury list with hamstring trouble. That follows a right ankle issue that cost him the final day of minicamp this spring and offseason surgery on the left ankle that "removed a tightrope," according to Bottom line for fantasy owners: Don't draft a Cardinals TE.

Joique Bell


14 hours ago

Bell headed for PUP

ESPN's Michael Rothstein reports that Lions RB Joique Bell will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list. That's no big surprise after offseason knee and Achilles' tendon surgeries. It might get in the way of Bell reaching his stated goal of 1,200 rushing yards, though. Any time the veteran misses only creates more opportunities for exciting rookie RB Ameer Abdullah to flash his ability.

Carlos Hyde


14 hours ago

Niners take Hyde off NFI list

Just a day after putting RB Carlos Hyde on the non-football injury list, the Niners have already removed him. That clears the 2nd-year back to open camp with the team. It's still not clear whether the same "muscle pull" -- as Jim Tomsula described it to -- from May initially landed Hyde on the list. But we should at least start finding out right away just how ready he is to take over for Frank Gore.

Roddy White


19 hours ago

White battling a bum knee

Falcons WR Roddy White revealed that he had his knee drained prior to minicamp. White had the same knee drained last offseason, per beat writer Vaughn McClure. "It's not a concern to me because it's just like a little irritation,'' White said Wednesday. "My cartilage in my knee is not smooth. It's kind of rippled. You can elect to have surgery, but I just decided not to because I'm not a surgery guy. I just don't want to do it." White revealed even more about the possibility of going under the knife. "They [doctors] gave me the option two years ago to have surgery," he said. "They said they would have to slice off the top of my cartilage, and I was like, 'I don't want to do that.' I don't want them to keep shaving my cartilage off until there's no more cartilage. Then you start to get arthritis.'' The 34-year-old is expected to be a full participant in training camp. But there’s definitely some risk with a guy who’s missed 5 games – and clearly declined – over the past 2 seasons. He looks like a WR3 at best.

Tre Mason


21 hours ago

Mason expected to get majority of early-season carries

Rams insider Jim Thomas expects RB Tre Mason to get the "lion's share" of the early-season carries.  "The last thing the Rams want to do is rush [RB Todd Gurley] back," Thomas explains.  Gurley passed his conditioning test earlier this week but still hasn't joined full-squad practices.  His early-season role will depend on how much progress he makes over the next 6-and-a-half weeks.  The rookie remains a risk/reward pick at his late-4th-round ADP.  Mason, meanwhile, could be a viable fantasy starter early on.  But you'll need to spend a 7th or 8th-rounder to land him.

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