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Blake Bortles

JAC -QB

1 hour ago

Bortles trimmed down in busy offseason

The Florida Times-Union reports that Jaguars QB Blake Bortles worked on more than just his throwing mechanics in his time with QB guru Tom House's team this offseason. The sessions also focused on bio-mechanics, conditioning, nutrition and the mental side of the game. “Blake really worked smart this offseason," said Adam Dedeaux of 3DQB, where Bortles trained. "He now has a process that’s going to work for him to be successful, which is the main goal. His attention to detail, wanting to get better, his expectations of himself, are right there with the best. I know he’s taking that into training camp. The dude got after it.” That process has reportedly included trimming Bortles down from 250 pounds to 238. We'll see how all of the work translates to on-field performance. His strong arm and mobile legs plus an intriguing young group of pass catchers give Bortles plenty of fantasy upside at his low draft price.

Adrian Peterson

MIN -RB

1 hour ago

Peterson still wants out?

Yahoo!'s Charles Robinson reports that Vikings RB Adrian Peterson still wants to leave Minnesota this offseason and plans to skip all team activities this spring. According to Pro Football Talk, that would keep Peterson from collecting a $250,000 workout bonus. The team's mandatory minicamp is set for June 16-18. We'll see if Peterson is willing to sit that out and incur fines. We'll also see if this is a ploy to get more of his Vikings contract guaranteed beyond this season. Fantasy football owners would just like to see the situation resolve as soon as possible so that we can comfortably draft Peterson this summer and know what Jerick McKinnon's chances are of being fantasy relevant. Peterson will likely settle in as a late 1st-round pick no matter where he winds up for 2015.

James White

NE -RB

1 day ago

White set to become a factor?

NESN's Doug Kyed says Patriots RB James White has a clear path to a "defined role" in the 2015 offense. "Shane Vereen’s departure leaves the third-down role wide open, and White is the favorite to win that job," Kyed wrote Friday. White generated buzz last offseason after the Pats drafted him in Round 4, but then he touched the ball just 14 times all season while appearing in only 3 games. This year's backfield stands wide open behind LeGarrette Blount, though, after Vereen and Stevan Ridley left in free agency. White figures to see primary competition from Travaris Cadet for the 3rd-down role. Tyler Gaffney, Jonas Gray, Brandon Bolden and Dion Lewis -- plus FB James Develin -- round out the backfield on the offseason roster. Fantasy football owners should watch the competition with interest this summer. Vereen averaged 4.1 catches per game over the past 2 seasons, which projects to 66 over a full schedule.

Tyler Eifert

CIN -TE

1 day ago

Eifert on track for training camp

Per Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com, TE Tyler Eifert (shoulder surgery) is “on pace to start the first day of training camp.”  The 24-year-old was always expected to be a full participant in camp, but it’s encouraging to see that he hasn’t suffered any setbacks. With plenty of targets up for grabs behind A.J. Green, there’s clear top 10 fantasy upside with Eifert.

Cordarrelle Patterson

MIN -WR

2 days ago

Don't forget about Patterson

Vikings HC Mike Zimmer has joined GM Rick Spielman in saying that WR Cordarrelle Patterson is having a good offseason. "He's really done well," Zimmer told FOX Sports North. "He's running routes good. He's working hard. So we just need him to continue to do those things and continue to keep getting consistent and keep improving. I've been impressed with the things that he's done." Patterson's super-letdown of a 2014 campaign for fantasy owners -- and the Vikings -- will keep him from shooting up anyone's 2015 draft board. The emergence of Charles Johnson and arrival of Mike Wallace also lower the ceiling on Patterson's volume. But he still brings impressive talent in a young pass offense with plenty of developing to do. Don't forget about Patterson if he stays on the board late in your 2015 fantasy football draft. And now might still be a good time to check on his trade price in your dynasty league.

Carlos Hyde

SF -RB

3 days ago

Hyde sitting out with leg issue

49ers RB Carlos Hyde missed Thursday's voluntary team workout because of a leg injury, but it doesn't appear to be serious. “He’s working through the leg,” HC Jim Tomsula said, per ESPN.com. “It’s nothing. I mean we got no big [injury], but we’re going to wait. We want you 100 percent. We’re doing this offseason thing and we’re doing things fast and we’re doing all those things, so we’re not going to push. It’s not the season, so we’re trying to treat that the right way.” We won't be concerned unless the issue starts to linger. The Niners have a mandatory minicamp June 9-11 but no other non-voluntary portions before training camp opens in July.

Marcell Dareus

BUF -DL

3 days ago

Dareus docked 1 game

Bills DL Marcell Dareus will miss the team's opener against the Colts. The league announced Thursday that he'll serve a 1-game suspension for last year's drug-possession arrest. Dareus apologized in an official statement and took responsibility for the situation, so an appeal doesn't seem to be in the works. The Buffalo D could certainly use him against Indy, but missing Dareus for 1 game doesn't alter the fantasy outlook for 1 of the league's best defenses.

Kelvin Benjamin

CAR -WR

3 days ago

Benjamin dealing with hamstring injury

According to the Charlotte Observer, Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin suffered a strained hamstring last week. He’s not expected to participate in next week’s OTAs, but the team is just playing it safe. Early drafters can still feel comfortable taking him as a borderline WR1.

Ray Rice

UNS -RB

4 days ago

Rice has charges dismissed

A judge dismissed domestic-violence charges against RB Ray Rice on Thursday, a move which merely marks Rice's completion of his agreed-upon treatment. We'll see if this largely symbolic step motivates any NFL team to give the former Raven a 2nd chance. Rice hasn't seemed to get close to such an opportunity to date, and it surely doesn't help that he played fairly poorly when last he took the field. We'll see where this situation goes.

Brandon Spikes

NE -LB

4 days ago

Spikes goes back to Pats

The Patriots reached a 1-year deal with LB Brandon Spikes on Thursday. The move is surprising only in that the team had clearly soured on him by the end of his initial New England run, and Spikes had negative words on his way out the door. But he had changed his tone over the past year and remains an effective 2-down player. Spikes helps the Patriots' depth and run defense but shouldn't emerge as more than a 4th LB for them heading into 2015. His lack of coverage ability would also sap Spikes of IDP value even if injury presses him into duty this year.

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