Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is dealing with a slight hamstring pull, per HC Mike Zimmer. The injury occurred before training camp, and AP’s missed the team’s first 2 practices. It's not a cause for concern, but it's notable for a 31-year-old RB with over 2,600 career touches.
The Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero says WR Kenny Stills has “been impressive since minicamp” and “opened some eyes” early in training camp. Stills flopped in 2015, his first year with the Fins. Still, he averaged 16.3 yards per catch on 27 receptions and will play this season at just 24 years old. Stills also started his career with 2 promising campaigns in New Orleans. Rookie Leonte Carroo limits the veteran to deep league value, but he’s an option late in best ball drafts.
Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins did not report to training camp and is holding out in pursuit of a new contract, according to ESPN. Hopkins is in entering the 4th year of his rookie contract and is set to earn just $1.5 million. He ranked among the top 6 in catches (111), receiving yards (1,521) and TDs (11) last year. The Texans reportedly aren't negotiating a new deal with Hopkins right now. We'll see which side budges first. We're not moving Hopkins down the WR rankings, although he already felt overvalued at his 1.04 ADP.
Ravens WR Chris Moore has been a standout early in training camp, according to ESPN's Jamison Hensley. He's been getting 1st-team reps with WRs Steve Smith and Breshad Perriman sidelined and has hauled in a couple of long TDs from QB Joe Flacco. Moore averaged 21.8 yards per catch at Cincinnati last year -- 8th best in the country. Hensley compared Moore to former Raven Torrey Smith for his ability to stretch the field. Smith, of course, turned in 4 top-30 fantasy finishes in Baltimore. We'll see if Moore can maintain a role when the rest of the Ravens' WRs get healthy -- assuming they get healthy. The rookie should be on your watch list.
The Jets opened training camp this week with DE Muhammad Wilkerson on the PUP list. The veteran suffered a leg fracture in the final game of last season, and this designation doesn't come as a surprise. "He may take a few days, perhaps longer before he starts practicing," writes ESPN's Rich Cimini. We'll see how soon Wilkerson hits the field and how he looks once he does. But we're not too worried about his IDP outlook at this point.
The NFL has reinstated Dolphins DE Dion Jordan after a 1-year drug suspension. Jordan returns to a Miami team with Cameron Wake, Mario Williams and Andre Branch at his position. That makes for a talented group. But Wake's 34 and coming off a torn Achilles' tendon. Williams is 31 and coming off 1 of his most disappointing seasons. And Branch failed to last beyond his 1st contract with a Jacksonville team that has struggled to find a pass rush. If Jordan's ready to deliver on the talent that got him drafted 3rd overall -- in the final year of his rookie contract -- he should find opportunity. We'll see how this goes before targeting him in IDP drafts, though, or upgrading the Miami team defense.
Bills RB Karlos Williams opened training camp on the non-football injury list. He still needs to slim down after showing up to OTAs overweight. “Karlos has to get cleared medically and then we have to transition him into getting physically ready to play football,” GM Doug Whaley said. Mix in Williams’ 4 game suspension, and it’s tough to use a draft pick on him outside of deep leagues.
Jets RB Matt Forte is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. We don't have any details on the severity or his timetable for return. Forte's absence will mean more 1st-team work for RB Bilal Powell, who was excellent down the stretch last year.
Lions HC Jim Caldwell said RB Ameer Abdullah (shoulder) is "ready to go" for the start of training camp. He avoided the PUP list after undergoing surgery in January and missing spring workouts. With a healthy August, though, Abdullah will enter Week 1 as Detroit's lead back. He's a potential value at his 7th-round ADP -- 3 or 4 rounds later than he was going last summer.
Steelers TE Ladarius Green (ankle) said on Friday that he "doesn't see why he won't be ready for Week 1," per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. Green also revealed that his January surgery involved 2 plates being placed in his ankle. That was 6 months ago now. And Green admitted that he's still having trouble cutting. Even if he's ready for the start of the season, he's missing valuable practice reps. We've moved him down our TE rankings.