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Colts QB Andrew Luck spoke to the media on Saturday about his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery. He said he's working on regaining strength in the shoulder and putting weight back on. "I know we're doing this right," he said of the rehab. "We're not gonna skip any steps. The end game is for me to be better than I was before I was injured." Luck added that he an see the "light at the end of the tunnel" but wouldn't put a date on his return. We've still heard nothing to suggest that he's in danger of missing the start of the regular season, but it also doesn't sound like he's particularly close to receiving full clearance. We'll continue to keep a close eye on his progress. Luck's ADP has sunk a bit, but he's still going in the 5th round of recent MFL10s.

The Colts will be placing S Clayton Geathers (neck) on the PUP list to open the regular season, ESPN reports. That will cost the 3rd-year safety at least the 1st 6 games. Geathers finished 2016 on IR because of a neck injury that eventually required surgery in March. He has yet to return to the field. A decision this early to put him on the PUP casts some doubt on whether Geathers will be available at all in 2017. And the fact that it's a neck issue looks worrisome for his outlook beyond the coming season. Needless to say, we've knocked him way down the 2017 IDP rankings. And he has tumbled down our dynasty IDP rankings as well. Converted CB Darius Butler is the early favorite to start with rookie S Malik Hooker. We'll see whether 2016 rookie T.J. Green enters the mix.

Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) has been placed on the active PUP list to start training camp. It's not a major surprise. And remember that he can be activated at any time and play Week 1. GM Chris Ballard did reveal on Monday that Luck has resumed throwing, hasn't experienced any setbacks and is on track to be ready for the start of the season. Ballard added that Luck is now working on "rebuilding strength" in his throwing shoulder. Neither the team nor Luck has expressed much concern about the situation this offseason, but there remains added risk here until we see him on the field.

Lions insider Dave Birkett expects TE Eric Ebron's role to grow in 2017. "Ebron is the Lions’ unquestioned No. 1 tight end, and the addition of Darren Fells and Michael Roberts means coaches can move him around more as a chess piece in two-tight-end sets," Birkett writes. Ebron's volume has climbed each year in the league, topping out at 85 looks last season. And that was despite missing 3 contests. Only 8 TEs averaged more targets per game. Now Detroit has 95 unaccounted for targets with Anquan Boldin gone. A healthy Ebron should easily eclipse 100 looks this season. He looks like a solid fantasy starter -- and a value at his 9th-round ADP.

Colts QB Andrew Luck told the Indianapolis Star this week that his surgically repaired shoulder is "feeling better and better every week." But he also said that he has not yet resumed throwing. Earlier this month, Luck spoke as though he didn't yet know whether he'd be ready for training camp. Owner Jim Irsay billed the surgery as a "positive" in early June, as it repaired an issue Luck had been playing through for a while. But we're anxious to see Luck take the field again and prove that all remains positive. He'll carry some risk in early drafts, but there's time for the veteran QB to assuage worries before the heat of fantasy football draft season in late August and early September.

Kevin Bowen of Colts.com considers Chester Rogers a candidate for the team's #3 WR job this season. Rogers posted a 19-273-0 line as an undrafted rookie last year and has impressed this offseason. “He’s slowed down and played a little more under control in that way – not slowed down his speed, but as far as his mind,” OC Rob Chudzinski said. “He’s seeing things better, whereas last year he was running around like crazy. Right now, I think he’s understanding, getting things better and you see the progression you expect to see out of a second-year player.” We're still betting on either Kamar Aiken or Phillip Dorsett emerging as the Colts' #3 WR, but it'll be a situation to monitor when training camp gets underway.

The Colts placed RB Christine Michael on IR. He lasted just 2 weeks on the active roster. No word on Michael's injury, but at least we won't need to waste any more words on him this year. Robert Turbin and rookie Marlon Mack will battle for backup duties behind Frank Gore.

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton is expected to be sidelined for this week's minicamp after injuring his hamstring last week. It doesn't sound like anything serious, but hamstrings are always worth monitoring. Hilton has been durable as a pro, missing just 2 games across 5 seasons.

Colts owner Jim Irsay put a sunny spin on QB Andrew Luck's offseason shoulder surgery. "This [surgery] has been a positive thing, not a negative thing or anything like that," Irsay said. "He was really struggling going through the process of being ready to play [each week last season]. This was, quite frankly, not that complicated of a surgery. This was a simple labrum repair. There are a lot of other things that could have been involved with this surgery that weren't." Irsay didn't give a timetable for Luck's return to the field, though. Luck offered only this: "Feeling great. Rehab is going well. It's a long and patient process." His status will be 1 of the biggest storylines of the summer. Luck has come off the board in the early 5th round of recent MFL10 drafts.

Colts QB Andrew Luck still hasn't started throwing again after undergoing surgery on his throwing shoulder back in January, HC Chuck Pagano said on Tuesday. Luck was originally expected to resume throwing sometime in April. The Colts have been tight-lipped about his recovery all offseason, and it remains unclear if he'll be ready for the start of training camp. Luck's status will be 1 of the bigger storylines of the summer.

The Colts have signed RB Christine Michael. It's actually an intriguing landing spot for fantasy football's greatest enigma. Michael joins a backfield with 34-year-old Frank Gore, rookie Marlon Mack and journeyman Robert Turbin. He's simply failed too many times for us to get excited about him again.

The Packers have released RB Christine Michael. The writing was on the wall when Green Bay drafted 3 RBs over the weekend. Michael is still only 26 but has proven to be a fantasy football tease over the past 5 seasons. The Packers also released RB Don Jackson, leaving them with Ty Montgomery and rookies Jamaal Williams, Aaron Jones and Devante Mays.

The Colts selected RB Marlon Mack in the 4th round of the 2017 NFL Draft. We’re a bit surprised they didn’t add a back sooner, but they got good value here. Mack flashed big time acceleration and speed at South Florida, where he racked up 3,609 yards on a 6.2 per-carry average over the past 3 years. He ran a mediocre 4.50-second 40 at the Combine but put his explosion on display with an 89th percentile score in the broad jump. Mack needs to add some discipline to his game but certainly has the tools to succeed at the next level. He’ll learn a lot from veteran Frank Gore.

The Colts grabbed Ohio DE Tarell Basham in the NFL Draft's 3rd round Friday night. Basham tallied 27 sacks across 4 seasons for the Bobcats, including 7.5 as a freshman and 9 as a senior. He'll play OLB for the Colts and should quickly find playing time.

The Colts picked Ohio State S Malik Hooker in the 1st round of the NFL Draft. Hooker should claim a starting job right away, with Mike Adams having left for Carolina. We'd bet on him starting next to Clayton Geathers soon, with Geathers the much better IDP option.

Colts insider Stephen Holder came away from a conference call with new GM Chris Ballard believing the team is "VERY bullish" on TE Erik Swoope. "Wants to see his ceiling," Holder added. A converted basketball player, Swoope didn't hit the stat sheet in either of his first 2 NFL seasons. But he hauled in 15 balls for 297 yards (19.8 YPC) and a score this past year. TE Jack Doyle turned in an efficient 2016 as Indy's lead TE and landed a 3-year, $19 million contract this offseason. But he's not the type of elite talent that is impossible to leap on the depth chart. Swoope will be a name to closely monitor this summer.

The Packers have re-signed RB Christine Michael. We didn't hear of any other teams showing interest in the 26-year-old. Michael appeared in 8 games for Green Bay last season (including the playoffs), mustering just 3.7 yards per carry on 47 totes. The Packers' backfield currently sports just Michael, Ty Montgomery and Don Jackson -- so there's opportunity here. But Michael has mostly disappointed since entering the league in 2013. It seems unwise to bank on that trend changing in 2017.

WR Kamar Aiken is set to sign with the Colts, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Aiken disappeared in Baltimore last year but tallied a 75-944-5 line in 2015. He turns just 28 in May. T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief are locked in as Indy's top 2 WRs, but Aiken could certainly push Phillip Dorsett for the #3 gig. Dorsett has disappointed since being selected in the 1st round of the 2015 draft, totaling just 51 catches, 753 yards and 3 TDs through 2 seasons.

The Colts have re-signed TE Jack Doyle to a 3-year, $19 million contract. It's a hefty sum for a guy who entered this past season with just 35 career catches. Doyle had something of a breakout 2016 campaign, though, hauling in 59 balls for 584 yards and 5 TDs. He's a mediocre talent but seems to have forged a strong rapport with QB Andrew Luck, hauling in an impressive 78.7% of his targets last year. Staying in Indianapolis is good news for Doyle's fantasy value, but he's still unlikely to score as more than a TE2 in 2017.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Colts QB Andrew Luck is looking at 6 months of rehab for a "full return." He's expected to resume throwing in 3 months. The 6-month timeline takes us into mid-July, right around the start of training camp. So barring setbacks, Luck should be ready to roll well ahead of the start of the 2017 season. But this was clearly a significant procedure to his throwing shoulder. It'll be a situation to track all offseason.

 
 
 

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