The Eagles are activating TE Dallas Goedert (ankle) ahead of Sunday night's game against the Cowboys, according to multiple reports. Goedert reportedly surprised coaches in practice this week with how far along he is in his return from a Week 3 fracture in his ankle. It's tough to know just how much Goedert will play in his 1st game back, but we'd assume something near his usual role. Otherwise, it would seem to make more sense to keep him out through the Week 9 bye. Goedert's return dampens the outlook for TE Richard Rodgers, but there's room for both to produce amid a still-shallow pass-catcher depth chart.
Eagles TE Dallas Goedert (ankle) will "potentially return" by Week 10, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports. It's the first real timetable we've gotten on Goedert since he was placed on IR with a small fracture in his ankle on September 29. Goedert remains worth stashing on fantasy rosters, but it sounds like you'll need to wait a few more weeks for him. With TE Zach Ertz (ankle) also expected to be out until at least Week 10, Richard Rodgers will operate as Philly's lead TE for at least next week's game vs. Dallas. (The Eagles have a Week 9 bye.) Rodgers hauled in 6 of 8 targets for a team-high 85 yards in Thursday night's win over the Giants.
NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports that the Eagles expect TE Zach Ertz to miss "about" 4-6 weeks. That extends the timeline beyond the initial 3-4 week projection. This makes Ertz droppable in many fantasy football leagues, especially considering the disappointing production before he went down. The dearth of healthy starters in Philadelphia's offense makes TE Richard Rodgers a viable PPR lineup option until Dallas Goedert returns.
The Eagles expect TE Zach Ertz to miss 3-4 weeks with the ankle injury he suffered in Sunday's loss to the Ravens, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen. TE Dallas Goedert is eligible to come off IR for Week 7, if his injured ankle is ready. If Goedert isn't ready, then Richard Rodgers would figure to operate as the lead TE for Thursday night's game against the Giants. Ertz can be dropped in shallower fantasy leagues that don't have IR spots. He currently sits just 17th among TEs in PPR points, and Goedert should return before Ertz does, based on Mortensen's timeline.
Update: Adam Schefter adds that it's a high-ankle sprain for Ertz.
The Eagles have signed TE Richard Rodgers to a 1-year deal. The former Packer posted a 58-510-8 line back in 2015 but has totaled just 42 catches across the past 2 seasons. Rodgers owns a career 9.7 yards-per-catch average and doesn't offer much play-making ability. He'll slide in as Philly's #2 TE and will need a Zach Ertz injury to have a shot at fantasy relevance.
The Packers on Saturday reached a deal with former Rams TE Lance Kendricks. That came a day after the team signed TE Martellus Bennett to a 3-year deal. Kendricks proved to be a reliable, low-ceiling part of the Rams offense through his 1st 7 seasons. His arrival doesn't challenge Bennett's spot atop the Green Bay depth chart. It does suggest the Packers aren't in love with Richard Rodgers. He and Kendricks could be fighting for a 2017 roster spot. Bennett's the only member of the crew worth your fantasy football attention
Packers TE Jared Cook (ankle) is doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Titans. He’ll aim for a Week 11 return. TE Richard Rodgers gets another start but shouldn’t be in fantasy lineups, despite last week’s out-of-nowhere 6-64 line.
Packers TE Jared Cook (ankle) is out for Sunday's game against the Colts. He returned to limited practices this week and has a shot to play in Week 10. TE Richard Rodgers gets another start this Sunday but has yet to top 2 catches in a game this season.
ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports that the Packers don't expect TE Jared Cook's ankle injury to cost him the rest of the season. That's obviously good news. The team, however, reportedly didn't know as of Monday evening whether the injury would cost Cook a game or more than that. Green Bay gets a Week 4 bye, so the Packers will have some time to figure it out. If they do return to the field without Cook, then TE Richard Rodgers will gain some spot-start appeal for as long as Cook sits.
Packers TE Jared Cook injured his ankle in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the Lions and is officially questionable to return. His absence will mean more snaps for TE Richard Rodgers.
Packers TE Jared Cook underwent what the team is calling "preventative" foot surgery earlier this week, according to ESPN's Rob Demovsky. Cook will miss the rest of the offseason program, but the "hope" is that he'll be ready for the start of training camp. Any missed time is bad news for a guy learning a new offense. We'll see when Cook is able to get back on the field and then how TE targets and divvied between him and Richard Rodgers.
The Packers are "set to sign" TE Jared Cook, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Interestingly, Rapoport adds that it was Green Bay's "big area of need." Richard Rodgers finished 11th among TEs in PPR points last year, but that was largely due to his 8 TDs. He averaged just 8.8 yards per catch as a purely short-range target. Cook brings more athleticism to the Packers' TE group. Despite a mostly disappointing career thus far, he's still only 28 (until April 7) and has averaged 12.8 yards per catch through 7 seasons. We've been burned by Cook too many times to trust him in fantasy, but the landing spot could at least make him a spot-start option.
The forecast for today's Cowboys-Packers game calls for an 80% chance of rain with 11-14 mph winds. It's not quite enough for us to move any guys in this game in the Week 14 rankings, but use the weather as a tiebreaker. This could turn into a run-heavy game on both sides.
Andrew Quarless led Packers TEs with 695 snaps last year. Richard Rodgers was 2nd with 528. But insider Rob Demovsky writes, "It wouldn't be a surprise if those numbers are reversed this year." Rodgers was the more efficient receiver last year, besting Quarless in catch rate, yards per catch and yards per route run. We project Rodgers to lead Packers TEs in fantasy points this season, but it's still tough to imagine him emerging as more than a matchup option. Quarless will remain involved, and Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Davante Adams are the clear top 3 targets.
Packers insider Rob Demovsky believes TE Richard Rodgers will head to training camp as the favorite for the starting job. The fact that Rodgers was a 3rd-round pick gives him a built-in edge over Andrew Quarless, Brandon Bostick and Colt Lyerla. But Rodgers also had a "strong offseason," per Demovsky, looking "dynamic" as a receiver. If the rookie is able to capture a full-time role, he'll be an intriguing fantasy football sleeper. We just updated our projections for the Packers TEs.
Packers beat writer Rob Demovsky believes TE Richard Rodgers “might have the inside track” at the starting job. The rookie showcased his athleticism in OTAs, catching the eye of HC Mike McCarthy. He also received extra snaps, as holdover Andrew Quarless missed every practice session for undisclosed reasons. Rodgers – who stands 6’4 and 257 pounds – will need to prove that he can block in training camp. If he wins the #1 job, though, there’s certainly some deep league appeal. But consistent targets figure to be an issue given Green Bay’s loaded group of pass-catchers.
Packers HC Mike McCarthy likes what he sees from rookie TE Richard Rodgers in the pass-catching department so far. "I just think he's a natural in space," McCarthy said. "I'm excited to see him when we get into the in-line work into training camp, but as far as all of the movement, playing in space, picking up the scheme, I think Richard's off to a very good start." We'll see how Rodgers fares when the hitting starts in training camp, but the 3rd-round rookie certainly has a chance to win a significant role in 2014. He's battling for snaps with Andrew Quarless, Brandon Bostick and Colt Lyerla.
The Packers snagged TE Richard Rodgers in the 3rd round of the draft. Rodgers' Cal career was crushed by ankle, foot, shoulder and thumb injuries. But he flashed playmaking ability by averaging 15.2 yards per catch in limited action. At 6'4 and 257 pounds, Rodgers has the look of a pure pass-catching TE. He joins Andrew Quarless and Brandon Bostick on Green Bay's depth chart. Whoever emerges as the team's primary pass-catcher will have some TE2 upside.
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