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Colts RB Marlon Mack doesn't have any limitations in training camp. But he admits that he's still "trying to get the wheels right" after last September's torn Achilles. "I’d say my body and just getting my legs right,’" Mack said. “Still each day feel this and that, but just going out there and getting used to guys flowing around, getting used to practice with guys because I was with bags in the summer. Now I’m going with guys who are moving 100% and not being stationary. But it’s getting better each day, I would say that for sure. I’m getting more comfortable. I feel great." Mack is unlikely to be a fantasy factor this year without an injury to RB Jonathan Taylor. But we're curious to see just how much work he'll siphon from Taylor.

Giants WR Kenny Golladay is off to a slow start in training camp, according to The New York Daily News' Pat Leonard. "He’s tall, but he has struggled to gain separation from top corner James Bradberry in man-to-man coverage," Leonard writes. "He hasn’t used his size and hands to rip the ball down on contested catches. He has used his chest a bit too often when he has hauled the ball in, even in individual drills. And he and Daniel Jones haven’t clicked yet, even though they’re putting in a lot of extra work." We're just 3 days into Golladay's 1st camp with a new team, so it's far too early to start adjusting 2021 projections. But his progress over the next month is worth monitoring.

The Colts are "bracing" for QB Carson Wentz to need surgery on his foot, according to insider Michael Silver. The injury "involves a bone and a ligament" issue, Silver adds. ESPN's Adam Schefter, meanwhile, hears that Wentz's injury is "not expected to be season-ending." So, that's good. It sure sounds like fantasy drafters should be expecting Wentz to miss games to start the season. But we'll update his status when we get a more concrete timeline.

The Raiders have activated RB Kenyan Drake off the NFI list. Now we get to start learning more about his role with the new team. Vegas also placed RB Theo Riddick on the reserved/retired list

Giants HC Joe Judge said he's "very pleased" with RB Saquon Barkley's progress in his return from last year's knee injury. Barkley ran full speed and did some cutting in Thursday's practice, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan. It qualifies as the first piece of good news on Barkley's rehab in months. It's still unclear if he'll be ready for Week 1 -- and how big a role he'll play early this season.

Patriots RB Rhamondre Stevenson has been activated from the non-football-injury list. The rookie ended up missing just a few days of training camp. We'll see if he can make a push for playing time over the next month.

Jets WR Denzel Mims was working with the 3rd-team offense in Friday's practice, according to multiple reports. So in case you were still wondering whether the spring reports that he wasn't in line to start this season were true, here you go. As of now, it looks like Corey Davis and Keelan Cole will be the Jets' outside receivers, with Jamison Crowder and rookie Elijah Moore battling for the slot job. Mims isn't rosterable in redraft leagues.

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports that the "hope and belief" is that Colts QB Carson Wentz's foot injury is minor. The scans on that foot will tell the story, of course. Wentz reportedly started feeling soreness at the end of Thursday's practice and was in still pain when he showed up on Friday. We'll continue to keep you updated on the situation.

Stephen Holder of The Athletic reports that Colts QB Carson Wentz is sitting out Friday's workout with a foot injury. We'll keep an eye out for more info on that situation. In Wentz's absence, 2nd-year QB Jacob Eason will be taking 1st-team reps. We'll see if the former Day 3 pick can nail down the backup job for 2021. That could bring opportunity behind a starter with Wentz's injury history and 2020 struggles.

Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Wentz is "out indefinitely" with his foot issue. He'll undergo testing to determine the severity.

Bucs TE O.J. Howard practiced Friday for the first time since suffering a torn Achilles in October. Barring a setback, he appears on track for Week 1. The former 1st-rounder is in play as a late-round TE3 in FFPC best balls.

Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster reportedly lobbied new OC Matt Canada this off-season to give him more opportunities outside. So far, though, it looks like the wideout remains stuck in the slot. Mark Kaboly of The Athletic writes, “There has been limited-to-no outside work by Smith-Schuster since pads have gone on, except for individual goal-line work.” It’s still early, of course, meaning there’s still plenty of time for Pittsburgh to move Smith-Schuster around. But it appears we should anticipate a role similar to last year’s. That meant lots of receptions in the exceedingly pass-heavy offense but a very low ADOT

Here's the word from ESPN's Mike Triplett on the 1st Saints training-camp practice: "Taysom Hill got the first turn of training camp as New Orleans' starting quarterback during Thursday's practice. However, Jameis Winston generated more buzz with an efficient day." Triplett said Winston's rhythm, timing and patience looked better than last summer, which he conceded gave just a "small sample." We'll certainly be watching this QB competition through camp and the preseason.

Saints RB Alvin Kamara said during his Thursday press conference that both QB Jameis Winston and QB Taysom Hill have been trying to build chemistry with him. That's good to hear as we move from Drew Brees -- a particular friend to the short pass in recent years -- to a new starter. Whether that's Winston or Hill, though, we should expect plenty of targets for Kamara -- especially while lead WR Michael Thomas is out. We're feeling better about Kamara in the middle of Round 1 than we did before Thomas' injury revelation.

The Seattle Times reports that the Seahawks plan to utilize TEs more in the new offense. Not surprisingly, HC Pete Carroll sounds excited about what the team has there. "The tight end spot is really competitive because we don't know who's going to take the bulk of the plays," Carroll says. "We really like the position a lot. We're really fired up about Gerald Everett. We really think he can do a ton, but we're not sure how to mix those guys yet. We've got to find that out as we go through. Colby Parkinson looks exciting too for playing time, and we know Will's in there. So it's a really nice, competitive spot." We're betting on Everett as the lead receiver here for his familiarity with new OC Shane Waldron -- from their time with the Rams -- and receiving ability. The situation will be worth watching through summer, though.

The Bears on Thursday placed S Eddie Jackson on the non-football injury list with a hamstring issue that he sustained while working out. According to the team website, HC Matt Nagy said he's "not overly concerned." So expect Jackson to return well ahead of the season.

The Falcons on Thursday placed DE Dante Fowler on the COVID list. His time spent there will depend on the specifics of his situation. We'll see how that progresses, but Fowler doesn't look like a big factor for IDP drafts even at full health.

Saints K Wil Lutz has opened training camp on the non-football injury list with what GM Mickey Loomis has described only as a "soft tissue" problem, according to The team has indicated it expects Lutz to return soon, backing that up by making no plans to try out replacement kickers. If Lutz's issue persists closer to the season, then we might draft around him at this fungible fantasy position.

Ravens WR Marquise Brown left practice early Thursday, with the training staff assessing a leg injury. HC John Harbaugh told reporters afterward, though, that the team was just being cautious. "Not serious. Probably more precautionary than anything," Harbaugh said. "Just making sure the muscle health continues to be there early in camp and just build him up to the reps we want to get him to." We'll watch for Brown's return, but don't adjust your outlook for him at this point.

Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny is currently at 223 pounds, his lightest weight since high school. Penny played in the 230s dating back to his time at San Diego State. "He looks great," HC Pete Carroll said Wednesday. "He worked out here all throughout the offseason, and it really paid off. The best he's looked since we've seen him.” John Boyle of the team’s official site observed Penny looking “faster and more explosive” than he did in 2020. It’s a nice first step for the oft-injured RB as he looks to secure the #2 job behind Chris Carson. As the RB55 in FFPC best balls, Penny’s a fine late-round flier.

Per the Miami Herald, Dolphins WR Will Fuller left the team’s first training camp practice with an apparent foot injury. He’s undergoing tests to gauge the severity. There’s no major cause for concern right now, especially with Fuller suspended for Week 1. Still, his lengthy injury history says we should pay extra close attention here. Fuller’s currently coming off the board as the WR44 in FFPC best balls.

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