Colts WR Chester Rogers (hamstring) is out for Sunday’s opener against the Rams. He was expected to serve as the #3 WR, but that gig now goes to Kamar Aiken. Of course, he’s not a fantasy option with Scott Tolzien under center.
The Bucs have released RB Jeremy McNichols. The 5th-round rookie was a major disappointment this preseason, averaging just 3.3 yards per carry and failing to catch a pass. He figures to get scooped up by another squad but is obviously off the redraft radar. We'd keep McNichols stashed in dynasty. The Bucs will open the season with Jacquizz Rodgers, Charles Sims and Peyton Barber at RB. Doug Martin is suspended for the first 3 games.
Update: McNichols is joining the 49ers' practice squad.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill has decided to have surgery to repair his left ACL. He partially tore that ligament last December but passed on surgery in the offseason. Then he re-injured the knee in practice earlier this month. Miami, of course, planned for this outcome by signing QB Jay Cutler. The Dolphins will have a decision to make next offseason, with much smaller dead-cap figures on Tannehill's contract in 2018 and 2019 should they decide to cut him -- vs. cap hits of $19.8 million and up over the final 3 years.
As we continue to await Miami's decision on whether to have QB Ryan Tannehill undergo surgery on his left knee, we've at least learned the best possible case for the former 1st-round pick. According to ESPN's Jeff Darlington, the non-surgical option is to have Tannehill rest for 6-8 weeks. The regular season kicks off in a little more than 5 weeks, so consider Tannehill a long shot to play in the opener. He'll likely miss at least the first 2-3 games. And, of course, it's still possible he's done for the year. Tannehill is undraftable right now.
Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill isn't out of the woods yet. While he avoided new ligament damage to his left knee, the Fins still believe the MRI results showed a "setback," according to ESPN's Jeff Darlington. The team must now decide whether Tannehill should undergo surgery to completely repair the ACL that he partially tore last December. "Such a scenario probably would end his season, and team sources say that scenario remains on the table," Darlington writes. With his status in limbo, Tannehill needs to be removed from cheat sheets.
NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala reports that tests revealed no structural damage to Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill's knee. He's merely dealing with a hyperextension. Tannehill still figures to miss some time, but he should be ready for Week 1. It's extremely good news after what looked like a potentially serious injury this morning. Tannehill remains a low-upside QB2, but his availability is good news for Miami's skill-position guys.
The Dolphins are still awaiting the MRI results on QB Ryan Tannehill's re-injured left knee. But a source tells the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero that the teams knows Tannehill hyperextended the knee. Salguero's original report said that there was a possibility he suffered PCL damage, but that's now been ruled out. We still don't know if there's damage to the ACL that Tannehill partially tore last year. Stay tuned.
Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill re-injured his left knee on a non-contact play in Thursday's training-camp practice. That's the knee in which he partially tore his ACL last December. ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms that the team is "concerned" about Tannehill's injury. We should learn more over the next 24 hours. Tannehill is no more than a QB2 in fantasy football, but his loss would hurt WRs Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills. Matt Moore is Miami's backup.
Chester Rogers has worked as the Colts' #3 WR in the team's last 2 training-camp practices, according to the Indianapolis Star's Zak Keefer. That's ahead of Phillip Dorsett and Kamar Aiken. Kevin Bowen of the Colts' official website wrote back in June that Rogers was a candidate for this role -- but it's starting to look like he's the favorite for it. Rogers went undrafted last year out of Grambling State, where he never topped 735 yards or 6 TDs in a season. He tested as a 62nd percentile athlete, though, and averaged 14.4 yards on his 19 catches last year. We just bumped Rogers up the WR rankings.
Bucs RB Jeremy McNichols has been cleared for the start of training camp after offseason shoulder surgery. He has catching up to do after missing all of spring workouts. There's some opportunity in Tampa's backfield with Doug Martin suspended for the first 3 games, but McNichols is at least behind Jacquizz Rodgers and Charles Sims right now.
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 Buccaneers selected Boise State RB Jeremy McNichols in the 5th round of the 2017 NFL Draft. At 5’9, 214 pounds, McNichols posted 1,337 yards in 2015 and 1,709 in 2016. He combined for 43 rushing scores over that span. Plenty elusive, McNichols also adds strong receiving skills (88 catches over the past 2 years). A Round 3/4 talent, the 21-year-old likely dropped due to post-Combine surgery on a torn labrum in his shoulder. Aiming to be 100% by July, McNichols will have a shot at early-season playing time — especially with Doug Martin suspended for the first 3 games.
The Falcons used a 5th-round pick on Wyoming RB Brian Hill. A workhorse over the past 2 seasons, Hill racked up 3,491 rushing yards with 28 scores. It took him 630 carries to get there, though — a mediocre (for a college back) 5.5 yards per carry. Hill has good size at 6’1, 219 pounds and registered a 50th percentile SPARQ score. But we didn’t see anything to get excited about on tape. He’ll sit behind Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman this year. Freeman is currently set to hit free agency next offseason.
The Rams selected Texas A&M WR Josh Reynolds in the 4th round of the 2017 NFL Draft. After spending 2013 at Tyler Junior College, Reynolds arrived at A&M and immediately set the school’s single-season TD record with 13 TDs. He posted a 51-907-5 line in 2015 and a career-best 61-1,039-12 this past year. Reynolds left school with a 17.0 yards-per-catch average and projects as a downfield weapon at the next level. He’s a 6’3, 194-pounder with 4.5 speed and a 37-inch vertical. Reynolds joins 3rd-rounder Cooper Kupp in Los Angeles’ unsettled WR corps.
Washington LB Will Compton signed his restricted free-agent tender this week and will spend at least 1 more year with the team. He'll likely compete with Mason Foster and free-agent addition Zach Brown for the 2 starting spots inside Washington's 3-4 base defense. Don't be surprised if the team adds another player to the competition via the NFL Draft.
Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill is ready for the start of the team's offseason program in April, according to the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero. Tannehill avoided surgery on his partially torn ACL and sprained MCL and completed his rehab in early February. He's expected to wear a brace on the left knee this season. Barring any setbacks, though, it won't be a concern for his 2017 fantasy stock.
A source tells the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero that Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill's knee is "stable." Tannehill escaped with just a sprained ACL and MCL, and this report seems to confirm that he won't need surgery. VP of Football Operations Mike Tannenbaum is confident that Tannehill will be ready for the 2017 season. “Ryan’s working really hard," Tannenbaum said. "We’re encouraged by his progress. We’re going to closely monitor it and we’re excited about the future with him.” Tannehill set career bests in completion rate (67.1%) and yards per attempt (7.7) this past year but was sitting just 22nd among QBs in fantasy points through 13 healthy weeks. That was due in large part to a run-heavier Miami offense. Tannehill's 29.9 pass attempts per game were a career low.
Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (knee) returned to a limited practice on Friday, per the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson. Tannehill won't play against the Steelers this weekend, but it looks like he'd have a shot to be under center for the Divisional Round if Miami advances.
There's "reason for optimism" that Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (knee) could return for the playoffs, according to the Miami Herald's Adam Beasley. Tannehill has shed his cast and was walking without crutches on Saturday. Miami needs either a Broncos loss to the Chiefs on Sunday night or a win over the Patriots in Week 17 to clinch a postseason berth. QB Matt Moore will start vs. New England.
Washington ILB Will Compton (knee) is active for today's game against the Bears after missing the Monday night loss to the Panthers. He's OK for your IDP lineup, but we'd rather use teammate ILB Mason Foster without the knee question. Other questionable Washington defenders who are active include OLB Ryan Kerrigan (elbow) and DE Chris Baker (ankle).
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