NFL Network's Ian Rapoport's "read" is that Jameis Winston has the "leg up" on the Saints' starting QB job. Rapoport adds that there will be a competition between Winston and Taysom Hill this summer but that Winston "really impressed in practice" last year. Hill reportedly stepped in when Drew Brees went down only because HC Sean Payton had promised Hill that he'd get an opportunity. This will be 1 of the biggest training camp battles to track -- not only for Winston and Hill's fantasy values, but also Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara's.
Giants team doctors are concerned with 1 of TE Kyle Rudolph's feet and believe he needs surgery, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. Rudolph missed the final 4 games of last season with a foot injury, but we never got any details on it. He agreed to -- but didn't sign -- a 2-year, $14 million deal with New York last week, but that's now hanging in the balance. We'll see where this goes, but Rudolph is no better than a late-round flier in fantasy drafts right now.
Update: Rudolph has officially signed his contract with the Giants. It's unclear if he'll need surgery on that foot.
The Falcons have agreed to a 2-year, $5.5 million deal with RB Mike Davis, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's a sensible signing for an offense with a weak group of RBs. Davis performed solidly in place of Christian McCaffrey with the Panthers last year, including ranking 4th on the team -- and 4th among all NFL RBs -- with 59 receptions. Davis' arrival certainly doesn't preclude Atlanta from making further backfield moves. We'll see whether that includes a pick in the NFL Draft's first 2 days.
The Texans signed WR Chris Conley to a 1-year deal. A plus athlete, Conley has yet to emerge as a consistent producer through 6 NFL seasons. His 47-775-5 line with the Jaguars in 2019 stands as his best. Conley will battle with Randall Cobb, Keke Coutee and Chad Hansen for targets behind Brandin Cooks in Houston.
The Titans have agreed to a 1-year deal with WR Josh Reynolds, according to Terry McCormick of TitanInsider.com. The 26-year-old wideout posted career highs in targets (81), receptions (52) and receiving yards (618) with last year's Rams. His 11.9 yards per catch dipped vs. the previous 2 seasons, however. In Tennessee, Reynolds has a shot to replace Corey Davis opposite A.J. Brown, in a pass-catching corps that also shed Adam Humphries and TE Jonnu Smith this offseason. It's a nice landing spot for opportunity. We'll see what else the Titans add this spring.
NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports that WR DeSean Jackson is joining the Rams. The 35-year-old wideout appeared in just 8 games over 2 seasons back with the Eagles -- and missed 4 games in his final Tampa season the year before. When on the field, though, Jackson has remained a speedy deep threat. His arrival would hurt Van Jefferson's chances of claiming a top-3 spot on the Rams' WR depth chart. It would add upside to QB Matthew Stafford's fantasy profile, though.
The Panthers signed TE Dan Arnold to a 2-year, $6 million deal. He's coming off a career-best 31-438-4 line in Arizona last year, ranking 17th among 43 qualifying TEs in yards per route run. Arnold will battle with Ian Thomas for TE targets in Carolina. Panthers TEs TOTALED just 41 targets last year -- although there could be more for the group in 2021 with WR Curtis Samuel gone.
The Giants and WR Kenny Golladay agreed to a 4-year, $72 million deal with $40 million guaranteed, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Golladay's market seemed cooler than expected, but he reportedly had the Giants and Bears hot for him. He ends up getting $18 million per season to become the league's 6th-highest-paid WR. Golladay gives the Giants a true alpha -- something that can't be said about WRs Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton. He immediately becomes the favorite to lead the team in targets, although OC Jason Garrett and QB Daniel Jones add risk to the landing spot.
The Texans signed RB Phillip Lindsay to a 1-year, $3.25 million deal. He joins incumbent starter David Johnson and Mark Ingram, who signed a 1-year, $2.5 million deal last week, in Houston's backfield. This looks like a 3-headed attack in what will be a bad offense if QB Deshaun Watson is traded away.
The Seahawks re-signed RB Chris Carson to a 2-year deal worth "up to" $14.6 million, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. We'll see how much guaranteed money Carson is getting, but it's a contract that clearly says he's returning as the starter. The 26-year-old has averaged 16.2 carries and 2.9 targets per game over the last 3 seasons and figures to be looking at similar volume in 2021. Carson's return crushes RB Rashaad Penny's fantasy value.
The Bills signed TE Jacob Hollister to a 1-year deal, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. Hollister is reuniting with QB Josh Allen, who he played with at Wyoming in 2016, posting a 32-515-7 line. More recently, Hollister emerged as a reliable option for Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, compiling 66 catches for 558 yards and 6 scores over the past 2 seasons. Buffalo has seemingly been disappointed with TE Dawson Knox, so there's a chance Hollister overtakes him as the lead TE.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that LB Anthony Walker is signing a 1-year, $3.5 million deal with the Browns. That's not necessarily starter money, but Walker should compete for starter-level playing time in a shaky and unproven Cleveland LB corps. Walker was a solid player for the Colts, though he's coming off his worst overall Pro Football Focus grade through 4 seasons (by far). Walker also ceded the #2 LB role to Bobby Okereke in 2020. We'll see how the Browns' group shakes out.
Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster is resigning with the Steelers on a 1-year, $8 million deal, according to NFL Network. Smith-Schuster reportedly chose this path over similar offers from the Ravens and Chiefs that added more money via incentives. So he'll remain in Pittsburgh on a "prove it" contract for 2021. Smith-Schuster's return complicates the target picture for him, Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool. Pittsburgh was the league's 3rd most pass-heavy team in 2020, trailing only the 1-15 Jaguars. The Steelers dumped OC Randy Fichtner and turned to QBs coach Matt Canada. We'd bet on at least a bit more balance to the play-calling in 2019. Check out our 2021 fantasy football rankings to see how the return impacts our numbers for Smith-Schuster and other Steelers pass-catchers -- as well as QB Ben Roethlisberger.
Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter adds that Smith-Schuster turned down a multi-year offer from the Eagles.
The Browns re-signed K Cody Parkey. He took over as the starter in Week 2 last year and went on to convert 19 of 22 FG attempts and 43 of 47 XPs. Parkey should be a decent fantasy option in 2021 on an improving Cleveland offense.
The Patriots re-signed K Nick Folk. He drilled 93% of his FG tries last year but finished just 18th among Ks in fantasy points because New England's offense was so bad. The unit at least looks better on paper heading into 2021 after the additions of Nelson Agholor, Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry.
The Jets signed WR Keelan Cole to a 1-year, $5.5 million contract. He popped for a 42-748-3 line as a rookie for the Jaguars back in 2017 but has been treading water since, averaging 39-498-3 over the past 3 seasons. As things currently stand in New York, Cole would be 4th on the depth chart behind Corey Davis, Jamison Crowder and Denzel Mims. We've heard whispers that Crowder could be on the chopping block, though, so stay tuned.
The Panthers signed WR David Moore to a 2-year, $4.75 million deal with $1.25 million guaranteed, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. Although he never earned a consistently prominent role in Seattle, Moore averaged a strong 14.9 yards per catch over the past 3 seasons. Playing with QB Russell Wilson helped, but there's some ability here. And he'd be the favorite for #3 WR duties in Carolina as the depth chart stands now. We'll see if the Panthers make any more moves.
The Lions signed K Randy Bullock. The 9-year veteran was in Cincinnati last year, where he converted 21 of 26 FG attempts and 24 of 25 XPs. He sports a career 83.2% FG conversion rate. Detroit looks like 1 of the weaker offenses in the league heading into 2021, so Bullock isn't an attractive fantasy pick.
The Lions have agreed to a 1-year, $3 million contract with WR Breshad Perriman, according to agent Drew Rosenhaus. Perriman faces clear opportunity in an offense that already lost WR Marvin Jones to the Jaguars and sure looks like it expects to lose WR Kenny Golladay. Detroit previously imported WR Tyrell Williams, signing him for more money than Perriman is getting. Holdover Quintez Cephus should compete for time as an outside receiver as well. Perriman is fine as a late-round best-ball option.
The Dolphins have agreed to a 1-year deal with WR Will Fuller. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that it's worth $10 million, with "significant upside." There's clearly a "prove it" aspect to this contract for a player who lost multiple games to injury every season before 2020, when he spent the final 5 weeks suspended for a positive PED test. Fuller will have 1 more game to serve at the beginning of the coming season. After that, he'll battle DeVante Parker to be Miami's top wideout. Fuller could stay near the 6.8 targets per game he averaged in Houston last season. We'd bet on a drop in efficiency with the move from Deshaun Watson to Tua Tagovailoa, though. Fuller looks like a solid-to-good pick anywhere in WR3 range of current best-ball drafts. His arrival obviously increases the upside for the 2nd-year QB. It also dramatically lowers the ceiling for Preston Williams in his 3rd season.
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