The Titans on Sunday placed rookie LB Rashaan Evans on the non-football illness list as they opened training camp for all rookies, QBs and players who finished the offseason program with injuries. We've seen nothing further about Evans' illness, so we'll assume it's not a big deal. He's eligible to come off the list at any point during camp. Tennessee also placed 3rd-year OLB Kevin Dodd on the "reserve -- did not report" list. That follows Dodd unexpectedly sitting out offseason workouts. The former 2nd-round pick has appeared in just 18 games through 2 seasons and tallied only 1 sack. We'll see if his future holds any NFL relevance.
Browns WR Antonio Callaway missed 7 of 12 offseason practices with a groin injury, per beat writer Nate Ulrich. He should be back at full health by the time Cleveland opens up training camp on July 26. The rookie will spend camp battling Corey Coleman for the #3 role behind Josh Gordon and Jarvis Landry. Callaway will be given a chance to earn return duties, too.
The NFL has suspended Jaguars DE Dante Fowler for Week 1 of 2018 for violating the personal-conduct policy. The suspension stems from a 2017 arrest. Fowler has been a disappointing contributor since arriving in Jacksonville as a 1st-round pick in 2016 and doesn't sit high in our 2018 IDP rankings anyway.
Colts GM Chris Ballard said Friday that QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) is "good to go" for the start of training camp. He'll take planned days off but will take starter's reps when camp opens next Thursday. “He’s throwing the ball pretty well,” Ballard said. We'll be looking for reports on Luck's arm strength and accuracy in practice and will hopefully get to see him in preseason action. He's certainly on track for Week 1 right now but remains a risk/reward fantasy pick.
Colts RB Marlon Mack (shoulder) has been cleared for the start of training camp, GM Chris Ballard said. Mack missed spring workouts after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. He's still the favorite for lead-back duties this year but will need to fend off rookies Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins. Mack's ADP is currently sitting in the 8th round.
Jets WR ArDarius Stewart has been suspended 2 games for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. Stewart is coming off a disappointing 6-catch rookie campaign for a Jets squad that could have used some pass-catching help. Fellow 2nd-year WR Chad Hansen has drawn more buzz this offseason. Stewart is well off the redraft radar -- and his dynasty stock has taken a significant hit over the past 12 months.
Bears HC Matt Nagy expects WR Allen Robinson (knee) to avoid the active/PUP list to begin training camp. Robinson was limited this spring but should be something close to a full-go now after last September's torn ACL. It's important for him to get reps in camp and preseason action in a new offense with a new QB. Robinson has every opportunity to emerge as the top dog in a much-improved Bears passing game. He's fairly valued at his WR18 ADP.
Bengals RB Joe Mixon has dropped 12 pounds from last season, currently tipping the scales at 218. “I was working in that heat,” Mixon said of his offseason. “I feel like that’s where I play my best. I was trying to get low last year but I wasn’t able to make it. I feel real good. My body feels real good. I feel like I’m in really good shape.” We've seen trimming down work well for plenty of RBs, so consider this good news for Mixon. With every opportunity to capture a feature role in Cincinnati, he's a prime 2018 breakout candidate.
Packers WR Randall Cobb is out of the walking boot he was spotted in last month, according to WBAY Green Bay. Cobb wouldn't go into detail about his reported ankle injury but told WBAY's Chris Roth that he'll be ready for the start of training camp. "I look great. I feel great," Cobb said. We'll keep an eye on him when Packers camp opens next week, but this looks like a non-issue for now. Cobb remains an excellent value at his WR39 ADP.
The Saints have signed RB Shane Vereen. The 29-year-old racked up 44 catches for the Giants last year, although he averaged just 5.8 yards per catch. He also has 47-, 52- and 59-catch campaigns on his resume. New Orleans has now added Vereen and Terrance West to a backfield that also includes Trey Edmunds, Jonathan Williams and Boston Scott behind Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram. There's early-season opportunity with Ingram suspended for the first 4 games, but Vereen seemingly has an overlapping skill set with Kamara. He's not worth a roster spot in fantasy leagues right now.
Cardinals TE Ricky Seals-Jones was arrested in Arizona over the weekend and charged with assault, disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing. He allegedly shoved an employee of the W Hotel in Scottsdale after he was denied access to the bathroom. The police report also states that Seals-Jones was intoxicated at the time of his arrest. This sounds like a relatively minor incident, but we'll see if it nets Seals-Jones any punishment from the league. For now, he's still worth considering at the tail end of fantasy drafts.
The Rams and WR Brandin Cooks have agreed to a 5-year extension that locks him up in Los Angeles through the 2023 campaign. Cooks will still be just 30 when that deal expires. The Rams have now traded a 1st-round pick for Cooks and handed him this contract over the past 3-and-a-half months. They're clearly high on him. We'll see exactly what that means for his volume in 2018. The Rams were a spread-the-wealth passing game last year that had no WR top 94 targets.
Update: Cooks' 5-year extension is worth $80 million. He's now the league's 4th highest paid WR in average annual salary.
Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell's agent Adisa Bakari said Tuesday that his client plans to skip training camp and preseason but report by Week 1, "barring something exceptional." ESPN's Adam Schefter reported yesterday that Bell might hold out for the first half of the season, but that always seemed unlikely. An August holdout is still a bit of a concern, though, after Bell did it last year and then ranked just 25th among RBs in PPR points over the season's first 2 weeks.
Saints WR Cameron Meredith is happy with his recovery from last August's torn ACL and MCL and expects to be ready for the start of training camp. “On a scale of 1 to 10, it’s almost a 10. I haven’t had a setback along the recovery process,” Meredith said. “I’m gaining strength day by day, month by month. I’m excited to see how soon I can get back… But the main objective for me is to do as much as I can with the trainers to get ready for the season. My goal is to try and get back to training camp. As long as there aren’t any setbacks or anything like that, it shouldn’t be a problem.” Meredith can use all the reps he can get in HC Sean Payton's offense and with QB Drew Brees. If he's healthy and comfortable in the offense, he has a good shot to emerge as the Saints' #2 WR -- a role that would make him a major fantasy factor. Meredith is well worth a shot at his 12th-round ADP.
The Steelers and RB Le'Veon Bell failed to come to an agreement on a long-term deal prior to today's 4 pm ET deadline. So he'll play on the franchise tag for the 2nd straight season, earning a little more than $14.5 million. Bell held out last year until 9 days before the opener and then got off to a relatively slow start, totaling 236 yards and 1 TD in his first 3 games. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported this morning that Bell is considering holding out for the first half of this season. It'll obviously be a situation to track closely over the next 8 weeks. There's certainly some risk to Bell in fantasy drafts right now, but we still wouldn't let him slip past #2 overall.
ESPN's Adam Schefter dropped a bomb in a Sirius XM radio appearance on Monday morning, stating that he believes Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell might sit out the "first half of the year" if he doesn't get a long-term deal. "The goal at that point would be to hit 2019 free agency healthy, not rack up another 400 touches," Schefter added. The Steelers slapped Bell with the franchise tag again this offseason, and the 2 sides have until 4 pm ET this afternoon to work out a long-term contract. Bell played on the franchise tag last year and didn't report until September 1 -- just 9 days before the start of the season. We'll continue to keep a close eye on this situation. For now, Todd Gurley looks like the safer pick at #1 in fantasy drafts.
Eagles HC Doug Pederson refused to guarantee that QB Carson Wentz (knee) will be ready for Week 1 when asked over the weekend. "I can’t say. I don’t know now," he said. "I can tell you it’s not going to be a Doug Pederson decision. It will be a doctors’ decision. Carson will have to be 100 percent before he takes the field. I am going to rely totally on my medical staff.” Wentz will be a little less than 9 months removed from his torn ACL and LCL when the Eagles open the season against the Falcons on September 6. His rehab has seemingly gone smoothly so far -- he threw at May OTAs and in June minicamp -- but he still has hurdles to clear. Wentz remains a risk/reward pick at his 8th-round ADP.
Eagles RB Darren Sproles admits that he wasn't sure how he'd return from last year's torn ACL. But now that he's through the rehab process, he's confident heading into 2018. "Once I started rehabbing and running again I could tell I was good and ready for one more healthy year," Sproles said. We're curious to see what the 35-year-old looks like when the pads go on in training camp and the preseason. But he was playing a major role before going down last year, playing 84 snaps, carrying 12 times and hauling in 7 of 12 targets in 2 games. Sproles is well worth a look at the tail end of PPR drafts.
The New York Post's Brian Costello expects WR Quincy Enunwa to be a "major weapon" for the Jets this season -- assuming good health. Enunwa missed the entire 2017 campaign with a bulging disc in his neck that required surgery and was limited in spring workouts. If he's back to 100%, Enunwa is the favorite to handle slot duties for New York between Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse, according to Costello. He's just a couple of years removed from a 58-857-4 line and 44th-place PPR finish. Enunwa has a shot to return to that level of production in 2018 and is worth a look at the end of fantasy drafts.
RB DeMarco Murray announced his retirement on Friday night. The 7-year veteran has been toiling on the free-agent market since being released by the Titans in mid-March. Murray's 1,845 rushing yards with the Cowboys in 2014 were the 17th most in NFL history. He finishes his career with 4.5 yards per carry and 55 total TDs across 99 games.
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