Bills WR Cole Beasley had core-muscle surgery "a few weeks ago," HC Sean McDermott said Tuesday. McDermott didn't give a timetable for Beasley's return, but he figures to be ready by the time training camp rolls around. We'll keep an eye on him. Beasley looks like a low-upside PPR option for 2019.
Bills TE Tyler Kroft broke his foot in Monday's OTA session and will undergo surgery, HC Sean McDermott said. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Kroft is expected to be sidelined 3-4 months. That'd have him back right around the start of the season -- although foot injuries come with an elevated risk of setbacks. We'll track Kroft's progress this summer, but he wasn't much of a fantasy option to begin with. Rookie Dawson Knox and Jason Croom are behind Kroft on the depth chart and will now get extended run in August.
Jaguars WR Marqise Lee (knee) is not participating in OTAs this week -- although he was running on a side field on Tuesday, according to insider Phillip Heilman. Lee suffered ligament damage to a knee in a preseason game last August and missed the entire 2018 campaign. We never got further details on the injury, but it was clearly significant to have Lee still rehabbing 9 months later. We'll see if he's ready for the start of training camp in July. For now, Lee is just a late-round flier in fantasy drafts.
Washington LB Reuben Foster is "believed to have suffered a torn ACL, plus additional damage" in a non-contact drill Monday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He added that the "injury has been described as major and significant" (which seems redundant). Foster is reportedly getting further opinions to determine the extent of the damage, but it sure sounds like he'll miss the coming season. Washington dumped Zach Brown in the offseason after he spent 2 years starting next to Mason Foster. Brown has since signed with the Eagles. Top candidates currently on the roster to fill the void are Shaun Dion Hamilton and Josh Harvey-Clemons. The Reuben Foster injury adds IDP upside to Mason Foster.
Eagles QB Carson Wentz (back) will have "no limitations" in OTAs this week, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "The team will be smart with him, of course, but he’s expected to be involved in the majority of all work," Rapoport adds. Wentz missed the final 3 games of last season -- plus 2 playoff games -- with a stress fracture in his back. It'll certainly be a situation to monitor this summer, but he's obviously on track to be ready for Week 1. A healthy Wentz boasts top-5 fantasy upside.
Colts GM Chris Ballard said WR Deon Cain (knee) is expected to be on the field for training camp but likely won't be back to 100% until "midway" through the season. Last year's 6th-rounder is still rehabbing last August's torn ACL. He was buzzing before that injury and remains a nice dynasty stash. But Cain is a long shot to make a 2019 fantasy impact in a WR corps that added Devin Funchess and Parris Campbell this offseason.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the league has suspended Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson for 6 games for violating the PED policy. Peterson is reportedly not appealing the ban. He's not much of an IDP factor, so the biggest fantasy impact will be on Arizona's first 6 opponents. The Lions, Ravens, Panthers, Seahawks, Bengals and Falcons can enjoy having their lead WRs running free of 1 of the league's top cover men. As for the Cardinals defense, Peterson's early absence should make it easier for 2nd-round rookie Byron Murphy to start right away. Robert Alford will claim a spot after signing a 3-year deal with $13.5 million in guarantees. Arizona also added David Amerson and Tramaine Brock at the position.
Bengals TE Tyler Eifert said he's "doing pretty much everything" in offseason workouts. "There's a couple things here and there but for the most part it's all doing everything with the guys," he added. That's about as good as it gets for Eifert nowadays. He's played in just 14 games over the past 3 seasons and had his 2018 campaign ended by a broken ankle. Fantasy owners obviously can't rely on Eifert as a TE1 this coming year -- but he's still capable of producing when healthy. He caught 15 balls for 179 yards and a score in his 4 games last season and is still just 28. Eifert is a fine shot to take late in best-ball drafts, ideally as your 3rd TE.
Colts LB Darius Leonard had surgery at some point this offseason on the left ankle he injured in 2018, GM Chris Ballard announced Tuesday. Leonard played through the issue for much of the year. He's expected to be out 6 weeks, a timeline that would still put him on track for the start of training camp. We'll keep an eye on him through the summer. Leonard, of course, started his career by dominating LB scoring and looks like the top IDP in 2019 drafts if the ankle's good.
Colts GM Chris Ballard revealed Tuesday that TE Eric Ebron recently had groin surgery, according to multiple reports. The team has yet to specify how long Ebron will be out, but it doesn't seem serious. We'll see whether he's ready for the start of training camp, which is when Jack Doyle's expected to return from his hip issue. Ebron's been overvalued in early drafting after last season's huge TD rate, so it'll also be interesting to see whether this news affects his ADP.
Update: GM Chris Ballard said Ebron's surgery happened in April.
The MMQB's Albert Breer hears that Texans TE Kahale Warring impressed in last weekend's rookie minicamp. The 3rd-rounder didn't even play football until his senior year of high school, so he's obviously a project. "But the raw ability could help him carve out a role as a matchup guy in Year 1," Breer writes. Warring might find targets tough to come by, though, in a passing game featuring DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller and Keke Coutee. We're not spending a pick on Warring in early redrafts, but he's a fine target late in dynasty rookie drafts.
Falcons RB Devonta Freeman will be a full-go for training camp, HC Dan Quinn said. Knee, groin and foot injuries limited Freeman to just 2 games last season. “We can’t wait to get Free back,” Quinn said. “He’s having such an awesome offseason ... When you get to see the team out here this spring, I think you’ll feel the energy at running back certainly with Free leading the way.” Prior to the injury-wrecked 2018 campaign, Freeman had finished 13th, 6th and 1st among RBs in PPR points the previous 3 seasons. Still just 27, he's a prime bounce-back candidate in 2019 with Tevin Coleman gone and Atlanta beefing up the offensive line with free agents Jamon Brown and James Carpenter and rookies Chris Lindstrom and Kaleb McGary.
The Dolphins have signed RB Mark Walton. The 2018 4th-rounder was cut by the Bengals after his 3rd arrest of the offseason (carrying a concealed weapon, marijuana possession, battery). Walton is looking at a suspension from the league and is no lock to make Miami's roster. He figures to battle with rookie Myles Gaskin for a spot behind Kenyan Drake and Kalen Ballage.
The Patriots have signed WR Dontrelle Inman to a 1-year deal. The 30-year-old caught 28 balls in 9 appearances with the Colts last year and has a 58-catch season on his resume back in 2016 with the Chargers. In New England, Inman will compete with Phillip Dorsett, Demaryius Thomas and Maurice Harris for snaps behind Julian Edelman and 1st-round rookie N'Keal Harry.
TE Ben Watson has inked a 1-year, $3 million deal with the Patriots. The 38-year-old has remained effective, posting a 74-825-6 line with the Saints in 2016, a 61-522-4 with the Ravens in 2017 and a 35-400-2 back in New Orleans last year. He spent his first 6 NFL seasons with the Patriots, including 3 under current OC Josh McDaniels. Watson will battle with talented but oft-injured Austin Seferian-Jenkins for targets this season. It's worth noting that ASJ's 1-year deal is for less than a million bucks. Consider Watson the early favorite.
Jaguars OLB Telvin Smith announced via Instagram on Thursday that he'll be taking 2019 off from football to "get my world in order." After the announcement, the Jaguars released a statement saying they wouldn't have a comment until after they had "a conversation with Telvin to understand the situation and the circumstances." That indicates Smith hadn't even been in contact with the franchise about whatever's going on in his life. We'll see where this goes. Bet on open competition for the weak-side job in Jacksonville this year. Smith's absence raises the tackle ceiling for MLB Myles Jack.
The Seahawks on Thursday terminated the contract of WR Doug Baldwin on the grounds of a failed physical. The veteran wideout has undergone 3 surgeries since the end of the season, and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports this is "likely the end of the road" for Baldwin. His departure leaves Seattle without its target leader for each of the past 5 seasons. Tyler Lockett and the rest of the crew stand to benefit in a low-volume pass offense. Rookies D.K. Metcalf and Gary Jennings gain redraft interest, and the TE competition could be worth watching this summer.
According to multiple reports, the Seahawks have agreed to terms with former Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah. There's plenty of room for Ansah on a D-line that jettisoned DEs Michael Bennett and Frank Clark over the past 2 offseasons. Ansah joins a group that includes 2019 first-rounder L.J. Collier, 2018 rookie Rasheem Green (a potential DE/DT swing player like Bennett) and some backup/rotational types. Ansah has lingered on the market because of an injured shoulder that will be worth watching through the summer. But Seattle clearly believes he'll be ready to contribute this fall.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Buccaneers DE Jason Pierre-Paul suffered a neck fracture in last week's single-car accident that might cost him the 2019 season. Pierre-Paul will reportedly get further opinions this week, but he's expected to need surgery. The hope is that "a portion of this season can be saved." With JPP out, Tampa Bay would enter the year thin at DE. The Bucs might have suddenly turned into the top suitor for free-agent DE Ezekiel Ansah.
Lions RB Kerryon Johnson said he's back to 100% after a November knee injury ended his rookie campaign. He didn't need surgery and will get in a full offseason of work. Johnson will need to hold off RB C.J. Anderson for work but has breakout potential in new OC Darrell Bevell's run-focused offense.
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