Shark Bites

The Broncos have signed RB Melvin Gordon to a 2-year, $16 million deal with $13.5 million guaranteed. He turned down a better offer from another team because he wanted to stay in the same division as the Chargers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It was still a seemingly soft market for Gordon, who now checks in as league's 8th highest paid RB in average annual salary. He's a sizable favorite for lead duties in Denver but will share at least some with Phillip Lindsay and/or Royce Freeman. Gordon won't get the same volume he did with the Chargers. Look for him to settle into RB2 territory when our rankings hit the site later this spring.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Titans are trading DE Jurrell Casey to the Broncos for a mere 7th-round pick. This is clearly a case of Tennessee dumping salary. Casey still has 3 years left on his contract, with cap numbers of about $11.8 million, $12.3 million and $13.85 million. Casey remains a productive player heading into just his age-30 season and should start for the Broncos in 2020. We'll see how Denver handles the remaining 2 cuttable years on his deal beyond that.

The Broncos have placed the franchise tag on S Justin Simmons. Barring a trade, he'll remain in the role that has made Simmons a nice IDP contributor the past 2 years.

Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay recently underwent surgery on his right wrist, according to The Denver Post's Mike Klis. It was reportedly a "simple, clean-up arthroscopic procedure" on the same wrist that Lindsay had surgery on last year. He told the team that it caused him some discomfort throughout the 2019 campaign. Lindsay was sidelined until training camp last year but is expected to be ready for the start of OTAs this spring. We'll keep an eye on him.

The Broncos have fired OC Rich Scangarello after 1 year on the job and replaced him with Pat Shurmur. Shurmur has struggled as a HC but had some strong seasons as an OC with the Eagles and Vikings. He's a pass-leaning play-caller, with 9 of his 11 teams ranking higher in pass attempts than rush attempts. Shurmur's top priority in Denver will be maximizing QB Drew Lock's skill set.

2:12pm EST 12/22/19

Broncos TE Noah Fant (shoulder) is active for today’s game against the Lions. The shoulder issue adds risk, but Fant boasts plenty of upside vs. a Detroit defense sitting 26th in Football Outsiders' TE coverage rankings.

Broncos TE Noah Fant (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions. He returned to play through this injury last week, so we're expecting him to play. The shoulder issue adds more risk to a guy who's already been a volatile producer. But Fant boasts plenty of upside vs. a Detroit defense sitting 26th in Football Outsiders' TE coverage rankings.

Broncos TE Noah Fant suffered a shoulder injury in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game in Kansas City and is officially questionable to return. The rookie came into this one with foot and hip injuries. We'll update his status when we learn more.

Update: Fant returned for the 2nd half.

11:12am EST 12/15/19

Broncos TE Noah Fant (hip, foot) is active for today’s game against the Chiefs. The injuries add more risk to a guy who’s already been a boom/bust fantasy play. Fant has games of 3-115-1 and 4-113-1 among his last 5 but has totaled just 8 catches for 79 scoreless yards in the other 3.

Broncos TE Noah Fant is "looking good to play today" against the Chiefs, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Fant is officially questionable with hip and foot injuries. Even an active Fant is risky, though. He's still sharing targets with several other TEs. Keep that in mind -- and not just his big production at Houston -- as you set your Week 15 lineup.

Broncos TE Noah Fant (hip, foot) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Chiefs. He got in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. We'll get the rookie's official status by noon ET on Sunday. If active, he'll be a risk/reward fantasy play. Fant has games of 3-115-1 and 4-113-1 among his last 5 but has totaled just 8 catches for 79 scoreless yards in the other 3.

Broncos TE Noah Fant (foot) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. That gives him a shot to play against the Chiefs this weekend. We'll see what Fant does on Friday and then how Denver lists him on the final injury report.

Broncos TE Noah Fant (foot) didn't practice on Wednesday. HC Vic Fangio said the rookie's status is "positive overall" but wouldn't guarantee that he'll play against the Chiefs this weekend. We'll get another update on Fant tomorrow.

Broncos TE Noah Fant suffered a foot injury in the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Texans and is officially questionable to return. We'll pass along an update when we get one.

Broncos OLB Von Miller (knee) is active for today's game against the Texans. It's an upside sack matchup for the pass rusher, though there's also still risk to Miller's injury situation. Fellow OLB Malik Reed (ankle) is inactive for the game.

Broncos OLB Von Miller is "trending in the right direction" but still no lock to return for today's game against the Texans, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. ESPN's Adam Schefter, meanwhile, reports that Denver expects Miller to play. Miller's knee injury cost him last week's game, the 1st he had missed since 2013. We'll update his status later this morning, when the inactives come out. But even an active Miller looks like a risky IDP bet this week.

Broncos OLB Von Miller (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Texans. Miller put in limited practices all week. We'll check his status Sunday. Fellow OLB starter Malik Reed (ankle) is also questionable. He started the week not practicing but put in limited workouts Thursday and Friday.

Broncos OLB Von Miller (knee) is inactive for today's game against the Chargers. The left knee injury snaps a 95-game active streak for Miller. ILB Alexander Johnson (knee) is active and in play for IDP usage. DL Shelby Harris (ankle) is also active but a low-level fantasy option.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Broncos OLB Von Miller is "considered 50/50" to play through his knee injury against the Chargers today, "though it's trending in the right direction." That obviously points to Miller likely playing, but he'll be a low-floor option for IDP lineups.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Lions are placing QB Jeff Driskel on IR with his hamstring injury. That keeps David Blough in place as the fill-in for as long as Matthew Stafford remains out with his back injury. Detroit has also signed QB Kyle Sloter off Arizona's practice squad.

 
 
 

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