Patriots RB Sony Michel had arthroscopic knee surgery this offseason, according to Jeff Howe of The Athletic. Michel had been missing workouts without explanation. It's not yet clear which knee had the operation, but his left has been the problem since he tore the ACL on that side in high school in 2011. Michel also had a "minor" procedure on the knee last August that cost him the preseason and the regular-season opener. And he later missed 2 more games with an issue in the same knee. Howe reports that this latest surgery is also "minor" and that Michel's expected to return for training camp. But it looks worrisome from here that Michel is averaging a knee surgery a year so far. We've already been low on the 2nd-year Patriots RB, who might be in for a move further down the rankings given positive reports on rookie Damien Harris and Rex Burkhead so far.
The Seahawks don't expect DE Ezekiel Ansah to return to practice until after the start of training camp, HC Pete Carroll said Tuesday, according to ProFootballTalk.com. Ansah has been taking part in walkthroughs to learn the defense, and Carroll says he's working to regain strength in his repaired shoulder -- which is healed. "These six weeks coming up will be crucial, and we have a really specific plan set up for him," Carroll said. "I don't think we'll rush him. There won't be a need to start him up right out of the chutes, and we'll see how he goes in the weeks to follow." IDP owners should be apprehensive with Ansah this summer. He lost 9 games to injury last year and 14 total over the past 3 years.
When asked about his QB situation after Tuesday's OTA workouts, Giants HC Pat Shurmur said (per ESPN's Jordan Raanan): "I think we are going to play the very best player. I know we're dancing around the words there. Right now, Eli is getting ready to have a great year. Daniel is getting ready to play. We'll see what happens. But we feel good about where Eli is. He's our starting quarterback." Although Shurmur didn't seem to close the door on Daniel Jones overtaking Eli Manning for the Week 1 starting post, it certainly seems that it'll take a drastic difference in performance between the 2 to get Manning benched. We'd bet on Jones taking over at some point this year, however. And neither looks interesting for 2019 redraft leagues.
Buccaneers WR Mike Evans sat out his team's recent mandatory minicamp after sustaining a hamstring injury. Greg Auman of The Athletic reports that HC Bruce Arians deemed it minor. "No sense aggravating it this time of year," Arians said. We agree, Coach. But we'll still keep an eye out to make sure the issue doesn't recur this summer.
Falcons WR Julio Jones reported for this week's mandatory minicamp but won't participate in practice because of a foot injury he's rehabbing. "It was part of maintenance ... and also some rehab, too," HC Dan Quinn said, per D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "They won't participate in the camp this time, but I'm anticipating them both being ready for the training camp." MLB Deion Jones was the other player Quinn was referring, too. Jones, of course, lost 10 games last season to a foot injury. We don't see any reason right now to worry about Julio Jones, who often sits out offseason workouts for similar reasons.
Bills WR Robert Foster sustained a foot injury late last week that has him sidelined, reports Joe Buscaglia of WKBW in Buffalo. HC Sean McDermott said Tuesday he doesn't expect it to be a long-term issue but that it's also still early in the evaluation process. We'll see where this goes.
Kevin Kietzman of 810 WHB in Kansas City reports that neither Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill nor his fiancee broke their son's arm. Investigators "quickly agreed with medical staff that the broken bone was the result of typical accident involving a rambunctious toddler, consistent with reaching out to brace for a fall," according to Kietzman, who cited "multiple sources close to the investigation. This doesn't necessarily mean Hill is clear of potential discipline under the NFL personal-conduct policy. But this version of events would sure seem to save Hill's 2019 outlook. He's certainly worth a shot at what figures to remain depressed ADPs in current fantasy football drafts. And we'll all be watching this situation closely through the summer.
The Vikings and TE Kyle Rudolph agreed Monday to a 4-year, $36 million extension, according to multiple reports. The deal ends months of speculation that Rudolph could be traded and locks him into Minnesota for at least the next couple of years. It also undercuts the short-term fantasy upside for 2nd-round rookie TE Irv Smith. Trade rumors have helped keep Rudolph down at TE15 in early PlayDraft ADP. He has finished each of the past 3 seasons among the top 9 TEs across fantasy formats.
UPDATE: Pro Football Talk reports that Rudolph's deal includes $16.25 million in "total guarantees," which makes it sound more like a 2-year deal with 2 cuttable years at the end. We'll see about the full details, of course.
Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins revealed that he played through serious pain in 2018. "Last year was tough, not just physically but mentally," Hopkins said Saturday, via the Houston Chronicle. "It's the most banged up I've ever been playing football. I was dealing with serious injuries a lot of people would have sat down for. But we had a good team that depended on me, and I never gave a thought to not playing unless the doctors told me I couldn’t." Hopkins also shared that he tore ligaments in his shoulder “completely off the bone.” Wow. The 27-year-old set career highs with 115 catches and 1,572 yards last season. He’s fully expected to be ready for training camp.
Seahawks rookie WR Gary Jennings took the field Thursday for a limited practice, according to KJR Radio in Seattle. It's noteworthy because Jennings had missed early workouts with a hamstring injury. A healthy Jennings should compete for a top-3 role in Seattle's WR corps, where Tyler Lockett, David Moore and Jaron Brown have opened atop the depth chart.
The Jets on Friday re-signed RB Bilal Powell. He'll compete with Ty Montgomery, Elijah McGuire and Trenton Cannon for touches behind Le'Veon Bell. Powell averaged 11.4 carries and 1.6 receptions over his 7 games for last year's Jets. He'll turn 31 in October. We'll see if he hits August drafts as the #2 RB for the Jets.
NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that, "barring further developments," Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill is expected to re-join the team by the start of training camp. This comes after the Johnson County District Attorney told the Kansas City Star that the child-abuse investigation into Hill is not an active investigation. Pelissero notes that the league could still place Hill on the Commissioner's Exempt List, which would prohibit him from team activities. And, of course, Hill is still subject to a suspension from the league. So his 2019 status remains murky, but it at least sounds like he's still part of Kansas City's plans. That's good news for his dynasty value.
Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny has shed some weight this offseason, currently tipping the scales at 230 pounds. Conditioning was a problem for him at times during his rookie season, but it doesn't sound like that'll be an issue in 2019. Penny has reportedly impressed in spring workouts, while RB Chris Carson has been sidelined after knee surgery. We're still projecting Carson to lead this backfield in carries this year, but there's room for Penny to tally 150+ attempts in Seattle's run-heavy attack.
QB Carson Wentz and the Eagles have agreed to a 4-year, $128 million contract extension with nearly $108 million of it guaranteed. The extension tacks on to the final 2 years of his rookie deal, keeping Wentz in Philly through the 2024 campaign. His last 2 seasons have ended with injuries, a torn ACL and LCL in 2017 and a stress fracture in his back last year. But he's averaged 265 yards and 2.25 TDs across his last 24 games. Armed with a deep and talented group of pass-catchers, Wentz has top-5 fantasy upside in 2019 and for years to come.
Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay (wrist) is on track to be ready for the start of training camp next month, HC Vic Fangio said. “It’s a particular injury that they tell me it’s going well, they just don't want it to get bumped on yet,” Fangio explained. “He could go out there and do everything, but they just want to use this time and the next five weeks to make sure he’s ready to go.” Lindsay is coming off a brilliant rookie season that saw him average 5.4 yards per carry and finish 13th among RBs in PPR points. But he'll need to fend off fellow 2nd-year back Royce Freeman for touches this summer.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers likes what he's seen from WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling this offseason. “I think Marquez has had a fantastic spring and really stepped up as a guy who can be an every-down player," Rodgers said. It's particularly noteworthy after a story from Bleacher Report earlier this offseason mentioned that Rodgers didn't trust MVS last year. Even so, Valdes-Scantling flashed with 15.3 yards per catch as a rookie. He's reportedly been running with the 1st-team offense this offseason and is in the mix to finish 2nd on the 2019 Packers in targets.
"Jaron Brown ... wow, talking about just an unbelievable camp. I mean, really stepping up. ... He's looked dynamic out here." That's what Seahawks OC Brian Schottenheimer said this week about WR Jaron Brown, who has been working with Tyler Lockett and David Moore as the 1st-team wideouts. Brown caught just 14 balls in his 1st season with Seattle, but Schottenheimer admitted that coaches "kind of forgot" about him while Brown was busy doing "much of the dirty work." The departure of WR Doug Baldwin has left fantasy owners projecting who will step up, with rookie D.K. Metcalf garnering much of the hype. We're not getting fired up for Brown, who has averaged just 16.7 receptions through 6 pro seasons. But we'll keep an eye on him and the fight for those top 3 receiver spots in Seattle through the summer.
The Patriots are releasing TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "He’s taking a step away for a month for personal issues and the team will release him as he does that," Rapoport adds. "We’ll see if he comes back to New England or anywhere." Seferian-Jenkins has had alcohol-abuse problems in the past, although it's unclear if this is related. With TE Ben Watson suspended for the first 4 games of the season, Matt LaCosse and Stephen Anderson are currently atop the Patriots' Week 1 depth chart.
The Rams recognize that RB Todd Gurley's days as a workhorse are over, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "The days of Todd Gurley just being the straight-up, every-down bell cow are probably over, just based on his knee, his age, the position, the amount of carries he's had," Rapoport said. "Gurley's knee, the wear and tear on that knee, the surgically repaired knee, is something that everyone knows has been concerning to the team for some time." At this point, it's obvious that Gurley's volume will decline in 2019. What we don't yet know is how much it'll decline. Gurley averaged 22.9 touches per game in 2017 and 22.5 last year. We currently have him projected for 19.6 touches per game this season. That's subject to change, of course. We'll continue to monitor this situation and adjust Gurley's projections throughout the summer.
Jaguars WRs coach Keenan McCardell conceded that WR Marquise Lee (knee) is unlikely to be ready for the start of training camp. “He’s probably a couple weeks into training camp before he’ll be back," McCardell said. Lee suffered ligament damage in his left knee last August. We never learned the exact extent of the injury, but it looks like it was more than just an ACL considering he'll need over a year to get fully cleared. Jacksonville's WR corps is wide open at this point, with Lee, Dede Westbrook, D.J. Chark, Keelan Cole and Chris Conley battling for playing time. But until we see him back and on the field and looking healthy, Lee isn't worth drafting.
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