Giants TE Evan Engram has cleared the concussion protocol, HC Pat Shurmur said Wednesday. So Engram is good to go for this weekend's opener against the Jaguars. As good as Jacksonville's defense was last season, they finished just 20th in Football Outsiders' TE coverage rankings.
Giants RB Saquon Barkley (hamstring) said Monday that he's "definitely ready for a full workload." He's been practicing for over a week now after injuring his hamstring on August 13. "I feel like I’m still in really good football shape," Barkley said. He has a stiff Week 1 challenge against the Jaguars, but volume will have Barkley sitting in RB1 territory when our Week 1 Rankings are posted on Tuesday afternoon.
Giants TE Evan Engram (concussion) is expected to be ready for the team's opener next weekend, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan. Engram will be 16 days removed from his head injury when the G-Men kick off against the Jaguars. We'll have more updates on his progress this coming week.
The Bills will release WR Corey Coleman, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The move comes on cutdown day, where every team must pare its roster to 53 players. But this comes as a surprise given that Buffalo gave Cleveland a draft pick for Coleman -- and, of course, the continued fall for the 2016 first-round pick. The Bills will enter 2018 with 1 of the league's worst WR groups. Coleman figures to find a 3rd team quickly, as he heads into his age-24 season. He remains worth a dynasty stash but will obviously need to work his way back onto the redraft radar in fantasy football.
Giants RB Saquon Barkley (hamstring) "performed in practice [Sunday] like a player without any limitations," insider Art Stapleton tweeted. Teams don't release practice participation reports until the week before the season starts, so we won't get an official status on Barkley. But it sure sounds like he's just about back to 100%. Barring a setback, the rookie will be full-go for Week 1.
Giants TE Evan Engram left Friday night's game against the Jets with a concussion. That's his 2nd in the pros, after Engram suffered one in Week 2 of his rookie season. Engram didn't miss any games for that one and should have plenty of time to move through the protocol before Week 1. We'll keep an eye on his progress.
Giants RB Saquon Barkley (hamstring) has been cleared for individual drills, HC Pat Shurmur said Wednesday. Barkley pulled his hammy 9 days ago and had been sidelined since. We're not expecting to see the rookie again this preseason, but he's on track to be ready for Week 1.
Bills insider Sal Capaccio says the team's top 5 WRs are set -- and Corey Coleman isn't 1 of them. That would put him in danger of not making the final roster, as the team is also reportedly enamored with rookie Ray-Ray McCloud as a potential special-teams contributor and reserve WR. Keeping guys like Rod Streater and Andre Holmes over Coleman would seem crazy, but HC Sean McDermott will make the former Brown earn his spot. Coleman is no more than a late-round flier in best-ball leagues at this point. Capaccio says Kelvin Benjamin, Zay Jones and Jeremy Kerley are the Bills' top 3 WRs.
Giants RB Saquon Barkley "tweaked" his left hamstring in Monday's practice, according to ESPN's Dianna Russini. The rookie spent the rest of practice with the left leg wrapped. "Source says he is fine. Giants do not seem too worried," Russini added. This sounds minor, but anytime we hear "hamstring" associated with a 1st-round fantasy RB, we're paying attention. We'll keep a close eye on Barkley.
Update: Barkley has a "mild strain" of his hamstring, HC Pat Shurmur said after practice. "We’ll be smart with him as we move along here," Shurmur said. Don't expect to see the rookie in New York's 2nd preseason game. We'll see if he can make it back for the 3rd.
The Bills announced Sunday night that they've acquired WR Corey Coleman from the Browns for an undisclosed draft pick. Coleman lost 13 games to injury over his 2 seasons in Cleveland after arriving as a 1st-round pick. Coleman dealt with weak QB play while posting a 42.7% catch rate and just-OK 12.8 yards per catch. In Buffalo, he should compete for the #2 WR role behind Kelvin Benjamin, who will hit unrestricted free agency in the spring. Zay Jones, a 2017 second-round pick, and veteran journeyman Jeremy Kerley figure to supply the primary competition. Coleman remains signed through 2019, with a team option for 2020.
ESPN's Jordan Raanan notes that Giants RB Saquon Barkley has been splitting out wide in training camp. "Barkley a stud in pass game," Raanan adds. None of this should come as a surprise. Barkley is 1 of the best pass-catching RBs to enter the league in a long time, averaging 11.7 yards per catch on 102 receptions across 3 seasons at Penn State. Still, it's nice to hear that the Giants are planning to take full advantage of that skill set. Getting snaps out wide is part of what's made guys like Le'Veon Bell and David Johnson such fantasy monsters. Barkley has a similar ceiling.
The Browns activated S Jabrill Peppers off the PUP list Monday after he passed his physical, according to Cleveland.com. Peppers missed the 1st 4 days of practice while dealing with a groin injury but should have plenty of time to settle back in as a starter. We'll see if Cleveland's usage of Peppers improves and helps him turn into a fantasy factor in his 2nd season.
Browns S Jabrill Peppers opened training camp on the PUP list because of a groin strain. it doesn't appear to be a serious injury, but Peppers might have to fend off Derrick Kindred for the strong safety spot. Missed time won't help that pursuit. We'll see how long he remains out.
NJ.com's Matt Lombardo believes Wayne Gallman -- not Jonathan Stewart -- has the "inside track" to win the Giants' #2 RB job. Lombardo notes Gallman's burst, elusiveness and pass-catching ability as edges over Stewart, who looked like "a plodding veteran running back trying to hang on" this spring. It's a situation we'll monitor when training camp opens, but neither guy is worth a pick outside of deep best-ball drafts. The bigger takeaway here is that rookie Saquon Barkley is already entrenched as the Giants' feature back.
Giants HC Pat Shurmur highlighted RB Saquon Barkley's work in pass protection at rookie camp. “The other thing that you see when you work with him is his awareness, his spatial awareness, his ability to pick out who he has in pass protection,” Shurmur said. “We purposely tried to have some blitz drills early to try to challenge the running backs, and I felt like he did a good job with that. When you talk about the difference between college ball and pro ball, you throw the ball quite a bit and you really depend on blitzers getting picked up.” Barkley was mediocre in pass protection at Penn State, allowing 8 hurries in 83 opportunities last year, according to Pro Football Focus. He'd need to be abysmal to get taken off the field in passing situations in New York, though. We're fully expecting Barkley to serve as a 3-down workhorse for the Giants this season.
The Giants selected OLB Lorenzo Carter early in Round 3 of the NFL Draft. Carter stands 6'5, 250 pounds and notched the 2nd best speed score in this edge class. Carter topped out at 5 sacks as a junior and totaled just 21.5 tackles for loss in his career but spent a lot of time dropping back. He'll come forward on the edge of new DC James Bettcher's scheme. Carter presents upside in IDP leagues that value pass-rushing production.
The Giants selected Penn State RB Saquon Barkley with the 2nd pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. Barkley checks all the boxes. He was a dual-threat over the past 3 seasons, totaling 3,843 rushing yards and 43 TDs on 5.7 yards per carry, plus another 1,195 yards and 8 scores on 102 receptions. The tape shows a home run hitter with plus, plus pass-catching ability. Barkley looks like some sort of cyborg mix between Barry Sanders and David Johnson. He went to the Combine and measured 6’0, 233 pounds and recorded a 98th percentile SPARQ score. The cherry on top is that he just turned 21 in February. Barkley is the 5th RB to be selected inside the top 10 picks over the past 4 years. The 4 previous — Todd Gurley, Ezekiel Elliott, Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey — all finished their rookie seasons as top 10 PPR RBs. Even behind a shaky offensive line in New York, Barkley will have a good shot to make it 5-for-5. He’ll have volume on his side in a backfield that includes only Jonathan Stewart, Wayne Gallman and Paul Perkins.
The Titans on Tuesday reached a 4-year deal with RB Dion Lewis, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. We'll see about the specific salary, but we'd certainly bet that Tennessee signed Lewis to at least approximate the size of the role DeMarco Murray left behind. The move indicates the Titans don't want Derrick Henry to turn into the clear backfield leader. There's certainly room for both backs to deliver usable fantasy football value, but neither should climb higher than Round 4 -- if that high -- in early best-ball drafting.
Update: Lewis is getting a 4-year, $20 million deal, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.
Giants WR Sterling Shepard (neck) is out for Sunday's game against the Redskins. WR Tavarres King (concussion) is also out, leaving Roger Lewis and Travis Rudolph as New York's top 2 WRs. Lewis has racked up 32 targets and 15 catches over the past 3 weeks. He's a lower-end WR3 option in PPR leagues.
Giants TE Evan Engram (ribs) is out for Sunday's finale against the Redskins. He finishes an impressive rookie season with 64 catches, 722 yards and 6 TDs. Rhett Ellison figures to operate as New York's lead TE this weekend but would be a desperation fantasy play.
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