Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon (knee) is out for Sunday’s opener against the Bills. The rookie didn’t practice at all and is likely another week or 2 away from a return. Justin Forsett, Terrance West and Buck Allen are all expected to be involved in Baltimore’s backfield this Sunday. It’s a situation to avoid if possible.
Sports Illustrated's Peter King believes Kenneth Dixon could be the Ravens' lead back by October. "Baltimore loves him," King adds. Dixon is rehabbing a torn MCL and will likely miss the first 2-3 games of the season. But he was working his way into the rotation before that injury and averaged 4.9 yards per carry this preseason. A talented back with a 3-down skill set, Dixon is worth stashing if you can afford to wait on him.
Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon has been diagnosed with a torn MCL and is expected to miss 4 weeks, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The prognosis could have been worse, but it's still bad timing for a rookie who was building momentum. Dixon now figures to miss at least the first 3 games of the season. And it'll be longer than that before he has a shot to become a fantasy option. Dixon is only worth stashing in leagues with deep benches. Justin Forsett, Buck Allen and Terrance West all figure to have a role in Baltimore's Week 1 backfield.
Ravens HC John Harbaugh said after Saturday night's game that RB Kenneth Dixon's knee injury isn't "overly serious." It's being called a sprain for now, and Dixon is schedule to undergo an MRI. Even a minor sprain could cost him a couple of weeks, though, so the rookie seems iffy for the start of the regular season. The good news is that he looked good before going down, taking 6 carries for 41 yards and getting run with the 1st-team offense. Dixon remains an intriguing RB5 stash.
Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon got carried to the locker room after a goal-line run in Saturday night's preseason game, according to ESPN's Jamison Hensley. The rookie suffered an apparent left leg injury. We'll certainly watch for updates. Dixon carried 6 times for 41 yards before leaving and would likely head into the season as part of a committee if healthy.
Update: Dixon suffered a knee sprain, according to 105.7 FM in Baltimore.
Browns QB Robert Griffin turned in another strong performance in his 2nd exhibition outing. He completed 6-of-8 passes for 96 yards and 2 TDs. The scores were perfectly placed deep balls to WR Terrelle Pryor and TE Gary Barnidge. RG3 added 36 more yards on 3 carries -- even executing a clean slide. As our own Kevin English said, "let's not overvalue preseason." That's fair. But a confidence-building performance like this for Griffin can go a long way. And he did it without his top 2 WRs, Corey Coleman and Josh Gordon. RG3 is looking better and better as an upside QB2.
The Browns have named Robert Griffin their starting QB. That's been the expectation since Cleveland inked RG3 to a 2-year, $15 million deal in March. Griffin reportedly had an up-and-down spring but has been better early in training camp. "Throughout the offseason program and training camp, Robert has shown improvement every day and we expect him to continue to ascend as he becomes more and more acclimated to the offensive system we will employ this season," HC Hue Jackson said. Griffin'gris performance in preseason action will give a better indication of where his game's at. For now, he's a late-round QB2 with upside.
"Oh I'm close, very close," Browns HC Hue Jackson told ESPN's Austin Ward about deciding on his starting QB. That comes after Robert Griffin reportedly performed solidly in a team scrimmage, and the coach had positive words for him. "I think I've said every day, everybody is seeing [Griffin] get better and better every day," Jackson said. "I'm not surprised. We're trying to create the right environment for him to be all he can be, and I think he's working extremely hard because this is something he really wants to do. Obviously, we've still got work to do, but I think he's done a great job thus far." Expect Griffin to emerge here and present fantasy upside with his running ability and some intriguing skill-position talent around him. He obviously presents risk in fantasy at this point as well, but Griffin's late ADP mitigates that.
Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon (knee) returned to practice on Thursday. He ended up missing just 6 days with that sprained MCL. Dixon has some depth-chart climbing to do but still has a shot to earn an early-season role. His MFL10 ADP has dropped into the late 12th round.
Ravens WR Chris Moore has been a standout early in training camp, according to ESPN's Jamison Hensley. He's been getting 1st-team reps with WRs Steve Smith and Breshad Perriman sidelined and has hauled in a couple of long TDs from QB Joe Flacco. Moore averaged 21.8 yards per catch at Cincinnati last year -- 8th best in the country. Hensley compared Moore to former Raven Torrey Smith for his ability to stretch the field. Smith, of course, turned in 4 top-30 fantasy finishes in Baltimore. We'll see if Moore can maintain a role when the rest of the Ravens' WRs get healthy -- assuming they get healthy. The rookie should be on your watch list.
Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 MCL sprain, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's the least severe grade and is considered a minor injury. Rapoport expects Baltimore to "proceed cautiously," though. We're still over 6 weeks away from the start of the season, so there's no need to rush Dixon back. But an extended absence would hurt his chances of earning an early-season role.
Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon injured his knee in Thursday's training camp practice. HC John Harbaugh said afterward that Dixon "should be fine." We'll see if we learn more about the exact injury, but the rookie can't afford to miss much time in a crowded Baltimore backfield. Justin Forsett is the favorite to open the season as the starting RB.
The Ravens' defense will open training camp with top edge rushers Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil on the PUP list. Suggs suffered a torn Achilles' tendon in Week 1 last season. He'll turn 34 in October and doesn't look like a great bet for another double-digit sack season. We'll see how soon he can return to the field and how he looks once he gets there. Dumervil had foot surgery right after the season for an unspecified issue that he said he didn't want to linger into 2016. "I feel much better than I felt last year," he told ESPN.com in mid-June. "Everything is looking great, and I'm headed in the right direction." Players can come off the camp PUP list at any point, so we'll keep an eye on Dumervil's return and adjust our 2016 IDP rankings as needed.
According to beat writer Larry Holder, there’s an “expectation” Saints WR Willie Snead will expand on his 2015 numbers. Snead should certainly improve on his 3 TDs, but surpassing 69 catches and 984 yards won’t be easy. Still, by all accounts he’s enjoyed a strong offseason, which has included some extra time with his QB. "Last year I didn't even know Drew," Snead said. “Drew didn't know me. Just having a full season together and you get that trust with him. Actually in the offseason I went and worked with him in San Diego, that's very key. So you're ahead when you get to OTAs.” The 2nd-year undrafted free agent carries a WR3 outlook in the Saints' pass-heavy offense.
Browns QB Robert Griffin has made "tremendous strides" already this offseason, according to HC Hue Jackson. "He's getting better and growing each and every day," Jackson added. "I'm very proud of the work he's put in. It hasn't been perfect all the time, but it's been really good, and I see glimpses of it being extremely good and that's what we're chasing and that's at every position.'' Griffin has been taking the 1st-team reps, and insider Mary Kay Cabot notes that "his mechanics are better, he's playing quicker and his accuracy has improved." The Browns aren't naming a starting QB yet, but RG3 appears on track to take that title. He's worth a late-round flier pick in fantasy football drafts.
The Ravens added RB Kenneth Dixon in the 4th round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Dixon was a do-it-all back for Louisiana Tech, racking up 5,452 total yards and 87 TDs over 4 seasons. He reached 1,000 rushing yards in 3 of those years while averaging a strong 5.6 yards per carry. Dixon is at his best in the passing game, though, where he tallied 63 catches, 849 yards (13.5 YPC) and 13 TDs over the past 2 seasons. He even spent some time in the slot at Louisiana Tech. It’s fair to question Dixon’s level of competition in the Conference USA, but he eased those concerns by testing as an above-average athlete for an NFL RB. The 5’10, 215-pounder ran a mediocre 4.58-second 40-yard dash but posted strong marks in the jumping and agility drills. It earned him a SPARQ score in the 64th percentile. Dixon joins a crowded but unsettled backfield in Baltimore alongside 30-year-old RB Justin Forsett and 2nd-year RB Buck Allen. Note that Ravens OC Marc Trestman loves getting his backs involved in the passing game.
The Ravens added WR Chris Moore in the 4th round of the 2016 draft. Moore was a downfield weapon at Cincinnati, averaging 19.3 yards per catch over his 4-year career. He also totaled 24 TDs over his final 3 seasons on a 20.9% TD rate. The 6’1, 206-pounder disappointed a bit with a 4.53-second 40 time at the Combine but flashed his explosion with a 130-inch broad jump. Moore joins a crowded but unsettled WR corps in Baltimore, featuring Steve Smith, Breshad Perriman, Mike Wallace and Kamar Aiken. Perriman and Moore could emerge as the eventual starters. Moore’s downfield ability is a nice fit with the big-armed Joe Flacco.
The Ravens selected DE Bronson Kaufusi in Round 3 of the NFL Draft. The former BYU Cougar delivered 10 sacks among 18.5 tackles for loss as a senior, following a 7-sack junior year. He seems to fit the 4-3 DE role more so than Baltimore 2nd-round pick Kamalei Correa. But both will help the defense on the edges, regardless of their position designations. Kaufusi would retain more fantasy value by carrying a DL tag, so we'll see just what the Ravens do.
The Ravens picked OLB Kamalei Correa in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft after trading down with the Dolphins. We heard earlier this offseason that Baltimore's switching to a 4-3 base from their long-time 3-4, which might land Correa with a DE designation. Either way, the Ravens probably like his versatility to play the edge in multiple alignments.
ESPN's Jamison Hensley reports that the Ravens expect CB Jimmy Smith to be ready for training camp and that he might get on the field for June minicamp. Smith is having surgery this week to remove screws from his previously repaired foot, which didn't cost him any games in 2015. We'll see how he looks once he takes the field this summer. Smith can be a marginal IDP contributor.
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