Shark Bites

Patriots RB Sony Michel (foot) has been placed on the active/PUP list to open training camp. He's still recovering from May foot surgery. He shed his walking boot in mid-July, but we still have no timetable for his return to the field. We'll see when he's able to get back out there -- and whether 2nd-year RB Damien Harris can take advantage of Michel's absence.

Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew has been placed on the COVID list. He has no real competition for the starting job, but missed camp time wouldn't be ideal for the 2nd-year man. We'll see when he's able to get cleared. Backup RB Ryquell Armstead was also placed on Jacksonville's COVID list.

Lions QB Matt Stafford has been placed on the COVID list. He joins teammates WR Kenny Golladay and TE T.J. Hockenson. We'll see when these key pieces of Detroit's passing attack are cleared for action.

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton has been placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list with a hamstring issue. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero calls it a "mild" injury that Hilton suffered getting ready for camp. Still, it's not ideal for a 30-year-old wideout who's missed 8 games over the past 2 seasons We'll keep a close eye on the situation.

Browns WR Jarvis Landry (hip) has been placed on the active/PUP list. He's eligible to be removed at any time and play Week 1. Landry is still recovering from February hip surgery, which was expected to sideline him for 6-8 months. He's just about at the 6-month mark now. Landry has only said that he's hoping to be cleared in time for Week 1. We'll continue to keep a close eye on his status.

Steelers WR James Washington has been placed on the COVID list. A prolonged absence might give rookie Chase Claypool a chance to claim Pittsburgh's #3 WR job, which belongs to Washington for now. We'll see when he's able to get back on the field. RB Jaylen Samuels was also placed on the COVID list.

Jets ILB C.J. Mosley has opted out for the upcoming season, according to multiple reports. That removes the Jets' big free-agent addition from last offseason for the 2nd straight year. Mosley missed basically all of 2019 after suffering a groin injury in the 1st half of the opener. The defense does get back ILB Avery Williamson from the ACL tear that cost him last season. Neville Hewitt, Blake Cashman and offseason addition Patrick Onwuasor figure to compete for Mosley's role. Williamson gets a big boost to his fantasy ceiling. He finished top 15 among fantasy LBs in 2018 and certainly has that potential again.

Giants TE Evan Engram (foot) avoided the PUP list to open training camp. He spent the offseason rehabbing from December Lisfranc surgery but was running and cutting by the end of June. Durability has been a major problem for Engram, who's missed 14 games over 3 NFL seasons. But he's also consistently produced as a top 7 fantasy TE when he's been on the field. He's a risk/reward pick at his 7th-round ADP.

Eagles RBs coach Duce Staley believes Miles Sanders is ready to handle "the full load" this season. "I think you put him in and you let him go," Staley added. Sanders averaged 15.4 carries and 4 catches over his final 7 healthy games last year, scoring as a top 8 PPR RB during that stretch. He should be looking at a similar workload in 2020 -- especially considering the Eagles haven't added any significant competition. Sanders is worth considering in the back half of the 1st round of fantasy drafts.

WR Antonio Brown has been suspended 8 games for multiple violations of the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy. Brown, of course, remains a free agent. And this suspension won't help his chances of finding a job. He's not worth considering in fantasy drafts right now.

Packers TE Jace Sternberger has been placed on the COVID reserve list. We'll see when he's cleared and able to get on the field. Sternberger has a huge opportunity to carve out a significant role in Green Bay's passing game this season. But he can't afford to miss much time after a lost rookie year.

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The Bucs have signed RB LeSean McCoy. It's a 1-year deal for the veteran minimum, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, which says a lot about how much McCoy has to offer at this point. The 32-year-old was a healthy scratch for 6 of the Chiefs' final 11 games last year (including playoffs) and totaled just 29 carries and 12 targets in the other 5. He finished the season with 4.6 yards per carry but ranked 44th in Elusive Rating and 35th in Pro Football Focus' rushing grades among 45 RBs with 100+ carries. McCoy isn't even a lock to make the Bucs' final roster -- let alone be a fantasy factor this season. We'll keep an eye on the situation. But for now, we're not adjusting the projections for Ronald Jones or Ke'Shawn Vaughn.

The Panthers have released K Graham Gano. That leaves the starting job for now to K Joey Slye, who connected on 78% of FG attempts and 87% of XPs last year. Carolina might still bring in competition if Slye struggles in August.

The Lions placed TE T.J. Hockenson on the COVID reserve list. He's eligible to come off it as soon as he's cleared by doctors. But any missed time is unideal for a 2nd-year player who spent the offseason rehabbing from a November ankle injury. We'll see when Hockenson is able to get on the field.

The Lions placed WR Kenny Golladay on the COVID reserve list. As you probably know by now, this either means Golladay tested positive for the virus or was in close contact with someone who did. He's eligible to be removed from the list as soon as he's cleared by doctors. This shouldn't impact Golladay's availability for the start of the 2020 season, but we'll definitely keep an eye on him.

According to Jim Szoke of WBT and WFNZ Radio in North Carolina, Panthers HC Matt Rhule "loves" the versatility of WR Curtis Samuel "at RB, slot, outside" and wants to use the young receiver "like he was at Ohio State." That's what we've been hoping to hear. That would mark a significant change from Samuel's 2019 role, which found him tied for 10th among wideouts in deep targets. Blame Kyle Allen more than Samuel for the WR catching just 5 of those 27 tries, but working shorter would also put him in line with Teddy Bridgewater's strength: short-range accuracy. Samuel began his college career as a RB and still carried 97 times vs. 74 receptions in his final season at Ohio State. In a Carolina offense with little behind Christian McCaffrey in the backfield, there's plenty of room for Samuel to take on a decent-to-significant rushing role. He's an intriguing shot to take around his ADP.

Chiefs RB Damien Williams has opted out for the 2020 season. This one has huge fantasy implications, as Williams was set to battle with rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire for the majority of the RB work in 1 of the game's top offenses. Kansas City's depth chart behind CEH now reads: Darwin Thompson, DeAndre Washington, Darrel Williams and Elijah McGuire. Thompson and Washington are both undersized, change-of-pace types. Williams and McGuire have more size but look like career journeyman. So Edwards-Helaire is now a virtual lock to lead the 2020 Chiefs backfield in touches -- and he'll likely dominate them. That's a pristine spot to be in, with QB Patrick Mahomes and a HC in Andy Reid who's produced a top-16 PPR RB in 16 of his 21 seasons as a HC, including 10 top-10 finishers. Check out Edwards-Helaire's updated projections and spot in the RB rankings.

Dolphins HC Brian Flores said Wednesday that QB Tua Tagovailoa (hip) won't be limited for the start of training camp. Tagovailoa declared himself "ready to go" last week -- but it's still encouraging that the team agrees. Flores also refused to name a starting QB on Wednesday, declaring it an open competition between the rookie and veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Raiders WR Bryan Edwards (foot) is "ready to go" for the start of training camp, according to insider Adam Caplan. It's good news after Edwards fractured his left foot while training for the Combine back in February. The rookie is expected to open camp behind WR Tyrell Williams on the depth chart, per Caplan, but has the size and talent to push for a rookie-year role.

The Titans on Tuesday placed ILB Jayon Brown on the PUP list. HC Mike Vrabel did not disclose the injury in announcing the move to reporters. We'll keep an eye on Brown's status as camp gets rolling.

 
 
 

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