Police arrested RB Derrius Guice on Friday afternoon on domestic violence-related charges. According to The Washington Post, Guice faces 1 count of strangulation (a felony), 3 counts of assault and battery and 1 count of destruction of property. Washington swiftly announced that it had released Guice. Unless these charges somehow prove to be baseless, don't expect Guice to be on a roster for the coming NFL season. Adrian Peterson now looks like the lead ball-carrier for Washington, with Antonio Gibson, Bryce Love, Peyton Barber as his current competition. We'll see if the team adds a free agent (*cough* Devonta Freeman *cough*).
Steelers WR James Washington has been removed from the COVID list. He didn't miss much time and is still the favorite for #3 WR duties in Pittsburgh -- although he could conceivably push Diontae Johnson for the #2 spot or fall to #4 behind rookie Chase Claypool.
Titans WR Corey Davis underwent offseason surgery on a big toe, according to insider Paul Kuharsky. That explains why Davis landed on the PUP list to open training camp. He never appeared on the injury report with a toe last season, so it's unclear exactly when he suffered the injury. Kuharsky hears that Davis "should be on course to be ready for the season." We'll keep an eye on him. Tennessee is woefully thin at outside WR behind Davis and A.J. Brown.
Raiders OC Greg Olson revealed that the team plans to use WR Henry Ruggs in the slot this season. Olson added that Ruggs can be "very multiple" and move around to "different spots." Very few guys are strictly slot receivers in today's NFL, so expect to see Ruggs kicked outside the numbers on occasion. But we do like his fit in the slot, where he'll avoid press coverage and work shorter routes to take advantage of his after-catch ability. This news also means that WR Hunter Renfrow might find it tough to find the field after playing 71% of his snaps in the slot last season. It also means that rookie WR Bryan Edwards has a good shot to win a top-3 WR job on the outside opposite Tyrell Williams.
Steelers WR Diontae Johnson told reporters on Wednesday that he's back to 100% after offseason sports-hernia surgery. Johnson suffered the groin injury in Week 2 last year but was able to battle through it. It makes his 59-680-5 receiving line as a rookie even more impressive. Johnson has real breakout potential in 2020 if QB Ben Roethlisberger can stay on the field.
Lions WR Kenny Golladay has been removed from the COVID list. We don't know whether he actually had the virus, but it's a non-issue for now.
Bucs HC Bruce Arians called Ronald Jones the "main guy" in his backfield. "He’ll carry the load," Arians added. He went on to say that Ke'Shawn Vaughn, LeSean McCoy and Dare Ogunbowale are "fighting for roles." After flopping as a rookie, Jones turned in a much better sophomore season. And we've heard nothing but positivity surrounding him this offseason. Even if he can capture two-thirds of this backfield work, he'll boast exciting fantasy upside in what should be a high-scoring Bucs offense. Jones continues to climb our RB rankings.
Dolphins WR Albert Wilson has opted out of the 2020 season. He joins WR Allen Hurns on the sidelines, leaving Miami thin behind WRs DeVante Parker and Preston Williams. Jakeem Grant, Isaiah Ford, Mack Hollins and Gary Jennings are next up on the depth chart. We'll see if Miami adds someone else to the mix.
Seahawks RB Chris Carson (hip) avoided the PUP list to open training camp. The team has been optimistic all offseason about his recovery from last December's fractured hip, but avoiding the PUP list is the 1st tangible sign of progress we've seen. Barring a setback, Carson should open the season as Seattle's clear lead back. He averaged 19.3 carries and 3.3 targets in his 14 full games last year.
49ers WR Travis Benjamin has opted out of the 2020 season. He signed a cheap, 1-year deal with the 'Niners back in March and was unlikely to be anything more than a situational deep threat. There's not much fantasy impact here.
Vikings WR Justin Jefferson has been removed from the COVID list. The rookie remains the favorite to win the #2 WR job in Minnesota. We'll keep an eye on his development over the next month.
Lions QB Matt Stafford has been removed from the COVID list. The team said in a statement that Stafford received a false-positive test and did not have the virus. Consider this is a non-issue for now.
Dolphins WR Allen Hurns has opted out of the 2020 season. He was set to play a depth role for the Fins. Miami is now down to Albert Wilson, Jakeem Grant, Isaiah Ford and Mack Hollins behind DeVante Parker and Preston Williams on the depth chart. Those names are worth remembering in OC Chan Gailey's WR-friendly offense.
Redskins HC Ron Rivera likes what he's seen from QB Dwayne Haskins early in training camp. “He’s done the extra stuff that he and I talked about in the offseason,” Rivera said. “He’s done the things that I think puts him right there where he needs to be at this junction of where we are in our training, having only been able to do Zoom and now we have only four days of work on the field. He’s done the job that I think deserves recognition.” Rivera has yet to commit to Haskins as his 2020 starter -- but he's certainly the favorite after going 15th overall in last year's draft.
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger told reporters on Tuesday that his arm feels "really good." He added that he'll be on a "pitch count" in training camp. Big Ben's return from last September's surgery on his throwing elbow is 1 of the bigger fantasy storylines of the summer. Unfortunately, we won't get to see him in preseason action -- and even his on-field camp time will be limited. It obviously adds risk to both Roethlisberger and his pass-catchers.
Washington has signed WR Dontrelle Inman. The 31-year-old has spent time with the Chargers, Bears and Colts over 6 NFL seasons. He had a 58-catch campaign back in 2016 but has totaled just 65 grabs in the 3 seasons since. Inman is basically a replacement-level player -- but there's opportunity in Washington with WR Kelvin Harmon out of the year and WR Cody Latimer on the Commissioner's Exempt List. Inman and rookie Antonio Gandy-Golden figure to be battling for the outside WR spot opposite Terry McLaurin.
The Seahawks placed RB Rashaad Penny (knee) on the active/PUP list. No surprise here. Penny is still rehabbing from last December's torn ACL and is a candidate for the reserve/PUP list, which would cost him the first 6 games of the season. He's only worth considering in fantasy drafts over 20 rounds. Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde figure to open the season as Seattle's top 2 RBs.
Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew has been removed from the COVID list. We still don't know whether or not he had the virus -- but it's a non-issue for now. Minshew is locked in as Jacksonville's starter and is an intriguing late-round QB2 selection in fantasy drafts.
The 49ers have signed TE Jordan Reed. The 30-year-old missed the entire 2019 campaign after sustaining his 7th documented concussion. When we last saw him in 2018, Reed racked up 45 catches for 499 yards and 3 TDs in 9 games. There should still be gas left in his tank for as long as he can stay on the field. Of course, Reed will be stuck behind George Kittle in San Francisco and won't be a fantasy factor without a Kittle injury.
Packers GM Brian Gutekunst said his team is "counting on" TE Jace Sternberger this season. His rookie year was basically wiped out by injury, but Jimmy Graham's departure paves the way for Sternberger to take over as Green Bay's lead TE in 2020. “From the time we drafted him, we looked at Jace as a matchup problem," Gutekunst said. "He’s a very gifted athlete." Sternberger landed on the COVID list to open training camp, so his status bears monitoring. But he's a breakout candidate with the Packers desperate for pass-catching weapons behind Davante Adams.
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