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Jaguars WR Marqise Lee (knee) sitting out of OTAs

Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 2:25pm

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WR Marqise Lee did not take part in the Jaguars’ first OTA session on Tuesday because of a knee injury he suffered during one of the team’s earlier workouts. After watching nagging injuries limit Lee last year, coach Gus Bradley said that the team would take a cautious route with the 2014 second-round pick.

“Marqise banged up his knee a little bit right in the middle of Phase Two,” Bradley said, via the Florida Times-Union. “He’s more day-to-day or week-to-week. I know he wants to get back here, but we’re being smart with him. We’ll see if he makes it back before the minicamp or not.”

Fantasy Impact:

Allen Robinson seems to be entrenched as the team's WR1, so Lee will compete with Allen Hurns for snaps as the team's WR2. From Week 12 to Week 17, after the team's bye (and Robinson's injury), Lee played 81% of the snaps while Hurns played 78%.

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Dolphins WR DeVante Parker 'catching everything' at practice

Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 2:21pm

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Praise popped up for Dolphins WR DeVante Parker on Twitter throughout the team’s practice session. Afterward, quarterback Ryan Tannehill added his two cents.

“DeVante was great today,” Tannehill said, via the team’s official website. “We’ve been seeing [it] for the past few weeks just working on air, but today against the defense you got to see him make some tough catches with defenders on his back in traffic, and that’s what you want to see. You’ve got a guy with a big body who’s able to make strong catches with his hands in traffic. That’s when you’re able to cut it loose.”

Via Omar Kelly and Chris Perkins of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Parker was “catching everything thrown his way,” and he was “impressive” against veteran defenders like cornerback Brent Grimes.

Parker still has a long way to go before he’s making those plays in pads against full contact, and an even longer way to go before getting it done in games against guys like Darrelle Revis. But at a time when this is the closest thing to football we’ve seen since football season ended, it’s encouraging for Dolphins fans that they may have used the 14th overall pick in the draft on a player who is poised to become a difference maker

Fantasy Impact:

Tis the season for puff pieces about how well draft picks are playing at OTAs, but the love for Parker seems universal and genuine. He has to beat out Kenny Stills for a starting role in Bill Lazor's offense, and he's off to a good start.

Bills RB LeSean McCoy sitting out with a 'not serious' neck injury

Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 2:15pm

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Bills RB LeSean McCoy has a neck injury. HC Rex Ryan says it's not serious. "We don't need him out there," he said. McCoy sat out team drills.

Fantasy Impact:

McCoy is still a fantasy RB1, though he carries more risk since the Buffalo offense could struggle to score points. OC Greg Roman didn't use Frank Gore much in the passing game while in San Francisco, but Gore recently said that was more about Colin Kaepernick and what he was seeing than it was about Roman's offense. It remains to be seen how much McCoy will be used as a receiver, but given Roman's history, we're betting that he's an afterthought in the passing game.

Zimmer: Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is 'not going to play for anybody else'

Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 1:52pm

Star Tribune - [Full Article]

Vikings HC Mike Zimmer on the Adrian Peterson situation:

"Adrian, he’s really got two choices. He can either play for us or he can not play. He’s not going to play for anybody else. That’s just the way it’s going to be.“

Fantasy Impact:

Zimmer threw a big bucket of cold water on any potential trade rumors involving Peterson. The Vikings hold all the cards, so the only thing Peterson can do is sit out for the season or report to camp and pout his way out of town. His contract makes him virtually untradeable, so if he truly wants to leave, he should agree to a new, less-expensive contract as part of a trade to a new team. That way everyone can move on.

Steelers Beat: DeAngelo Williams good for 'nothing more' than 10-12 carries

Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 1:43pm

Jeremy Fowler, ESPN - [Full Article]

Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams is considered a bridge back until LeVeon Bell returns from suspension, but he shouldn't be alone on that bridge. The Steelers will need just as much from Dri Archer as from Williams, who signed a two-year, $4 million deal worth $1.13 million in signing bonus money but no incentives in 2015.

Williams is exactly what the money suggests he is -- a veteran who can get you 10-12 carries at a respectable clip and nothing more.

That's why the Steelers will need substantial contributions from Archer and possibly Josh Harris to get through September.

Fantasy Impact:

There's not much to love about the idea of starting Williams against the Patriots, 49ers and Rams during Bell's three-game suspension, but we believe that the team will try to get him closer to 15 carries per game. He should be healthy to start the season, and there are reasons why he only averaged 12.2 carries per game in his career -- he was splitting time with Jonathan Stewart and QB Cam Newton carried much of the rushing load for the Panthers. The biggest concern is Williams' 3.5 YPC last season, but he battled injuries the whole way. We think he'll provide low-end RB2 numbers while Bell is sidelined, provided he's healthy.

Report: Redskins TE Jordan Reed (knee) has 'not looked good in recent weeks'

Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 1:33pm

ESPN 980 - [Full Article]

As for Jordan Reed, he did not respond to a text message as of Tuesday evening but Chris Cooley shared on his ESPN 980 radio show "The Drive" that several people in the Redskins organization had mentioned to him that Reed had not looked good in recent weeks. Not sure at all what that means, but obviously it is something to be concerned about.

Fantasy Impact:

When healthy, Reed has averaged 10.5 fantasy points in PPR formats over the past two seasons. This extrapolates to low-end TE1 numbers and he's certainly a worthy start when he's healthy enough to play. His ADP is currently in the 13th/14th round, so he's a low risk pick. If he can't play, Niles Paul becomes a streaming option.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 8:30pm

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - [Full Article]

Falcons TE Jacob Tamme lined up with the first team at Tuesday's practice.

Fantasy Impact:

Tamme could be stream-worthy in the Falcons' potent offense but he hasn't been very trustworthy throughout his career.

Redskins TE Jordan Reed (knee) misses practice

Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 8:24pm

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

Oft-injured tight end Jordan Reed missed the practice because of knee soreness, Coach Jay Gruden said.

“He just had a little bit of knee soreness, so we sent him down to get checked,” said Gruden, who later downplayed the significance of it.

The severity of the injury was unclear. But given the 24-year-old’s history it certainly Bears watching.

Fantasy Impact:

When healthy, Reed has averaged 10.5 fantasy points in PPR formats over the past two seasons. This extrapolates to low-end TE1 numbers and he's certainly a worthy start when he's healthy enough to play. His ADP is currently in the 13th/14th round, so he's a low risk pick.

Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham re-tweaks hamstring

Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 8:17pm

PFT - [Full Article]

Dorial Green-Beckham strained his hamstring at the team’s rookie minicamp earlier this month and missed last week’s workouts before returning to the field on Tuesday. His return was a brief one, however, as Green-Beckham again tweaked the hamstring and left the field.

“He felt a little pull,” Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said, via the Tennessean. “You walk that line of saying, `OK, get back in there.’ But if you pull it, you lose him for all the OTAs. You don’t want him missing any more time because you want him in there. We pulled him, but I think he’ll be all right.”

Fantasy Impact:

If Green-Beckham picks up things quickly and proves he’s not as raw as his detractors say, he could certainly start early in the season opposite Kendall Wright, since it seems that Justin Hunter is on the outs with the current coaching staff. If he sees starter’s snaps, he should be fantasy relevant as a rookie, though he'll have to prove he's ready for the mental side of the game. Long-term, he has a chance to flourish if both he and Mariota are the real deal.

Open competition for 49ers' WR3 job

Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 8:09pm

49ers.com - [Full Article]

Anquan Boldin and newly acquired Torrey Smith will likely assume the top two receiving spots on the depth chart, but the No. 3 job appears to be an open competition. The list of pass-catchers competing includes Quinton Patton, Jerome Simpson, Bruce Ellington, Chuck Jacobs and the 49ers five undrafted free agents.

A few months back, Patton seized the opportunity to train with Kaepernick in Arizona.

Chemistry is key for quarterbacks and receivers, especially for a pass-catcher trying to become a staple in the 49ers offensive game plan.

“It benefited me just to know that we were throwing the ball together,” Patton said. “He was telling me what he was seeing and I was telling him what I was seeing and just knowing where to be. He worked on everything he needed to work on, and I worked on everything I needed to work on. It worked hand in hand.”

Fantasy Impact:

The 49ers haven't thrown the ball that much in recent years so it's difficult to see a WR3 in this system having much of a fantasy impact. But if either Boldin or Smith suffer an injury, Patton may be able to capitalize.

Browns Beat: Team likely to 'mix and match' running backs depending on the opponent

Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 12:23pm

Cleveland.com - [Full Article]

Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot on the team's running back situation...

I think (Duke Johnson), the Browns' third-round pick out of Miami, will definitely press Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell for playing time, and might even win the job. More than likely, however, I think the Browns will mix and match the backs depending on the opponent. One might start one week and another one the next. At the very least, I think Johnson will see action early on as a third-down back, running and catching passes out of the backfield. He'll also return kicks and make an impact right away.

Fantasy Impact:

Last year, HC Mike Pettine was handing out playing time based on practice performance each week, so this is shaping up to be a giant headache for fantasy owners.

Ravens Beat: Justin Forsett 'can expect the same load' in 2015

Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 11:52am

Baltimore Ravens - [Full Article]

Ravens writer John Eisenberg was asked, "Who backs up Justin Forsett?"

The Ravens’ running back piled up 235 carries during his breakout 2014 season, but the team’s other backs combined for 167 carries, which is a lot. Forsett can expect the same load in 2015, but plenty of opportunity exists behind him. Lorenzo Taliaferro moved piles at times as a rookie in 2014 and could be a short-yardage option, but my eyes are on rookie Buck Allen, who totaled almost 2,000 rushing and receiving yards for Southern Cal last season.

Fantasy Impact:

We don't project Forsett to see as many carries as he did in 2014 under then-OC Gary Kubiak. His new coordinator, Marc Trestman, favors a pass-heavy approach, and over the past two seasons, Trestman's Bears only averaged 380 carries. Conversely, the Ravens racked up 448 carries last season. If Forsett sees the same share (52.5%) of the Bears' two-year average, it works out to 200 carries. We project the Ravens for around 408 carries, since the team has said it hopes to keep Kubiak's rushing principles in place and HC John Harbaugh is an offensive-minded coach who can ensure that happens. The Ravens drafted Javorius Allen to contribute, so we believe Forsett's share of carries drops to around 42%, which yields 170 carries. However, we project Forsett to set a career high in catches (61.8) since Trestman loves to use his running backs in the passing game. This makes Forsett a good 3rd round value, especially in PPR formats.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 11:36am

PFT - [Full Article]

According to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Cowboys are signing wide receiver A.J. Jenkins, after his tryout with the team last week.

Cowboys Beat: Devin Street 'talented enough' to beat out Terrance Williams for WR2 job

Monday, May 25, 2015, 12:47pm

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Cowboys site writer Bryan Broaddus on the team's WR2 competition:

Devin Street is going into his second season and the coaching staff hopes that there will be a significant jump that would allow him to compete for more of a role in the offense. I don’t see Street taking snaps from Cole Beasley and his role, but could he push Terrance Williams to the point where Williams is no longer the guy looked as the opposite of Dez Bryant? Hopefully for Street, he can use these practices to set himself up in Oxnard to really give Williams a battle. Depending on whom you talk to in the organization, there is a thought that Street is talented enough to take that job.

Fantasy Impact:

Williams has finished in the top 20 in fantasy points per target in each of his two seasons, but he doesn't see enough targets to be a reliable fantasy option. In fact, his targets dropped from 74 as a rookie to 66 in his sophomore season even though his snaps jumped 18.5% year over year.

Cowboys Beat: RB Joseph Randle will open OTAs as starter

Monday, May 25, 2015, 12:42pm

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Cowboys site writer Bryan Broaddus on the team's running back situation:

When practices are open to the media on Wednesday, I believe that you will see Joseph Randle running with the first offense while Darren McFadden, Ryan Williams and Lance Dunbar will serve as the main backups. Randle will get the nod over McFadden for the simple reason that he was the backup to DeMarco Murray last season. McFadden appears to be motivated to take this job, and with the target on Randle’s back, I am wondering if he in fact can hold McFadden off for the job? If you asked me who I felt was the most complete back for the job, I would say that it is McFadden. Randle is talented for the scheme but the question will always be is if he mature enough to not let the pressure of trying to win the job affect how he performs. We will be able to see how serious he really is about the job and responsibility now that DeMarco Murray is no longer in the picture.

Fantasy Impact:

McFadden is going ahead of Randle in early drafts, but we view Randle as the better bet. He was highly effective (6.7 YPC) in 2014 and is reportedly showing more maturity after several off-the-field issues. He's not going to see a DeMarco Murray-type workload, but 225-250 carries is feasible if he wins the lead back job.

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