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Monday, July 25, 2016, 9:11am

ESPN - [Full Article]

As Adrian Peterson prepares for his 10th NFL season, he's coming off his third rushing title in large part because of the unyielding work ethic that still has him training for three to four hours a day at his gym in Houston.

He's working to stay ahead of a young generation of running backs who were raised on Peterson highlights. And in the case of Melvin Gordon -- the San Diego Chargers back who finished second in the 2014 Heisman Trophy voting and was selected 15th in last year's draft -- Peterson has a protege who has come to Houston this summer in the hopes of adopting some of the four-time All-Pro's tenacity.

Fantasy Impact:

Gordon, who ran for 641 yards, fumbled six times and missed two games because of a microfracture in his left knee during a trying rookie season. He contacted Peterson in February about training with him this offseason, the story said. Gordon has gone through some of the same drills, designed to improve his balance and proprioception after his injury.

Monday, July 25, 2016, 9:07am - [Full Article]

This is a critical camp for Jace Amaro. While Gailey used the tight ends primarily as inline blockers last season, Amaro was a prolific pass catcher at Texas Tech and he had 38 receptions as a rookie. After missing last season with a shoulder injury, the 6’6” Amaro will look to carve a role on an offense that has plenty of playmakers.

Fantasy Impact:

Amaro isn't getting a lot of draft attention so far and is ranked just 31st on our list.

Sunday, July 24, 2016, 6:35pm - [Full Article]

Lance Kendricks has the potential to emerge as a significant target this season, an opportunity he’s embracing as the Rams TE1.

He’s been an important cog in the Rams’ offense in the past, particularly in the red zone. The Wisconsin product leads the team in touchdown receptions over the last three years. As is well known, a good receiving tight end can be a kind of security blanket for a young quarterback. The Rams will likely need Kendricks to fill that role this year.

Fantasy Impact:

The Rams cut Jared Cook, which leaves Kendricks atop the Rams' depth chart at tight end. He has posted a career 1.03 FP per target, so he should be streamable in 2016. In 18 career games with at least five targets, Kendricks has averaged 3.5 catches for 41 yards and 0.22 TD, which are fringe TE1 numbers.

Sunday, July 24, 2016, 5:43pm - [Full Article]

His is a journey that few have taken, through the challenging academic hallways of Tulane University, grinding through a career-threatening knee injury, entering the professional world as a teacher first before Xavier Rush stepped into his dream: Playing in the NFL.

"I've talked about the NFL all the time, the game of football, I missed it when I wasn't playing and to be here, in this position, it's part of my dream," said Rush, a rookie wide receiver who is vying to make the Eagles' 53-man roster when it is pared down in September. He's here now, part of the 90-man team, and he's ready for the start of Training Camp practices on Monday at the NovaCare Complex.

How Rush got here is an example of a young man who didn't give up when he had plenty of opportunities, and other options, to do so. Highly sought after as a high schooler, Rush was wanted just as much for his brains as his football ability. Offers from Harvard and Cornell were considered before Rush accepted one from Tulane, where he majored in, and has since received his bachelor's degree in, neuroscience.

Fantasy Impact:

Rush had a good career at Tulane, marred by a torn ACL in his seventh game of his senior season that took him out of the NFL picture. Rush caught 99 passes and scored 12 touchdowns in the 45 games he played at Tulane, and his 6-3, 202-pound body had some scouts paying attention. But then there was the injury. Rush wasn't healthy enough to fully show his talents for teams ahead of the 2015 draft, so he spent the year rehabbing his injury and teaching at a prep school in Arkansas.

Sunday, July 24, 2016, 2:08pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

Much has been made of the Eagles' quarterback situation this offseason, particularly Sam Bradford's feelings after Philadelphia spent the second overall pick on Carson Wentz.

One other name in the mix is a former 49ers passer in McLeod Bethel-Thompson, who is reportedly set to re-sign with the team, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.

In addition to Bradford and Wentz, the Eagles have veteran passer Chase Daniel.

Source: Tyler Eifert's rehab 'on schedule'

Sunday, July 24, 2016, 2:06pm - [Full Article]

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert had surgery on his right ankle on May 27 after an injury suffered at the Pro Bowl on Jan. 31 did not recover as hoped.

A little over eight weeks following the surgery and on the eve of training camp, a league source said Eifert’s rehab is on schedule and progressing as planned.

Fantasy Impact:

At the time of the procedure, the plan was for him to be ready for the Sept. 11 regular season opener in New York. But, there remains the possibility he could miss games should the rehabilitation process take longer than expected. The story went on to say typically, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis doesn’t allow a player to suit up on Sundays unless he participates in practice in some capacity that week, so a key marker for Eifert and his potential return will be when he is able to jump back into some kind of team drills in later in the preseason. The Bengals will have to begin to answer the question of where Eifert is in his rehab schedule when the calendar flips to September in order to make decisions on the role of second-year tight ends Tyler Kroft and C.J. Uzomah, as well as H-back Ryan Hewitt, and how that affects the offense, the story went on to say.

Brandon Pettigrew placed on PUP list

Sunday, July 24, 2016, 1:59pm - [Full Article]

The Detroit Lions announced Sunday that the following players were placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List:

WR Corey Fuller
TE Brandon Pettigrew
T Corey Robinson

Fantasy Impact:

Pettigrew tore his ACL in December. Pettigrew won’t be able to practice with the team until he’s activated from the list and could miss up to six weeks of the regular season if he's not ready. Some thought RB Ameer Abdullah could be placed on the list after shoulder surgery, however he was not one of the three names.

Fisher: Tavon Austin could double catches

Sunday, July 24, 2016, 11:07am - [Full Article]

Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said at the start of OTAs that WR Tavon Austin could be headed for a stellar season. With the revamped offense, Fisher told Austin has a chance to double his catches.

Fantasy Impact:

Austin racked up 1,187 all-purpose yards last season and 10 total touchdowns between his receptions, rushes, and punt returns. He's heading into his fourth season. Austin certainly has a chance to be the Rams top WR because there isn't a lot behind him with Kenny Britt and Brian Quick next on the depth chart. Mike Groh is the team's new passing coordinator who focuses on route running and making contested catches.

Giants Beat: Will Tye has 'early edge' at TE

Sunday, July 24, 2016, 10:52am - [Full Article]

Both Larry Donnell and Will Tye should make the roster at TE for the Giants. Right now, the early edge for the starting job should belong to Tye, who is a better blocker than Donnell and showed better ball security last season.

Fantasy Impact:

This continues to fall in line with early talk out of the Giants camp, but we'll have to get through training camp in order to have a better idea of this situation. Remember Donnell had the job last year before a season-ending neck injury in Week 8. Whoever wins the job will certainly have some fantasy value as Eli Manning has always targeted the position in the red zone.

Rapoport: Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell suspended for 'missing several drug tests'

Saturday, July 23, 2016, 6:05pm - [Full Article]

Pittsburgh Steelers running back LeVeon Bell is facing a four-game suspension for missing several drug tests, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday, per sources informed of his situation.

While Bell's case is still under review, the news cannot be welcome for the Steelers or Bell.

Fantasy Impact:

If he did indeed miss "several" tests (and not just one), it seems much less likely that he'll win his appeal and have his suspension reduced. We've moved bell down to #11 in standard formats and #9 in PPR. He's worth consideration in the second round, but it's difficult to invest an early round draft pick that will miss the first month of the season.

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware 'caught lots of passes' at spring workouts

Saturday, July 23, 2016, 6:00pm

Kansas City Star - [Full Article]

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware, a punishing downhill runner who is at his best on inside runs, is also a good blocker who caught lots of passes in OTAs.

Fantasy Impact:

It appears that Ware, not Charcandrick West, is the primary backup for Jamaal Charles, so Charles owners should target Ware in the later rounds in case he misses any time.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott denies domestic assault accusation

Friday, July 22, 2016, 1:50pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Dallas Cowboys rookie Ezekiel Elliott has been accused of domestic violence but has denied the allegation.

A woman who says she's Elliott's former live-in girlfriend has accused the former Ohio State star of assaulting her multiple times over the past week, according to police reports filed Friday morning in Columbus, Ohio, and obtained by ESPN.

Elliott, who turned 21 on Friday, denied assaulting the woman and told police that he never lived with her. He has not been arrested or charged with a crime.

The Cowboys are aware of the police reports but have not officially commented. The NFL will review the case under its personal conduct policy, a league representative told ESPN.

The woman, identified as Tiffany Thompson, told police that Elliott assaulted her while they sat in a parked car early Friday morning, according to one police report. She told police that she had pain in her right wrist and a red mark but declined medical treatment, according to the report.

Four witnesses, including one who was sitting in the car at the time of the alleged incident, told police that they did not observe an assault.

Fantasy Impact:

We're just passing this along until all the facts come in. It will be important to find out who the four witnesses are and what exactly they saw.

Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell facing a four-game suspension due to a missed drug test

Friday, July 22, 2016, 10:09am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Pittsburgh Steelers RB LeVeon Bell is facing a four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's drug policy, sources told ESPN's Dan Graziano.

The suspension is the result of a missed drug test, not a failed one, sources said. The reason it hasn't been announced is that the appeal process is ongoing.

No date for Bell's appeal has been set, although it's expected that it will be heard before the regular season. If it's not overturned, he would miss the first four games of the season.

Fantasy Impact:

According to the league, missing a test is the same as failing it. As the article notes, Bell is appealing the decision, so it could be overturned, but there's a good chance that he misses the first four games of the season. This would seriously hurt his draft stock while boosting the stock of his backup, DeAngelo Williams. Williams averaged 21.3 touches for 112 yards and 1.1 touchdowns in the 10 games that Bell missed last season. Williams is 33, so owners should not expect that sort of production again, though he should be a serviceable RB2 as long as Bell is out. After his ban was reduced to two games last season, Bell's ADP remained in the early 1st round, though a four-game suspension is a lot tougher to swallow. We expect he'll fall out of the 1st round, while Williams' ADP will rise a few rounds. The silver lining here is that Bell has an extra month to recover from MCL and PCL surgery, so he should be good to go in October.

Texans DE J.J. Watt undergoes back surgery, should be ready by Week 1

Thursday, July 21, 2016, 9:19pm

John McClain - [Full Article]

Texans DE J.J. Watt has undergone back surgery and will start camp on physically unable to perform list but should be ready for the season.

Watt has never missed a game in his career and should ready for opener against the Bears.

Watt missed 2012 preseason because of an elbow injury, didn't miss a regular season game and won first NFL Defensive Player of Year award.

Fantasy Impact:

This would be a tough blow for the Texans defense if Watt were to miss any time.

Titans Beat: Dorial Green-Beckham needs to report to camp 'in better shape'

Thursday, July 21, 2016, 2:16pm

Titans Online - [Full Article]

The Titans drafted Dorial Green-Beckham to be a game-changer, and he had his moments in 2015. Green-Beckham finished the year with more catches (32), yards (549) and touchdowns (4) than six of the seven receivers selected in front of him, with the lone exception being Oakland’s Amari Cooper, the fourth overall pick of the draft. The Titans now need DGB to step up and be more consistent in his second NFL season. Green-Beckham dropped some weight from last season, but he’s one of the receivers who needs to return to Nashville in better shape. At the end of June’s minicamp, Green-Beckham vowed to be ready.

Fantasy Impact:

DGB had a solid fantasy points per target (1.18) and is slated for a larger target share in his sophomore season. He averaged 5.9 T/G over his final nine games and played at a 44-791-3.5 pace in that span. In offseason activities, Green-Beckham has been passed on the depth chart by rookie Tajae Sharpe, so it's no sure thing that he's starting Week 1. Risk-adverse owners may want to proceed with caution, though this may simply be a motivational tool to ensure that DGB reports to camp with a sense of urgency.

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