Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg had some good things to say about both Flacco and Jackson today, but the veteran clearly still has a stranglehold on the position. Jackson is actually going ahead of Flacco in drafts right now (quarterback No. 29 vs No. 31), which presents a unique buying opportunity for the former Superbowl MVP.
Howard still finished as RB14 in PPR last season, despite a terrible offense and coaching staff that illustrated some of the worst playcalling in the league. New head coach Matt Nagy is expected to open up the offense more this season, but Howard will have to be reliable as a pass-catcher to maintain his snap counts. He has not reached 30 receptions in either of his first two seasons.
Colts general manager Chris Ballard tells reporters that quarterback Andrew Luck is “good to go” for training camp. He will not have any limitations on the field, but will not throw for seven consecutive days.
Things continue to look up for the Colts star quarterback. He appears to be on-schedule to start in Week 1, which boosts the value of all relevant Colt skill players. Luck has finally cracked the top 12 of quarterback ADP, and it should only rise as we approach September.
A third-round pick just a year ago, Stewart did not appear to be in line for major playing time as a sophomore prior to this infraction. He is stuck behind Robby Anderson, Terrelle Pryor, Jermaine Kearse, and Quincy Enunwa. This suspension likely makes it even more difficult for him to make an impact. Stewart is not a fantasy option.
Broncos head coach Vance Joseph indicated a committee approach to the backfield in 2018.
“We want two or three guys to be our main core backs,” Joseph said during minicamp last month.
Colts running backs coach Tom Rathman reiterated that the team does not plan on utilizing a bell cow running back in 2018.
"You’re not going to have a bell cow, so to speak, a guy that’s going to carry the load," Rathman said. "We’ve got a lot of different styles, and I think anytime you have a lot of different styles, you want to try to utilize that. So you run one of the players with a certain style, and then you change it up the next series, and it keeps the defense on their toes. So that’s what we would anticipate doing."
This has been a constant theme of the offseason for the Colts and new head coach Frank Reich. We should expect a committee in Indianapolis, which makes it difficult to buy Marlon Mack at his late-seventh-round ADP. Rookies Nyheim Hines (14th round) and Jordan Wilkins (17th round) are much more appealing options.
Deshaun Watson expects to be “full-go” for the first day of training camp.
“I feel great,” Watson told the NFL Network on Thursday night, via Adam Wexler of KPRC. “I’m getting ready for next week when we report to The Greenbrier; I’m going to be full-go.”
After practicing without a knee brace during minicamp last month, it appears Watson will be all systems go for the start of training camp. This is great news for one of the best dual-threats in football. Watson averaged 42.2 rushing yards per game in his six rookie-year starts. Of course, all of this is already baked into his ADP, coming off the board as the No. 2 quarterback.
This is a great start to the three-year, $42 million contract the Bears signed Robinson to this spring. The former Jaguar projects to be the clear leader in targets for Chicago this season.
This is great news, as Cobb should easily be the No. 2 wide receiver in the Packers offense when healthy. Last season, Cobb averaged eight targets per game in contests where Aaron Rodgers was healthy—a 128 target pace. He averaged 13.2 PPR points in those games as well. Cobb is currently going off the board as the No. 40 WR in fantasy drafts.
The Saints continue to add reliable veterans to the fold in the wake of Ingram's four-game suspension. Vereen is not much of a runner, but has averaged 3.2 receptions per game over his last five seasons. If he makes the team, he will likely be a factor in the New Orleans passing game, which could impact the bottom line of both Ingram and Kamara.
"Some might view Matthews as an aggressive choice as a lock, but the projection is that the Patriots will ultimately come to value his versatility, smarts and cheap contract, which is why he lands in that category. Furthermore, I don't think it's a stretch to say Edelman's four-game suspension to open the season further increases Matthews' chances of sticking around."
The logic used by Reiss is certainly reasonable. It is worth noting that New England projects to keep five wideouts on their final roster, and one of them is likely to be return specialist Cordarrelle Patterson. Matthews has a great chance to start in two-wide sets while Julian Edelman serves his four-game suspension, and is the No. 66 wide receiver off the board in fantasy drafts right now.
Cardinals tight end Ricky Seals-Jones was arrested in Scottsdale on July 14 for assault, disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing, according to the Scottsdale Police Department. The incident in question involved Seals-Jones attempting to use a bathroom at a Scottsdale hotel where he was not a guest, which led to him pushing a hotel employee. Reports say he "appeared intoxicated".
Hopefully this ends up being nothing for the sophomore tight end, but it is something to monitor. The NFL has certainly suspended players for less. Seals-Jones is the No. 25 tight end off the board right now in fantasy drafts.
Despite its complexity, Mitch Trubisky feels more comfortable in Matt Nagy's system than the one Dowell Loggains ran last season.
“It’s more complex, but it’s easier [to execute], as opposed to simpler but more difficult.
"That’s how I would describe it last year. Last year, there were probably less words, but they didn’t necessarily fit together. Or it was just more difficult to process. This year, it’s more complex but it’s easier to execute and memorize and remember because everything builds on something. You start with a base concept, and it gets more and more complicated.”
Trubisky is using flashcards this offseason to help him learn and process. The story said Nagy's offense took five years to master in Kansas City, and any success this year will circle back to how well Turbisky operates. The QB certainly has the weapons around him to succeed and there is some fantasy hype around the Bears this season.
The deal is worth $80 million, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
"Brandin Cooks has shown himself to be a class act on and off the field since the first day he joined our team," HC Sean McVay said in a statement. "He's a proven professional in this league and signing him to a long-term contract was always our goal."
Acquired in an offseason trade with the New England Patriots, Cooks, 24, has yet to play a snap for the Rams, but coach Sean McVay liked what he saw from the receiver throughout the offseason program. Cooks said he knew he wanted to sign a long-term contract shortly after arriving at the team's training facility and observing the culture established by McVay, the story said.
He’s hoping that changes when veterans report to training camp next week.
“On a scale of 1 to 10, it’s almost a 10,” he said. “I haven’t had a setback along the recovery process. I’m gaining strength day by day, month by month. I’m excited to see how soon I can get back, ... But the main objective for me is to do as much as I can with the trainers to get ready for the season."
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