Second-year wide receiver Dede Westbrook may be playing his way into a spot among the top three receivers. Despite being a key player during the last half of last season and postseason, Westbrook entering training camp seemed in a position of needing to earn his way into significant repetitions.
The story said as of late, Westbrook is standing out nearly every day and QB Blake Bortles seems to be going his way more as well. The piece added Westbrook feels he's improved as a route runner, while Bortles said Westbrook has grasped the offense better.
The future looks inviting for Jaguars RB Corey Grant, who signed a one-year, $2.9-million contract this past offseason and who was a featured performer in the preseason opener. Grant’s speed has wowed observers since he arrived as an undrafted rookie in 2015 and he steadily has grown into a role. His 122-yard performance as the feature back in the 2016 regular-season finale in Indianapolis gave us a glimpse of what he could do with the ball on the ground, and the role expanded. OC Nate Hackett is too smart to leave a weapon like Grant on the sidelines again. Expect to see more of Grant this season, maybe a lot more.
Related players: Leonard Fournette
Fournette is likely going to prevent Grant from seeing a fantasy-worthy workload this season. The story said Grant had some explosive special teams plays and also pointed to his three-catch, 59-yard effort against the Patriots in the playoffs, so it's easy to see why the Jags may want to get him more touches.
HC Doug Pederson said Clement is day-to-day and downplayed the severity. Like he said about Nelson Agholor's lower body injury, Pederson said Clement needs some much-needed rest.
Eagles WR Agholor has missed the last five Eagles practices, plus the Week 1 preseason game against the Steelers, with an undisclosed "lower body injury." Neither Agholor or coach Doug Pederson would elaborate much, though it seems unlikely he plays on Thursday night against the Patriots.
The story said Agholor initially laughed when asked if he'd be ready for Week 1, but then pulled back and said it would be the coach's call. Pederson was quoted as saying "he needs some rest on it." Before the injury, the story said Agholor was the team's most consistent WR in camp.
Through nearly four weeks of training camp practice, all indications are that Odell Beckham has been the same dynamic player in practice that he's ever been. On Monday, Detroit Lions All-Pro cornerback Darius Slay gave his recovery a ringing endorsement following the first of three joint practices between the Lions and Giants.
"He looks like he's going," Slay said, when asked how Beckham looks at this stage of his recovery. "He's catching the rock, and running the rock."
"He's always been explosive. He's never going to lose that, except when he turns 50, I suppose. But, he's always been explosive. Other than that, he's Odell. That's just it."
Williams should start the year as Green Bay's workhorse, with the more versatile Montgomery as the no-huddle/two-minute back, the story said. If you can get him later in drafts, Jones should certainly have some stash value until his suspension is over.
Related players: Pierre Garcon
Garcon will still be a factor, the story said, especially on third down. We have Goodwin ranked as our No. 30 WR, but his ADP is slightly later than Garcon's (9.04 vs. 9.01), who is our No. 43 ranked WR.
ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter Brady Henderson said Rashaad Penny has looked impressive, so he'll play. But second-year pro Chris Carson has remained the first-string running back all offseason and looks like he's back to the pre-injury form that helped him win the starting job heading into last season.
Henderson also pointed out that Seahawks offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said during most of his years with the New York Jets when they were running the ball well, "there was always at least two guys. There's a Thomas Jones and a Shonn Greene and there was a LaDainian Tomlinson and a Leon Washington. It takes more than one, for sure." So, it seems like Penny will certainly have some chances but perhaps at least early on, Carson is going to have some value.
Not only did the third-round draft pick look more impressive than veteran Devontae Booker in the preseason opener with four carries for 38 yards (including a 23-yard touchdown), but ESPN Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold has continued to stress that, "He's just too big, too fast not to play, and he runs with vision."
We do think Booker could emerge in the passing game and turn into more of a third-down, change-of-pace back, perhaps once Freeman gets more established. As the story also said, rookie backs tend to be stuck in timeshares, at least early in the year.
ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim wrote that coaches say both Rob Kelley and Samaje Perine are quicker and running with more confidence this summer, owing to their familiarity with the offense and perhaps shedding some weight (Kelley in particular). So Keim writes there is reason to believe both could be better.
Related players: Chris Thompson
The story also added that it's hard to know if the Skins will commit to either one as the lead back. Thompson is going to get plenty of work in the passing game, but as John Paulsen noted, in games when Thompson was healthy, other Redskins backs averaged about 16 touches per game.
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson was asked about that report on Tuesday [that WR Alshon Jeffery could start the season on the PUP list]. Pederson didn’t say if that was a possibility, but did say that the team likes where Jeffery is at this point.
“You know what, I’m not going to comment on that because we’re monitoring his progress, it’s day-to-day, we’re happy where he’s at, and we’ll continue to do that,” Pederson said, via Jimmy Kempski of Philly Voice. “But I’m not sure where that came from.”
As we reported yesterday, Wallace and Agholor would see increased work should Jeffery start the season on the PUP list and miss the first six weeks. However, in the story, Pederson seemed to downplay that as a possibility.
The subject of David Johnson's contract was broached, and the running back reiterated he was going to let his agent handle things. He did say he was "encouraged" that the two sides continue to talk about a potential extension.
Johnson is going into the final year of his rookie deal. He acknowledged missing last year with his broken wrist has probably hurt his situation because the NFL is more about what have you done for me lately.
Much of the attention in this camp has centered on the Packers' new receivers—three rookies drafted this spring and free-agent signing Jake Kumerow—but Geronimo Allison has quietly established himself as the team’s No. 3 receiver.
Even if his name doesn’t generate the same consistent buzz, there are no shortage of examples on the practice field for why the former undrafted receiver has ascended the depth chart.
Allison got banged up a little on a play in the red zone, but said afterward he was fine. The story went on to say Allison is always in the right place, and his combination of size (6-foot-3) and sure hands make him a reliable target. In the Packers' offense, he'll have a little boost in fantasy value as a WR3 with Aaron Rodgers throwing him the ball.
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