Texans General Manager Brian Gaine said in May that the team hoped to have running back DOnta Foreman on the field when training camp starts this summer, but it doesn’t sound like that’s how things will play out.
The story went on to say Foreman will continue rehabbing his torn Achilles in Houston until camp and says he’s “not trying to rush anything” as he works with the medical staff to figure out the best plan for getting him back to the player he was before the injury. Hitting that mark is “looking really good right now,” but Foreman isn’t sure he’ll get there before the start of the regular season.
Coach Pete Carroll said that Marshall was being cautious due to a hamstring issue and that the team expects he’ll be ready to start a fuller workload once camp opens this summer.
Carroll was quoted as saying they are just making sure Marshall doesn't have a setback, but as the story pointed out, Marshall missed most of last season with an ankle injury and had toe surgery to repair a lingering problem during his ankle recovery.
The Bills wide receiver corps is one of the league’s thinner ones heading into training camp, which would seem to bode well for 2017 second-round pick Zay Jones‘ chances of seeing a lot of playing time once September rolls around.
While that may be the case, General Manager Brandon Beane made it clear last week that Jones won’t be guaranteed anything this season.
“He’s not just going to necessarily go right to the top of the line,” Beane said during an appearance on WGR 550, via NewYorkUpstate.com. “He’ll have to earn his way. Part of that will just be just getting his feel. He’s only played with Nathan Peterman. He has not got to play with Josh Allen or AJ McCarron yet. So that bond there will just have to form.”
Jones had a quiet rookie season dealing with a shoulder injury. As the story pointed out, it's not an overwhelming list of WRs, so Jones certainly has a chance to make his mark and earn a key role in the offense.
Chris Carson has been the most impressive of any running back this summer, and general manager John Schneider has said that at times, Carson looks like the best player on the field. After adding 10 pounds of muscle, Carson was the first name head coach Pete Carroll mentioned when asked which player impressed him the most in terms of the shape he was in when he reported back for offseason work. It'll make for an interesting battle for the starting job.
Seattle spent a first-round pick on RB Rashaad Penny, and it's universally accepted that you cannot truly evaluate RBs until they are in full pads in training camp and the preseason. It's hard to imagine Penny doesn't get a sizable portion of the backfield touches in this offense, given the draft capital spent on him. Carroll has also praised Penny's pass protection, crucial given how bad the offensive line has been. However, this at least puts Carson on our radar as a late-round flier in drafts if Penny struggles. He's a name to monitor this preseason.
Dion Lewis saw a career-high 36 percent of the offensive reps in New England last season. With injury concerns and size limitations, there will likely be a cap on Lewis' workload. But he still could match or even surpass his workload from last season and still leave plenty on the bone for Henry.
Last season, DeMarco Murray claimed 63 percent of offensive snaps to Derrick Henry's 40. A reasonable June estimate for 2018 would be a similar workflow, with Henry getting about 60 percent and Lewis 40 percent.
Our projections currently have Lewis at 180 carries and 44 receptions, 51 percent of the touches projected between Henry and him. Last season, Henry saw 187 touches. So even though our projection for him is only 49 percent of the touches between Lewis and him, it is still a total of 209 touches, an increase from last season. We expect Lewis to get the bulk of the receptions out of this backfield, making him more valuable in PPR formats. Also working in the Titans' backfield's favor, the entire starting offensive line returns from last season.
Ralph Vacchiano got in two questions to Odell Beckham as he left the practice field Saturday: "Will we see you at camp?" “Yes sir. Yes you will,” he said.
"So no holdout?" Beckham replied: “No. No holdout.”
His plan is indeed to be at camp on time, a source familiar with his plans told SNY. But the source said it remains a fluid situation because so far his contract talks are going nowhere. So yes, his feelings could change.
Nothing like a good "source familiar with his plans" to cloudy up Beckham's clear-cut statement. Regardless, Beckham remains an elite fantasy WR option, who is a big-time value when he slips into the top of the second round.
ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports that Packers running back Ty Montgomery "has been a mainstay on the field in certain key packages— including the no-huddle and two-minute drills—during offseason practices".
It was once thought that the converted wide receiver would return to his original position with Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones both impressing as rookies in 2017. That does not appear to be the case, as the veteran Montgomery is in line for a significant role for 2018.
Playing with Aaron Rodgers in the no-huddle and two-minute offenses would net Montgomery plenty of receptions, and therefore, PPR value. He is currently the No. 46 running back off the board in fantasy drafts.
"I believe so," said Pryor, adding that the decision will be that of Bowles and head athletic trainer John Mellody. "But, for now, in my mind, I'll be there the first day."
Pryor enjoyed a breakout season in 2016 with over 1,000 yards and a top-24 PPR finish, but he was unproductive in 2017 in Washington before suffering an ankle injury. If he can get healthy and back in form, he would be a welcomed addition to a lackluster Jets receiving corps. Pryor is currently the No. 71 wide receiver off the board.
After missing all of 2016 for his second infraction of the substance-abuse policy, this would likely be another lengthy suspension for the mercurial wideout. It would be wise to avoid Bryant in fantasy drafts until we receive more information on his situation.
Seattle wideout Tyler Lockett stated that he was somewhere between 75 and 80 percent last season after coming off of a leg injury, but is now fully healthy.
This would explain why Seattle was okay with letting Paul Richardson go in free agency, and bringing in only the aged Brandon Marshall to replace him. Lockett was a force to be reckoned with to start his career as a receiver and returner, but took a step back in 2017. If he is truly fully healthy, he should be a steal as the No. 59 wide receiver off the board in fantasy drafts.
“I think he brings an element of size and power and strength to the mix,” Reich said of Turbin. “We have Nyheim and (Josh Ferguson) and Marlon, when he gets back (from shoulder surgery), who has some juice. Then we have a couple guys who kind of provide us with some size and power. And Turb is one of those guys. And he’s shown it. But what I like about him is not only has he shown that size and power and strength, he’s smart, he’s good in protections and he’s good enough of a route runner that he can be a three-down back.”
Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines are currently the only running backs being drafted from the Colts in fantasy drafts, but it appears as though Turbin could make some noise as a between-the-tackles grinder with touchdown upside, particularly if Andrew Luck is healthy and ready to go Week 1. Keep him on your watch lists as the offseason progresses.
Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams is recovering well from offseason knee surgery and is expected to be ready for training camp.
The Pro Bowl left tackle is a critical member of Washington's offensive line. He should be in the lineup and ready to protect Alex Smith's blind side on Opening Day.
“Deon is built like you want a wide receiver to be built. He runs how you want a wide receiver to run. What’s impressive about him is he can really get out of breaks. To me, that’s what separates really good receivers in this league. He can separate at the top, which combined with the other two things I said, can really make him a person that we think can develop.”
T.Y. Hilton is a lock as the team's top wide receiver, but the second spot is wide open in a passing game that looks even more appealing with Andrew Luck on the mend. The sixth-rounder Cain will compete with veterans Chester Rogers and Ryan Grant, as well as fellow rookie Daurice Fountain (fifth round).
A move like this was to be expected for New Orleans, who will open the season without Mark Ingram for the first four games. West is expected to fill his role in some capacity, which means that Alvin Kamara may not see a tremendous increase in usage during Ingram's suspension. This is something that head coach Sean Payton has hinted at all along. This won't stop Kamara from being a bona fide first-round lock in PPR leagues, but West could have some real value to start 2018. Ingram was the No. 7 running back in PPR points per game in 2017.
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