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Cardinals RB David Johnson 'encouraged' by contract talks

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 10:39am - [Full Article]

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.

Fantasy Impact:

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.

Packers WR Geronimo Allison looks to be team's WR3

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 10:35am

Journal Sentinel - [Full Article]

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.

Fantasy Impact:

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.

Patriots QB Tom Brady plans to continue playing

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 9:13am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Tom Brady said he expects New England to remain his home for a while longer as well. Brady’s said many times that he plans to continue playing for several more years and reiterated that he expects “be here next year and hopefully beyond” on Tuesday.

Seeing that through will take further contract tweaks as Brady’s current deal is up after the 2019 season, but that shouldn’t prove too difficult if everyone remains on the same page.

Fantasy Impact:

The Pats added $5 million in incentives to his deal.

Eagles QB Carson Wentz's chances to play Week 1: 'It's going to be close'

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 9:07am - [Full Article]

Speaking Tuesday morning on SportsRadio 94WIP, Eagles QB Carson Wentz offered this update on the chances he is cleared by the doctors to play in Week 1 just under nine months from tearing his ACL.

"I obviously would love to be out there. That has been my goal all offseason, ever since the injury. It is going to be close. It is going to be close," Wentz said. "I am still eyeing that date. But at the end of the day it is not just my decision. There is coaches and doctors that really have the final say, but I really like where I am at and time will tell."

Related players: Nick Foles

Fantasy Impact:

Wentz is encouraged about where he's at in his rehab. But as the story said, it's been a rollercoaster in terms of predicting if he'll play Week 1. Over the last two weeks, Wentz has been kept out of 11-on-11 drills. Obviously, Foles would start if Wentz can't go.

Eagles Beat: RB Donnel Pumphrey falling behind other RBs

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 9:03am - [Full Article]

To start training camp, Donnel Pumphrey was flashing the elusiveness that caught the Eagles' eye in the first place. Then, when they took the field for the preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pumphrey wasn't dressed. Earlier in the week, he suffered a "lower-body injury" and the timetable for his return is unclear.

Pumphrey was far from a lock for the Eagles' No. 4 running back job, but it'll be awfully hard to beat out Wendell Smallwood and/or Josh Adams for a roster spot.

Fantasy Impact:

It wasn't that long ago that Pumphrey seemed like a lock to make the team. He was even being told he'd see time out of the slot. But according to the story, Smallwood has excelled on special teams and Adams has been turning heads as an undrafted rookie.

Broncos QB Chad Kelly officially moves up depth chart

Monday, August 13, 2018, 8:01pm

Nicki Jhabvala on Twitter - [Full Article]

Vance Joseph: “Chad Kelly is our backup now.” Said things can always change, but Kelly is No. 2 now.

Related players: Paxton Lynch, Case Keenum

Fantasy Impact:

This updates a story we had earlier today that Kelly was trying to move up the depth chart...looks like it's official now. Kelly threw two TDs and an interception, outplaying Lynch, who again seemed to struggle.

Steelers say WR Antonio Brown didn't re-aggravate injury

Monday, August 13, 2018, 7:54pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown did not re-aggravate his injury during Monday's practice and was scheduled to sit out team drills, coach Mike Tomlin said.

Fantasy Impact:

Brown finished individual work on his injured quad and was sidelined for the rest of practice. He was walking around with no limp and no trainers around him both during the practice session and as the team broke for the day.

It's a 'mild hamstring strain' for Giants RB Saquon Barkley

Monday, August 13, 2018, 6:44pm - [Full Article]

Barkley suffered what Giants coach Pat Shurmur called a mild hamstring strain during Monday's practice, when he hauled in a long pass from quarterback Kyle Lauletta after getting steps behind cornerback Janoris Jenkins and linebacker Alec Ogletree of the first-team defense.

Barkley did not return to action and had his leg wrapped on the sideline. He walked off with teammates (not trainers) and without the wrap.

Fantasy Impact:

Shurmur was quoted in the story as saying "We'll be smart with him as we move along here." That could mean Barkley won't see much, if any, action in joint practices against the Lions and may not play in the Week 2 preseason game.

Steelers WR Antonio Brown limps off field

Monday, August 13, 2018, 6:39pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Two days after Steelers receiver Antonio Brown returned to practice after missing 10 days with a quadriceps strain, Brown may be injured again.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Brown limped off the practice field after doing some early individual work.

Fantasy Impact:

Brown had just returned to practice on Saturday, taking part in team drills.

Cardinals QB Josh Rosen to get more first-team work

Monday, August 13, 2018, 6:37pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Sam Bradford will get more work in this week’s preseason game, but the Cardinals want to see rookie Josh Rosen with the first unit, too, coach Steve Wilks said Monday.

The Cardinals play the Saints on Friday night.

Fantasy Impact:

Rosen finished his first preseason game 6-of-13 for 41 yards with zero touchdowns and zero interceptions, but he got no help from the Cardinals’ second-team offensive line. Backup center Daniel Munyer‘s shotgun snaps to Rosen were low, including one that that rolled to him. Munyer estimated he had “five or six bad ones,” the story said.

Colts QB Andrew Luck tired, exhausted after first game

Monday, August 13, 2018, 6:35pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Four days ago, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck played in his first game in 585 days, against the Seahawks in Seattle. The day after, he was feeling the effects of it.

“I was tired, I was exhausted,” Luck told reporters on Monday, according to the team. “I think emotionally I was worn out, and honestly it was probably the redeye home after the game. You know it makes you feel things a little extra, turns the volume up, but I felt physically OK, just energy-wise very low.”

Fantasy Impact:

Luck added that he’s comfortable again with short and intermediate routes, and that he’ll now work on improving his accuracy and effectiveness with deeper throws. We had a story earlier this offseason that said Luck expected to be tired, but obviously the key is having no pain in his arm.

Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny banged up; backups get work

Monday, August 13, 2018, 6:32pm

Seattle Times - [Full Article]

Rashaad Penny, the Seahawks’ first-round pick didn’t take part in the final team session, and with Chris Carson getting the day off as well and C.J. Prosise out, that left all the carries for Mike Davis, J.D. McKissic and recently-signed Gerald Holmes.

It was unclear if anything was wrong with Penny.

Coach Pete Carroll didn’t speak to the media afterward but offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer did. Asked if Penny was okay, Schottenheimer said “I think so’’ without elaborating.

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say Carson was on the sidelines and in pads and did some conditioning work. It’s unclear if there was anything wrong with him or if he was just getting a day off. Prosise was also on the sidelines but was not in pads. As noted, the Seahawks are off until Wednesday so any official word on if anything is up with Penny may not come for a few days.

Bears Beat: WR Anthony Miller everything as advertised

Monday, August 13, 2018, 4:14pm

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

Bears second-round pick Anthony Miller is forging his place as the first-string slot receiver. He has been everything he was advertised to be coming out of Memphis: A quality route runner, strong hands catching the ball, competitive at the catch point, and, yes, overflowing with flair and confidence.

Fantasy Impact:

The story said Bear coaches continue to push him to master the many details of playing receiver in the scheme, including option routes and pre-snap alignments.

Bears Beat: Tarik Cohen is more of a RB/WR

Monday, August 13, 2018, 4:11pm

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

It’s not accurate to list the Bears' Tarik Cohen as a running back anymore. He requires a slash, as in running back/wide receiver.

Fantasy Impact:

The story said the Bears have Cohen lining up everywhere to maximize his speed, agility and explosiveness with the ball in his hands. Cohen has welcomed the challenge of learning multiple positions and has done well retaining the details required of each. He’s the Bears’ most dynamic player, the story said.

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes targeting WR Tyreek Hill more

Monday, August 13, 2018, 4:09pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The ball at Chiefs training camp has gone more to one starting wide receiver, Tyreek Hill, than the other, Sammy Watkins. In the preseason opener last week, Hill caught two passes and Watkins none, even though Watkins was in the game for nine snaps, compared to eight for Hill. But offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy said these weren’t necessarily signs that Hill would catch more passes than Watkins during the regular season. It’s more an indication, he said, that QB Patrick Mahomes and Watkins are still getting comfortable with one another.

Fantasy Impact:

OC Eric Bieniemy said Watkins is doing a good job in camp—and camp is all about finding rhythm. But for now, it looks like Mahomes is more comfortable throwing to Hill. But there are plenty of mouths to feed in the Chiefs' offense.