Titans beat writer Jim Wyatt on their tight end depth chart, "I do think Delanie Walker will be ready for the start of the season. At this point, I can’t speak as confidently about Jonnu Smith. He hasn’t practiced all offseason after last year’s injury, and coach Vrabel hasn’t provided any insight on his condition."
It looks like Delanie Walker should be ready to go by Week 1, but second-year tight end Jonnu Smith's status is up in the air. Smith doesn't have much fantasy value at the moment if healthy, but he is behind 35-year-old Delanie Walker who is coming off an ugly broken ankle, which gives him a path to the starting job.
When the Denver Broncos open training camp Thursday, the team may do so without second-round draft picks Dalton Risner and Drew Lock, KUSA-TV’s Mike Klis first reported Tuesday. The news has since been confirmed by multiple media outlets.
Risner, who is projected to be the starting left guard this season, was selected 41st overall, one pick before Lock at No. 42. Being that he was a higher selection, Risner wants to be paid more than Lock.
Lock, a quarterback, wants more guaranteed money than his new teammate because QBs are usually among the highest-paid positions in the NFL. That’s also fair, but it’s debatable if it’s worth holding out over.
While Flacco is likely the starter, Lock will obviously miss key time in camp if he's not there. He's expected to be the backup QB this season with Kevin Hogan and Brett Rypien the only other QBs on the roster. Rookies are to report Wednesday.
The author said Coleman is the most intriguing, given his pedigree (2016 first-round pick of the Browns) and skill set. He showed flashes last season and if he has matured, maybe the Giants have something. Speedster Slayton, a fifth-round pick from Auburn, looked quite good in the spring but it is tough for rookies to make much of an impact. Coleman has a chance to be the teams WR3.
Minnesota Vikings running back Roc Thomas has been suspended for the first three games of the regular season for violating the NFL's policy and program on substances of abuse.
The league announced the punishment Tuesday, the week before training camp begins. Thomas can participate in preseason practices and games. If he makes the team he'd be eligible to return to action Sept. 23.
Running back Adrian Peterson makes it clear who he expects to start opening day.
“With Case Keenum, the quarterback runs everything, right?” Peterson said this weekend at SportsCon 2019 in Dallas, via Patrik Walker of 247Sports. “Offensively, we really look good with Case Keenum back there. He’s a veteran. He’s been in the league for a long time. He’s a gunslinger. He’s a guy that’s going to throw the ball and spread it around.”
The story said Peterson is high on Haskins, too, believing all the former Ohio State star needs is time and reps. But there might not be enough time or enough reps to get Haskins ready to start Week 1. Keenum, 31, has started 54 games, including 39 in the past three seasons. He became a bridge quarterback once Washington drafted Haskins 15th overall.
Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders believes playing in Week One is a realistic goal after tearing his Achilles last year, but doesn’t believe that he needs to be doing everything when training camp opens in order to reach it.
Whether he takes it or not, Sanders said, via Nicki Jhabvala of TheAthletic.com, that he is “definitely not going to be full go” when the team resumes practicing this month.
The story went on to say Sanders said Tuesday that he isn’t sure he will be taking the team’s conditioning test on the first day. If he doesn’t, he could land on the physically unable to perform list. Sanders would not be able to practice while on the list, but could be activated at any point.
As for how playing time shakes out, I think Jordan Howard begins the season as the lead back and Corey Clement begins the season as the primary third-down back, but Miles Sanders eats away their snaps and touches as the season goes on.
The story went on to say Sanders is a talented young back playing catch-up after missing OTAs, and it’s going to be hard to keep him off the field if he takes the expected strides. The story also mentioned BostonScott winning the fourth RB spot, meaning Wendell Smallwood and Josh Adams could very well get cut. Both played key roles last year after injuries to Corey Clement and Jay Ajayi.
A source familiar with the talks between Dallas and Ezekiel Elliott said Monday that the impasse hasn’t yet reached that crisis point.
The story said the Cowboys were hoping to put Elliott on the back burner for now and focus on extensions for QB Dak Prescott and WR Amari Cooper, but Elliott appears ready for his now - with two years left on his rookie deal. The story added Elliott needs to report to camp by Aug. 6, which would preserve his accrued fourth season and keep him on track for unrestricted free agency following his fifth season. Nothing is official as of yet, but Elliott at least seems to be weighing his options.
It took a little time for Saints tight end Jared Cook to officially join the team. Since then, the team apparently has been spending plenty of time coming up with ways to use him.
“New tight end comes in for us this year,” coach Sean Payton recently told Chris Simms. “Jared Cook from Oakland. We’re gonna expand the package that includes him.”
The story went on to say in his first season working with Raiders coach Jon Gruden, Cook had a career-high in catches (68), yards (896), and touchdowns (six). We rank Cook seventh among our TEs so he's a great spot to produce fantasy numbers in New Orleans.
By all accounts, David Johnson will be a fixture in Kliff Kingsbury’s offense this year and it won’t be a shock if he averages 30-35 touches a game.
“My role this upcoming season, from talking to the coaches, is that I’m hopefully going to get the ball a little bit more,” Johnson said. “… I’ve talked to guys (familiar with Kingsbury’s offense) like Christian Kirk and he said a lot of people have heard (Kingsbury) doesn’t run the ball, but he told me personally that that their running backs have gotten the ball a lot. I’ve heard he’s really good at putting his guys in open space, especially running backs, and giving them open space to try to get the yards catching the ball and doing things like that.”
Kingsbury hasn’t divulged any real details about the offense, but did say of Johnson, “I think he’s going to be really excited with what we do.” The story added during his six seasons as the head coach at Texas Tech, Kingsbury’s running backs ran the ball a ton, but only twice did anyone top the 1,000-yard mark. Johnson’s goal is to obliterate the 1,000-yard rushing mark in 2019 and do what he almost did three years ago, which is to also top 1,000 yards or more as a receiver.