Footballguys.com

Footballguys #32 - 5/21 - BUF TE Tyler Kroft Suffers Broken Foot, News And Notes And MORE

Volume 21, #32 -- Tuesday Night, May 21st, 2019

Note: Unsubscribe instructions are at the bottom of this emailView in Web Browser

Howdy Folks,

Good Wednesday to you. We've got the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

J


1. BUF - TE Tyler Kroft suffered broken foot

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Buffalo Bills TE Tyler Kroft (foot) suffered a broken foot Monday, May 20, and will require surgery that should keep him out three to four months. He could begin the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

If he was to be placed on the PUP list, Kroft would be forced to miss the first six weeks of the regular season. After that time, the Bills would have three weeks to decide whether or not to activate Kroft or put him on season-ending Injured Reserve. Kroft was in line to start after the Bills picked him up in free agency earlier this offseason. Watch to see if rookie third-round pick Dawson Knox emerges while Kroft is down.

Back to Top


2. SF - Nick Bosa hurt in practice Tuesday

Source: The Athletic - Matt Barrows

San Francisco 49ers DE Nick Bosa (hamstring) was spotted clutching his hamstring after pulling up on a pass-rush drill Tuesday, May 21.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

The 49ers will be careful here. Bosa is their prized 2019 first-round pick and could have a huge impact for the 49ers defense this season. Hamstring injuries are known to linger, so expect Bosa to be quite limited if he does return for action in OTAs.

Back to Top


3. TB - DT Ndamukong Suh, Tampa Bay finalizing deal

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent DT Ndamukong Suh (Rams) is reportedly 'closing in' on a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

This move was expected by beat writers around the team...especially once the Buccaneers released long-time DT Gerald McCoy. New Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles should be able to get strong play out of Suh.

Back to Top


4. PHI - QB Carson Wentz has no limitations

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (knee) has no limitations in organized team activities, according to head coach Doug Pederson.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Great news for the Eagles here. The team is going to be cautious with Wentz but he's going to be involved in most of the work the team does in OTAs and minicamp. Now, we'll see if the Eagles can get something done on a contract extension for their franchise quarterback.

Back to Top


5. NE - WR Julian Edelman receives extension

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman received a two-year extension Tuesday, May 21. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Edelman was entering the final year of his contract and the Patriots now keep him under contract through his age-35 season. He's Tom Brady's favorite target and should continue in that role even though the Patriots have revamped their WR corps. Fantasy GMs are currently taking Edelman off the board at WR15 (4.01) in 12-team PPR leagues.

Back to Top


6. ARI - RB David Johnson, WR Larry Fitzgerald absent

Source: ESPN.com - Josh Weinfuss

Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson and WR Larry Fitzgerald were not present during practice Monday, May 20.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Not a big deal here. Both are under contract, Johnson through the 2021 season and Fitzgerald on his new one-year deal, so it's not like money is a problem with either star player. It's the voluntary portion of the offseason, and these two are choosing to work on their own. They should both report for mandatory minicamp when that rolls around. Johnson is expecting to be used more under new head coach Kliff Kingsbury while Fitzgerald could thrive as an underneath receiver in the 'Air Raid' offense.

Back to Top


7. ATL - WR Julio Jones absent from workouts

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - D. Orlando Ledbetter

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones was not present for the start of organized team activities Monday, May 20.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

About 10 days ago, Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said he's "very encouraged" by Julio Jones' extension talks. The team expects Jones to be at mandatory work in the middle of June, but they only thought he'd sparingly participate in voluntary workouts. The Falcons should get a deal done with Jones that makes him the highest paid wide receiver in the league.

Back to Top


8. BUF - RB Frank Gore not practicing

Source: BuffaloBills.com - Chris Brown

Buffalo Bills RB Frank Gore (foot, ankle) is not participating in practices because he is coming off foot and ankle injuries.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Gore doesn't need to practice that much this offseason. The seasoned veteran just needs to get healthy and produce in the Bills RBBC this season. We'll see how he works into the mix along with LeSean McCoy once training camp hits.

Back to Top


9. SF - RB Matt Breida suffers pectoral injury

Source: Bay Area News Group - Cam Inman

San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida (pectoral) will not take part in organized team activities after slightly tearing a pectoral muscle while lifting weights this spring.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Breida is trying to earn a spot in the RB pecking order with guys like Jerrick McKinnon and Tevin Coleman. This injury sets him back in that task, but reports indicate Breida should be back by training camp.

Back to Top


10. IND - WR T.Y. Hilton moving around well

Source: The Athletic - Stephen Holder

Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (ankle) did not appear to be hampered at all Tuesday, May 21, by the 2018 ankle injury that was supposed to keep him limited in practice this offseason, according to Steven Holder of The Athletic.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Great news for Hilton and the Colts here. Earlier reports had Hilton being limited for OTAs but it looks like that wasn't the case. Hilton is a WR1 yet again for Fantasy GMs in 2019 and has a current ADP of WR10 (3.01) in 12-team PPR leagues.

Back to Top


11. TB - TE Cameron Brate on track for camp

Source: The Athletic - Greg Auman

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate (hip) said Tuesday, May 21, he's rehabbing on schedule as he recovers from hip surgery earlier this offseason and is on course to be ready for training camp in late July.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Brate had surgery back in January but was cleared for all football activities in April. The team will make sure to ease him back into action during training camp. When healthy, Brate will compete for time/snaps/targets behind O.J. Howard.

Back to Top


12. BUF - RB T.J. Yeldon dealing with groin injury

Source: WGR Sports Radio 550 - Sal Capaccio

Buffalo Bills RB T.J. Yeldon (groin) missed OTA drills Tuesday, May 21, due to a groin injury.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Yeldon is getting a fresh start with the Bills this year. As a runner, Yeldon may not do much. He's best used as a receiver out of the backfield, catching 171 passes with the Jaguars over the last four years. He better impress in practice because the Bills have a jam-packed backfield with LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore and rookie Devin Singletary.

Back to Top


13. LAR - WR Cooper Kupp unsure about return

Source: ESPN.com - Lindsey Thiry

Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp (knee) said he is happy with the progress he is making in his rehab but does not want to put a timetable on his return.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Kupp made it through eight games last year before going down with a knee injury. It's been smooth sailing during his recovery with no known setbacks for the young wide receiver. Rams head coach Sean McVay said the goal is for Kupp to be ready for Week 1. Fantasy GMs are taking Kupp off the board at WR19 (4.11) in 12-team PPR leagues.

Back to Top


14. WAS - QB Case Keenum receives first snap

Source: NBC Sports Washington - JP Finlay

Washington Redskins QB Case Keenum received the first snap during team drills Monday, May 20.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Keenum is the veteran quarterback, so he's going to be at the top of the depth chart to begin workouts. However, it may not take long for rookie first-round pick Dwayne Haskins to take over. Haskins is seen as the quarterback of the future while Keenum is more of a quality backup than he is a regular starter. We'll see this battle unfold in training camp and the preseason.

Back to Top


15. BUF - DE Jerry Hughes receives extension

Source: BuffaloBills.com - Chris Brown

Buffalo Bills DE Jerry Hughes signed a two-year contract extension with the Bills Tuesday, May 21. Financial terms were not disclosed.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Hughes was entering the final year of his contract and the Bills wanted to keep him around. He's their best pass rusher but hasn't had double-digit sacks in a single season since 2014. Hughes is coming off a 7.0 sack season for the Bills and will continue in his familiar role.

Back to Top


16. TEN - TE Delanie Walker getting closer to full health

Source: The Tennessean - Erik Bacharach

Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker (ankle) estimates he is 'in the 85 percent range' in terms of his recovery from the season-ending ankle injury he suffered in Week 1 of last season. Walker practiced for the first time since before the injury Tuesday, May 21, and appeared to be moving well and cutting smoothly, according to Erik Bacharach of the Tennessean.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Getting Walker back is nothing but a good thing for the Titans offense. Walker is a favorite target of QB Marcus Mariota, who seems to be in a make-or-break year for Tennessee. We see Walker as a TE2 with TE1 upside for Fantasy GMs in 2019. Walker has a current ADP of TE13 (11.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.

Back to Top


17. SF - TE Garrett Celek still in concussion protocol

Source: NBC Sports Bay Area - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers TE Garrett Celek (concussion, back) has yet to be cleared from a concussion he suffered in Week 17 and will get clearance until 'at least' training camp, according to NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

The 49ers will be cautious as Celek has been recovering for months. The team has George Kittle as their main tight end. Celek will be a reserve behind Kittle and mostly a blocker for the team when healthy.

Back to Top


18. TB - Tampa Bay scoops up TE Jordan Leggett

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

Free-agent TE Jordan Leggett (Jets) was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday, May 21.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Leggett was waived by the Jets on Monday as interim GM Adam Gase continues to clean house. A fifth-round pick out of Clemson in the 2017 NFL draft, Leggett has struggled to stay healthy and impress in the pros. He'll get a fresh start with Tampa, working behind O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate.

Back to Top


19. CAR - Mose Frazier suffers broken arm

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Carolina Panthers WR Mose Frazier (arm) broke his arm during an organized team activities session Tuesday, May 21, and is reportedly undergoing surgery, according to a source.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Frazier was a long-shot to make the 53-man roster and this injury won't help his cause. No word yet on how long Frazier's recovery will be after he undergoes surgery.

Back to Top


20. SF - RB Raheem Mostert had second surgery on arm

Source: The Athletic - Matt Barrows

San Francisco 49ers RB Raheem Mostert (arm) needed a 're-set' after the fracture in his surgically repaired arm wasn't healing properly.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Something to watch here for Fantasy GMs who have Mostert in dynasty formats. The latest adjustment has reportedly added a month to his timetable to return. The 49ers have a jam-packed backfield which could cause plenty of headaches from a fantasy perspective in 2019.

Back to Top


21. SEA - RB Chris Carson underwent knee procedure

Source: Seahawks.com - John Boyle

Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson (knee) 'had a little work done' on his knee recently but should be able to practice again in a couple of weeks, according to head coach Pete Carroll.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

It sounds like a knee scope but the details of Carson's knee surgery is unknown. It's a situation for Fantasy GMs to watch closely as Carson was set to be the lead back for Seattle. He could still win the top job in training camp, but this injury gives second-year RB Rashaad Penny plenty of opportunity to showcase his skill set.

Back to Top


22. DEN - WR DaeSean Hamilton limited by knee late in 2018

Source: The Athletic - Nicki Jhabvala

Denver Broncos WR DaeSean Hamilton spent much of his offseason training in Florida to increase his weight and improve himself physically after struggling with a knee injury near the end of his rookie season, according to Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic. Hamilton added his knee feels 'great' now.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Hamilton is a great route runner and is looking to make an impact as Denver's no.3 wide receiver. Courtland Sutton should be the leading receiver for the Broncos with Emmanuel Sanders (when healthy) working as a quality no.2 receiver. That doesn't leave much for Hamilton, especially considering TE Noah Fant could catch quite a few passes this season. Continue to monitor or roster Hamilton in dynasty formats while he works for a larger opportunity.

Back to Top


23. BUF - Jason Croom suffers apparent injury

Source: WKBW.com - Joe Buscaglia

Buffalo Bills TE Jason Croom (undisclosed) left the team's organized training activity session with an athletic trainer for an undisclosed reason, according to WKBW's Joe Buscaglia.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

No word on what Croom is dealing with here. However, this would be the second tight end to go down with injury for the Bills this offseason. On Monday, projected starter Tyler Kroft broke his foot and could begin the 2019 season on the PUP list. Rookie Dawson Knox is going to get a large opportunity to impress.

Back to Top


24. HOU - WR Keke Coutee catching his coach's eye

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans WR Keke Coutee has enjoyed a good spring and has 'really improved,' according to head coach Bill O'Brien.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Coutee has a ton of skill but he just needs to stay healthy. He played in only six games last year but flashed potential with the Texans passing game. We'll see if Coutee can stay healthy and produce behind DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller in 2019.

Back to Top


25. CLE - Greedy Williams signs $6.5M deal

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns CB Greedy Williams signed a four-year, $6.5 million rookie contract Tuesday, May 21. The deal includes $4.1 million in guarantees.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

At one point in the pre-draft process, Williams was thought of as a first-round pick with some mocks having him go in the top 10. That didn't happen as Williams fell to the second round of the 2019 NFL draft where the Browns happily moved up to get him. Williams is blazing fast and has great length for the position. He naturally does a good job of knocking passes away. He is not known for his tackling and that part of his game needs to be cleaned up. Williams should start opposite Denzel Ward in 2019.

Back to Top


26. NYJ - WR Deonte Thompson joining Jets

Source: New York Daily News - Manish Mehta

Free-agent WR Deonte Thompson (Bills) is signing with the New York Jets, his agent said Tuesday, May 21.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Thompson has bounced around the league since coming into the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2012. The Jets will see if Thompson can make the roster as an end of the depth chart player.

Back to Top


27. BUF - WR Cole Beasley recovering from surgery

Source: BuffaloBills.com - Chris Brown

Buffalo Bills WR Cole Beasley (core) underwent core-muscle surgery a few weeks ago, head coach Sean McDermott said Tuesday, May 21, and is being held out of OTAs.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Beasley should be ready for training camp. The Bills picked him up this offseason to be their new slot receiver. We should see Zay Jones and John Brown on the outside with Beasley working the underneath routes in 2019.

Back to Top


28. GB - S Josh Jones wants out

Source: ESPN.com - Rob Demovsky

Green Bay Packers SS Josh Jones is away from voluntary organized team activities and working out in Florida because he's hoping to be traded, according to a source.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

A couple of moves the Packers made this offseason must not have sat well with Jones. They added Adrian Amos in free agency then they drafted Darnell Savage in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft. There was thought that Jones would now be moved to linebacker, and that may be something he doesn't want to do. If on the trade block, the Packers could get quite a bit of interest.

Back to Top


29. WAS - ILB Reuben Foster might have artery damage

Source: NBC Sports Washington - JP Finlay

Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins LB Reuben Foster (knee) has a torn anterior cruciate ligament, but there are also some worries about possible artery damage in his leg, according to a source.

[ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ [ FOOTBALLGUYS VIEW ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ] ]

Reports have circulated that there's more damage than just the ACL. Artery damage is tricky to deal with an can be a career-ending injury. We'll know more about any sort of extra damage Foster may or may not have in the near future.

Back to Top


That'll do it for today, Folks.

Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of the Footballguys Family. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J