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Let's be clear. At this point, this is just Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report saying this. Gronkowski says it's not happening.
But clearly, the Patriots can use help at TE. Ben Watson is suspended for the first four games of the season and Austin Seferian-Jenkins was released on Tuesday. Per Boston.cbslocal.com, New England currently has Watson, Matt LaCosse, Stephen Anderson, Andrew Beck and Ryan Izzo making up their tight end depth chart.
Stay tuned as you can be sure there will be more talk and speculation on this report.
Gruden has alluded to the fact that Smith could return sooner than expected. While that's possible, nobody should be counting on that. Washington will have Case Keenum compete with 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins for the starting job in training camp. If/when Smith returns, it might be just as the No. 3 quarterback.
Lindsay should be ready for the start of camp, but don't be surprised if the Broncos ease him back into action. They're playing in the Hall of Fame Game and have five preseason games this year. There's no need to rush the 2018 Pro Bowl running back. Royce Freeman has looked outstanding in OTAs and mandatory minicamp. We should see Freeman cut into Lindsay's touches a bit this season.
Seattle Seahawks WR Jaron Brown has enjoyed an 'unbelievable' offseason, according to offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, who echoed earlier comments from head coach Pete Carroll that Brown could have a larger role this season.'(Brown) did so much of the dirty work for us last year that ... we kind of forgot that he's a really established receiver and he's looked dynamic out here,' Schottenheimer said.
That's what we all should be listening for at this point in the offseason; drumbeats. It's something that has continued in the conversation/reporting about Jaron Brown. Any former Clemson receiver in the league we will keep tabs on, and we've had our eyes on Brown in dynasty formats since he got into the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2013. Last year in his first season with Seattle, Brown had just 14 catches for 166 yards but five of those grabs were for touchdowns. We'll see if he can continue to develop and be more than a red-zone threat this season.
Johnson would have a big role if the team doesn't trade him away like he wants. Ever since they added Kareem Hunt, Johnson has been looking to get out. No team has shown much interest and the Browns might be discouraged at that and don't want to just give him away. If he stays with the Browns, Johnson has at least 'what the heck' flex appeal in PPR leagues...that is until Hunt returns from his 8-game suspension. Stay tuned.
Indianapolis Colts TE Mo Alie-Cox (6-foot-5, 267 pounds) took first-team reps at mandatory minicamp Tuesday, June 4. He drew praise while filling in for Jack Doyle (hip) and Eric Ebron (groin). 'Watching him grow is like watching your son become something special,' Ebron said. 'He's gonna play such a huge role this year.'
We've always had an appreciation for Alie-Cox in deep dynasty formats. He never played college football and was instead a college basketball player for VCU. Undrafted in 2017, Alie-Cox has been mostly on the Colts practice squad. He did appear in nine games last season, catching seven passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns.
It sounds like a non-issue here. With Odell Beckham gone, Shepard will have the best opportunity of his career to emerge as a No. 1 receiver for the Giants. Shepard has a current ADP of WR40 (9.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.
Butler may be fine but he needs to stay on the field if he wants to make the team. With the additions this offseason, the Dolphins are packed at the position. Butler is likely a fifth or sixth receiver if he makes the team.
McGowan is a one-speed runner with quick feet. He doesn't stand out with speed but can change direction smoothly in traffic. McGowan was not used much as a receiver in college with only 16 career catches at UCF. Undrafted this year, McGowan went to rookie minicamp with the Jaguars and the Giants. He'll have to make the 53-man roster by standing out on special teams.
Cincinnati Bengals QB Ryan Finley 'looks bad' in practice, in the opinion of beat writer Paul Dehner Jr. 'There's just no way around it,' Dehner writes. 'It's still early, but not so early that we can't begin to wonder what is going on.'
The Bengals picked up Finley in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL draft. During his college career at NC State, Finley did not show well under duress. His set up time in the pocket was a bit longer than desired and he tends to wind up when throwing longer passes. Finley is a project who is nowhere near seeing the field in the pros. Looks like he could stick as the No. 3 quarterback for the Bengals behind starter Andy Dalton and backup Jeff Driskel. We're actually a bit more interested in undrafted rookie Jake Dolegala (Central Connecticut State) than we are Finley.
Brown is one of the most electric players with the rock in his hand. During his college career at Oklahoma, Brown frequently made would-be defenders look silly in the open field with his quickness and speed. That's going to be his role with the Ravens. Brown can become a favorite target of QB Lamar Jackson, especially because he can take any short pass and turn it into a long gain. The rookie is recovering from Lisfranc surgery he had in February but there have been no known setbacks and he should be ready for the start of training camp.
The rookie from South Carolina is listed on the team's official website at 214 pounds. He was listed around 210 pounds during his days in college. Samuel is a bully with the rock and wins with strength and run-after-the-catch ability. He's known as a hyper-competitive player and if he needs to drop a few lbs then he should be able to do that no problem. We're excited about him in dynasty formats. The rookie has a current ADP of WR56 (12.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.
Seattle Seahawks TE Jacob Hollister is reportedly off to a strong start and has caught the eye of offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, who referred to his new pupil as a 'terrific acquisition.''The speed element is awesome. Really good route-runner. A lot like Tyler (Lockett) in terms of the instincts, just the ability to get open. He has a great feel for coverages, man to zone,' Schottenheimer said.
The Patriots could've used this guy. They traded him to Seattle earlier this year as they were jam-packed at the position at the time. That's not the case now as the Patriots might start Matt LaCosse to begin the regular season. We've appreciated Hollister's game since his days in college at Wyoming when he was a favorite target of Josh Allen. Hollister is buried on the depth hart behind Will Dissly, Nick Vannett and Ed Dickson but it's good news he is impressing.
New England Patriots rookie RB Damien Harris signed a four-year, $3.6 million contract Tuesday, June 4. The deal includes an $886,319 signing bonus. Harris, a third-round pick of the Patriots, was the last member of the team's rookie class to be signed.
We love Harris in dynasty formats. He'll compete for a spot in the pecking order behind starter Sony Michel, although there are some who say he could push for the starting job as a rookie. Harris is a natural runner who is capable of playing all three downs.
Washington Redskins WR Paul Richardson (shoulder) was in full uniform at the team's minicamp session Tuesday, June 4, but he was limited to individual workouts. The veteran wideout stood to the side during 7-on-7 drills.
Richardson is a fast player with some upside but he's fought the injury bug dating back to his days in college at Colorado. He only made it through seven games last season and caught only 20 passes. Richardson will try to get out there and compete for a spot in the pecking order when healthy. He could perhaps put up WR3 numbers if healthy and starting for Washington in 2019.