Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is scheduled to meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell Tuesday, July 2, to discuss an off-field incident he had in May, according to a source. Elliott was detained during the incident but was not arrested.
Elliott could get a game or two off as a reminder that he is a previous offender under the league conduct policy even though this incident would not have been a big deal if a player without a previous suspension was involved. It would probably drop him to the bottom of the elite running back tier, but not out of the top five players overall.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner notes that while 'no deep discussion' on his role for the 2019 season has taken place, he is expecting a workload similar to the one he had last season when carry the ball 215 times and recorded 55 catches in 13 games.'First and foremost, I'm 100 percent healthy now. We'll cross that bridge (in regards to how heavy his workload will be) when we get there. ... The game plan will be different each week. I know I'll be a big part of it and have a big role. As far as specifics, we don't play it like that,' Conner said.
That Conner broke down under that workload shouldn't be lost on the Steelers and they added a between the tackles back they love in the fourth round this year who should help spell Conner. Jaylen Samuels was also very effective after Conner went out, so Conner shouldn't get worked quite as hard this year. That doesn't mean he won't deliver on ADP as the Steelers offense has been very good at creating strong value in the lead running back.
Buffalo Bills WR John Brown quickly became a frequent target of QB Josh Allen during offseason practices, and he even received an endorsement from former NFL QB Carson Palmer to be a No. 1 wide receiver.
Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen enters training camp as the unquestioned starter under center. He impressed his teammates with the deep ball during organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp. Allen spent more time looking to use him arm and less time scrambling.
If Allen can develop more as a passer, the offense could take a big step forward even though it may limit his weekly fantasy upside. He could support 1-2 wide receiver to fantasy relevance, although the Bills have four viable targets and the identity of those receivers could change week to week.
The Bucs rushing game hasn't exactly been fertile fantasy soil lately, and all signs point to Ronald Jones getting more work this year even though Barber may stay atop the depth chart. If anyone is going to greatly overachieve ADP this year in this backfield, it's Jones, but the more likely correct answer is probably none of the above.
West Virginia WR Marcus Simms measured 5-foot-11 3/4, 188 pounds at his workout in front of 16 NFL teams Monday, July 1. He was clocked at 4.49 seconds, 4.45 seconds and 4.40 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He also recorded a 36-inch vertical jump and a broad jump of 10-foot-2 1/2 broad jump.
Simms has good acceleration and could get some consideration in the late rounds of the supplemental draft. Teams will get the benefit of having a player in the building a year before the pick would have gone on the clock if they decide to take Simms.
The 49ers slot receiver job is going to be divided up between Trent Taylor, second-round pick Deebo Samuel and maybe even Richie James, along with Kittle. This might make it difficult for Samuel to have a big first year impact.
Sanders is by far the most experienced receiver on the Broncos roster, so that should help him establish quick chemistry with new quarterback Joe Flacco. He still need to get some practice time in this summer to accomplish that, so we'll be watching this. If Sanders can be ready for Week 1, he should be the most valuable Broncos receiver as long as he's healthy.
Indianapolis Colts WR Deon Cain has excited the Colts' brass with his talent. 'You guys know we were very excited about what Deon showed, how quickly he picked things up and the playmaking ability that he showed,' head coach Frank Reich.
Cain might have been on his way to starting last year before his ACL tear. He might not be ready for the season and the Colts can bring him along slowly with Devin Funchess in tow on a one-year deal. With a good 2019 Cain could be plugged in as a starter in three wide sets in 2020.
Herndon made a big splash as a rookie tight end and could trade off big weeks with a good trio of wide receivers. Gase did try to make Mike Gesicki a better blocker last year instead of focusing on his receiving talents, so hopefully he doesn't have similar designs for his usage of Herndon.
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard said the team is buying in to head coach Zac Taylor's plan. 'Just getting accustomed to the new playbook and accustomed to the change,' Bernard said. 'Everybody is really trying to understand how coach Taylor wants this team to be (run.) I think everybody is really buying in.'
The offense should be better this year, although losing first-round pick Jonah Williams, who was slated to be the left tackle, is a big blow. Taylor will bring over ideas from the successes of the Rams, who have a similar group of skill players to the Bengals and a quarterback who is a good extension of the coach on the field.
Ngakoue provides a very valuable service as a pass rusher, but he doesn't add value elsewhere. He'll still get a contract near the top of the market and the Jaguars don't appear to be willing to pay that.
Edmunds is one of the most valuable IDP linebackers in dynasty leagues and his profile is only going up. The Bills might have gotten their signature players on each side of the ball in last year's first round. Edmunds falling into their lap makes up for some of the extra draft capital they spent to move up for Allen.
Buffalo Bills CBs E.J. Gaines, Kevin Johnson and Levi Wallace are jockeying fort he No. 2 cornerback job opposite CB Tre'Davious White, and the trio did little to get a leg up during organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp.
Johnson is a former first round who is playing for his former position coach. He has the highest ceiling of the three, but this will still remain a spot that opposing quarterbacks target frequently no matter who wins it.
Buffalo Bills RB Devin Singletary split first-team reps with RBs Frank Gore and LeSean McCoy during organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp. The competition for snaps should heat up heading into training camp and the preseason.
There has been a lot of speculation about the Bills cutting LeSean McCoy and his six plus million dollar price tag before the season, and this item won't cool down that buzz. It's still likely that the Bills backfield won't create one back with consistent weekly value.
New Orleans Saints WR Cameron Meredith (knee) will need to prove his healthy during training camp if he wants to make the 53-man roster, according to Larry Holder of The Athletic, and Holder believes the Saints 'can't wait' on Meredith much longer.
Meredith hasn't been able to get back his pre-injury form since his 2017 ACL tear. Ryan Pace and the Bears appear to have made the right move not matching the two year, $9 million restricted free agent contract the Saints gave him last year. He has since taken a deep pay cut on this year's salary to avoid release.
Allen is a merely serviceable back, and with more youngsters coming into the league every year, what he offers isn't in demand. He could still matter if injuries push him into a role in a good offense, so getting this familiarity with the Saints could be important later in the season if injuries strike, even if he doesn't make the team initially.
Kickers mechanics are finicky and can get thrown off by injuries. If Succop isn't healthy in camp, the Titans could look elsewhere for a kicker to begin the season. He has been average after signing a long term deal, so the team could move on from him eventually with a 3.4 million dollar price tag this year than only goes up over the last two years of his contract that expires in 2021.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Scott Miller 'lined up all over the field' during minicamp and made catches in traffic, according to Carmen Vitali of Buccaneers.com, and Vitali believes Miller could absorb some of the workload that Tennessee Titans WR Adam Humphries handled last season.
Breshad Perriman has been hurt a lot during his career and was already sidelined during the spring. If Perriman misses time, Miller could be first in line for deep ball targets. He's a name to remember in the late rounds of dynasty drafts and on waiver wire watch lists.
Trubisky should be better in year two under Nagy and Nagy has said that his quarterback has gone from 101 to 202 and is doing things he couldn't do last year earlier in the offseason. The Bears offense had a good first year under Nagy until Trubisky got hurt and the whole unit could take a step forward.