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  Browns | Baker Mayfield ready to move on    Tue Jun 28, 05:08 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield said he is ready to move on from the Browns and believes the team feels the same way.

Footballguys view: It's just a waiting game now with Mayfield and the Browns. If the Browns pay the majority of Mayfield's salary in 2022, then he could get dealt in the near future. So far, teams like the Panthers and the Seahawks are playing hardball and refusing to work with the Browns on eating his salary. Reports indicate the Browns are willing to pay half of Mayfield's $18 million salary but apparently that's not enough.

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  Commanders | Terry McLaurin agrees to huge three-year pact    Tue Jun 28, 02:55 PM

Washington Commanders WR Terry McLaurin reportedly agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension worth up to $71 million in new money Tuesday, June 28. The deal reportedly includes a $28 million signing bonus - the largest amount ever given to a receiver - according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Footballguys view: Everyone knew a deal would get done, but we felt the Commanders might stretch this thing out at least past the 4th of July if not to the end of the month - right before training camp. Instead, the two sides wrap things up earlier than expected so McLaurin will get all the reps he possibly can with QB Carson Wentz. Fantasy GMs know McLaurin can get it done, and Wentz is the best quarterback he's ever played with. McLaurin has a current ADP of WR19 (4.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Seahawks | TE Fant More Involved?    Tue Jun 28, 02:30 PM

Brady Henderson, from ESPN.com, believes Seattle Seahawks TE Noah Fant could be more involved this year regardless of who the quarterback is. Henderson reports that "there's a belief in the organization that whichever quarterback ends up starting for Seattle will be more inclined to throw to tight ends than [Russell] Wilson was."

Footballguys view: Fantasy GMs have a higher-than-expected outlook for Fant this season. His current ADP of TE15 (13.01) is a bit alarming as we don't know yet who is going to be the starting quarterback for the Seahawks....and the current choices of Geno Smith or Drew Lock aren't great. Fant flashed talent with the Broncos but former Denver OC Pat Shurmur didn't know how to use him properly. Perhaps that changes and he flourishes, regardless of the QB situation, now that he's in Seattle.

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  Steelers | Top-10 Season Coming for TE Freiermuth?    Tue Jun 28, 02:28 PM

Mark Kaboly, from The Athletic, reports Pittsburgh Steelers TE Pat Freiermuth could take a big leap in his second season. "He will be a top-10 tight end in the NFL, or maybe higher, at the end of the season," Kaboly reports.

Footballguys view: Freiermuth was the no.11 fantasy tight end last year as a rookie. It usually takes time for rookie tight ends to get up to speed, but Freiermuth was the exception to the rule. That means he could continue to take more strides forward with his career in 2022. The Steelers don't have an established no.3 wide receiver, and QB Mitchell Trubisky could be looking to the tight end early and often when under pressure. Freiermuth's current ADP of TE10 (9.01) in 12-team PPR leagues seems about right.

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  Vikings | QB Cousins From Good to Elite?    Tue Jun 28, 02:25 PM

Arif Hasan and Chad Graff, from The Athletic, report the Minnesota Vikings offense under new head coach Kevin O'Connell is going to be 'pass happy' this season. That means QB Kirk Cousins is going to have a chance to post elite numbers in 2022.

Footballguys view: While not elite per se, Cousins has been the no.11 and no.9 fantasy quarterback over the last two seasons. This offense is much more explosive, and Cousins has a chance to push higher up the rankings if he masters the system. We like Cousins as a high-end QB2 with upside to finish inside the top-10. His current ADP is likely to rise, as he now sits at QB17 (11.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Steelers | QB Pickett Exclusively with Third Team    Tue Jun 28, 02:23 PM

Mark Kaboly, from The Athletic, reports Pittsburgh Steelers rookie QB Kenny Pickett worked exclusively with the third-team offense in OTAs and mandatory minicamp.

Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. Pickett was the team's first-round pick in the 2022 NFL draft, and he was the only quarterback selected on Day 1. However, the Steelers aren't just going to hand him the job as veteran Mitchell Trubisky is expected to win the starting job to begin the regular season. If/when the Steelers are out of it, or if/when Trubisky struggles, then Pittsburgh could turn things over to Pickett as he's seen as the QB of the future.

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  Ravens | WR Duvernay Hopes to Earn Starting Role    Tue Jun 28, 02:17 PM

Clifton Brown, from BaltimoreRavens.com, reports Baltimore Ravens WR Devin Duvernay hopes to earn a starting role in training camp.

Footballguys view: A Pro Bowler as a special teams player last year, Duvernay is looking to do more as a receiver. He's shown flashes, and Duvernay certainly has the speed to take the top off a defense. If your leagues allow fantasy points for return yards, Duvernay is an interesting fantasy option for leagues that have expanded rosters.

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  49ers | Jimmy Garoppolo to negotiate with interested teams    Tue Jun 28, 10:56 AM

San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo will receive permission to negotiate his contract with other teams ahead of a potential trade.

Footballguys view: Another day, and another story about Garoppolo potentially getting traded. We get it, he's likely to be dealt as the 49ers are moving forward with QB Trey Lance as their starter. Garoppolo should draw interest from a team like the Panthers, but they may be in the mix - perhaps the front-runners - for QB Baker Mayfield. At some point in the next month we could see Garoppolo finally dealt.

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  Commanders | Carson Wentz impressing    Tue Jun 28, 10:31 AM

Washington Commanders QB Carson Wentz impressed the team with a strong arm, his worth ethics and his cognitive abilities. 'There's a lot of different things he's capable of doing,' offensive coordinator Scott Turner said. 'Obviously a very skilled player. You see him out at practice, he's a big, physical guy. He can really push the ball down the field.'

Footballguys view: You know the offseason fluff is hitting an all-time high when "Wentz impressing" is the headline. Turner is right about Wentz - his physical skill set has always been impressive. He's a big, strong-armed quarterback who can attack a defense deep. However, the physical skill is easy to see. It's the mental side of the game Wentz needs to get better at. That, and he needs to stay healthy in order to play up to his potential in 2022. Wentz is currently going undrafted in 12-team PPR leagues, and we see him as a low-end QB2 with limited upside.

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  49ers | Jauan Jennings shows connection with QB    Mon Jun 27, 05:52 PM

San Francisco 49ers Jauan Jennings showed a good chemistry with QB Trey Lance during offseason workouts and was a popular red zone target for Lance during practice, according to ESPN.com's Nick Wagoner.

Footballguys view: Jennings, a seventh-round pick in the 2020 NFL draft, has mostly been praised for his blocking ability during his pro career. However, last year with opportunity he did more than some thought he could as a receiver. Jennings caught 6-of-7 targets for 94 yards and two touchdowns in the 49ers' Week 18 win against the Rams and then had a few grabs during their playoff run. This season, Jennings will be competing for the no.3 spot on the depth chart behind Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk.

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  NFL | AJ McCarron ready to play    Mon Jun 27, 05:16 PM

Free-agent QB AJ McCarron (knee) said he has been medically cleared to play again and hopes to hear from a team at some point.

Footballguys view: Entering training camp last year, McCarron was looking like the primary backup to Matt Ryan with the Falcons. Then, McCarron suffered a torn ACL in the Falcons' second preseason game against the Dolphins and missed the 2021 season. Now, McCarron is looking to land on another team but he may never get another opportunity like he was set to get in Atlanta last year.

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  Colts | Parris Campbell made a statement in spring    Mon Jun 27, 03:27 PM

Indianapolis Colts WR Parris Campbell spent 'a good portion' of offseason workouts working with the first unit, according to ESPN.com's Mike Wells.

Footballguys view: The regular drumbeat this offseason with the Colts is that Campbell has been impressing. We get it, Campbell has plenty of speed and can fly by defenders. Injuries and inconsistencies have kept him from playing up to his potential in the pros. With WR Michael Pittman taking away the attention of the defense, Campbell could set career-best numbers in 2022. As the team's primary slot receiver, Campbell has fantasy value but is currently going undrafted. Keep him on your waiver wire speed dial or take Campbell as a late-round flier in deeper leagues.

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  Steelers | Connor Heyward looked the part in spring    Mon Jun 27, 03:14 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers TE Connor Heyward 'impressed in offseason workouts' and figures to be in a hybrid tight end/fullback role in an offense that values versatility in its skill players, according to ESPN.com's Brooke Pryor.

Footballguys view: A sixth-round pick out of Michigan State in the 2022 NFL draft, Heyward is a player who can be moved around the formation. His role for the Steelers could vary on formations they're using, and his fantasy value is much lower than the value Heyward has to the offense if he makes the 53-man roster.

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  Texans | Nico Collins poised for second-year breakout?    Mon Jun 27, 02:21 PM

Houston Texans WR Nico Collins has a 'good grasp of this offense' and 'his talent is off the charts,' according to quarterback Davis Mills, who added the second-year receiver is a player that Houston needs to 'find ways to get the ball.'

Footballguys view: Collins certainly had flashes during his rookie campaign, catching 33 passes for 446 yards and one touchdown. This year, any sort of 'breakout' could include him pushing for 50 or so catches with around 650 yards and a few touchdowns. That's not incredible fantasy value, but Collins is a player we do appreciate in deep dynasty formats where we can continue watching his career grow. He's got a good connection with Mills, and that should help him continue to be an important part of the Texans offense.

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  Ravens | Isaiah Likely made strong first impression    Mon Jun 27, 01:39 PM

Baltimore Ravens TE Isaiah Likely 'impressed this offseason with his ability to get open and his large catch radius,' according to ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley.'Watch out for this guy. He's going to be really good,' Ravens safety Tony Jefferson told reporters at the completion of spring workouts.

Footballguys view: Likely was one of the most impressive tight ends to come out in the 2022 NFL draft, so it's not a surprise he's impressing with the Ravens. Mark Andrews is their starter, and he's clearly a top tight end for Fantasy GMs so long as he's on the field. That means Likely will have to wait for his time to shine in the pros.

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  Patriots | Tre Nixon impressive during spring work    Mon Jun 27, 01:26 PM

New England Patriots WR Tre Nixon 'made an early case as a player to watch when training camp begins,' according to ESPN.com's Mike Reiss.

Footballguys view: When Reiss talks, all Fantasy GMs should listen. A seventh-round pick out of UCF/Ole Miss in the 2021 NFL draft, Nixon has speed to attack all three levels of the defense. He does little things well, like squaring his frame to the line and coming back to the quarterback, but Nixon had to work on his routes when he came out of college. The Patriots have mostly 'meh' wide receivers on the roster, but Nixon is a player we will monitor in deep dynasty formats.

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  Bills | Jamison Crowder making push for main slot job    Mon Jun 27, 01:18 PM

Buffalo Bills WR Jamison Crowder looked 'solid' during offseason work and 'might have found a good fit' in Buffalo, according to ESPN.com's Alaina Getzenberg.

Footballguys view: Crowder should be able to bounce back from a down season in his final year with the Jets in 2021. Now with the Bills, Crowder takes the place of Cole Beasley in the offense and will work underneath routes with WRs Stefon Diggs and Gabriel Davis on the outside. Crowder has some deep flex appeal in PPR formats, and he's got a current ADP of WR69 (14.06) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Patriots | Julian Edelman talks potential comeback again    Mon Jun 27, 12:11 PM

Retired WR Julian Edelman once again spoke about a potential return to the NFL. 'The amount of work I have to put into my body to train, to make me confident -- like, that's so much for the output because of the injuries, my knees, this, that. I'm not getting the same output,' Edelman said. 'So now that I've taken a year off and I'm not loading my body, compounding loads every single day, my body feels pretty straight, you know? I've gone and dabbled out and you go run routes. But then, you see when you run routes, the next day, like, all right, I'm not too bad, but I'm already like 10,000 reps behind I feel in my mind.' Edelman has previously said 'we'll see' when asked about a potential comeback and noted he would 'probably' play for the New England Patriots if he does return.

Footballguys view: Edelman has talked about coming out of retirement a couple of times over the last month or so. We'll see if it actually comes to fruition and where Edelman winds up. We always thought he'd wind up with the Buccaneers to be reunited with QB Tom Brady, but staying with the New England Patriots is a possibility as well. First, let's see if Edelman does come out of retirement then we'll see where he goes.

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  Titans | Treylon Burks missing practice 'definitely hurts'    Mon Jun 27, 11:58 AM

Tennessee Titans WR Treylon Burks missing offseason practices 'definitely hurts,' according to QB Ryan Tannehill. 'It definitely hurts, right, not to be out there,' Tannehill said. 'But I think everyone in the building is trying to do their best to prepare, even the guys that aren't out there - mentally, making sure they're staying up on their scripts, and the walk-throughs and the jog-throughs and learning from the full-speed reps on tape. That's all you can do at this point is to try to learn each and every way you can, and then when the time comes, you're able to step on the grass and it's time to go.'

Footballguys view: Burks was a first-round pick for the Titans in the 2022 NFL draft, and he enters the league with a lot of hype and expectations around him. He's had arguably the worst offseason of any rookie, missing time in practice, having conditioning issues and problems with drops when he was out there. The Titans aren't going to fill the air with footballs in their run-heavy offense, so temper the expectations for the rookie.

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  49ers | Jimmy G hoping for quick resolution    Mon Jun 27, 11:31 AM

San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) is hoping to be traded quickly once he shows he's able to make all the throws, per source. Garoppolo remains on schedule in his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery and is expected to start throwing in early July.

Footballguys view: There's no guarantee that Garoppolo is traded away. The team has to have been shopping Garoppolo and feeling out interest across the league this offseason. Nothing has happened yet, but Garoppolo is also still banged up. He should be back at training camp, so perhaps something will get done then. However, the 49ers could hold onto Garoppolo as veteran insurance behind projected starter QB Trey Lance.

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  Buccaneers | Cade Otton the top TE option    Mon Jun 27, 10:17 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers fourth-round pick TE Cade Otton is the best option to be the starting tight end, in the opinion of beat writer Scott Smith. Otton dealt with injuries and inconsistent quarterback play at Washington, and many draft analysts believe his college receiving numbers aren't a true indication of his potential. He's also an above-average and willing blocker.

Footballguys view: Otton will have to beat out TE Cameron Brate for the top spot on the Buccaneers depth chart. He's missed offseason workouts due to ankle surgery, so the team will ease him back into action. Otton will be eight months removed from surgery when training camp begins. The rookie has a ton of upside, but injuries held him back in college at Washington. No Buccaneers tight end is being drafted right now, so keep Otton on your waiver wire speed dial.

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  Browns | Jacoby Brissett the next man up?    Sun Jun 26, 06:18 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Jacoby Brissett will likely start in place of QB Deshaun Watson if he gets suspended, ESPN's Jake Trotter said. Trotter notes that QB Baker Mayfield has 'no intention of playing for the Browns again,' and 'Cleveland has no plans for this to happen, either.'

Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. Mayfield is likely to be traded either to the Seahawks or the Panthers, and that leaves Brissett as their starter. Watson is expected to face a lengthy suspension, perhaps as long as the entire 2022 season, meaning Brissett should have plenty of time under center this year for the Browns. Adjust expectations for the offense accordingly.

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  49ers | Deebo hasn't rescinded trade demand    Sun Jun 26, 04:44 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR Deebo Samuel has not rescinded his trade request, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, but the Niners remain hopeful they can fix their relationship with him. Fowler also notes 'there's not a lot of league-wide chatter about a potential trade right now.'

Footballguys view: Samuel is being drafted at WR7 (2.05) in 12-team PPR leagues, even with the uncertainty about where he could be playing. The 49ers and GM John Lynch have insisted all offseason that they would not be trading Samuel. He wants to be paid like a top wide receiver, and Samuel wants to run the ball less as a running back going forward. We'll see if the two sides can come to an agreement in the near future.

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  Rams | Cautious approach with Tyler Higbee    Sat Jun 25, 10:21 PM

Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee (knee) said the Rams plans to bring him along slowly, 'knowing we have some time before the season.'

Footballguys view: Higbee had surgery after his injury in the NFC Championship game and missed the Super Bowl. He's cheap in redraft leagues for a proven tight end in a great offense, but that's because he wasn't consistent or even that explosive in fantasy leagues last year in the same situation. He's a better late round pick in best ball than redraft right now and could get off to a slow start with the team's cautious approach to his recovery.

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  Panthers | Terrace Marshall Jr. making strides    Sat Jun 25, 09:35 PM

Carolina Panthers WR Terrace Marshall Jr. has made a 'massive leap' from his rookie year, RB Christian McCaffrey said during OTAs.

Footballguys view: Marshall was a massive disappointment last year, but appears to have reversed course. This offense won't support three fantasy relevant receivers, and even without Christian McCaffrey for most of last year, they were only able to support one. This news is important for dynasty players, who shouldn't give up on Marshall too quickly, but he's unlikely to have any redraft impact in 2022.

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  Panthers | High expectations for Robbie Anderson?    Sat Jun 25, 09:30 PM

Carolina Panthers WR Robbie Anderson should provide a 'ton of production' this season, according to head coach Matt Rhule.

Footballguys view: There were high hopes for Anderson last year when he was reunited with Sam Darnold, but the season was a disaster for both players. Baker Mayfield has been linked to the Panthers, but he wasn't good for the deep passing game in Cleveland. Consider Anderson a late round flier because of his proven ability, but be ready to move on quickly if the passing game doesn't improve in early games against Cleveland, the Jets, and Pittsburgh.

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  Vikings | Growing role for Kene Nwangwu?    Sat Jun 25, 09:23 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Kene Nwangwu 'figures to get more involved in the offense' this season, according to Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com.

Footballguys view: Nwangwu has great straight line speed, and he is at least part of the long term plan at running back with top notch backup Alexander Mattison set to hit free agency next year. The team also drafted Ty Chandler in the fifth round, a pick that belongs to the new regime, while Nwangwu was a pick of the previous regime, so we'll be watching the reports out of camp and preseason performances of both backs.

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  Packers | Kylin Hill likely to start on PUP    Sat Jun 25, 09:09 PM

Green Bay Packers RB Kylin Hill (knee) will likely begin the season on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.

Footballguys view: This opens the door for Patrick Taylor or Tyler Goodson to make the team as the #3 running back, and potentially have a large role in September if anything happens to Aaron Jones or A.J. Dillon. Goodson is the better passing game back and he has a zest for special teams, but Taylor put up a nice 11-53-1 line in Week 18 last year, and played ahead of Antonio Gibson at Memphis. We'll be watching this camp battle closely, and deep dynasty league players should too.

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  Saints | Marquez Callaway back in action    Sat Jun 25, 09:01 PM

New Orleans Saints WR Marquez Callaway (thumb) was able to participate in June minicamp after undergoing thumb surgery following the 2021 season.

Footballguys view: Callaway was a starting receiver by default last year, but he'll be no higher than fourth on the depth chart this year. He is still a deep dynasty hold as a very successful UDFA through two seasons and only #11 overall pick Chris Olave sure to be on the team in 2023 among the receivers ahead of him on the depth chart.

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  Browns | Deshaun Watson hearings to begin June 28    Sat Jun 25, 08:47 PM

Updating ongoing reports, Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson's joint disciplinary hearing conducted by the NFL and NFLPA will begin Tuesday, June 28, with Sue. L. Robinson serving as the appointed disciplinary officer, sources told ESPN.

Footballguys view: The expectations for Watson's suspension have gone up to a year, if not longer, if not an indefinite suspension. The NFLPA will push for something in the 6-12 game range, but it's unclear whether Watson will accept that, and his recalcitrance might influence the league to not back down from their recommendation for the suspension length. We are likely to see Jacoby Brissett start at least half, if not all of the games for the Browns this year as the team's relationship with Baker Mayfield seems to be beyond repair.

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  Cowboys | Jonathan Garibay to receive competition?    Sat Jun 25, 07:29 PM

Dallas Cowboys PK Jonathan Garibay is the only kicker on the roster as an undrafted free agent, although Dallas is likely to add a veteran prior to the opening of training camp in late July, according to ESPN's Todd Archer, for competition. Archer points to head coach Mike McCarthy's patience and history trusting Green Bay Packers then-rookie PK Mason Crosby in 2007 as possible indicators working in Garibay's favor of winning the job.

Footballguys view: The job is Garibay's to lose, but his competition isn't just any other kicker on the roster, it's also the kickers who lose other kicker battles around the league. Garibay will have to have a great summer to keep the Cowboys from having second thoughts about adding a more experienced kicker if they become available at final cutdowns.

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  Raiders | Kenyan Drake still hasn't been cleared    Sat Jun 25, 07:21 PM

Las Vegas Raiders RB Kenyan Drake (ankle) has not been cleared for mandatory minicamp, according to The Athletic's Vic Tafur.

Footballguys view: Broken ankles can be tricky. With this development in mind, Drake probably had a serious ankle surgery to still be waiting for clearance to play six months later. This is no big deal as long as he doesn't start camp on the PUP list, but if he does, the team has Ameer Abdullah as potential passing down back, and Josh Jacobs can also be a three-down back - but he wasn't able to practice in OTAs earlier this month.

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  Saints | Alvin Kamara to face civil lawsuit    Sat Jun 25, 03:55 PM

New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara is set to face a civil lawsuit stemming from an alleged physical altercation he got into with another man that resulted in Kamara being charged with felony battery, according to a source. Kamara is reportedly expecting to be suspended for at least six games.

Footballguys view: This is bad news for Kamara's bank account, but doesn't change his suspension or legal outlook. The looming suspension makes him a poor pick in the first two rounds, if not first three with Mark Ingram still on the roster. The looming felony battery charge could create a much larger problem for Kamara than missing NFL games and affect his availability far beyond the NFL discipline.

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  Giants | Coaching changes hurting Daniel Jones?    Sat Jun 25, 03:35 PM

New York Giants QB Daniel Jones' progress has been hindered by multiple coaching changes, retired QB Eli Manning said of his former teammate. 'By my fifth year, I had been in the same offense the whole time, I knew it, I could coach it up, new guys are coming in, I was speaking the same language as my offensive coordinator and as [former head coach Tom] Coughlin, and kind of preaching the same stuff,' Manning said. 'And with [Jones], it's all new, and it's learning, and he's consistently trying to learn and learn and learn, and it just takes some time before it all sinks in.'

Footballguys view: Jones has not performed up to expectations, but the former coaching staffs he's worked under have pretty much been awful. That's no longer the case with new head coach Brian Daboll. He will implement a system that plays to the strengths of his quarterback, so Jones should look better this season. He still may not be the long-term answer for the Giants and has little time to get up to speed. There is no doubt that Jones is in a make-or-break year in 2022.

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  Seahawks | RB Penny 'In The Driver's Seat'    Sat Jun 25, 03:32 PM

Brady Henderson, from ESPN.com, reports Seattle Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny is 'in the driver's seat' to be the featured back.

Footballguys view: No surprise here, and when he's healthy Penny is a talented runner who can produce. However, injuries have been a major problem for the former first-round pick. That's why Seattle drafted Kenneth Walker (Michigan State) to help carry the load (and perhaps take over as the lead back eventually). Penny and Walker will carry the rock for Seattle while Chris Carson (neck) continues on his road to recovery. While healthy, Penny has RB2 value for Fantasy GMs and he's currently getting drafted as RB28 (6.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Raiders | RB Drake Still Recovering    Sat Jun 25, 03:27 PM

Vic Tafur, from The Athletic, reports Las Vegas Raiders RB Kenyan Drake (ankle) was not cleared for mandatory minicamp in June.

Footballguys view: The Raiders are likely to move to a RBBC this year, perhaps featuring three running backs, when Drake is healthy. Josh Jacobs is the lead back, likely in his last year with the Raiders. Drake is there to work in space as a runner and receiver out of the backfield. Rookie Zamir White is impressing in offseason camp and could earn a larger role as the season goes on. White will push Drake for time and perhaps get a head start as Drake may not be ready for the start of training camp.

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  Buccaneers | Strong Appreciation for TE Otton    Sat Jun 25, 03:25 PM

Shane Vereen, from SiriusXM NFL, had some high praise for Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie TE Cade Otton. "He is going to be one of the top rookie pass catchers, in my opinion, this season. He is that good of a tight end," Vereen said.

Footballguys view: Otton has yet to practice with the Buccaneers due to offseason ankle surgery. A fourth-round pick for the Buccaneers, Otton was known as a player who could create his own space on underneath routes. We like him in dynasty formats, but in 2022 Otton begins his pro career as a backup to TE Cameron Brate.

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  Buccaneers | Blaine Gabbert has edge over Kyle Trask    Sat Jun 25, 02:33 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Blaine Gabbert has the edge over QB Kyle Trask for the team's backup quarterback job, according to head coach Todd Bowles. 'I'm comfortable with Blaine,' Bowles said. 'We talk a lot. You know, we've gotten to know each other over the past couple of years. He knows this offense very well. He understands the offense very well. He knows where to go with the football because he's been in it. You know, that gives him the edge over Trask.'

Footballguys view: The Buccaneers are in a Super Bowl window so long as QB Tom Brady is under center. They need veteran insurance like Gabbert in case Brady gets banged up during the season. Trask is still a player we like in dynasty formats, and we're excited to see his progress as a passer during training camp and the preseason.

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  Browns | NFLPA bracing for lengthy Deshaun Watson ban    Sat Jun 25, 02:02 PM

The NFLPA believes Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson could get suspended for the entire 2022 season, if not indefinitely, for his off-the-field issues, according to sources. The Browns are also bracing for a lengthy suspension.

Footballguys view: We should know more about Watson's status next month. Perhaps the league makes a decision in early July, or perhaps the league announces a decision right before training camp at the end of the month. Either way, things seem to be trending towards at least an 8-game suspension if not longer. That means QB Jacoby Brissett should be the starter for the Browns for quite some time...if not most of the 2022 season.

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  49ers | Jimmy G remains on schedule    Sat Jun 25, 12:30 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) is on schedule in his recovery from shoulder surgery, per source, and is expected to start throwing in early July.

Footballguys view: Garoppolo should be ready to practice at some point during training camp. Whether or not he's still with the 49ers remains to be seen. QB Trey Lance, the 49ers first-round pick last year, is projected as the starter but some feel he might not yet be ready. If Garoppolo was healthy and still with the 49ers there might be a competition for the starting job. Nobody knows if Garoppolo will be traded, released or kept by the 49ers when he's ready to get out there on the football field. Stay tuned.

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  Cardinals | DeAndre Hopkins hoping for reduced ban    Fri Jun 24, 03:56 PM

Arizona Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins is hoping to have his six-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances reduced. 'We're still doing some research right now,' Hopkins said. 'Hopefully, before the season starts, maybe we can get the games down a little bit. But no, it wasn't on me. I'm a natural. I'm pretty much a naturopathic kind of person. What it was, it's called Ostarine. There was 0.1 percent of it found in my system and, if you know what that is, it's contamination and not something directly taken. I don't take any supplements, I've never taken supplements, I barely take vitamins. For something like that to happen to me, I was shocked, but my [group], we're still trying to find out what's going on.'

Footballguys view: We'll see what's going on, but right now it looks like the Cardinals will be without Hopkins for six games. That means WR Marquise Brown and TE Zach Ertz will be peppered with targets while he's out. If Hopkins suspension is reduced, that's nothing but good news for QB Kyler Murray and the high-powered Cardinals offense.

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  Bengals | Chris Evans emerging as Cincy's No. 2?    Fri Jun 24, 03:26 PM

Cincinnati Bengals RB Chris Evans could supplant RB Samaje Perine as the team's No. 2 running back in 2022, The Athletic's Paul Dehner Jr. writes. 'If [Evans] can continue to grow as a pass protector and build trust in the coaching staff to do the right things, you could make an argument he could supplant Perine as the third-down back.'

Footballguys view: If the Bengals are going to have a split backup role behind Joe Mixon, then neither is worth rostering in typical leagues. The main takeaway here might be that Evans is a better pickup than Perine if Joe Mixon goes down.

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  Bengals | Joe Mixon no longer a three-down RB?    Fri Jun 24, 03:09 PM

Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon is 'unlikely' to be a three-down back in 2022, according to The Athletic's Paul Dehner Jr., who cites Mixon's struggles in pass protection as a reason. 'There will be spots for [Mixon] on third down, but the days focusing on turning him into a three-down back are behind them.'

Footballguys view: Mixon can still return first round value if he stays healthy and harvests the large number of rushing touchdowns this top offense is likely to create, but this limits his upside. There is also the question of whether Chris Evans will take over third-down duties and complicate the backup picture. Mixon is a relatively safe, but possibly less exciting pick near the 1-2 turn.

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  Buccaneers | PUP list possible for Chris Godwin?    Fri Jun 24, 02:49 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin (knee) starting the 2022 season on the Physically Unable to Perform List and missing the first six games as he continues to recover from a torn anterior cruciate ligament wouldn't be surprising to The Athletic's Greg Auman. 'The optimistic view would be that he's back practicing during preseason and close enough to be on the initial 53-man roster,' Auman writes. 'But the goal is to have him fully healthy when it matters most this season, so it wouldn't be surprising if they took a slower approach and had him on the physically unable to perform list for the first six weeks of the season, leaning on Russell Gage as the No. 2 early in the year.'

Footballguys view: Russell Gage's fantasy stock is up on this speculation, and Godwin should drop a few rounds if the fantasy draft market responds appropriately. This could focus the offense even more on Mike Evans early in the season, making him worth a second round pick, if not late first.

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  Seahawks | SEA, Baker Mayfield have mutual interest    Fri Jun 24, 02:33 PM

The Seattle Seahawks and Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield have mutual interest in a trade, per sources.

Footballguys view: The Seahawks and Panthers have both been linked to Mayfield, but the sticking point was the Browns willingness to pick up some or most of his 18+ million dollar salary. If both are in on Mayfield, that could create pressure for one to cave to the Browns terms for the trade. Either way, Mayfield is highly unlikely to be a Brown when the season opens, even if Deshaun Watson is suspended for the season... or longer.

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  Cowboys | Dalton Schultz, DAL 'far apart' on extension    Fri Jun 24, 02:01 PM

The Dallas Cowboys and TE Dalton Schultz are 'far apart' in contract extension talks, according to Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News. If no deal is reached by Friday, July 15, Schultz will play the 2022 campaign on the franchise tag, which is worth $10.93 million.

Footballguys view: Remember the Cowboys took Jake Ferguson (Wisconsin) in the fourth round. He could be Schultz's replacement in 2023 if this is the last year Schultz is with the team. The Cowboys being willing to tag Schultz, but not sign him long term at his desired salary is a bad sign for his dynasty value.

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  Saints | Demario Davis agrees to extension    Fri Jun 24, 01:41 PM

New Orleans Saints LB Demario Davis agreed to an updated contract and a one-year extension, according to a source on Friday, June 24. Davis' updated deal includes $2 million in yearly incentives from 2022-24, no cap impact in 2022, and his 2023 base salary drops from $8.5 million to $8.25 million (with $1 million guaranteed) but now has a $250,000 workout bonus. In 2024, Davis can make up to $14 million via a $10 million base salary, a $2 million roster bonus, and another $2 million in incentives.

Footballguys view: Davis is the quarterback of the defense and not going anywhere any time soon. His dead cap number for 2023 (13+ million) ensures that he'll stay on the roster, but now terms for his 2024 compensation have been set.

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  Patriots | NE restructures David Andrews    Fri Jun 24, 01:27 PM

New England Patriots C David Andrews had his contract restructured on Friday, June 24. The revised deal creates $2.1 million in 2022 cap space for the Pats by converting $3.15 million of Andrews' money into a signing bonus, according to a source. Andrew's updated cap charge for 2022 is $4.275 million.

Footballguys view: The Patriots only had $200,000 in cap room, so this was necessary. Andrews will be more difficult to release with more of his compensation pushed into the future, but the team doesn't anticipate that they would be parting with one of the stalwarts of their offensive line.

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  Titans | Chigoziem Okonkwo praised by QB    Fri Jun 24, 10:47 AM

Tennessee Titans TE Chigoziem Okonkwo was labeled 'a weapon' by QB Ryan Tannehill. 'Chig's done a great job for us,' Tannehill said. 'He's made some big strides this spring. I'm proud of the way he's come in, learned what to do, and we'll continue to push him on that. But just physically, to see his size, his strength, his speed, how he's able to play through contact, he definitely gives us another weapon.'

Footballguys view: Okonkwo has generated buzz from day in Tennessee. Austin Hooper will be the primary receiving tight end, but Okonkwo can do a decent Delanie Walker impression and could carve out a role early in two tight end sets as a move tight end. Monitor his development in dynasty leagues.

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  Cowboys | Micah Parsons eyeing sack record    Fri Jun 24, 10:33 AM

Dallas Cowboys LB Micah Parsons said his goal is to get 23 sacks this season to break the single-season record.

Footballguys view: It might be tough for him to do that with the Cowboys losing Randy Gregory in free agency, but if Dante Fowler can regain his form under his former coach Dan Quinn, the Cowboys and Parsons will both benefit. Parsons remains an elite IDP option at linebacker heading into this season.

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