Arizona Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins (knee) will be eased back into practice early in training camp because he is coming back from a knee injury. He will not practice every day and the team has a plan for him since he will miss the first six games of the season because of his suspension.Link to story
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49ers | Optimism for a Deebo extension Wed Jun 29, 12:01 PM
There is optimism that the San Francisco 49ers and WR Deebo Samuel will reach an agreement on a 'potentially huge deal,' according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. It's all been posturing up to this point with Samuel un-following then re-following the team on social networking. 49ers GM John Lynch has constantly stated that they will work something out with Samuel. His role should change in 2022 as Samuel doesn't want to be used as much as a runner. The 49ers cobbled together an offense last year because they can't fully run the Kyle Shanahan system (mostly due to QB Jimmy Garoppolo) and made it one game from the Super Bowl. That was mostly due to the play of Samuel...and the team will make it right this season...both financially and on the field.|
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Seahawks | DK Metcalf expected to get paid Wed Jun 29, 11:58 AM
Seattle Seahawks WR DK Metcalf is expected to be one of the next wide receivers to get a contract extension that will make him one of the highest-paid players in the league, per sources.
|Footballguys view: With Terry McLaurin getting a three-year, $71 million extension ($53.5 million fully guaranteed) on Tuesday it's now Metcalf's turn to break the bank. Seattle has had conversations, but head coach Pete Carroll termed the talks as 'quiet' with things ramping up in the month of July. Metcalf needs to get his money now as catching passes from QB Geno Smith or QB Drew Lock won't do much to enhance his value.|
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Commanders | More on Terry McLaurin deal Wed Jun 29, 08:56 AM
Updating a previous report, Washington Commanders WR Terry McLaurin received $34.6 million fully guaranteed at signing and another $12.5 million guaranteed in March 2023. The total guarantee is $53.154 million with a $28 million signing bonus. He has roster bonuses at the start of each year and $250,000 escalators each year except the final year based on Pro Bowl appearances.
|Footballguys view: McLaurin gets his big-money deal, and there's a chance he posts career-best numbers in 2022. It may sound odd to some, but QB Carson Wentz is the best passer McLaurin has had throwing him the ball in his entire career. Wentz isn't slinging Sammy Baugh, but he should know to get McLaurin the ball early and often. Over his first three pro seasons, McLaurin has finished as the no.24, no.20, and no.24 fantasy receiver (standard leagues). This year, expect McLaurin to break into the top-20 as a consistent WR2 with upside.|
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Commanders | Dyami Brown showing more confidence Tue Jun 28, 11:15 PM
Washington Commanders WR Dyami Brown is showing more confidence going into Year 2, wide receivers coach Drew Terrell revealed. 'This year, he's come in with a complete different confidence,' Terrell said. 'He knows he can play at this level. He knows he can be a big-time play threat. He knows he can go out there and beat pro bowl corners one-on-one.'
|Footballguys view: Brown was a third-round pick out of North Carolina last year, and in college he was known as a speed merchant who could gash defenses for big plays. As a rookie in 2021, Brown caught only 12 passes for 165 yards and looked like anything but a deep threat as a knee injury plagued him for some time. There were a couple of catches late in the year that showed what he could do, and Brown wants to build off that. We'll keep monitoring him in dynasty formats.|
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Giants | Giants WRs talk new offense Tue Jun 28, 11:04 PM
New York Giants WRs Kadarius Toney and Sterling Shepard recently spoke about the new offense being installed by head coach Brian Daboll. 'Moving parts all day long,' Shepard said. 'It kind of gets overwhelming whenever you look at the motion list, too. They have it broken down on our [tablets], so when you look at the motion list, it's so many different motions that you can do. It'll be good getting a lot of our playmakers moving around. It's going to be tough on defenses.' Toney added, 'you're able to just win. You don't have to run the pen-and-paper version of your route every time. 'It's not set in stone, like, no matter which way the cornerback is playing you have to run that route.'
|Footballguys view: This offense should be night-and-day when compared to what these players had to deal with under former head coach Joe Judge. Daboll knows how to build a high-powered offense, and he tasks his players with things they do best. The entire Giants offense should look much better this season, but the whole thing hinges on the play of QB Daniel Jones. He flashed a bit as a rookie a few years ago, but the last two years have been terrible for the young passer. If he plays up to his potential in this offense, Toney, Shepard, RB Saquon Barkley and others will have better seasons statistically.|
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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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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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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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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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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.|
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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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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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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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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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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Vikings | Minnesota offense 'not run-first anymore' Fri Jun 24, 12:11 PM
Minnesota Vikings WR Justin Jefferson said the new offense under head coach Kevin O'Connell is going to focus more on the passing game much more than in recent seasons. 'Our offensive style, it's not a run-first offense anymore. Just us being able to put different people in different positions and distribute the ball, really. I'm so excited in this offense. Us just being in OTAs, learning the plays, going through it with our defense, and stuff.'Link to story
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Texans | Houston to feed John Metchie? Thu Jun 23, 10:00 PM
Houston Texans WR John Metchie (knee) 'can create his own yards once he gets the ball in his hands,' according to offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton.
|Footballguys view: Metchie is coming back from the knee injury he suffered in the SEC Championship last year. He's a refined route runner who has the skill set of a quality no.2 receiver when healthy. We'll see how the rookie mixes in with Brandin Cooks as the Texans no.1 receiver.|
Titans | Nick Westbrook-Ikhine top two WR for TEN? Thu Jun 23, 07:53 PM
Tennessee Titans WR Nick Westbrook-Ikhine appears to be one of the top two receivers for the Titans entering training camp, in the opinion of TennesseeTitans.com's Jim Wyatt.
|Footballguys view: Wyatt is on top of his game, so we take his observations of Titans camp as the gospel. Westbrook-Ikhine will likely be the no.2 receiver with Robert Woods (if healthy) as the no.1 receiver. Rookie first-round pick Treylon Burks has had a bad offseason and has a lot to prove before he gets on the field as a big part of the Titans passing game.|
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Patriots | New England inks Tyquan Thornton, Bailey Zappe Thu Jun 23, 04:34 PM
Second-round draft choice WR Tyquan Thornton (Baylor) and fourth-round draft choice QB Bailey Zappe (Western Kentucky) signed four-year contracts with the New England Patriots on Thursday, June 23. Financial terms of the deals were not immediately disclosed.
|Footballguys view: The team moved up in the second round for Thornton when most felt he would be a Day 3 pick. Thornton has a ton of speed...and more speed...but that's about it for his game. He will take the top off the defense, but he has a lot of work to do as a route runner and on contested catches to be a solid pro. Zappe threw for a zillion yards in college and throws a pretty deep ball. We'll watch him in dynasty formats as he begins his pro career as a backup to QB Mac Jones.|
Chargers | Jalen Guyton draws rave review Tue Jun 21, 11:02 PM
Los Angeles Chargers WR Jalen Guyton drew a rave review for his offseason work from head coach Brandon Staley. 'Jalen Guyton was fantastic in the offseason,' Staley said. 'This guy made a lot of big plays for us in the spring. Really did a nice job on special teams. We kind of challenged him to be a factor in the kicking game. I think he's looked really good out there.'
|Footballguys view: Undrafted out of North Texas a few years ago, Guyton has been mostly a deep threat for the Chargers. He's going to likely land as the no.4 receiver for the Chargers behind Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and Joshua Palmer.|
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Bills | Isaiah Hodgins missed practice Tue Jun 21, 05:57 PM
Buffalo Bills WR Isaiah Hodgins (undisclosed) missed some of the offseason workouts because of an undisclosed injury.Link to story
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Cowboys | Michael Gallup eyeing September return? Tue Jun 21, 03:06 PM
Dallas Cowboys WR Michael Gallup (knee) 'might not be ready for Week 1, but he should be ready sometime in September,' according to ESPN.com's Todd Archer.
|Footballguys view: Gallup is coming back from the ACL injury he suffered in Week 17 last year. He's unlikely to be ready for the start of camp, making the PUP list to begin camp an option. Gallup may not go on PUP to start the regular season because that would automatically knock him out for the first six weeks. However, short-term IR is an option which would mean a four-game absence. Or, the Cowboys could carry him active and ease him in sometime in September. Gallup is a WR4 with upside for Fantasy GMs.|
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Jaguars | Jamal Agnew happy with rehab Tue Jun 21, 01:07 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Jamal Agnew (hip) believes he is 'right on track' in his recovery from the season-ending hip injury he suffered in Week 11 last season.Link to story
Jets | Garrett Wilson an 'immediate contributor' Tue Jun 21, 11:06 AM
New York Jets WR Garrett Wilson is 'projected as an immediate contributor' in the offense, in the opinion of ESPN's Rich Cimini. 'Wilson has a ways to go in terms of mastering the route tree, but there's no doubt about his physical traits. The one that jumps out is his body control, the ability to adjust to off-target throws. He projects as an immediate contributor in the wide receiver rotation.'
|Footballguys view: Wilson was arguably the best wide receiver in the 2022 NFL draft. He's got great ability after the catch, and Wilson has elite-level body control. Wilson has hands, good concentration and knows how to work the sideline or back of the end zone. Many in the scouting community compared him to Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb. There is no doubt Wilson can play, but there is plenty of concern about his QB Zach Wilson.|
Jaguars | Laviska Shenault looks faster Tue Jun 21, 08:33 AM
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Laviska Shenault Jr. looks faster, according to QB Trevor Lawrence. 'He looks a lot faster,' Lawrence said. 'He's just going to be that guy when you get the ball in his hands, he's going to make the play. I think he's made as big improvement since last season and he's really been attacking it. I think it's showing on the practice field.'
|Footballguys view: Shenault is working to impress the new coaching staff. He's a talented player who could be used like a Cordarrell Patterson but has yet to stay healthy and produce in a couple of pro seasons. Shenault is even working on special teams as a return man to improve his chances of earning more playing time. We like him in deep dynasty because of his natural talent, but it might take a fresh start with a different team for Shenault to jump-start his career.|
Steelers | Chase Claypool confident of abilities Mon Jun 20, 06:30 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Chase Claypool said he believes he is one of the top three receivers in the NFL.
|Footballguys view: Earlier this offseason, Claypool said he is trying to be more versatile in 2022. That means we could see him moved inside more often where he could be a problem for smaller corners to cover. He had a disappointing second season (mainly because his touchdowns dropped from nine as a rookie to two as a sophomore), so moving him around the formation could help him play up to his potential.|
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Rams | OBJ could be out until November Mon Jun 20, 12:05 PM
Free-agent WR Odell Beckham Jr. (knee) might not be a full-go until October or November as he continues to recover from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, teams are telling ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. 'But Beckham could take his time here because talking to teams, they don't expect Beckham to be healthy until October or maybe even November, as far as 'full-go' back from that ACL,' Fowler said. 'So Beckham can take his time, maybe even wait until the first couple of weeks of the season, see who's hot, who needs a receiver. He will likely go to a contender.'
|Footballguys view: The Rams seem like the most likely destination for Beckham when he gets a new contract. The team knows his timetable and knows how he fits in with their offense. In an interview with The Athletic, Rams COO Kevin Demoff said the team is optimistic that they can get a deal done.|
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Rams | Allen Robinson impressing Mon Jun 20, 10:24 AM
Los Angeles Rams WR Allen Robinson has impressed QB Matthew Stafford with his production growth in the offense thus far. 'I've been very, very impressed with his ability to grasp our offense, his role in our offense,' Stafford said. 'His understanding, even when he might miss something or mess something up, the reason is so sound on why he did something - he heard this and thought that, and I'm like, 'That's a great thought.' It's really productive growth for him in our offense. '
|Footballguys view: Robinson gets to play with the best quarterback he's ever had in his pro career. He will serve as the team's no.2 receiver opposite of Cooper Kupp, and Robinson has low-end WR1 upside for Fantasy GMs with his new team. His current ADP of WR32 (7.02) in 12-team PPR leagues won't be like that forever, and he should ascend into WR2 range during fantasy drafts in August.|
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Chiefs | Skyy Moore improving Sun Jun 19, 09:41 PM
Kansas City Chiefs WR Skyy Moore (hamstring) was 'still getting up to speed' during June minicamp, according to Dave Skretta of The Associated Press, but Moore did see reps with the first-team and second-team offenses.
|Footballguys view: Moore is one of the most underrated receivers in the 2022 NFL draft. If he plays up to his potential, NFL teams will rue the day they let Moore fall to the Chiefs. He's a detail-oriented player with strong hands and the ability to attack all three levels of the field. We love Moore in dynasty formats, and there is plenty of opportunity for him to have at least flex appeal in PPR re-draft leagues. Moore provides late-round value at his current ADP of WR64 (14.02) in 12-team PPR formats.|
Chiefs | Mecole Hardman back in action Sun Jun 19, 09:21 PM
Kansas City Chiefs WR Mecole Hardman (hamstring) was able to practice during June minicamp after missing time during OTAs.
|Footballguys view: Hardman has elite deep speed, so the team must be cautious with him as he deals with this hamstring injury. We'll see him in training camp and hopefully there's no setbacks. Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes told reporters at OTAs that he expects his receiver targets to be more spread out in 2022. Hardman will take the top off the defense with guys like WR JuJu Smith-Schuster working the underneath routes. At this time, Hardman has a current ADP of WR66 (14.03) in 12-team PPR formats.|
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Commanders | Terry McLaurin contract talks intensifying Sun Jun 19, 05:13 PM
The Washington Commanders have 'intensified their efforts' in contract talks with WR Terry McLaurin, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported on Thursday, June 16. 'I'm told that Washington has intensified their efforts to try to get a long-term deal done with him,' Fowler said. 'He sat out minicamp. That sort of sparked more talks. They've sort of been upping their proposals... Nothing imminent yet, but this could get done even this week. Definitely before training camp is Washington's plan.' Fowler also noted that the Commanders 'value this guy in a big way.'
|Footballguys view: Washington does business a certain way, and looking to the past shows you that something will be done in late July. Expect to see McLaurin compensated as one of the highest-paid wide receivers in the league before the start of training camp.|
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Patriots | Tyquan Thornton works with starters Sat Jun 18, 10:01 PM
New England Patriots WR Tyquan Thornton spent time with the first-team offense during minicamp.
|Footballguys view: Thornton is the only true field stretcher in the Patriots wide receiver group, so they should err on the side of playing him over the likes of Nelson Agholor to open up room for the offense to operate. The Patriots offense was usually impenetrable for rookie receivers during the Brady/McDaniels era, but things could be simplified under Bill Belichick, Matt Patricia, and Joe Judge as they try their hand at running the Patriots offense.|
Panthers | Robbie Anderson talks retirement tweet Sat Jun 18, 02:59 PM
Carolina Panthers WR Robbie Anderson said he wasn't 'that serious' about retiring after tweeting about it recently. 'I was just, ya know, thinking out loud,' he said on Wednesday, June 15. 'Just thinkin' out loud. But I wasn't, like, really that serious, for real.'
|Footballguys view: Anderson tweeted about retirement last week then deleted the tweet after people were reacting to it. He's the no.2 receiver for the Panthers, and he's catching passes from QB Sam Darnold. Anderson's 2020 season (95 catches, 1,097 yards) seems like an anomaly compared to the rest of his career. He's a WR6 for Fantasy GMs this season - even if the Panthers are able to pull off a trade for QB Baker Mayfield.|
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Cowboys | CeeDee Lamb resting hamstring Fri Jun 17, 10:24 PM
Dallas Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb (hamstring) was sidelined for June minicamp with a hamstring injury, but he expects to be ready for training camp.
|Footballguys view: Lamb doesn't need to be out there for every practice rep. He's one of the best wide receivers in the game today, and Lamb is a no-brainer WR1 for Fantasy GMs. If you want Lamb on your fantasy team, prepare to spend a mid second-round pick on the superstar receiver. His current ADP is WR7 (2.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Cowboys | Hamstring bothering Noah Brown Fri Jun 17, 10:18 PM
Dallas Cowboys WR Noah Brown (hamstring) has been sidelined for minicamp practices with a minor hamstring injury.
|Footballguys view: Brown has talent and has flashed a bit when he's gotten onto the field for the Cowboys. A seventh-round pick out of Ohio State in the 2017 NFL draft, Brown is there for depth but could see more action if WR Michael Gallup (ACL) isn't ready for Week 1.|
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Commanders | Jahan Dotson 'a legit weapon' Fri Jun 17, 12:46 PM
Washington Commanders WR Jahan Dotson was dubbed 'a legit weapon' by Zach Selby of Commanders.com. 'There's no other way to say it: Jahan Dotson has been electric this offseason. From the first time he stepped on the field during rookie minicamp, Dotson has been one of the Commanders' best offensive players,' Selby said.
|Footballguys view: Dotson should move ahead of Curtis Samuel and Dyami Brown on the wide receiver depth chart if he can keep this up. With Terry McLaurin and the team still looking for a middle ground in contract negotiations, it's not difficult to picture Dotson as the team's #1 receiver in 2023 unless the Commanders are willing to use the franchise tag on McLaurin.|
Chiefs | Kansas City makes changes to roster Thu Jun 16, 06:50 PM
Free-agent WR Aaron Parker (Panthers) and CB Chris Lammons (Chiefs) signed with the Kansas City Chiefs Thursday, June 16. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed. The team also waived CB Luq Barcoo and waived/injured WR Mathew Sexton (undisclosed).Link to story
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Bills | Buffalo plans to cut, re-sign Jake Kumerow Thu Jun 16, 03:54 PM
Buffalo Bills WR Jake Kumerow is expected to be released Thursday, June 16, and re-signed Friday, June 17, as a procedural move for salary cap purposes.Link to story
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Falcons | Atlanta parts with two Thu Jun 16, 01:25 PM
Atlanta Falcons RB Jeremy McNichols and WR Austin Trammell were released Thursday, June 16. The Falcons also signed DL Jalen Dalton and OL Jonotthan Harrison to replace them on the roster.Link to story
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Titans | Treylon Burks unavailable Thu Jun 16, 10:47 AM
Updating previous reports, Tennessee Titans WR Treylon Burks was 'unavailable' the last two days of workouts, according to head coach Mike Vrabel.
|Footballguys view: The 2022 first-round pick just needs some 'wins' when training camp starts. He's had arguably the worst offseason of any rookie taken on the first day of the draft. Burks is supposed to be the replacement for A.J. Brown, but he's struggled with drops, conditioning issues and problems with asthma. His current ADP is WR52 (11.05) in 12-team PPR formats. We'll see if he can get some 'wins' and generate some positive buzz with strong play in training camp and the preseason.|
Chargers | Josh Palmer runs with starters Wed Jun 15, 09:38 PM
Los Angeles Chargers WR Josh Palmer worked with the first-team offense during minicamp.
|Footballguys view: A third-round pick out of Tennessee in the 2021 NFL draft, Palmer flashed some talent as a rookie primarily as a backup to Keenan Allen. He's working to win the no.3 job on the depth chart behind Allen and Mike Williams. If Palmer gets that spot, he will have some flex worthy fantasy relevance based on matchups for the Chargers high-powered passing attack.|
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Jets | Jeff Smith shines in minicamp Wed Jun 15, 09:34 PM
New York Jets WR Jeff Smith worked with the first-team offense and was the 'unquestioned star' of minicamp, according to Connor Hughes of The Athletic.
|Footballguys view: Undrafted out of Boston College in 2019, Smith has been working his way up the ranks with the Jets during that time. He had only eight catches for 113 yards in eight games last season, but clearly he's turning heads at mandatory minicamp. Smith is working for a spot on the 53-man roster, but he's buried on the depth chart behind Garrett Wilson, Corey Davis, and Elijah Moore. Keep an eye on Smith in super deep dynasty formats.|
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Browns | Two miss practice Tuesday Wed Jun 15, 04:53 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Jakeem Grant (undisclosed) and CB Greedy Williams (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Tuesday, June 14.Link to story
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Ravens | Rashod Bateman briefly leaves practice Wed Jun 15, 03:59 PM
Baltimore Ravens WR Rashod Bateman (undisclosed) left practice early Wednesday, June 15, because of a possible cramp but was able to return to practice after missing some time.Link to story
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Titans | Two return to practice Wed Jun 15, 03:50 PM
Tennessee Titans WR Reggie Roberson Jr. (undisclosed) and CB Buster Skrine (undisclosed) left practice early Tuesday, June 14, but were able to return to practice Wednesday, June 15.Link to story
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