McCaffrey can do it all for the Panthers. They can use him as a big-play running back or game-breaking receiver out of the backfield...or lined up from the slot. We're excited to see the multiple ways the Panthers will use the rookie in the preseason.
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) did not throw during minicamp, but his recovery from shoulder surgery is still on track. Head coach Ron Rivera said last week he expected Newton to throw, but clarified that statement this week.
It's all good but Martin still has to miss the first three games due to suspension. If you can stash him while he's suspended, Martin could be a fine asset as a RB2/flex option for your fantasy team this year.
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram said he is competing with RB Adrian Peterson but is also learning from him. Ingram noted that he and Peterson recently discussed how to balance patience, vision, decisiveness and aggression when trying to get first-down yardage on third and short. Ingram said putting his head down and barreling forward toward the first sign of an opening has been his inclination, but sometimes a choice he regretted because, 'If you would have followed your read and followed the guard outside, you would have had a 30-yard run.' Ingram recalled Peterson telling him, 'I've noticed that in that time you just have to slow down and trust your eyes.'
Ingram wants to post better stats than the career-best numbers he had in 2016. He was the no10 fantasy RB last year and went over 1,000 yards rushing for the first time in his career. It's going to be difficult to best those numbers with a potential three-headed RBBC in New Orleans. Ingram and Peterson will share time with rookie Alvin Kamara likely mixed in as a change-of-pace back.
Gronkowski is going to smash once again, coming to a football stadium near you. He's a top-flight fantasy tight end if healthy. He's coming off the board at TE1 (2.08) in 12-team PPR leagues right now.
Brady doesn't have a rocket arm, but he can make throws on time and accurately. In 2016, 11.1 percent of Brady's targets came at 20 yards or more. That mark ranked 13th in the league last year. With WR Brandin Cooks added via trade, we might see Brady take a few more deep shots in 2017.
Dallas Cowboys RB Rod Smith worked ahead of RB Alfred Morris during minicamp, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Unlike Morris, Smith has the versatility to play fullback and can also help on special teams.
Morris may not be with the Cowboys in 2017. There was already talk about the team potentially trading or releasing him. The emergence of Smith could mean Morris is playing elsewhere when the regular season gets here.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell's workload has been a topic of conversation for the coaching staff, according to offensive coordinator Todd Haley. 'He's a guy who gets stronger every game,' Haley said. 'He does not want to come out of the game. He's a year older. We've got to make sure we cover all of that, which we will and do as a staff.'
Bell is a superstar who can attack a defense in multiple ways. The team wants to keep him fresh in 2017 and that's why we could see rookie RB James Conner mixed in to give Bell a breather from time to time.
Washington Redskins vice president of player personnel Doug Williams said the team wants to sign QB Kirk Cousins to a long-term extension in the worst way. Williams said the two sides have been negotiating this offseason.
They've placed the franchise tag on Cousins for two years in a row. Now that the front office in Washington has been settled, perhaps they'll finally get Cousins the long-term deal he's been looking for.
Savage has the experience advantage over rookie DeShaun Watson. He's a tall, strong-armed pocket passer with say-it-don't-spray-it accuracy. Watson is simply the more exciting prospect here. He plays big in the biggest moments and is tough as nails. Watson is athletic, unafraid to challenge defenses and has quality weapons around him in the passing attack. Watson could win the starting job if he outperforms Savage in training camp and the preseason.
Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot
Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett (foot) was seen in a walking boot Friday, June 16, and has been in one since suffering his injury two days earlier. The Browns have yet to provide an update on his injury, but there is a chance one may be coming later Friday.
The injury was originally considered minor, but the walking boot is a bit concerning. Garrett had some leg problems in college at Texas A&M. We'll know more about his training camp availability when the Browns give an update.
New York Jets QB Christian Hackenberg performed a 'little better than expected' in minicamp, and QB Josh McCown does not have an 'insurmountable lead' over him in the race to start Week 1. QB Bryce Petty is running third on the depth chart.
There's nowhere to go but up for Hackenberg. Earlier camp reports indicate he's been terrible but now perhaps a little better than terrible. It doesn't matter for fantasy owners as we anticipate little production from the Jets passing game no matter who is the quarterback.
Oakland Raiders WR Cordarrelle Patterson has been a 'revelation' as a receiver thus far, according to ESPN's Paul Gutierrez, who indicated Patterson has displayed his playmaking ability throughout OTAs and minicamp.
Patterson has always had natural athleticism, but he was never able to put it all together during his disappointing time with the Vikings. Perhaps a fresh start with the Raiders in 2017 will help. Patterson is competing for the no3 WR job in Oakland behind Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree.
The tight end position is wide open right now with Dennis Pitta gone. The Ravens have Ben Watson, Crockett Gillmore and Maxx Williams to compete at the position but Waller is a bit of a sleeper. Keep an eye on this battle during training camp, although we think the winner will not post 86 receptions like Pitta did in 2016.
None of the Florida teams (Jaguars, Dolphins, Buccaneers) really have a need at the wide receiver position. Boldin has something left in the tank and could find a new home before the start of the regular season.
Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff has previously stated optimism regarding an extension for Freeman. We should see something done with Freeman before or during training camp. Freeman is going off the board at RB6 (1.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.
Los Angeles Rams general manager Les Snead said DT Aaron Donald is still a priority for the Rams but there is nothing new to report in terms of contract extension negotiations. Donald skipped all of the organized team activities because of his contract situation.
He showed up to mandatory minicamp so as to not get fined. The Rams picked up Donald's fifth-year option, so the team controls his rights for the next two seasons. Rather than wait, it would behoove the Rams to get an extension done with one of the best in the business.
Los Angeles Rams CB Trumaine Johnson will remain a candidate for a contract extension offer, but ESPN's Alden Gonzalez believes general manager Les Snead sounds 'noncommittal' in regards to getting a deal done.
Snead had previously expressed a desire to wait until after the offseason program concluded to make sure Johnson was a fit for new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips' system that asks its cornerbacks to play a lot of man coverage.
The Patriots are stacked at the wide receiver position as Hogan is their no3 receiver and he could be a starter for many teams in the NFL. Hogan's hallmark is his toughness and ability to get open. He'll be a role player for the Pats, especially with TE Rob Gronkowski healthy.
Star potential has always been there with White, but injuries have knocked his pro career off track. If healthy, White can use his speed to get by defenders in the blink of an eye. He'll work as the no2 target in the passing game behind WR Cameron Meredith.