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The mystery around Todd Gurley continues. The knee problem he had at the end of last year has impacted the way the team is treating him this offseason. They may use more Malcolm Brown or Darrell Henderson this season when Gurley needs a breather. He's trimmed down his weight and now the team isn't going to use him in the preseason. Gurley is at RB7 right now in 12-team PPR leagues and this news may drop his ADP slightly.
New York Jets TE Chris Herndon looked 'really good' during organized team activities this week and 'can be a huge red-zone weapon for Darnold and new coach Adam Gase,' according to Brian Costello of the New York Post. Gase called Herndon a 'unicorn type player' in March and seems excited about what he can do with him inside his offense, per Costello.
Herndon has some upside and we saw him earn the trust of QB Sam Darnold a year ago. He's facing a suspension from the league after pleading to DWI back in January. Herndon finished as the No. 15 fantasy tight end in 2018 and has a current ADP of TE20 (14.04). We like what everyone is saying about him this offseason but need to see how many games he's suspended for.
Free-agent DL Gerald McCoy (Buccaneers) is expected to take the weekend before making a decision to join one of the three teams he visited this week - the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens and Carolina Panthers - according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
It's been known for some time that McCoy was going to take his time. He wants to weigh the best option but he also wants to see if he can latch on with a contender. We should see him make a decision in the near future.
Beckham has attended only one of the nine OTAs for the Browns this offseason. When the work becomes mandatory, Beckham will be in the building. With Jarvis Landry out with an undisclosed (but reportedly minor) injury, QB Baker Mayfield has been throwing to backup-caliber receivers every day in camp. Mandatory minicamp for the Browns is June 4-6 and we expect Beckham will be in attendance.
Smith, a 2019 second-round pick out of Alabama, has the versatility to play tight end, H-back or fullback. He's got a comparable skill set to a player like Delanie Walker. We'll see how much of a role Smith gets as a rookie, and at this time he's behind Kyle Rudolph on the depth chart at the tight end position. No word yet on if the Vikings will trade Rudolph or lower his cap number with an extension. Stay tuned.
It will be good to get Doyle back out there. Even with Eric Ebron as the Colts top tight end, Doyle is a valuable asset to the team...but his fantasy stock is much lower than it once was. General manager Chris Ballard recently indicated Doyle might be cleared to practice by mid-June and should be ready for training camp.
Updating previous reports, Washington Redskins LB Reuben Foster (knee) had surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and a lateral collateral ligament. He's already raising his leg and should be good to go for the 2020 season.
Foster is going to miss this season and come back some time next year. We should see him limited in OTAs next offseason, but who knows how many staff changes happen for Washington between now and then.
Smith was on the books for $5 million in 2019 with zero in dead money. Now he's going to make $2 million as a base salary with another $1 million in bonuses. Smith can still get by a defense in a hurry but likely won't be more than a deep threat for the Panthers offense in 2019.
Once thought of as a potential top-10 pick in the 2019 NFL draft, Williams fell to the Browns in the second round. Williams has good height, length and a nose for the football. He should be a fine outside corner for the Browns opposite of Denzel Ward.
Former Seattle Seahawks DT Malik McDowell is being sued by the Seahawks alleging he failed to repay the team $799,238, the amount an arbitrator ordered the defensive lineman to give back to the Seahawks.
McDowell has yet to respond to the arbitrator's ruling. A second-round pick in the 2017 draft, McDowell missed his entire rookie season after suffering a severe head injury in an ATV accident. He was waived by the Seahawks last July and spent 2018 out of the league. McDowell turns 23-years old later this month and it sounds like he wants to resume playing football.
The recovery for this type of injury is around six months, so LaFleur will be hobbled for most of the season. Reports indicate the Packers new head coach will be forced to coach from a cart for some time. It's more of a hassle than anything, so we don't expect this injury to interrupt the install of the Packers new system.