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Keep an eye on this situation as Michel should be the top back for the Patriots in 2019, although he is going to face competition from rookie Damien Harris. One beat reporter believes the team is simply managing the workload for Michel, who has had a history of knee issues dating back through his time at Georgia.
Brady stated he wanted to play until age 45 a while ago...and well, nobody should be doubting him. The team is still in a Super Bowl window even with Brady showing a few signs of slowing down. Brady is currently going off the board at QB16 (11.01) in 12-team PPR leagues.
It is at least a positive sign that Evans was seen jogging off to the side of the practice field with trainers. Evans is the primary target in the Bucs passing game, a fantasy favorite and a no-brainer WR1 in 2019. He's currently WR8 (2.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.
Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker has been the best player in camp the last five weeks. If he played like this in games consistently, he would be a Pro Bowler, in the opinion of beat writer Barry Jackson.
A first-round pick out of Louisville in the 2015 NFL draft, Parker has never truly played up to his potential. We've heard great things about him in the offseason before (see 2018) and nothing has come to fruition fully. Parker was expected to be cut by the team but instead signed a two-year extension worth $13 million maximum. In yet another 'prove it' year, we'll see if things finally sync with Parker.
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon said he plans to participate in the minicamp next week. Gordon also said his agent has started contract extension talks with the Chargers, but no deal is imminent.
Gordon is in the final year of his rookie contract, and he's on the books for around $5.6 million. Earlier this offseason, the word was Gordon was waiting for Le'Veon Bell to get his new contract. That happened with the Jets, with Bell signing a four-year, $52.5 million deal with $35 million guaranteed. We'll see if Gordon's new deal approaches those numbers. We don't see the Chargers playing hardball too much with Gordon and expect a deal to get done in good time.
Good news for the veteran back here. However, he's still behind Mark Ingram, Justice Hill, and Gus Edwards on the depth chart. We'll see if he can keep flashing his talent in practice and work his way into some role -- if he makes the team -- in 2019.
Boykin is a speed demon, so hamstring ailments really impact his game. The rookie from Notre Dame has the size (6'4" 220 pounds) to be at least a red-zone threat in 2019. He could win the No. 2 wide receiver job for the Ravens this season.
Do not forget about Valdes-Scantling. The Packers offense is still going to be a high-powered passing attack, and they'll need another big weapon other than Davante Adams. They have a nice young group of young receivers, including Valdes-Scantling, that will compete to establish a pecking order behind Adams in training camp.
McLaurin is a rookie wide receiver we are looking forward to seeing in the pros. He's got the ability to beat press off the line of scrimmage and is strong at the point of the catch. McLaurin is not quick initially but he does have build up speed and does a good job of tracking passes. He's likely the No. 4 wide receiver on the depth chart in 2019.
Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams finished second in the league behind Julio Jones (170) with 169 targets last season. If QB Aaron Rodgers has his way in 2019, Adams will be even more involved.'I'd like to throw to Davante more. He's that open. We've got to keep finding ways to get him the ball. 'I think Marquez (Valdes-Scantling) has had a fantastic spring and really stepped up as a guy who can be an every-down player, and then I expect a big bounce-back year from Jimmy (Graham). He's healthy, he's feeling good. This offense I think fits him and his body type, but I'm not going to shy away from throwing the ball to Davante,' Rodgers told ESPN's Rob Demovsky.
Don't be shy when it comes to picking Adams in the first round of any fantasy draft -- even with a top-5 pick. Adams is a favorite target of Aaron Rodgers and is in line to go over 100 catches again this season.
Hurst has a ton of talent but these injuries are starting to be a concern. He was banged up as a rookie and only played in 12 games, catching just 13 passes for 163 yards and one touchdown. The 2018 first-round pick needs to stay healthy and prove that he's a better option than fellow second-year tight end Mark Andrews.
Perine has never played up to his potential in the NFL. He's now buried on the depth chart behind Adrian Peterson and Derrius Guice (at least). Perine is a power back only but could struggle to make the 53-man roster in Washington. Perhaps the team is trying to drum up some trade interest for the third-year pro.
Callaway has been pushed down the depth chart when the Browns traded for Odell Beckham Jr. That's going to make it tough for him to reach his loft goals as the No. 3 receiver behind Beckham and Jarvis Landry. As a rookie in 2018, Callaway had 43 catches for 586 yards and five touchdowns. It might be difficult to best those numbers in 2019.
New York Giants OT Nate Solder (ankle) is hoping to be back on the field for training camp as he recovers from ankle surgery in May. 'Am I 100 percent sure?' Solder asked Thursday, June 6 in response to a reporter's question. 'Are you 100 percent sure you'll be there? It's hard to say. I'm on a great path right now and I'm taking it day by day.'
Solder had a down season last year with the Giants in his first season with the team. He needs to get healthy and get better on the field, no matter if Eli Manning or Daniel Jones is back there throwing passes. No timetable has been set for the veteran left tackle, but expect to see him eased into action during training camp when he's ready.
Free-agent WR Jermaine Kearse (Jets) agreed to a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions Thursday, June 6, according to a source. Kearse received a one-year, $1.35 million deal with $350,000 guaranteed. The deal has a maximum value of $2.3 million.
The Lions get a solid veteran who part of their new staff knows well. Kearse spent five seasons with new Lions OC Darrell Bevell during their time in Seattle. He gives the team better depth behind Marvin Jones, Kenny Golladay and Danny Amendola.
Chicago Bears WR Riley Ridley is unlikely to play much as a rookie, in the opinion of the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs, who writes that Ridley's best-case scenario for 2019 is likely a 'small role in a rotation at wide receiver.'
Ridley is probably the fifth wide receiver on the Bears depth chart at this time. That means he won't be playing much if at all as a rookie in 2019. Ridley, a fourth-round pick out of Georgia, is a physical possession receiver who has the strength to rip away contested catches. He's nuanced as a route runner and can get separation with savvy because he's not the fastest or quickest out there. We'll monitor him in deep dynasty formats.
Keep an eye on the athletic Aztec tight end now that he's in the pros. Warring, a third-round pick out of San Diego State, is only a few years into his football career. He was a multi-sport athlete in high school but only spent one year as a prep on the gridiron. Warring is a project, but he has the tools to be a quality starter in the NFL one day. He's big, physical and athletic enough to make big plays from the tight end position. Warring is a player we will watch closely in dynasty formats.
It sounds like a non-issue here. With Odell Beckham gone, Shepard will have the best opportunity of his career to emerge as a No. 1 receiver for the Giants. Shepard has a current ADP of WR40 (9.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.