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According to nj.com, Giants coach Tom Coughlin said he'll use a running back by committee this season, even with David Wilson out. | 07/31/2014 10:00 PM
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According to nj.com, Giants coach Tom Coughlin said he'll use a running back by committee this season, even with David Wilson out.
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The Giants signed Rashad Jennings, re-signed Peyton Hillis, drafted Andre Williams and brought back second-year back Michael Cox. However, we tend to think the talk of a committee is training camp coach-speak. Jennings has the power to run between the tackles and the hands and pass-protection skills to play on third downs, so he should get the majority of the work. The one thing to be concerned about is Williams vulturing touchdowns, as the rookie has been getting first-team reps on the goal line.
Jets quarterback Geno Smith took all 16 of the first-team reps Thursday, according to the New York Post. | 07/31/2014 9:30 PM
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Jets quarterback Geno Smith took all 16 of the first-team reps Thursday, according to the New York Post.
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Michael Vick was relegated to the second team. Smith had been getting about 75 percent of the first-team snaps previously and is the favorite to start in Week 1. Smith was very inconsistent as a rookie, racking up 17 or more fantasy points six times but seven fantasy points or less seven times.
A person with knowledge of Giants running David Wilson's medical condition said Wilson "needs a miracle" to continue his playing career. SOURCE: nj.com | 07/31/2014 9:25 PM
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A person with knowledge of Giants running David Wilson's medical condition said Wilson "needs a miracle" to continue his playing career. SOURCE: nj.com
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Wilson left Tuesday's practice with a "neck burner" after undergoing spinal fusion surgery last season. The running back tweeted Wednesday that "everything was fine," but apparently it isn't. He'll be reevaluated on Aug. 4.
According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski "doesn't look like someone coming off a torn ACL/MCL."He's been "firing off the line, planting hard, cutting and catching passes from (Tom) Brady." | 07/31/2014 9:21 PM
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According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski "doesn't look like someone coming off a torn ACL/MCL."He's been "firing off the line, planting hard, cutting and catching passes from (Tom) Brady."
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Gronkowski tore his ACL and MCL against Cleveland in Week 14, but he's made an impressive recovery. Gronk has missed 14 games the past two seasons and his third-round ADP makes him a high-risk, high-reward option.
According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski "doesn't look like someone coming off a torn ACL/MCL."He's been "firing off the line, planting hard, cutting and catching passes from (Tom) Brady." | 07/31/2014 9:21 PM
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According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski "doesn't look like someone coming off a torn ACL/MCL."He's been "firing off the line, planting hard, cutting and catching passes from (Tom) Brady."
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Gronkowski tore his ACL and MCL against Cleveland in Week 14, but he's made an impressive recovery. Gronk has missed 14 games the past two seasons and his third-round ADP makes him a high-risk, high-reward option.
Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace's hamstring injury will likely keep him out past Saturday's scrimmage, according to the Miami Herald. | 07/31/2014 8:00 PM
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Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace's hamstring injury will likely keep him out past Saturday's scrimmage, according to the Miami Herald.
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The injury isn't serious, but it may cause him to miss the preseason opener next Friday and prevents him from getting valuable reps with Ryan Tannehill. If Wallace stays healthy he should have a much better season than he did in 2013 (73 catches, 930 yards, five touchdowns) with creative new OC Bill Lazor calling the shots.
According to ProFootballTalk.com, the Seahawks agreed to raise Marshawn Lynch's base salary for 2014 from $5 million to $6 million and give him a $500,000 signing bonus. | 07/31/2014 7:57 PM
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According to ProFootballTalk.com, the Seahawks agreed to raise Marshawn Lynch's base salary for 2014 from $5 million to $6 million and give him a $500,000 signing bonus.
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Lynch had no leverage to get a new contract, but he ended up getting something out of his holdout. That should tell fantasy owners that the Seahawks still consider Lynch a big part of the equation and wanted to get him in camp as quickly as possible. Lynch isn't going to see 337 touches again like he did last year, but he'll still be heavily involved. Three hundred touches plus all the goal-line work will keep Lynch in the RB1 group.
Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch has decided to end his holdout, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. | 07/31/2014 3:35 PM
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Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch has decided to end his holdout, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
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Lynch had absolutely no leverage to get a new contract. He's already set to earn $5.5 million in salary and bonuses this season and the Seahawks have potential star Christine Michael behind him. Lynch isn't going to see 337 touches again like he did last year, but he'll still be heavily involved. Three hundred touches plus all the goal-line work will keep Lynch in the RB1 group.
According to Albert Breer of NFL.com, Teddy Bridgewater is closing the gap between himself and Matt Cassel in the competition for the Vikings' starting QB job. | 07/30/2014 10:51 PM
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According to Albert Breer of NFL.com, Teddy Bridgewater is closing the gap between himself and Matt Cassel in the competition for the Vikings' starting QB job.
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Jay Glazer reported earlier this week that Bridgewater has been more impressive than the Vikings expected. If Bridgewater can emerge as a viable NFL starter this season, it would be great for the fantasy value of Adrian Peterson, Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Rudolph.
Jaguars OC Jedd Fisch has been finding ways to "feed" Marqise Lee, according to the Florida Times-Union. | 07/30/2014 10:43 PM
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Jaguars OC Jedd Fisch has been finding ways to "feed" Marqise Lee, according to the Florida Times-Union.
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Cecil Shorts' hamstring strain has given Lee and fellow rookie Allen Robinson a chance to get more work in practice. Lee has been lining up all over the field. "Marqise has that speed factor," coach Gus Bradley said. "He has a chance to break one and is extremely quick. He�s freakish in his skill set in some of the things he does." Shorts is injury-prone and if he goes down for an extended period of time during the season Lee will have a shot to see a ton of targets from Chad Henne.
Lions running back Joique Bell (knee) "cut and accelerated with ease" during team portions of practice Tuesday, according to mlive.com. | 07/30/2014 10:35 PM
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Lions running back Joique Bell (knee) "cut and accelerated with ease" during team portions of practice Tuesday, according to mlive.com.
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Bell sat out OTAs and minicamp due to a knee injury he's been dealing with since last season. The 27-year-old had 1,197 yards from scrimmage and eight touchdowns on 219 touches (166 carries) last season. He's expected to have closer to a 50 percent split of the touches with Reggie Bush this season after Bush had 277 touches in 14 games a year ago.
According to Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com, Rams running back Zac Stacy has been getting most of the work with the first team during training camp. | 07/30/2014 10:34 PM
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According to Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com, Rams running back Zac Stacy has been getting most of the work with the first team during training camp.
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The Rams drafted RB Tre Mason in the third round this year, so Stacy probably won't average 20.8 carries per game again like he did in his 12 starts last season. However, Mason likely won't be more than a change-of-pace back and Stacy should still see roughly 17 carries per game plus all the goal-line work.
Giants running David Wilson (neck) tweeted that he passed all physical examinations and "everything turned out to be fine." He'll be reevaluated on Aug. 4. | 07/30/2014 8:30 PM
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Giants running David Wilson (neck) tweeted that he passed all physical examinations and "everything turned out to be fine." He'll be reevaluated on Aug. 4.
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Wilson left practice Tuesday with a "neck burner," which was a cause for concern because he sustained a career-threatening neck injury last season. The Giants aren't going to be able to count on him as anything more than a change-of-pace back behind Rashad Jennings, so there's no reason to draft him.
According to ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio, Browns receiver Josh Gordon's appeal will either result in his 16-game suspension being upheld or no suspension at all. | 07/30/2014 8:17 PM
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According to ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio, Browns receiver Josh Gordon's appeal will either result in his 16-game suspension being upheld or no suspension at all.
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The suspension won't be cut down to 12 or eight games. According to NFL policy, the officer who hears Gordon's appeal will have the responsibility only to determine if there was a violation and if he rules that there was one Gordon will be bound by the agreed-upon sanction.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said quarterback Tony Romo is "100 percent," according to NFL.com. | 07/30/2014 6:27 PM
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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said quarterback Tony Romo is "100 percent," according to NFL.com.
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Romo had December back surgery and didn't practice Tuesday, but Jones said the team is just being cautious. Romo threw for 3,828 yards and 31 touchdowns against just 10 interceptions over 15 games and is a bargain at his eighth-round ADP.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said quarterback Tony Romo is "100 percent," according to NFL.com. | 07/30/2014 6:27 PM
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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said quarterback Tony Romo is "100 percent," according to NFL.com.
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Romo had December back surgery and didn't practice Tuesday, but Jones said the team is just being cautious. Romo threw for 3,828 yards and 31 touchdowns against just 10 interceptions over 15 games in 2014 and is a bargain at his eighth-round ADP.
According to mmqb.si.com, Raiders running back Darren McFadden has the starting edge over Maurice Jones-Drew but McFadden's injury history should make it a committee backfield. | 07/30/2014 6:25 PM
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According to mmqb.si.com, Raiders running back Darren McFadden has the starting edge over Maurice Jones-Drew but McFadden's injury history should make it a committee backfield.
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McFadden has missed 29 games in his six NFL seasons and never played more than 13 in any year, but the bigger concern might be his play when he's been healthy. He's rushed for 3.3 ypc and averaged 6.2 yards per catch in two seasons under coach Dennis Allen and OC Greg Olson. MJD should get a chance to start at some point, though he too struggled last year (3.4 ypc).
Mlive.com predicts Lions receiver Calvin Johnson's targets will decline in 2014 after the team brought in Golden Tate and drafted Eric Ebron. | 07/30/2014 6:20 PM
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Mlive.com predicts Lions receiver Calvin Johnson's targets will decline in 2014 after the team brought in Golden Tate and drafted Eric Ebron.
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Johnson drew 12 targets per game over the past two seasons, including 11.1 last year. Even if his targets drop, he's still going to see at least 10 per game and should have to face fewer double and triple coverages this season due to Detroit's new weapons. That should mean a catch-per-target rate closer to his 2012 rate of 59.5 percent than last season's 53.8 percent. Johnson is a monster and should be the top receiver drafted in all leagues, but he's probably a little overvalued in auction drafts. His average value in ESPN.com auctions is $50.50, well above Demaryius Thomas' $39.20, A.J. Green's $37.50, Dez Bryant's $35.6, Brandon Marshall's $32.2 and Julio Jones' $30.60.
Colts running back Trent Richardson (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday, according to the Indianapolis Star. | 07/30/2014 6:12 PM
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Colts running back Trent Richardson (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday, according to the Indianapolis Star.
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Richardson hadn't practiced since last Thursday. The Colts need big things from him this season after trading a No. 1 pick for him last year and letting backup Donald Brown go in free agency. The Colts are going with the narrative that Richardson didn't have time to grasp the offense last year and has studied hard this offseason, but we're skeptical he'll live up to his fifth-round ADP.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden said running back Alfred Morris has "caught the ball very well" during training camp. | 07/30/2014 6:10 PM
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Redskins coach Jay Gruden said running back Alfred Morris has "caught the ball very well" during training camp.
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Morris caught just 20 passes for 155 yards combined in his first two seasons while carrying 611 yards for 2,888 yards and 20 TDs. Gruden likes to throw to his running backs so displaying better hands will help Morris stay on the field more often. He's in the RB1 conversation.
Buffalo running back Fred Jackson has signed a one-year extension worth $2.6 million. | 07/30/2014 6:07 PM
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Buffalo running back Fred Jackson has signed a one-year extension worth $2.6 million.
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Jackson is now signed for the next two seasons. The extension is a sign that the team isn't ready to phase out the 33-year-old Jackson from the offense even though C.J. Spiller is healthy and the Bills acquired Bryce Brown. Jackson had 253 touches last season and scored 10 touchdowns. He'll probably see closer to 200 this season but still has RB2 upside because of his goal-line work.
Eagles rookie receiver Jordan Matthews has been dominating the second-team defense, and beat reporter Sheil Kapadia thinks he's ready for a test against the first team. | 07/30/2014 6:04 PM
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Eagles rookie receiver Jordan Matthews has been dominating the second-team defense, and beat reporter Sheil Kapadia thinks he's ready for a test against the first team.
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Matthews reportedly looked like the best receiver on the team during spring practices and has continued to impress during camp. He may surpass Jeremy Maclin as the team's No. 1 receiver even if Maclin stays healthy.
Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (foot) practiced without limitations on Wednesday, according to the Star Tribune. | 07/30/2014 6:00 PM
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Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (foot) practiced without limitations on Wednesday, according to the Star Tribune.
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Patterson dealt with a foot injury early in camp, but it was nothing serious. The second-year receiver's ADP has skyrocketed in the past month up to the middle of the fourth round, but he could be worth the risk due to his top-10 upside.
According to ESPN.com, Jets rookie tight end Jace Amaro had a rough day at practice on Wednesday. | 07/30/2014 5:57 PM
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According to ESPN.com, Jets rookie tight end Jace Amaro had a rough day at practice on Wednesday.
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Amaro ran the wrong route and got an earful from OC Marty Mornhinweg and he was razzed by a defensive player after dropping a pass. He's struggled learning the X's and O's of New York's offense so far after playing in a basic offense at Texas Tech. Jets tight ends combined to catch 62 passes for 849 yards and six of New York's 13 passing touchdowns last season so Amaro is a sleeper, but he'll need to show improvement.
According to ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio, Browns receiver Josh Gordon has passed at least 70 drug tests and one test, the one that has him facing a one-year suspension, barely generated a positive. The one test would have been a negative if his urin | 07/29/2014 6:39 PM
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According to ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio, Browns receiver Josh Gordon has passed at least 70 drug tests and one test, the one that has him facing a one-year suspension, barely generated a positive. The one test would have been a negative if his urine samples were organized differently.
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Urine samples are radomly split into two bottles, an "A" and a "B." If the "A" bottle is positive, the "B" is tested. The substance abuse policy states that the "'B' bottle Test need only show that the substance, revealed in the 'A' bottle Test, is evident to the 'limits of detection' to confirm the results of the 'A' bottle Test." Gordon's "A" bottle showed a concentration just one nanogram per milliliter above the limit while the "B" bottle was below the threshold. If the "B" was tested first, the "A" wouldn't have ever been tested because the "B" bottle would have counted as negative. Gordon may have a shot to get his one-year suspension reduced, especially because the NFL is taking heat for giving Ray Rice just two games for domestic violence, but he likely will get a minimum of eight games because he's failed to stay out of trouble in the past few months. His appeal will be heard on Aug. 1.
According to ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio, Browns receiver Josh Gordon has passed at least 70 drug tests and one test, the one that has him facing a one-year suspension, barely generated a positive. The one test would have been a negative if his urin | 07/29/2014 6:38 PM
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According to ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio, Browns receiver Josh Gordon has passed at least 70 drug tests and one test, the one that has him facing a one-year suspension, barely generated a positive. The one test would have been a negative if his urine samples were organized differently.
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Urine samples are radomly split into two bottles, an "A" and a "B." If the "A" bottle is positive, the "B" is tested. The substance abuse policy states that the "'B' bottle Test need only show that the substance, revealed in the 'A' bottle Test, is evident to the 'limits of detection' to confirm the results of the 'A' bottle Test." Gordon's "A" bottle showed a concentration just one nanogram per milliliter above the limit while the "B" bottle was below the threshold. If the "B" was tested first, the "A" wouldn't have ever been tested because the "B" bottle would have counted as negative. Gordon may have a shot to get his one-year suspension reduced, especially because the NFL is taking heat for giving Ray Rice just two games for domestic violence. His appeal will be heard on Aug. 1.
Atlanta running back Steven Jackson suffered a left hamstring injury Monday, according to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com. | 07/29/2014 6:26 PM
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Atlanta running back Steven Jackson suffered a left hamstring injury Monday, according to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com.
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It isn't the same hamstring that Jackson strained last season. Falcons coach Mike Smith said he's fully confident Jackson will be ready for Week 1, but the injury is a reminder that Jackson isn't getting any younger. The 31-year-old missed four games last year and rushed for just 3.5 ypc. Rookie Devonta Freeman has a good chance to start at some point this season.
Giants running David Wilson (neck) left Tuesday's practice with a "neck burner," according to Paul Schwartz of the NY Post. | 07/29/2014 4:03 PM
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Giants running David Wilson (neck) left Tuesday's practice with a "neck burner," according to Paul Schwartz of the NY Post.
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Anything that involves Wilson's neck area is of concern because of his past history so we await further word.
Seattle backup tight end Anthony McCoy suffered an Achilles Tuesday and was carted off the field, according to Seahawks reporter Liz Mathews. | 07/29/2014 4:00 PM
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Seattle backup tight end Anthony McCoy suffered an Achilles Tuesday and was carted off the field, according to Seahawks reporter Liz Mathews.
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McCoy doesn't have much fantasy value as Zach Miller is going to get most of the work. He also missed the 2013 with an Achilles tear.
Texans running back Arian Foster has a hamstring injury, according to a Houston Chronicle report. | 07/29/2014 3:57 PM
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Texans running back Arian Foster has a hamstring injury, according to a Houston Chronicle report.
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This doesn't appear to be a serious injury, but with Foster you always have to worry. He's got top-five ability, if healthy for a full season, but missed eight games last season and three in 2011.
Bengals receiver Mohamed Sanu will likely play multi positions this season, according to a bengals.com report. | 07/29/2014 11:48 AM
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Bengals receiver Mohamed Sanu will likely play multi positions this season, according to a bengals.com report.
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Sanu will mostly play at wide receiver, but will get some work out of the backfield and possible throw a pass or two this season. He's still not likely to be fantasy worthy.
Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson had more serious surgery than though back in March which explains his slow recovery, according to Pats beat reporter Jeff Howe. | 07/29/2014 11:44 AM
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Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson had more serious surgery than though back in March which explains his slow recovery, according to Pats beat reporter Jeff Howe.
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Dobson had surgery on his foot this offseason and was expected to be back for minicamp, but he's taken much longer than expected because he had a permanent screw inserted in the foot.
Jets running back Chris Ivory was confirmed as the team's goal line back, according to RBs coach Anthony Lynn. | 07/29/2014 11:40 AM
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Jets running back Chris Ivory was confirmed as the team's goal line back, according to RBs coach Anthony Lynn.
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Chris Johnson is the No. 1, but this will hurt his fantasy value. Ivory is a clear No. 2 and goal line back ... when healthy. The Jets also have Bilal Powell and Daryl Richardson in the backfield, but they don't figure to see much time, barring injury.
According to the Newark Star-Ledger, Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will miss at least another week due to his hamstring injury, though an MRI ruled out a tear. | 07/28/2014 10:45 PM
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According to the Newark Star-Ledger, Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will miss at least another week due to his hamstring injury, though an MRI ruled out a tear.
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Beckham is missing out on valuable practice time he could be using to get acclimated to QB Eli Manning and New York's offense. Jerrel Jernigan has been getting reps in his place in three-receiver sets.
Oakland wideout Rod Streater suffered a concussion during Monday's practice, according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle. | 07/28/2014 9:23 PM
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Oakland wideout Rod Streater suffered a concussion during Monday's practice, according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle.
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Streater also sustained a concussion during the preseason last year. The 26-year-old led the Raiders with 60 grabs and 888 yards last season and could break out in his third year now that Oakland has some stability at quarterback.
The Vikings and Kyle Rudolph have agreed to a five-year contract extension, according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports. | 07/28/2014 7:29 PM
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The Vikings and Kyle Rudolph have agreed to a five-year contract extension, according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports.
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Rudolph has breakout potential in Norv Turner's offense, which made stars out of Antonio Gates and Jordan Cameron. The 24-year-old has huge upside for his ninth-round ADP, which ranks 10th among tight ends.
Rookie running back Jeremy Hill has been playing ahead of BenJarvus Green-Ellis in training camp, according to ESPN.com. | 07/28/2014 7:22 PM
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Rookie running back Jeremy Hill has been playing ahead of BenJarvus Green-Ellis in training camp, according to ESPN.com.
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Green-Ellis seemingly is closer to losing his third-string job to Cedric Peerman or Rex Burkhead than he is to catching Hill. The Bengals drafted Hill (6-1, 238 lbs) out of LSU in the second round to serve as the team's between-the-tackles rusher. Green-Ellis carried the ball 220 times and scored seven touchdowns last season but ran for 3.4 yards per carry. Giovani Bernard is going to get more than 170 carries in 2014, but Cincinnati is also going to run the ball more often under new OC Hue Jackson so Hill could see 200 carries.
Third-round selection John Brown is getting rave reviews, according to beat reporter Josh Weinfuss. | 07/28/2014 2:48 PM
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Third-round selection John Brown is getting rave reviews, according to beat reporter Josh Weinfuss.
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He's a small, fast receiver that GM Steve Keim recently called "uncoverable." Barring an injury to Larry Fitzgerald or Michael Floyd we wouldn't expect any fantasy-worthy numbers from Brown in 2014, but he might be worth a play in dynasty leagues.
Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson isn't expected to see much action in the preseason, perhaps none at all, according to Ian Rapoport. | 07/28/2014 2:03 PM
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Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson isn't expected to see much action in the preseason, perhaps none at all, according to Ian Rapoport.
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Peterson followed up his MVP 2012 campaign with a still respectable though not up to expectation 1,266 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns in 2013. He doesn't need much to be ready for the regular season and is still a top-five fantasy selection.
Bengals RBs coach Kyle Caskey is thinking 260-300 touches for new starter RB Giovani Bernard in 2014. | 07/28/2014 1:56 PM
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Bengals RBs coach Kyle Caskey is thinking 260-300 touches for new starter RB Giovani Bernard in 2014.
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Bernard had 695 rushing yards on 170 carries, 514 receiving yards on 56 catches and eight total touchdowns as a rookie while splitting time with BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Now a starter with a more run-heavy gameplan expected, it's certainly not unreasonable. In our projections we are expecting 264 touches, 1,437 total yards and 10 touchdowns.
Indianapolis running backs Ahmad Bradshaw and Trent Richardson appear to be the only backfield options and both should have fantasy value this season. | 07/28/2014 11:58 AM
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Indianapolis running backs Ahmad Bradshaw and Trent Richardson appear to be the only backfield options and both should have fantasy value this season.
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The Colts backfield took a hit over the past week with the loss of Vick Ballard (knee injury) and Chris Rainey (cut for off-the-field reasons). If Richardson falls on his face again, Bradshaw could end up being an RB2 or better.
Lions receiver Golden Tate has been removed from the active/PUP list and is on the practice field. | 07/28/2014 11:41 AM
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Lions receiver Golden Tate has been removed from the active/PUP list and is on the practice field.
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Tate was dealing with a sore shoulder in the spring, but was never in real danger of missing training camp time. We project Tate to have 70 receptions, 977 yards and seven touchdowns this year as Detroit's No. 2 receiver.
Carolina wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin bumped knees in practice and will have an MRI Monday, according to beat writer Steve Reed. | 07/28/2014 11:37 AM
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Carolina wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin bumped knees in practice and will have an MRI Monday, according to beat writer Steve Reed.
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No one thinks it's too serious, but as thin as the Panthers are at wideout it's important they all stay healthy. At 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, Benjamin should be a red zone favorite of Cam Newton's next season.
Colts tight end Coby Fleener could get on the field with Dwayne Allen more often this season, according to Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star. | 07/28/2014 11:34 AM
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Colts tight end Coby Fleener could get on the field with Dwayne Allen more often this season, according to Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star.
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Both are talented tight ends with receiving ability, though we like Allen a little bit more than Fleener. With the return of Reggie Wayne and the addition of Hakeem Nicks both tight ends may actually see reduced targets.
San Francisco rookie running back Carlos Hyde could become a decent fantasy option and will certainly be the handcuff for Frank Gore after this weekend's injures to the 49ers backfield. | 07/28/2014 11:27 AM
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San Francisco rookie running back Carlos Hyde could become a decent fantasy option and will certainly be the handcuff for Frank Gore after this weekend's injures to the 49ers backfield.
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Kendall Hunter was the handcuff, but tore his right knee ACL over the weekend and LaMichael James will miss the next 4-6 weeks with a dislocated elbow. That leaves just Marcus Lattimore (knee) and Hyde as back ups. The team has stated they wanted to reduce Gore's workload this season.
San Francisco RB/KR LaMichael James will miss at least a month with a dislocated left elbow, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. | 07/27/2014 8:24 PM
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San Francisco RB/KR LaMichael James will miss at least a month with a dislocated left elbow, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
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Earlier this spring, it looked as if the 49ers would enter training camp with major depth at running back, but Kendall Hunter tore his ACL on Friday, Marcus Lattimore (knee, hamstring) still is unable to practice and James will miss the entire preseason. The team plans to reduce Frank Gore's workload and rookie Carlos Hyde is now in position to see most of the work as a backup.
Teddy Bridgewater and Matt Cassel have been "pretty much splitting reps" so far in camp, according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports. | 07/27/2014 8:04 PM
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Teddy Bridgewater and Matt Cassel have been "pretty much splitting reps" so far in camp, according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports.
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Impact
According to Glazer, Bridgewater has been more impressive than the Vikings expected. If Bridgewater can emerge as a viable NFL starter this season, it would be great for the fantasy value of Adrian Peterson, Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Rudolph.
Teddy Bridgewater and Matt Cassel have been "pretty much splitting reps" so far in camp, according to Jay Glazer of FOX SPorts. | 07/27/2014 8:04 PM
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Teddy Bridgewater and Matt Cassel have been "pretty much splitting reps" so far in camp, according to Jay Glazer of FOX SPorts.
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According to Glazer, Bridgewater has been more impressive than the Vikings expected. If Bridgewater can emerge as a viable NFL starter this season, it would be great for the fantasy value of Adrian Peterson, Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Rudolph.
According to the Miami Herald, "there's a hope in Dolphins camp" that Lamar Miller can play the role of LeSean McCoy in new OC Bill Lazor's offense. Lazor spent last season as the Eagles' QB coach. | 07/27/2014 7:59 PM
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According to the Miami Herald, "there's a hope in Dolphins camp" that Lamar Miller can play the role of LeSean McCoy in new OC Bill Lazor's offense. Lazor spent last season as the Eagles' QB coach.
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Miller has outplayed free agent acquisition Knowshon Moreno this offseason and is expected to be the unquestioned starter in Week 1. Moreno is still recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery. Miller put on 6-8 pounds of muscle this offseason after ranking 24th among running backs in yards after contact last season, and coach Joe Philbin doesn't think Miller has sacrificed any speed in getting bigger. McCoy led the NFL with 366 touches last season so Miller could be ticketed for a huge workload if Lazor is serious about making him the McCoy of its offense. We should see his seventh-round ADP rise in the coming weeks.
Jets rookie tight end Jace Amaro hurt his right knee Sunday, according to the Associated Press. | 07/27/2014 7:51 PM
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Jets rookie tight end Jace Amaro hurt his right knee Sunday, according to the Associated Press.
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He tore the ACL in his left knee a few years ago and said he initially feared the worst on Sunday. "It felt like something was wrong," he said. "It was a similar pain, but it didn't hurt as bad. Once I started walking on it, it felt OK." Jets tight ends combined to catch 62 passes for 849 yards and six of New York's 13 passing touchdowns last season, so Amaro is a nice sleeper.
Bills tight end Scott Chandler suffered a groin injury on Sunday, according to the Associated Press. | 07/27/2014 7:47 PM
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Bills tight end Scott Chandler suffered a groin injury on Sunday, according to the Associated Press.
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Tony Moeaki went down with a hamstring injury on Friday and Chris Gragg spent two days in the hospital with heat-related cramps. Chandler has increased his catches and yardage in two straight seasons but dropped from six TDs in 2011 and 2012 to two last year. The additions of Sammy Watkins and red-zone weapon Mike Williams won't help Chandler become fantasy-relevant.
Green Bay wideout Jordy Nelson signed a four-year contract extension that will pay him $39 million with $14.2M guaranteed. | 07/27/2014 1:21 PM
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Green Bay wideout Jordy Nelson signed a four-year contract extension that will pay him $39 million with $14.2M guaranteed.
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Nelson set career highs with 85 catches and 1,314 yards and added eight touchdowns last season. With Aaron Rodgers as his quarterback, the 29-year-old is a low-end WR1.
Jacksonville receiver Cecil Shorts will miss several weeks with a strained hamstring, according to Michael DiRocco of ESPN. | 07/27/2014 1:18 PM
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Jacksonville receiver Cecil Shorts will miss several weeks with a strained hamstring, according to Michael DiRocco of ESPN.
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Shorts has missed five games the past two seasons and played most of last year with a sports hernia that required surgery in the offseason. Still, with an ADP of 113.5 he's a good value pick because he should dominate targets for Jacksonville.
San Francisco running back Kendall Hunter is done for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee. | 07/27/2014 1:15 PM
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San Francisco running back Kendall Hunter is done for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee.
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The team is planning on reducing Frank Gore's carries this season and rookie Carlos Hyde stands to benefit the most from Hunter's injury.
Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart pulled his hamstring before training camp even started and thinks he'll miss 2-4 weeks. SOURCE: Jonathan Jones, Charlotte Observer | 07/27/2014 1:13 PM
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Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart pulled his hamstring before training camp even started and thinks he'll miss 2-4 weeks. SOURCE: Jonathan Jones, Charlotte Observer
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Given Stewart's history of recovering from injuries, he could be out longer. It's a bad sign that a player who seemingly is always hurt is already injured. He's played 15 games combined and rushed for 3.7 ypc the last two seasons. DeAngelo Williams should be good for another 200 carries, but he lacks upside because Mike Tolbert and Cam Newton are the goal-line rushers.
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said that Andre Ellington is ready to be the "bell cow" in Arizona's offense, according to Darren Urban of azcardinals.com. | 07/25/2014 8:08 PM
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Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said that Andre Ellington is ready to be the "bell cow" in Arizona's offense, according to Darren Urban of azcardinals.com.
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Arizona coach Bruce Arians said in May that he expects Ellington to get 25-30 touches per game this season, which was an outrageous exaggeration. However, we may see him get 16-18, with 4-6 coming on receptions. GM Steve Keim estimated Thursday that Ellington has put on 8-10 pounds, which could take away some of his explosiveness. Ellington is going 15th among running backs at an ADP of 29.9, which is a good spot for him because he's not guaranteed to see goal-line work.
Colts running back Vick Ballard tore his left Achilles during Friday's practice and will likely miss the rest of the season. SOURCE: Chris Mortensen, ESPN | 07/25/2014 8:06 PM
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Colts running back Vick Ballard tore his left Achilles during Friday's practice and will likely miss the rest of the season. SOURCE: Chris Mortensen, ESPN
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Ballard played one game in 2013 before tearing his right ACL during practice. With only injury-prone Ahmad Bradshaw and former sixth-rounder Dan Herron as backups, the Colts really need Trent Richardson to come through in 2014.
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said that Andre Ellington is ready to be the "bell cow" in Arizona's offense, according to Darren Urban of azcardinals.com. | 07/25/2014 8:02 PM
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Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said that Andre Ellington is ready to be the "bell cow" in Arizona's offense, according to Darren Urban of azcardinals.com.
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Arizona coach Bruce Arians said in May that he expects Ellington to get 25-30 touches per game this season, which was an outrageous exaggeration. However, we may see him get 16-18, with 4-6 coming on receptions. Ellington is going 15th among running backs at an ADP of 29.9, which is a good spot for him because he's not guaranteed to see goal-line work.
Suspended safety Will Hill has agreed to a deal with the Baltimore Ravens, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. | 07/25/2014 11:44 AM
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Suspended safety Will Hill has agreed to a deal with the Baltimore Ravens, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.
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Hill is currently serving a six-game suspension due to a violation of the substance abuse policy so won't be eligible until Week 7.
Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (knee surgery) appears to be ready to go for the start of training camp, according to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch report. | 07/25/2014 11:29 AM
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Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (knee surgery) appears to be ready to go for the start of training camp, according to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch report.
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Impact
Prior to his injury, Bradford threw for 1,687 yards, 14 touchdowns and four interceptions in seven games. While Bradford has struggled to live up to expectations, he's more than capable of delivering gaudy numbers if healthy, so definitely keep an eye on his progress in camp.
According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins will add the read-option to the offense this season. | 07/25/2014 11:26 AM
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According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins will add the read-option to the offense this season.
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The Dolphins QB is athletic and this could lead to more rushing yards and touchdown opportunities. It could also open him up to more injuries. Tannehill was much improved in Year 2 and could be a viable fantasy starter this season if he continues his upward trend.
Texans receiver Andre Johnson reported to training camp Friday after talking with management during the week, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. | 07/25/2014 11:20 AM
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Texans receiver Andre Johnson reported to training camp Friday after talking with management during the week, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
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Johnson (109 catches, 1,407 yards, five touchdowns in 2013) had wanted out of Houston, but that doesn't appear to be an option. On the downside of his career, he's still a WR1.
Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch is now expected to hold out while he seeks a new contract. | 07/24/2014 7:40 PM
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Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch is now expected to hold out while he seeks a new contract.
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Sounds like Lynch got a look at the Jamaal Charles deal and wants to get a bigger and better deal too. Lynch has been worked hard the past three seasons (901 carries) and is smart to want to get a deal done now before anything changes.
Ravens defensive back Aaron Ross ripped up his Achilles tendon during the team's conditioning test and is expected to miss the season. | 07/24/2014 4:37 PM
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Ravens defensive back Aaron Ross ripped up his Achilles tendon during the team's conditioning test and is expected to miss the season.
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He already had missed most of 2013 with a back injury and now this. He could be at the end of the line. Ross was likely only depth so this shouldn't change much on the Baltimore defense.
Injury-prone Jets running back Chris Ivory is already sitting out drills with a hamstring problem. | 07/24/2014 1:43 PM
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Injury-prone Jets running back Chris Ivory is already sitting out drills with a hamstring problem.
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Impact
Ivory dealt with a hamstring injury last season and despite his talent we want no part of him this season. Chris Johnson is the No. 1 and Ivory a clear No. 2, when healthy. The Jets also have Bilal Powell and Daryl Richardson in the backfield.
Browns receiver Josh Gordon is set to appeal his suspension at an Aug. 1 hearing in New York, according to Ian Rapoport. | 07/24/2014 12:14 PM
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Browns receiver Josh Gordon is set to appeal his suspension at an Aug. 1 hearing in New York, according to Ian Rapoport.
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Impact
We think there is little chance of his one-year suspension being reduced, but at least the final answer will come before most fantasy leagues hold their draft. Gordon was a fantasy stud last season catching 87 balls for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns.
Indianapolis running back Ahmad Bradshaw has been cleared to practice, according to an Indianapolis Star report. | 07/24/2014 11:49 AM
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Indianapolis running back Ahmad Bradshaw has been cleared to practice, according to an Indianapolis Star report.
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Impact
Bradshaw has always been a solid fantasy option, when healthy, but he's part of a three-man backfield including Trent Richardson and Vick Ballard. Richardson should get the most carries, though after averaging 3.0 yards per rush last season, there's little reason to be confident in him. Fantasy owners may be better off avoiding all three.
The Falcons have signed receiver Roddy White to a three-year extension, according to Adam Schefter. | 07/24/2014 11:46 AM
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The Falcons have signed receiver Roddy White to a three-year extension, according to Adam Schefter.
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Impact
White came on strong in December after an injury-plagued first three months. The 32-year-old is eighth among active players in career receiving yards with 9,436 in nine seasons in the league. He and Julio Jones make up one of the league's top tandems.
Robert Griffin III may not be utilizing the "read-option" much this season as coach Jay Gruden has never been a fan of this offensive strategy. | 07/24/2014 11:43 AM
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Robert Griffin III may not be utilizing the "read-option" much this season as coach Jay Gruden has never been a fan of this offensive strategy.
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Griffin will still use his feet to get outside on rollouts and should have the green light to take off whenever he needs to, but we're not expecting to see much "read-option" football in D.C. Fantasy owners will want to see this offense in action to determine what effect it will have on RGIII's value, but with his receiving weapons the QB should be a top-six fantasy quarterback in 2014.
Russell Hulstine of Newson6.com is reporting that suspended Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon was "arrested for the possession of marijuana following a traffic stop Wednesday night" in Edmond, Okla. | 07/24/2014 11:33 AM
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Russell Hulstine of Newson6.com is reporting that suspended Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon was "arrested for the possession of marijuana following a traffic stop Wednesday night" in Edmond, Okla.
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Blackmon was already on indefinite suspension and this won't help his chances of some day rerurning to the NFL.
Cowboys QB Tony Romo is expected to be a full participant in training camp from the first day, according to a Dallas Morning News report by Jon Machota. | 07/24/2014 11:28 AM
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Cowboys QB Tony Romo is expected to be a full participant in training camp from the first day, according to a Dallas Morning News report by Jon Machota.
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Impact
The Cowboys QB had December back surgery and is right on schedule with his rehab work. Romo threw for 3,828 yards and 31 touchdowns against just 10 interceptions, but missed the season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Ravens backup running back Bernard Pierce (offseason surgery on his rotator cuff) should be the team's starter for the first two games of the season. | 07/24/2014 11:15 AM
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Ravens backup running back Bernard Pierce (offseason surgery on his rotator cuff) should be the team's starter for the first two games of the season.
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Assuming he can stay healthy, Pierce will get a chance to be the lead ballcarrier and prove he deserves a larger role even when Rice returns from his two-game suspension.
Ravens running back Ray Rice has been suspended for the first two games of the season. | 07/24/2014 11:12 AM
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Ravens running back Ray Rice has been suspended for the first two games of the season.
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Impact
The suspension is actually a little shorter than expected. Still, it means backup Bernard Pierce will be fantasy worthy for the first two games of the season and if he plays well who knows what could happen down the road.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said receiver Cordarrelle Patterson will continue to return kicks this season even though he's expected to have an expanded role on offense, according to the Star Tribune. | 07/23/2014 10:23 PM
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Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said receiver Cordarrelle Patterson will continue to return kicks this season even though he's expected to have an expanded role on offense, according to the Star Tribune.
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Impact
Patterson picked up 1,393 yards and two touchdowns on 43 kick returns last season in addition to putting up 627 yards and seven touchdowns from scrimmage. His ADP continues to rise and is up to 41.4, 15th among receivers, in fantasyfootballcalculator.com mock drafts, so he's turning into a high-risk, high-reward player.
Jets running back Chris Johnson (knee) has been medically cleared for training camp, according to ESPN.com. | 07/23/2014 10:19 PM
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Jets running back Chris Johnson (knee) has been medically cleared for training camp, according to ESPN.com.
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Johnson sat out offseason activities after undergoing knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus, which he says he suffered in Week 3 last year. He rushed for a career-low 3.9 ypc in 2013 but was still a fantasy factor because he received 279 carries, caught 42 balls and scored 10 touchdowns (six rushing). He's going to split carries with Chris Ivory on early downs and Bilal Powell will handle third downs, so Johnson may not reach 250 touches this season.
According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Browns rookie running back Terrance West is expected to practice Friday. | 07/23/2014 7:35 PM
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According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Browns rookie running back Terrance West is expected to practice Friday.
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West was placed on the NFI (Non-Football Injury) List Wednesday, but he tweeted that he passed his conditioning test and is healthy. West is expected to push Ben Tate for the starting job this season and could remain heavily involved even as a backup, as the Browns plan to use a run-heavy offense.
Browns rookie running back Terrance West will open training camp on the active/NFI list, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. | 07/23/2014 5:41 PM
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Browns rookie running back Terrance West will open training camp on the active/NFI list, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
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The reason is undisclosed. The NFI (Non-Football Injury) List is for injuries suffered off the football field or for rookie who sustained an injury prior to the draft. West is expected to push Ben Tate for the starting job this season and could remain heavily involved even as a backup, as the Browns plan to use a run-heavy offense.
Browns rookie running back Terrance West will open training camp on the active/NFI list, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. | 07/23/2014 5:41 PM
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Browns rookie running back Terrance West will open training camp on the active/NFI list, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
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Impact
The reason is undisclosed. The NFI (Non-Football Injury) List is for injuries suffered off the football field or for rookie who sustained an injury prior to the draft. West is expected to push Ben Tate for the starting job this season and could remain heavily involved even as a backup, as the Browns plan to use a run-heavy offense.
Lions receiver Golden Tate has been placed on the active/PUP list, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. | 07/23/2014 5:37 PM
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Lions receiver Golden Tate has been placed on the active/PUP list, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
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It's unclear what's ailing Tate, who signed a five-year, $31 million contract with the Lions this offseason. We project Tate to have 70 receptions, 977 yards and seven touchdowns this year as Detroit's No. 2 receiver.
According to the Newark Star-Ledger, Giants GM Jerry Reese admitted he's concerned about rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr.'s hamstring injury. | 07/23/2014 4:55 PM
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According to the Newark Star-Ledger, Giants GM Jerry Reese admitted he's concerned about rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr.'s hamstring injury.
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"He missed part of spring ball with a hamstring and he tweaked it yesterday," Reese said. "Obviously there is a concern." Jerrell Jernigan replaced Beckham in three-receiver sets Wednesday. Rookie receivers usually struggle so Beckham needs all the practice time he can get.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the Chiefs and Jamaal Charles have agreed to a new contract and he's headed to training camp now. | 07/23/2014 4:50 PM
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According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the Chiefs and Jamaal Charles have agreed to a new contract and he's headed to training camp now.
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Impact
Charles' holdout lasted less than a day. He led the Chiefs in carries, targets and receptions last season and accounted for 1,980 yards from scrimmage and 19 touchdowns, so he deserved a new deal.
According to Jordan Raanan of nj.com, Daniel Fells has worked as the Giants first-team tight end in the first two days of training camp. | 07/23/2014 4:20 PM
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According to Jordan Raanan of nj.com, Daniel Fells has worked as the Giants first-team tight end in the first two days of training camp.
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Impact
Fells is competing with Adrien Robinson and Kellen Davis for the starting job. Fells has 92 catches for 1,086 yards and eight touchdowns in 71 career games. The Giants are going to play a lot of three-receiver sets and are a team that still often uses a fullback, so whoever starts at tight end won't be a fantasy option. Brandon Myers, last year's starter, had 47 catches for 522 yards and four touchdowns.
Seattle receiver Sidney Rice has retired due to a history of concussions, according to ProFootballTalk. | 07/23/2014 4:13 PM
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Seattle receiver Sidney Rice has retired due to a history of concussions, according to ProFootballTalk.
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Impact
The 27-year-old had one huge season -- 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns on 83 catches in 2009 with the Minnesota Vikings -- but hasn't been able to stay healthy. His other six seasons, he averaged 10.8 games, 26.67 catches, 380 yards and 3.67 touchdowns.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles will not report to training camp Wednesday unless there's an unexpected breakthrough in contract negotiations. | 07/23/2014 1:41 PM
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According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles will not report to training camp Wednesday unless there's an unexpected breakthrough in contract negotiations.
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Impact
Charles wants a new deal and he deserves one. He led the Chiefs in carries, targets and receptions last season and accounted for 1,980 yards from scrimmage and 19 touchdowns. He's scheduled to make just $3.9 million this season and $6 million in 2015. His holdout shouldn't last long, as Kansas City seems to be open to giving him a new contract.
Colts receiver Reggie Wayne (knee) said he's been cleared for training camp, according to colts.com. | 07/23/2014 1:38 PM
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Colts receiver Reggie Wayne (knee) said he's been cleared for training camp, according to colts.com.
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Impact
Wayne tore his ACL last October. The 35-year-old is a WR3 at best due to his age and lack of touchdowns the past three years (11 TDs in 39 games). He's being drafted in the eighth round.
Dolphins center Mike Pouncey (hip) is expected to be out until late October, according to the Miami Herald. | 07/23/2014 1:35 PM
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Dolphins center Mike Pouncey (hip) is expected to be out until late October, according to the Miami Herald.
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Pouncey needed surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip after suffering the injury during OTAs. He was initially expected to be out the first 3-4 weeks of the season, but now he may not return until the second half. Miami improved its putrid offensive line by signing Branden Albert and drafting Ja'Wuan James, but Pouncey's loss is a big one.
Rams receiver Tavon Austin says he had trouble grasping the team's playbook last season, according to the Associated Press. "I didn't really know what was going on," Austin said. "Everything looked like Spanish and sounded like Spanish to me." | 07/23/2014 1:33 PM
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Rams receiver Tavon Austin says he had trouble grasping the team's playbook last season, according to the Associated Press. "I didn't really know what was going on," Austin said. "Everything looked like Spanish and sounded like Spanish to me."
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Impact
Austin was drafted eighth overall but played limited snaps and had 40 catches for 418 yards and four touchdowns in 13 games. He also rushed for 151 yards and a touchdown on nine carries and racked up 678 return yards (398 kick, 280 punt) on 51 attempts. He insists he knows the playbook now. "I understand the plays, the depth, the routes, the splits and everything," Austin said. "I just feel good that I can make some plays. Definitely, the game's slowed down for me." Austin has a lot of upside and carries a ninth-round ADP.
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (knee) has been cleared for training camp and won't be placed on the active/PUP list. | 07/23/2014 1:28 PM
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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (knee) has been cleared for training camp and won't be placed on the active/PUP list.
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Impact
Gronkowski tore his ACL and MCL against Cleveland in Week 14, but he's made an impressive recovery. Fantasy owners won't have to worry about him being placed on the reserve/PUP list, which would cost him the first six games of the regular season, because he's not eligible. Gronk has missed 14 games the past two seasons and his third-round ADP makes him a high-risk, high-reward option.
San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis has reported to training camp, according to Matt Maiocco of csnbayarea.com. | 07/23/2014 1:23 PM
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San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis has reported to training camp, according to Matt Maiocco of csnbayarea.com.
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Impact
Davis missed OTAs and minicamp because he wants a new contract, but San Francisco doesn't want to give him one and he really doesn't have any leverage. Davis had 52 receptions, 850 yards and 13 touchdowns in 15 games last season and comes with a fifth-round ADP.
According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, Ravens running back Bernard Pierce has been medically cleared. He underwent offseason surgery on his rotator cuff. | 07/22/2014 10:15 PM
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According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, Ravens running back Bernard Pierce has been medically cleared. He underwent offseason surgery on his rotator cuff.
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Impact
Ray Rice is expected to be suspended for multiple games at the start of the season, so Pierce will get a chance to be the lead ballcarrier and prove he deserves a larger role when Rice returns. The Ravens had a league-worst 3.1 ypc average in 2013. They'll try to revive the running game under new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak.
Jaguars receiver Ace Sanders faces a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse program. SOURCE: Ryan O'Halloran, Florida Times-Union | 07/22/2014 10:11 PM
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Jaguars receiver Ace Sanders faces a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse program. SOURCE: Ryan O'Halloran, Florida Times-Union
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Sanders will leave the team indefinitely. "I've decided to go seek help, get (the) attention that I need -- hopefully somebody can help me out," Sanders said. "I should be OK; I just want to get better and come back and be ready to play. Sometimes life hits and it's hard." The 5-foot-7, 178-pound Sanders had 51 catches as a rookie, but produced just 484 yards and one touchdown. His spot on the roster was already tenuous after the Jags drafted Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson in the second round this year.
KCTV5 is reporting that Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles will hold out from training camp in an effort to get a new contract, though the Kansas City Star reports that the Chiefs believe Charles will report to camp on Wednesday regardless of whether an e | 07/22/2014 9:49 PM
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KCTV5 is reporting that Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles will hold out from training camp in an effort to get a new contract, though the Kansas City Star reports that the Chiefs believe Charles will report to camp on Wednesday regardless of whether an extension has been agreed to or not.
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Impact
Charles led the Chiefs in carries, targets and receptions last season and accounted for 1,980 yards from scrimmage and 19 touchdowns. He's scheduled to make just $3.9 million this season and $6 million in 2015.
KCTV5 is reporting that Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles will hold out from training camp in an effort to get a new contract, though the Kansas City Star reports that the Chiefs believe Charles will report to camp on Wednesday regardless of whether an e | 07/22/2014 9:49 PM
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KCTV5 is reporting that Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles will hold out from training camp in an effort to get a new contract, though the Kansas City Star reports that the Chiefs believe Charles will report to camp on Wednesday regardless of whether an extension has been agreed to or not.
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Impact
Charles led the Chiefs in carries, targets and receptions last season and accounted for 1,980 yards from scrimmage and 19 touchdowns. He's scheduled to make just $3.9 million this season and $6 million in 2015.
According to Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News, rookie Andre Williams worked as the first-team goal-line rusher on the first day of training camp Tuesday. He also handled goal-line duties this spring. | 07/22/2014 8:33 PM
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According to Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News, rookie Andre Williams worked as the first-team goal-line rusher on the first day of training camp Tuesday. He also handled goal-line duties this spring.
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Impact
This could spell doom for the fantasy value of Rashad Jennings because he's already going to be losing some carries to David Wilson on early downs. Jennings' ADP is 44.3 in fantasyfootballcalculator.com mock drafts, 21st among running backs.
Wide receiver Stevie Johnson is the third most talented receiver on the 49ers roster, but that doesn't mean he'll be the No. 3 wideout ... or even on the team. | 07/22/2014 10:59 AM
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Wide receiver Stevie Johnson is the third most talented receiver on the 49ers roster, but that doesn't mean he'll be the No. 3 wideout ... or even on the team.
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Impact
With Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree ahead of him on the team's wide receiver depth chart, Johnson (52 catches, 597 yards, 3 TD in 12 games last season) will have to prove he's worth the high salary he comands or the team could go for youth.
A Cleveland Plain dealer report says the wide receiver to watch in Browns camp will be Charles Johnson. | 07/22/2014 10:54 AM
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A Cleveland Plain dealer report says the wide receiver to watch in Browns camp will be Charles Johnson.
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Impact
With Josh Gordon out of the picture and journeymen Nate Burleson and Miles Austin penciled in as starters, Johnson might be the most exciting receiver on the practice field. He's got size (6-foot-2, 215) and speed (4.38 40). He needs to stay healthy, but he could be a player worthy watching this summer.
Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson will begin training camp on the active/PUP list, according to Field Yates of ESPN. | 07/21/2014 8:57 PM
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Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson will begin training camp on the active/PUP list, according to Field Yates of ESPN.
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Impact
Dobson had surgery on his foot this offseason and was expected to be back for minicamp, but he's taken much longer than expected. He should be back before the end of the preseason. The 22-year-old has the potential to turn into New England's No. 1 receiver in his second season and he comes with an 11th-round ADP. No other New England receiver has Dobson's combination of size and speed.
Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson will begin training camp on the active/PUP list, according to Field Yates of ESPN. | 07/21/2014 8:56 PM
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Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson will begin training camp on the active/PUP list, according to Field Yates of ESPN.
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Impact
Dobson had surgery on his foot this offseason and was expected to be back for minicamp, but he's taken much longer than expected .The 22-year-old has the potential to turn into New England's No. 1 receiver in his second season and he comes with an 11th-round ADP. No other New England receiver has Dobson's combination of size and speed.
Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel is expected to be the starter for Game 1, according to former Vikings beat reporter and USA Today's Tom Pelissero. | 07/21/2014 4:18 PM
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Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel is expected to be the starter for Game 1, according to former Vikings beat reporter and USA Today's Tom Pelissero.
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Impact
Whether he keeps the job all season is another story, but the veteran should get the nod early on.
Giants running David Wilson (neck) tweeted he's been medically "cleared for everything." | 07/21/2014 4:13 PM
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Giants running David Wilson (neck) tweeted he's been medically "cleared for everything."
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Impact
Wilson will likely be a change-of-pace back and home-run threat behind workhorse Rashad Jennings.