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Dak Prescott Unlikely To Play Under Franchise Tag
Written by Staff 2 hours ago Category: Risers Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has not yet signed the franchise tender as he seeks a long-term deal from the team. History suggests the sides will come together before the July 15 deadline or Prescott may not be with Dallas beyond this season. Since the franchise tag was introduced in 1993, only eight quarterbacks have been tagged and all but two, Drew Brees in 2005 and Kirk Cousins in 2018, got extensions prior to the season. Prescott is coming off the best season of his four-year career throwing for 4,902 yards and 30 touchdowns. He enters fantasy draft season as a top-three option at quarterback in fantasy.
Matt Rhule Praises Teddy Bridgewater
Written by Staff yesterday Category: Risers Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule had great things to say about quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's character and influence on Around The NFL on Friday. Rhule has been able to familiarize himself with and strengthen his bond with Bridgewater during the virtual offseason program. "The best players in the world bring out the best in their teammates and I can tell you, since free agency started, the amount of the guys that want to come and play with Teddy has nothing to do with me or anybody else," Rhule said. The head coach has always admired Bridgewater since coaching against him in college. The 27-year-old is finally getting another chance to start in the NFL and has his head coach fully behind him. Bridgewater doesn't have the strongest arm and may not run as much as he did early in his career, but he has a strong supporting cast and could be playing from behind often in a tough division. He's not a QB1 target or even a high-end QB2, but Bridgewater could surprise some as a fantasy backup and occasional streamer.
Texans Restructure Zach Fulton's Contract
Written by Staff 2 days ago Category: Transactions Houston Texans
The Houston Texans and right guard Zach Fulton agreed to a reworked contract on Friday, according to a source. Fulton was due $14 million over the next two years with no guarantees, but now he'll be due $5 million guaranteed in 2020 and $3 million non-guaranteed in 2021. The Texans will also get some salary cap relief with the move. The 28-year-old just finished his second season in Houston and will help bring more continuity to an offensive line that must remain solid in front of quarterback Deshaun Watson and new running back David Johnson. Fulton was a sixth-round draft pick of the Chiefs in 2014 and spent the first four years of his career in Kansas City.
Nick Kwiatkoski Ready To Be Full-Time Starter
Written by Staff 3 days ago Category: Risers Las Vegas Raiders
Las Vegas Raiders linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski started eight games last season for the Bears before signing a three-year, $21 million deal with the Raiders this offseason to become a full-time starter. A fourth-round pick in 2016, Kwiatkoski played a bit role his first three years, but the 27-year-old showed off his abilities when he was granted more playing time in 2019 due to injuries to the position. He had 76 tackles (eight for loss), three sacks, one forced fumble and an interception while impressing as a blitzer, against the run and in coverage. Kwiatkoski will be asked to be the leader of Las Vegas' linebacking corps in 2020, and it's something he's very comfortable with. The middle of the Raiders defense has been a problem spot for a while, so they're hoping Kwiatkoski's addition will change that.
Jay Gruden Trying To Mesh With Gardner Minshew II
Written by Staff 4 days ago Category: Risers Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said that it's his job "to make it mesh" with quarterback Gardner Minshew II. "I love Gardner's competitive spirit. Now it's just a matter of him getting some general knowledge of our offense and me figuring out what he likes, what he doesn't like, what makes him tick and go from there," Gruden said. In Gruden's last season as an offensive coordinator with Cincinnati in 2013, Andy Dalton had a career-high 33 touchdowns and career-high 4,293 yards. Minshew is set to be the team's starter heading into 2020, even if they sign a veteran QB before the season. The sixth-round pick a year ago showed toughness and mobility outside the pocket, but the ceiling isn't high and he remains in a run-first offense. Draft him as a midrange QB2, at best.
George Kittle Expected To Receive Contract Extension
Written by Staff 5 days ago Category: Lineup San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle is expected to receive an offer from the team that could keep him in the Bay Area for the foreseeable future. NBC Sports recently reported that the former fifth-round pick could make anywhere between $12.5 to $15 million per season, ultimately making him the highest-paid tight end in the NFL. The 26-year-old compiled 2,430 yards and 10 touchdowns off of 173 catches over the last two seasons and has been a consistent source of fantasy production as a result. He should be taken somewhere in the first or second rounds of fantasy drafts for the 2020 campaign, likely being selected after fellow tight end Travis Kelce in the majority of them.
Lamar Jackson Conducts Throwing Session
Written by Staff 6 days ago Category: Lineup, Risers Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson conducted a throwing session on Friday with Marquise Brown. Jackson displayed some pinpoint accuracy while Hollywood appeared healthy after having offseason surgery on his foot back in February. With more individual workouts planned moving ahead, which will also include fellow teammate Mark Ingram II--among others--Jackson and company will likely have a leg up on others who aren't able to practice as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 23-year-old signal-caller finished the 2019 season as one of the most productive fantasy options, while also being named the league's MVP. He will undoubtedly be the first quarterback off the board in fantasy drafts leading up to the 2020 campaign, and rightfully so.
Hunter Henry Fine With Playing On Franchise Tag
Written by Staff 7 days ago Category: Risers Los Angeles Chargers
Although Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry is looking for a long-term deal, he's also fine with playing the 2020 season under the franchise tag. The deadline for the two sides to work out a long-term extension is July 15. Henry has made no mention of a potential holdout this summer. The 25-year-old has struggled with injuries in his four seasons and played in only 12 games in 2019, but he had a career-high 55 catches for 652 yards and five touchdowns and was still a top-10 fantasy tight end at season's end. Even with Philip Rivers out of town and either quarterback Tyrod Taylor or rookie first-rounder Justin Herbert at the helm, Henry will be a top-10 fantasy tight end target on draft day.
Carlos Hyde Had Surgery In February
Written by Staff 8 days ago Category: Injuries Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks running back Carlos Hyde (shoulder), who signed a one-year deal with Seattle on Friday, underwent surgery in February to fix a torn labrum in his shoulder. Hyde played through the shoulder injury in 2019 and aggravated it in the Texans playoff loss to the Chiefs. It's a testament to Hyde's toughness that he played through injury to a career-high 1,070 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 245 carries for Houston last year. However, it's even more of a reason not to expect Hyde to have standalone value behind Chris Carson as veteran running back depth to open the regular season. At best, the 29-year-old will be a handcuff for Carson owners, and that's if Rashaad Penny (knee) begins the year on the PUP list.
Regression Projected For Christian McCaffrey In 2020
Written by Staff 9 days ago Category: Fallers, Lineup Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey may take a step back in 2020, at least according to ESPN. The Bristol-based company anticipates that the 23-year-old may see fewer snaps in new head coach Matt Rhule's offense and could see dips in statistical categories across the board as a result. However, he is still slotted by most to finish as the top back once again in 2020, especially when you consider the team's strength of schedule. McCaffrey ended 2019 with 287 carries for 1,387 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns. He also added 116 catches for another four scores and 1,005 receiving yards. He is projected to be the first overall pick in nearly all fantasy drafts for the upcoming NFL season.
Josh Rosen Drawing Trade Interest
Written by Staff 10 days ago Category: Fallers Miami Dolphins
Teams have called the Miami Dolphins about potentially trading for quarterback Josh Rosen, who is third on the QB depth chart behind Ryan Fitzpatrick and first-rounder Tua Tagovailoa. The Dolphins are in no hurry to trade Rosen despite the fact that the former first-rounder lost a competition with Fitzpatrick in 2019 in his first year in Miami. The 23-year-old played in six games (three starts) last year and looked lost with a 53.2 percent completion rate on 109 attempts, one touchdown and five interceptions. Rosen has thrown 12 touchdowns against 19 picks in his two seasons in the league and will simply be QB depth for whoever he's playing for in 2020.
Joe Mixon And Team Engage In "Productive Talks"
Written by Staff 11 days ago Category: Lineup Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon and the team recently had "productive talks" regarding a new contract. However, while this is encouraging news, both parties aren't close to a new deal, with both sides prepared for a potential holdout this summer if necessary. The 23-year-old finished with 1,137 yards in 2019, good for eighth in the league, off of a fifth-best 278 attempts. With a slightly upgraded offensive line and the foursome of A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, John Ross III, and the newly drafted Tee Higgins on the offensive end, the door is open for Mixon to have potentially his best season to date in 2020. He is slated to be selected somewhere in the first and second rounds of fantasy drafts this season, but his stock will fall if he isn't able to reach an agreement with the organization before the Bengals open things up against the Chargers in September.
James Conner Wants To Stay In Pittsburgh
Written by Staff 12 days ago Category: Risers Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner is set to become a free agent following the completion of the 2020 season. His future with the team beyond this year is murky at best, although that can't be blamed on Conner. When asked about his contract status, Conner stated, "It would be hard to (imagine playing anywhere but Pittsburgh)," and then went on to say, "It would be hard. I'm Pittsburgh through and through." Conner's production on the field has never been in question but he has struggled to stay healthy, having yet to turn in a full 16-game season in his three-year career. Conner is setting up as a nice value in fantasy drafts, although there is plenty of injury risk baked in for those fantasy drafters who choose to roster him. For what it's worth, head coach Mike Tomlin stated last week that he still views Conner as a "featured runner", meaning the Steelers could lean heavily on him as their workhorse back in 2020.
Colts Say Philip Rivers Will Play Multiple Years
Written by Staff 13 days ago Category: Lineup Indianapolis Colts
While new Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers is only on a one-year deal, head coach Frank Reich says that Rivers will be a Colt for multiple years. That the Colts are planning for Rivers to stick around after 2020 helps explain why they didn't make a move in the draft for a young quarterback until the Jacob Eason selection in the fourth round. Knowing that the team wants to keep Rivers around raises his value a little in dynasty leagues, but he's still a quickly-depreciating value due to his age. We've seen quarterbacks be successful in their late 30s, but Rivers will be 39 this year and learning to work with entirely new weapons after a shortened offseason. Don't be expecting too much.
Bills Defensive Tackle Ed Oliver Arrested
Written by Staff 14 days ago Category: Top-Headlines Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Ed Oliver was arrested on Saturday night in his hometown of Houston. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and unlawfully carrying a weapon. Both charges are considered misdemeanors, according to the jail's website. These sort of charges could result in anything from a two to six game suspension for the upcoming season. Oliver is coming off a solid rookie campaign where he recorded 43 tackles and five sacks last season. Losing the former No. 9 overall pick from 2019 would hurt, but we'll wait and see what happens.
Quinton Dunbar Remains At Large
Written by Staff 15 days ago Category: Fallers Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar remains at large at this time, though regular contact seems to be occurring between Dunbar's attorney and the police. Dunbar is wanted on four counts of armed robbery related to an argument that took place during a poker game, but his attorney has reported that all four victims and a witness have signed sworn affidavits recanting their stories and updating them to reflect that Dunbar had nothing to do with the robberies. New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker is being presented as the only robber in the scenario. Seattle traded for Dunbar over the offseason after he recorded four interceptions with Washington last season. He was expected to be signing a big-money extension with the team sometime in the near future as he is scheduled to enter the final year of his contract.
Raiders Were Interested In LeSean McCoy
Written by Staff 16 days ago Category: Las Vegas Raiders
The Las Vegas Raiders had been in talks with running back LeSean McCoy before they signed Devontae Booker. The Raiders also had talked with veteran Frank Gore, who ended up signing with the Jets. McCoy remains a free agent. He had a total of 979 yards the last two seasons after running for at least 1,138 yards in four of five seasons from 2013 to 2017. Shady is likely looking at playing just one more year in the NFL if he can land with a contender. The Raiders looking for more running back depth behind Josh Jacobs may mean that they aren't necessarily ready to give him a bigger load in the passing game in his sophomore season. Las Vegas also drafted Lynn Bowden Jr. and has Jalen Richard for depth, too.
Logan Ryan Says Playing For Jets Makes Sense
Written by Staff 17 days ago Category: New York Jets
Free-agent defensive back Logan Ryan would be an ideal fit for the New York Jets, but he hasn't come to a decision yet. Ryan said that the Jets would make sense, but he is still completely open for business. He wants to do what is best for himself and his family going forward. The Jets were rumored to be interested in signing Ryan to a one-year deal. However, Ryan said that he'll announce his decision on Instagram whenever he comes to an agreement with an organization.
Mohamed Sanu Out Of Walking Boot
Written by Staff 18 days ago Category: Injuries New England Patriots
New England Patriots wide receiver Mohamed Sanu Sr. (ankle) is out of his boot and has begun rehabbing his injury. He is currently on pace to be ready to play in training camp. The Pats traded a second-round pick in exchange for Sanu, so he's expected to be a valuable part of their offense. He finished with 59 receptions, 520 receiving yards, and two touchdowns in 2019. Julian Edelman, N'Keal Harry, and Sanu are expected to open the season as the starters. Sanu was banged up during most of his time in New England last season, so hopefully he'll have more fantasy value when healthy.
Kareem Hunt Could See Snaps In Slot
Written by Staff 18 days ago Category: Risers Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt will likely play more than any of the team's options as the No. 3 wide receiver behind Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, including snaps from the slot. Head coach Kevin Stefanski prefers to run more two-tight end sets over four-wideout formations, which will be good news for both Hunt and tight end David Njoku. Rashard Higgins, Taywan Taylor and Damion Ratley are the underwhelming options for the third receiver position in Cleveland. Hunt, 24, managed 37 receptions on 44 targets for 285 yards and a touchdown despite being suspended for the first eight games of last season. The Browns clearly have a role for him, so he should continue to maintain RB3/flex status in PPR leagues.