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Eagles expect Jeremy Maclin to be 'ready to go' for Week 1
Thursday, May 15, 2014, 1:28pm

Philly Mag - [Full Article]

Eagles GM Howie Roseman was asked recently about WR Jeremy Maclin, and how long it takes a player to return to form following a torn ACL.

“I think it depends on the player," he said. "We saw Adrian Peterson come back after six months, and did he win the MVP award after that? So I think it depends on the genetics. And all I know is what our doctors are telling us, and he’s doing a great job in his rehab. We fully expect him to be ready to go once the season starts.”

As we all know, Peterson is a freak. Few bounce back like he did. He tore his ACL in December of 2011, and ran for two touchdowns in the Vikings' opener the following September to kick off an MVP campaign. Ridiculous.

Maclin sustained his injury in late July and will have had well over a year to recover by the time meaningful games roll around. As Roseman referenced, all of the reports have been really positive on the receiver to date. Still, it's yet to be seen how the knee (now twice surgically repaired) responds and holds up over the course of a season.

Assuming there are no issues, yes, I believe Maclin can have a big year in what has proven to be a skill position-friendly offensive system.

Fantasy Impact:

Maclin's availability will impact the snaps/targets for Riley Cooper, Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz, among others. Since he tore his ACL in the summer, we're expecting him to be a full go for Week 1, though he may not look like himself until the 2015 season.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014, 1:15pm

Miami Herald - [Full Article]

Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry is immediately an option as a slot receiver but he will have to play special teams like the dickens to be active on game days. Here is the reason for the uninitiated: The first three WRs -- Brandon Gibson, Brian Hartline, Mike Wallace -- get their reps on offense. None play special teams. The fourth active WR has to play special teams. Period.

Fantasy Impact:

The takeaway here is that beat writer Armando Salguero does not think that Landry will initially be a threat to Brandon Gibson, even though Gibson is coming off of a patella tendon tear.

Alfred Morris working on pass-catching skills
Thursday, May 15, 2014, 11:33am

ESPN - [Full Article]

At the owners meetings, coach Jay Gruden said Alfred Morris could develop into a 20- to 25-catch running back. Clearly the Redskins would want someone else to handle the third-down role, whether it's Roy Helu this season or Lache Seastrunk in the future.

But with the weapons Washington has at receiver, Morris could be a forgotten man by defenses on early downs. Therefore, it would be wise for him to improve in this area. It’s not just about his hands, though. He said he needs to do a better job running routes against man coverage.

“My focus is building confidence in the quarterbacks as well as the coaches to let them know I can catch,” he said. “I know I can catch the ball.”

Gruden said, "Obviously we want to have him be an all-around back. His hands aren't the most natural, but it's something you can work on."

Fantasy Impact:

There was a similar report last year around this time where Morris talked about improving as a receiver, and he increased his catch total to 11 from his previous total of nine, so take this talk with a grain of salt. Roy Helu will likely lead the Redskins' running backs in receptions. One thing working in The Butler's favor is there is a new coaching staff in town, and change usually follows. Gruden may very well follow through with his plan to make Morris a 20-catch running back.

Thursday, May 15, 2014, 11:21am

49ers - [Full Article]

Josh Johnson is back with the San Francisco 49ers.

San Francisco signed the 6-foot3, 205-pound veteran quarterback to a one-year contract on Wednesday, making him the fifth quarterback on the current roster.

Browns sign WR Earl Bennett
Thursday, May 15, 2014, 11:18am

Jake Jones, Twitter - [Full Article]

Browns sign Earl Bennett, formerly of Chicago. Not a game changer, but solid guy nonetheless.

Fantasy Impact:

Bennett is a solid possession receiver who should provide depth at a position of weakness.

Thursday, May 15, 2014, 11:15am

Vic Tafur, Twitter - [Full Article]

When Raiders HC Dennis Allen ran off "great RB depth" to SiriusXM, he mentioned Darren McFadden, Maurice Jones-Drew, Marcel Reece and then Kory Sheets before Latavius Murray.

Fantasy Impact:

Murray doesn't appear to be at the forefront of Allen's mind when discussing his RB corps, which may explain why the Raiders re-signed McFadden and signed Jones-Drew in free agency.

Lions working on Joseph Fauria's route-running
Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 12:28pm

Detroit Free Press - [Full Article]

“He’s a route-runner,” Lions GM Martin Mayhew said of TE Eric Ebron, the Lions’ first-round pick. “(Joseph Fauria) is good in the red area right now; we’re working on developing the rest of his game and running routes and things. This guy can run routes and get open and get separation.”

By contrasting his evaluation of the two tight ends, Mayhew seemed to indicate Fauria is less than an ideal route-runner.

Fantasy Impact:

Fauria's presence in the red zone may limit Ebron's upside. Rookie TEs rarely make much of an impact, but Ebron has a chance to be a fantasy factor if he can get on the field.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 12:15pm

Buffalo Bills - [Full Article]

The Bills tried to trade into the second round to draft RB Carlos Hyde, who eventually went to the 49ers.

Fantasy Impact:

This is notable because it may impact C.J. Spiller's future in Buffalo. It doesn't appear that the team is sold on him as a workhorse back. Spiller has a player option for 2015, which he's unlikely to exercise.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 11:14pm

Steve Reed, Twitter - [Full Article]

Panthers QB Cam Newton said via Instram photo he's out of his walking boot and ready for rehab.

Scott Linehan excited about Terrance Williams and Gavin Escobar
Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 4:49pm

Dallas Morning News - [Full Article]

Cowboys "offensive play caller" Scott Linehan mentioned the upside he sees in second-year receiving targets Terrance Williams and Gavin Escobar.

Williams played in all 16 games, starting eight as the team’s No. 2 receiver last season. The third-round pick caught 44 passes for 736 yards and five touchdowns. Escobar, a second-round pick, was used sparingly, catching nine passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns from the tight end position.

“The Escobar kid … is a guy that’s kind of somewhat untapped at this point,” Linehan said. “It’s not because he doesn’t have the ability to do it. We really liked him [in Detroit] last year coming out in the draft. I followed him when he came here. Now that I’m working with him, I’m really excited to see what he can do for us, too.”

Fantasy Impact:

With Miles Austin basically sidelined from Week 4 to Week 10, Williams was the #12 WR in fantasy, racking up 24 catches for 438 yards and five TDs in that seven-game span. In four games where he played at least 80 percent of his teams snaps, he averaged 11.0 FP (#15 WR numbers). In eight games where he played at least 70 percent of the snaps, he averaged 9.0 FP (#22 WR numbers). He faded upon Austin’s return to starter’s snaps, but showed enough in his rookie season to make him an intriguing middle-round pick in 2014. With Austin gone, the path is clear for a breakout season from Williams. Escobar's upside is capped by the presence of the ever-steady Jason Witten.

Andre Johnson 'wondering' if Houston is right place for him
Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 4:35pm

Tania Ganguli, Twitter - [Full Article]

Houston WR Andre Johnson says he's been wondering if this is the place for him. Says he doesn't plan to be at OTAs or minicamp currently.

Fantasy Impact:

This isn't quite on the same level as a trade demand, but it sounds as if Johnson isn't too happy with how the team has addressed the QB position this offseason. He's turning 33 in July, and seems to be running out of patience with the Texans. Stay tuned.

Eli Manning says he feels 100 percent
Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 1:56pm

NY Daily News - [Full Article]

Giants QB Eli Manning said he’s already doing football drills and even took about half of the practice reps on Monday.

“I feel 100%,” he said. “But the trainers tell me I’m not.”

The Giants had planned to be overly cautious with Manning, with Giants GM Jerry Reese even declaring his quarterback “out for the spring” two weeks ago. But Manning said his “goal from the get-go (was) to get back out there for that first (organized team activity session)” on May 28.

Fantasy Impact:

Manning's health will be key to his chances of bouncing back in 2014. He's learning a new offense and needs time to work with Rueben Randle, Odell Beckham and Jerrel Jernigan.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 1:17am

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

The NFL is suspending Rams WR Stedman Bailey for four games for violating the league’s policy on performing enhancing substance, source says.

Monday, May 12, 2014, 10:51pm

Ralph Vacchiano, Twitter - [Full Article]

Giants HC Tom Coughlin said on WFAN 660 that WR Mario Manningham got bigger, but his knee is still "not ready" and "not 100%."

Fantasy Impact:

Manningham may not be a factor early in the season, opening the door for Jerrel Jernigan and/or Odell Beckham. Jernigan racked up 19 catches for 237 yards and two TDs in the final three games, making him the #2 WR in fantasy in that span. But the Giants drafted Beckham in the 1st round, indicating that they intend to use him.

The Browns 'absolutely love' Terrance West
Monday, May 12, 2014, 3:37pm

Cleveland.com - [Full Article]

On the subject of rookie RB Terrance West...

The Browns absolutely love this 5-foot-9, 225-pounder who ran for 2,509 yards and 41 touchdowns for Towson State. He is Kyle Shanahan's kind of back, and remember how Shanahan has had success with other running backs.

The Browns led the league in passes attempted last season. You can be sure that won't be the plan this year. HC Mike Pettine wants a punishing ground game.

Fantasy Impact:

It's simple -- they won't be able to throw the ball if Josh Gordon is suspended. If he's out, both Tate and West could have fantasy value provided the defense is good enough to keep the team in low-scoring games.