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In their "Eagles under the radar" series, Geoff Mosher and Reuben Frank both believe that Trey Burton could be a star in waiting. Frank makes note of Burton's excellence from a Special Teams standpoint, and also hints at a very high football IQ. (Source: Geoff Mosher, Reuben Frank, CSNPhilly.com)

Fantasy Impact: Burton finds himself as the third tight end on an offense that loves to use that position, however much like the higher profile Zach Ertz he isn't getting past Brent Celek yet. He's one to watch in case of injuries, but his time will come.

Category: Rumors


He is currently in better condition than he was last year, due to an offseason conditioning program. The Denver Post's Troy Renck says that Anderson is "a bowling ball with legs" and believes he is ready for the physical grind of an NFL season. (Source: Denver Post)

Fantasy Impact: Anderson is a legitimate first-round pick who is slipping to the second round in drafts. This guy will not disappoint owners and drafters should grab him early.


2014 was a bad year for Ball. He started out with an appendectomy and flopped. In the previous year, behind Knowshon Moreno, he averaged 4.66 YPC. He has an opportunity to still be effective in his role as a backup, despite a disappointing history. (Source: Denver Post)

Fantasy Impact: Consider Ball a handcuff and one that would be reliable in case of an injury to C.J. Anderson.


It's not a good situation for Robinson, but he is doing his best to be upbeat and positive. It'll be a test but he should be fine. However, the reality is that he will see little action barring injury to Mark Ingram. It will be Ingram and C.J. Spiller who get the rock in New Orleans this year. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Robinson can be considered a good handcuff for Ingram owners because he has the talent to be a feature back and indeed will be if Mark Ingram sustains an injury.


The Eagles averaged 2.9 yards a carry prior to contact in 2014, good for 7th in the NFL. The Dallas Cowboys sat 10th, at 2.8. (Source: Sheil Kapadia, PhillyMag.com)

Fantasy Impact: No running back had more yards after contact than DeMarco Murray in 2014. The more push he can get before he takes his first hit, the better, especially after his much spoken about high workload last year. Even with Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles about, Murray should be a comfortable RB1.

Category: Rumors


In his series of articles about the ages of NFL starters, Jimmy Kempski states the Eagles top three wideouts form the youngest such unit in the league. (Source: Jimmy Kempski, PhillyVoice.com)

Fantasy Impact: The three receivers Jimmy used for his study are Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor and Josh Huff. Matthews and Huff are second year players, one looking to build on a strong debut season and another hoping things will get better, while Agholor is one of the most exciting prospects from the most recent draft. If they get solid QB play, all three could have fantasy value in 2015, especially Matthews.

Category: Rumors


According to CSN Washington's, Rich Tandler, Andre Roberts may lose his gig as the Redskins' main slot receiver to rookie Jamison Crowder. (Source: Real Redskins)

Fantasy Impact: Roberts only had 36 grabs for 453 yards last year, yet he managed to be tied for the sixth-most drops in the league (eight). He only came down with 49.3 percent of his targets and dropped 11 percent of his targets. This claim of Crowder usurping Roberts on the depth chart is just speculation from one beat writer, but it holds water when you consider how bad Roberts was last year. There's no way Crowder is left off the roster this season.


Redskins coach Jay Gruden thinks new QBs coach Matt Cavanaugh has helped Robert Griffin III grow this offseason. (Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Fantasy Impact: Gruden was both the QBs coach and head coach last year, but Cavanaugh won a Super Bowl as a coach on the Ravens in 2000 and has been an NFL coach since 1995. It's now or never for Griffin, who may or may not have his fifth-year option for 2016 picked up by the team.


According to ESPN's John Keim, second-round pick Preston Smith will eventually start opposite Ryan Kerrigan. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Smith will cede the Week 1 starting gig to Trent Murphy this year, but Smith's talent should win out at some point during the season.


The Seahawks' coaching staff has high praise for UDFA RB Thomas Rawls. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: According to ESPN's Terry Blount, "[Seahawks coach] Pete Carroll loves [Thomas] Rawls' toughness, seeing him as a bruising runner similar to [Marshawn] Lynch." It's been rumored that Rawls is being seen as the future of the Seahawks at running back. Robert Turbin will be a free agent next year, Christine Michael may be pushed off the roster this preseason by Rawls and Lynch's days as an effective runner may be numbered since he's already 29. He projects as a third-stringer this year, but if he plays his cards right, he may wind up starting next year.


After firing a gun twice in Miami Saturday, Andrew Quarless was arrested. (Source: Miami New Times)

Fantasy Impact: Quarless fired his gun into the ground after arguing with a group of women. He then fled the scene and hid the gun in a potted plant. He was later arrested and charged with discharging a firearm in public, which can put someone in the slammer for up to a year in Florida since it's categorized as a first-degree misdemeanor. It's very possible that Quarless has played his last down in the NFL after this incident.


Fred Jackson appears to have a stronghold on the Buffalo Bills' No. 2 running back role, according to Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News. (Source: Vic Carucci)

Fantasy Impact: This isn't exactly breaking news, but it is important for those considering Jackson in the upcoming drafts. Considering the Bills' run-first offense, and the receiving threat Jackson has been over his career, he is a PPR candidate. The only way Carucci sees Jackson losing his grip on the role is if he shows even more decline than he did at the end of last season.


Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins is expected to be ready for training camp, according to Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News. (Source: Vic Carucci)

Fantasy Impact: Watkins was limited this offseason after undergoing hip surgery. While Carucci expects Watkins to be the focal point of the Bills' passing game, this still might not be much to get excited about. Buffalo will be a run-first offense, and Carucci doesn't expect the second-year WR to improve much beyond his 65 catches and six TDs from 2014.

Category: Injury Updates


New York Giants defensive lineman Jason Pierre-Paul severely injured his hand during a fireworks accident. (Source: Andy Slater on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It was later reported that the injury is not career-threatening in the sense that Pierre-Paul will be able to take the field. Still, the Giants are not likely impressed, and it could be another factor that pushes them toward allowing the pass rusher to hit the free agent market.

Category: Injury Updates


Terry Blount of ESPN says that it's "step up or step out" time for Seattle Seahawks RB Christine Michael. If they decide to go with other options, they could opt to trade Blount for a late-round pick. (Source: Terry Blount)

Fantasy Impact: The ageless Marshawn Lynch is back for another season, meaning it could be another year before Michael sees significant time for the Seahawks. It seemed he was the heir apparent in Seattle, but with the emergence of Thomas Rawls he could find himself expendable. A trade might actually help his immediate fantasy prospects, depending on where he lands.

Category: Rumors


Raiders O-Line coach Mike Tice told reporters that running back Trent Richardson's quickness has "come around" after losing weight this offseason. (Source: Raiders.com)

Fantasy Impact: The Raiders have a crowded backfield with Richardson, Latavius Murray and Roy Helu Jr. It's worth monitoring Richardson during camp and the preseason, but he's not likely to be the team's featured option. As such, he likely won't warrant a roster spot.


Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press believes Lions' rookie running back Ameer Abdullah is capable of being an every down back and will be the lead back in Detroit, "before long". (Source: Detroit Free Press)

Fantasy Impact: Birkett was asked if he thought Abdullah was set to be more than just a pass catching back to which he replied, "Yes, Abdullah has the potential to be the Lions’ primary running back. That’s why they spent a second-round pick on him. He showed better hands than expected during OTAs and minicamp, but really they want him to be the home-run threat they’ve been missing from their backfield, a Reggie Bush of sorts to pair with Joique Bell. I would expect Bell to start at running back this year, at least early on, but the job will be Abdullah’s before long." Time will tell if the Lions' beat writer is right about the Lions' backfield. But if he is, it could spell trouble for both Bell and Theo Riddick.

Category: Rumors


He was effective in the redzone last year and ended up with seven TDs in the role. Rashad Jennings will open camp as the No. 1 RB and Shane Vereen will be the guy on passing downs. (Source: giants.com)

Fantasy Impact: This RBBC is intriguing as individuals who, within a group, can do well. The offense is clicking better under 2nd year OC Ben McAdoo and there will be volume for Williams, as well as the others.


Minnesota Vikings CB Josh Robinson suffered a partially torn pectoral muscle prior to last month's minicamp. The injury could keep Robinson out for the team's entire training camp. (Source: Ben Goessling)

Fantasy Impact: Robinson was expected to be a source of depth for the Vikings' secondary, competing with several others for playing time. While he saw time in the team's nickel packages last year, he was likely to lose time to Minnesota's first-round pick, CB Trae Waynes. Now, considering the injury, Robinson's roster spot is in jeopardy.

Category: Injury Updates


The quote comes from WR Harry Douglas and Mariota has earned praise from others as well. The Titans are especially hopeful to shore up their short game, where they ranked 24th in the league last year. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The team is poised to take advantage of Mariota's skills and yes, Ken Whisenhunt is willing to bend a bit and embrace the game his new QB brings to the team. It also appears that Kendall Wright will should see a big uptick in value.