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Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray told reporters that he has no timetable for a return and is taking it one day at a time. (Source: Patrick Claybon on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said recently that it was not “realistic” to expect Murray to be ready for Week 1, as he understood talking to team personnel. Rapoport said Murray is pushing to return as soon as possible, but the sentiment from the rest of the organization was that they did not want to rush their franchise QB back from his ACL injury. Murray is currently on the PUP list and played just 11 games last season before his injury. When healthy, he is a top-12 fantasy QB, but in the meantime, Colt McCoy can be expected to be the team’s Week 1 starter.
Caleb Huntley was waived by the Falcons, the former Ball St. RB had been recovering from an Achilles injury. (Source: MySportsUpdate on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Huntley, who had been in a backup role in Atlanta last year as an undrafted rookie, was released on Tuesday. This move is not overly surprising as the Falcons spent top-10 draft capital on Texas standout Bijan Robison. If Huntley does get signed elsewhere, it is likely he will find himself on a practice squad or in a low-end depth chart role. He does not belong on fantasy rosters to begin the 2023 season.
Fri, Jul 28th 11:16am EDT
By Leo Sells
Odell Beckham Jr. has ‘no limitations’ on what he can do in training camp. (Source: Jamison Hensley)
Fantasy Impact: Beckham injured his knee a couple of seasons ago that caused him to have a lengthy recovery, but he seems to be healthy now and isn’t limited for the start of camp. This was expected, but it’s still positive news for the veteran and his fantasy value in what could be his last season in 2023.
Fri, Jul 28th 11:36pm EDT
By Sammy Schulman
The Bills’ rookie tight end, Dalton Kincaid, has been seeing consistent targets from QB Josh Allen in practice, according to The Athletic. (Source: Joe Buscaglia, The Athletic)
Fantasy Impact: The early targets for Kincaid from his new QB are a great sign for the chemistry between the two, as the season approaches. Rookie tight ends have a poor track record in general, and fantasy football is no exception, but if Kincaid can get a rapport going with Allen he could be serviceable at fantasy’s weakest position. Kincaid may be worth a late-round flyer and has an obvious upside in dynasty formats.
Bryce Young has signed his rookie deal, a fully guaranteed four-year, $37.9 million contract. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Things just got real in Carolina. While his long-term outlook is promising, in the short term he could struggle, as rookie quarterbacks usually do when adjusting to the speed of the NFL. The good news is Young has a solid offensive line in front of him and stable running backs, he just needs one of his receivers to emerge into a true No.1 target. That or Carolina acquires a difference-maker via trade or next year’s draft. For fantasy this season he likely won’t be any higher than a mid-range QB2, likely finishing towards the back end of the QB2 ranks.
The Bears have removed Chase Claypool from the PUP list. (Source: Patrick Finley on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: With Claypool being activated from the PUP list, he is expected to be back at practice Wednesday. While there is still no word on what the injury may have been, it will be important to watch his progression in camp as he enters his first training camp with Chicago.
Joe Burrow will be out for several weeks with a calf strain he suffered in training camp this week. While unfortunate, it’s good news that he avoided a major injury. (Source: Albert Breer on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Burrow will likely miss most, if not all, of training camp with the injury. He could come in late in the preseason to shake off rust and get back into the flow of the game, but he’s one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL at the moment, and this injury should not make fantasy managers hesitate to draft him. He’s a rock-solid QB1.
Amari Cooper will return to practice on Friday to participate in individual drills. (Source: Mary Kay Cabot on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Cooper has been sidelined at practice for the past few days because of a ‘minor tweak’, but he seems to be getting healthier and he’ll be available to participate in individual drills on Friday. There was never serious concern about the veteran’s injury, but it’s still reassuring for fantasy managers to see him back on the field this soon.
The NFL has suspended Ronald Jones two games for violating the league’s PED policy. (Source: Around the NFL on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Jones figured to enter the 2023 season as the number two or three running back in the Cowboys’ offense. The suspension likely allows rookie Deuce Vaughn and Malik Davis to enter the season with a bigger role as the backups to Tony Pollard.
Mon, Jul 31st 1:53pm EDT
By Mike Maher
Tim Patrick was carted off the practice field on Monday after sustaining a non-contact injury, and the early fear is that the veteran WR suffered an Achilles injury, according to Broncos HC Sean Payton. (Source: James Palmer on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: There is a ton of optimism in Denver this season now that Sean Payton is in town to attempt to fix what should be a loaded offense, but this is a devastating blow for Patrick, who was attempting to come back from a torn ACL that caused him to miss the entire 2022 season. Patrick is heading for an MRI this afternoon to determine the severity of the injury. Any extended absence likely means additional opportunities for rookie WR Marvin Mims.
According to Erik Schlitt of SB Nation’s Pride of Detroit, Detroit Lions TE Sam LaPorta is working with the first, second and third team units to get as many reps as possible in the offseason. (Source: Erik Schlitt, Pride of Detroit)
Fantasy Impact: The Lions invested in LaPorta by using a second-round pick on the Iowa product, and their investment appears to be matched by their commitment to his development. LaPorta has reportedly been impressive in offseason workouts, and he has looked more comfortable over time, according to Schlitt. The rookie TE is going on average in rookie drafts as the 20th pick, or TE3, according to FantasyPros’ ADP data.
Green Bay Packers
Jayden Reed has primarily been playing out of the slot at practice and is settling into that role. (Source: Mike Spofford)
Fantasy Impact: The Packers have high hopes for Reed in his rookie year this season after using a second-round pick on him in the NFL Draft, and it seems like he’s getting used to his new role in the slot. This could lead to him getting a high volume of targets at a short depth, which will help provide a safety blanket for QB Jordan Love while also propping up the rookie’s fantasy value in PPR formats.
Mon, Jul 31st 4:17pm EDT
By Ryne Eberle
C.J. Stroud has requested additional film to help him prepare him for the potential starting QB job, and is staying focused on getting better each day as he and Davis Mills continue to split first-team reps. (Source: Deepi Sidhu)
Fantasy Impact: While it may seem that Stroud becoming the starting QB is inevitable, the team continues to split the practice reps with the starting unit. Fantasy managers may have to wait until August 10th to know who the starter will be, which is when the Texans take on the Patriots in their preseason opener.
Sun, Jul 30th 11:15pm EDT
By Jordan Epp
According to Ari Meirov of The 33rd Team, the Indianapolis Colts may place RB Jonathan Taylor on the non-football injury list due to a back injury he reportedly suffered in an offseason workout; Taylor refutes the claims of a back injury, calling this report false. (Source: Ari Meirov on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Taylor hasn’t been practicing as he currently is listed on the physically unable to perform, or PUP, list. The Colts and Taylor are currently at an impasse as Taylor requested a trade after the team’s owner Jim Irsay said they would not offer an extension to Taylor, whose rookie deal is expiring after 2023. To further the stalemate, the Colts are threatening an NFI placement, for which he is eligible if he did receive an outside injury. If Taylor holds out, the Colts will not owe him any of his money in 2023. Taylor, though, refuted the back pain claim on Twitter. This saga could get uglier before it gets better, and the worry could be that this separation could be too much for the two sides to reunite.
Fri, Jul 28th 12:14pm EDT
By Leo Sells
Travis Etienne Jr. has been impressive when showing off his pass-catching ability so far in training camp. (Source: John Shipley)
Fantasy Impact: Jacksonville has only been practicing for a few days, but Etienne has already been impressing his coaches with his pass-catching prowess. That was one of the skills he had that made him such a highly-touted recruit coming out of college, but he wasn’t used as heavily in the passing game last season as many had hoped. If he earns more of a role in that area this season, we could see his value shoot up in PPR league formats ahead of fantasy football drafts.
Kansas City Chiefs
Kadarius Toney underwent a cleanup surgery Tuesday morning, his second knee operation of the offseason. According to head coach Andy Reid, there is “a chance” he will be ready for the Thursday night opener against Detroit. (Source: Ari Meirov on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: After tweaking his knee before Sunday’s practice, Toney’s training camp availability was already in question and this latest operation adds to his list of setbacks. Toney’s continued absence will provide additional opportunities for the rest of Kansas City’s wide receiver corp.
Las Vegas Raiders
Tue, Jul 25th 1:11pm EDT
By Ari Koslow
Raiders coach Josh McDaniels said there are no restrictions on QB Jimmy Garoppolo to start training camp. (Source: Paul Gutierrez on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: McDaniels did add the team will handle him as they would any player coming in off surgery/injury. Garoppolo avoided being placed on the PUP list and looks to be fully healthy entering training camp.
Los Angeles Chargers
Fri, Jul 28th 11:57am EDT
By Leo Sells
Justin Herbert is expected to throw more deep balls in 2023. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Herbert was somewhat of a disappointment in fantasy football leagues last season, and one of the main problems was that he rarely got big plays down the field. This year, the Chargers brought in Kellen Moore to be their offensive coordinator, and all signs at camp point to the team throwing more deep balls this season. This is a good sign for the young quarterback, and he has the potential to be one of the best quarterbacks in the league if he and his receivers can stay healthy all season.
Los Angeles Rams
Cooper Kupp has no limitations in training camp after undergoing an ankle procedure late last season. (Source: Jourdan Rodrigue on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Kupp had to get tightrope surgery on his ankle last year after suffering a high-ankle sprain, but he has had plenty of time to recover and is now participating at camp without any limitations. His health and the health of QB Matthew Stafford are the two main concerns for his fantasy production this season, but we’ve been getting positive news on both fronts, which adds some stability to the veteran as a top-ten overall player in most leagues.
Sun, Jul 30th 5:19pm EDT
By Jordan Epp
Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa told NFL Network that his emphasis on yoga and stretching over the offseason aided his flexibility, a key for injury prevention. (Source: Joe Schad on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Emphasis on flexibility as well as bulking up, which Tagovailoa reportedly did over the summer as well, will help tremendously in the young QB’s goal for injury prevention. Tagovailoa has a long injury history that stems back to college. With multiple concussion scares in 2022, Tagovailoa is focusing on his own health heading into Year 4 to keep a long-term future in the NFL possible.
Tue, Jul 25th 1:49pm EDT
By Jesse Garcia
Justin Jefferson and the Vikings’ front office are having ongoing talks regarding a new contract. (Source: Ben Goessling on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Jefferson is present at training camp despite looking for a contract extension after the Vikings exercised his fifth-year option. His future contract is likely going to reset the wide receiver market and make Jefferson the highest paid wide receiver in the NFL.
New England Patriots
Free agent RB Ezekiel Elliott is taking a visit with the New England Patriots on Saturday. (Source: Jordan Schultz on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Elliot hasn’t been getting many looks as a free agent since being cut by the Cowboys earlier this offseason, but now the Patriots will be hosting him on a visit. The team has some very questionable depth behind starter Rhamondre Stevenson, and they may look to bring in the veteran to take some of the weight off of his shoulders. If a deal gets done, that throws a lot of cold water on the Stevenson hype that has been building for fantasy football purposes for this season.
New Orleans Saints
Alvin Kamara is planning on meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell regarding his offseason arrest. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Kamara and the Saints have yet to be notified by the league office on whether or not the star running back will be suspended. Kamara recently pleaded no contest to a charge of break of peace for his involvement in a fight at a Las Vegas nightclub in 2022. The NFL can suspended a player even if there is no criminal conviction, so Kamara’s status for the 2023 season is dependent on the outcome of his meeting with Goodell.
New York Giants
Thu, Jul 27th 4:17pm EDT
By Leo Sells
Darren Waller has been showing a strong connection with QB Daniel Jones so far in training camp. (Source: Connor Hughes on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The Giants traded for Waller early on this off-season, and he’s already developing great chemistry with QB Daniel Jones. He’s been dominating in the middle of the field and in the red zone at practice and is already proving to be one of the best receiving threats they’ve had in years at training camp. If he can keep this momentum going as we draw closer to the season, he could end up being a bargain at his current ADP for fantasy drafts.
New York Jets
According to Brian Costello of the New York Post, WR Garrett Wilson is dealing with a low-ankle sprain that took him out of practice early on Thursday. (Source: Brian Costello on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: A low-ankle sprain will likely take Wilson out for a couple of weeks, meaning Wilson will miss the rest of training camp and the start of the preseason. The second-year WR had 1,103 yards and four touchdowns, winning Offensive Player of the Year in 2022. With Aaron Rodgers in town, Wilson is expected to have a big season, so the Jets will want to be careful with his health.
Fri, Jul 28th 7:34pm EDT
By Jordan Epp
According to Martin Frank of the Delaware News Journal, rookie DT Jalen Carter has impressed in camp, including a play where he shed a double team by pushing both blockers over. (Source: Martin Frank on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Despite his drop in the 2023 NFL Draft, Carter was regarded as one of the best, if not the best, player in this year’s rookie class. Carter has reportedly impressed in camp so far, looking the part of a pro and showing off his strength and power. Carter will have little pressure on him as a rookie, playing on one of the best defensive lines in the league, but he told reporters his goal is “defensive rookie of the year.”
Allen Robinson saw starting reps in the slot Thursday when the Steelers deployed 11 personnel. (Source: Brian Batko on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Contributing from the slot is likely Robinson’s best path to production in 2023, with Diontae Johnson and George Pickens taking the No.1 and No.2 WR spots. In 2022, Robinson’s slot/perimeter snap split was almost 50/50, but scored more fantasy points from the slot.
San Francisco 49ers
Tue, Jul 25th 2:42pm EDT
By Jordan Epp
According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, San Francisco 49ers edge rusher Nick Bosa is not expected to practice and may hold out of training camp if he does not receive a new contract. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Bosa enters his fifth NFL season and is set to earn $17.859 million on his fifth-year option. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year is looking for stability and security long term, as he is currently set to become a free agent after the 2023 season. Bosa will probably be a priority move for the 49ers, but his upcoming deal will likely result in one of the biggest contracts in NFL history for a non-quarterback.
Sun, Jul 30th 8:20pm EDT
By Garrett Ball
Zach Charbonnet will be ‘out indefinitely’ with a shoulder injury, per head coach Pete Carroll. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: It’s a huge loss for Seattle, who will also be without Kenneth Walker for most of training camp and preseason due to a groin injury. Not only that, but it’s a big blow to the rookie running back, who will miss out on vital preseason reps. When healthy, he’s the clear top backup to Kenneth Walker and starter if Walker misses time. It’s a setback that he should be able to overcome, but his season might get off to a slower start than he would have otherwise.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kyle Trask has been leaning more into his physical strengths at camp. (Source: Scott Smith)
Fantasy Impact: Trask is currently in a competition for the QB1 spot in Tampa Bay with Baker Mayfield, and he is using his physical tools to try to improve for this season. He stands at 6′5″, and he claims that he’s trying to use his size to play ‘smoother’. Mayfield is the favorite to win the starting job right now, but Trask could make things interesting if he can utilize his physical traits better than he has in the past.
Tue, Jul 25th 1:18pm EDT
By Ari Koslow
Titans coach Mike Vrabel said DeAndre Hopkins will miss a day or two early in camp because of a prior engagement. (Source: Jim Wyatt on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Vrabel added that Hopkins let the team know prior to him signing. It is something to note if reporters start saying Hopkins is not at practice.
Sun, Jul 30th 3:40pm EDT
By Jordan Epp
According to Ben Standig of The Athletic, RB Brian Robinson Jr. is developing his skills as an all-around back and is better than last year when he “never” felt right. (Source: Ben Standig, The Athletic)
Fantasy Impact: Robinson missed four games in 2022 after an incident that resulted in him being shot multiple times during a car break-in. Despite this, Robinson ran for 797 yards and 12 touchdowns on 3.89 yards per carry. He only caught nine passes though, and Robinson said he specifically was focusing on developing his game as a receiver. Standig said Robinson’s catching looks “legitimate” and he has looked more slithery on the field as a runner. He can be drafted on average as the half-PPR RB33.