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Head coach Adam Gase told reporters that receiver Denzel Mims has injured his hamstring while running routes on air a couple of days ago. Gase did not seem to know how long the injury would sideline Mims. (Source: Manis Mehta on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gase did not give too many specifics on Mims' injury. It would be surprising to see the Jets rush Mims' back into action, which could hurt his fantasy value early on. Mims' seems likely to be healthy to start the season, but he may be eased into his starting position if he misses more time at practice. With Mims out, Vyncint Smith should see more opportunity as the Jets third receiving option.

Category: Injury Updates

Bryan Edwards has drawn lofty comparisons early in Raiders camp, including Derek Carr saying that Edwards reminds him of his former Fresno State teammate Davante Adams. Edwards's high school football coach said also that Edwards reminds him of A.J. Green. (Source: Las Vegas Review Journal)

Fantasy Impact: Comments like these are generally not very actionable for fantasy football purposes, but it's definitely worth noting that Edwards is standing out early. The Raiders have a very young and inexperienced wideout group, returning only Tyrell Williams and Hunter Renfrow that had any significant impact in 2019 (no other WR had more than 20 receptions). The Raiders also added Nelson Agholor and drafted Henry Ruggs in the first round, but given the lack of true outside receivers, Edwards could well find himself on the field as early as Week 1. He's a fine late-round pick in fantasy drafts given the wide open depth chart in Las Vegas.

Category: Rumors

Vyncint Smith is taking reps with the first team at wide receiver with the New York Jets. A hamstring injury that has sidelined Denzel Mims, is currently giving opportunity to Smith. (Source: Connor Hughes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It is unlikely that Smith will have much of a role when the season starts, but it shows that he has progressed with the team. When Mims is healthy, Smith will not see much work with the Jets, but it looks like he will be receiving work as a starter if there are any injuries to the Jets' receivers.

Buccaneers rookie WR Tyler Johnson did not practice Thursday due to a soft tissue injury. (Source: Rick Stroud on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Soft tissue injuries tend to linger if not handled appropriately, so while being called minor, this has the ability to affect Johnson in the coming weeks if not treated well. Meanwhile, Scott Miller has been receiving praise from Bruce Arians and the coaching staff, so Johnson could be facing an uphill battle to become a producer in his rookie season.

Category: Injury Updates

According to Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians, WR Scott Miller added 10 pounds in the offseason and looks great in practice.

Fantasy Impact: Rumors surfaced a few weeks ago that Miller could be the favorite to start as the WR3 alongside Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. The fact that Arians is already talking him up is a great sign for his future prospects heading into the regular season. Couple that with the fact that rookie WR Tyler Johnson has been dealing with an injury, and Miller’s arrow is only pointing up.

Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther says second-year safety Jonathan Abram has "come back in tremendous shape." (Source: USA Today)

Fantasy Impact: Abram played in just one game last season due to a torn rotator cuff. He's a full-go at training camp.

Category: Injury Updates

710 ESPN Seattle projects TE Greg Olsen for the third most targets in the Seahawks' passing game. (Source: 710 ESPN Seattle)

Fantasy Impact: Olsen landed a $7 million deal with the team this offseason. Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf will lead the team in targets, but Olsen could be next in line. He's competing with Jacob Hollister and Will Dissly for snaps at tight end.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says Chris Carson is away from the team for personal reasons. (Source: Omar Ruiz on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Carroll added that Carson is "fine physically" but is away from the team due to a "couple family situations." He's eight months removed from a hip fracture but remains on track for Week 1 as of now.

Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay added 10 pounds of muscle this offseason. (Source: Denver 7 News)

Fantasy Impact: Lindsay played in every game last season but said he wasn't fully over his wrist injury from 2018. It's unclear what his role will be like now that Denver signed Melvin Gordon to a two-year, $16 million contract this offseason. That signing was a major blow to Lindsay's fantasy value.

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott is confident he'll come to a long-term agreement with the team after the season. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The two sides weren't able to come to an agreement over the offseason. Prescott wanted less years and more money than Dallas was willing to offer. Regardless, Prescott enters the 2020 season as a top-five fantasy quarterback.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports Bryce Love is "looking really good" at Washington's training camp. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rapoport added that Love could be a factor in the team's backfield. The Stanford product lost his rookie season to a second ACL surgery but might have a chance at somewhat meaningful snaps following the release of Derrius Guice. Antonio Gibson, Adrian Peterson, and Peyton Barber will all be involved as well.

Category: Injury Updates

Bengals rookie wideout Tee Higgins has been sitting out training camp. (Source: Sports Illustrated)

Fantasy Impact: It sounds as if Higgins is dealing with a minor injury but rookies were already going to be hard pressed to make an impact early on this year. Any missed time is a concern. Higgins is competing with John Ross for the No. 3 receiver for in the Bengals' offense. Ross is currently away from the team, however, as he tends to his son who tested positive for COVID-19.

Category: Injury Updates

Vikings WR Olabisi (Bisi) Johnson ran with the first team in two-WR sets alongside Adam Thielen in practice Friday. (Source: Arif Hasan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Interesting news out of Vikings camp. Although Arif Hasan of The Athletic doesn’t believe this means anything quite yet, it’s interesting to see Johnson get the first team reps with Jefferson, a first round pick, running with the twos. Keep this information in your back pocket in case this trend continues, as Johnson could become a trendy sleeper as we move closer to the start of the regular season.

Eddie Jackson was spotted in meetings and workouts with the wide receivers at Bears camp on Friday. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The explosive safety out of Alabama has been a huge playmaker for the Bears since getting drafted in the fourth round in 2017. In three seasons he has 10 interceptions, five forced fumbles, and four fumble recoveries totaling 324 return yards and five touchdowns. Bears' ex-coach Lovie Smith notoriously ruined Devin Hester's career as a defender and special teams threat by switching him over to offense, and Bears fans everywhere are hoping that this won't happen to Jackson. Expect to see more trick plays and versatility from Matt Nagy's offense in 2020.

Category: Rumors

Cordarrelle Patterson spent his Friday in meeting with the Bears' running backs corps. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Patterson is one of the most versatile players in the league, playing wide receiver, running back, punt/kick returner, and gunner. Bill Belichick plugged Patterson in as a running back in 2018 for a couple of weeks and he looked great in the role, averaging 4.71 yards per carry and scoring a touchdown over 21 carries. The Bears running back corps of David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen is very undersized and struggled in the red zone last season, so don't be surprised to see the 6'2" 240 bruiser end up with some valuable goal line touches this season.

Category: Transactions, Rumors

Leonard Williams was placed on the NFI list less than two weeks ago with a hamstring issue but was activated Friday morning. (Source: Art Stapleton on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Williams, a 2015 first-round pick, will get his first practice of the offseason in on Friday. He signed a one-year "prove-it" deal with the Giants for 2020 and will hope to cash on next season on a multi-year deal.

Category: Injury Updates

J.J. Nelson signing with 49ers

Fri, Aug 14th 3:36pm EDT
By Brendan Tuma

The 49ers are signing free agent WR J.J. Nelson. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The team is also signing Tavon Austin. Both wideouts were brought in for a workout on Thursday and it apparently went well. Donte Moncrief also worked out for San Francisco but isn't getting a deal.

Category: Transactions

Rams DE Terrell Lewis was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list. (Source: Los Angeles Rams on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lewis was the team's third-round selection in the 2020 draft. He has a chance to get significant run with the Rams' defensive line this season.

Category: Transactions

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook says he will "for sure be out there" for the team's first padded practice on Monday. (Source: Courtney Cronin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There was a report in June that Cook wanted a new contract and wouldn't participate in team events until a new deal was agreed to. He arrived to training camp on time, however, and said he would "1,000 percent" be out there on Monday. Fantasy players should view Cook as a no-brainer, top-five pick in drafts this month.

Former Cowboys and Rams WR/KR Tavon Austin is expected to sign with the San Francisco 49ers, pending a physical. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Austin will come in and compete for a role in the return game in the absence of Deebo Samuel, who is out after having foot surgery. The former 2013 first-round pick out of West Virginia has mostly struggled throughout his seven-year NFL career, but if there’s any coach who can resurrect his career, it’s got to be 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan.

Category: Transactions