Sat, May 15th 3:08pm EDT
By Ari Koslow
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer said Saturday that first-round running back Travis Etienne will take all of his minicamp reps at wide receiver. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: “Worst case scenario you have a running back that's elite with receiver skills,” Meyer said. This could potentially be positive news for James Robinson, though the Jaguars already have D.J. Chark, Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault Jr. so they don't necessarily need another wide receiver. This will be an interesting development to keep an eye on heading into OTA's and training camp later in the offseason.
The Seahawks and rookie offensive lineman Stone Forsythe have come to an agreement on a deal. (Source: Dugar, Michael-Shawn on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Seattle traded up to select Forsythe in round six of the 2021 NFL Draft. He has a chance to potentially compete for an immediate starting job on the Seahawks offensive line, though he also figures to act as the successor to Duane Brown at left tackle.
The Seattle Seahawks and rookie wide receiver D'Wayne Eskridge have come to an agreement on a deal. (Source: Dugar, Michael-Shawn on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Eskridge was selected by Seattle with the No. 56 overall pick in round two of the 2021 NFL Draft. He has a chance to play a key role in the Seahawks offense this season that is expected to be running a completely different type of offense than what we're used to from Seattle under new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron.
The Los Angeles Rams and rookie wide receiver Tutu Atwell have agreed to terms on a deal. (Source: Around the NFL on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Atwell was selected by the Rams with the No. 57 overall pick in round two of the 2021 NFL Draft. He figures to compete with Van Jefferson for the No. 3 wide receiver role behind Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp this season.
Fri, May 14th 5:49pm EDT
By Avram Avramov
Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, Washington has signed safety Bobby McCain to a one-year deal. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Before being released by Miami earlier this week, McCain had spent his entire career with the Dolphins since being drafted in 2015. Last season McCain started 15 games and finished with 46 tackles and an interception. The details of the one-year contract are yet to be known, but McCain immediately brings experience to a safety group that is still pretty young other than Landon Collins.
Fri, May 14th 4:10pm EDT
By Brad Camara
Jordan Raanan of ESPN is reporting that free agent WR Kelvin Benjamin is working out for the Giants as a tight end. (Source: Jordan Raanan on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Benjamin is trying out for the Giants this weekend but as a tight end, not a wide receiver. He's hasn't played in the NFL since 2018. The 30-year-old was drafted by GM David Gettleman in Carolina in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He hauled in 25 catches on 62 targets for 380 yards and one touchdown for the Bills/Chiefs in 2018. Benjamin will try to compete for a roster spot at the tight end position behind Evan Engram and Kyle Rudolph.
Fri, May 14th 12:09pm EDT
By Brendan Tuma
The Miami Dolphins signed first-round wide receiver Jaylen Waddle to his rookie contract. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Waddle, the No. 6 overall pick from this year's draft, receives a fully guaranteed deal over four years. The Alabama product will line up in three-wide sets along with Will Fuller and DeVante Parker this season. He's also reunited with his former college quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Waddle is more exciting in dynasty leagues than he is in redraft formats.
Bucs QB Tom Brady is expected to begin throwing following February's knee surgery. (Source: TampaBay.com)
Fantasy Impact: Brady recently described the surgery as "pretty serious" and it was apparently affecting him throughout the season. "Every week I was kind of tending to my knee, and I thought I would love to see a season where I can focus on some other strength stuff that I want to do, some other technique stuff where I’m not just focused on protecting my knee all the time," Brady elaborated. It was certainly hard to tell that the 43-year-old was impacted as threw 40 touchdown passe en route to his seven Super Bowl. A healed knee with another year in Tampa Bay's system could mean that he's even better in 2021.
Category: Injury Updates
Fri, May 14th 9:11am EDT
By Matthew MacKay
Former New York Giants OT Cameron Fleming is signing a one-year, $3.67 million deal with the Denver Broncos, per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Fleming started all 16 games at right tackle for the Giants in 2020 but allowed the sixth most pressures in the league at the position. The tackle joins his fourth team entering his eighth season and will look to improve his play on a Broncos' offensive line that ranked 25th in Pro Football Focus' final 2020 offensive line rankings.
Fri, May 14th 8:28am EDT
By Brendan Tuma
Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence (non-throwing shoulder) will participate in rookie minicamp but he's expected to be limited. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Lawrence underwent surgery on his non-throwing shoulder back in February. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network notes that this year's No. 1 overall pick is still expected to be a full-go for training camp. Jacksonville certainly isn't going to rush things with their new franchise player.
Category: Injury Updates
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that CB Mike Hughes has been traded to the Kansas City Chiefs. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Chiefs are sending their 2022 sixth-round pick to the Vikings in return for Hughes and their 2022 seventh-round pick. Hughes only started two games this season. He did not record any interceptions and had nine tackles on the season. Chiefs wanted to add CB depth and Hughes will look to bounce back in Kansas City.
Thu, May 13th 3:49pm EDT
By Matthew MacKay
Former Cincinnati Bengals and Arizona Cardinals CB Dre Kirkpatrick is reportedly visiting with the New England Patriots, per Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The veteran cornerback is set to enter his 10th year in the league and is reportedly visiting with the Patriots on Thursday. Kirkpatrick started 11 games for the Cardinals in 2020, finishing the season with 56 tackles, seven pass deflections, and three interceptions. He could spend time as a slot cornerback in Bill Belichick's defense, adding immense talent alongside All-Pro CB Stephon Gilmore and JC Jackson. Continue monitoring this situation, as Kirkpatrick still has plenty left in the tank to strengthen a revamped Patriots' roster in 2021.
Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network is reporting that the Broncos are waiving WR DaeSean Hamilton. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The Broncos reportedly had trade talks involving Hamilton. Denver was unable to finalize a deal and ultimately decided to waive him, saving $2.8 million in cap space. Hamilton was the odd man out in a loaded Broncos receiving group. The 26-year-old will most likely be claimed by another NFL team within the next few days. He caught 23-of-44 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns across 16 games in 2020. Hamilton is 189th among all wideouts in the latest expert consensus rankings and is mainly a stash in dynasty leagues formats.
The Tennessee Titans have officially signed their first-round pick CB Caleb Farley. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Farley was a dynamic playmaker in the Virginia Tech secondary, and if he can stay healthy he will be an excellent addition to the Titans defense.
WR Rashod Bateman signed his four-year, $12.6 million rookie contract with the Ravens on Wednesday. (Source: Jamison Hensley on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Bateman’s rookie deal includes a $6.5 million signing bonus. The Ravens selected Bateman with the No.27 pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. He's expected to start alongside Marquise Brown and Sammy Watkins. The Minnesota product can create separation and play all over the field. Bateman gives QB Lamar Jackson a new weapon that could flourish in the Ravens' passing game. Bateman is currently 68th among all wideouts in the latest expert consensus draft rankings.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that FA QB Blake Bortles is signing with the Green Bay Packers. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Bortles spent last season on the Rams as the backup to Jared Goff. The Packers are dealing with a QB dilemma right now with Aaron Rodgers wanting out. The only other QB on the roster is Jordan Love, so this could just be a depth-piece signing. Packers organization are hoping they can mend things with Rodgers, but it's unclear if they can. If Rodgers does get traded, Bortles could become the starter since Love may not be completely ready for NFL action. This is a situation to monitor.
Penei Sewell announced on Twitter that he has tested positive for COVID. (Source: Penei Sewell on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Sewell was drafted number seven overall by the Detroit Lions. He is widely regarded as the best OL prospect. Sewell will have to quarantine until he is cleared. He will likely miss mini-camp, but will head to Detroit as soon as he's cleared.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that FA WR Tavon Austin worked out for the Jets. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Austin spent last season on the 49ers and the Packers. He only caught five passes for 20 yards. Even if he signs with the Jets, his fantasy value is pretty much nonexistent.
Wed, May 12th 1:54pm EDT
By Avram Avramov
Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Arizona Cardinals have given LB Jordan Hicks permission to seek a trade after naming rookie Zaven Collins their starting MLB. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Hicks, 28-years old, signed with the Cardinals back in 2019, but now looks to likely be on the way out after the Cardinals drafted LB Zaven Collins with the 16th pick in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Arizona has committed to Collins as their starting MLB and has given permission to Hicks to seek a trade. Hicks finished with 118 tackles and four passes defended in 2020. In the scenario there is no trade interest for Hicks the Cardinals have not ruled out the option of retaining Hicks as a veteran who can provided depth if needed.
Former Bears OT Charles Leno Jr. has agreed to terms with The Washington Football Team on a 1-yr deal worth up to $5M. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Leno spent the first seven years of his career with the Bears. He's been an iron man for the last five, starting 80 consecutive games. Leno adds to a group that finished in the top-10 in 2020, and Ryan Fitzpatrick and Antonio Gibson stand to benefit most from this transaction.