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Tom Pelissero of NFL Network is reporting that Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson is "ready to go" in training camp. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Some players start out on the PUP list, indicating they aren't ready at the start of training camp, but Bears head coach Matt Nagy said that he doesn't expect anyone on the roster to be on the PUP list. This is obviously huge news for Robinson who needed to get on the field sooner rather than later, as he's got to learn a new offensive system and develop chemistry with his new quarterback. The good news is that the entire pass-catching corps is new to the team, so they don't even have a leg-up on Robinson. He should be on your radar as a high-upside WR2 in fantasy drafts, provided all goes well in his return to the field.

Category: Injury Updates, Rumors


According to sources, the Falcons have informed Julio Jones that they will not be re-working his contract at this time, though they're hoping he'll still show up to camp. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Considering Jones is just two years into a five-year deal, it was likely wishful thinking on his part, but still, the Falcons are risking a holdout by one of the best players in the league by taking this stance. The article states that the Falcons are more set on extending the expiring contracts of Grady Jarrett, Jake Matthews, and Ricardo Allen, who are all on expiring deals. While this is something we'll continue to monitor, it shouldn't affect the way you'd draft Jones, who should be coming off the board at the end of the first-round.

Category: Rumors


The Baltimore Ravens have picked up wide receiver Breshad Perriman's $649,000 roster bonus. Perriman was a first-round draft pick by the team in 2015. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Perriman has failed to impress up until this point of his NFL career and he is still not guaranteed a roster spot this season, despite the team picking up his bonus. Baltimore overhauled their receiving corps this offseason, leaving Perriman as the fourth option, at best. The wideout has caught 43 balls for 576 yards and three touchdowns in 27 career games.

Category: Transactions


Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon is down to 218 pounds after playing at 230 pounds during his rookie season. (Source: Bengals.com)

Fantasy Impact: There had been reports of Mixon shedding weight during the offseason but this gives fantasy owners tangible evidence. Mixon told reporters, "I feel real good. My body feels real good. I feel like I’m in really good shape.” Mixon is expected to see the majority of carries out of the Cincinnati backfield this season although he will still lose some passing down work to Giovani Bernard. Mixon is a high-upside option in fantasy drafts this season.


Still looking to shore up the backfield in the wake of Mark Ingram's four-game suspension to open the 2018 season, the New Orleans Saints have agreed to terms with 29-year-old free agent RB Shane Vereen, who spent the past three years playing sparingly for the New York Giants. Vereen, a pass-catching specialist, is likely being brought in to keep Alvin Kamara fresh during camp and the preseason. It will be hard for the eighth-year pro to make the 53-man roster as part of a young and talented Saints' backfield. (Source: Mike Garafolo via Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Vereen is a solid pass-catcher but has never exceeded 96 carries or 391 rushing yards in any of his eight seasons. He's simply not much of a rusher and thus a poor replacement for Ingram's role. Unless something changes as the regular season approaches, this move isn't likely to have significant fantasy implications.

Category: Transactions


Mike Reiss of ESPN considers WR Malcolm Mitchell to be "on the bubble" of the Patriots' 53-man roster. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Mitchell hasn't done much to inspire fantasy owners, and is only relevant in relatively deep dynasty leagues, but he has shown brief flashes that make owners hold out hope. Mitchell has excellent hands, and showed some promise in 2016, but has been hampered by his inability to get on the field due to injuries. Mitchell played 12 games in 2016, during which time he ranked 14th in the league in fantasy points per target. He was bolstered by his 4 touchdowns on only 48 targets, but that illuminates why dynasty owners are tantalized by his upside. If Mitchell is healthy, he should make the roster, and could even find his way onto the field during Julian Edelman's suspension. When you play WR with Tom Brady, there are lots of avenues to score fantasy points. Since Mitchell carries almost no value, he is a good buy in dynasty and he could blow up if he delivers. If not, cutting him won't cost much in dynasty leagues.

Category: Rumors


Darrelle Revis announced his retirement from the NFL today on Instagram. (Source: Darrelle Revis via Instagram)

Fantasy Impact: Revis was cut by the Chiefs this offseason, and he's decided to end his 11-year career. In his prime, he was one of the best cover corners of all-time. As such, wide receivers who entered Revis Island were largely avoided by their quarterbacks. While most known for his time with the Jets, Revis also played for the Buccaneers, Patriots, and Chiefs, winning a Super Bowl with New England.

Category: Transactions


Aaron Donald has reportedly told people close to him that he expects to sign a contract extension with the Rams before training camp. (Source: Jason La Canfora via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Donald, the best defensive player in the NFL and reigning Defensive Player of the Year, finished as DT1 in 2017. Donald was upset enough last year about his contract to sit out the entire offseason and preseason, only reporting to the team one day before the regular season started. If the Rams finally give Donald the deal he's looking for, he'll report in time to get significant practice reps alongside (and develop chemistry with) free agent acquisition DT Ndamukong Suh. As scary as it sounds for the rest of the league, Donald could be even better in 2018 than he was in 2017.

Category: Rumors


Lamarcus Joyner and the Rams were unable to reach agreement on a contract extension before the deadline applicable to franchise tag recipients. Joyner will play the 2018 season on a one-year franchise tag contract paying him $11.287 million. (Source: Los Angeles Daily News)

Fantasy Impact: Lamarcus Joyner wasn't a particularly useful fantasy asset in 2017, finishing as the S60. Joyner has a big opportunity to step up in 2018, however, after the Rams added CB Marcus Peters and CB Aqib Talib via trade, DT Ndamukong Suh via free agency, and traded away LB Alec Ogletree. Opposing offenses will likely avoid passing outside and running inside when possible, providing Joyner increased chances in both the pass and run games. If Joyner can use his uncertain contract status as motivation, he could jump up the safety ranks this year.

Category: Transactions


Earl Thomas posted an Instagram photograph of himself working out, with the caption "Always been the underdog ain’t nothing new . Extend .....if you don’t want me let’s make a trade happen I understand it’s a bizz." (Source: Earl Thomas via Instagram)

Fantasy Impact: Thomas tweeted in June that he would sit out OTAs and all team activities until his contract situation is resolved, and it's obviously still on his mind. Seattle does not appear to have much interest in extending or trading him anytime soon, which should cause Thomas' agitation level to continue to rise. Whether he is motivated or distracted by that agitation remains to be seen, but missing time with so many new parts on Seattle's defense can't help his chances of putting up a big contract year.


The 49ers hired 'Tampa Two' legend Monte Kiffin's son Chris Kiffin as a pass rush specialist in February, and he's since been working with defensive line coach Jeff Zgonina to maximize pass rush production. Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh is impressed with the early results, telling reporters "[t]hey’ve identified some stuff that’s going to be a cool dynamic. I think we’re going to be much further along pass rush wise." (Source: 49ers.com)

Fantasy Impact: DT DeForest Buckner led the NFL with 19 QB hits in 2017 but was only able to convert three of those hits into sacks, as the 49ers' lack of edge pressure and a cohesive pass rush plan gave opposing quarterbacks just enough time to get rid of the ball. Kiffin told reporters in May that his plan was to make Buckner the focal point of a coordinated pass rush, and force quarterbacks to step up into the arms of the 49ers' best defender. If Saleh's assessment of improvement is accurate, Buckner could be in line for a substantial increase in sack totals in 2018.


Arizona Cardinals tight end Ricky Seals-Jones was arrested in Scottsdale, Arizona over the weekend for assault, disorderly conduct, and criminal trespassing, KTAR News reports. Seals-Jones reportedly got into an altercation with staff at the W Hotel in Scottsdale after trying to use a bathroom but being told the area was closed. (Source: KTAR News)

Fantasy Impact: After flashing some potential during a couple late-season games in the 2017 season, Seals-Jones has been somewhat of a sleeper candidate in early drafts with Jermaine Gresham expected to miss the beginning of the season. With a new regime and new quarterback in Arizona, the offense will look completely different, meaning the converted wide receiver has a chance to earn touches with a strong showing in the Spring. This arrest is not a good start, of course, and he will now be subject to possible further discipline from both the team and the league office once they complete their own investigations of the incident.


Brandin Cooks has signed a five-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Rams. Cooks was acquired by the Rams this offseason in a trade with the New England Patriots. (Source: TheRams.com)

Fantasy Impact: The terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed, but Cooks will now be under contract through the 2023 season. Cooks has posted over 1,000 yards in each of the last three seasons, and he should play a heavy role in the Rams' young offense moving forward. He's currently the WR23 in our consensus rankings.

Category: Transactions


Cowboys pass rusher Randy Gregory has been reinstated by the NFL. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Gregory returns from a league banishment that stemmed from multiple failed or missed drug tests. The 2015 second-round pick has missed 30 games due to suspensions and has recorded just one sack in 14 career games. Gregory will compete with veteran Tyrone Crawford and 2017 first-rounder Taco Charlton for the starting job opposite Demarcus Lawrence.

Category: Transactions


According to ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell will miss training camp but will be ready for the start of the regular season. (Source: Jeremy Fowler on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: If this sounds familiar, the plan outlined by Fowler is exactly what Bell did in 2017 after the Steelers franchise tagged him. Fowler did tweet that Bell's plans could change but, for now, it sounds as though Bell plans to play all 16 regular season games in 2018. Feel free to draft him as a top-three running back.


The Dallas Cowboys have slotted Jeff Heath to start at strong safety and Xavier Woods to start at free safety after veterans Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne, Orlando Scandrick and Barry Church were released in the offseason. (Source: Dallas News)

Fantasy Impact: Heath had his best season as a pro in 2017 finishing with 63 solo tackles, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. Woods, expected to be more of the coverage option for Dallas, enters his second season. The Cowboys, who added former Seattle coach Kris Richard to coach the secondary, could still trade for Seahawks safety Earl Thomas.


Giants.com writer John Schmeelk predicts safety Andrew Adams to win the starting spot next to Landon Collins. (Source: Giants.com)

Fantasy Impact: Schmeelk takes the prediction one step further picking Adams to lead the team in interceptions as well. "Whoever wins that job has the best chance of leading the team in interceptions, much like Antoine Bethea did for Arizona last year," Schmeelk writes. Adams started four games in 2017 and did not register an interception.


Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Corey Nelson, who signed a one-year, $2.25 million contract in May after spending four seasons with the Denver Broncos, is primed to compete for the starting spot as the weakside linebacker. (Source: The Intelligencer)

Fantasy Impact: Nelson is one of a handful of Eagles linebackers ready to take the spot of released veteran Mychal Kendricks. “I just kind of want to break the mold of me being a second-string linebacker,” Nelson said. The linebacker tore his biceps muscle in October 2017 and ended the season on injured reserve. He accumulated 68 total tackles in 2016.


Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Paul Worrilow will miss the 2018 season after tearing his ACL. (Source: NBC Sports Philadelphia)

Fantasy Impact: The knee injury to Worrilow, 28, leaves the door open to a handful of replacement options at linebacker. The Eagles could also look to bring in veteran competition for training camp.

Category: Injury Updates


Cornerback Sam Beal, who was selected by the Giants in the third round of the NFL Supplemental Draft, has agreed to a four-year rookie contract with the team. (Source: ProFootballTalk)

Fantasy Impact: Beal found himself academically ineligible during his last season at Western Michigan, which is how we wound up in the Supplemental Draft. With former first-round pick Eli Apple disappointing in his first two seasons and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie getting released earlier in the offseason, the cornerback-needy Giants are an obvious landing spot for Beal. He will have the opportunity to compete for playing time right away.

Category: Transactions