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ESPN's Mike Reiss believes New England Patriots running back Dion Lewis will still have a spot on the team's 53 man roster for the 2017 season but in a condensed role. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: In the wake of Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead's addition to the Patriots' backfield this offseason, Lewis' role for the 2017 season is in question. The 26-year-old rusher, who is entering his contract year, "could fall into a Danny Amendola-type classification as a player who is carefully managed." Reiss believes Lewis' role will be condensed to playing "15-to-20 snaps per game with the hopes of preserving his health" as a kick returner and backup running back. Barring injury to the players slated ahead of him on the depth chart, Lewis will garner little, if any, fantasy football value for the upcoming campaign.

Category: Rumors


ESPN's Michael Rothstein doesn't expect Detroit Lions running back Theo Riddick (wrist) "to do much" at OTAs. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Riddick is recovering from offseason wrist surgery (on both wrists) and is expected to be limited at OTAs -- the Lions have a history of "slowly bringing back established players" from injury, per Rothstein. If Riddick is good to go by August, the team will have "no reason to be concerned" about his health moving forward. The 26-year-old running back is currently slated to enter the 2017 season as Detriot's primary receiver out of the backfield behind presumed starter Ameer Abdullah.

Category: Injury Updates


The Washington Post is reporting the Washington Redskins and quarterback Kirk Cousins have had "really positive" interactions recently with the hopes of hammering out a new long-term deal before the July 15 deadline. “As one person has told me, ‘Deadlines do deals,’” Cousins said via the Washington Post. “That’s just kind of a rule in negotiating, so why would something happen way before a deadline?... I’m not in a hurry, they’re not in a hurry, so we’ll just see how things go.” (Source: Washington Post)

Fantasy Impact: Cousins, who is set to play the 2017 season under the franchise tag for the second consecutive year, has high hopes that he and the Redskins can hammer out a long-term deal before the July 15 deadline. However, the 28-year-old signal caller recently suggested to the media that he will be content playing the upcoming season under the tender despite the risk of injury. Regarded as one of the league's top quarterbacks, Cousins is in line to earn an elite salary in his next deal that includes a vast amount of guaranteed money, whether it's from Washington or elsewhere. If the Redskins and Cousins cannot reach an agreement, he'll likely hit the open market in the 2018 offseason unless the team elects to tag him for a third time in as many years.

Category: Rumors


New York Jets beat writer Rich Cimini believes Josh McCown is the "heavy favorite" to open the 2017 season as the team's starting quarterback. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Although Christian Hackenberg has garnered praise this offseason from Jets' brass, McCown is still expected to enter the 2017 season as New York's starting quarterback. McCown, 37, is nearing the end of his playing career however and could be used as a bridge until the Jets are eliminated from postseason contention at which they'll likely turn to one of their younger passers.

Category: Rumors


The Boston Herald's Karen Guregian is reporting that Rob Gronkowski was a "full go" during the Patriots OTAs. (Source: The Boston Herald)

Fantasy Impact: This is definitely a good sign that Gronk is on the right track for this season, but we've seen this time and time again. Only time will tell if Gronk can play a full season, but his heavy incentive driven contract certainly should motivate him to stay healthy on and off the field.

Category: Injury Updates


Cleveland Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot believes quarterback DeShone Kizer "is on the fast track" to win the starting job for the 2017 season. (Source: Cleveland.com)

Fantasy Impact: Per reports, Kizer has been attached to Browns head coach Hue Jackson's hip at OTAs. As a result, the rookie signal caller is not only learning his position from a highly-touted offensive mind and quarterback whisperer, but he is also receiving reps with the first unit, taking them away from presumed starter Cody Kessler. If Kizer continues to impress, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him under center in Week 1.

Category: Rumors


With the signing of Henderson, Denver's third-round selection out of Louisiana Tech, the Broncos have now signed all of their rookies taken in the 2017 NFL Draft. (Source: Source: Mike Klis on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Denver drafted Henderson in the third round in hopes to fill the third receiver slot between playmakers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Whether he starts from day one of the 2018 regular season or not, expect to see Henderson involved on special teams as a kick returner. But with Thomas and Sanders getting the majority of the targets and the uncertainty at the quarterback position, Henderson is nothing more than a late round flyer pick in all formats.

Category: Transactions, Draft Coverage


Matt Asiata signs with Lions

By Anthony Cervino   Fri, May 26th 9:54pm EDT

DET

The Detroit Lions have signed free agent running back Matt Asiata on Friday. (Source: Chris Tomasson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Asiata, formerly of the Vikings, inked a one-year deal with the NFC North Division rival Lions on Friday. Although the 29-year-old rusher scored 15 touchdowns since 2015, he is not a shoe-in to make Detriot's final roster for the 2017 season.

Category: Transactions


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (knee) has "no restrictions" at OTAs. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Tannehill, who appears to be fully recovered from ACL/ MCL injuries suffered late in the 2016 season without surgery, is crediting his speedy recovery to stem cell therapy, per reports. The impending sixth-year starter is expected to take a dramatic leap in his on-field performance in 2017 due to the presence of second-year head coach Adam Gase, who is touted a quarterback whisperer. With a nucleus of Jay Ajayi, Jarvis Landry, Julius Thomas, Kenny Sills and DeVante Parker surrounding him, the pieces are in place for Tannehill to succeed and finally live to expectations. From a fantasy football perspective, however, still view Tannehill in the mid-to-back end QB2 tier until signs of improvement are evident.

Category: Injury Updates


San Francisco 49ers linebacker Navorro Bowman (Achilles) is back to running at "full speed" at OTAs. "Injuries are part of the game, but I’ve done everything I’ve needed to do to get back to where I am today," Bowman said via 49ers.com. "I’m ahead of schedule. I don’t feel anything in my Achilles or my knee. Guys can see that out there on the field.” (Source: 49ers.com)

Fantasy Impact: Bowman, who missed 12 games in 2016 with an Achilles injury, is "ahead of schedule" in his rehab and is "already back to running at full speed," per reports. The veteran linebacker will anchor a 49ers defense that was simply atrocious against the run last season. His presence should certainly boost the unit for the 2017 campaign.

Category: Injury Updates


Pro Football Talk is reporting Baltimore Ravens running back Danny Woodhead (knee) is practicing with "no restrictions" at OTAs. “Yes, I’m back. No restrictions,” Woodhead said via BaltimoreRavens.com. “I’m just playing football now. I haven’t been thinking about needing to do stuff to rehab it because I’m healthy now. It’s exciting to get football going.” (Source: Pro Football Talk)

Fantasy Impact: Woodhead, who signed with the Ravens as a free agent this offseason, is still recovering from a torn ACL suffered in Week 2 of the 2016 season. However, at this point in his rehab, he is practicing without restrictions, which is a good sign for his outlook moving forward. Barring a setback, expect Woodhead to open the 2017 season as Baltimore's No. 2 rusher/ primary receiver out of the backfield with Terrance West assuming the starting job while Kenneth Dixon serves his four-game suspension.

Category: Injury Updates


Tennessee Titans wide receiver Corey Davis (ankle) told the media could "play right now" if the team needed him to. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Davis, who is recovering from an ankle injury, believes he could take the field now if there were a game to be played. The fifth overall pick in April's NFL Draft is expected to open the 2017 season as the No. 2 receiver on the Titans lining up opposite RIshard Matthews.

Category: Injury Updates


New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. told NFL Network's Kim Jones that he will attend the team's upcoming mandatory workouts "for sure." (Source: Kim Jones on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Beckham, who has yet to attend New York's voluntary workouts, told Jones that he will be present at the team's mandatory minicamp in June. Although the 24-year-old wideout said he would report to OTAs on Thursday, he, of course, was once again a no-show and has no plans on attending moving forward. As Beckham's presence would be a plus right now, there is no need to worry about a holdout unless he doesn't show up to any mandatory workouts in the future.

Category: Rumors


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting the Chicago Bears and free agent wide receiver Victor Cruz have agreed to terms on a one-year deal on Thursday. However, the deal may not be signed for "a few days." (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cruz, who spent the bulk of the offseason in search of a new suitor after being released by the Giants, agreed in principle to a deal with the Bears Thursday. The oft-injured wideout has a realistic opportunity to find himself in a prominent role in Chicago for the upcoming season as the Bears need help at receiver. Expect Cruz to open the 2017 campaign as one of Chicago's top three receivers if his health remains intact.

Category: Transactions


Julio Jones to miss OTAs

By Matthew Judd   Thu, May 25th 2:05pm EDT

ATL

As expected Julio Jones will be held out of the teams 'organized team activities' (OTAs) which start on May 30. Jones continues his recovery from his foot surgery which took place on March 6 to remove a bunion on his left foot. Jones is expected to be ready for training camp in late July. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Nothing alarming regarding the timeline of Julio Jones' recovery. His absence from OTAs and mini-camp will allow the other receivers a greater opportunity to carve out a role in this high-powered offense.

Category: Injury Updates


Ty Montgomery has returned to OTAs four pounds heavier (listed as 220 pounds). (Source: Zach Kruse on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ty Montgomery looks jacked up, and ready to take the mantle as the lead back in Green Bay. Ty was already a thick, muscular player but now gaining the extra muscle mass could help in making him more of a three-down back in Green Bay. Combining with a proper offseason training with the running backs, rather than the wide receivers, expect Ty to take a big step this year in the Packers backfield.


Colin Kaepernick and Austin Davis met with the Seahawks on Wednesdays and sources say "it's not expected any signing will happen immediately." (Source: Bob Condotta on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: If Kap were to sign with the Seahawks, he wouldn't have any fantasy value unless Russell Wilson gets injured.


Rod Streater signs with Bills

By Anthony Cervino   Wed, May 24th 3:09pm EDT

BUF

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the Buffalo Bills have signed free agent wide receiver Rod Streater on Wednesday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Streater will join a Bills wide receiver depth chart full of question marks outside of Sammy Watkins and Zay Jones. The 29-year-old wideout, who only played in 20 games since 2014, will likely have to compete for a roster spot for the 2017 season. Despite the underwhelming core of talent surrounding him, Streater is no shoe-in to make the final cut.

Category: Transactions


Arizona Cardinals beat writer Kyle Odegard is reporting wide receiver Jaron Brown (knee) is a limited participant at OTAs on Wednesday. (Source: Kyle Odegard on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Brown, who tore his ACL in Week 7 of the 2016 season, is working his way back from injury. He participated in individual drills during Wednesday's OTAs session. Barring a setback, Brown will have a chance to compete with John Brown for the No. 3 wide receiver spot on the depth chart for the 2017 season.

Category: Injury Updates


ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the New England Patriots and free agent wide receiver Andrew Hawkins have agreed to terms on a one-year deal. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Patriots, who've added a boatload of offensive weapons this offseason, aren't finished yet. They signed Hawkins, formerly of the Browns, to a one-year deal Wednesday. With Brandin Cooks, Julian Edelman, Malcolm Mitchell, Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola, amongst others, already on the depth chart, Hawkins is not guaranteed to make the final roster come Week 1.

Category: Transactions