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Nelson Agholor impresses in minicamp

By Mike Maher   Tue, Jun 20th 2:58pm EDT

PHI

Nelson Agholor has drawn rave reviews from Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson after the final minicamp of the offseason. Practicing in the slot for the injured Jordan Matthews, Doug Pederson said, "“I’ll tell you, he’s been explosive in there," per Matt Mullin of PhillyVoice.com. "He’s made some big plays for us in there this spring. And his confidence level is high right now. I’m excited to see him grow in that position, and it’s been valuable for him.” (Source: Matt Mullin, PhillyVoice)

Fantasy Impact: A first round pick in 2015, Agholor has been a bust of epic proportions, even getting deactivated on game day some weeks. His contract all but assures him a spot on Philadelphia's 53-man roster, but if he doesn't impress in 2017 this will be his last season with the team. A strong showing in minicamp is finally a step in the right direction for the young wide receiver.


Marquess Wilson signs with Jets

By Anthony Cervino   Tue, Jun 20th 1:11pm EDT

NYJ

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the New York Jets have agreed to terms with free-agent wide receiver Marquess Wilson. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Wilson, who spent the first four years of his career in Chicago, signed with the Jets Tuesday. The 24-year-old wideout could carve out a role on a Jets offense that is desperate for veteran leadership outside of Josh McCown, Matt Forte and Bilal Powell. If Wilson could remain healthy -- he's only appeared in 30 of a possible 64 career games -- he could enter the 2017 season as New York's WR3 but will hold minimal fantasy value, if any at all.

Category: Transactions


Pro Football Talk is reporting free agent wide receiver Anquan Boldin is expected to wait until "right before" training camp to sign with a team. "For me, training camp is a necessary evil," Boldin said Monday. "I think that’s the only way you can get prepared for a season. So I prefer to sign right before training camp to make sure I get in, learn the new system, learn my teammates, get all the mistakes out of the way, get hit a couple times to make sure that when that first game comes I feel fully prepared.” (Source: Pro Football Talk)

Fantasy Impact: Boldin, 36, intends to play his 15th NFL season in 2017 -- he is expected to sign with a team prior to the start of training camp in late July. However, the question remains, who will he sign with? Although reports suggest that he'd prefer to "stay close to home" in Florida, the veteran wideout will likely play for a team that best fits his skill set, especially if they are a championship contender. Coming off of a 67-584-8 season in 2016, Boldin could certainly help a club with a need at wide receiver, likely assuming a lesser role as a WR3.

Category: Rumors


D'Onta Foreman signs rookie deal

By Anthony Cervino   Mon, Jun 19th 9:45am EDT

HOU

The Houston Texans and running back D'Onta Foreman have agreed to terms on a four-year deal. (Source: John McClain on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Foreman signed his rookie deal with the Texans Saturday. The freshman rusher is expected to open the 2017 season as Lamar Miller's primary backup, a role previously held by Alfred Blue. Barring an injury to Miller, Foreman should not garner very much, if any, fantasy value at the start of the upcoming campaign.

Category: Transactions


Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn "hopes" wide receiver Mike Williams will be ready for the start of training camp. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Williams is dealing with a mild disc herniation which he sustained during his first practice of rookie minicamp and has been sidelined since. The rookie wideout is already falling behind the rest of the team and would be a dire setback if he is unable to return at the start of training camp in late July. Currently, Williams' fantasy outlook is up in the air since his role and injury situation is in question.

Category: Injury Updates


New York Jets beat writer Brian Costello does not believe Josh McCown is a "sure thing" to open the 2017 season as the team's starting quarterback. (Source: Brian Costello on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Jets quarterback situation remains in question heading into training camp. Although McCown is the favorite to open the upcoming season as the starter, Costello does not think its a lock. Both Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty showed promise in the midst of struggles during offseason workouts, which could push McCown. Still, I'd fully expect the elder journeyman to emerge under center for the Jets in Week 1.

Category: Rumors


Cleveland Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot believes the team will ease pass rusher Myles Garrett (foot) into training camp. (Source: Cleveland.com)

Fantasy Impact: Garrett, who suffered a lateral foot sprain during last week's mandatory minicamp, is expected to be ready for the start of training camp in late July. However, since Garrett dealt with a high ankle sprain in 2016 while still in college, he will likely be limited at least for the early portion of camp practices. The No. 1 overall pick from this year's draft is fully expected to make his NFL debut in Week 1.

Category: Injury Updates


Jalen Ramsey undergoes surgery

By Anthony Cervino   Sat, Jun 17th 7:38am EDT

JAC

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting Jacksonville Jaguars defensive back Jalen Ramsey (core) underwent a core muscle surgery Friday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rapoport added that Ramsey's surgery was successful and that he has an estimated six-week recovery window before returning to football activities. Ramsey should be good to go for Week 1.

Category: Injury Updates


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting New Orleans Saints offensive lineman Terron Armstead (labrum) will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum and will miss the next 4-to-6 months of football activities. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Armstead's absence is a tremendous blow to the Saints' offensive line. They are already down Max Unger but he should be good to go fro the start of the regular season. Rookie Ryan Ramczyk is the favorite to step into Armstead's role on the line unless New Orleans elects to bring in outside help. Ryan Clady, an injury-prone but proven veteran, is available on the open market.

Category: Injury Updates


NFL reporter Jonathan Jones is reporting Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey returned to practice at the team's mandatory minicamp Thursday. (Source: Jonathan Jones on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: McCaffrey was absent from all of Carolina's offseason workouts up to this point because of the collegiate "quarter system" rule as Stanford's finals were completed Wednesday. Now that the versatile rookie is good to go moving forward, he should have enough time to get acclimated with the Panthers' offense in time to make an immediate regular season impact.

Category: Rumors


Buffalo Bills beat writer John Kryk is reporting wide receiver Sammy Watkins (foot) took "most first team reps" at this week's minicamp. (Source: John Kryk on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It appears that Watkins is getting back into the swing of things upon his return from foot surgery. Although it is uplifting that he is running with the fist team in 11-on-11 drills, the Bills will likely continue taking the cautious approach with his recovery. He should be a full-go for the start of training camp in late-July.

Category: Injury Updates


Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer told the media running back Latavius Murray (ankle) could return "around" the start of training camp. (Source: Chris Tomasson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Murray is recovering from offseason ankle surgery and has been sidelined for all of the team's offseason workouts. However, he is said to be on track in his recovery, per reports, and could be ready to make his full return to football activities at the start of training camp in late July. Murray will compete with Jerick McKinnon and Dalvin Cook for the Vikings' starting running back job. However, Cook is the presumed favorite to emerge as the team's early down back while Murray will likely assume the role of the team's short yardage/ goal line specialist.

Category: Injury Updates


Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh told the media tight end Maxx Williams (knee) is "uncertain" for the start of training camp. (Source: Jeff Zrebiec on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Williams, who missed all of the team's offseason workouts up to this point, is still recovering from offseason knee surgery. As a result, his availably for the start of training camp in late July is up in the air. With Dennis Pitta no longer with the club, the Ravens' starting tight end job is wide open. Expect a heavy competition between Williams, Benjamin Watson, Crockett Gillmore, Nick Boyle and Darren Waller to see who will emerge on top. However, although there are five players vying for the spot, it is really a three-man race between Williams, Watson and Gillmore, assuming their health remains intact. Watson, the presumed favorite to start in Week 1, could be a very late round gem in fantasy football drafts for 2017. Although he missed all of the 2016 seasons with an Achilles injury, he compiled a career-high 74-825-6 stat line in 2015 with the Saints.

Category: Injury Updates


Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews (knee) told the media he "expects to be ready" for training camp. (Source: Jeff McClane on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Matthews, who missed all of the team's mandatory minicamp with knee tendinitis, told the media Thursday he "expects" to be ready to make a full return to football activities at the start of training camp in late July. The fourth-year wideout is slated to open the 2017 season as Philadelphia's No. 2 receiver behind Alshon Jeffery and ahead of Torrey Smith, who were both offseason additions via free agency. Coming off of a solid 73-804-3 season in 2016, Matthews appears poised for a big year as he is no longer the Eagles' top threat at wide receiver. Jeffery's presence should also greatly help take the pressure off of Zach Ertz in the passing game as well.

Category: Injury Updates


David Njoku inks rookie deal

By Anthony Cervino   Fri, Jun 16th 7:41am EDT

CLE

The Cleveland Browns and tight end David Njoku have agreed to terms on a four-year deal on Thursday. (Source: Browns on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Njoku signed his rookie deal Thursday and is expected to open the 2017 season as Cleveland's starting tight end. On a rebuilding Brown' team, Njoku will replace Gary Barndige, the team's previous two-year starter who was cut earlier in the offseason. From a fantasy football perspective, Njoku should be one of the first two rookie TEs targeted in fantasy drafts -- the other is O.J. Howard. However, Howard will likely either cede or share playing time with Cameron Brate in Tampa Bay while Njoku is the clear cut No, 1 option at his position for the Browns.

Category: Transactions


Evan Engram signs rookie deal

By Anthony Cervino   Fri, Jun 16th 7:32am EDT

NYG

The New York Giants and tight end Evan Engram have agreed to a four-year deal on Thursday. (Source: Giants on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Engram signed his rookie deal Thursday and is a player who can make an immediate impact in 2017 on a Giants' team that hasn't employed a marquee tight end since Jeremy Shockey. Although the rookie has the upside to be special, he is built like a wide receiver, a position that New York is loaded at. Plus, if he struggles at run blocking, he could lose playing time to either Will Tye or Jerell Adams. Despite already being slated as the starter, I'd tread lightly on targeting Engram early on in fantasy drafts. He is a late-round flier at best unless he shows something special in the preseason which could slightly raise his stock.

Category: Transactions


Chicago Bears beat writer Rich Campbell is reporting wide receiver Kevin White (leg) has resumed running "at full speed" at mandatory minicamp. (Source: The Chicago Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: White, who's battled health issues since entering the NFL in 2015 missing a mountainous 28-of-32 possible games, has reportedly resumed running "at full speed" at this week's minicamp. To many, the third-year wideout is entering his prove it year in 2017. Prove that he can remain healthy and live up to his No. 7 overall draft status. Despite the competition of Victor Cruz, another injury-plagued receiver, White is expected to open the upcoming season as the Bears' WR2 opposite Cameron Meredith. If inclined, target White in the latter rounds of 2017 fantasy drafts as a boom or bust upside pick and stash.

Category: Injury Updates


ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the Indianapolis Colts have placed running back Christine Michael on the injured reserve list Thursday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Michael was placed on injured reserve list Thursday with an undisclosed injury, per Schefter. His 2017 season is likely over unless he is designated to return by the Colts later in the year. Unless Marlon Mack or Josh Ferguson impresses, it looks more and more like Robert Turbin is a lock to open the upcoming campaign as Frank Gore's primary backup.

Category: Injury Updates


Spencer Ware missed the last two days of practice with a hamstring injury. The injury was described by a team spokesperson as slight. (Source: Chiefs Digest)

Fantasy Impact: Although considered slight, this injury to Spencer Ware remains a situation to monitor. Hamstring injuries have been known to linger for players. In a battle with Kareem Hunt for the lead back role, Ware cannot afford to let this injury drift into camp.

Category: Injury Updates


Following today's practice, Coach Andy Reid said Travis Kelce was likely be ready for the start of training camp. Kelce underwent shoulder surgery after this season but was always expected to be ready for camp. (Source: Matt Derrick on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Although expected, this is good news for Kelce. The Chiefs may limit their top pass catcher initially in training camp, but Kelce should be more than ready for the start of the season. Following the departure of Jeremy Maclin, Kelce is locked in as an elite TE in fantasy.

Category: Injury Updates