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The Colts are "confident they've got a smart arrangement" with Darrius Heyward-Bey as a starter ahead of T.Y. Hilton.

Indianapolis has installed Heyward-Bey as their man in two-wide sets opposite Reggie Wayne and haven't wavered. The Indy Star says it's because the 6'2/210 DHB is better as a blocker in the run game and the Colts want to play with more balance on offense this year. That leaves the 5'9/178 Hilton as the third receiver, only playing in passing situations. It's a drain on Hilton's value as the Colts are going to run a lot more double-tight end sets under new OC Pep Hamilton. Former OC Bruce Arians loved to get three wideouts on the field as much as possible. There's value in DHB's 12th-round ADP.
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 09:19:00 AM

Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal believes second-round rookie DeShone Kizer is a "better bet" than Cody Kessler to win the starting job.

Kessler will get the first reps during training camp, but the competition is wide open with Kessler, Kizer, and even Brock Osweiler "legitimate candidates" according to Ulrich. With quietly a solid talent base on offense, the Browns could surprise this season if they get the quarterback situation figured out.
Jul 27 - 10:52 AM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Travis Kelce can do "everything a wide receiver can do."

Kelce was the Chiefs' most effective receiver last season, and with Jeremy Maclin out of the picture this year, it sounds like he could be leaned on even more heavily in the passing game. "I think every year you will see him probably get a little bit more here and there," Reid said. "We can use him even a little bit more (in the red zone) and just keep staying creative with it." Kelce is only behind Rob Gronkowski among fantasy tight ends.
Jul 27 - 10:10 AM

Broncos coach Vance Joseph said Devontae Booker (wrist) should be ready for the regular season.

Booker is scheduled to undergo surgery Friday to repair a fractured wrist, an operation which carries around a six-week recovery. That timeline puts him right up against it to be ready for Week 1, but it at least sounds like he will avoid the reserve/PUP to begin the season. A fourth-round pick last year, Booker perhaps could have pushed C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles in camp, but he is now destined for a backup role.
Jul 27 - 10:07 AM

Ravens OL John Urschel announced his retirement after three seasons in the NFL.

Only 26 and slated to compete for a starting job, this decision comes as a surprise, and it is likely not a coincidence the announcement comes two days after a scary study about the prevalence of CTE in NFL players was released. A doctoral candidate in mathematics at MIT, Urschel has a bright future off the football field. With Urschel out of the running, Ryan Jensen is the favorite to take over at center.
Jul 27 - 9:44 AM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said they are working on "different ways to get the ball in (Christian McCaffrey's) hands."

Rivera said this after calling two consecutive screens to McCaffrey on the first day of training camp, a previously seldom-used play. Seemingly an awkward fit for an offense which rarely targets running backs in the passing game, McCaffrey could help improve the attack dramatically. After a down season and being hit too much for his liking, QB Cam Newton will be prompted to get the ball out of his hands more quickly, likely to his new weapon McCaffrey.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 27 - 9:43 AM

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Rob Gronkowski (back) will practice without "limits."

It is not a surprise after he was a "full-go" during OTAs and minicamp, but it is still nice to get positive updates on Gronk's health. Clearly the No. 1 fantasy tight end when healthy, Gronk has scored at least 10 touchdowns in every season he has played at least 10 games. Unfortunately, that has happened just twice in the last four years.
Jul 27 - 9:13 AM

Cam Newton threw at practice for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery.

Cam did not make any deep throws, but it is another step in the correct direction. "Everything felt good, but we have a long way to go to get where I know we can be," Newton said. "Tonight was just fun getting out on the grass in front of the fans and throwing it around a little bit." The Panthers are likely to take it slow with Newton, but it seems like he will be ready to go well before even the third preseason game.
Source: ESPN
Jul 27 - 9:03 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free agent OG Orlando Franklin is "discussing a deal" with the Saints.

He met with them on Wednesday after visiting the Jets on Tuesday. With LT Terron Armstead (shoulder) out until at least October, adding Franklin could allow LG Andrus Peat to kick out to tackle if first-rounder Ryan Ramczyk is not up to the job.
Jul 27 - 8:47 AM

Cowboys signed RB Ronnie Hillman.

A middling back who spent time with two teams last year, Hillman signing with a team is not a big story in and of itself, but it is interesting the Cowboys are adding to a reasonably deep backfield. The move could hint at some concern about Ezekiel Elliott's availability for the first couple games. Dallas could also once again look to move Alfred Morris after failing during the draft.
Jul 27 - 8:46 AM

Profootballtalk.com reports a wrist injury could cost Devontae Booker "up to" 6-8 weeks.

It puts his Week 1 status in significant doubt, and raises the possibility Booker opens the season on the reserve/PUP list, which would cost him the first six games. Booker opened camp on active/PUP, making him a reserve/PUP candidate, at least in theory. Booker shined in the first half of his rookie season, but fell flat when C.J. Anderson's year-ending knee injury thrust Booker into the Broncos' feature back role. At very least, his chances at earning early-season carries or even pushing Anderson for the starting job are now all but gone. Sixth-round pick De'Angelo Henderson is a name to keep in mind.
Jul 26 - 11:54 PM

The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec suggests free agent Colin Kaepernick could "come into play" for the Ravens if they at any point believe Joe Flacco's back injury is a long-term concern.

Zrebiec notes Kaepernick's connections to coach John Harbaugh and offensive assistant Greg Roman. John is the brother of Jim, who drafted Kaepernick and maximized him for the first four years of Kaepernick's career before a falling-out with now-fired 49ers GM Trent Baalke led to Harbaugh's ouster from San Francisco. Roman was Kaepernick's offensive coordinator for all four of those years. Zrebiec does make it clear there are no indications the Ravens believe Flacco has a long-term injury. At least, not yet.
Jul 26 - 11:16 PM




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